Tonight, we're liveblogging primary election results in Indiana North Carolina, West Virginia, and Wisconsin. For our handy guide to all of the key races, click here.
5:35 PM PT: This is pretty amazing:
5:44 PM PT: IN-05 (R) has tightened quite a bit, with David McIntosh at 31 and Susan Brooks just behind at 29. That's because Hamilton County, where Brooks leads 32-27, is starting to report.
5:49 PM PT: Indeed, IN-05 is now 30-30 between Brooks and McIntosh, but there's a new name in third place, John McGoff. However, McGoff's all the way back at 21, and he hasn't been kicking nearly enough ass in his home county of Marion to make enough of a difference.
Our Republican opponent Scott Brown just voted NO on a bill to stop student loan interest rates from doubling on July 1st.
Can you believe it?
Just a few weeks ago, Scott Brown voted once again to protect big oil subsidies. And now he is telling thousands of college students in Massachusetts -- kids drowning in debt from the soaring cost of tuition and fees -- that they have to pay even more.
This isn't about economics -- it's about our values.
Tell Scott Brown and the Republican Party to stop blocking action on student loans.
Scott Brown had a choice this morning: To help students who are trying to build a future for themselves, or to stand with the leadership in the Republican Party.
Scott Brown made his choice loud and clear.
And Massachusetts voters are seeing through his independent act. Even after Scott Brown and the Republican Party have thrown the kitchen sink at Elizabeth this past week, a new poll conducted yesterday shows Elizabeth and Scott Brown are tied at 45-45.
We need your help to tell every student, parent and grandparent about Scott Brown's vote today -- and to make sure Massachusetts voters know whose side he's on.
Elizabeth for MA
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“Sometimes a big shock is needed to cause people to take to the streets? The people cannot take it anymore.” – Tzipi Livni, former Kadima head (via Times of Israel)
ISRAELI POLITICS just exploded with the “atomic bomb” announcement by PM Benjamin Netanyahu, who has canceled upcoming elections to form a unity government with Kadima, led by Shaul Mofaz.
From the editor in chief of Haaretz, Aluf Benn:
Now, Netanyahu is at his most comfortable. Instead of been dependant on the mood swings of Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman and the Likud’s right-wing representatives, he has a coalition with two wings, between which he can maneuver. At times he’ll break right, at others left, all according to the needs of the moment. He can throw a bone to Lieberman and then to Mofaz; build a settlement and evacuate illegal structures. At times he?ll indicate that war with Iran is near and at others he’ll give U.S. President Barack Obama’s diplomatic overtures a chance. No politician can dream up of a more perfect situation. – Formation of Israeli unity cabinet shows Netanyahu blinked first, again
From the Times of Israel:
People chanted: ?The entire nation is the opposition,? ?Bibi and Mofaz, go home,? and also, ?Overturn the government.?
Others carried signs calling Netanyahu and Mofaz liars. Several people were arrested at the demonstrations in Tel Aviv.
Livni, who resigned from politics last week after Mofaz defeated her for the position of Kadima head, said: ?Sometimes a big shock is needed to cause people to take to the streets? The people cannot take it anymore.?
Former Kadima leader Tzipi Livni was among those who was asked to speak to the protesters, some of whom were arrested, because the police declared the gatherings illegal.
From the Christian Science Monitor:
?A major shift has happened in Israel?s government this night. Israel?s government is no longer a right-wing government,? says Amit Segal, a political commentator for Channel 2 news. ?In the long term, it will enable Mr. Netanyahu to try to reach an agreement with the Palestinians without fearing the reaction of Mr. Lieberman or the right wingers of his party.?
Netanyahu?s big-tent government also gives him more political cover if he chooses to be more aggressive against Iran because of the presence of Mr. Mofaz, a former army chief of staff and former defense minister who has been critical of Israel’s stance on Iran, in the decisionmaking process, say analysts.
?A unity government reduces the likelihood of criticism of the government should an operation go wrong,? wrote Ron Ben Yishai, a military affairs columnist for Ynet.com news website. ?It strengthens Israel?s deterrence and enhances its decisionmaking ability of the leaders on foreign policy and security issues, of which Iran is foremost.?
So far, reaction outside Israel is all over the map. But mostly people seem to be trying to figure out what Netanyahu is up to, because he most assuredly didn’t do this for grins. All signs pointed to Netanyahu winning the elections anyway.
Israeli analysts also suggested that Netanyahu backed down from elections now because he fears that the grassroots of his party has been overrun by Jewish settlers. The prime minister denied that suggestion. – Christian Science Monitor
Google got a license from the state of Nevada to begin testing a driverless car.The video, below, is very cool, but it's not entirely clear how well the thing actually works. I'd have liked to have seen how it does at an intersection with someone waiting at a crosswalk, maybe darting into the street, and how it does at a stop sign with several other cars coming from different directions. ...
The Colorado Civil Unions Act has passed its final committee hurdle, the House Appropriations Committee, with a 7-6 vote. There were concerns that the committee was wasting time on bills that won’t make it to the Senate this session and are essentially dead, but it does seem there is enough time for civil unions to proceed. The bill will have to get a House floor vote yet tonight so that it can have its final reading tomorrow, and there’s no guarantee that the controlling Republican leadership will allow it. Stay tuned.
During the committee discussion, Rep. Marsha Looper (R) advanced two amendments to create extra exceptions for church-based schools and therapists to not recognize (discriminate) against civil unions. There will have to be enough Republican support to strip these amendments during tonight’s floor debate so that the bill remains identical to the Senate version, because there is not enough time in the session for the Senate to reconsider it as amended.
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