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Oregon becomes 16th state to call for amendment overturning Citizens United. Kill Bill. Tom Edsall on politics inside and outside of Washington.

Kill Bill

United Republic, a liberal-leaning campaign finance reform organization dedicated to reducing the influence of money in American politics, recently produced a striking graphic that illustrates how corporate America wins huge breaks from Congress at very little cost. According to statistics United Republic assembled, the prescription drug industry spent $116 million lobbying for legislation to prevent Medicare from bargaining down drug prices — legislation that enabled drug companies to make an additional $90 billion annually. That amounts to an extraordinary 77,500 percent return on investment. Oil companies, in turn, had a return on investment of 5,900 percent, and multinational companies, 22,000 percent. Worst Congress money can buy. Exposed: The Dark-Money ATM of the Conservative Movement. Working out of an nondescript brick rowhouse in suburban Virginia, a little-known organization named Donors Trust, staffed by five employees, has steered hundreds of millions of dollars to the most influential think tanks, foundations, and advocacy groups in the conservative movement.

Exposed: The Dark-Money ATM of the Conservative Movement

Over the past decade, it has funded the right's assault on labor unions, climate scientists, public schools, economic regulations, and the very premise of activist government. Yet unlike its nearest counterpart on the progressive side, the Tides Foundation, a bogeyman of Glenn Beck and Bill O'Reilly, Donors Trust has mostly avoided any real scrutiny. Annabel Park: Replying to my pro-gun friends. Dear friends who can't tolerate anyone bringing up gun control: You're not going to intimidate me with your !!!!

Annabel Park: Replying to my pro-gun friends

S, ???? S, WORDS IN ALL CAPS, namecalling, and threats to unfriend. Washington’s Revolving Door: As Old as Lincoln. Last week, we talked about the infernal revolving door between government and big business and how one person in particular, Liz Fowler, has spun through it so many times she may need to take something for motion sickness.

Washington’s Revolving Door: As Old as Lincoln

Which makes it a good thing that she’s going back to work as a lobbyist for the health care industry, where presumably she can get a prescription filled. Fowler used to be a lobbyist with the health insurer WellPoint. Then she went to Capitol Hill as Senator Max Baucus’ health care reform architect followed by some time at the Department of Health and Human Services and the Obama White House. Here’s A Crazy Graphic To Share With Those Judgmental People Who Go Off About Poor People. Why the GOP Should Fear a Romney Presidency - Jack M. Balkin. At best, he would be hamstrung by the conflicting demands of a radicalized party.

Why the GOP Should Fear a Romney Presidency - Jack M. Balkin

At worst, he would wreck the Reagan coalition. Brian Snyder/Reuters What kind of president would Mitt Romney be? And what should we expect from Barack Obama's second term? We pledge: No More Stolen Elections! Mitt Romney Considering Infamous Ex-Merrill Lynch CEO To Replace Geithner. Mitt Romney is considering appointing a man who oversaw the implosion of a major Wall Street firm and got himself a $35,000 toilet while doing it as Treasury Secretary.

Mitt Romney Considering Infamous Ex-Merrill Lynch CEO To Replace Geithner

John Thain, the former CEO of Merrill Lynch, is on Romney's short list of possible Treasury Secretary picks, the Wall Street Journal reports. He paid his executives massive bonuses before selling Merrill Lynch to Bank of America during the height of the financial crisis with the help of government bailout money. Gang of 8 plots secret retreat - John Bresnahan and Jake Sherman.

President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney will crisscross the country during the next month offering different visions for how to fix the country’s fiscal mess.

Gang of 8 plots secret retreat - John Bresnahan and Jake Sherman

But in Washington, the senators in the Gang of Six — plus two newbies — will have a secret retreat next week hosted by Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.) to start cobbling together a plan to avoid the looming fiscal cliff. Larry J. Sabato's Crystal Ball. The Trumpmare: Can the Republicans Save the Senate?

