Stick a Fork in Bernie Sanders, He’s Done. Or Is He?

It appears that Bernie Sanders may get a small victory in Indiana, though as I'm writing this it hasn't been called yet. I'm sure the wildly unrealistic Sanders fans will be furiously telling each other that this proves he can still win, but I'm sorry to inform you that this simply is not the case. He's done. Stick a fork in him. … [Read more...]

Koch Brother Hammers Trump, Cruz

In an interview on ABC, Charles Koch of the infamous Koch Brothers went pretty hard after both Donald Trump and Ted Cruz on the subject of Muslims and foreign policy. He went hardest after Trump's idea of banning all Muslim travel and immigration and forcing Muslims to register with the government: … [Read more...]

Political Scientists Ask: Can Sanders Win the General Election?

Vox asked a handful of prominent political scientists whether Bernie Sanders would have a serious chance to win the general election if he were to beat Hillary Clinton in the primaries. The consensus was a fairly resounding no, though the level of certainty varied by individual. Some of their arguments: … [Read more...]

Charles Koch: We Don’t Have Enough Political Influence

Prepare to cry some crocodile tears for poor, downtrodden Charles Koch. The man who is spending a staggering $900 million to influence the 2016 election is actually whining that he doesn't have nearly enough political influence because he is forced to give his nearly limitless money to candidates that don't agree with on every single political issue. … [Read more...]

Looks Like Serious Corruption in Wisconsin

I haven't really paid much attention to the situation in Wisconsin, where a special prosecutor was investigating Gov. Scott Walker for violating campaign finance laws, but if this article is accurate the whole thing has taken a serious turn into outright corruption as the state supreme court has fired that special prosecutor to prevent him from being able to challenge their conflicts of interest in the case. … [Read more...]

Hillary Clinton Gives Incredibly Lame Answer on Campaign Finance

During Saturday's Democratic presidential debate, Bernie Sanders raised the issue of Hillary Clinton having raised so much money from Wall Street and questioning whether she would really pursue serious regulation of the financial industry given how much money she has taken from them. Her answer to that question was one of the silliest non-sequiturs you'll ever see. … [Read more...]

Biggest Lobbying Companies Also Biggest Government Defrauders

Here's an interesting and unsurprising report. The companies that have faced the most fines for defrauding the government on contracts are also the same companies that spend the most money on lobbying the government and spending on campaigns to put people friendly to their interests in common. Those companies include military contractors and oil companies, including Boeing and Exxon. … [Read more...]

The Absurdity of Anti-Wall Street Rhetoric From Republicans

If you watched the 4th Republican presidential debate the other night, you probably noticed a whole lot of anti-Wall Street rhetoric being thrown around. Lots of rhetorical denunciations of corporate greed and how the banks are too big to fail and we can't bail them out again, along with a metric ton of anti-Federal Reserve statements. But who are they kidding? Who is seriously going to believe them? … [Read more...]

David Vitter: Tool of the Oil Industry

In Louisiana, where oil refineries rule the day, it's difficult to get elected without being in the pocket of the oil industry, whether you're a Republican or a Democrat. So it's not surprising that David Vitter's interest in that industry goes beyond its usefulness as lube or to make the plastic for the diapers he likes prostitutes to put him in. He's doing their bidding by attacking alternative energy: … [Read more...]

Charles Koch Leaves My Flabber Completely Gasted

Every once in a while I will read something that someone said and it will leave me so gobsmacked that I spent the next few minutes just staring at the screen in disbelief while a bit of drool emerges and slides down my chin. Charles Koch of the infamous Koch Brothers managed to do just that in an interview with the CBS Sunday morning talk show. This is simply a staggering bit of self-delusion: … [Read more...]

Major Corporations Join to Fight Anti-Gay Bigotry Around the World

This is a very encouraging bit of news. A coalition of major corporations are joining together with the Human Rights Campaign to push for LGBT equality around the world, not just in the United States and Europe. This is being done in response to the spread of virulent anti-gay bigotry in much of Africa and Asia, where laws often prescribe the death penalty for homosexuality and forbid even advocacy of equal rights. … [Read more...]

Barton to Run Ted Cruz’ Super PAC

From the Birds of a Feather Department: Professional liar and fake historian David Barton has been named the new leader of the Keep the Promise PAC, the Super PAC set up to support Ted Cruz' presidential campaign (which can't coordinate at all with his actual campaign *wink, wink*). It's actually a collection of PACs operating under the Keep the Promise Super PAC. I'm sure the job pays quite handsomely. … [Read more...]