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“Facts mean little to a politicized Justice Department bent on inserting itself into the sovereign affairs of Texas and a lame-duck administration trying to turn our state blue,” declares Sen. John Cornyn, Texas Republican, after news that Attorney General Eric H. HolderJr. had sued the Lone Star State, seeking to overturn its voter ID laws.

“As Texans we reject the notion that the federal government knows what’s best for us. We deserve the freedom to make our own laws and we deserve not to be insulted by a Justice Department committed to scoring cheap political points,” says Mr. Cornyn, who is a former attorney general of Texas.


Analysts continue to wonder whether New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is a blessing or curse to the Republican Party.

“The problem for him is that almost nothing he’s done to win New Jersey can translate into a winning national Republican candidacy, let alone one that conservatives could in any way trust,” declares American Spectator editorial director Wlady Pleszczynski.

“Christie’s explosions have redounded to the benefit of conservatives, blowing apart New Jersey’s Democrat establishment and creating a new political paradigm in one of the nation’s bluest states. Christie may be a neutron bomb, but he’s our neutron bomb,” counters Matt Purple, assistant managing editor of the same publication.

Many soon will gather to fete and fund the aforementioned neutron bomb, however.

It portends to be a glittering affair: that would be a re-election fundraiser this weekend for Mr. Christie, which has drawn some fancy star power. Former New York Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani leads the list of folks who will journey to the oceanfront home of Clifford Sobel — U.S. ambassador to Brazil during the George W. Bush administration — way out on the more picturesque stretches of Long Island. The two-hour, sold-out cocktail event commanded a modest entry fee of $3,800. Per person.

Also on hosting duty: Nick Loeb, a former Florida state Senate hopeful who once described himself as a “Teddy Roosevelt Republican,” who has made much hay in his own right by manufacturing delectable toasted onion treats and is engaged to actress Sofia Vergara. Also on cordiality duty: Mr. Loeb’s father John Langeloth Loeb, Jr. former U.S. ambassador to Denmark.


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• 67 percent of eligible black voters turned out in the 2012 presidential election.

• 64 percent of eligible white voters and 48 percent of eligible Hispanic voters also turned out.

• 63 percent of Americans say blacks and whites “get along pretty well”; 69 percent of whites, 57 percent of blacks and 48 percent of Hispanics agree.

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