Andy Kroll

Andy Kroll

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Andy Kroll is Mother Jones' Dark Money reporter. He is based in the DC bureau. His work has also appeared at the Wall Street Journal, the Detroit News, the Guardian, the American Prospect, and TomDispatch.com, where he's an associate editor. Email him at akroll (at) motherjones (dot) com. He tweets at @AndrewKroll.

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Sheldon Adelson: I Stand With President Obama on Bombing Syria

| Wed Sep. 4, 2013 9:47 AM PDT
Las Vegas casino mogul Sheldon Adelson.

The debate over whether to bomb Syrian military facilities and weapons installations is creating some strange bedfellows. Among them: President Obama and Las Vegas casino mogul Sheldon Adelson.

On Tuesday, the Republican Jewish Coalition, which counts Adelson as a donor and a board member, told its members to urge Congress to authorize a strike in Syria. A spokesman for Adelson, a top backer of pro-Israel causes, told Bloomberg News that the gambling mogul supported the coalition's position—and thus Obama's—on Syria.

Obama and Adelson are far from ideological allies. Adelson reportedly spent upwards of $150 million, in disclosed and dark money, to defeat Obama in last year's presidential election. He and his wife, Miriam, almost single-handedly kept Republican presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich in the running during the GOP primary season, giving $20.5 million to the pro-Gingrich super-PAC, Winning Our Future. Once Romney won the party's nomination, Adelson and his wife poured $30 million more into Restore Our Future, the pro-Romney super-PAC. On election night, Adelson attended the Romney campaign's party at the Westin hotel in Boston.

During the campaign, Adelson questioned Obama's commitment to protecting Israel. "Time and again, President Obama has signaled a lack of sympathy—or even outright hostility—toward Israel," Adelson wrote in an op-ed for JNS News Service. These days, Adelson seems to be feeling better about Obama's foreign policy stance.

WATCH: Ken Cuccinelli's Response to His Pro-Choice Critics: What About Anthony Weiner?

| Tue Aug. 27, 2013 8:55 AM PDT

On Monday, a group of pro-choice activists gathered in Charlottesville, Virginia, to protest state Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli's bid to be governor. The protestors warned that Cuccinelli, a hard-line conservative on social and economic issues, would greatly restrict women's access to abortions and birth control, infringe on their privacy, and force women to seek illegal alternatives that could endanger their lives. "We need a government that takes care of what the government should be taking care of: the economy and roads and schools," said Charlotte Brody, a registered nurse who participated in the protest. "And we need that government to let us make our own personal health decisions."

When Charlottesville's ABC 19 asked Cuccinelli's campaign for comment, the campaign's response was...strange. Team Cuccinelli said Democrats should denounce New York City mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner. What Weiner has to do with Virginia's gubernatorial race or women's rights in Virginia is unclear. The Cuccinelli campaign had nothing to say about the women's rights protest in Charlottesville.

Team Cuccinelli's response begins at the 40-second mark in the video. Chalk this up as one of the weirder responses by a major political campaign.

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