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TheDC Morning: A Memorial Day Tale

Jamie Weinstein Senior Writer

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1.) A Memorial Day Tale — From Iraq to the U.S., award-winning war reporter Alex Quade has covered Operational Detachment Alpha Teams of the 10th Special Forces Group. This Memorial Day, Quade tells those warriors’ tales in TheDC:

“Stacey Pirelli looked at the tattered, white, padded envelope at her home in Hull, Massachusetts. It was misshapen; felt hard and lumpy, had tears and scuff marks. She opened it. Finally, she thought. The last ‘piece’ of her Green Beret brother, killed in action in Iraq six years ago, was home — in time for Memorial Day.”

After you devour part 1, read part 2.

2.) Red Ted? — Bad news for Ted Cruz. It appears that while he may be a “real Latino” to the dismay of Bill Richardson, he may also be a secret communist. Charles Johnson reports for TheDC:

“Although the left-wing press and Democratic former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson are busily trying to depict him as a fake Latino, Sen. Ted Cruz has long been involved with the Latino community. The Texas Republican, who won a Senate seat last November, helped found Harvard Law School’s Latino Law Review and worked with then-Gov. George W. Bush to reach out to Latinos in Texas. The twenty-four-year-old Cruz — then going by ‘Rafael E. Cruz’ — was listed as a ‘general editor’ in the Latino Law Review’s inaugural issue in Fall 1994. The name appears to have been just his formal name. ‘Students knew him as Ted,’ Alan Dershowitz, a professor of Cruz’s at Harvard, told TheDC. The progressive Review’s inaugural issue included articles on ‘the rebellious influence of Cesar Chavez’ by Obama mentor and Harvard Law Professor Charles J. Ogletree; an analysis of the treatment of Latinos in the criminal justice system by Reynaldo Anaya Valencia; a discussion of court interpreters by Utah judge Lynn W. Davis; a review of federal sentencing guidelines by federal judge Jose A. Cabranes; and a student note on a ‘Latino communitarian response to gang violence.'”

Imagine for a moment that President Obama nominated someone for his cabinet who helped found a progressive law review that  published a positive article about Cesar Chavez. Now imagine how Sen. Cruz would handle that little bit of biographical news.

3.) To special prosecute or not to special prosecute — Should a special prosecutor be appointed to look into the IRS scandal? Depends on what Republican you ask. TheDC’s Patrick Howley reports:

“A powerful Republican senator called for the appointment of a special prosecutor to investigate the scandal surrounding the Internal Revenue Service’s targeting of conservative groups for extra scrutiny. Republican South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham said Sunday that a special prosecutor should be called upon to investigate the exploding IRS scandal, as well as accusations that the Obama administration’s Department of Justice spied on a Fox News reporter. … Not all Republicans agree with Graham’s call to action. ‘When I can’t do my job because I lack the authority or cooperation, I’ll seek additional remedies,’ House oversight committee Chairman Darrell Issa said last week.”

TheDC Morning says yes. In the end, that’s all that should matter, right?

4.) Here comes the Bobster — Bob Dole isn’t happy with the state of the GOP. TheDC’s Jeff Poor reports:

“Former Senate majority leader and 1996 Republican presidential nominee Bob Dole had harsh words for today’s GOP on this weekend’s ‘Fox News Sunday. Dole told host Chris Wallace that his party needs to focus on ‘positive agendas.’ ‘I think they ought to put a sign on the national committee doors that says closed for repairs until New Year’s Day next year and spend that time going over ideas and positive agendas,’ Dole said.”

5.) Tweet of Yesterday — KimJongNumberUn: “Give a man a fish, and he eats for a day. We don’t do that here.” — Dad

6.) Today in North Korean News — BREAKING: “Kim Jong Un Praised by World Public as Great Man”

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