Florida is one of several states where the Tea Party has embraced a new cause: solar energy. Tea Party groups are teaming up with progressive organizations to open up the solar energy industry. It's an unusual coalition and puts them at odds in some states with another conservative grassroots organization, the Koch brothers-backed Americans for Prosperity.
Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald was heard, in an exchange with a homeless vet, saying that he had been in a special forces unit, which he now admits is untrue. McDonald did however serve in the military: he is a West Point grad and was in the 82nd Airborne division.
For the first time in Maryland, a woman with a prostitution conviction has had her criminal record wiped clean by convincing a judge she is actually a victim, forced into the life by brutal pimps. Advocates hope it will be a model in other states.
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