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1.) Labrador wants to retrieve Holder’s resignation — In light of the new evidence that Eric Holder was briefed multiple times about Fast and Furious as early as July 2010, in direct contradiction to his testimony under oath, the calls for his resignation have begun. TheDC’s Matthew Boyle reports: “Rep. Raul Labrador, an Idaho Republican, called on Attorney General Eric Holder to resign Thursday, after Operation Fast and Furious documents surfaced showing he knew about the scandal and its intricate details. ‘I first learned about Fast and Furious early this year from several of my constituents,’ Labrador said in a release. ‘I then asked Chairman Issa to hold hearings on the topic. As I attended the hearings and reviewed the evidence, I was careful to not jump to any conclusions about the extent of Mr. Holder’s involvement. However, the recently published documents that directly link Mr. Holder to Fast and Furious have convinced me that he is either lying or grossly incompetent.'” Those do seem to be the only two reasonable explanations. Obama’s response? “Heckuva job, Holdy.” Hang on tight to that anchor, Obama. It can’t drag you down if you keep pretending it’s not.

2.) Occupiers say: ‘Un trabajo es un trabajo’ — The hot new “Occupy [Fill in the blank]” movement is completely spontaneous, right? Totally grassroots? Wellllllll… TheDC’s Michelle Fields reports: “A liberal organizer told the Daily Caller on Thursday afternoon that he paid some Hispanics to attend ‘Occupy DC’ protests happening in the nation’s capital. TheDC attended the protest event, an expansion of the ‘Occupy Wall Street’ movement that began in New York City. Some aspects of the protest, it turned out, are more Astroturf than grassroots. One group of about ten Hispanic protesters marched behind a Caucasian individual from the DC Tenants Advocacy Coalition, a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting rent control in Washington, D.C. Asked why they were there, some Hispanic protesters holding up English protest signs could not articulate what their signs said. Interviewed in Spanish, the protesters told conflicting stories about how their group was organized. Some said it was organized at their church, and that they were there as volunteers. Others, however, referred to the man from the DC Tenants Advocacy Coalition — the only Caucasian in the group — as their ‘boss.'” The next time a lefty says you’re astroturfed, Tea Partiers, don’t take it personally. They simply can’t conceive of someone doing it any other way.

3.) Harry Reid: Suicide bomber — The most charming man in American politics has really topped himself this time, as The Hill reports: “In a shocking development Thursday evening, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) triggered a rarely used procedural option informally called the ‘nuclear option’ to change the Senate rules. Reid and 50 members of his caucus voted to change Senate rules unilaterally to prevent Republicans from forcing votes on uncomfortable amendments after the chamber has voted to move to final passage of a bill. Reid’s coup passed by a vote of 51-48, leaving Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) fuming. The surprise move stunned Republicans, who did not expect Reid to bring heavy artillery to what had been a humdrum knife fight over amendments to China currency legislation. The Democratic leader had become fed up with Republican demands for votes on motions to suspend the rules after the Senate had voted to limit debate earlier in the day. McConnell had threatened such a motion to force a vote on the original version of President Obama’s jobs package, which many Democrats don’t like because it would limit tax deductions for families earning over $250,000. The jobs package would have been considered as an amendment.” To recap: Obama goes around for a solid month saying, “Come on, Republicans, pass this bill right now.” So Mitch McConnell tries to put it up for a vote. And Harry Reid avoids the vote by unilaterally changing the rules of the Senate. Wow, that American Jobs Act sure is popular, huh? Well, these new Senate rules will come in handy when Republicans are in the majority and it’s time to repeal Obamacare.

4.) Silver devalued — The Obama administration has found a Solyndra fall guy, according to Matthew Boyle: “Jonathan Silver, administrator of the U.S. Department of Energy’s loan guarantee program, is resigning from his post, Fox News reports. Until now, Silver was the head of the DOE’s Loan Programs office. That office oversaw the program that gave now-bankrupt Solyndra its $535 million loan guarantee. The transaction left taxpayers on the hook when the company failed. Silver, however, didn’t take the job he’s now leaving until two months after Solyndra’s loan guarantee was approved. Though President Barack Obama continues to tout solar energy as a boon for the future, Silver’s resignation may signal that key Obama administration officials lack confidence in a strategy of subsidizing loan guarantees for companies in what Obama calls the ‘green jobs’ economy.” And that’s the sound of Silver… being thrown under the bus by Obama. It’s too bad Solyndra didn’t make a solar-powered one.

5.) Scott Brown goes from full monty to full Biden — And as everybody knows, you never go full Biden. TheDC’s Michael Watson reports: “Massachusetts Democratic Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren started a tiff during a Tuesday night debate when she said she ‘kept [her] clothes on’ when she was in college. Republican Senator Scott Brown, whom Warren hopes to replace, famously posed semi-nude in Cosmopolitan magazine while he was a law student. Responding Thursday on WZLX radio’s Karlson and McKenzie show, Senator Brown said, ‘Thank God.'” Ouch. Yes, Warren did start it by bringing it up — the topic, that is — but Brown stepped into a big pile of his namesake by implying she doesn’t look good naked herself. That isn’t very gentlemanly. There’s only one way to settle this. Prove him wrong, Elizabeth Warren. Show that male chauvinist pig. Do it for women everywhere!

6.) Today’s words of wisdom from Alec Baldwin’s Truther, er, Twitter feed — “Last tweet of the day: America is great when it does great things.”

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