In case you missed it, Senate Democrats staged an all-night talkfest on Monday to promote higher taxes and increased government regulation to address the scientific theory known as “climate change.” Hopefully you did miss it, because most well adjusted people have better things to do than stay up all night watching a bunch of old white people talk about solar panels and wind turbines.
At least one person was paying close attention: liberal billionaire and reluctant democracy advocate Tom Steyer, who has pledged to spend $100 million backing Democrats who support aggressive government action to reduce carbon emissions. Democratic senators want Steyer’s money, they just don’t want anyone to think their stance on “climate change” is based on anything other than a genuine concern for Gaia. (You can tell how much they really care about the issue by the fact that, since taking the Senate in 2006, Democrats haven’t brought a single climate change bill to the floor for a vote.)
President Obama broke some news during his edgy comedic interview with bearded thespian/Obama for America donor Zack Galifianakis:
“It must kind of stink, though, that you can’t run, you know three times,” Galifianakis observed during the interview.
Obama’s response was somewhat unexpected. “No, actually I think it’s a good idea,” he said, before launching the following “zinger”: “You know, if I ran a third time it’d be sort of like doing a third ‘Hangover’ meeting. It didn’t really work out very well, did it?”
No, it didn’t:
Fans of astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson may be disheartened to learn that his reboot of the popular 1980s documentary series “Cosmos” debuted to subpar ratings on Sunday, but that should be the least of their concerns.
They might not realize that Tyson is in cahoots with a prominent oligarch whose sole goal in life is to undermine American democracy.
You see, Tyson is the director of the Hayden Planetarium at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City. He’s also a research associate in the museum’s department of astrophysics.
And guess who has donated $50 million to the American Museum of Natural History?
The Brookings Institution released a study last month on one of the Democratic Party’s favorite pet issues: income inequality. The study examined the major U.S. cities with the highest and lowest levels of inequality:
The Koch brothers are at it again. Their right-wing political Panzer Division descended on a New York City hospital over the weekend to protest (!) the addition of a new ambulatory care center. What the hell, Koch bros? Why not pro-America?
Sorry. That’s not quite right. In fact, it was the New York State Nurses’ Association, the NAACP New York State Conference, and SEIU Local 1199, among others, who marched on the soon-to-be-built David H. Koch Center at New York-Presbyterian Hospital, which was funded in part by a $100 million donation from the man one prominent liberal recently predicted would go down in history as a “famously evil person.”
Former Obama administration employee Jon Huntsman made an appearance on MSNBC’s “The Cycle” on Friday, where he was interviewed by his own daughter, Abby Huntsman. Here are five takeaways:
1. Jon Huntsman is a jokester.
“If somebody on the set looks a little bit like me, I’m only 50 percent responsible,” Huntsman said when it was Abby’s turn to ask questions. It killed.
Congrats to the New York Times for its scoop on the “new Democratic strategy” of lashing out at Charles and David Koch, libertarian philanthropists who, according to the Times, “look genial enough.”
What makes this year’s effort to villainize the Koch brothers a “new” strategy for Democrats is unclear, but this is the New York Times we’re talking about, so they must be on to something, especially considering their piece is a pretty transparent ripoff of this Buzzfeed article by Kate Nocera from less than a week ago.
Perhaps there is some nuanced distinction that sets Harry Reid’s latest bout of hysteria apart from the 2010 campaign, when Democrats ran furiously against the Koch brothers and got shellacked on Election Day, losing independents by 15 points. On the other hand, perhaps not.
Maybe it’s the clever new slogan: “The G.O.P. is addicted to Koch.” It’s clever because “Koch” is pronounced “coke,” as in the drug “cocaine,” which is addicting. That’s pretty funny. Credit to Reid’s wife Landra Gould, who reportedly came up with it.
MSNBC wunderkind Ronan Farrow treated viewers to a bombshell interview with Wendy Davis on Tuesday. Farrow had some tough questions for the Texas gubernatorial candidate. Here are five takeaways:
1. Davis disagrees with her critics.
Farrow asked what Davis thought of critics who say she has been “too hard” on her paraplegic opponent, Republican attorney general Greg Abbot. “I disagree,” she said.
2. Liberal donors don’t like Ted Nugent.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D., Nev.) launched another tirade against libertarian philanthropists Charles and David Koch on Tuesday over their maniacal efforts to “buy America.”
It was the latest salvo in the Democratic Party’s war against the septuagenarian brothers, both of whom are strong opponents of cancer. Reid had previously attacked the Kochs as “immoral and dishonest” and “about as un-American as anyone I can imagine.”
He’s not alone. Left-wing billionaire and reluctant democracy advocate Tom Steyer has mused that David Koch, a prostate cancer survivor who has donated more than $300 million to cancer research, will go down in history as a “famously evil person.”
The award for best actor in a thought-leading role goes to Howard Fineman, for this penetrating observation: