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Terri Lynn Land Family Gives Millions To Evangelical Group Targeting 'Unreached People'

(91) Comments | Posted September 16, 2014 | 12:01 AM

WASHINGTON -- Throughout her run for the Senate, Michigan Republican candidate Terri Lynn Land has been forced to fend off criticism of her family’s real estate business. Now, it appears, her defense may end up producing its own set of troubles for her political aspirations.

Land & Co., founded...

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Most Americans Think It's A Bad Idea To Give Guns To Young Kids

(14) Comments | Posted September 11, 2014 | 10:37 AM

The vast majority of Americans think it's a bad idea to place a military-style weapon in the hands of a small child, a new HuffPost/YouGov poll shows.

The poll was conducted in the wake of a fatal shooting at an Arizona gun range in August, when instructor Charles...

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AFL-CIO Unveils 'Koch Sisters' To Counter Billionaire Brothers

(54) Comments | Posted September 4, 2014 | 12:34 PM

WASHINGTON - One of the nation's largest labor unions on Thursday launched a coordinated campaign to highlight the differences between average Americans and the conservative billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch.

The "Koch Sisters" campaign features Joyce Koch and Karen Koch, two women who are not actually sisters, but...

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Internal Memo Recommends Major Global Charities Adopt New Outreach Strategy

(6) Comments | Posted September 3, 2014 | 7:02 PM

WASHINGTON -- As the international community considers the next round of development goals to address some of the world's most critical challenges, more than a dozen of the most recognized global charities are quietly adopting a new PR formula intended to boost public support for their missions.

The Narrative Project...

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NRA: 'Children Can Have Fun At The Shooting Range'

(1258) Comments | Posted August 27, 2014 | 6:27 PM

WASHINGTON -- Less than two days after a 9-year-old girl in Arizona accidentally shot and killed a gun range instructor who was showing her how to fire an Uzi, the National Rifle Association on Wednesday touted new ways for children to "have fun" at shooting ranges.

The nation's largest...

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GOP Senate Campaign Defends Using Image Of James Foley's Execution In Ad

(153) Comments | Posted August 25, 2014 | 6:40 PM

WASHINGTON -- The campaign of the Republican nominee for U.S. Senate in New Mexico is defending an ad it released Monday that uses an image of the gruesome execution of James Foley, an American journalist. Foley was beheaded in northern Iraq last week by a member of the Islamic State,...

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The NRA's Latest Political Target Isn't Even A Candidate

(233) Comments | Posted August 20, 2014 | 3:28 PM

WASHINGTON -- The National Rifle Association is turning its sights on former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg. On Wednesday, the country's largest gun rights group launched a nationwide ad campaign and a website that seek to paint Bloomberg as "a billionaire, elitist hypocrite."

In the ad released Wednesday...

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Trayvon Martin's Mother Pens Heartbreaking Letter To Michael Brown's Family

(57) Comments | Posted August 18, 2014 | 10:13 PM

WASHINGTON - Sybrina Fulton, the mother of teenaged shooting victim Trayvon Martin, has written a heartbreaking letter to the family of Michael Brown, the unarmed teenager who was shot and killed by a Ferguson, Missouri police officer earlier this month.

Published Monday by Time magazine, Fulton's letter draws...

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Koch Brothers' Toxic Legacy Detailed In New Report

(392) Comments | Posted August 15, 2014 | 3:27 PM

WASHINGTON -- A report released Friday by a top Democratic political research group details what it calls a "legacy" of layoffs and environmental damage at subsidiaries of Koch Industries, the holding company owned by the conservative billionaire Koch brothers.

The 51-page report was produced by the group American...

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Charles Koch Hijacks Martin Luther King Jr. To Pitch His Vision For Low-Wage America

(237) Comments | Posted August 6, 2014 | 6:01 PM

WASHINGTON -- Conservative billionaire Charles G. Koch laid out his prescription for reviving the American economy on Wednesday in an op-ed published by USA Today.

In it, Koch argues that the economic recovery is hampered by "destructive regulations affecting whether and how business invests and employees work."

He's...

