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2.) The Mudcat looks to claim a scalp — If he’s not the best political strategist in the country, he is certainly the most entertaining and quotable. Now Democratic campaign adviser Dave “Mudcat” Saunders is back at work, this time trying to help retired Army Colonel Wayne Powell steal House Majority Leader Eric Cantor congressional seat. TheDC’s Alex Pappas reports:
3.) Loose lips may still sink ships — Republicans are attacking the Obama administration, accusing it of leaking intelligence information that may help the president politically, but puts our CIA operatives and assets, as well as their missions, at risk. One former CIA operative tells TheDC’s Jamie Weinstein (ME!) that while he doesn’t know whether the recent national security leaks were politically motivated, the leakers should certainly be in some trouble:
“A former top CIA counter-terrorism leader told The Daily Caller that officials should ‘absolutely’ go to jail for sharing classified national security information with the press. Henry Crumpton, a CIA officer who was deputy director of the CIA’s Counter-Terrorism Center and headed America’s covert invasion of Afghanistan in the aftermath of 9/11 attacks, said that intelligence leaks put ‘lives at risk.’ ‘They are putting lives at risk,’ he said during an interview at TheDC’s Washington offices about his new book, The Art of Intelligence: Lessons from a Life in the CIA’s Clandestine Service.”
4.) Racking up the awards — Alex Quade picked up another prestigious award for The Daily Caller, reports TheDC’s Alex Pappas:
“The Daily Caller has been named the winner of an Edward R. Murrow Award for a story chronicling the bravery of American soldiers who rode horses into combat in Afghanistan after Sept. 11, 2001. The story, “The Horse Soldiers of 9-11,” was written by war reporter Alex Quade about the first American troops to arrive in Afghanistan.”
5.) Poll of the Day: Americans optimistic about country’s future — Fox News poll asks “In general, do you think America’s best days are ahead of us or behind us?”: 63% said ahead of us, only 26% said behind us.