Seth Moulton, a 35-year-old former Marine infantryman, earned a decisive win over incumbent Rep. John Tierney in the Democratic primary for Massachusetts' sixth congressional district.
According to numbers reported by Politico, Moulton defeated Tierney, a nine-term incumbent, by nearly eight percentage points.
Tierney was beset by criticisms of ineptitude and a familial connection to a gambling scandal, but was bolstered by deep ties to the Democratic party, including endorsements from Sen. Elizabeth Warren and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi.
Tierney is the fourth House incumbent to lose his or her primary election these midterms, but the first Democrat to do so. The Democratic party isn’t nearly as fractured as the Republican party, which is struggling for identity between libertarian, tea party, and establishment factions, and after dramatic losses in the past two presidential elections.
And so Moulton’s primary victory represents not a Democratic identity crisis, but more of a changing of the guard.
"It's time for a new approach to end the gridlock in Washington," Moulton reportedly told supporters as he declared victory last night. "It's not enough to blame the Republicans for the lack of progress at a time when our country faces so many challenges. And it's cynical to think we must accept it."
Moulton joined the Marine Corps in 2001, after graduating from Harvard. Though he opposed the war in Iraq, according to his campaign site, he served in that conflict as an infantry officer, earning a Bronze Star for valor and extending his deployment at the request of Gen. David Petraeus. If elected, Moulton would join Congress at a time when representation from military veterans is among its lowest levels in American history.
He would join a select group of Iraq and Afghanistan War veterans in Congress that includes several rising stars in both parties — Democratic congresswomen Tulsi Gabbard and Tammy Duckworth of Hawaii and Illinois, respectively, and Rep. Tom Cotton, a Republican in Arkansas who is locked in a close Senate race against incumbent Democratic Sen. Mark Pryor.
But Moulton faces a tough general election for the congressional seat on Nov. 4. He will face Richard Tisei, a former Republican nominee for lieutenant governor of Massachusetts who lost in 2010 and lost a pretty close race against Tierney in 2012 to represent Massachusetts’ sixth.
(From left to right) Chris Osman, Chris McKinley, Kent Kroeker, and Talon Burton
At least four American veterans were among a group of eight men arrested by police in Haiti earlier this week for driving without license plates and possessing an arsenal of weaponry and tactical gear.
Police in Port-au-Prince arrested five Americans, two Serbians, and one Haitian man at a police checkpoint on Sunday, according to The Miami-Herald. The men told police they were on a "government mission" but did not specify for which government, according to The Herald.
They also told police that "their boss was going to call their boss," implying that someone high in Haiti's government would vouch for them and secure their release, Herald reporter Jacqueline Charles told NPR.
What they were actually doing or who they were potentially working for remains unclear. A State Department spokesperson told Task & Purpose they were aware that Haitian police arrested a "group of individuals, including some U.S. citizens," but declined to answer whether the men were employed by or operating under contract with the U.S. government.
A photo shared by Hoda Muthana on her now-closed @ZumarulJannaTwitter account. (Twitter/ZumarulJannah)
The State Department announced Wednesday that notorious ISIS bride Hoda Muthana, a U.S.-born woman who left Alabama to join ISIS but began begging to return to the U.S. after recently deserting the terror group, is not a U.S. citizen and will not be allowed to return home.
A top Senate Republican and fierce ally of President Donald Trump reportedly exploded at Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan recently about the U.S. military's plans to withdraw all troops from Syria by the end of April.
"That's the dumbest f******g idea I've ever heard," Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) reportedly replied when Shanahan confirmed the Trump administration still plans to complete the Syria withdrawal by April 30.
Later, Graham told Shanahan, "I am now your adversary, not your friend."