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Michael Steele Makes Another Ethical Win, Iraq Still Terrible

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  • What happens when you're too crooked to even be a lobbyist? Go see Michael Steele, and he'll hire you to raise strip-club money for the Republican National Committee! Former baseball-industry lobbyist Neil S. Alpert was fined $4,000 and forced to reimburse $38,000 he spent on unauthorized stuff in 2007, the Washington Post reports. That's Micheal Steele's kind of fund-raiser. [Washington Post]
  • Democrats, shockingly, are bringing in a lot more fund-raising dollars these days. [Washington Post]
  • Actual live video from Iraq.It's bombin' time again, worldwide! Triple suicide bombs in Baghdad killed at least 41 people on Easter and injured another 200. The blasts hit a neighborhood full of foreign embassies and many of the dead Iraqis worked for the diplomats, mostly as security guards. This follows Saturday's massacre when a Sunni militia attacked a village south of Baghdad and shot about 25 people to death. Just wanted to remind everyone that Iraq is still a special place, and we still have tens of thousands of troops there, and we still dump more American Money into Iraq every year -- about $100 billion annually -- than the federal government will eventually spend per year on the Health Care Reform package everybody was so freaked about. [BBC News]
  • A 7.2 magnitude earthquake destroyed all traces of human civilization in Southern California. No wait, it damaged some houses in the Baja town of Mexicali and is blamed for two deaths there. [Los Angeles Times]
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Poor People Are Mad As Hell, And They're Not Going to Take It Anymore.

The Poor People's Campaign marched on Washington, and we were there!

Culture Wars
by Dominic Gwinn

Yesterday the new Poor People's Campaign, led by Rev. William Barber and Rev. Dr. Liz Theoharis, concluded 40 days of protest and civil disobedience with a rally on the National Mall. Building off of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr's original Poor People's Campaign 50 years ago, the new campaign is aimed at uniting labor leaders with activists to build a coalition of all marginalized people

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The police have clearly failed to stop the scourge of black kids selling water to thirsty people, so your average law-abiding, permit-respecting white lady has no choice but to take matters into her own (did we mention they were white?) hands. You might call her a busybody gone power mad or a simple tool of racist micoaggression, but we just call her "Permit Patty."

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