August 10, 2007

Web Reconnaissance for 08/10/2007

A short recon of what’s out there that might draw your attention, updated throughout the check back often.

In the News: (Registration may be required to read some stories)
Romney's Cash Beckons Iowans To Straw Poll - DES MOINES, Aug. 9 -- As thousands of Republican activists prepare to descend on Ames, Iowa, tomorrow for the straw poll meant to gauge support for the GOP's presidential contenders, the event has all the markings of a historic mismatch. (READ MORE)

Charges Dropped Against 2 Marines In Haditha Killings - A Marine Corps general dismissed all charges against a Marine lance corporal accused of murder for his role in the Nov. 2005 attacks that left as many as two dozen civilians dead in Haditha, Iraq, according to an announcement yesterday that praised the Marine's service in fighting "a shadowy enemy who hides among the innocent people." (READ MORE)

Gaddafi's Son: Bulgarians Were Tortured - PARIS, Aug. 9 -- Six Bulgarian medical workers imprisoned on charges of infecting children with the HIV virus were tortured by electric shock during their captivity, the son of Libyan leader Moammar Gaddafi told al-Jazeera television. (READ MORE)

Bush Rejects Gas Tax To Fund Bridge Repair, Decries Hill Spending - President Bush yesterday rejected a gasoline tax increase to repair thousands of structurally deficient bridges such as the one that collapsed in Minneapolis, pointing the finger instead at Congress for what he called misguided spending policies that have neglected high priorities in favor of pork politics. (READ MORE)

No Sounds From Miners - The frenetic effort to drill into the presumed location of six workers trapped in a collapsed mine yielded no audible evidence of survivors early today. But rescuers cautioned their work isn't done and that air quality in the mine could sustain life. 7:40 a.m. (READ MORE)

Wall Street Stunned by Funds Freeze - Panic returned to Wall Street yesterday after a major French bank said it was freezing three funds that invested in U.S. subprime mortgages, prompting the European Central Bank and Federal Reserve to infuse $154 billion in emergency loans into the markets. (READ MORE)

Hillary Defends Spouse's Gay Rights Record - Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton defended her husband's record on homosexual rights last night in an emotional exchange with singer Melissa Etheridge during a broad forum hosted by the Human Rights Campaign. (READ MORE)

O'Malley Will Tell Wealthy to Pay Up - ANNAPOLIS — Gov. Martin O"Malley"s administration gave an update yesterday on plans to address the state"s $1.5 billion deficit, saying reforms will include closing corporate tax loopholes and demanding that the wealthy "pay their fair share." (READ MORE)

From the Front:
Jake's Life: This is the last - "Well we're back at Camp Fallujah posts" that you are going to read by me, and that's because we are DONE. No more ambushes, IEDs or snipers. No more small arms fire, RPGs, booby traps, hand grenades and machine gun bursts. No more post, patrolling or QRF. No more insurgents, terrorists, al Qaeda, Muj, or AIF. No more waking up at 3 am to go out and not coming back for 12 hours. (READ MORE)

Jason's Iraq Vacation: The reoccurring question - The sweat rolling down my back had turned from a leaky faucet to the Tigris River by mile 1. It was 122 degrees out and I couldn’t help but think that I was wearing an oven as opposed to body armor. As the sand blew into my face and the hotspots on my feet grew into raging inferno's, I again asked myself, "What the hell am I doing here?" (READ MORE)

Matt Sanchez: (VIDEO) 4 Million Muslims Marching in Baghdad - I was with the 3rd Squad Leader, 3rd Platoon 118th MP Co (ABN) heading over to the Sadr City JSS (Joint Service Station) when we saw this crowd of pilgrims going to the Imam Moussa al-Kadhim mosque. The Sadr City police chief told me they expected up to 4 million pilgrims. This shot was taken looking away from Beirut Square. Two years ago, during this same celebration, nearly 1000 people died during a stampede. (READ MORE)

Michael Yon: Courageous Iraqi Kidnapped - Associated Press journalist Talal Mohammed has been kidnapped. Although I learned this information earlier, I did not report it out of concern for his safety. Now that the Associated Press has officially reported his kidnapping, the need for secrecy is somewhat diminished, but not for discretion when it. (READ MORE)

