America’s labour market: The economy doesn’t matter | The Economist

America's labour market: The economy doesn’t matter | The Economist.

Meet the GOP’s Mega-Donors – NationalJournal.com

April 24, 2015 The top priority for Republican presidential candidates right now isn’t lining up voters—it’s locking down donors. The big-money men and women will determine how close each of the two dozen or so contenders can get to the White House. And as a result of court rulings that eliminated limits on contributions in support of candidates, one or two key mega-donors can turn a long-shot into a serious candidate. Just ask Newt Gingrich or Rick Santorum. In 2012, the casino magnate Sheldon Adelson gave $15 million to a super PAC backing the former House speaker, while Foster Friess, a deep-pocketed investor, almost single-handedly propped up Santorum’s bid long enough for him to give Mitt Romney his most serious challenge for the GOP nomination.

Friess is backing Santorum again if he runs, but with Gingrich forgoing the race, Adelson is up for grabs. So are a number of other conservative billionaires whom GOP contenders are hoping to secure as their patrons. (Hillary Clinton, of course, already has all the deep-pocketed donors she’ll need to be competitive on the Democratic side; none of her prospective rivals appears to have secured a billionaire of their own.) Here’s a guide to the biggest Republican mega-donors and the candidates they are funding—or might fund—in the 2016 campaign.

via Meet the GOP's Mega-Donors – NationalJournal.com.

Scott Walker, forever tarnished: Republican governors have tanked the GOP brand – Salon.com

What do Scott Walker, Chris Christie and Bobby Jindal all have in common? They’re all sitting governors who’d like to be president, sure. But what else?

How about being embarrassingly bad at job creation? That’s right. From January 2011 through January 2015, Louisiana under Jindal ranked 32nd in job creation with 5.4 percent growth over four years. Wisconsin under Walker ranked 35th, with 4.85 percent growth. New Jersey under Christie ranked 40th, with 4.15 percent growth. This compares with a national average of 8.21 percent.

via Scott Walker, forever tarnished: Republican governors have tanked the GOP brand – Salon.com.

America’s Disgusting, Boundless Hatred for Poor People | Alternet

Many Americans fundamentally believe that one’s income bracket should determine one’s access to fun, pleasure, and entertainment. The resentment and the lack of empathy that undergirds most of the social policy that emerges from the right prove just how out-of-touch and mean-spirited such social policy is.

Should poor people not have the right to go swimming? Swimming is an important survival skill. There are large swaths of Black people who do not know how to swim because of long histories of segregated swimming pools and subpar swimming facilities in this country.

via America's Disgusting, Boundless Hatred for Poor People | Alternet.

Checking in on our TV network scorecards | PunditFact

It’s time to update our TV network scorecards, which measures the accuracy of claims made on the major cable networks by pundits, hosts and other non-elected officials.

via Checking in on our TV network scorecards | PunditFact.

Secret Koch memo outlines plans for 2016 – Kenneth P. Vogel – POLITICO

The Koch brothers’ political machine is expanding into new states and recruiting new donors as it seeks to shape the Republican Party — and its presidential field — headed into 2016, according to interviews with multiple sources, as well as confidential donor briefing documents obtained by POLITICO.

The documents detail plans to beef up the network’s state-of-the-art data system, and pay hundreds of staff embedded in local communities across the country in preparation for get-out-the-vote efforts that are unprecedented from a third-party group.

via Secret Koch memo outlines plans for 2016 – Kenneth P. Vogel – POLITICO.

Elizabeth Warren for Senate

You can’t read this

April 22, 2015 | By Elizabeth Warren

Have you seen what’s in the new TPP trade deal?

Most likely, you haven’t – and don’t bother trying to Google it. The government doesn’t want you to read this massive new trade agreement. It’s top secret.

Why? Here’s the real answer people have given me: “We can’t make this deal public because if the American people saw what was in it, they would be opposed to it.”

If the American people would be opposed to a trade agreement if they saw it, then that agreement should not become the law of the United States.

Let’s send a loud message to our trade officials: No vote on a fast-track for trade agreements until the American people can see what’s in this TPP deal. Sign this petition right now to make the TPP agreement public.

The Administration says I’m wrong – that there’s nothing to worry about. They say the deal is nearly done, and they are making a lot of promises about how the deal will affect workers, the environment, and human rights. Promises – but people like you can’t see the actual deal.

via Elizabeth Warren for Senate.