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David Koch, executive vice president of Koch Industries, attends an Economic Club of New York event in New York, December 10, 2012.  REUTERS/Brendan McDermid (UNITED STATES - Tags: BUSINESS POLITICS) - RTR3BFKF
Democrats are trying to create a bit more transparency around campaign ads
Well, this is something:
Frustrated with the Koch Brothers and other conservative donors pouring money into attack ads, Democrats are asking a federal agency to enact tougher political disclosure rules.

But that agency isn't the Federal Election Commission, which typically handles campaign finance issues. Instead, top Democrats in the House and Senate are pressing the Federal Communications Commission to use its power over the nation's airwaves to make super PAC spending more transparent.

The Keeping Our Campaigns Honest Act (yes, that's the "KOCH Act") would direct the FCC to require that super PACs and other outside political groups disclose their major donors in TV and radio ads.

Sixteen Democrats are backing the bill, including Nancy Pelosi.

In reality, the bill isn't likely to make it through a Republican-controlled Congress, but they are hoping the FCC will act on its own to make changes and create greater transparency.

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Jon Stewart says goodbye to Samantha Bee as the most senior correspondent of The Daily Show
Good night and good luck, Samantha Bee!
Last night on The Daily Show, Jon Stewart bid a fond farewell to Samantha Bee, "the most senior correspondent of The Best F#@king News Team Ever." She's headed off to host a new show on TBS featuring her satirical take on news and current events.

Watch Jon's emotional goodbye to one of the very best comedians on television. Be sure to stick around for the second half of the video when they highlight some of her absolute best material and end with a teary-eyed farewell from the most senior correspondent herself:

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Glock Pistol Model 17 (Glock 17), third generation
Image of a Glock, like the one found by a young visitor to Capitol Hill
The Capitol Hill police might want to get their act together when it comes to securing guns:
When a member of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s security detail left his Glock and magazine stuffed in the toilet seat cover holder of a Capitol Visitor Center bathroom stall, a CVC worker found the gun, according to a source familiar with the Jan. 29 incident and two other disturbing instances when Capitol Police left loaded firearms in problematic places.

A 7- or 8-year-old child visiting the Capitol with his parents found the next loaded Glock lost by a dignitary protection officer, according to the source. A member of the security detail for John A. Boehner, R-Ohio, allegedly left the firearm in the bathroom of the Speaker’s Suite on March 24.

A third Glock was found the night of April 16 by a janitor cleaning the Capitol Police headquarters building on D Street NE. The weapon was left in plain sight, sparking additional concern about the department charged with protecting one of the world’s most important and frequently visited complexes.

Wow! And as Roll Call notes, the young boy finding the Glock could've been disastrous:
Unlike a gun with a traditional safety, a Glock will fire if the trigger is pulled — making the young boy’s alleged discovery of a gun in Boehner’s office particularly concerning.
Sounds like it is time for the Capitol Hill Police and the Secret Service to revisit some basic safety protocols. Like, don't leave your loaded gun lying around.
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Chris Hayes delivering a satirical segment about
It is time to have a frank conversation about white culture.
An oldie but a goodie, let's flashback to 2013, when MSNBC's Chris Hayes and Cord Jefferson from Gawker used satire to highlight the incredible double standards the media has when covering "black culture" and "white culture." It's brilliant and definitely worth revisiting today.

WATCH it for the humor, SHARE it because it makes an important point about hypocrisy in our media:

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Marcus Robicheaux being attacked by Officer David Prejean and dog
David Prejean and dog attacking Marcus Robicheaux
Background from The Advocate:
It was Dec. 6, 2012, and Marcus Robicheaux, like the other inmates at the Iberia Parish Jail, was standing with his hands on his head and his nose pressed against the wall of the recreation yard as correctional officers ran a contraband sweep.

Suddenly, one deputy pulled Robicheaux from the wall and threw him to the ground. The deputy’s dog then attacked Robicheaux, biting his legs, arms and torso, and the deputy joined in, stomping and kicking the prone inmate. The whole three-minute incident was captured on video from the jail’s surveillance cameras.

