ProPublica has rounded up some of the best stories on campaign finance:
This week, we’re exposing the world of campaign finance post-Citizens United, the 2010 Supreme Court case that opened the door to super PACs. The stories fall into three categories: donor profiles, super PACs and scandals, though as Michael Kinsley said: “The scandal in Washington isn’t what’s illegal; it’s what’s legal.”
Today is the 10th anniversary of the opening of Guantánamo Bay. Lakhdar Boumediene was held there under suspicion of blowing up an embassy in Sarajevo — a clear mistake from the beginning, but he wasn’t released for seven years. The Atlantic tells the story of Mustafa Ait Idr, also held for seven years, but never told what evidence the US had against him. Then there’s the Afghan teen, held for seven years. Finally, there’s Prisoner 707 Noor Uthman Muhammed, held for nine years. Foreign Policy has a rundown of another ten controversial detainees still held there. Jonathan Hansen says it’s time to return it to Cuba. There’s also a gift shop.
How Many Stephen Colberts Are There? “Lately, there has emerged a third Colbert. This one is a version of the TV-show Colbert, except he doesn’t exist just on screen anymore. He exists in the real world and has begun to meddle in it.”