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Feinstein: I'm Bringing Assault Weapon Ban to Senate

Gun control dominates the day in wake of Newtown shootings

(Newser) - Gun control has roared back into the national debate, and the issue took over today's political talk shows in the wake of the Sandy Hook massacre, though David Gregory noted that all 31 pro-gun rights members of the incoming Senate declined his invitation to appear on Meet the Press.... More »

Holder Will Stay, but Just for a Year

Attorney general will honor president's request

(Newser) - Attorney General Eric Holder will stay on into President Obama's second term, as the president has asked him to do, but a senior administration official tells Fox News Holder will remain in his position only "for about a year." Obama wants to avoid a mass exodus, and... More »

Facebook to Employers: Stop Demanding Passwords

Company warns of possible legal action

(Newser) - Facebook has taken note of the recent trend of employers demanding that prospective or current employees hand over their passwords, and it issued a clear warning to such companies today: Knock it off. "As a user, you shouldn’t be forced to share your private information and communications just... More »

The Richest Members of Congress

Kerry falls behind with mere $193M

(Newser) - It’s been a tough year for most of us, but the richest in Congress, it seems, have only gotten richer: This year’s 50 wealthiest members are worth a collective $200 million more than last year’s, the Hill notes. Among them:
  • With a minimum net worth of $287
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Vince McMahon Poops on Blumenthal Campaign Sign very, very classy WWE skit

(Newser) - Sure, Linda McMahon is running for US Senate, but surely the WWE will stay tastefully above the political fray, right? Yeah, that’s possible. Alternatively, Vince McMahon could pretend to unwittingly poop on a campaign sign belonging to his wife’s opponent, Richard Blumenthal. As you’ve probably guessed (or... More »

Where the Big Races Stand

Rand Paul and Marco Rubio up big, Harry Reid, Sharron Angle too close to call

(Newser) - With T-Minus one day to the election, here's where the most-watched races in the country stand:
  • Harry Reid and Sharron Angle are locked in a dead heat; the latest Public Policy Polling survey has Angle squeaking ahead 47% to 46%.
  • Looks like harping on the Aqua Buddha incident didn't help
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Debate Over Killer's Fate Seeps Into Conn. Races

Death penalty becomes central issue after home invasion conviction

(Newser) - One of the most horrific crimes in Connecticut's history may weigh on the state's elections. Stephen Hayes is awaiting sentencing for the home invasion murders of Jennifer Hawke-Petit and her two daughters next week and Republican candidates for Senate and governor have been making the death penalty a central issue.... More »

McMahon Slams Blumenthal on Vietnam Flub

New ad questions Democrat's honesty

(Newser) - Linda McMahon puts the issue of Dick Blumenthal's military service front-and-center in a new campaign ad. Titled "What Else?", the ad slams the Democratic Senate candidate for implying on more than one occasion that he served in Vietnam. Blumenthal was enlisted in the Marine Reserves but was never sent... More »

McMahon Wins in Conn.; Bennet Survives in Colo.

Former WWE exec will be GOP candidate for Senate

(Newser) - Linda McMahon easily won the GOP nomination tonight to run for Senate in Connecticut. The former World Wrestling Entertainment exec bested two rivals—including former congressman (and onetime favorite) Rob Simmons—and will face Democrat Richard Blumenthal in the fall to succeed the retiring Chris Dodd. McMahon will be the... More »

For Insight Into McMahon, Look to Her Wrestling Past

One high-profile case shows her effectiveness as executive

(Newser) - Politico takes a closer look at would-be Senator Linda McMahon's role in the world of wrestling, specifically at how she defused a high-profile sexual harassment case in the 1990s lodged by a teenage boy against male WWE employees. Views are split on whether she was manipulative or compassionate, but... More »

Joe Biden Jokes About Blumenthal's War Record

Vice president takes a dig at veterans' hospital

(Newser) - It's politically volatile territory, so someone cue up the vice president for a joke. During a barbecue today at the Walter Reed Medical Center, Joe Biden just couldn't help himself, reports the Hill . "I didn't serve in Vietnam. I don't want to make a Blumenthal mistake here," he... More »

Palin on Paul: 'Gotcha' Media Strikes Again

Michael Steele distances himself from Kentucky candidate

(Newser) - Rand Paul has famously taken the day off , but he was certainly everywhere on the Sunday circus dial. Sarah Palin led Paul's defense, decrying a media perpetually in search of that "'gotcha' moment," while Michael Steele backed away, calling Paul's philosophy "misplaced in these times." Tim... More »

'Real Marines Don't Lie'

But Parker's veteran brother is more understanding

(Newser) - It's too bad Richard Blumenthal didn't go to Vietnam, writes Kathleen Parker, because he would have learned an important lesson: "Real heroes never brag, and real Marines don't lie." Blumenthal has every right to be proud of his non-combat service, but he doesn't "have the right to... More »

Dems Pick Blumenthal; GOP Gives McMahon Nod

GOP rival stays in race; McMahon vows 'smackdown'

(Newser) - Connecticut's truth-stretching attorney general will take on the former CEO of the WWE in the race for Chris Dodd's Senate seat, reports Politico . State Democrats last night nominated Richard Blumenthal, who ruefully took the stage to acknowledge having had a "little bit of a tough time" this week, while... More »

NYT Takes Heat Over Blumenthal Video

In longer version, he speaks correctly about his record

(Newser) - When the New York Times ran its Richard Blumenthal story yesterday, it included a 2008 video of him speaking in which he claims to have served "in Vietnam." Today, a longer version of the same video has emerged that shows Blumenthal saying at the beginning of the speech... More »

How Did Blumenthal Do? It Depends What 'In' Is

Early reaction is all over the map on his prospects

(Newser) - Part of Richard Blumenthal's defense is that he meant to say he served "during" Vietnam, instead of "in" Vietnam and thus never meant to intentionally mislead people. How'd he do in his bid to regain voters' good graces?
  • Pretty good: "It seems obvious enough that he'll survive
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Blumenthal: Vietnam Fib 'Absolutely Unintentional'

Says Times insulted Marine Reserves

(Newser) - Richard Blumenthal held a press conference today responding to allegations—made in a front-page New York Times story today, summarized here —that he repeatedly lied or misled the public about serving in Vietnam. Blumenthal said he had "misspoken" on a "few occasions" and that it was “... More »

Democrats Must Find New Candidate for Dodd's Seat—Now

Don't wait for fallout from Vietnam lie; I'll be fatal

(Newser) - Richard Blumenthal, until yesterday the frontrunner for Chris Dodd's Connecticut Senate seat, is toast, and the sooner Democrats recognize it the better, Nate Silver writes. You may be able to cheat on your wife and get away with it, he argues at FiveThirtyEight , but you can't cheat on your Vietnam... More »

Conn. Candidate 'Misspoke' About Serving in Vietnam

AG Blumenthal under fire for misleading statements

(Newser) - Connecticut Attorney General and Senate candidate Richard Blumenthal has misled voters on numerous occasions to indicate that he served in Vietnam when in fact he worked to dodge service, a New York Times investigation finds. "We have learned something important since the days that I served in Vietnam,"... More »

Obama Pulls Strings for 2010 Favorites

Behind the scenes, White House is influencing races

(Newser) - The White House is hard at work behind the scenes to put its preferred candidates in place for the 2010 elections. Obama’s team has quietly leaned on weak candidates to bow out and strong ones to bow in, the Wall Street Journal reports. When John Cherry withdrew from the... More »

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