Watch the shockingly brutal and seemingly unprovoked attack:
Of course, Officer David Prejean's report differed from what was captured on video. He's no longer working for the department:
Iberia Parish Sheriff Louis Ackal said Prejean was fired in January after officials finally viewed the footage, more than two years after the incident occurred. A federal grand jury has subpoenaed the tape as part of an investigation into abuse of inmates at the jail, Ackal said.
As for Robicheaux, he claims he still has no idea why he was targeted:
“He grabbed me and slammed me down on the ground,” Robicheaux said in an interview last fall. “He picked me out. Why? I don’t know. I still ask myself that to this day.”
Read more about other investigations and alleged abuse in this shocking article from The Advocate.
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John Stewart (R), host of the Academy Awards in 2008 and dressed in Giorgio Armani, arrives with his wife Tracey at the 59th Primetime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles, California, September 16, 2007. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni (UNITED STATES) - RTR1TXEP
Farmer Jon?
Jon Stewart is preparing for life after The Daily Show. Jon and his wife, Tracey, have long been involved in animal charities and they appear to be ready to get even more hands-on after he wraps up his duties at Comedy Central:
The Stewarts’ efforts to spread compassion for farm animals don’t stop there. The couple recently bought a farm in New Jersey with the intention of providing a home for farm animals rescued from cruelty, and in November, Tracey purchased Adopt a Farm Animal sponsorships for all of their Thanksgiving guests. Even their children are living the Farm Sanctuary life, with Tracey noting that “promises of animal shelter visits in exchange for completed homework are the norm in the Stewart household.”

According to Tracey, “the joy of interacting with animals as friends instead of using them for human consumption is life-changing. A trip to Farm Sanctuary should be on everyone’s to-do list, but you can also bring a little bit of sanctuary home when you sponsor an animal through the Adopt a Farm Animal Program.” Or pick up a copy of Baur’s new book.

Even before the farm, they currently have their own sanctuary of sorts:
Stewart lives in New Jersey with her husband, the soon-to-depart Comedy Central host, their two children, four dogs, two pigs, two hamsters, three rabbits, two guinea pigs, one parrot, and two fish.

"All rescues," she says. "Except for the children."

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Religious extremism on display in Georgia
The American Taliban is alive and well in Georgia. This time in the town of Milledgeville, Georgia where resident Robert Owens noticed something unusual and outrageous:
Robert Owens was just casually riding his bike on North Columbia Street in Milledgeville when he noticed a sign that read "Homesexuality is a Death Worthy Crime."
What the what? Yes, you read that right. Pastor Robert Lee doesn't think there is a thing wrong with the sign. Killing homosexuals is apparently exactly what Jesus would do:
Lee says he sees nothing wrong with the sign and was just quoting Leviticus 20:13, a scripture in the Bible.

"Homosexuality is an abomination, and the Bible says that homosexuality is a death worthy crime," Lee said.

Lee goes on to say that he will never accept homosexuality and that he would rather die first. Well, alright then. See his nutty interview and an interview with Robert Owens, who says he's deeply embarrassed, here.
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Protester confronts Geraldo Rivera at Baltimore protest
"Don't walk away, just listen to me. Talk to me."
A protester in West Baltimore confronted Geraldo Rivera last night before he went to his live shot for Fox News. He went OFF on Geraldo, asking where were you before this?
Protester: You want to report that we're thugs and we're breaking shit down. You got these two black dudes protecting you (talking about Geraldo's bodyguards) from all these black folks. We're the ones that need protection! Report for us! You're working for Fox News. Adam Jackson just went on Sean Hannity....(Geraldo tries to get away) Why are you running away? Talk to me. Just talk to me. Listen, a black man can raise his voice and you don't have to be intimidated. (Geraldo mumbles something) Because I want you and Fox News to get out of Baltimore City. Because you are not here reporting about the boarded up homes and the homeless people on the MLK. You're not reporting about the poverty levels up and down North Avenue. Two years ago, when the 300 man march and we marched (street names), you weren't here. You're here for the black riots! You're not here for the death of Freddie Gray.
The unidentified protester then began saying he wanted to talk to Geraldo and pleaded for the cameras to be turned off before continuing:
I want the white media out of Baltimore City until you are here to report the real story.
His takedown of Geraldo and the media continued. Watch him passionately confront Geraldo Rivera to tell the real story:
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Advertisement for Wounded Warrior Retreat
A promotional piece for the Wounded Warrior Retreat
Fraternity parties are not known for being most well-behaved events, but the Zeta Beta Tau fraternity at the University of Florida really crossed the line at a hotel in Florida:
The fraternity members were accused of harassing veterans attending the Warrior Beach Retreat in Panama City on April 17. The meeting's organizer said fraternity members threw marshmallows at military members' vehicles, made inappropriate comments to females attending the retreat, tore flags off their cars and reportedly urinated on American flags. Other members allegedly spat on a service member and his dog.
Last week, Zeta Beta Tau officials took action, expelling three members of the fraternity and this week, the University of Florida went even further:
The University of Florida has closed a fraternity after several of its members were accused of urinating on the American flag and insulting military personnel at a Panama City retreat for wounded warriors.
From UF President Kent Fuchs:
"I continue to be saddened and disappointed by the reported mistreatment and disrespect of our military veterans," UF President Kent Fuchs said in a statement. "Our university has always honored, and will always honor, the service of veterans. The reported conduct of this fraternity contradicts the values of service and respect that are at the center of this university."
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Joseph Kent just moments before he was pushed into a police vehicle
Moments before Joseph Kent vanished on live television
Joseph Kent is a well-known activist who has been a leader in organizing nonviolent protests–first in Ferguson, Missouri and now in Baltimore, Maryland. A student at Morgan State University, he's known for coordinating peaceful protests. Well-known organizer Rev. Heber Brown III recently described Kent as “Martin Luther King with tattoos and gold fronts.”

