US Sen. Lindsey Graham agrees to debate GOP primary challengers

COLUMBIA, SC — U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-Seneca, has agreed to debate his June Republican primary challengers in an event hosted by S.C. Educational Television in collaboration with The State newspaper, The Greenville News and other state newspapers. ETV announced Thursday that Graham will join the debate, which will take place at 7 p.m. on June 7. Graham faces six Republican challengers in June's primary as he seeks re-election to a third term. Det Bowers, a retired Columbia pastor, S.C. Sen. Lee Bright, R-Spartanburg, Easley businessman Richard Cash, Orangeburg attorney Bill Connor, Columbia attorney Benjamin Dunn, and Charleston PR executive...

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Aftermath of Ukraine Photo Story Shows Need for More Caution (We're sorry for false photos?

The Times led its print edition Monday with an article based in part on photographs that the State Department said were evidence of Russian military presence in popular uprisings in Ukraine. The headline read: "Photos link masked men in East Ukraine to Russia." ... The Times has published a second article backing off from the original [link at URL] and airing questions about what the photographs are said to depict, but hardly addressing how the newspaper may have been misled. ...

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Scrutiny Over Photos Said to Tie Russia Units to Ukraine (NYT issuing a retraction?

A collection of photographs that Ukraine says shows the presence of Russian forces in the eastern part of the country, and which the United States cited as evidence of Russian involvement, has come under scrutiny. The photographs were submitted by Ukraine last week to the Organization for Security and Cooperation, an organization in Vienna that has been monitoring the situation in Ukraine. Some of the photographs were also provided by American officials to Secretary of State John Kerry so he could show them when he met in Geneva last Thursday with his counterparts from the European Union, Russia, and Ukraine....

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Hot Air Comment registration is now open!

As of now, the books are open at Hot Air! Those who want to add their voices to our comment sections can now register to join our community. We’ll keep it open until 4 pm ET today. First read our Terms of Service, and if you agree, register through this link and follow the steps. Here are a few things to keep in mind. When you register, we will e-mail you a password. It may take a while (anywhere from a couple of minutes to an hour or so, depending on the traffic this open registration creates) to get your...

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What do Cory Booker and Mitch McConnell have in common? (same donors. Hmmmm)

Sens. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) and Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) share at least one thing: campaign donors. Booker, a Senate newbie, and McConnell, the Senate minority leader, show up dipping into the same donor pool more than any other opposing-party members of Congress. They shared 74 donors in the first year of this election cycle. This comes from a fascinating data dive from the Center for Responsive Politics that broke down which politicians have donor overlap. As the CRP points out, just over one percent of American adults donated to campaigns so far this year, so the pickings are slim. Cashing checks...

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Tea Party Gave GOP a Backbone

Polling numbers and political maneuverings are increasingly confirming what I first reported months ago. The tea party movement is no longer the large dominant force in the GOP that it was in 2010 or even 2012. But just because the "tea" might be a bit weaker, Republicans hoping to hang on to their elected positions or who seek to claim elected office need to understand that the political atmosphere might still be lightening up. In the South, which has been the hotbed for the tea party cause, many big contested GOP nominations that were expected to go to candidates "they"...

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Ted Cruz: GOP Will Win the Senate

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) believes if the midterms elections were held today, Republicans would win control of the Senate. “I believe right now that we are on a path to do that, I think we’re going to win control of the Senate and we’re going to retire Harry Reid as Majority Leader,” Cruz said during an interview with Oklahoma radio host Pat Campbell, ahead of a planned rally in support of Republican Senate Candidate T.W. Shannon. Cruz reminded conservatives that they should be focused on winning control of the Senate. “I think if the election happens right now we would...

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Karen Handel for Senate

I have not wanted to take a position on the Georgia Senate race. I have several friends running. I have maintained that my heart is with Paul Broun and my head is with Karen Handel. If I could will someone into the Senate, it’d be Congressman Paul Broun. He’s a terrific and profoundly decent person. But in the end my head has won out for a number of reasons. Early voting is starting in Georgia and I will be voting for Karen Handel. Between Broun and Handel, Handel has momentum upward and has been increasing in fundraising. Broun has been...

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McConnell Primary Challenger: He's A 'Coward' For Attacking My Family

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell's (R-KY) primary challenger, Matt Bevin, called the top Senate Republican a "coward" exhibiting the same kind of childishness as an eighth grader in response to McConnell's campaign jabbing at Bevin's family over a new campaign ad. After Bevin's campaign aired a new ad featuring his large family, the twitter handle @BailoutBevinKy, run by the McConnell campaign, tweeted out I was waiting for 'My dad went to MIT!'" a dig at Bevin suggesting that he was a graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. "I think it's the same kind of childishness that we've seen a...

