Secret Service Director step’s down….

Pierson’s abrupt departure — one day after Obama expressed full confidence in her — came as lawmakers from both parties were calling for her ouster after her halting performance during a Tuesday House hearing.

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Open Thread for September 28, 2014….Thanks….

I want to thank the folks here for the last week of calm , gracious and informed discussions without all the rancor….

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George Zimmerman not expected to face civil rights charges in Florida shooting case…

The Justice Department is not expected to bring civil rights charges against George Zimmerman in the 2012 shooting death of Trayvon Martin, according to three law enforcement officials, despite allegations that the killing was racially motivated.

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Asian and Latin American voter growth in the South…..

Asian-Americans and Latinos are currently the two fastest-growing racial groups nationwide. The Latino increase has been primarily fueled by new births within the United States, according to the Pew Research Center. The rise in the Asian-American population, on the other hand, has been mostly driven by immigration. About two-thirds of Asian-Americans in the South are immigrants……

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Wal-Mart is becoming a bank for those who don’t….

Wal-Mart’s move into banking may seem odd, but if the behemoth is looking to serve its customers, bank accounts are a natural product. There are more Wal-Mart stores in areas where a higher percentage of the population is unbanked — that is, without a checking or saving account.

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Politico narrows Holder’s replacement down to three….

Ruemmler is seen by officials as one who’d lead administration efforts to complete what President Barack Obama and Holder have long identified as top items of unfinished business, from sentencing reform to closing Guantánamo Bay. She’s already had a hand in these matters for years from her White House perch and might be better able to cut deals on Capitol Hill than Perez, who didn’t pick up a single Republican vote in the Senate when he was confirmed to the Cabinet last year.

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Apple ready to introduce Apple Pay for those who want to use their phones to pay for stuff…

…..the service, expected in the coming weeks, already has the technology industry scrambling to profit from a future in which apps could regularly replace cash, checks and credit cards.

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Ukrainian Rebel careless about a cease fire….

“The situation in the area remains difficult,” Ukrainian military spokesman Andriy Lysenko said today. Rebels “continue to violate the cease fire and shell Ukrainian positions.”

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Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest 10/1/14…Are Republicans really worried about Oklahoma? They may well be

OK-Gov: Polling out of Oklahoma this year has been spotty but nevertheless quite alluring. Over the summer, a trio of polls found GOP Gov. Mary Fallin under 50 percent—including one from a GOP pollster—despite the Sooner State’s strong Republican bent. Was there a chance for an extraordinary Democratic upset?

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Political Roundup for October 1st, 2014…Tillis getting desperate in NC Senate race?…Red Racing Horses

NC-Sen: Thom Tillis, who is probably the Republican Senate Candidate doing the worst compared to what was expected of him earlier this year, is shifting his focus to attacking incumbent Senator Hagan on foreign policy.

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The Republicans are looking for more House wins….

The goal is to broaden a political map that, much to the GOP’s frustration, has remained stubbornly narrow. Thanks to a recent round of redistricting that limited the number of seats vulnerable to an opposing party takeover, the House playing field comprises only around three dozen districts

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The Air Force is pressing the A-10 into the ISIS/ISIL fight….

The A-10 Thunderbolt, a Cold War-era plane known by the nickname Warthog, is being sent from the Indiana National Guard to help the U.S.-led air campaign against Islamic State fighters and other militants in Iraq and Syria.

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Red State’s Erick Erickson…Champions of Common Core I know are paid to like it and most of them have no kids…

The traditional method of subtracting, borrowing and carrying numbers, is derisively called the “Granny Method.” The new method makes no freaking sense to either my third grader or my wife……

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Greg Orman disses Republicans and Democrats in Campaign ad….

In an ad released on Wednesday by his Senate campaign, Orman name-checks the Senate’s Republican and Democratic leaders and calls them an equal part of Washington’s problems. Obama is too, he says, as is Sen. Pat Roberts, the Republican Orman is trying to unseat.

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Polling Update from Politicalwire…10/1/14…Governors…Texas, South Carolina, New Jersey and Ohio

Governor races Polling Update from Politicalwire…10/1/14

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The Secret Service Update…10/1/14

Secret Service head Julia Pierson is in trouble….

The walk in at the White House is sparking calls for her job from Republicans AND Democrats….

She has few if any friends in Congress…..

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President Obama hits 50% in approval on being strong against ISIS…

Fifty percent of people approve of President Obama’s handling of the situation involving the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria — his top rating on any foreign policy issue this year, according to a Washington Post-ABC News poll

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