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    In a sparsely populated northern Wisconsin county where residents are split over a proposed open pit iron mine, five pro-mining candidates prevailed in Tuesday’s county board election after receiving last-minute help from a well-funded national conservative group.

    Four others, however, were defeated in Iron County Board elections despite aggressive support from the Wisconsin chapter of Americans for Prosperity, which was founded by billionaire businessmen David and Charles Koch.

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    The National Rifle Association-backed bill would expand Stand Your Ground-like protections to those who point a gun at an attacker or fire a gun as a self-defense threat or warning, expanding the scope of the discretion judges and juries retain to exempt shooters from criminal charges for gun violence. The final bill also includes a provision to keep Stand Your Ground records secret.

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    That's the main takeaway of a report the company released this week to its investors, examining the risk that greenhouse gas emissions rules in the US and worldwide might pose to its fossil fuel assets.

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  •  Paul Ryan accidently tells the truth about ACA (5+ / 0-)

    Paul Ryan Accidentally Reveals The Truth About The GOP’s Obamacare Replacement

    House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) admitted on Friday that Republicans would not be able to preserve the most popular elements of Obamacare if they repeal the law as a whole. Ryan’s comments come as House Republicans plan to unveil a replacement bill that will reportedly allow young adults to remain on their parents’ health care plans and provide some level of protection for individuals with pre-existing conditions.

    “If you look at these kinds of reforms, where they’ve been tried before — say the state of Kentucky, for example — you basically make it impossible to underwrite insurance,” Ryan told Bloomberg’s Al Hunt when asked if Republicans would maintain the pre-existing conditions regulations, dependent coverage extension, and other rate requirements. “You dramatically crank up the cost. And you make it hard for people to get affordable health care,” Ryan insisted.

    The former GOP vice presidential candidate also said that Republicans could offer other alternatives that would expand coverage to people without insurance and lower health care costs. “Yes, and I think there are better ways of dealing with those very serious and legitimate issues without doing it this way, because I think this is the wrong approach.”

    In 2009, Ryan offered a joint alternative with Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK), which would have taxed the full value of employer health benefits and provided refundable tax credits to help families and individuals purchase employer or nongroup coverage. Economists had predicted that equalizing the tax treatment of health care benefits could discourage businesses from offering insurance and lead at least 20 million Americans to lose their employer coverage .

    I want 1 less Tiny Coffin, Why Don't You? Support The President's Gun Violence Plan.

    by JML9999 on Fri Apr 04, 2014 at 12:06:15 PM PDT

  •  I wonder what will happen... (5+ / 0-)

    ...should a candidate accept funds from Billionaire A and Billionaire B, and then each billionaire having his own agenda, is sudden confronted with conflicting agendas?

    A duel between A and B?

    Float like a manhole cover, sting like a sash weight! Clean Coal Is A Clinker!

    by JeffW on Fri Apr 04, 2014 at 12:07:21 PM PDT

    •  knife fight with a scarf in their teeth (1+ / 0-)
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      There is a terrific knife fight in "The Long Riders" with David Carradine and his opponent using Bowie knives while holding opposite ends of a scarf in their mouths.

      Warning - some snark may be above‽ (-9.50; -7.03)‽ eState4Column5©2013 "I’m not the strapping young Muslim socialist that I used to be" - Barack Obama 04/27/2013 (@eState4Column5).

      by annieli on Fri Apr 04, 2014 at 12:15:29 PM PDT

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    •  I think that'll be commonplace (1+ / 0-)
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      I also think it's something that Justice Roberts expects to happen.  One possibility of buying Senators on the open market is that it invites a massive bidding war, and there's no guarantee that it will be a good return on investment.

      It may also make politicians unelectable, if they all have crazy billionaires driving their campaigns.  Money didn't get Romney elected.  We'll see if it can get Rouner elected IL-Gov, I think it won't.

      Citizens United since 2010 didn't get the GOP the Senate, nor the White House, nor get rid of the ACA.  It also hasn't gotten Keystone XL approved.  Personally, I'm fine with billionaires pissing away as much of their money as they can on poor investments like buying politicians.  They're most likely to either lose outright, or get stabbed in the back. How can someone who's bought be trusted?

