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Billionaires Answer Call To Donate To Republican Super PACs For 2014 Homestretch 22.10.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
WASHINGTON -- Billionaires are rushing to the aid of Republicans in the homestretch of the 2014 elections with a massive super PAC infusion after a plea from big money mastermind Karl Rove. On Sept. 17, Rove, the co-founder of the super PAC and dark money duo American Crossroads and Crossroads GPS, took to the Wall Street Journal editorial page to send out his billionaire bat-signal. If the rich want to ensure Republican control of the Senate, "reducing the Democratic cash advantage will tip the needle in the GOP's direction," Rove wrote. "That will only happen if Republicans open their wallets to candidates whom they may have never met." Since Rove's plea, 21 billionaires and their family members have poured $19.9 million into super PACs backing Republican Party candidates, fueling an October outside spending surge. Only $5.1 million was given to the Republican super PACs in the first half of September, before Rove's request. The billionaire cash infusion came from what has become the core of the ...
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Fishy Money Fuels Super PACs In Alaska Senate Race 11.10.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
WASHINGTON -- Outside super PACs have played a major role supporting Sen. Mark Begich (D) as he faces a tough re-election race against former Alaska Natural Resources commissioner Dan Sullivan (R). These groups have already pumped $13.8 million into the state to support the first-term senator, according to the Center for Responsive Politics , with more to come before the Nov. 4 election. The majority of this outside spending binge has come through the super PAC Put Alaska First. This group is almost entirely funded by the national Democratic Party's super PAC for Senate elections , Senate Majority PAC, which in turn receives most of its money from wealthy donors with little interest in the affairs of Alaska. That doesn't mean that donors with significant business interests in Alaska, or those with a stake in what happens before the key Senate committee that Begich chairs, aren't making unlimited contributions to these groups -- even if they're afraid to say so. Two limited liability companies hailing ...
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Republicans Hint At Another Government Shutdown Over Obamacare. Seriously. 9.10.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
WASHINGTON -- Less than a year after House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) called the 2013 government shutdown over funding for Obamacare a “predictable disaster,” Republicans are hinting they might be willing to do it again in a few months. A group of 14 Republicans, led by Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) wrote to Boehner on Wednesday identifying a provision of the Affordable Care Act that a Government Accountability Office report concluded would require an additional appropriation from Congress in the next fiscal year. According to ThinkProgress, the provision allows the federal government to reimburse insurance companies that underestimate claims they will have to pay with profits from insurance companies that overestimated. In their letter to Boehner, the Republicans wrote that the program “puts taxpayers at risk of a large bailout if insurers systematically lose money on exchange plans.” The Republicans, including Sens. Rand Paul of Kentucky and John McCain of Arizona, urge Boehner to end the program when ...
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Where Billionaires Are Placing Bets In This Year's Elections 25.9.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
WASHINGTON -- As the Democratic Party works to hold control of the U.S. Senate for the final two years of Barack Obama's presidency, a key strategy for November's elections seeks to tie Republican challengers to policies advocated by billionaire donors, especially brothers Charles and David Koch. In Iowa, for example, where Republican state Sen. Joni Ernst is running for the U.S. Senate seat now held by retiring Sen. Tom Harkin (D), a recent ad from Senate Majority PAC, a super PAC supporting Democrats, says Ernst backs the same policies as the Koch brothers, whose nonprofit organizations have spent big to boost her candidacy. "Follow the money," an announcer says. "It's the oldest rule in politics." Following the money, while made more difficult by the rise of undisclosed dark money in this year's campaign, does indeed show that billionaires are spending big. An analysis by The Huffington Post of contributions made by the nation's approximately 471 billionaires and their families found that the ...
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Texas Backs Off Plan To Sell Alcohol At Gun Shows 24.9.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas officials have withdrawn a plan to allow sales of alcohol at some gun shows, which would have come with strict conditions, such as a ban on sales of live ammunition.

The Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission had received hundreds of negative responses to the idea and agreed Tuesday to back off the proposal. The change was meant to aid the Dallas Safari Club's annual convention, a massive event that draws up to 50,000 people. Alcohol sales would have come with a series of conditions, including that a firearm be disabled and not immediately turned over to the buyer.

But traditional gun show operators opposed the idea, saying they worried about mixing guns and alcohol. Opponents said any policy change should be left to the Legislature.
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Sarah Palin Supports Tom Emmer In His Bid To Succeed Michele Bachmann 17.9.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Sarah Palin, the former Alaska governor and 2008 GOP vice presidential nominee, lent her support on Monday to Tom Emmer, a Minnesota Republican running for the U.S. House. Palin invoked Emmer's hockey experience as she detailed her support for him on Facebook: Emmer , a former member of the Minnesota House of Representatives, won the GOP nomination for the 6th District in August. Retiring Rep. Michele Bachmann (R), who currently holds the seat, endorsed him in April . This isn't the first time Palin has endorsed Emmer; she supported his failed 2010 Minnesota gubernatorial bid. Emmer is reliably conservative , as he favors cuts in spending and taxes, supports gun rights and opposes abortion and gay marriage. He will face Democrat Joe Perske and Independence Party candidate John Denney in ...