Last night on live television, police appear to have arrested Kent in a very unusual way. He was out past the curfew and was walking past a line of police when a police Humvee rolled up and appeared to snatch him right off the street. Watch the remarkable video:

The live TV footage of him disappearing sparked immediate outrage with people asking on Twitter, what happened to Joseph Kent? In the middle of the night, a Baltimore attorney tweeted the answer:
1/2 Re: #JosephKent As a service to the community I can confirm that Mr. Kent is at CBIF awaiting processing. Report is he is ok and safe.
@BeattyLaw
This morning, Kent's name did not appear on any court dockets for bail or release. As of early this afternoon, lawyers are trying to get into see him and check on his well-being:
1/2 Re: #JosephKent Due to continuing community concern, I am going Personally to CBIF to attempt to make contact with Mr. Kent right now.
@BeattyLaw
We'll update as more information about Joseph Kent becomes available. For what it's worth, Kent strictly preaches nonviolent protesting and is looked up to by many in the community:
"I need everybody quiet. Everybody. We went all day doing nonviolent protest. We went all day making a statement. Morgan folks been out since the morning. Some of us been waiting for this, we've been waiting for justice," he said. "And we ain't about to mess it up. If you can't march in peace and nonviolence, then you gots to go. I'm gonna say that real clear. You gots to go. And if anybody, anybody starts any violence, we just going to single you out and you got to go."
While many others arrested last night have been released, the world is watching—and waiting—for Joseph Kent to be released.
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Pope Francis gestures as he leaves at the end of meeting with youths at the seafront during his pastoral visit in Naples March 21, 2015.   REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi - RTR4UB3L
Thumbs up on income equality for women!
In a new speech this week, Pope Francis is continuing his radical departure from business-as-usual in the Catholic church, this time taking on the income gap between men and women:
In his Wednesday general audience remarks, Francis asked Catholics to consider “the Christian seed of radical equality between men and women” when discussing the reasons behind declining marriage rates around the world, according to Vatican Radio.

In response, Christians should “become more demanding” for that “radical equality,” the Pope added. For example, “by supporting the right of equal pay for equal work.”

“Why should it be taken for granted that women must earn less than men? The disparity is pure scandal,” Francis said, according to the Italian news service ANSA.

He's not the first pope to remark on the income gap:
In 1995, Pope John Paul II addressed the issue of equal pay directly in a “letter to women,” writing that ” there is an urgent need to achieve real equality in every area: equal pay for equal work, protection for working mothers, fairness in career advancements, equality of spouses with regard to family rights.”
Will business leaders and government officials hear this new message? Twenty full years after the last? We can only hope.
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Jon Stewart discussing the Baltimore riot
Jon Stewart unleashes on the situation in Baltimore.
Jon Stewart came out punching Tuesday night, in defense of the citizens of Baltimore. Full clip and transcript is below the fold.
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