      It's like the mistress believing that there'll never again be another woman.  Just happened to my idiot cousin.  She broke up a marriage and 10 years later got dumped as soon as she turned 35.

      •  It will drag both parties to the right (1+ / 0-)
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        Norm in Chicago

        It already has.  Obama is not much to the left of Reagan, when you look at the real policy substance.

        Also, after licking their wounds in 2012, the big money will learn how to invest their money better.  It's what they do, fire the people that water their money without reaching the objective and hire new people that will waste their money and succeed in reaching the objective.  

        In every deliberation we must consider the impact on the seventh generation... even if it requires having skin as thick as the bark of a pine. -The Great Law of the Iroquois

        by BrianCricketRakita on Fri Apr 04, 2014 at 12:58:07 PM PDT

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      •  Look to the states. The impact there... (1+ / 0-)
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        ...of the Kochs alone has been substantial.

        Don't tell me what you believe, show me what you do and I will tell you what you believe.

        by Meteor Blades on Fri Apr 04, 2014 at 02:24:51 PM PDT

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    •  There might be some standing of ground (2+ / 0-)
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      Meteor Blades, JeffW

      A duel at 10 paces.
      But, honestly isn't that the kind of stuff they work out at the ALEC conferences? Who can buy what kind of legislation, etc?

      I ain't often right, but I've never been wrong. Seldom turns out the way it does in this song.

      by mungley on Fri Apr 04, 2014 at 12:38:58 PM PDT

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    •  Yes, Billionaire A Wants a Fascist Plutocracy, (1+ / 0-)
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      while billionaire B wants a liberal social democracy governed by the instructional teachings of Jesus.

      Of course there's nothing preventing that fight from happening now.

      Except for the non existence anywhere on the planet of Billionaire B.

      We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

      by Gooserock on Fri Apr 04, 2014 at 12:53:57 PM PDT

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  •  Ellipse question? (1+ / 0-)
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    If I know three points and the major axis and nothing else about an ellipse, can I figure out the rest?

    "If this Studebaker had anymore Atomic Space-Age Style, you'd have to be an astronaut with a geiger counter!"

    by Stude Dude on Fri Apr 04, 2014 at 12:18:46 PM PDT

    •  Three points besides the major axis? (2+ / 0-)
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      mungley, Gooserock

      Knowing the major axis technically gives two points on the ellipse.  So do you mean one more point, or three more points.

      I think you only need one more point.  With the major axis defined, only the minor axis is unknown, and only one minor axis will be correct to intersect the third point.

      Yep, looked it up.  The equation for an ellipse is (x^2/a^2) + (y^2/b^2) = 1.  a is the major radius, b is the minor radius.

      By knowing one point on the ellipse (x,y) and either a or b, you can find the other.

  •  Sheldon Adelson, the casino billionaire ... (2+ / 0-)
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    extraordinaire, is one of the few in America who has managed to be a 'Maker' and a 'Taker' all at the same time. Sheldon found the 'sweet spot' of capitalism.

    The next house I build will be a military industrial complex. It seems to be the only structure that is impervious to anything man, or nature, can throw at it.

    by glb3 on Fri Apr 04, 2014 at 12:20:26 PM PDT

  •  See why green energy has to be cheaper? (3+ / 0-)
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    Cadillac64, mungley, JeffW

    Exxon Mobile isn't going to stop selling oil until people stop buying oil.  And the only way people will ever do that, is if it's cheaper to buy something else.

    We're not going to ban our way out of this problem.  Give people a better option, and change will take care of itself.

    •  would help if we could stop (2+ / 0-)
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      subsidizing fossil fuels.

