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Politics, news, events, science, social changes, ideas, things of great import… you know… stuff you don’t care about? Or perhaps you do. Anyway… here it is.

nprfreshair:

Big news: CBS just announced Stephen Colbert will replace David Letterman on The Late Show next year. Thoughts?

You can hear the 2012 Fresh Air interview here

I would much rather have the Colbert Report than him doing yet another chat show talking to dullards famous for being well known who just happen to have a new film/album/TV show to sell. 

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Pandora's Raising Its Prices

guruwithin:

"If the American people ever find out what we have done, they will chase us down the streets and lynch us."—George H. W. Bush, to White House correspondent Sarah McClendon, June 1992, in response to the question, “What will the people do if they ever find out the truth about Iraq-gate and Iran-contra?”

guruwithin:

"If the American people ever find out what we have done, they will chase us down the streets and lynch us."
—George H. W. Bush, to White House correspondent Sarah McClendon, June 1992, in response to the question, “What will the people do if they ever find out the truth about Iraq-gate and Iran-contra?”

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policymic:

According to FiveThirtyEight, the GOP has a 60% chance of taking the Senate this year

Nate Silver’s much-anticipated FiveThirtyEight site just launched this month and there’s been a lot of speculation regarding what political predictions the statistics wonk will come up with next. Well, the site already has it first big forecast, and it may be a surprise to some: while Silver originally wrote that the 2014’s 36 Senate races would be a toss-up, he now believes that the Republicans are the “slight favorites” to win the Senate chamber.
According to FiveThirtyEight, the Republicans have a clear edge in Senate races in West Virginia, South Dakota, Montana and Arkansas. If the GOP maintains its seats in Georgia and Kentucky and wins the toss-ups in Alaska, North Carolina or Michigan, it has a 60% chance of turning the Congress fully red.
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policymic:

According to FiveThirtyEight, the GOP has a 60% chance of taking the Senate this year

Nate Silver’s much-anticipated FiveThirtyEight site just launched this month and there’s been a lot of speculation regarding what political predictions the statistics wonk will come up with next. Well, the site already has it first big forecast, and it may be a surprise to some: while Silver originally wrote that the 2014’s 36 Senate races would be a toss-up, he now believes that the Republicans are the “slight favorites” to win the Senate chamber.

According to FiveThirtyEight, the Republicans have a clear edge in Senate races in West Virginia, South Dakota, Montana and Arkansas. If the GOP maintains its seats in Georgia and Kentucky and wins the toss-ups in Alaska, North Carolina or Michigan, it has a 60% chance of turning the Congress fully red.

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progressive-politics:

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The New York Times just destroyed Fox News’ consistent efforts to downplay the impact that the Koch brothers are having on elections. 
In recent weeks, Fox News has repeatedly used a Center for Responsive Politics study examining total political donations between 1989 and 2014 to downplay conservative billionaire brothers David and Charles Koch’s campaign spending.
Though the study noted that it was unable to count the amount of funding given to “politically active dark money groups, like Americans for Prosperity” — which is known to be Koch funded — because such groups have been able to hide details about their donors in the wake of the Citizens United decision and available information is incomplete, Fox eagerly highlighted the finding that political donations from the Koch brothers came in at 59th in overall political donations, according to available data.
Honest coverage of the campaign funding landscape would have noted the dramatic shift that has taken place since Citizens United was decided in 2010 and that long-term data does a poor job of capturing that change. As the New York Times reported today, the Kochs have already emerged as the “dominant force” in the 2014 races. The article highlighted not only AFP’s political spending, but the group’s extensive involvement in advertising, advocacy, and field organizing: 

Article: Fox Has Consistently Minimized Koch Campaign Funding, But The Truth Is Out

progressive-politics:

Image via New Corpse

The New York Times just destroyed Fox News’ consistent efforts to downplay the impact that the Koch brothers are having on elections. 

In recent weeks, Fox News has repeatedly used a Center for Responsive Politics study examining total political donations between 1989 and 2014 to downplay conservative billionaire brothers David and Charles Koch’s campaign spending.

Though the study noted that it was unable to count the amount of funding given to “politically active dark money groups, like Americans for Prosperity” — which is known to be Koch funded — because such groups have been able to hide details about their donors in the wake of the Citizens United decision and available information is incomplete, Fox eagerly highlighted the finding that political donations from the Koch brothers came in at 59th in overall political donations, according to available data.

Honest coverage of the campaign funding landscape would have noted the dramatic shift that has taken place since Citizens United was decided in 2010 and that long-term data does a poor job of capturing that change. As the New York Times reported today, the Kochs have already emerged as the “dominant force” in the 2014 races. The article highlighted not only AFP’s political spending, but the group’s extensive involvement in advertising, advocacy, and field organizing: 

Article: Fox Has Consistently Minimized Koch Campaign Funding, But The Truth Is Out

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