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The Reagan Paradox: The Conservative Icon and Today’s GOP

The Reagan Paradox: The Conservative Icon and Today’s GOP

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Public Sector Unions Pin Hopes on Antonin Scalia Going Rogue

The conservative Supreme Court justice holds the key to their fate in a case with blockbuster potential.

Posted on Jan 12, 2016 READ MORE


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Will Corporate America Confront GOP Climate Denial?

Republican congressional leaders in both houses know they can continue to lie and deny on climate, so long as the nation’s business leaders fail to demand change. Although they will always collect millions from ExxonMobil, the Koch brothers and assorted fossil fuel profiteers, they might begin to worry if other economic interests that have traditionally supported them suddenly turned off the money and turned on the pressure.

Posted on Dec 4, 2015 READ MORE

Top Five Things Congress Should Investigate Instead of Benghazi (Video)

The fruitless carnival-barking that was the GOP Benghazi inquisition did the nation the disservice of taking focus off the things really wrong with U.S. policies and the places where there really was wrongdoing.

Posted on Oct 25, 2015 READ MORE

Kochs and Walker

Posted on Sep 28, 2015 ENLARGE

Koch Brothers’ Ballots

Posted on Feb 1, 2015 ENLARGE

Koch Brothers

Posted on Jan 30, 2015 ENLARGE

Koch Gourmet

Posted on Sep 28, 2014 ENLARGE

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Break the Koch Machine (Video)

A number of billionaires are flooding our democracy with their money, drowning out the voices of the rest of us. But Charles and David Koch are in a class by themselves.

Posted on Jun 28, 2014 READ MORE

Big Investors

Posted on Apr 20, 2014 ENLARGE (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)

The New Billionaire Political Bosses

Charles and David Koch should not be blamed for having more wealth than the bottom 40 percent of Americans put together.

Posted on Mar 26, 2014 READ MORE (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)

The Dark Money Man: How Sean Noble Moved the Kochs’ Cash Into Politics and Made Millions

For a brief, giddy moment, Sean Noble—a little-known former aide to an Arizona congressman—became one of the most important people in American politics.

Posted on Feb 15, 2014 READ MORE

Koch Prosperity

Posted on Feb 9, 2014 ENLARGE

Koch Bros vs. California Unions

Posted on Oct 26, 2013 ENLARGE

Koch Boys

Posted on Oct 12, 2013 ENLARGE

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The Rich, Conservative Push for Right-to-Work (Video)

What appears to be an impromptu shift in Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder’s stance on the right-to-work bill he signed into law this week was a consequence of months of planning supported by the Koch family and the behind-the-scenes conservative lobby group ALEC.

Posted on Dec 12, 2012 READ MORE

‘SNL’ Spoofs VP Debate, Fox News Questions Biden, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including the Koch brothers’ attempt to get their employees to vote for Mitt Romney and a Republican Senate candidate’s son going birther at a fundraiser.

Posted on Oct 15, 2012 READ MORE

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When Parents Stand Up for Kids and Corporations (Video)

Concerned parents in the new film “Won’t Back Down” use an educational “trigger” law to exercise their democratic right to forfeit any influence they might have over their children’s education.

Posted on Sep 27, 2012 READ MORE


Watergate 40th Anniversary, Obama Heckled and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including the release of Deep Throat’s FBI file, a political convention fit for the Koch brothers and a Michigan state representative’s response to being blocked from speaking because of her “vagina” remark.

Posted on Jun 15, 2012 READ MORE

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Romney One-Ups Obama in Fundraising, the Potency of Citizens United and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including the release of May presidential campaign fundraising figures, how Citizens United affected the Wisconsin recall and the controversy surrounding recent comments made by Bill Clinton.

Posted on Jun 7, 2012 READ MORE

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Koch Industries Is Awash in Money and Misdeeds

Contracts won with bribes, falsified safety and emissions reports, price fixing, illegal dealings with Iran and stolen oil. Bloomberg has compiled a detailed litany of loosely related bad behaviors by the managers of Koch Industries and its subsidiary companies. (more)

Posted on Oct 3, 2011 READ MORE

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The Koch Brothers’ Gallery of Million-Dollar Buddies

Twice yearly, the billionaire industrialists Charles and David Koch assemble a crowd of wealthy economic libertarian sympathizers to raise funds for their efforts to influence government and the American public. (more)

Posted on Sep 8, 2011 READ MORE

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Waving the ‘Anarcho-Capitalism’ Flag

It’s a theory that seeks the removal of government oversight from any and all economic and social activity, which has been steadily adopted by legislators and policymakers on the right, and some on the left, for the past three decades, and tea partiers may actually be opposed to it. (more)

Posted on Jul 18, 2011 READ MORE

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IRS to Tax the Purchase of Political Power Through Nonprofits

Clandestine political financiers such as David H. Koch, who along with his brother Charles has bankrolled the tea party movement, may soon be hit with “gift taxes” for each donation to nonprofit political advocacy groups. The Internal Revenue Service has been able to tax such contributions since 1982, but it has rarely happened, The New York Times reports.

Posted on May 12, 2011 READ MORE

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Koch Buys Right to Pick FSU Faculty

Billionaire Charles Koch pledged $1.5 million to Florida State University’s economics department three years ago with the stipulation that his staff would screen the faculty hired for a program on “political economy and free enterprise.” (more)

Posted on May 10, 2011 READ MORE

It’s Good to Be a Koch

Robert Greenwald of Brave New Films wonders why the Koch brothers, with $42 billion and seven homes, are attacking the most vulnerable Americans.

Posted on May 5, 2011 WATCH & LISTEN

AP / Morry Gash

Gov. Walker Does ‘Something Big’

The tea-party-enabled Wisconsin Legislature is working overtime to protect its governor.

Posted on Mar 4, 2011 READ MORE

Anonymous Returns

Hacker group Anonymous takes down a Koch-backed website, two GOP groups plan to spend $120 million on the 2012 campaign, and sex in a Northwestern University classroom. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Mar 4, 2011 READ MORE

Yes, America Still Needs Unions

Even in its terribly weakened condition, the labor movement remains a bulwark against the kind of corporate tyranny that would swiftly make serfs of the rest of us.

Posted on Feb 24, 2011 READ MORE

AP / Andy Manis

What Gov. Walker Won’t Tell You

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, less than two weeks into his term, pushed through $117 million in tax breaks for business allies of the GOP. There is your crisis.

Posted on Feb 21, 2011 READ MORE

The Beck-Palin Show Is No Joke

It’s easy to laugh off the weekend’s Glenn Beck-Sarah Palin show at the Lincoln Memorial. But don’t laugh just yet. The rally was a major event in the right wing’s effort to take over Congress and the presidency.

Posted on Aug 30, 2010 READ MORE

The Billionaire Right-Winger

It certainly seems unlikely that David Koch has ever encountered any of the folks who turn up at a typical tea party event or that he has ever showed up at a congressional town hall meeting to scream about health care reform. For Koch, the tea partyers are merely pawns.

Posted on Aug 27, 2010 READ MORE

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Tea Party Financiers Owe Their Fortune to Josef Stalin

The members of the Koch family, America’s biggest financial backers of the tea party, would not be the billionaires they are today were it not for the godless empire of the USSR.

Posted on Apr 18, 2010 READ MORE

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