Northern Disclosure: I shouldn't even be here! - I remember my father teaching me an important lesson when I was a kid. We were walking downtown on a Sunday afternoon to get some exercise for him and as a bribe to get me to go along there was the promise of Dairy Queen during the trip but truth be told I would walk for days just to be with him. No matter what we were doing I always enjoyed the time. My father and I were enjoying the local scenery when an obese person rode by on a 10 speed bicycle. (READ MORE)

LTC Richard Phillips: Week 27--- Busy, busy, busy ....... - We're busy, busy, busy ............. Taking care of business. Details, later. In case you ever wondered how we get our supplies here in Afghanistan. As always, thanks for reading this blog, praying for us and supporting your troops. Phillips, out. (READ MORE)

West Coast Notorious: Back at camp! - Well we are finally almost home. This last mission has been the most stressfull yet. After taking fire in Baghdad on the 4th, we went out to westeren Iraq to conduct op's out there. On our way back to Baghdad we missed a VBIED and an I.E.D. by 15 minutes, once we arrived we started taking motar fire and SAF at our camp. (READ MORE)

Wesley Morgan: Task Force Warhorse: Classical Counterinsurgency on Haifa Street - In the tactical operations center here on Forward Operating Base Union III, a huge poster is emblazoned with the slogan “Army Strong – Cav Tough.” From what I’ve seen in the past few days as I’ve lived and ridden with the Stryker cavalry Task Force based here, called Task Force Warhorse, that slogan is true enough, but could just as well read “Army Strong – Cav Smart.” This unit – two cavalry troops and an infantry company, headquartered by the 1st Squadron, 14th Cavalry – has been in three different areas of operations in the past year and has been engaged in an enormous spectrum of operations, from neighborhood cleanup to a multiple-day, full-squadron assault on enemy positions. (READ MORE)

On the Web:
Kathleen Parker: An outpost of American valor - Chances are good that more Americans have heard of Pvt. Scott Thomas Beauchamp than Cpl. Zebulon "Zeb" Webberley. (READ MORE)

Oliver North: Doing the Right Thing - For three years, politicians and pundits have been challenging the president's policy of spreading democracy around the world. Can't be done, particularly in the Middle East, they tell us. (READ MORE)

Debra J. Saunders: Won't Get Fooled Again? - Last year, congressional Democrats bemoaned the GOP's "culture of corruption." Rightly so, after 12 years holding the reins, Republican leaders had been corrupted by power. They encouraged their membership to burn through billions of taxpayers' dollars by passing "earmarks" to fund local pet projects with federal dollars. (READ MORE)

Rebecca Hagelin: "Rescue the Oppressed" - As we commit to seek help and make change in our own lives, we must not forget that one way to lift our spirits in the midst of our own real problems (or annoyances) is to focus on meeting the needs of others. One great human failure is turning away from the genuine suffering of so many people around the world -- people who actually have something to complain about, but whose cries of pain and misery go largely unheard by our vast population of self-centered whiners. (READ MORE)

Larry Elder: Whom to Blame for the Bridge's Collapse? Why, Bush, Of Course! - "How long will it take," I thought, as I watched the coverage of the collapsed bridge outside of Minneapolis, "before someone blames President George W. Bush?" It turns out, not long. (READ MORE)

David Limbaugh: Democrats' Radical Prescriptions for America - The 2008 election is shaping up to be one of the most important in decades. With every passing day we are seeing a greater contrast between the Democratic Party platform and the national interest. (READ MORE)

Donald Lambro: A window of opportunity opens for GOP - Worsening disapproval scores for the Democrats in Congress have spawned party-wide fears that voter alienation could give Republicans a chance to make a comeback in 2008. (READ MORE)

Jonah Goldberg: Uncommon criminals - Whether you call them terrorists, Mujahideen or a radical faction of Up With People, the simple fact is that what commonly goes by the label "Islamic terrorism" is not a merely a criminal enterprise. The profit motive didn't bring down the World Trade Center. (READ MORE)

John Hawkins: Taking The Chickenhawk Argument To Its Logical End - Last week-end, three chickenhawks were feted by a bunch of drooling, whooping extremists at a convention. What a disgrace! How dare these candidates, none of whom have served in the military, advocate that we continue fighting in a war where American troops are dying? (READ MORE)

