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“The 2008 Senate races are in full swing,” begins a recent letter to GOP sympathizers from North Carolina Senator Richard Burr. “With Republicans defending twice as many seats as the Democrats, we certainly have an enormous task ahead of us.” Burr’s letter, sent on behalf of his Next Century Fund Leadership PAC, says he wants to do everything possible to ensure that GOP candidates “have the resources they need going into Election Day.”
“Early money” is vital to the GOP’s congressional hopes, writes Burr. Hence, his PAC, which raises money to support other Republican candidates, is running a year-end promo. Contributors of $5,000 get a “max-out package” that entitles them to take part in two trips next year with Burr and other party luminaries. They can pick from among three possible affairs: a May “Golf Outing” to Gainesville, Virginia’s famous Robert Trent Jones course; a “Friends & Family” trip that same month to North Carolina’s Outer Banks; or a fall golf event at Pinehurst in North Carolina.
But there’s more. Donors who pony up their $5,000 will also get to attend two party events in Washington, DC, with details to be forthcoming.
For those financially stretched thin due to the holidays, there’s more good news: Burr is extending his offer through mid-2008.
More from Ken Silverstein:
Commentary — November 17, 2015, 6:41 pm
The Clintons’ so-called charitable enterprise has served as a vehicle to launder money and to enrich family friends.
Flor Arely Sánchez had been in bed with a fever and pains throughout her body for three days when a July thunderstorm broke over the mountainside. She got nervous when bolts of light flashed in the sky. Lightning strikes the San Julián region of western El Salvador several times a year, and her neighbors fear storms more than they fear the march of diseases — first dengue, then chikungunya, now Zika. Flor worried about a lot of things, since she was pregnant.
Late in the afternoon, when the pains had somewhat eased, Flor thought she might go to a dammed-up bit of the river near her house to bathe. She is thirty-five and has lived in the same place all her life, where wrinkled hills are planted with corn, beans, and fruit trees. She took a towel and soap and walked out into the rain. Halfway to the river, the pains returned and overcame her. The next thing Flor remembers, she was in a room she didn’t recognize, unable to move. As she soon discovered, she was in a hospital, her ankle cuffed to the bed, and she was being investigated for abortion.
Amount of laundry an average American family of four washes in a year (in tons):
A study of female Finnish twins found that relative preference for masculine faces is largely heritable.
It was reported that visits from Buddhist priests could be purchased through Amazon in Japan, and the London Philharmonic Orchestra began streaming performances through virtual-reality headsets.
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“Matt was happy enough to sustain himself on the detritus of a world he saw as careening toward self-destruction, and equally happy to scam a government he despised. 'I’m glad everyone’s so wasteful,' he told me. 'It supports my lifestyle.'”