Larry J. Sabato's Crystal Ball

2012 Elections, House Projections - Election Projection. Ohio voters face challenges from tea party groups - Page 2. President Obama greets supporters at Bowling Green State University in… (Jewel Samad, AFP/Getty…)

Ohio voters face challenges from tea party groups - Page 2

Stop A Couple Of People From Voting Republican This Year. Just Share This Hilariously Eye-Opening Video. If You Loved ‘The West Wing’, Watch This. Now. What We Already Knew About The Tea Party And ‘The Newsroom’ Finally Said Out Loud. Paul Ryan To Fox News: 'I Don't Have The Time' To Explain How We Will Pay For Our Tax Plan. By Adam Peck on September 30, 2012 at 10:39 am "Paul Ryan To Fox News: ‘I Don’t Have The Time’ To Explain How We Will Pay For Our Tax Plan" For much of the general election, the Romney campaign has avoided any discussion of specifics, especially when it comes to the tax plan that he and Paul Ryan have put forward.

Paul Ryan To Fox News: 'I Don't Have The Time' To Explain How We Will Pay For Our Tax Plan

On Fox News Sunday, host Chris Wallace gave Ryan an opportunity to finally talk about the details of his plan to a national audience, how much it will cost and how the Romney administration would pay for it. A Canadian’s View On Our Disrespect Of President Obama’s Presidency. My mother just sent me this Canadian article in an email and after reading it I felt compelled to find the source. Give it a read. It is enlightening in how some outside of our country see our politics our President Obama disrespect. It really gave me pause because his sentiments are mine exactly. The President Obama disrespect is so pathetic. I have heard so many articulate this special hate for our president but he said it best. US health care: It's officially a mess, institute says. By Maggie Fox, Senior Writer, NBC News If banking were like health care, it would take days to get money out of an ATM because the records would be lost.

If airlines were like health care, pilots would decide on their own which safety checks to make, if any. If shopping were like health care -- well, you get the picture. It’s a mess, the Institute of Medicine says in a report released on Thursday. The U.S. health care system wasted $750 billion in 2009, about 30 percent of all health spending, on unnecessary services, excessive administrative costs, fraud, and other problems. The report, issued just as candidates for Congress and for president make health care reform a central part of the national debate, doesn’t pull any punches.

Slide Show: The Fifty Most Influential Progressives of the Twentieth Century. Virginia Republicans Call for Armed Revolution if Obama Wins in November. By: Rmuse August 20th, 2012 see more posts by Rmuse The author of the Declaration of Independence is often quoted by opposing groups to support their own agenda, but there are few who accurately apply some of his oft-repeated statements. During the healthcare reform debate, angry teabaggers cited Jefferson’s line that “ ,” as proof that revolution against government tyranny was advocated by a Founding Father as an option in 2009, and that sentiment has not diminished three years later heading into a general election.

The groups claiming President Obama is a tyrannical leader have never given one example of tyranny, but they, with the GOP’s assistance, have whipped themselves into frenzy and openly called for armed insurrection against the United States government. Introducing Your Petition + MoveOn’s 7 Million Members = Brilliant.

Connecting the Dots, What Matters Today. VAWA and the Republican hard turn to the right. Wonkbook: Why the Republican budgets make the poor pay. Michele Bachmann's Holy War. IRS May Make Political Groups Pay Dearly for Keeping Donors Secret. Key Abortion Restrictions in the States. By Igor Volsky on March 6, 2012 at 11:24 am. Utah Senate passes bill banning contraception education. By David EdwardsWednesday, March 7, 2012 14:21 EDT The Utah Senate on Wednesday passed a bill that would effectively ban comprehensive education about human sexuality, forcing schools to teach abstinence or nothing at all.

Thom Hartmann: Day in the Life of Joe Middle-Class Republican. Rush Limbaugh and three evangelical blind spots. Murkowski: GOP Has Spun Out Of Control On Contraception. Albert Mohler Weighs-in on Limbaugh Apology. Conservatives get support from the darndest places. Santorum and the Sexual Revolution. SC County GOP: If You’ve Had Pre-Marital Sex, You Can’t Be A Republican. Cato Institute and Koch in Rift Over Independence.

The Billionaire Koch Brothers’ War Against Obama. How Conservatives Silence Critics of Religion. Agenda for the Dark Ages: GOP Frontrunner Rick Santorum's 5 Most Extremist Themes. February 21, 2012 | List of Rush Limbaugh Show Sponsors: BOYCOTT NOW! Coffee Party News. Moyers & Company. A Project of the Annenberg Public Policy Center. The Scariest Gay Marriage Chart Ever. O, how the mighty have swollen! - Roger Simon.

Center for American Progress. The insider's choice for election analysis. David Catanese Blog: Essential intelligence from the campaign trail. (37) Washington Post Social Reader on Facebook. Did Clint Eastwood Really Just Say This About Gay Marriage?