Bashar Assad, Robert Mugabe, Adolf Hitler and Genghis Khan all have distinctive mustaches; a pastor in Florida gets arrested for trying to burn 3,000 Qurans; meanwhile, blind Iowans have been purchasing guns. These discoveries and more below.
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The Koch Brothers’ Secret Bank
An Arlington, Va.-based conservative group, whose existence until now was unknown to almost everyone in politics, raised and spent $250 million in 2012 to shape political and policy debate nationwide.