from Alison Frankel:

Criminal defense lawyers’ group: no reason to shun Koch Industries’ money

By Alison Frankel
October 23, 2014

On Wednesday, the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers announced a major new grant to fund training for lawyers who represent indigent defendants. That's no surprise. Providing good lawyers for defendants who can't afford counsel is a core mission for NACDL. But the source of the funding caused a bit of a stir: Koch Industries, the Kansas-based, privately held manufacturing conglomerate that is the source of the boundless wealth of Charles and David Koch. The Koch brothers, as you surely know, contribute so lavishly to Republican candidates and conservative causes that the Senate's Democratic majority leader, Harry Reid, has tagged them (via Talking Points Memo) "'un-American' plutocrats who 'have no conscience and are willing to lie' in order to 'rig the system' against the middle class."

from The Great Debate:

Elites focus on inequality; real people just want growth

By Bill Schneider
May 5, 2014

kochs & warrenThe economic debate is now sharply focused on the issue of income inequality. That may not be the debate Democrats want to have, however. It's negative and divisive. Democrats would be better off talking about growth -- a hopeful and unifying agenda.

from The Great Debate:

Boehner: The fight to hold the party line

By Terry Golway
May 2, 2014

U.S. House Speaker Boehner holds a news conference at the Republican National Committee offices in Washington

In his latest attempt to impose discipline on his famously disorderly Republican caucus, House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) chose the soft power of public mockery over the more militant promise of private retribution. Speaking at an event in his home state, Boehner lashed out at fellow Republicans who have stymied immigration reform. “Here’s the attitude,” Boehner said of his recalcitrant colleagues. ‘Oooh, don’t make me do this. Oooh, this is too hard.’ ”

from Stories I’d like to see:

Obama’s unaccountable briefers, pipeline bribery, and economic woes at Yankee Stadium

By Steven Brill
April 22, 2014

 

1. Obama’s unaccountable briefers:

Here’s a key paragraph in Saturday’s New York Times report explaining the Obama administration’s decision to delay yet again a decision on the Keystone pipeline:

from Reihan Salam:

What the GOP can learn from the Koch brothers

By Reihan Salam
March 25, 2014

 

Republicans are very enthusiastic about this year’s midterm congressional elections, and it is easy to see why. Obamacare, the president’s signature domestic policy legislation, remains unpopular. Turnout during midterm elections skews older and whiter than turnout during presidential elections, and Republicans tend to fare better among older and whiter voters.

from Stories I’d like to see:

A fair view of the Koch brothers, and explaining bitcoin

By Steven Brill
March 25, 2014

1. Getting a full, fair view of the money behind the Democrats’ prime enemies:

from The Great Debate:

When excessive wealth meets dysfunctional politics

By Richard White
February 26, 2014

The election is months away but figuratively, at least, the billionaires are voting early and often.

from The Great Debate:

What the IRS should be scrutinizing

By Robert Kuttner
May 16, 2013

President Barack Obama, making a statement at the White House, announced that the Internal Revenue Service acting commissioner had been ousted, May 15, 2013. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque