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Nicholas Confessore reports at the New York Times that the Koch brothers are about to launch the Freedom Partners Action Fund, “the first super PAC founded by the Koch political organization, which until now has relied almost entirely on nonprofit organizations that are not required to disclose their donors…Until now, groups supported by the Kochs and their fellow donors have relied heavily on “issue ads” that do not specifically ask listeners to vote for or against a candidate….Unlike political nonprofit groups, super PACs can spend every dollar they raise on political advertising expressly advocating the election or defeat of a candidate.”
I like the title of Jonathan Chait’s post “Actually, Let’s Hear More From Dick Cheney on Iraq,” but for a different reason. Every time Cheney, Kristol and their ilk advocate sending other peoples’ children to fight in Iraq, it reminds the public which party started the mess and wants to crank it up again.
Here’s a counter-argument. But Yikes on the hideous neocon triptych accompanying it.
At The Daily Beast:

Sean Trende explains at The Crystal Ball why “meddling in [GOP] primaries” by Democrats is a dicey strategy, despite Sen. Claire McCaskill’s impressive example to the contrary.
From George Bennett’s Palm Beach Post article, “Who wins in 2014? Dem demographics or GOP midterm turnout“: “Democratic-leaning minorities make up a growing share of Florida voters. Hispanic voters have increased from 10.6 percent of the electorate in 2006 to 14.3 percent now. More Hispanics registered as Republicans than Democrats eight years ago, largely because of Cuban-Americans in Miami-Dade. Today, Florida Hispanics are 38.3 percent Democratic and 27.4 percent Republican…The share of Florida voters who are black has increased from 12 percent to 13.5 percent, with Democratic candidates traditionally attracting 90 percent or more of the black vote…”The wind’s at our back with regard to demographics. We have to obviously take advantage of that,” said Florida Democratic Party Executive Director Scott Arceneaux.”
The hog castrator is down 4.
Greg Sargent reports “A new Department of Health and Human Services report documents the impact federal subsidies under Obamacare are having on the insurance costs of people receiving them. As the Post puts it, they “are paying an average of $82 a month in premiums for their coverage — about one-fourth the bill they would have faced without such financial help…Buried in the report are data illustrating the impact subsidies are having on costs in state where the federal government built the exchange — and, by extension, how much those people’s premiums would rise if Obamacare were repealed. This is different from the Medicaid expansion. If the expansion were repealed, people would lose coverage. But if subsidies were repealed, people would not lose coverage, instead seeing premiums jump from loss of the tax credit.”
It appears that Dems’ 2016 veepstakes field just narrowed by one

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