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National Service Now 12.9.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
This week, we remember both the tragedy of 9/11 and the 20th anniversary of AmeriCorps. In the aftermath of 9/11, millions of Americans stepped forward to serve their country -- some in the military, others in the Peace Corps, AmeriCorps or the new Citizen Corps for disaster response, and many in their local communities as volunteers. Census data showed that volunteer service grew dramatically for half a decade, while AmeriCorps was expanded by 50 percent and the Peace Corps grew to the highest levels in more than 30 years. Service was on the march. Five years ago, a ServiceNation coalition worked together with Senators Orrin Hatch, Edward Kennedy, John McCain, Barbara Mikulski, Thad Cochran, Hillary Clinton and the 73 other U.S. Senators who supported the Serve America Act, and with Members in the House on a bipartisan basis. In 2009, President Barack Obama, a charismatic leader who inspired many by embracing national service as a cause of his Presidency, signed the Serve America Act into law in his ...
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Joe Arpaio Calls For Felony Charges Against Jeff Flake's Son In Deaths Of Dogs 10.9.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
BY DAVID SCHWARTZ PHOENIX, Sept 9 (Reuters) - Authorities in Arizona have completed an investigation into the deaths of 21 dogs at a Phoenix-area boarding kennel which overheated, and a local lawman recommended on Tuesday that felony animal cruelty charges be filed against four suspects. Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio said he has no doubt the charges are warranted for the owners and caretakers of the Green Acre boarding facility, where the animals died in June from apparent suffocation and overheating. "All of those involved in the investigation as well as myself, are confident that felony charges for cruel animal neglect as well as various misdemeanors should be brought against all four suspects in the case," he said in a statement. The suspects are kennel owners Todd and Maleisia Hughes, and caretakers Austin and Logan Flake, according to Arpaio's statement. Austin Flake in the son of U.S. Senator Jeff Flake of Arizona. None of the four could immediately be reached for ...
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Mitch McConnell: 'I Am The Guy That Gets Us Out Of Shutdowns' 28.8.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
WASHINGTON -- Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) dismissed any notions about allowing another federal government shutdown if Republicans retake the upper chamber next year. "Oh, I did rule it out. Remember me? I am the guy that gets us out of shutdowns," McConnell told CNN in a Wednesday interview . "I'm the guy that's gotten us out of the shutdowns that some of our members have pushed us into in the past." "It's a failed policy," he said of brinkmanship over government funding bills. The Kentucky Republican sought to tamp down fears about another costly fiscal standoff after Congress returns from recess next month, fanned in part by Democrats this week . Lawmakers will have just 10 working days to agree to a continuing resolution before funding passed earlier this year expires on Oct. 1, raising the possibility of a political crisis ahead of the midterm elections. In an interview with Politico earlier this month, McConnell struck a more defiant tone. He promised to use spending bills to ...
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Steve King: 'All Bets Are Off' On Government Shutdown If Obama Acts On Immigration 28.8.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
WASHINGTON -- One of the most vehement opponents of comprehensive immigration reform said Wednesday that he supports a tactic that could lead to another federal government shutdown. Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) said that "all bets are off" about the fate of a continuing resolution to fund the government if President Barack Obama decides to unilaterally take action to provide deportations relief for undocumented immigrants. "If the president wields his pen and commits that unconstitutional act to legalize millions, I think that becomes something that is nearly political nuclear," King said, according to the Des Moines Register . "I think the public would be mobilized and galvanized and that changes the dynamic of any continuing resolution and how we might deal with that." If the president takes action on immigration, as he is expected to do later this fall , King said that Republicans should push for the passage of House legislation on border security to become a "requirement" in exchange for funding the ...
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Blowback: Vijay Prashad on How Islamic State Grew Out of US Invasion of Iraq 26.8.2014 Truthout.com
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Blowback: Vijay Prashad on How Islamic State Grew Out of US Invasion of Iraq, Destruction of Nation 26.8.2014 Truthout - All Articles
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Here's One Sarah Palin Move We Can All Get Behind 26.8.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R) shared news of "a new addition" to her family on her Facebook page Monday, sharing photos of her newest dog, Jill Hadassah. Palin said the dog was trained by a friend involved with the Puppy Jake Foundation , which prepares dogs to help military veterans and those with special needs. The dog will be a "buddy" to her son Trig , who has Down Syndrome. "She’s brilliant and beautiful, and we feel very blessed to have her," Palin wrote on her Facebook page. See Palin's full post -- including pictures of Jill Hadassah -- ...
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Blowback: Vijay Prashad on How Islamic State Grew Out of U.S Invasion of Iraq, Destruction of Nation 25.8.2014 Democracy Now!
