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The Baffler,  December 11, 2014

Daily Bafflements

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• Good morning! Did Congress just quietly open the door for wealthy donors to give ten times more to political campaigns than they were previously allowed?

• Speaking of donors, ProPublica explains the weird legal loopholes involved in “donor-advised” charitable funds, which mean that donors can get tax deductions for “giving” to charities that may never actually see a cent.

• A judge has ruled that for Walmart managers to discipline its workers for going on strike and threatening to close stores where workers joined unions was, big surprise, not legal.

• Today in Bespoke: schools, financial planning, and monthly-subscription boxes that come in the mail and include “time-tested, small-batch, or otherwise remarkable gear” and “stories to help you make the most of it all.

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