1. In the Obama era, you’ve seen [the Koch Brothers’] political network grow by leaps and bounds. Part of this was because there was a major conservative backlash to Obama, and the Kochs managed to capitalize on that. Part of this too was because the Democrats made the Kochs such boogeymen. They essentially drove a lot of Republicans into their arms. The Kochs have always had an uneasy relationship with the Republican party, or they traditionally did, because their politics aren’t exactly Republican, they’re very much more Libertarian, and there’s only a narrow subset of issues on which they actually agree with Republicans, but by demonizing the Kochs, [Democrats] made them hugely popular within the conservative movement.

    — Daniel Schulman talks with Fresh Air’s Terry Gross about the rising political influence of the Koch Brothers

  2. Daniel Schulman

    Sons of Wichita

    The Koch Brothers

    Democrats

    Republicans

    Fresh Air

    Interviews

  1. One thing to remember in Congress is, in recent years, it’s almost been a fact that Democrats can’t control Congress unless they have a number of conservative, rural Democrats and usually that translates into a strong NRA rating. And so, the White House was concerned just before the midterm elections that something that would rile the base of the NRA would further hurt them in their midterm elections.

    — Washington Post reporter James Grimaldi, explaining why Rahm Emanuel stopped President Obama from pursuing greater restrictions on assault weapons in 2010, in an interview on Fresh Air about the growing gun violence in Mexico — and why it’s particularly difficult to track the gun dealers supplying the weapons.

  2. guns

    james grimaldi

    washington post

    democrats

    white house