Peter Wehner: Edwards the Phony - Matt Drudge has posted this headline on his site: "Editor For SC Largest Paper: Edwards Is 'A Big Phony.'" That claim may qualify as the understatement of the political year. (READ MORE)

Amanda Carpenter: Gay Forum for Democratic Candidates Tonight - Democrats running for their party’s nomination for President will openly discuss gay, lesbian and transgender issues in a forum sponsored by a gay rights group Thursday evening, which could hurt them in the polls of early swing states. (READ MORE)

Tom Liddy: Could the shine be coming off Obama? - Barack Obama has been criticized for his failure to campaign beyond platitudes. The 46-year-old Illinois pol, who at age 45 already had two best-selling autobiographies, has raised more money for the Democratic Presidential primary campaign than Hillary Rodham Clinton. (READ MORE)

Sandy Rios: The Runner-up for "Worst Person in the World" Speaks Out - "Please do us all a favor... get raped and then killed. You rancid, filthy ___." That's a direct quote from an e-mail I received after appearing on "The O'Reilly Factor." I was on the show objecting to the San Diego Padres celebration of "Gay Pride" on the same day they invited hundreds of children for a floppy hat giveaway. (READ MORE)

WSJ Review & Outlook: The Kids Are All Right - Pop quiz. Which has been most important in reducing poverty over time: a) taxes, b) economic growth, c) international trade, or d) government regulation? We know what our readers would say. But lest you think American young people are slouching toward serfdom, you'll be pleased to know that 53% of U.S. high school seniors also answered "b." The latest version of the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) asked this question, among others on economics, and the results will not please members of the Socialist International, or for that matter the Senate Finance Committee. (READ MORE)

Peggy Noonan: 'Get It Done' - In the lives of interesting people, there are bound to be interesting events. This is about one in the life of Gen. David Petraeus, commander of U.S. troops in Iraq. Gen. Petraeus of course will be all over television in September, reporting to Congress on the war, and America will be getting used to him. He is not in an easy position. The left and most Democrats are invested in the idea of Iraq as disaster. The right and most Republicans placed their bets on the president and the decision to invade. (READ MORE)

Kimbery A. Strassel: Democratic Dustup - "They'll find their way back to the middle. And if they don't, they won't win." So says a blunt Harold Ford Jr., chairman of the Democratic Leadership Council, of his party's current crop of presidential candidates. The question is just how many would-be Democratic presidents recognize the wisdom of his words. Mr. Ford is in a feisty mood throughout our chat, as well he might be given the shelling his group has recently endured at the keyboards of the far left. Skip back 15 years, and the DLC stood as the proud architect of Bill Clinton's "New Democrat" campaign victory. (READ MORE)

Ed Morrissey: Choosy News Consumers Mistrust Media - Pew Research has released its latest poll on media credibility, and newsrooms should take notice of the results. The industry has its lowest marks from its most sophisticated customers, but at least they have better credibility than Congress and the President. No, really: “The American public continues to fault news organizations for a number of perceived failures, with solid majorities criticizing them for political bias, inaccuracy and failing to acknowledge mistakes. But some of the harshest indictments of the press now come from the growing segment that relies on the internet as its main source for national and international news.” (READ MORE)

Allahpundit: Bombshell? NASA revises recent U.S. temperatures downward after Y2K bug fix Updated - Remarkable, isn’t it, how we’re assured that this is the most important scientific issue of our time and yet one of the basic calculations from which the evidence is derived has to be reverse engineered from the data in order to check it. Can we at least get some peer review before we build the ark? (READ MORE)

Don Surber: The little Byrds of the W.Va. congressional delegation - The Club for Growth released a scorecard on the House and how each member scores on fiscal responsibility. The three West Virginians in the House are the Three Little Pigs when it comes to pork spending. Democrat Nick Joe Rahall was the best of the lot scoring 2%. (READ MORE)

Jim Addison: Stuck in the middle without you - The traditional political wisdom of modern Presidential campaigns follows the Nixon Plan from 1968: run to the right (left for Democrats) in the primaries, then back towards the middle for the general election. Primaries having become even more prevalent and influential since then, most candidates understand they must at least appease their party's base to win the nomination, but must also appeal to the more moderate "swing voters" and independents to be elected. (READ MORE)