Militants from Islamic State stormed an air base in northeast Syria on Sunday, capturing it from government forces. Fighters from Islamic State have seized three Syrian military bases in the area in recent weeks. This comes as the Pentagon considers expanding its airstrikes against Islamic State in Iraq to include targets inside Syria. Meanwhile, another journalist who had been kidnapped in Syria, Peter Theo Curtis, has been freed after two years in captivity by the Nusra Front -- another militant group in Syria. Calls have been growing for the United States to attack Syria since Islamic State posted video showing the kidnapped American journalist James Foley being beheaded. Foley was captured in Syria in 2012. Meanwhile in Iraq, officials say suicide bomber targeted a Shiite mosque in Baghdad today, killing at least 12 people. We speak to Vijay Prashad, professor of international studies at Trinity College. He is the author of several books, including "Arab Spring, Libyan Winter" and, most recently, ...
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Sarah Palin Calls Out Tina Fey Again 20.8.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Former GOP vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin hasn't forgotten the way Tina Fey impersonated her on "Saturday Night Live." Shortly after Palin was selected as Arizona Republican Sen. John McCain's running mate during the 2008 presidential election, Fey debuted her impression of the then-governor of Alaska. Alongside Amy Poehler, who acted as former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Fey parodied what many viewed as Palin's naïveté on a variety of policy issues. "I believe that diplomacy should be the cornerstone of any foreign policy," said Poehler as Clinton. Acting as Palin, Fey replied, "And I can see Russia from my house!" In a new edition of the book Live From New York by Tom Shales and James Miller, Palin says Fey might owe her one. "You need to at least pay for my kids' braces or something from all the money that you made off of pretending that you're me! My goodness, you capitalized on that," Palin said she would tell the "30 Rock" actress if she encountered her today, according to a book ...
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Sarah Palin Endorses Joe Miller For Alaska Senate 16.8.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Tea party favorite Joe Miller earned another high-profile endorsement on Friday in his bid to earn the Republican nomination to challenge Sen. Mark Begich (D-Alaska) for his seat in November. Just days before the Republican primary on Tuesday, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R) endorsed Miller, saying that he would block President Barack Obama’s “fundamental transformation of the nation we love.” "To restore liberty, to defend our Constitution, to build American exceptionalism, we must send fighters to the U.S. Senate who will stop Barack Obama's fundamental transformation of the nation we love,” Palin said in a statement to Fox News . "The status quo has got to go, and in Alaska the man who understands this key to our state and country's future also has the guts, wisdom, experience and optimism to fight for what is right -- and win." "We said we'd send the good guys in Washington their reinforcements, so, Alaska, here we go!" Palin continued. "Vote for Joe Miller on Tuesday and shake off the liberal ...
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Gabby Giffords Tries To Resurrect Gun Control Issue In Maine 9.8.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Trying to make good on a promise to make gun control a part of the midterm election debate, Gabby Giffords will visit Maine Saturday to raise money for Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mike Michaud as her team prepares a multistate campaign to begin after Labor Day. The appearance is among the former Arizona congresswoman's first steps into electoral politics this year and has Michaud on the defensive, underscoring the challenges Giffords faces to make "common-sense" gun control an issue on which any politician is willing to campaign. "He's been telling his constituents in northern Maine that he is a pro-gun rights candidate, and it doesn't get any less pro-gun rights than ... raising money with Gabby Giffords," said David Sorensen, a spokesman for the Maine Republican Party. Giffords has become well-known advocate of gun control since she was shot in the head in a 2011 attack in an Arizona parking lot that left 13 wounded and six dead. The gunman was later diagnosed with paranoid ...
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Two Republicans Advance In Washington Primary For House Seat 6.8.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Two GOP candidates advanced in a primary held on Tuesday to fill the seat being vacated by Rep. Doc Hastings (R-Wash.). Former National Football League player Clint Didier (R) and former director of the Washington Department of Agriculture Dan Newhouse (R) will challenge each other in the November general election. Didier received 30 percent of the vote to Newhouse's 27 percent. Hastings, the chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee, announced in February that he would not be seeking re-election in November. The race to replace Hastings opened the door to a large number of candidates : eight Republicans, two Democrats and two independents. While in Congress, Hastings was a proponent of altering the Endangered Species Act to curtail environmentalist lawsuits, and also voted to curb the Drug Enforcement Administration's power in enforcing federal marijuana laws in states that legally permit medical marijuana ...
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House GOP Candidate 'Open' To Impeaching Obama 6.8.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Tennessee state Sen. Jim Tracy (R), who is challenging U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais (R-Tenn.) in the state's Aug. 7 GOP primary, told the Times Free Press on Saturday that he is "open" to impeaching President Barack Obama. "Obama has abused the powers of the executive branch time and time again," Tracy told the paper. "I would be open to impeachment as an option to put a stop to the out-of-control executive orders and overreach this president has shown." The candidate has company in Congress, where multiple GOP lawmakers have floated or declined to rule out the idea of impeachment. As HuffPost's Michael McAuliff has reported , House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.), Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa), Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.), Rep. Blake Farenthold (R-Texas), Rep. Ted Yoho (R-Fla.), Rep. Lou Barletta (R-Pa.), Rep. Steve Stockman (R-Texas) and Rep. Kerry Bentivolio (R-Mich.) have all indicated that an impeachment effort could still be on the table. On Wednesday, the U.S. House of ...
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Is Obama Really Adrift in the World? 31.7.2014 Commondreams.org Views
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