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TSA Administrator to Retire from Public Service

MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — John Pistole, the longest-serving administrator for the Transportation Security Administration, announced on Thursday that he is retiring from public service at the end of the year.

Pistole spent 26 years at the FBI before working at the TSA for the last four and a half years. According to a TSA press release, Pistole is expected to be named to a position in the academic field early next year.

Pistole called it “an honor and a privilege to have served as TSA Administrator.” In a statement, he said, “No words can convey my deep gratitude for the hard work and dedication of the thousands of men and women committed to protecting the American public.”

Pistole, who joined the FBI in 1983, was nominated for the administrator position in 2010 and was unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate.

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson thanked Pistole for his service and highlighted his leadership in launching the TSA’s pre-check program that is now used by more than five million passengers each week at 120 U.S. airports.

“John Pistole has been integral in leading TSA’s transformation to a risk-based, intelligence-driven counterterrorism agency dedicated to protecting our transportation systems,” Johnson said. “Because of his efforts…our country’s transportation systems are more safe and secure.”

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TSA Administrator to Retire from Public Service

MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — John Pistole, the longest-serving administrator for the Transportation Security Administration, announced on Thursday that he is retiring from public service at the end of the year.

Pistole spent 26 years at the FBI before working at the TSA for the last four and a half years. According to a TSA press release, Pistole is expected to be named to a position in the academic field early next year.

Pistole called it “an honor and a privilege to have served as TSA Administrator.” In a statement, he said, “No words can convey my deep gratitude for the hard work and dedication of the thousands of men and women committed to protecting the American public.”

Pistole, who joined the FBI in 1983, was nominated for the administrator position in 2010 and was unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate.

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson thanked Pistole for his service and highlighted his leadership in launching the TSA’s pre-check program that is now used by more than five million passengers each week at 120 U.S. airports.

“John Pistole has been integral in leading TSA’s transformation to a risk-based, intelligence-driven counterterrorism agency dedicated to protecting our transportation systems,” Johnson said. “Because of his efforts…our country’s transportation systems are more safe and secure.”

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James Cole, Deputy Attorney General, to Resign

Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Deputy Attorney General James Cole is planning to resign from his post, leaving the administration after four years of operating as the Justice Department’s COO.

Cole is the second-longest-serving deputy attorney general, and the longest serving in over 50 years. A Justice Department official tells ABC News that Cole informed the White House of his decision on Sept. 18 and that he will leave the administration as soon as the end of the year. He had also informed Attorney General Eric Holder prior to informing the White House.

The official said that Cole does not have plans for immediately after leaving the department, but that he would like to be involved in issues including sentencing reform and helping prisoners re-enter society.

Cole joined the Justice Department in 1979, left to enter private practice in 1992, and returned as deputy attorney general in 2010.

Last month, Holder announced his impending resignation from the position of attorney general.

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Mayday PAC Launches Ad Promoting Rick Weiland in SD Senate Race

Rick Weiland For Senate(WASHINGTON) — Mayday PAC launched a new ad Thursday in the South Dakota Senate race, promoting democratic candidate Rick Weiland.

The PAC also announced they are increasing their ad buy to higher than the previously announced $1 million, to $1.25 million.

This $250,000 increase makes Mayday the largest independent spender thus far in the race, exceeding the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee.

The premise of the new ad is a point Weiland has belabored throughout the race: Take our country back from big money and special interests.

This message of economic populism has traveled with Weiland across the state accompanied by a pledge of reversing Citizens United as a first priority if elected in November.

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Mayday PAC Launches Ad Promoting Rick Weiland in SD Senate Race

Rick Weiland For Senate(WASHINGTON) — Mayday PAC launched a new ad Thursday in the South Dakota Senate race, promoting democratic candidate Rick Weiland.

The PAC also announced they are increasing their ad buy to higher than the previously announced $1 million, to $1.25 million.

This $250,000 increase makes Mayday the largest independent spender thus far in the race, exceeding the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee.