Lawhawk: Charges Dropped Against Two Marines In Haditha Incident - A U.S. Marine general dropped all charges on Thursday against two Marines in the shooting deaths of 24 civilians in Haditha, scene of what Iraqi witnesses said was a massacre by American troops. The dismissal of charges means neither Lance Cpl. Justin Sharratt nor Capt. Randy Stone will face a court-martial in connection with the events at Haditha, which have brought international condemnation of U.S. troops. (READ MORE)

Austin Bay: And when did Bush invade Syria? - Well, he didn’t. But Syria is (once again) openly struggling with radical Islamists — a struggle involving death and destruction. For years the Assad regime has had trouble if Islamist militants. They also make tactical and operational alliances with the radicals. But this Reuters report is still very interesting. The lede: “Syria is facing a violent campaign by Islamist militants and six border soldiers died in attacks launched from inside Iraq, a senior Syrian security official said on Thursday.” (READ MORE)

Dafydd: The "Don't Make Waves!" Theory of Iraqi Politics - Congress, and even to a lesser extent the Bush administration, have recently begun demanding a written, codified political settlement of issues in Iraq -- enacted by the Iraqi parliament -- before they'll admit that we're winning the war. The demand is unreasonable; I have thought for some time that that's the wrong way to go about pacifying the country. Contrary to conventional wisdom, I believe the most important elements of the Iraq democracy project are military: denying the enemies of freedom and democracy the ability to enforce their ideology by gun and bomb. Political "reconciliation" is academically interesting but ultimately non-essential to our victory conditions... an Iraq that is no longer a threat to the United States, not a haven for terrorists, and more or less free and democratic, at least enough so that Iraqis feel themselves a part of society, not apart from society. (READ MORE)

The Belmont Club: Sad R City - Bill Roggio has more details on the targets of the American assault on Sadr city. It was aimed squarely at an Iranian Qods-backed bombing cell. "A joint Iraqi and US force conducted a raid inside Sadr City on Wednesday, killing 30 members of the Iranian-backed Special Groups cells and capturing 12." Bill Roggio says the latest attack is part of a wider campaign to roll up the Iranian networks operating in Iraq.” (READ MORE)

Grim @ Blackfive: Democracy in Iraq - I want to bring your attention to something remarkable that General Bergner said in this week's roundtable with him (transcript here). The whole thing is worth reading, and touches on military operations, Iran, and numerous other topics. What I asked him about, however, was reconciliation. We know from Dr. Kilcullen and others that the Surge is mainly a military plan to buy space for political progress. It's been noted that the Iraqi central government has been on vacation, and we've talked about whether that is a sign of no progress, or a necessary space for some backchannel arguments. What signs of progress, I asked, has General Bergner seen? (READ MORE)

War Historian: The Demands of Honor - West Point, New York, 1999: Summer at West Point is a curious time. It is when the academic side of the United States Military (call that Athens) comes the closest to becoming Sparta. The rising sophomores, known as “Yucks” in West Point slang, return to the Academy after just a few short weeks away from its granite walls. While their peers are back at home, unwinding from their first year of college, the Yucks shoulder their packs and move out to the training areas which stretch out for miles behind the main campus. Over the course of the next several weeks they learn the rudimentary basics of the tactics of professional soldiers. Their erstwhile professors of English and mathematics and yes, history, will be their instructors in the Art of War, because at this place, those academic professors with their MAs and Ph.D.s are also often Airborne Rangers as well. The whole shebang is coordinated by the Tactics Department. In 1999 the officer most directly responsible for this training was a man I will call “Colonel Hank.” (READ MORE)

Chickenhawk Express: Gen Mattis Delivers a Two-fer - Charges Dismissed Against TWO Haditha Marines - What a day! First we get the incredible news this AM that General Mattis had dismissed all charges against LCpl Justin Sharratt. Then this afternoon General Mattis dismissed all charges against Capt Randy Stone, another Marine charged in the Haditha incident. After 2 years of pure hell brought on by a media searching for the next Abu Ghraib story and a Congressman intent on impressing his new "pink" friends, these two Marines can sleep with minds at ease tonight. The family members of these two Marines can finally take a deep breath albeit thousands of dollars lighter. (READ MORE)

