$0.0018 per second

That's how much Americans on minimum wage struggling with high gas prices now earn per second since the Federal increase just this month.

In contrast, CNN is now reporting Exxon Mobil made nearly $1,500 per second last quarter.

Exxon Mobil once again reported the largest quarterly profit in U.S. history Thursday, posting net income of $11.68 billion on revenue of $138 billion in the second quarter.

That profit works out to $1,485.55 a second.

But as AP has questioned, just where is all that money going?

In North Carolina’s 8th District, the answer is easy – Republican Congressman Robin Hayes, who’s 2006 oil interest portfolio of up to $15 million is suddenly up to $23 million according to his own personal finance disclosures.

Elizabeth Dole's Residency Problem

Is Elizabeth Hanford Dole a qualified registered voter with a permanent residence in North Carolina or is Elizabeth Dole's permanent primary residence at the Watergate in our nation's capital?

The Watergate is much more than the name of a famous hotel where an even more famous burglary took place in the early 70’s.

"Watergate is a cooperative apartment complex located in North West Washington, D.C.. The complex includes three apartment buildings (East, West & South), two office buildings, a hotel, and a shopping mall.
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The Watergate has been described as a “city within a city.” Most apartments are extravagant and have a price tag to match with many two-bedroom units going for well over $2 million. Winston and Winston Real Estate have several listings at 700 New Hampshire Avenue NW offering virtual tours. There are even a few listed that are down the hall from some of the Watergate’s most famous residents, Bob and Elizabeth Hanford Dole.

The Doles have been residents of The Watergate since their marriage in 1975. Bob Dole has owned apartment #112 – a first-floor, one-bedroom since before the Republicans burglarized the Watergate Hotel in 1972.

More than a quarter century later, the Doles found themselves neighbors with Monica Lewinsky and her mother during the famous blow job and blue dress scandal. After the Lewinsky duo vacated their apartment, the Doles purchased it to enlarge their living quarters.

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Shuler, Foxx and Coble: Seducing young smokers is no big deal. It's good for the economy!

The US House passed a bill yesterday opening the door a crack for the FDA to get involved in regulating cigarettes. At issue are additives in cigarettes that are designed to make smoking more appealing to young people. Binker pulls out this amazing section of the bill, and does us the favor of translating it, too.

Big Cats

Courtesy of Gary Pearce at talkingaboutpolitics.com, and with the kind permission of that blog's hosts:

You may have heard of “cougars” – older women who pursue younger men. Now meet “Pumas.”

After dark

I'm steamed and you should be too. Pat McCrory's letter to raise PAC money - a close up view of political sausage making if there ever was one - is being mostly ignored. By the media, and by conservatives who say they value small-d democracy. In case you haven't seen it ...

DCCC Taking a Loooooong Time to Announce the winner of National Day of Action

For those of us who worked on the ground to help Larry Kissell bring in as many volunteers as possible in order to reach out to as many voters as possible, this wait to see if Larry Kissell won the DCCC's National Day of Action challenge is agonizing. Here's a bit of background on the competition and more can be found here.

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