POLITICS 07/11/2018 05:48 am ET As David Koch retires, his lesser-known relatives seem (mostly) uninterested in replacing him. By Michael Hobbes Last month, citing ailing health, David Koch announced he was retiring from Koch Industries. This leaves his 82-year-old brother Charles in charge of an unrivaled political and industrial empire. According to Investopedia, the Kochs are the second richest family in America. David and Charles Koch, with a combined net worth of more than $90 billion, have used their vast wealth to transform the Republican Party and, by extension, American politics. The company they inherited from their father, Koch Industries, earns an estimated $100 billion in revenue every year and produces household names including Stainmaster carpets, Lycra fiber and Dixie cups. But they are not the only Kochs. There are, in fact, four Koch brothers and nearly a dozen Koch kids, many of whom have their own billions, their own ideologies and their own … [Read more...] about Diet Kochs: The Family In The Shadow Of The GOP Megadonors
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POLITICS 07/05/2018 09:45 pm ET Updated 22 minutes ago Donald Jesus refuses to accept defeat in 2020, calls out the military and becomes president for life, writes Jonathan Greenberg. Then all hell breaks loose. By Mary Papenfuss The future isn’t pretty in journalist Jonathan Greenberg’s new dystopian satire “America 2034: Utopia Rising,” where two-thirds of the population is enslaved in debtor labor camps to work for the oligarchs of the renamed nation the United Enterprises of America, ruled with an iron fist by president-for-life “Donald Jesus Trump.” Abortion is illegal; half of newborns are removed from their mothers to be sold to affluent customers. The nation is on the brink of ecological devastation. A guiding principle of the land is that “God helps those who help themselves,” or, more succinctly in the president’s words: “It’s not our job to care for the losers.” “I … [Read more...] about Journalist Envisions Horrifying Future In Dystopian Novel About ‘Donald Jesus Trump’
0 Have your say West Virginia is undoubtedly beautiful, but drug companies have flooded the poverty-stricken state with opiod painkillers as people turn to despair, says Susan Dalgety Almost heaven is the new slogan for the West Virginia tourism campaign.It is also a line from John Denver’s famous ditty, ‘Country Roads, Take me Home’, which has been stuck in my ear for the last few days. Worse, I occasionally burst into song.We are in the Mountain State, one of the most beautiful parts of these United States.There are soaring mountains as far as the eye can see, covered with millions of trees in every shade of green. It has more than 50 named rivers, 1,400 miles of hiking trails and ski resorts to rival Aspen.West Virginia is an outdoor holiday paradise. It really is almost heaven.It is also one of the poorest states in America, vying for bottom place with Mississippi and Arkansas.The black gold that the state is, literally, built on, and which powered its … [Read more...] about Susan Dalgety: US state dubbed ‘almost heaven’ has worst fatal OD rate
Andrew Van Dam, The Washington Post Published 10:02 am, Wednesday, April 11, 2018 It was one of the weirder exchanges in a surreal, five-hour Senate hearing. Sen. Dan Sullivan, R-Alaska, opened his turn to speak with what might have been an attempt at flattery. Or small talk. "Quite a story, right?" he asked. "Dorm room to the global behemoth that you guys are. Only in America, would you agree with that?" Except Mark Zuckerberg didn't agree. Not immediately, at least. Awkward silence filled the gap where his patriotic platitude should have been. Recommended Video: Now Playing: In a nearly five-hour marathon session of testimony before a Senate committee, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg faced tough questions from lawmakers. But the San Francisco based Electronic Frontier Foundation says even Zuckerberg doesn't know who might h Media: KTVU "Senator, mostly in America," the world's seventh-richest person replied. It only got weirder: Sullivan (gently prodding): … [Read more...] about Zuckerberg gets it right, kind of. His success is not an ‘only in America’ story.
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo on Friday took on his Democratic opponent, activist and actress Cynthia Nixon, on her key argument that the state has long underfunded public schools and the worst neglect has been in African-American and Latino neighborhoods in New York City. “This state funds education at the highest rate in the nation,” Cuomo told the Brian Lehrer Show on WNYC-FM in Manhattan on Friday. “We are double the national average . . . it is the highest in the nation.” Nixon, an education activist for more than 15 years, spent her first week of her campaign for the Democratic nomination for governor blasting Cuomo over education funding. She said the state must be forced to adequately fund schools, then emphasized “all the schools.” Cuomo said he’s insisting in the state budget talks now underway that school districts statewide divulge how much of state aid they allocate to individual schools, including schools serving predominantly racial … [Read more...] about Cuomo rejects Nixon’s school funding jabs, touts ‘highest in the nation’ spending