A hedge fund house divided: Renaissance Technologies | OpenSecrets Blog

A hedge fund house divided: Renaissance Technologies

Renaissance Technologies, the hedge fund firm and one of the largest political contributors in American politics today, is a world made in the image of its leadership. The firm rejects many of Wall Street’s routine practices. Rather than staffing up with whiz kids in finance, for instance, Renaissance looks for analysts with backgrounds in science and mathematics. — much like mathematicians-turned-managers James Simons, … read more: A hedge fund house divided: Renaissance Technologies | OpenSecrets Blog

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Ethics probe halts congressional travel to Turkey; free trips overall have slowed | OpenSecrets Blog

Ethics probe halts congressional travel to Turkey;

free trips overall have slowed

House lawmakers and their staffers used to make about 150 stops there a year on their privately sponsored jaunts around the world. Then came a massive ethics investigation, and they all stopped taking those free trips to Turkey — cold. Not a single House member or staffer has disclosed a privately sponsored trip to Turkey since the Office of Congressional Ethics in October 2015 released documents connected to the largest ethics … read more: Ethics probe halts congressional travel to Turkey; free trips overall have slowed | OpenSecrets Blog

Hard money still matters, and here’s who’s giving it | OpenSecrets Blog

Hard money still matters, and here’s who’s giving it

Yes, we live in a gilded age of campaign finance, with billionaire donors forking over tens of millions of dollars to super PACs. But hard money — which is contributed directly to candidates’ campaigns, political parties or regular PACs and, unlike outside money, is subject to limits — still matters to those seeking office.

Candidates need it for salaries, travel, rent, phone bills, producing ads, purchasing air time and other expenses that are hard to avoid, and many a … read more: Hard money still matters, and here’s who’s giving it | OpenSecrets Blog

Clinton raises historic share — and amount — of campaign cash from women | OpenSecrets Blog

Hillary Clinton has raised a higher percentage of her campaign funds from women than any major party presidential candidate in recent history. She’s also raised a higher total in contributions from women than any other candidate at this point in the cycle.

And Donald Trump has the dubious honor of achieving the exact opposite: He has raised less from women than any other major party’s nominee at this point in the presidential cycle since at least 1989 (which is as far back as our data goes). Women have also given his campaign less as a share of total contributions than any White House candidate.

The stark difference between the two presidential front-runners’ fundraising bases highlights the role of gender in a race featuring both the country’s first woman ever to be a major party’s presumed nominee and a celebrity billionaire who repeatedly has made insulting comments about women.

Click here to read the full article: Clinton raises historic share — and amount — of campaign cash from women | OpenSecrets Blog

Tased in the Chest for 23 Seconds, Dead for 8 Minutes, Now Facing a Lifetime of Recovery

Missouri teenager Bryce Masters wasn’t living in a war zone when a police officer nearly killed him with a Taser. Reporters Nick Berardini and Matt Stroud tell the wrenching story of what happened to Masters and his family as they pushed for accountability in the wake of the assault. The dashcam and cellphone video of the incident has been viewed more than 3 million times.

Read the full story here: Tased in the Chest for 23 Seconds, Dead for 8 Minutes, Now Facing a Lifetime of Recovery

Hillary Clinton’s State Department Gave South Sudan’s Military a Pass for Its Child Soldiers

Hillary Clinton has often spoken out against child soldiers, but as Nick Turse reports, her State Department played a critical — and until now, largely invisible — role in the U.S. government’s widely criticized decision to allow South Sudan to continue receiving U.S. military aid even though it was conscripting children into its armed forces.

Read the full in-depth report here: Hillary Clinton’s State Department Gave South Sudan’s Military a Pass for Its Child Soldiers

Sanderistas, Unite! The Truth Is Coming (Part II)

Sanderistas, Unite! The Truth Is Coming (Part II)
by John Laurits
Sanderistas, Unite! The Truth Is Coming: Part II Greetings, my sisters, brothers, & others — today, I’m writing to you all, as I promised you in the last article, to elaborate on what is happening, what we must do, & our way forward. But first — Thanks to all of you who have been writing […]
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Sanderistas, Unite! 
The Truth Is Coming:
Part II

Greetings, my sisters, brothers, & others — today, I’m writing to you all, as I promised you in the last article, to elaborate on what is happening, what we must do, & our way forward.

But first — Thanks to all of you who have been writing to me (and there have been so many of you, since just last night!) — you have put my heart at ease and re-affirmed my belief that there are so many of you who are still fighting for our political revolution! And that is a very important thing, not only for me to remember, but for all of you to remember — we are many! The #LameStreamMedia  wants you to believe that you are isolated, that you are alone, that there is nothing left to fight for — do not believe a word of…

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