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Why Is Mitch McConnell Picking This Fight?

Why Is Mitch McConnell Picking This Fight?
In early 2009, as Barack Obama was about to take office, Mitch McConnell, the leader of the Republican minority in the Senate, assembled his caucus at a retreat in West Virginia. There, he laid out his strategy for taking on the new president, who was sweeping into office on a tide of popularity, historical resonance and great expectations barely diminished by the economic free fall then underway.
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When a Brain Surgeon Becomes a Malpractice Lawyer

When a Brain Surgeon Becomes a Malpractice Lawyer
The line drive ripped off the hitter’s bat and rocketed into the right hand of Dr. Lawrence Schlachter, shattering bones and ending his career as a neurosurgeon. The Atlanta doctor, then 52, turned to an unusual place for a new challenge: Law school. He became, of all things, a medical malpractice attorney. Schlachter has been practicing law for a dozen years and says he sees the medical world differently than he did from the operating room. Now it is from the perspective of patients, who too often suffer infections and injuries while undergoing medical care and then are unable to get answers from doctors and medical officials.
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Dr. Strangedrug or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Big PhARMA

Dr. Strangedrug or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Big PhARMA
I watched the Super Bowl with my father, and as a cord-cutting member of the millenial generation I will admit that the most expensive ad buys of the year are a guilty pleasure. My fave was definitey Mt. Dew Kickstart’s “Puppy Monkey Baby”. Great dose of weirdness for a product I will never buy. The real shocker though was an ad for a new drug, taking care of a problem one would like to think only a small, small minority of Americans face. Surely the market of people suffering from Opioid-Induced Constipation is not so great as to justify a multi-million dollar Super Bowl ad buy…. but apparently it is.
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The Conservative Playbook for Keeping ‘Dark Money’ Dark

The Conservative Playbook for Keeping ‘Dark Money’ Dark
How do you stop states and cities from forcing more disclosure of so-called dark money in politics? Get the debate to focus on an “average Joe,” not a wealthy person. Find examples of “inconsequential donation amounts.” Point out that naming donors would be a threat to “innocents,” including their children, families and co-workers. And never call it dark money. “Private giving” sounds better.
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Fend Off Iran? Swiss Exporter of US Crude Oil Now Exporting Iran's Oil

Fend Off Iran? Swiss Exporter of US Crude Oil Now Exporting Iran's Oil
Proponents of lifting the U.S. crude oil export ban trumpeted the rhetorical question that since U.S. geopolitical rival Iran can export its oil, why can't the United States? But now that “liquid freedom” has begun to flow from American export terminals to the global market, it turns out the same company that exported the first batch of U.S. crude oil to the global market is now also exporting Iranian oil products. That company, the Switzerland-based Vitol Group, was profiled in an investigative piece on DeSmog late last year.
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Why We Must Try

Why We Must Try
Instead of “Yes we can,” many Democrats have adopted a new slogan this election year: “We shouldn’t even try.”
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Littwin: Winners, Losers and Coin Tossers in the Iowa Caucus

Littwin: Winners, Losers and Coin Tossers in the Iowa Caucus
The voters have finally spoken, and, in a surprise, at least to the pollsters, it turns out they had a lot to say. First, they handed the Donald his first-in-the-nation loss, and to Ted Cruz at that. Trump gave a brief, humbled, un-Trump-like concession speech which made you wonder, now that his winners-win tour is over, if we shouldn’t have seen this coming.
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Koch Brothers Play the Long Game Developing Undergraduate Propaganda Machines

Koch Brothers Play the Long Game Developing Undergraduate Propaganda Machines
This is a guest post by Connor Gibson that originally appeared at Huffington Post.This article is the first of two posts examining Charles Koch's campus investments, as reported in Jane Mayer's Dark Money. The first post examines the history,
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What Do You Mean ‘Sanders Might Be Another George McGovern’?

What Do You Mean ‘Sanders Might Be Another George McGovern’?
George McGovern was the Democratic nominee against incumbent Richard Nixon in the 1972 election. He lost in a landslide. Just as the events of the 1980s shaped the current economic environment, the 1970s “Nixonian” politics of division shaped the current political environment. Did Democrats learn the right lessons from that election?
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Trump Skips Debate, Wins Anyway. Can He Be Stopped?

Trump Skips Debate, Wins Anyway. Can He Be Stopped?
We can now all agree on the Trump Effect. The Donald wins when he’s there. He wins when he isn’t there.
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