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Long After Sandy, Red Cross Post-Storm Spending Still a Black Box

Long After Sandy, Red Cross Post-Storm Spending Still a Black Box
Following Superstorm Sandy, donors gave $312 million to the American Red Cross. How did the aid organization spend that money? A year and a half after the storm, it's surprisingly difficult to get a detailed answer.
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Justin Elliott and Jesse Eisinger
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MN Rep Says Being Beaten by His Bus Driver Prevented Him from Bullying. Ergo Anti-Bullying Bill Was Unnecessary

MN Rep Says Being Beaten by His Bus Driver Prevented Him from Bullying. Ergo Anti-Bullying Bill Was Unnecessary
Trying a new tack on countering the many arguments in support of Minnesota's anti-bullying bill, right wing loon Representative Glenn Gruenhagen suggested making corporal punishment in schools a thing again. His anecdotal evidence – his old bus driver beat him up for bullying a girl. Now, no longer a bully. See?
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MN State Rep: Anti-Bullying Bill is Fascist and 'Assault on the Bible'

MN State Rep: Anti-Bullying Bill is Fascist and 'Assault on the Bible'
Already known for her kooky antics on Twitter and Facebook, Tea Party-backed Minnesota state representative Mary Franson has called the anti-bullying bill now before the House "fascism" and an "attack on the bible and conservative Christians."
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10 Most Outrageous Moments by Wisconsin GOP Candidate Glenn Grothman

10 Most Outrageous Moments by Wisconsin GOP Candidate Glenn Grothman
Wisconsin Republican state senator Glenn Grothman announced today that he is launching a primary challenge against US Rep. Tom Petri. Grothman has higher national name recognition than your typical state lawmaker because of his record of making outrageous statements and pushing extremist positions.
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Chris Christie's Political Comeback Faces 'Doublegate' Challenge

Chris Christie's Political Comeback Faces 'Doublegate' Challenge
As Gov. Chris Christie proclaimed his exoneration in the Bridgegate scandal, he refused to discuss his lieutenant governor, Kim Guadagno.
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House District Candidate in CO: Mandela, Obama Won Elections Based on Race

House District Candidate in CO: Mandela, Obama Won Elections Based on Race
Republicans have found a candidate to run for House District 35, an open seat being vacated by term-limited Democratic Rep. Cherylin Peniston. We don't know much about HD-35 candidate Maria Weese, but what we do know comes from her Facebook page: Racially charged and offensive comparative jokes about President Obama and South African President Nelson Mandela.
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Strong Earthquake Along 'Lesser' CA Fault Line Could Cost $250B and Kill Up to 18,000 People

Strong Earthquake Along 'Lesser' CA Fault Line Could Cost $250B and Kill Up to 18,000 People
Experts say a bigger earthquake along the lesser-known fault that gave Southern California a moderate shake could do more damage to the region than the long-dreaded "Big One" from the more famous San Andreas Fault. The Puente Hills thrust fault, which brought Friday night's magnitude-5.1 quake centered in La Habra and well over 100 aftershocks by Sunday, stretches from northern Orange County under downtown Los Angeles into Hollywood — a heavily populated swath of the Los Angeles area.
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Republican With Ties to White Supremacist Drops Out of CO Race

Republican With Ties to White Supremacist Drops Out of CO Race
A Republican candidate for a state house seat is withdrawing from the race in light of reports about his arrest record and ties to white supremacists.
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TX Town Pays Ted Nugent $16,250 Not to Perform at Fourth of July

TX Town Pays Ted Nugent $16,250 Not to Perform at Fourth of July
According to the Longview News-Journal, the town of Longview, Texas has decided to pay Nugent $16,250, half of his his fee, not to perform at their upcoming Independence Day celebration.
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Enter Through the Gift Shop: Scott Brown's NH Campaign Locked Out of Public Appearance

Enter Through the Gift Shop: Scott Brown's NH Campaign Locked Out of Public Appearance
Former Massachusetts Senator Scott Brown is "testing the waters" for a run at one of New Hampshire's senate seat, but the campaign was stuck treading water at a recent stop on his Listening Tour. Watch the video after the jump for a hilariously awkward 57 seconds of political theater.
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