The premise of the new ad is a point Weiland has belabored throughout the race: Take our country back from big money and special interests.

This message of economic populism has traveled with Weiland across the state accompanied by a pledge of reversing Citizens United as a first priority if elected in November.

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Mayday PAC Launches Ad Promoting Rick Weiland in SD Senate Race

Rick Weiland For Senate(WASHINGTON) — Mayday PAC launched a new ad Thursday in the South Dakota Senate race, promoting democratic candidate Rick Weiland.

The PAC also announced they are increasing their ad buy to higher than the previously announced $1 million, to $1.25 million.

This $250,000 increase makes Mayday the largest independent spender thus far in the race, exceeding the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee.

The premise of the new ad is a point Weiland has belabored throughout the race: Take our country back from big money and special interests.

This message of economic populism has traveled with Weiland across the state accompanied by a pledge of reversing Citizens United as a first priority if elected in November.

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Mayday PAC Launches Ad Promoting Rick Weiland in SD Senate Race

Rick Weiland For Senate(WASHINGTON) — Mayday PAC launched a new ad Thursday in the South Dakota Senate race, promoting democratic candidate Rick Weiland.

The PAC also announced they are increasing their ad buy to higher than the previously announced $1 million, to $1.25 million.

This $250,000 increase makes Mayday the largest independent spender thus far in the race, exceeding the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee.

The premise of the new ad is a point Weiland has belabored throughout the race: Take our country back from big money and special interests.

This message of economic populism has traveled with Weiland across the state accompanied by a pledge of reversing Citizens United as a first priority if elected in November.

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Harvard Teams Up with DC Think Tanks to Educate New Lawmakers

iStock/Thinkstock(CAMBRIDGE, Mass.) — Three Washington, D.C. think tanks will join the Congressional Institute in December when it hosts Harvard’s Institute of Politics’ preparatory program for freshman Congressmen.

The “Bipartisan Program for Newly Elected Members of Congress” is held by the IOP every two years. This year, the American Enterprise Institute, the Brookings Institution, and the Center for Strategic and International Studies will join the conference.

According to an IOP blog, this year’s program will include topics on “‘The Domestic Economy: The Middle-Class Crunch,’ ‘America’s Role in the World,’ ‘Balancing Family and Work Life on Capitol Hill’ as well as sessions on working with the White House, the federal budget, the global economy, terrorism and extremism, communications and navigating the legislative process.”

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Rep. Gardner Still Leading Colorado Senate Race, But by Less

US House of Representatives(WASHINGTON) — Republican Rep. Cory Gardner is leading Democratic incumbent Sen. Mark Udall by six points — 47 to 41 percent — among likely voters in Colorado, according to a new Qunnipiac poll out Thursday morning.

Another 8 percent are for Independent candidate Steve Shogan, while 4 percent are still undecided. If you take Shogan out of the Colorado Senate Race, Gardner leads by five.

Gardner’s lead has decreased slightly since last month’s poll, when he led by eight points.

Udall has made women’s health care issues a focus of his campaign and Udall does lead with female voters backing the incumbent by nine points, 49 to 40 percent.

Gardner leads with independent voters, but just by a slight margin 42 percent to 39 percent.

With only 19 days before Election Day, 87 percent of Colorado voters say their mind is made up, while 12 percent could change their mind.

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Secretary John Kerry Forced to Fly Commercial Again

State Dept Photo(WASHINGTON) — At least he’s racking up the frequent flier miles.

For the second time in three months, Secretary of State John Kerry has been stranded on a foreign tarmac by his Air Force jet and has had to catch a commercial flight back to Washington.

Thursday, Kerry was trying to get home from Vienna, Austria, after a day of negotiations over Iran’s nuclear program. But his plane had “mechanical problems,” according to a spokesperson, so he had to ride home with the masses.

It’s not the first time Kerry’s had to wait at an airport like the rest of the traveling public. Back in August, a 757 taking his staff, press delegation and him back to the United States was having electrical problems, so he had to stop in Hawaii to get on an United Airlines flight.

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