Aaron Mannes: Dawood Ibrahim in the Dock? “The always turning rumor mill on the Indian-subcontinent is rotating at top speed with tales of the arrest of Dawood Ibrahim and his top deputies Tiger Memon and Chota Shakeel, all presumably residing in Pakistan and wanted by India for their involvement in the 1993 Black Friday bombings in Mumbai which killed 257 people. A screenwriter would be challenged to develop a character like Dawood Ibrahim – crime lord, terrorist, spy, and high society figure. For a full profile, see this article by friend of the CT Blog David Kaplan. (READ MORE)

Victor Comras: The New Guantanamo Military Commission Debate - There doesn’t seem to be much going anymore for the Guantanamo Military Commission. Its utility, function and procedures are being challenged from all sides, including from the inside. General public condemnation of the process is growing here and abroad, the Supreme Court has decided to review its operation, legislation has been proposed to scrap it, and the senior Military Commission Judge, himself, has challenged the Commissions jurisdiction. The debate has moved beyond the question of whether we should sacrifice some of our basic principles of justice and fair play in order to counter possible terrorist threats. Rather, there's a growing perception that the Military Commission process, which does involve sacrificing such principles, provides little, if any, offsetting real benefits to our war on terrorism. (READ MORE)

Flopping Aces: Democrats Flip-Flopping On Iraq - So we now see the new direction the Democrats are taking on Iraq. They see the handwriting on the wall for the September meeting and they are now getting out front of the tide. You would have to be blind or completely biased to not see this. Just watch this video of Durbin and Casey on Fox yesterday. They spent some time in Iraq and they were asked about their trip and the progress they seen. "We've been saying FROM THE BEGINNING that our troops are doing the job" (READ MORE)

David Tate: Iraqi implications of Turkish parliamentary elections - By just about all outside accounts, the overwhelming victory in Turkey by the incumbent Justice and Development Party (AKP) during parliamentary elections July 22, was a serious wake-up call to all interests in the future of this Muslim democracy. The resounding victory, which the AKP won nearly 47 percent of the vote that drew 85 percent of the voters, was 15 points higher than in the 2002 election and the second biggest landslide in Turkish history. It was a surprise primarily because the world, just months before, witnessed huge protests against then pro-Western Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's government, which appeared to be moving closer to the use of religion in public policy. (READ MORE)

Paul Weston: An Open Letter to Europeans - It had to happen. It was just a matter of when. Writers on sites such as Gates of Vienna have spent years detailing the totalitarian impulses of the European Union and the associated apparatchiks riding on their coat tails. And now it is out in the open. A peaceful democratic protest, organised by people with no trace of historically violent behaviour, is banned because the Mayor of Brussels, a Mr Freddy Thielemans, believes he cannot guarantee the safety of the public, and perhaps more pertinently, does not wish to upset the delicate sensibilities of Brussels’s large resident Muslim community. (READ MORE)

Baron Bodissey: Alternative Structures for a Civil Society - We are on our own. This is a frequent refrain in this space. Across the entire West, our elected governments are failing to do the most basic job of protecting their citizens. At the same time we — the electorate — for some reason find ourselves unable to elect anyone who will remedy the problem, who will do something besides apply yet more socialism and kowtow to the mandarins of politically correct Multiculturalism. (READ MORE)

Neptunus Lex: Knowing the enemy - Before going on their August vacation, Congress passed desperately important legislation regulating the way in which the National Security Agency monitors electronic communications between known terrorists. That capability had been severely constrained ever since last January, when, in the interest of clearing partisan smoke from an important national security issue, President Bush set aside his claim to constitutional privilege under Article II and agreed to abide by the limitations imposed by the 1978 Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. His willingness to do so was contingent upon a committment from Congress to update a FISA Act that had been rendered dangerously obsolete by modern technological advances. (READ MORE)

News of the World: A Liberals Journey to the Right - I just hit the big FIVE-O in May this year, so there is a fair amount of remorse in realizing that I was putting my energy in the wrong direction since the days when we use to practice hiding under our desk during the Cuban missile crisis. This coming out has been made possible mostly by events mostly in the last 6 years, 911 being the most influential one of all. I’m a product of the sixties. This was a time when it was fashionable to rebel against the corporate and political establishment. Although I had no clue how either one of these worked, I hated them anyway,because that’s what all the cool people were doing. We were anti goverment , and anybody that had a job was a capitalist pig. We hated America like we hated our parents and anyone over 30 couldn’t be trusted. Unless we were broke and needed to move back in with mom and dad. (READ MORE)