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GOP: STOP LISTENING TO “ADVICE” FROM DEMOCRATS

The GOP needs to adopt one powerful reform: Stop taking “advice” from people who want Republicans to lose. Almost every problem, dynamic, and force within the Republican Party is currently driven (sometimes in obscure ways) by the naïve assumption that the “advice” freely offered by the GOP’s enemies is sound wisdom the GOP should depend upon. Republican insiders fight any nominee or action which the GOP’s enemies criticize. Insiders think that their enemies’ “advice” shows which candidate will have broad appeal. So if liberal organizations, the liberal news media, or Democrats say a candidate is a bad choice or a...

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Cantor faces threat from tea party

Since he was first elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2000, Eric Cantor has dispatched a series of little-known opponents without so much as breaking a sweat. Along the way, he has become a major player on the national stage as House majority leader, built a massive campaign war chest and created an aura of invulnerability in the reliably Republican 7th District, which includes part of Chesterfield County. But as he seeks his seventh term in Congress, Cantor now faces a different type of challenge – not from his left flank, but from a tea party-backed conservative within...

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Now Republican Candidates Are Taking Aim at Boehner (Challengers vow to toss whole GOP leadership)

Follow on Twitter April 23, 2014 As a congressional staffer, John Stone got a firsthand look at how House Speaker John Boehner and his leadership team operate. His boss was one of its members. Yet now, as he vies for a seat of his own in a crowded Georgia primary, Stone is running on a promise to oust those very same leaders—not just Boehner, but the whole team. "When I got here in the district … what I kept hearing is, we've got to change the party leadership," Stone said. "We need to end the GOP's civil war between the...

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Is Boehner heading for the exits?

The reading of political tea leaves is one of Washington's most popular parlor games. And when it comes to the future of House Speaker John Boehner, political soothsayers are busy divining patterns in tea leaves, wine sediments and coffee grounds to determine whether the Ohio Republican will stick around for another term. Questions are rampant as to whether Boehner could decide to leave on his own accord or be shoved out the door by a cabal of upstart conservatives intent to flip the House of Representatives on its ear. This tasseography involving the speaker's gavel takes on many forms. The...

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Eric Cantor Smells Like Desperation, and I’m Not Kidding

“Rep. Eric Cantor is out with a tough ad against his primary opponent Dr. Dave Brat for Congress. It is rare for the powerful politician to go on the attack during his bids for re-election.” ~Ryan Nobles, NBC 12, Richmond Via Norm Leahy at Bearing Drift: Just a couple of weeks after brushing off his primary opponent, David Brat, Rep. Eric Cantor has coming out swinging against the economic professor, with both a television ad and a website. ….it shows that Mr. Cantor has decided it’s time to play in the 7th CD, and do so with elbows flying. He...

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Rep. Eric Cantor (Dem-Lite) In Trouble

No, he’s not in trouble from that freak show shit-for-brains Democrat, Mike Dickinson, Richard Nixon could rise from the dead and beat that half-wit buffoon, he’s in trouble with Republicans, and I sure as hell hope Republicans are not forgiving. Let’s be clear. Eric Cantor is the problem, not the solution. He needs to come out of the closet, admit he’s a Democrat, and switch party’s. The big tent is full. Eric Cantor has never been closer to wielding the speaker’s gavel, but he may want to keep an eye over his right shoulder. As speculation heats up about whether...

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New Eric Cantor Ad Looks Desperate

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor is attacking his GOP primary opponent with a new television ad, a highly unusual move for a sitting member of House leadership that demonstrates he is taking the threat from his right back home more seriously than past months. The ad criticizes his opponent, Randolph-Macon economics professor David Brat, for a tangential association with former Democratic Gov. Tim Kaine, who proposed raising taxes while he was in office. But a top Virginia official says the association is fleeting at best. “College professor David Brat is running against our conservative congressman Eric Cantor,” a narrator reads...

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A Day After Tea Party Victory in FL, Liberal Media Claims ‘Establishment’ Victory For GOP

day after the Tea Party-backed candidate, Curt Clawson, won the Republican primary in Florida’s 19th congressional district, the liberal media has worked to downplay the significance of the Tea Party in heating up around the country in anticipation of the 2014 midterm elections. In fact, according to The Wire, the GOP has “successfully” squashed the Tea Party rebellion within the GOP. Nobody tell Republican favorites Sens. Rand Paul, Ted Cruz or Mike Lee this… Of course, the certainty of the future direction of the Republican Party remains in flux and while Clawson’s victory is a tremendous win for the Tea...

