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U.S., Israel Fear Pickup in Iranian Support of Hamas
(from: Washington Wire @ July 30, 2014, 06:39 AM)

Iran's support for the Palestinian militant group Hamas has diminished significantly in the past three years, limiting Tehran's influence over talks to end the war in the Gaza Strip, according to U.S. and Israeli officials. But the longer the war between Israel and Hamas drags on, these officials said, there's growing concern that Tehran could try to increase arms shipments to Hamas.

Chicago Sun-Times Article on Tactics Being Used in Challenge to Libertarian Party Statewide Petition
(from: Ballot Access News @ July 29, 2014, 08:34 PM)

This Chicago Sun-Times story says the challengers to the Libertarian Party of Illinois statewide petition, having failed to invalidate enough individual signatures, are trying to invalidate all the work of certain petitioners. The story features Brian Lambrecht, chair of the DuPage County Libertarian Party. The challengers are trying to argue that all the 1,400 signatures


GOP Report Floats IRS Changes on Tax-Exempt Group Oversight
(from: Washington Wire @ July 29, 2014, 06:26 PM)

As the Internal Revenue Service probe grinds on, congressional Republicans are floating ideas to ensure IRS targeting of conservative groups doesn?t happen again. While they don?t call for ripping up the floorboards at the agency?s Washington headquarters, they come pretty close, according to a new report reviewed by the Wall Street Journal.

Steve LaTourette on Club for Growth and the Ebola Virus
(from: Washington Wire @ July 29, 2014, 05:44 PM)

What makes the House Republican majority ungovernable isn?t just the 50 or so conservatives who adhere to doctrinaire conservative principles, former Rep. Steve LaTourette said, it?s also the 80 members who feel threatened by third-party groups.

A Picture of Companies Doing Business in Iran
(from: Washington Wire @ July 29, 2014, 05:07 PM)

Despite one of the toughest economic blockades imposed on any country, dozens of companies manage to do business in Iran with the blessing of the U.S. government. Explore a database of companies given U.S. permission to do business with Iran.

Syrian Military Defector ?Caesar? to Testify on Capitol Hill Thursday
(from: Washington Wire @ July 29, 2014, 04:47 PM)

The former Syrian military crime-scene investigator who helped document years of suspected torture and killing under President Bashar al-Assad is scheduled to tell his story to U.S. lawmakers on Thursday.

Science Collides With the Push to Legalize Pot
(from: Washington Wire @ July 29, 2014, 04:39 PM)

Peter Wehner: Why is it that even as medical evidence increasingly shows marijuana use to be harmful, calls for legalization increase?

U.S. District Court in Pennsylvania Sets July 31 Hearing Date in Ballot Access Case
(from: Ballot Access News @ July 29, 2014, 03:31 PM)

On July 29, U.S. District Court Judge Stewart Dalzell set a hearing for July 31, at 10 a.m., in courtroom 15B, for Green Party of Pennsylvania v Aichele, eastern district, 2:14cv-3299. The hearing is at the U.S. District Courthouse in Philadelphia. The Green and Libertarian Parties will present witnesses and will argue for an injunction


Former West Virginia County Commissioner Hopes to be Elected to Legislature this Year as an Independent
(from: Independent Political Report @ July 29, 2014, 02:59 PM)

From Ballot Access News:

Brenda Hutchinson has qualified for the ballot as an independent candidate for the West Virginia House of Delegates in district 58. See this story in the Cumberland Times-News, which is a Maryland newspaper that covers the eastern panhandle of West Virginia. She was a Morgan County Commissioner 2006-2012.… Read more ...

Idaho Republicans Forced to Turn to State Court for a Ruling as to Who is State Chairman of Party
(from: Ballot Access News @ July 29, 2014, 02:58 PM)

According to this story, an Idaho trial court in Twins Falls has ruled that Barry Peterson is no longer state chair of the Idaho Republican Party. His term expired earlier this year but the recent state convention adjourned without voting on new party officers. Peterson argued that this means he was impliedly re-elected, but the


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