Amount the Kansas state government hopes to recoup with the auctioning of thousands of sex toys seized by the revenue department for nonpayment of income, withholding and sales taxes, according to the Topeka Capital-Journal. Items include the Pipedream Fantasy Love Swing, books, DVDs, sex and drinking games, sexually oriented equipment, the Glass Pleasure Wand, lingerie and the Cyberskin Foot Stroker.
Number of interviews President Obama has given news media since taking office, according to the New York Times. According to data running through July, his total dwarfs that of former President George W. Bush (297), Bill Clinton (230) and Ronald Reagan (392) at the same point in their presidencies.
Number of states Illinois state representative candidate Kathy Myalls (R) has voted in recently, the Chicago Sun Times reports. “In one case, she cast a vote in a primary election in Illinois. Then just three months later, records show she voted in Wisconsin to cast a ballot in the state’s recall election… Myalls then voted in Wisconsin’s presidential general election in 2012 before returning to Illinois to vote the following spring.”
“Only four uncertain races remain: Colorado, Iowa, Louisiana, and Arkansas. In each of these contests, the candidates are within two percentage points of one another. Power in the Senate will almost certainly depend on what happens in these states,” according to Sam Wang.
Sentence handed down by a federal judge to conservative writer/filmmaker Dinesh D’Souza, who was spared prison time but received five years’ probation for violating campaign finance laws, The Smoking Gun reports. For the first eight months of his probation, D’Souza will have to live in a “community confinement center” in San Diego. He will also have to pay a $30,000 fine, undergo “therapeutic counseling” and perform one day of community service per week during probation.
Of Americans say the specific party that controls Congress matters a great deal to them, while 29% say it matters a moderate amount and another 30% say it generally doesn’t matter to them, according to a new Gallup Poll.
Of U.S. Hispanics name immigration as the top problem facing the U.S., assigning more importance to the issue than the general public does, according to Gallup. Among all adults, Republicans are now more likely than Democrats to say immigration is the number-one issue.