Of politics and money

In politics abroad, Pussy Riot members Maria Alyokhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova were detained in Sochi, we learn from CNN. While meeting with journalists, the two women were arrested as suspects in an alleged theft at their hotel, but were later released. This comes after the women were only recently released from prison in advance of the Olympics. "Pussy Riot's Nadezhda & Maria 'detained' in Sochi. Yr f**king kidding me. Fearless women," freelance journalist Will Hermes tweeted.

At BuzzfeedMiriam Elder and Sheera Frenkel wonder if Shimon Peres is the only man in Israel who still believes there will be peace? "Tons of news in @sheeraf & @MiriamElder interview w Shimon Peres, including backchannel meets w Palestinian leaders," touts editor-in-chief Ben Smith.

And here in the US, a Politico exclusive reveals that mega-donors are planning a GOP war council in an effort to "reshape" the direction of the party. Co-author Alex Burns tweets, "Scoop w/ @kenvogel: Paul Singer & friends planning high-powered CO retreat, set up new club for big donors on right."

On the other end of the political spectrum, however, the NY Times reports that a billionaire retired investor is planning a $100 million "hard-edge" attack campaign to pressure officials on climate change measures. Alexander Panetta at the Canadian Press concluded, "The green billionaire opposing the Keystone pipeline plans to start flexing more political muscle." NYT's Jonathan Martin praised, "Nice get from @nickconfessore on Tom Steyer's plans to become a mini Koch (on enviro)."

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