Meet the Donors Funding Harry Reid’s Super PAC

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Senate Majority PAC, a Democratic money group run by former aides to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D., Nev.), raked in more than $11 million in the first three months of 2014, and has almost $20 million cash-on-hand with which to buy our democracy.

More than half of the group’s first-quarter haul came from two individuals: a corporate chairman and a hedge fund manager. The rest came from a predictable assortment of unions, lobbyists, investment managers, trial lawyers, a retiring Senator who inherited billions, the wife of a corporate jet manufacturer, and the activist heir to a medical supply empire.

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Rand Paul Channels Selina Meyer

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Here’s Rand Paul taking a firm stand on an important issue:

I am not for containment in Iran. Let me repeat that, since no one seems to be listening closely: I am unequivocally not for containing Iran.

I am also not for announcing that the United States should never contain Iran. That was the choice I was given a few months ago and is the scenario being misunderstood by some in the news.

To be against a “we will never contain Iran” resolution is not the same as being forcontainment of a nuclear Iran. Rather, it means that foreign policy is complicated and doesn’t fit neatly within a bumper sticker, headline or tweet. …

Containment of Iran is a bad idea, but our leaders need to think before they speak and consider that preemptively announcing responses to every hypothetical situation may well damage our ability to keep the United States safe and strong.

I have often said that we have, for too long, had a debate between the extremes of foreign policy — and that to be on either end of the extremes can have life-or-death consequences.

I couldn’t help but think of Veep‘s Selina Meyer (the always-lovely Julia Louis-Dreyfus) while reading that bit of waffling. Here is her staff reading the position she staked out on abortion in her pre-presidential run book:

“Pastel-colored shit.” That sounds about right. Fortunately, Paul’s not being asked to take a tough stand on anything important like the world’s largest sponsor of terrorism acquiring nuclear weapons.

‘Making of SI Swimsuit 2014: From Sand to Space’

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Sports Illustrated

The year 1964 is etched in the history books for such monumental achievements as the Civil Rights Act, the Ford Mustang, and Buffalo wings. But let us not forget the golden anniversary of the Sports Illustrated swimsmoke issue.

The Travel Channel’s much-appreciated “Behind the Scenes” look at the making of the issue documented SI’s big 5-0 with the theme of “From Sand to Space.” Weirdly, that is also a summary of the plot of “The Phantom Menace,” a film that could’ve used some body paint. My bet for the swimsmoke most likely to fall to the Dark Side: Bregje Heinen, for refusing to sing “Happy Birthday.”

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Scrappy Republicans Face Deluge of Left-Wing Money

Democrats are trying to buy our democracy with money (AP)

Democrats are trying to buy our democracy with money (AP)

The Associated Press reports that the Democratic Party’s Big Money juggernaut grows stronger by the day. According to early filings, Democrats “seem to have a roughly 3-to-1 advantage over Republicans in cash raised and banked through independent groups.”

Senate Majority PAC, a Democratic group run by former aides to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D., Nev.) has been particularly adept at convincing The One Percent to buy our democracy with large sums of sweet cash:

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RT Reporter Tells CNN: ‘Russia Has Not Invaded Ukraine’

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A senior political correspondent for the Kremlin Propaganda network Russia Today (RT) spoke with CNN anchor Chris Cuomo on Wednesday about the crisis in Ukraine. The interview (see video below) went exactly how you would expect.

“Russia has not invaded Ukraine,” said RT’s Anissa Naouai, speaking from Moscow. “Russia does have a border with Ukraine…Yes, there are military hardware there. They haven’t crossed the border.”

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You’ll Be SHOCKED by What this NBA Player Believes. So What?

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History's greatest monster

There I was, minding my own business on the bus (a Circulator to Georgetown, if you must know), when a SHOCKING and STUNNING piece of information wound up on my iPhone. I couldn’t believe what I was reading. You might want to sit down.

It turns out that basketball superstar Blake Griffin doesn’t believe things that Deadspin writer Tom Ley believes. And it has BLOWN LEY’S MIND.

Take a moment. Catch your breath. And then let’s see what heresy Young Master Griffin subscribes to.

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Let Us Now Compare and Contrast Kate Upton and Genevieve Morton

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Sports Illustrated swimsmokes are like snow flakes: each is unique.

That being said, anyone can see the similarities between Kate Upton and her swimsmoke sister Genevieve Morton. Kate and Genevieve may hail from different nations—although Kate’s home state of Florida often counts as a separate planet—but the similarities between the young swimsmokes run more than just skin deep.

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Ellison’s Must Read of the Day

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My must read of the day is “Why Unmarried Women Are the Key to 2014,” in Politico.

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Ukrainian and separatist pro-Russian militias staged shows of force in eastern Ukraine on Wednesday.

Iran will not discuss its ballistic missiles as part of ongoing talks with the U.S.

Obamacare’s individual mandate won’t get another delay.

Bloomberg plans to spend $50 million on challenging the NRA.

Leonardo DiCaprio gets beat down at Coachella, well sort of.

Nicolas Cage has a rough history with animals:

Dallas Morning News Editorial Board Eviscerates Wendy Davis

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Over the weekend, the Dallas Morning News published a damning report on Democratic gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis’ tenure in the Texas state senate. Senior political writer Wayne Slater documented how Davis, who worked at a law firm while also serving in the part-time legislature, voted on legislation that directly benefited her firm’s clients:

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