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Rare Video: Young Mitch McConnell Knocks Term Limits, Defends Lobbyists

Mitch McConnell has been in office for 29 years. He has been named one of the “Most Corrupt” members of Congress four times by the Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, including in 2013. McConnell has already raised $20 million for his re-election campaign this year, including massive donations from Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan Chase, Citigroup and other special interests. It’s no wonder that McConnell doesn’t like term limits. In this rare footage from 1987, McConnell as a freshman Senator states that he opposes term limits because, “the longer you’re in, the more you know. My experience in the...

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Over 40,000 voters are registered in both Virginia and Maryland, group finds

A crosscheck of voter rolls in Virginia and Maryland turned up 44,000 people registered in both states, a vote-integrity group reported Wednesday. And that’s just the beginning. “The Virginia Voters Alliance is investigating how to identify voters who are registered and vote in Virginia but live in the states that surround us,” Alliance President Reagan George told the State Board of Elections.

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Are reports of the death of a viable challenge to Lindsey Graham grossly exaggerated?

There hasn’t been a lot of polling in the South Carolina Republican Senate primary, but what polling there is shows Lindsay Graham ahead by 30%+ against potential challengers. But it may still be a challenge for Graham to get the 50% he needs in the primary to avoid a runoff, and generating a runoff in which all the anti-Graham vote could coalesce, has been the strategy all along. Politico has essentially called challenges to Graham dead on arrival, How Lindsey Graham outmaneuvered the tea party: Sen. Lindsey Graham recognized the threat years before it had a chance to form —...

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Tea Party-Backed Curt Clawson Wins in Landside [TPX IX Tour Live Thread]

Tea Party-Backed Curt Clawson Wins in Landside Congratulations! We did it! Thanks to your loyal support, we are celebrating the movement's first victory of 2014 in Florida's 19th Congressional district tonight with Tea Party-supported Curt Clawson. Curt Clawson making his victory speech Tonight, Southwest Florida voted to send a bold Tea Party conservative to D.C. Curt Clawson's unique background as a former CEO of a multi-billion dollar international company will be a powerful addition to Congress. The results tonight were clear, Curt Clawson's Tea Party message of economic growth and fiscal responsibility resonated with the voters of Southwest Florida....

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Poll shows Pryor leading Cotton; McConnell and Hagan in tight races

A new round of polling in four states central to the battle for the Senate majority shows Sen. Mark Pryor (D-Ark.) with a clear lead over Rep. Tom Cotton (R) and a trio of other incumbents in competitive contests. Pryor leads Cotton 46 percent to 36 percent among registered Arkansas voters in the New York Times Upshot/Kaiser Family Foundation poll. It's a somewhat surprising finding considering that most other recent polling has shown a neck-and-neck race. The new data come at a time when Democrats are expressing increased optimism about Pryor, who earlier this cycle appeared to be the most...

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Cantor Angers Conservatives Seeking Boehner's Replacement

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor is getting a failing grade from the conservative caucus in Congress while positioning himself to pick up the speaker's gavel from John Boehner, Breitbart reported. Cantor, a Virginia Republican, is first in line to replace Boehner should the Ohio congressman be forced out of office or decide to quit his leadership role in the House next year. But Breibart has reported that Cantor keeps shooting himself in the foot, as far as conservatives are concerned, while conducting an unofficial job interview for Boehner's coveted position. "Cantor replacing Boehner doesn't move the ball at all," said...

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GOP Leaders Are Successfully Fighting Off the Tea Party Rebellion (For Now)

The long-expected Tea Party-versus-Republican-establishment primary brawl seems to have largely evaporated. The real battles may emerge in January 2015, when the party needs to pick the House speaker — and maybe also a new leader in the Senate. Not that we're trying to get ahead of ourselves. It's seemed pretty clear since at least February that the threat that had been brewing in the wake of the government shutdown was quickly fading. Politico has a great look at how South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham effectively built a fortress to ward off any conservative challengers: working to neuter possible opponents, building...

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Lindsey Graham Uses Savvy, Experience to Deter Challenges

When Sen. Lindsey Graham learned that the Tea Party planned to challenge his re-election bid this year, the South Carolina Republican set about outmaneuvering them, reports Politico. The political veteran, who seldom has faced Republican opposition during two decades in Congress, prepped for what an aide called “Armageddon.” Graham enlisted an army of staff and volunteers — including some 5,200 precinct captains, amassed an $11.6 million war chest and blanketed the state with more than $1 million worth of ads promoting his work. Graham also deterred the Tea Party’s favorite, conservative Rep. Mick Mulvaney, from running against him by demonstrating...

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