Wage theft. Dishonest franchises. Papa John’s.

Papa John’s is everywhere. Its 4,500 restaurants, most run by franchisees, are in all 50 states and 34 countries. The Louisville Cardinals play their college football in Papa John’s Stadium, while Papa John himself regularly appears in TV ads with his business partner, Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning. And as the business press has been reporting, CEO “Papa” John Schnatter is making his pizza’s “quality” the focus of his company’s marketing:

“We are finding ways to more effectively communicate our commitment to using the best quality ingredients. That has always been part of what distinguishes Papa John’s from the rest.”

But more and more, what apparently distinguishes Papa John’s from its competitors is cheating its workers. The company revealed its latest episode of wage theft during its second quarter results that showed net income was down to $10.8 million from $16.7 million a year ago:

In the

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2013 GOP: Need ‘welcoming, inclusive message’ to attract Hispanics. 2015 GOP: Trump has other ideas

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump gestures and declares

It doesn’t get much more welcoming than this, does it?

I do feel something for Republican National Committee Chair Reince Preibus. Maybe there’s a sliver of pity—mixed in with pure glee, of course. Speaking of purity, after Mitt Romney lost an election in which 89 percent of his voters were white, Preibus and company realized that their party had a bit of a problem winning support from, shall we say, certain demographic categories.
To its credit, the Republican Party actually engaged in some serious self-examination. The RNC conducted focus groups in a number of states, polled Hispanic Republicans, and spoke to a whole lot of people about their inability to win voters of color. On March 18, 2013, party officials they produced an autopsy report in which they admitted some hard truths, in particular regarding Latinos:

It is imperative that the RNC changes how it engages with Hispanic communities

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Ted Cruz blasts Mitt Romney for getting ‘clobbered’ in the debates

U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) confirms his candidacy for the 2016 U.S. presidential election race during a speech at Liberty College in Lynchburg, Virginia March 23, 2015. Cruz, a conservative firebrand who frequently clashes with leaders of his Republican

Former Republican presidential candidate and current leather couch warmer Mitt Romney criticized Sen. Ted Cruz on Twitter this week for Cruz’s repeated statements that President Obama was financing terrorists, “snuggling up” to our enemies, and those various other things that dribbled from Cruz’s McCarthyite mouth in his fury over the Iranian nonproliferation deal.
Cruz will be having none of that, obviously.

“So Mitt Romney’s tweet today said, ‘Gosh, this rhetoric is not helpful,'” Cruz said on KFYO. “John Adams famously said, ‘Facts are stubborn things.’ Describing the actual facts is not using rhetoric; it is called speaking the truth.”
“Part of the reason Mitt Romney got clobbered by Barack Obama is because we all remember that third debate where Barack Obama turned to Mitt and said, ‘I said the Benghazi attack was terrorism and no one is more upset by Benghazi than I am.’ And Mitt, I

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McConnell and Hatch voted for fetal tissue research

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) pledged this week to fast-track a bill defunding Planned Parenthood. But the move to strip the organization of some $528 million in annual funding from the federal and state governments is more than a little ironic.
It was about Planned Parenthood, after all, that the then number two ranking Senate Republican Jon Kyl of Arizona acknowledged his 30-fold error that “well over 90 percent of what Planned Parenthood does” is related to abortion introduced the “not intended to be a factual statement” defense into the GOP lexicon. As Texas Governor Rick Perry learned the hard way in 2012, defunding the women’s healthcare group would have tripled expenses for his state. (As the Guttmacher Institute explained, “every dollar spent on publicly funded family planning services saves $7.09 in public expenditures.) And Mitt Romney, the 2012 Republican nominee for president, hadn’t

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GOP super PACs prepare to spend hundreds of millions demonizing Hillary

U.S. presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks to reporters after a roundtable campaign event with small businesses in Cedar Falls, Iowa, United States, May 19, 2015.    REUTERS/Jim Young   - RTX1DOLO

Whitewater… seriously?

The GOP attack machine is revving up to lay groundwork for defeating Hillary Clinton in a general election, and there’s no shortage of super PACs vying for the millions in funding that go along with ensuring her demise. American Crossroads (Rove), Right to Rise (Jeb!), and America Rising are each jockeying for the title of “Clinton slayer”—all of which could add up to a several-hundred-million dollar effort, report Ashley Parker and Amy Chozick.
Not content to simply go after Clinton’s recent email “scandal,” they are digging up terms like “Whitewater, Travelgate and Filegate.” (Seems a little desperate, no?)

But what Republican operatives are most enthused about is Clinton’s comment that she and Bill were “dead broke” after leaving the White House in 2000.

Republicans could hardly hide their giddiness when Mrs. Clinton made her “dead broke” remark last year. To many in the political world,

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Mitt Romney looks into Hillary Clinton’s eyes and sees … latte

Former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney gestures as he speaks at the Republican National Committee Winter Meeting in San Diego, California January 16, 2015.  REUTERS/Mike Blake  (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS) - RTR4LRP8

For some reason, Mitt Romney thinks he has the public affection and trust to be an effective attack dog against Hillary Clinton. Instead, he’s a hilarious attack dog:

“Well, I thought the text [of her Saturday speech] touched the various places she needs to touch to try and keep her base intact. Somehow when you see her on a stage or when she comes into a room full of people, she’s smiling with her mouth but her eyes are saying, ‘Where’s my latte?’ It just doesn’t suggest that she believes everything she’s saying,” Romney said on Monday on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” speaking via satellite from Salt Lake City.

It’s hard to know what to tackle first here, so let’s go in the order he said it. “She’s smiling with her mouth but her eyes are saying, ‘Where’s my latte?’” Really? Granted, in Romney’s cultural home turf, lattes

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Sunrise Pilates with Mark Halperin and Ann Romney is a real thing


Attendees at Mitt Romney’s third annual retreat this weekend will have the chance to go skeet shooting with South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham or play flag football with Florida Sen. Marco Rubio. They can even do “Sunrise Pilates” with Bloomberg reporter Mark Halperin and the former first lady aspirant Ann Romney.

All those things sound positively horrifying, but with “Sunrise Pilates with Mark Halperin and Ann Romney” I think we’ve discovered a new circle of Hell. I don’t think I even want to know what sin you have to commit to punch your ticket for that.
Now that we have had a moment to recover from those picturesque images of horror (if you need another moment, take one now), I suppose we ought to ask—why is Bloomberg Politics editor Mark Halperin a featured event co-leader at a Mitt Romney summer camp where Republican megadonors and meet and greet and

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