Daily Clips: March 3rd, 2016

Koch brothers will not use funds to try to block Trump nomination: 

The Koch brothers, the most powerful conservative mega donors in the United States, will not use their $400 million political arsenal to try to block Republican front-runner Donald Trump’s path to the presidential nomination, a spokesman told Reuters on Wednesday.

The decision by the billionaire industrialists is another setback to Republican establishment efforts to derail the New York real estate mogul’s bid for the White House, and follows speculation the Kochs would soon launch a “Trump Intervention.”

Video of the day: Bruce Bartlett, who served under the first Bush, explains to Lawrence O’Donnell why he voted for Donald Trump: “My goal is to try to destroy the Republican Party, frankly.” That takes a lot of political and moral courage for him to say and frankly, it’s refreshing to hear. David Brooks, Michael Gerson, Rich Lowry, and all those other “intellectual” conservatives should take note.

Kate Brown signs minimum wage bill for $14.75 in Portland: Way to go Oregon!

The bill gives Oregon the highest statewide minimum wage rates in the nation, to $14.75 inside Portland’s urban growth boundary, $13.50 in midsize counties and $12.50 in rural areas by 2022.

President Barack Obama lauded Brown, saying in a statement: “I commend the Oregon Legislature and Governor Kate Brown for taking action to raise their state’s minimum wage…Congress needs to keep up with the rest of the country. They need to act, and finally give America a raise. And until they do, I’ll continue to encourage states, cities, counties and companies to act on their own to support hardworking families.”

Nick Cassella

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