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Who Are the Koch Brothers and What Do They Want?

Given the reality that the Koch brothers are now the most important and powerful players in American politics, it is important to know what they want and what their agenda is.

Posted on Apr 18, 2014 READ MORE


Sen. Sanders: ‘Will This Nation Become an Oligarchic Form of Society?’

In an address to the U.S. Senate this week, Vermont independent Bernie Sanders testified to the basics of wealth inequality and described how it distorts the U.S. political process. His speech contains vital statistics for your reference.

Posted on Mar 28, 2014 READ MORE



Why the Biggest Winners in the Hobby Lobby Case May Be the Koch Brothers

We may not get a Supreme Court decision in the Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood cases that challenge the Affordable Care Act’s contraception mandate until the end of June, but it’s probably not too early to project the biggest winners in the cases: brothers Charles and David Koch.

Posted on Mar 27, 2014 READ MORE



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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



Beyond Neoliberal Miseducation

Workers, students, youths and the poor are all considered expendable in this neoliberal global economy. Yet the one institution that offers opportunities to challenge anti-democratic tendencies is under attack in unparalleled ways.

Posted on Mar 21, 2014 READ MORE



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Who Controls the Kochs’ Political Network?

Obscure limited liability companies have ultimate say over the Koch network’s nonprofits, which spend hundreds of millions of dollars to advance conservative causes.

Posted on Mar 18, 2014 READ MORE



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Who Controls the Kochs’ Political Network?

Obscure limited liability companies have ultimate say over the Koch network’s nonprofits, which spend hundreds of millions of dollars to advance conservative causes.

Posted on Mar 17, 2014 READ MORE



ALEC’s Horror Show Is Coming to Your Hometown

“The rightwing group Alec is preparing to launch a new nationwide network that will seek to replicate its current influence within state legislatures in city councils and municipalities,” The Guardian reported earlier this month.

Posted on Mar 15, 2014 READ MORE



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How the Rich Became Dependent on Government Welfare

Remember when President Obama was lambasted for saying “you didn’t build that”? Turns out he was right, at least when it comes to lots of stuff built by the world’s wealthiest corporations.

Posted on Feb 28, 2014 READ MORE



Harry Reid: Koch Bros. Are ‘Un-American’

Invoking a term that carries some serious baggage in the annals of U.S. political history, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid labeled conservative corporate power siblings David and Charles Koch “un-American” on Wednesday.

Posted on Feb 26, 2014 READ MORE


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Minutes From a Koch Meeting

At their last fundraising conference, hell-raising right-wing billionaires David and Charles Koch left behind a confidential document detailing one-on-one conversations with donors and their operatives, offering a rare look into their savage political machine.

Posted on Feb 6, 2014 READ MORE


Koch Brothers in Control

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Posted on Jan 27, 2014 READ MORE



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Right Wingers Spend Big to Deny Climate Science

Conservative influence groups may have spent as much as $1 billion a year in a campaign to reject science and stymie action on climate change, a gigantic study into the effort shows.

Posted on Dec 21, 2013 READ MORE


Conservative Coalition Prepares Public Sector Attacks Across 34 States

After revelations this week about the legislative agenda of the Koch brothers-backed American Legislative Exchange Council, documents obtained by The Guardian give a closer look into a coordinated assault by conservative groups across the U.S. against public sector rights and services in education, health care, income tax, workers’ compensation and the environment.

Posted on Dec 5, 2013 READ MORE


Climate Denial Cancer

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To the Barricades! ALEC Posts Issues for 2014 Legislative Wars

The secretive Koch brothers-backed American Legislative Exchange Council has its sights set on labor laws, consumer protections and public education, among others. So you can’t say you weren’t warned.

Posted on Dec 3, 2013 READ MORE



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California Shows the Way in Combating ‘Dark Money’ in Politics

A state political campaign watchdog agency has issued $1 million in fines and $15 million in penalties to shadowy groups—yes, the Koch brothers are connected—that sought to buy results in two California proposition elections. The decision points up the lack of teeth in federal laws, and offers an example of how to fix that. Assuming Washington can fix anything.

