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Updated: January 8, 2014 11:31 AM

One of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's (R) closest aides was involved in the discussion about the order to close lanes on the George Washington Bridge in September, snarling traffic in the town of Fort Lee.

Documents obtained Wednesday by TPM show that Christie's Deputy Chief of Staff for Legislative and Intergovernmental Affairs, Bridget Anne Kelly, talked about the closures with the agency that oversees the bridge weeks before they ocurred.

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It's not all caviar dreams and champagne wishes among the 1%. They play beer pong just like the rest of us.

Sure, when the family of the top executive at America's biggest bank plays beer pong with friends, they use personalized balls emblazoned with their portraits. But aside from that, they're just like you and I.

Laura Dimon, whose father is JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon, got on to TPM's radar with a widely-criticized column she wrote for PolicyMic last week that proclaimed Flint, Michigan "America's most apocalyptic, violent city." On Facebook, Laura has many photo albums that, along with the aforementioned customized beer pong setup, show her famous father dancing (pictured above), wearing silly costumes, enjoying adult beverages and more.

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The debate over voting rights has gone to college.

Two University of Massachusetts Boston academics -- Keith G. Bentele, an assistant professor of Sociology, and Erin O'Brien, an associate professor of Political Science -- recently published a paper looking at the proposal and passage of restrictive voter access legislation from 2006 to 2011. In the paper, titled "Jim Crow 2.0? Why States Consider and Adopt Restrictive Voter Access Policies," the authors conclude that restrictive voter measures are connected to both partisan and racial factors.

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The details of a high-ranking U.S. general's trip to Russia would have made Boris Yeltsin proud.

The two-star Air Force general who commanded all of America's land-based nuclear weapons alarmed his colleagues in July during a wild, hard-partying trip to Moscow, according to a report released Thursday by a military inspector general.

Maj. Gen. Michael Carey drank constantly, was "frequently rude," and consorted with strange, potentially dangerous women, witnesses told investigators.

"I've never been more embarrassed professionally in my life with a senior member," one group member was quoted as saying.

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