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Koch brothers set $889 million budget for 2016 presidential election

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Only some of the money, the amount of which is nearly double what the Kochs spent on 2012 elections, would come from the brothers themselves

The Koch Brothers’ political network plans to spend nearly $900m on the 2016 presidential election.

Freedom Partners, a group that serves a central role in the political activities of the brothers Charles and David Koch, unveiled its plan to spend $889m in the upcoming election to donors at an annual meeting in California on Monday. That amount is nearly double what the Kochs’ network spent in the 2012 presidential election.

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Only some of the money would come from the Kochs themselves; the rest of the funding to be spent by the coalition that the brothers have helped to build and fund would be contributed by other donors.

The funding goal toes the $1bn that the campaigns of the major party presidential nominees are each expected to spend during the campaign. The money will be used for field operations, policy work and other campaign projects.

Republican politicians including Senator Joni Ernst of Iowa, Senator Cory Gardner of Colorado and Senator Thom Tillis of North Carolina made appearances at the three-day summit, according to the Washington Post. Wisconsin governor Scott Walker, a 2016 contender, flew to the convention from Iowa, where he spoke at a different conservative gathering over the weekend.

A Sunday night panel with other potential candidates – Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky, Senator Marco Rubio of Florida and Senator Ted Cruz of Texas – was broadcast online as part of the summit’s attempt at transparency.

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The 2016 presidential election is on 8 November, 2016 – 651 days from Monday.

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Three judges suspended for drunken 3 AM fight at White Castle — that ended with two shot

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Three judges were suspended after engaging in a drunken shooting outside a White Castle.

"Three Indiana judges involved in a Downtown Indianapolis fight in May that ended with two of the judges shot have been suspended without pay after the Indiana Supreme Court determined they committed judicial misconduct," the Indianapolis Star reports. "In an opinion issued Tuesday, the court said judges Bradley Jacobs, Andrew Adams and Sabrina Bell 'engaged in judicial misconduct by appearing in public in an intoxicated state and behaving in an injudicious manner and by becoming involved in a verbal altercation.'"

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What Zelensky knew: The devastating and darkly ironic impact of Trump’s attempt to bribe Ukraine

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In their effort to exculpate President Donald Trump in the impeachment inquiry, Republicans put Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky’s denial that he ever felt pressure from the White House to open up investigations into Democrats at the center of their argument. A new GOP memo says that both leaders have acknowledged “there was no pressure” on the famous July 25 call that sparked the inquiry and thus argues that the allegations made by Democrats that Trump abused his power don’t hold.

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Greta Thunberg says ‘people must finally wake up’ to the fact Trump is ‘so extreme’ on climate change

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Swedish teen activist Greta Thunberg said Tuesday that US President Donald Trump's climate change denialism was "so extreme" that it had helped galvanize the movement to halt long term planetary warming.

She spoke in an interview with AFP on the eve of her departure from North America where she has spent almost three months.

"He's so extreme and he says so extreme things, so I think people wake up by that in a way," the 16-year-old said from on board a sailboat preparing to depart from the East Coast town of Hampton, Virginia for Europe early Wednesday.

"I thought when he got elected, now people will finally, now people must finally wake up," she continued.

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