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Trump isn’t a republican, he’s an oligarch

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Trump is using the presidency for personal gain, and at some point it’s going to hurt the GOP at the ballot box.
Bob McDonnell, via Wikimedia Commons

Former VA governor McDonnell to argue before SCOTUS that we have the right to buy influence

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McDonnell claims that Citizens United gives him the right to exchange access for cash, and to not call it a bribe.
President Obama speaks in Kenya, screenshot via YouTube

President Obama calls out Kenya on LGBT rights, corruption

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Kenyan elected officials warned Obama not to talk about LGBT rights. He ignored them.
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GOP House member says colleague was paid $1200 for vote

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Rep. Vance McAllister (R-LA) says a colleague was paid $1,200 in exchange for voting against a land bill.
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Obama TPP trade officials got hefty bonuses from Big Banks as “reward” for joining govt

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Obama TPP officials getting paid in advance for what? Protecting corporate interests on the government’s dime?
Obama's liaison to the methan and fracking industry, Heahter Zichal. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)

Thank You Street: Ex-Obama energy aide named to Board of methane giant Cheniere

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One more Obama official off to her reward — this time it’s Energy Dept. methane and fracking fan, Heather Zichal.
The Littles and the Bigs. Only one of these groups is visible to the public.

If there’s a War on Coal, Obama’s helping coal

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Obama has sold leases for 2 billion tons of coal, and is considering selling 10 billion more. Emissions, anyone?
From Fracking Fields, to Transportation, to LNG Processing, and then this. Methane leaks at every step in this process. (Source: ThinkProgress)

Another blow against methane: LNG is worse for climate than coal at real-world leakage rates, says Dept. of Energy

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The DoE gets its methane leak rates from industry. But outside measurement shows methane leaks like a sieve.
Russian vigilantes kidnap and attack a young gay Russian they first stalked on a local social media site.

How Vladimir Putin sent “Brand Russia” into the toilet

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Vladimir Putin wanted the world to fear Russia, and it does. It fears the place is falling apart at the seams.
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Lewis Black on the disaster that is the Sochi Olympics (video)

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“The only thing in Russia that’s more exposed than their corruption is their president’s nippples.”
The Olympics as viewed from the CEO luxury boxes (source)

Sochi may be “the most corrupt Olympics in history”

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Conservative cost estimate of Sochi Olympics is $51 billion, more than 400% higher than planned.
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Coke Web site: “Not very classy” to ask questions about gay rights

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Coca-Cola’s “virtual agent” takes visible offense when asked about questions concerns gays and lesbians.
A Sochi "love toilet." Several of the bathrooms in Sochi have more than one toilet.

Russians built “Love Toilets” at Sochi Olympics

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For some odd reason, the Russians have put two toilets in each stall (not a joke). Mmm cozy!
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