2020 Candidates Talk Up Small Donors, But Stay Quiet on Bundlers

Dave Levinthal / Center for Public Integrity Most Democrats who want to win the White House have all but fetishized small-dollar donors. Enthusiastic supporters who contribute $20 here or $50 there offer candidates grassroots street cred during a presidential primary season in which corporate money and tony fundraisers have become decidedly unfashionable. But campaigns burn through millions of dollars. Trendy or not, Democratic presidential candidates still need big money to pay bills. Enter “bundlers” — often ultra-wealthy, well-connected political fundraisers — who collect checks from friends and associates and present the loot to a presidential hopeful in a tidy five-, … Continue reading 2020 Candidates Talk Up Small Donors, But Stay Quiet on Bundlers

How Common is Incest in the Targaryen Family?

Eliana Dockterman Warning: This post contains spoilers for Game of Thrones. Jon revealed his true parentage to Daenerys on episode 2 of season 8 of Game of Thrones: He is the son of Dany’s brother, Rhaegar Targaryen, which means that Daenerys is his aunt. Daenerys seemed more angry that Jon might be the true heir to the Iron Throne than worried about the fact that she had slept with her own nephew. But incest is nothing new to a Targaryen. Daenerys actor Emilia Clarke confirmed that Daenerys was not particularly perturbed by the fact that she was related to Jon. … Continue reading How Common is Incest in the Targaryen Family?

Militants Attack Congo Ebola Treatment Center Hours After WHO Staffer Killed in Another Incident

AL-HADJI KUDRA MALIRO / AP (BUTEMBO, Congo) — Militia members attacked an Ebola treatment center hours after another attack killed a staffer with the World Health Organization, a Congolese official said Saturday. Butembo city’s deputy mayor, Patrick Kambale Tsiko, told The Associated Press that the attackers armed with machetes tried to burn down the center in Katwa district overnight. Military and police guarding the center killed one militia member and detained five others, he said. Such violence has deeply complicated efforts to contain what has become the second-deadliest Ebola virus outbreak in history, with the number of new cases jumping … Continue reading Militants Attack Congo Ebola Treatment Center Hours After WHO Staffer Killed in Another Incident

A Vulture Caused a Motorcycle Crash That Killed a Married Couple, Police Say

Associated Press (MEDICINE LODGE, Kan.) — Authorities say a vulture caused a crash that killed a married couple as they rode a motorcycle in southern Kansas. The Kansas Highway Patrol says the bird came out of a ditch Saturday afternoon and struck 42-year-old Brandon Husband, of Fowler, in the head on a rural road 13 miles (20 kilometers) northwest of the Barber County town of Medicine Lodge. The motorcycle then went off the road, struck a barbed wire fence and overturned. The patrol says Husband died at the scene, and his wife, 43-year-old Jennifer Husband, was pronounced dead at a … Continue reading A Vulture Caused a Motorcycle Crash That Killed a Married Couple, Police Say

John Oliver Digs Into the ‘Incredible’ Mueller Report on Last Week Tonight

Melissa Locker On Sunday night’s episode of Last Week Tonight, John Oliver continued his investigation into what he calls “Stupid Watergate” in light of the release of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report on Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. While Attorney General William Barr’s preliminary summary of the report made it seem that Mueller’s investigation completely exonerated the president, Oliver disagreed. “Once the Mueller Report had actually been read,” Oliver told his audience, “it became clear that there was a lot in it.” According to Oliver, Trump was investigated for no fewer than 10 possible acts of obstruction of … Continue reading John Oliver Digs Into the ‘Incredible’ Mueller Report on Last Week Tonight

Elizabeth Warren Proposes Eliminating Student Debt for Millions of Americans

Associated Press COLUMBIA, S.C. — Democrat Elizabeth Warren is proposing the elimination of existing student loan debt for millions of Americans, part of a sweeping set of education funding proposals announced as she and other presidential candidates seek to differentiate themselves in a sprawling field. The Massachusetts senator says the proposal unveiled Monday would eliminate almost all student loan debt for 42 million Americans, canceling $50,000 in debt for each person with household income under $100,000. According to Warren’s description of the plan in a piece to be posted on Medium, the debt cancellation proposal would create a one-time cost … Continue reading Elizabeth Warren Proposes Eliminating Student Debt for Millions of Americans

Military Vet Rep. Seth Moulton Joins 2020 White House Race

Associated Press BOSTON — U.S. Rep. Seth Moulton is the latest Democrat to jump in the race for the White House. The Massachusetts lawmaker and Iraq War veteran made the announcement on his website Monday. Moulton first came to prominence in 2014 when he unseated long-term incumbent Rep. John Tierney in a Democratic primary and went on to represent the state’s 6th Congressional District, a swath of communities north of Boston including Salem, home of the infamous colonial-era witch trials. Speculation about a possible Moulton run has been simmering as far back as 2017 when he spoke at a Democratic … Continue reading Military Vet Rep. Seth Moulton Joins 2020 White House Race