Donald Sensing: Lack of trust, CYA, or fear of the media? - In the wake of the botched reporting, then coverup, of the circumstances of Cpl. Pat Tillman’s death in Afghanistan in 2004, the Army has ordered that “a formal, independent investigation into the death of every American in a hostile area” be conducted. For those of you who’ve been living on Mars the past few weeks, Cpl. Tillman was killed by gunfire shot by his own unit’s soldiers. His death was properly reported as killed in action (KIA) but erroneously reported as caused by hostile fire. By the time the truth was determined, some weeks had passed and the mistaken report was not corrrected. Instead, officers covered up the truth, finally leading to a formal investigation run by the Inspector General, which recently issued a harsh report. (READ MORE)

Pros and Cons: News of the obvious, from NPR and The Wall Street Journal - Reporters apparently struggle with objectivity, advocacy. You don’t say? In other news, women perceived as “Angry” turn of both men and women, where angry men and “sad” (not necessarily drama queen) women are rated top performers at work by both men and women. This is bad news for the junior Senator from New York, some assume, though one wonders if she really qualifies as a “woman” in most potential voters’ minds. It is almost as though both men and women are programmed to respond to innate differences in the sexes. I’d like to congratulate the reporter and researcher who came up with it, Dr. Victoria Brescoll. You’ve come a long way, baby Tory. Hat tip, page D8 of today’s Wall Street Journal. (READ MORE)

William Teach: Climate Now Causes Everything! - Climate change disciples are so cute in their hysteria “(Guardian UK) Now we discover that not only are the oceans and the atmosphere conspiring against us, bringing baking temperatures, more powerful storms, floods and ever-climbing sea levels, but the crust beneath our feet seems likely to join in too.” Gawd-almighty, can you believe that? They really go off the deep end in order to substantiate their insanity. (READ MORE)

McQ: The American Preference for divided government - Andrew Sullivan today: “Earlier, I quoted political scientist Larry Sabato as saying—correctly in my view—that the American people like gridlock. They don’t trust either party to run the whole show. And frankly, the 2000-2006 experience of a Republican Congress and a Republican president is strong evidence in favor of divided party control.” I’ve become convinced gridlock is not only good, it is necessary. That comes under the heading of "pragmatism". As Sullivan rightly points out, I don’t trust either party to run the whole show and divided government actually does impose a defacto check and balance as we’ve seen here lately. And Republicans only seem to act like Republicans when they’re in the minority or when the government is split. (READ MORE)

The Redhunter: The Democrat Line in December - Via NRO, I think that Senators Richard Durbin Bob Casey are floating a trial balloon regarding what the Democrat line in September will be when Gen Petraeus comes to Washington and reports that the surge is making good progress. Note how the CNN anchor seems amazed that Durbin would admit to any military progress at all. It's as if he couldn't quite believe his ears at first. What's going on here is that the Democrats have learned that the "surge" (more properly Operation Phantom Thunder) is working better than they expected, or as I should say, feared. And I'm not going to go through the evidence here, but all signs point to military success in Iraq, at least right now. (READ MORE)

Texas Rainmaker: NYT: Stop Making Illegal Aliens Feel Bad - Apparently when the New York Times isn’t publishing national security secrets for their friends in the caves of Afghanistan, they’re carrying the water of the illegal immigration lobby. The latest missive is an article about how it’s Americans’ fault that illegal aliens aren’t sending as much of their money back to their homeland and as such, half a million homes there will be negatively impacted. “This year a smaller percentage of Mexican immigrants in the United States sent money back to their homeland than in 2006, according to a report released yesterday by the Inter-American Development Bank. The bank said the reduction had left at least two million people in Mexico without the same financial help they had once received.” (READ MORE)

FullosseousFlap’s Dental Blog: Cindy Sheehan Announces Run for Congress Against Democrat Speaker Nancy Pelosi - Anti-war activist Cindy Sheehan cries as she remembers her son Casey. She has announced her official bid for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s seat Californias 8th district. Cindy Sheehan announced her intention to run for Congress against Democrat Nancy Pelosi in California’s 8th Congressional District yestereday. Pelosi is an 11 term incumbent and Speaker of the House. (READ MORE)

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