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When Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal pays tribute to America's war veterans and those now fighting in the Afghanistan and Iraq wars, he likes to recall his own service in Vietnam. The only trouble with that reminiscence — and the potential trouble it may cause Blumenthal as a Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate — is that he never served in Vietnam.

Republican Representatives Jason Chaffetz (Utah) and Darrell Issa (Calif.) are in the process of seeking information concerning a recent patent acquired by Fannie Mae regarding the cap-and-trade system. The Representatives and many Americans are confused as to the role Fannie Mae intends to play in cap and trade since Fannie Mae is a mortgage company.

Rand PaulIf Rand Paul’s poll numbers are confirmed in today's Republican primary in Kentucky, it will, according to the New York Times, “mark one of the most important moments yet for the Tea Party.”  Establishment Republicans such as Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and former Vice President Dick Cheney have endorsed Paul’s opponent, Trey Grayson. But it is Paul who is leading by double-digits in the latest polls, and the polls also show Rand leading his potential Democrat challengers, state Attorney General Jack Conway and Lt. Gov. Daniel Mongiardo. That is, it appears likely that Rand Paul will not only win today's primary but will go on to win the Senate seat now held by retiring Senator Jim Bunning in November.

Arlen SpecterWhen Sen. Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania announced last year that he was switching from the Republican to the Democratic Party, he said, "My change in party will enable me to get re-elected." But on the eve of Tuesday's Democratic primary in the Keystone State, it is far from certain that it will even help him get renominated.

The recent article in Politico.com by Charles Postel hinting at “dark forces” influencing the Tea Party is another in a recent and growing series of unsuccessful attacks on The John Birch Society. Rachel Maddow's attacks on the JBS were exposed when she issued falsehoods and innuendos last December, and Karl Rove gave the back of his hand to the Society in a recent op-ed piece in the Wall Street Journal.

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