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Hillary Clinton releasing eight years of tax returns

Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Rodham Clinton was set to release eight years of tax returns late Friday showing that she and her husband, former President Bill Clinton, paid $433,885,310 in federal taxes during that period, with an effective federal tax rate of more than 35 p [...]

Move Over, Sheldon and Foster

I missed this story (from CNN’s Theodore Schliefer) when it first broke at the beginning of the week, but an official FEC report today has brought it back up: Two low-profile Texas brothers have donated $15 million to support Sen. Ted Cruz, a record-setting contribution that amount [...]

Pope Erick To Become the Grand Inquisitor

Even among those who read Erick Erickson’s wild posts this morning demanding that Republicans be willing to engineer a government shutdown if necessary (and it would be) to kill funding for Planned Parenthood, the prevailing assumption might be that the man will calm down and refrai [...]

A Winter Olympics in Snowless Beijing Will Be an Environmental Disaster

Beijing will host the 2022 Winter Olympics, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) announced on Friday. And the bi Go to Source : A Winter Olympics in Snowless Beijing Will Be an Environmental Disaster

Rubio super PAC fundraising haul lifted by billionaire businessman

Billionaire auto dealer Norman Braman donated $5 million to Conservative Solutions PAC, an allied super PAC supporting Sen. Marco Rubio’s bid for the Republican presidential nomination. A document filed with the Federal Election Commission Friday shows that Braman donated the mo [...]

Potential Oil Spill Concerns Arise As Shell Begins Arctic Drilling

There is increasing concern that Shell’s presence in the Arctic will lead to an oil spill, as the company begins to drill in the Chukcki Sea off the shore of Alaska. Shell is no stranger to the Chukchi Sea. In 1988, the firm spent $300 million to drill for oil only to find dry holes [...]

Ted Cruz blasts Mitt Romney for getting ‘clobbered’ in the debates

Former Republican presidential candidate and current leather couch warmer Mitt Romney criticized Sen. Ted Cruz on Twitter this week for Cruz’s repeated statements that President Obama was financing terrorists, “snuggling up” to our enemies, and those various other thing [...]

The State Department Just Released a New Batch of Hillary Clinton Emails. Read Them Here.

On Friday afternoon, the State Department released a new batch of 1,356 emails from Hillary Clinton’s tenure as secretary of state. The emails are part of over 55,000 pages of correspondence that had been stored on Clinton’s private email server and were subsequently turned ov [...]

Jimmy Carter Says United States Is Now An ‘Oligarchy With Unlimited Bribery’

Former President Jimmy Carter believes the United States’ campaign finance system is so broken that the country is no longer a functional democracy. Appearing on the Thom Hartmann show this week, Carter said that “unlimited political bribery” is “the essence of get [...]

Sanders Overstates Unemployment Rate

Bernie Sanders has repeatedly said 51 percent of young black high school graduates are “unemployed.” That’s wrong. His figure comes from a think tank report on underemployment — which includes not just the unemployed, but also part-time workers who want full time w [...]

See why an aide to Hillary Clinton told her, ‘You shake your tail feathers girl!’

Another batch of Hillary Clinton e-mails released by the State Department Friday included this little gem showing her inner circle waxing effusive over her dancing skills. With the subject line: “Secretary of Awesome,” a Clinton top aide e-mailed around a glowing article in Ne [...]

Racing to reach $100 million, Bush super PAC fundraising spiked in last three weeks of quarter

On the final day of the fundraising period, the super PAC was still shy of its goal. Go to Source : Racing to reach $100 million, Bush super PAC fundraising spiked in last three weeks of quarter

Midday open thread: Previews, trademarks and jackasses

Today’s comic by Mark Fiore is Plutonians of color: What’s coming up on Sunday Kos … Ted Cruz again claims Obama works to the benefit of our enemies. And the movement loves him for it, by Hunter The death of shop class, by Mark E Andersen The Hunting of Hillary: A c [...]

4 Years Ago Scott Walker Promised This Woman He’d Bust Wisconsin’s Unions

The super-PAC backing Scott Walker has many wealthy backers, but its single biggest contributor is Diane Hendricks, who ponied up $5 million. A billionaire through the roofing supply business she and her late husband founded, Hendricks has been one of Walker’s top benefactors since  [...]

The HPV Vaccine Prevents Cancer. So Why Aren’t Most Teens Getting It?

According to latest National Immunization Survey, released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Thursday, around 60 percent of teenage girls and 78 percent of teenage boys haven’t received all three of the recommended doses of the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine, whi [...]

A row of students study from textbooks beneath a chalkboard at a World Bank School in India. (Flickr / World Bank Photo Collection) Origi [...]

It’s Republicans, Not Obama, Who Want to Bust the Sequestration Deal

The LA Times reports today that we might be headed for another government shutdown. Big surprise. But these paragraphs are very peculiar: President Obama has signaled his intention to bust, once and for all, the severe 2011 spending caps known as sequestration. He’s vowed to reject [...]

The most eye-popping numbers from today’s super PAC filings

Today marks the Federal Election Commission filing deadline for super PACs, which are able to raise unlimited sums of money for candidates and have become crucial to the major presidential campaigns’ fundraising operations. Here is a list of the most eye-popping numbers we’ [...]

What’s David Foster Wallace Doing in a Bromance Movie?

It’s hard to look lonely in a road trip movie. The End of the Tour, a new film from director John Ponsoldt, recreates the final leg of the rockstar-like tour David Foster Wallace undertook in 1996 to promote his novel Infinite Jest. The novel, his breakthrough success fo Go to Source : Wh [...]