Posted on Oct 28, 2013 READ MORE



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Koch Brothers Stand to Make $100 Billion From Keystone Pipeline

Through their investments and various subsidiaries, Charles and David Koch could make a fortune from the transcontinental oil pipeline, contrary to previous Koch claims.

Posted on Oct 21, 2013 READ MORE


Corporate Leaders Bemoan Tea Party Default Crisis Created by Their own Donations

The frightened corporate leaders surely know how this happened—because their money funded the tea party candidates and organizations responsible for the crisis.

Posted on Oct 14, 2013 READ MORE


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How the Right Wing Manipulated the Government Into a Shutdown

Hillary Clinton was right: There is a vast right-wing conspiracy out there. At least when it comes to trying to kill Obamacare, even it means shutting down the U.S. government. And, yes, it traces back to the Koch brothers, those die-hard Americans who refuse to accept the results of the democratic process.

Posted on Oct 6, 2013 READ MORE



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The Reason Republicans Were Willing to Shut It Down

Don’t write the Republicans off as totally crazy. They know that if Obamacare works, it will wreck chances for attaining their real goal.

Posted on Sep 30, 2013 READ MORE



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Another Win for the Koch Brothers: Underfunded Public Schools

The American working and middle classes aren’t the only sectors still suffering the effects of the Great Recession. Public schools have yet to regain their economic footing, either. That fits in perfectly with the dreams the Koch brothers-backed American Legislative Exchange Council has of dismantling the system, and democracy itself.

Posted on Sep 20, 2013 READ MORE



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Meet the Secret $256 Million Bank for Right Wing Causes

A new IRS filing reveals that a shadowy Koch brothers-led nonprofit, Freedom Partners, spent nearly a quarter-billion dollars trying to influence 2012 elections and policy discussions. Most of the donors remain secret. Can you say, “oligarchy”?

Posted on Sep 13, 2013 READ MORE


Bill Maher on How the Left Should Counter Wealthy Conservatives

“Real Time” host Bill Maher delivered a special message to the likes of Jay Z, Steven Spielberg and Oprah during the latest installment of his HBO program.

Posted on Aug 4, 2013 READ MORE



Perry Makes Major Announcement, Koch Brothers Try to Kill Obamacare, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including an IRS mistake leaves tens of thousands of Social Security numbers exposed and Fox News rules (at least according to a depressing new Gallup poll).

Posted on Jul 8, 2013 READ MORE


Directors Reveal How PBS Quashed Airing of Negative Koch Brothers Film

“Democracy Now!” asks whether PBS resorted to self-censorship in order to appease the Koch brothers when it decided not to show a documentary that portrayed David Koch—a major donor to public television—in an unflattering light.

Posted on Jun 2, 2013 READ MORE


Colbert Slams PBS for Appeasing Koch Brothers

PBS recently made the decision to pull the plug on “Citizen Koch,” a documentary about money and politics that paints a less than flattering picture of the conservative billionaire Koch brothers. That hasn’t sat too well with many, including the host of “The Colbert Report.”

Posted on May 23, 2013 READ MORE



GOP Senator’s Hypocrisy on Tornado Aid, Jon Stewart Hates Washington, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including a senator’s attempt to repeal the Monsanto Protection Act and the real IRS scandal that is being missed.

Posted on May 21, 2013 READ MORE


Save Our Democracy: Buy the L.A. Times for $660 Million

The Other 98%, a group loosely associated with Occupy Wall Street, is trying to raise enough cash to outbid Rupert Murdoch and the Koch brothers in their efforts to buy the Tribune Company, owner of the Los Angeles Times, the Chicago Tribune and The Baltimore Sun, among other newspapers.

Posted on May 17, 2013 READ MORE



Koch Brothers Face Backlash, Colbert Reacts to Sister’s Loss, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including President Obama shifts his attention and Gabrielle Giffords’ gun control group gears up to go head to head with the NRA.

