• Cornyn speaks during a 2011 hearing (Charles Dharapak/AP)Sen. John Cornyn on Tuesday revealed exactly where he stands on Eric Holder, publicly calling for the attorney general's resignation during a committee hearing.

    "Mr. Attorney General, it's more with sorrow than ... anger that I would say that you leave me no alternative but to join those that call upon you to resign your office," the Texas Republican told Holder during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing. "Americans deserve an attorney general who will be honest with them. They deserve an attorney general who will uphold the basic standards of political independence and accountability. You have proven time and time again, sadly, that you're unwilling to do so."

    Cornyn, who also raised concerns about recent reports of national security leaks, said he hopes President Barack Obama will replace Holder with "someone who is up to that challenge."

    Cornyn's unequivocal statements add to the growing chorus of congressional Republicans calling for Holder's resignation.

    The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee and chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) announced Monday that the committee will vote June 20 on whether to hold Holder in contempt over his role in Operation Fast and Furious, which involved selling firearms with the hopes of tracking Mexican drug cartels. House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) immediately backed the committee's decision to hold the vote.

    Holder insisted during Tuesday's hearing—the ninth Congressional hearing at which he has testified—that he has no intention to resign: "I heard the White House press officer say yesterday that the president has absolute confidence in me. I don't have any reason to believe that in fact is not the case."

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  • Romney, viewed through a supporter's cell phone screen in Ohio (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)In a rare sign of bipartisan unity, the Federal Election Commission unanimously approved a proposal late Monday that will allow federal candidates and campaign committees to accept political donations via text message.

    The move, advocated by politicians on both sides of the aisle including President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney, is aimed at giving average Americans a greater role in the Democratic process. It also opens up a potentially lucrative way for candidates to not only raise quick cash from small donors but also expand their voter outreach lists.

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    Florida Gov. Rick Scott hit the cable circuit on Tuesday morning to defend his state's efforts to prevent illegal immigrants from voting, amid news that the Justice Department will challenge his plan in court.

    "I have an obligation to enforce the laws of our land. You don't get to vote in Florida if you're a non-U.S. citizen," the Republican governor said on CNN's "Starting Point."

    Scott, who also appeared on "Fox and Friends," hit back at accusations that his plan is politically motivated and an attempt to suppress legal votes. The Florida Department of State compares names on the state's voter rolls with data about citizenship status to identify noncitizens, and it removes them if they do not prove their legality. "This is not a partisan issue, this is Republican, Democrat, independent, this is protecting the rights of U.S. citizens and not diluting their vote by non-U.S. citizens," said Scott.

    The Justice Department announced plans Monday to take legal action against Florida for appearing to violate the Voting Rights Act and the National Voter Registration Act with its voter purge. The American Civil Liberties Union has also filed a lawsuit to stop Florida's voter purge.

    "Because the State has indicated its unwillingness to comply with these requirements, I have authorized the initiation of an enforcement action against Florida in federal court," Thomas Perez, assistant attorney general, wrote in a letter Monday to Florida Secretary of State Ken Detzner.

    The Justice Department's action was a direct response to Detzner's announcement earlier Monday that Florida would sue the Department of Homeland Security to gain access to the federal citizenship database (SAVE) to help carry out its voter purge. Scott said Monday that Florida has found nearly 100 noncitizens on state voter rolls.

    As Yahoo News has reported, partisan battles over voter ID laws are being waged across the country this election year.

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