Jeb Bush: Leave NSA Alone

Jeb Bush Campaign 2016 photo
“We must stop demonizing these quiet intelligence professionals and start giving them the tools they need.”

Australian PM Tony Abbot ousted in own-party coup

Australia's Liberal Party voted out its own leader, Prime Minister Tony Abbott, and replaced him with Malcolm Turnbull. Read the rest

UK Labour Party elects its first left-wing leader in more than 20 years

After decades of Blairite, New Labour politics that catered to banks, built out mass surveillance and attacked unions and the working poor, the UK Labour Party has elected a genuine left-wing leader, by a landslide: democratic socialist Jeremy Corbyn. Read the rest

Immortan Trump

Goddess's friend snapped this shot of a perfect piece of timely cosplay. Read the rest

Presidential hopeful Rick Perry still not sure how clocks work

Texas Governor Rick Perry makes remarks at the Conservative Political Action conference (CPAC) in Washington, February 11, 2011.  REUTERS
Unlike clocks, Rick Perry is rarely right even once a day.

Mystery megadonor for Ted Cruz campaign outed as cellphone exec

Ted Cruz. So gross.
Mr. Nash, a former Yeshiva student, who co-founded PCS Wireless in 2001 as a teen, has been outed as one of Ted Cruz's biggest and most publicity-averse donors.

America's "worst voting machines" dropped in Virgina (at last)

AVS Winvote machines are so insecure that if they weren't hacked in the last election, "it was only because no one tried." Read the rest

Larry Lessig considers running for the Democratic presidential nomination

He'll be a "referendum candidate": if elected, he'll immediately pass campaign-finance reform, then resign. Read the rest

Kansas officials stonewall mathematician investigating voting machine "sabotage"

Wichita State University's Beth Clarkson (who is also chief statistician of WSU's National Institute for Aviation Research) discovered "odd patterns" in Kansas electoral voting records, so she requested public docs to help her get to the bottom of things -- requests that state officials ignored, dodged, and stalled. Read the rest

FBI investigating security of Hillary Clinton's emails, and thumb drive they're stored on


The FBI is investigating how secure Hillary Rodham Clinton's email practices were when she was secretary of state and used a private email server, reports The Washington Post. Read the rest

Need a new reason to hate Donald Trump? His speaker fee is a quarter million bucks


Donald Trump earns roughly $250,000 per speech, and owes $265 million (maybe more) in debt. Read the rest

Lawrence Lessig on how to fix America's campaign finance corruption problem


“Real reform will require changing the way campaigns are funded — moving from large-dollar private funding to small-dollar public funding,” writes professor Lawrence Lessig in a New York Times op-ed today. Basically, what if elections relied more on lots of little contributions from lots of different regular working people, instead of relying on a small number of huge donations from the rich and powerful, or the big and powerful institutions that serve their interests.

Democrats, for example, have pushed for small-dollar public funding through matching systems, like New York City’s. Under a plan by Representative John Sarbanes, Democrat of Maryland, contributions could be matched up to nine to one, for candidates who agree to accept only small donations.

Republicans, too, are increasingly calling for small-dollar funding systems. The legal scholar Richard W. Painter, a former “ethics czar” for President George W. Bush, has proposed a $200 tax rebate to fund small-dollar campaigns. Likewise, Jim Rubens, a candidate in the Republican primary for Senate in New Hampshire last year, proposed a $50 tax rebate to fund congressional campaigns.

Either approach would radically increase the number of funders in campaigns, in that way reducing the concentration of large funders that especially typifies congressional and senatorial campaigns right now.

The Only Realistic Way to Fix Campaign Finance [] Read the rest

Argentine police raid programmer who discovered fatal e-voting flaws

Joaquín Sorianello found the defects in MSA, manufacturer of the e-voting system, and the next he heard about it was when the police came to his house, seized every piece of electronic equipment. Read the rest

Bernie Sanders is brilliant on inequality

"In the last 35 or 40 years, there has been an increasingly aggressive effort on the part of the top 1 percent to take it all. And that aggression has not been effectively countered by middle-class and working families." Read the rest

Duggars hired Huckabee’s political guru to manage PR for Josh's sexual molestation scandal

Mike Huckabee, a 2016 Republican presidential candidate and former Arkansas governor, speaks during the third session of the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida August 29, 2012. JASON REED/REUTERS
The power connections between the Duggar family and 2016 Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee run deep.

Watch: “Rick Perry's Presidential Announcement (short version)”


By weird video humor expert Vic Berger. Read the rest

Anti-austerity parties soar in Spanish elections as Greece threatens default

Two new, anti-establishment parties (including one that grew out of the indignados movement -- a kind of Spanish precedent to Occupy) took key seats in regional and municipal elections in yesterday's Spanish election, which is a kind of dress rehearsal for the upcoming national elections. Read the rest

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