Posted on May 9, 2013 READ MORE


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Misogynist Much? Politico Attacks Times Editor Jill Abramson

Politico’s piece on New York Times Executive Editor Jill Abramson implied she was a “bitchy woman character”; fossil fuels may never be depleted and this could be the best and worst thing to happen; meanwhile, violence is less rampant on YouTube than on television programs. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Apr 29, 2013 READ MORE


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Time to Judge Bush Legacy, Rove Battles the Koch Brothers, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including the Republican governor who is pushing for stricter gun control and Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake pulls a fast one on the mother of a mass shooting victim.

Posted on Apr 22, 2013 READ MORE



Koch Brothers Look to Expand Influence, Bachmann in Trouble, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including the husband of an Arkansas Republican Party official suggests shooting GOP lawmakers over Medicaid expansion and a New York state lawmaker advocates torturing the Boston bombing suspect.

Posted on Apr 21, 2013 READ MORE



Veterans Turn on Obama, Fox News Reporter May Be Jailed, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including the latest Senate Democrat to “evolve” on the issue of gay marriage and a California billionaire looking to become the left’s answer to the Koch brothers.

Posted on Apr 8, 2013 READ MORE



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Koch’s Next Target: Hurricane Sandy Victims

David Koch’s conservative political organization Americans for Prosperity is threatening to unleash a torrent of political attack ads against congressional members in the next election if they vote for the $60.4 billion federal storm aid package.

Posted on Dec 23, 2012 READ MORE



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The Billionaires’ Long Game

I keep hearing that the billionaires and big corporations that poured all that money into the 2012 election learned their lesson. They lost their shirts and won’t do it again. Don’t believe that for an instant.

Posted on Dec 12, 2012 READ MORE



Scalia’s Anti-Gay Marriage Rant, Nate Silver on Hillary’s 2016 Prospects, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including Stephen Colbert’s response to a poll that shows South Carolina voters want him in the Senate and why the Koch brothers postponed a major meeting.

Posted on Dec 11, 2012 READ MORE


Watch: Chris Matthews Rips Climate Change Deniers as ‘Pigs’

The MSNBC host had some harsh words for those who do not believe in global warming after the devastation and destruction caused by superstorm Sandy.

Posted on Oct 31, 2012 READ MORE



Republicans Back Mourdock, Tina Fey Talks GOP and Rape, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including Colin Powell offers his endorsement and yet another CEO tries to get his employees to vote for Mitt Romney.

Posted on Oct 25, 2012 READ MORE



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‘Billionaires & Ballot Bandits’: Going Postal

In 2012, it is expected that about 26 million votes will be mailed in. And, in the name of preventing voter fraud, about one in 14 will be tossed out. That’s nearly 2 million votes tossed in the gotcha! dumpster.

Posted on Oct 22, 2012 READ MORE



Romney Son Wants to ‘Take a Swing’ at Obama, a ‘Fox & Friends’ Tax Shocker, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including Mitt Romney’s advice to corporate CEOs, an update on the Massachusetts Senate race and Chris Christie making sense.

Posted on Oct 18, 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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How Many Controversial Comments Can Arkansas Republicans Make in One Week?

From defending slavery to advocating for the killing of disobedient children, there’s been a lot of crazy talk by some GOP politicians in the state of Arkansas recently.

Posted on Oct 11, 2012 READ MORE



Brown vs. Warren, Koch Brothers vs. Justices, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including how Paul Ryan’s 30 percent compares with Mitt Romney’s 47 percent and a Pennsylvania judge decides the fate of the state’s voter ID law for the 2012 election.

Posted on Oct 2, 2012 READ MORE



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Koch Bros. Group Plans Anti-Occupy Wall Street Protest

Observers say Occupy is dead, but the multimillion-dollar conservative advocacy group Americans for Prosperity is organizing a demonstration against the movement in New York City on Thursday “to stand up to Occupy Wall Street extremists.”

Posted on Sep 19, 2012 READ MORE


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