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The 'Billionaire’s Primary': Meet America’s New Political Bosses

The 'Billionaire’s Primary': Meet America’s New Political Bosses
The Republican 2016 presidential primary season opened with the “Sheldon Adelson Primary.” The eight wealthiest person in the country, worth an estimated $40 billion, doesn’t have to wait for the official GOP primary season to start. He holds his own primary.
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Meet Rand Paul's 'Unskewed' Birther Pollster

Meet Rand Paul's 'Unskewed' Birther Pollster
The Washington Post looked into Rand Paul’s efforts to build a national political operation as he gears up for a presidential campaign, and revealed that Paul had hired Fritz Wenzel to serve as his pollster:
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Newest 'Sneaky Law' Forgives $700B in Owed Corporate Taxes

Newest 'Sneaky Law' Forgives $700B in Owed Corporate Taxes
The mother of all sneak laws is quietly making its way through Congress disguised as corporate tax “reform.” Corporations have been avoiding taxes by moving production and profit centers out of the U.S. because of a loophole that lets them “defer” paying the taxes they owe until they “bring the money home.” Now they are hiding around $2 trillion or more outside of the country, which means they owe up to $700 billion in taxes.
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CO Sen Udall Basically Calls for CIA Director Brennan to Resign

CO Sen Udall Basically Calls for CIA Director Brennan to Resign
The Democratic Senator from Colorado stands alongside Sen. Dianne Feinstein's critique of the CIA's response to Senate investigations into torture under the Bush Administration: "If the Senate overseers don't trust the CIA, I don't know how Director Brennan can continue to lead the agency."
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Even Conservatives Admit Americans for Prosperity is a Koch Brothers Front Group

Even Conservatives Admit Americans for Prosperity is a Koch Brothers Front Group
Rob Tappan tried to clarify that he Koch Industries and AFP are separate entities, but it was clear that both Tappan and Rios understood that the groups are not really different at all.
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Seven Spineless Democrats Reject Justice Dept. Civil Rights Division Candidate

Seven Spineless Democrats Reject Justice Dept. Civil Rights Division Candidate
In the Senate, seven Democrats going along with all the Republicans shamelessly rejected Debo Adegbile, President Obama's pick to head the Civil Rights division of the Justice Department. Adegbile was vilified for defending Mumia Abu-Jamal during his time heading the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund.
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WATCH: House Members Spar in Darrell Issa's Kangaroo Court-Like Oversight Committee

WATCH: House Members Spar in Darrell Issa's Kangaroo Court-Like Oversight Committee
At the kangaroo court that is GOP Representative Darrell Issa's Oversight Committee, no dissent is tolerated. When Elijah Cummings (D-MD) tried to counter a particularly egregious infraction by the chairman, his microphone was promptly silenced. Issa couldn't silence Cummings' outrage, though. Watch the video.
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Bachmann: American Jews 'Sold Out Israel' To Help Obama

Bachmann: American Jews 'Sold Out Israel' To Help Obama
Speaking with Family Research Council head Tony Perkins, Rep. Michele Bachmann warned that President Obama is “threatening Israel,” and by doing so is fulfilling biblical prophecies and bringing about the End Times. The Minnesota congresswoman told Perkins that Obama is pressuring Israel to “give up its land to terrorists” allied with Al Qaeda, which will lead to a “final war, destroying and reducing to rubble Israel.”
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The Tea Party Is Five Years Old: Here's What It Has To Show For Itself

The Tea Party Is Five Years Old: Here's What It Has To Show For Itself
The fifth anniversary of the Tea Party gives us an opportunity to look back not only at the many myths surrounding the movement, but also at what it has to show for its five years of political nihilism:
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VIDEO: VA Rep. Gerry Connolly Demolishes Right-Wing Activist at IRS Hearing

VIDEO: VA Rep. Gerry Connolly Demolishes Right-Wing Activist at IRS Hearing
Called as a witness in House hearings on partisanship in Obama's IRS, former attorney in the Bush-era Civil Rights Division of the Justice Department Hans von Spakovsky thought he could avoid being made out to be the partisan hack that he is. Virginia's Gerry Connolly disabused him of that notion.
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