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December 2014

"Wealthy donors sided with Democrats in midterms"

Not my conclusion; it's the AP's.

For as often as Democrats attack the conservative billionaires Charles and David Koch for their heavy spending on politics, it's actually the liberal-minded who shelled out the most cash in the just completed midterm elections.

At least, that is, among those groups that must disclose what they raise and spend.

Among the top 100 individual donors to political groups, more than half gave primarily to Democrats or their allies. Among groups that funneled more than $100,000 to allies, the top of the list tilted overwhelmingly toward Democrats — a group favoring the GOP doesn't appear on the list until No. 14.

The two biggest super PACs of 2014? Senate Majority PAC and House Majority PAC — both backing Democrats.


"Who Suffers? Race Riots, Then and Now"

Sadly, this is very much worth remembering:

Looting and arson in the 1960s wiped out entire business districts in black neighborhoods. Many riots were precipitated by encounters with police, such as a police raid on an illegal after-hours bar in Detroit—an incident that resulted in the destruction of over 2,000 small businesses and buildings. This cycle played out in cities across the nation, resulting in 200 deaths and enormous property damage. The physical and emotional scars of those riots remained decades after the fires expired.

Detroit, Newark, South Central: the list is awful.