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Rep. King Floats Impeachment, 'That "I" Word We Don't Want To Say'

(293) Comments | Posted August 3, 2014 | 4:50 PM

WASHINGTON -- Just days after House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) called rumors of a GOP plan to impeach President Barack Obama "a scam started by Democrats at the White House," tea party favorite Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) again stoked speculation about a possible impeachment push led by the...

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Rick Perry: Record-High Arrests Of Migrants From Countries With 'Terrorist Ties'

(747) Comments | Posted August 3, 2014 | 2:17 PM

WASHINGTON -- Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) on Sunday said that undocumented immigration along the U.S.-Mexico border constitutes a significant terrorist threat. Speaking on CNN's State of the Union, Perry said the United States is at "historic record highs with individuals being apprehended" from countries "that have substantial terrorist ties,"...

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Israeli Ambassador: Gaza Tunnel Operations Could End 'In A Matter Of Hours'

(21) Comments | Posted August 3, 2014 | 11:55 AM

WASHINGTON -- Israeli Ambassador to the U.S. Ron Dermer said Sunday the Israeli military is "finishing up decommissioning the tunnels" Hamas has built underground from Gaza into Israel, and said he hoped "that job will be completed in a matter of hours, not days." Israel would then "redeploy" its forces,...

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Power Plant Bombed In Gaza Is Insured By U.S. Government

(45) Comments | Posted July 30, 2014 | 6:10 PM

WASHINGTON -- As lawmakers on Capitol Hill scrambled to approve increased military funding for Israel this week, a little-noted federal agency across town prepared to spend as much as $84 million to compensate an American company for losses sustained in the Israeli bombardment of a Gaza power plant....

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Proposed GOP Lawsuit Against Obama Backfires, Helps Democrats Raise Millions

(471) Comments | Posted July 29, 2014 | 11:21 AM

WASHINGTON -- The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee raised $1 million in a single day on Monday, chairman Rep. Steve Israel (D-N.Y.) said. The fundraising juggernaut was driven by Democratic opposition to a lawsuit House Republicans intend to file against President Barack Obama related to the enforcement of certain...

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Israeli Ambassador Ron Dermer: Gaza Human Rights Report A 'Kangaroo Court'

(21) Comments | Posted July 22, 2014 | 10:31 AM

WASHINGTON -- Israeli Ambassador to the United States Ron Dermer argued on Tuesday that Israel is obeying the laws of war and using proportionate force to counter rockets fired from Gaza settlements by members of the Palestinian militant group Hamas.

"Israel does not target innocent civilians," he said. "But when...

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Koch High: How The Koch Brothers Are Buying Their Way Into The Minds Of Public School Students

(1009) Comments | Posted July 16, 2014 | 12:57 PM

Charles G. Koch, the billionaire chairman of Koch Industries, is funding a public high school course designed to turn young people into "liberty-advancing agents." (Photo: Bo Rader/Wichita Eagle/MCT via Getty Images)

In the spring of 2012, Spenser Johnson, a junior at Highland...

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House Approves Modest Funding Boost For Gun Background Checks

(551) Comments | Posted May 29, 2014 | 6:48 PM

WASHINGTON -- The House of Representatives on Thursday approved a measure that would boost funding for the nation's background checks system, less than one week after another mass shooting shined the spotlight on congressional inaction on gun control.

The amendment, which passed by a vote of 260 to 145, would...

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Koch Brothers' Secrets Revealed In New Book

(2377) Comments | Posted May 17, 2014 | 12:24 PM

WASHINGTON -- Charles and David Koch are the unofficial standard-bearers of a new generation of billionaires, willing to spend immense sums to influence politics. Best known for bankrolling the tea party movement, the fiercely private Koch family has achieved a quasi-mythical status in political circles. Yet they remain an enigma...

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Food Lobby Creates Stealth Campaign To Attack Anti-Obesity Film

(637) Comments | Posted May 9, 2014 | 12:14 PM

WASHINGTON -- The world's largest food industry lobbying group is waging a stealth campaign to discredit the highly anticipated anti-obesity documentary "Fed Up," which opens in theaters Friday.

The film was produced by Katie Couric and Laurie David, who was a producer of the Oscar-winning documentary "An Inconvenient Truth."...

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