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Tancredo To CO-GOV GOPers: Drop Out, Or I’ll Run!

“Ex-Rep. Tom Tancredo is throwing down the gauntlet. According to The Denver Post, Tancredo has demanded that the Republican Party’s two scandal-stained candidates, Scott McInnis and Dan Maes, drop out after the August 10 primary, so that the party can appoint another nominee. If not, Tancredo says, he’ll run as a third party candidate, “and I won’t get out.””

Michigan Tea Party members want to teach Constitution in public schools

“During a taping of Michigan Public Television’s “Off the Record” today, Gene Clem — president of the Southwest Michigan Tea Party Patriots — said that the state’s Tea Party members “will look at ways to teach public school students the origins of the U.S. Constitution.” Clem noted that the Tea Party already holds sessions about the Constitution in public libraries and that the group has “plenty of retirees who could go in as Benjamin Franklin or whatever”: “What we’re afraid of is individuals really don’t know where liberty, freedom and their rights come from, how the Constitution was written, the pain that went through in the summer of 1787 to write that and get it approved,” Clem said.”

Rove’s RNC ‘grassroots’ rival, American Crossroads, raised 97 percent of its money from four billionaires.

“Compensating for damage the Republican National Committee’s unsteadiness may cause Republican candidates this fall, several high-profile GOP operatives — including Karl Rove and two former RNC chairmen — recently founded American Crossroads as a “grassroots,” “shadow RNC.” Salon’s Justin Elliott now reports that the group raised 97 percent of its funding from just four billionaires.”

Barney Frank: ‘No one can stop’ Obama from nominating Warren as consumer bureau chair.

“After the passage of Congress’s financial regulatory reform bill, a heated debate has sprung up over who will get to chair the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau — which will be in charge of advocating for consumers in their dealings with financial institutions and products — with TARP watchdog and Harvard Law professor Elizabeth Warren being the favored choice of many. Last night, House Financial Services chairman Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA) told MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell that while other progressive failures, like the lack of a public option in health care legislation and an inadequate stimulus package, were largely failures of Congress, nominating Warren is Obama’s choice alone. He noted that “no one can stop” the president from nominating her”.

Rep. Wamp Suggests Secession If Voters Reject Right Wing Views On Constitution

“In an interview with Hotline OnCall, Rep. Zach Wamp (R-TN) suggested forming a new Confederacy if voters reject the “tenther” view that laws that conservatives disapprove of violate the Constitution: “I hope that the American people will go to the ballot box in 2010 and 2012 so that states are not forced to consider separation from this government,” said Wamp during an interview with Hotline OnCall.”

Researchers confirm subsea Gulf oil plumes are from BP well

“Through a chemical fingerprinting process, researchers have definitively linked clouds of underwater oil to BP's runaway Deepwater Horizon well — the first direct scientific link between the subsurface oil clouds commonly known as "plumes" and the BP oil spill. The finding confirms what in the early days of the spill was denied by BP and viewed skeptically by NOAA — that much of the crude from the Deepwater Horizon well stayed beneath the surface of the water.”

National Guard and Reserve suicide rates climbing

“Suicides among Army and Air National Guard and Reserve troops have spiked this year, and the military is at a loss to explain why.”

With Capito Out, 11 Vie to Be Manchin’s Republican Challenger

“Rep. Shelley Moore Capito’s (R) announcement Wednesday that she would not run in West Virginia’s special election to replace the late Sen. Robert Byrd (D) left her party without its best chance at a competitive race against the likely Democratic nominee, Gov. Joe Manchin. Still, her exit from the race will not leave the party without options — there are 11 possible GOP replacements. But none of them appears likely to make this a particularly close race.”

Sotomayor Supporter Alexander to Vote ‘No’ on Kagan; Collins a ‘Yes’

“Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) announced today that he will vote against Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan when she comes up for a vote by the full Senate the week of Aug. 2.

Alexander is the 21st Republican senator to publicly oppose Kagan, so it’s not a surprise in that respect. But he is the first of the nine Republican senators who voted for Justice Sonia Sotomayor last year to come out against Obama’s second nominee to the Court. Two other GOP senators who voted for Sotomayor — Lindsey Graham (S.C.) and Richard Lugar (Ind.) — have announced they will vote for Kagan.”

Venezuela Warns Colombia Against Inciting a Conflict

“The defense minister of Venezuela promised “a strong response” if foreign forces crossed into his country’s territory.”

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