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Koch-commissioned poll backfires as findings show most Americans oppose their right-wing policies

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In their quest to deny Americans basic public services readily accessible in almost all other democracies on earth, the Koch brothers recently founded a group called “In Pursuit Of.” In July, the communications group commissioned a poll to gauge where the American public stands on a wide range of issues.

At the time, the blog Real Clear Politics interpreted the results to show that Americans lean libertarian and conservative. But as the Intercept reported Thursday, a closer look at the results shows that far from being libertarian ideologues, a majority of Americans favor solutions that involve some degree of government intervention.

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A large majority of Americans thought “government-paid college tuition” would be a “very effective” or “somewhat effective solution” to social barriers. Half said it would be very effective.

65 percent of Americans supported a $15 minimum wage. 69 percent thought the government should impose stricter regulations on Wall Street. The results seem to fly in the face of the Koch brothers’ presumption that Americans lean conservative when it comes to government services.

For decades, the Koch brothers have used their extensive wealth and influence to knee-cap public projects, from universal health care to public transportation.


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Incel blew his hand off — and may have been planning for suicide bomber attack on ‘hot’ cheerleaders: report

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A young man in Virginia was photographed for his mugshot with extensive facial injuries.

"A 23-year-old Virginia man who appeared to be planning an incel bomb attack on "hot cheerleaders" accidentally blew off his hand with explosives, authorities say," BuzzFeed News reported Saturday. "Cole Carini was charged in federal court on Friday connection with the plot after he allegedly lied to FBI agents by saying his extensive injuries were the result of a lawnmower accident."

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Big turnout for protest in Texas town known as a ‘haven’ for the Ku Klux Klan

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Protesters gathered in Vidor, Texas on Saturday for a rally against racism and police violence.

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The East Texas town has long had a reputation for racism.

Vidor is a small city of about 11,000 people near the Texas Gulf Coast, not too far from the Louisiana border. Despite the fact that Beaumont, a much bigger city just 10 minutes away, is quite integrated, Vidor is not. There are very few blacks there; it's mostly white. That is in large part because of a history of racism in Vidor, a past that continues to haunt the present," Keith Oppenheim reported for CNN in 2006.

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BUSTED: Key Trump aide caught pushing racist vigilantism on social media

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Video of a chainsaw-wielding Texas man threatening protesters while shouting the n-word went viral on Friday.

While many people were shocked by the video, one of President Donald Trump's top advisors supported the racism and vigilantism in documented in the video, according to a new report.

"President Donald Trump and his allies for years have amplified racist messages on Twitter while simultaneously reaching out to black and Hispanic voters, a dissonant balancing act that’s now rocking the GOP amid nationwide racial-justice protests," Politico reported Saturday. "The two competing forces collided Saturday on the Twitter feed of Trump campaign senior adviser Mercedes Schlapp, when she boosted a tweet that lauded a man in Texas in a viral video as he yelled the n-word and wielded a chainsaw to chase away anti-racism demonstrators."

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