      Help us to save free conscience from the paw Of hireling wolves whose gospel is their maw. ~John Donne

      by ohiolibrarian on Fri Apr 04, 2014 at 01:07:46 PM PDT

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    •  Cranking the externalities into the price... (2+ / 0-)
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      FogCityJohn, JeffW

      ...via a carbon tax would help a lot. The market price does not cover the whole cost of extracting, transporting and burning fossil fuel. The tens of thousands killed by coal burning alone each year exacts a tremendous cost on society. As do the millions who are only harmed, not killed by this process. This public subsidy of externalities does not help give people a better option.

      Don't tell me what you believe, show me what you do and I will tell you what you believe.

      by Meteor Blades on Fri Apr 04, 2014 at 02:29:16 PM PDT

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  •  Will politicians now come with visable pricetags? (3+ / 0-)
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    mungley, Norm in Chicago, Gooserock

    highest bidder, maybe?

  •  My contrarian heresy (2+ / 0-)
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    Norm in Chicago, Meteor Blades

    "If Wall Street paid a tax on every “game” they run, we would get enough revenue to run the government on." ~ Will Rogers

    by Lefty Coaster on Fri Apr 04, 2014 at 12:31:56 PM PDT

  •  Good thing... (0+ / 0-)

    Listen to The After Show & The Justice Department on Netroots Radio. Join us on The Porch Tue & Fri at Black Kos, all are welcome!

    by justiceputnam on Fri Apr 04, 2014 at 12:43:39 PM PDT

  •  Re ExxonMobil: (1+ / 0-)
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    So the company plans to extract every drop of oil it can, eh?
    Should that surprise us?  I think not.  The forces of selfishness and greed always prevail, particularly when they find fertile ground in an extreme-capitalist economy like ours.  Yet the catastrophe that awaits our species as the climate inexorably warms knows no political ideology.  It will destroy us all--indiscriminately.  

    •  No Way for It Not to Plan That. (1+ / 0-)
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      That oil is part of the assets on which its stock price is based.

      We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

      by Gooserock on Fri Apr 04, 2014 at 12:56:36 PM PDT

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      •  Your statement goes to the problem's core. (0+ / 0-)

        ExxonMobile must use all of its assets.  Otherwise, its shareholders would lose money.  But doing so in the face of climate-initiated disaster imperils the very survival of civilization.  Is there a point--a moral threshold, if you will--where even in a capitalistic economy the chieftains of business say, "Enough!  We cannot--we will not--continue to value profits over our species' survival"?

  •  Another US warship is on the way to the Black Sea, (0+ / 0-)

    replacing the guided missile destroyer USS Truxtun.  

    In this and the previous confrontation over South Ossetia, I've been worried about the US insistence on placing warships in the Black Sea during crises.  So far, nothing has happened like the US-Soviet incidents involing USS Caron in eighties.  

    Nothing further happened in those situations, but that doesn't mean that it won't now.

    Play chess for the Kossacks on Join the site, then the group at

    by rhutcheson on Fri Apr 04, 2014 at 12:57:41 PM PDT

  •  "You've Got Hell!" (0+ / 0-)

    Apparently, Satan got a hold of my email address, and I keep getting this notification sound on my computer.
    I'm afraid to open it. It is probably full of nasty fire and brimstone.

    The next house I build will be a military industrial complex. It seems to be the only structure that is impervious to anything man, or nature, can throw at it.

    by glb3 on Fri Apr 04, 2014 at 01:18:07 PM PDT

  •  This look like a great thing and not just for (0+ / 0-)

    Tsunami's in my opinion

  •  Great, a new and expanded SYG (0+ / 0-)

    Because we haven't let enough killers of young black men off the hook already.


    "Ça c'est une chanson que j'aurais vraiment aimé ne pas avoir écrite." -- Barbara

    by FogCityJohn on Fri Apr 04, 2014 at 03:03:49 PM PDT

  •  outside of florida (0+ / 0-)

    re: stand your ground secret in FL

    Potentially NOT secret outside of FL, especially to law enforcement.

    "Your victory has demonstrated that no person anywhere in the world should not dare to dream of wanting to change the world for a better place." -- Mandela

    by agoldnyc on Fri Apr 04, 2014 at 05:59:24 PM PDT

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