Faux news host Stephen Colbert isn’t the only comedian with a super PAC connection. Political satirist Bill Maher got into the act Thursday night, pledging $1 million to a political action committee supporting President Obama.
Mr. Maher announced during a Yahoo-webcast special, “CrazyStupidPolitics,” that he was giving $1 million to Priorities USA Action, a super PAC backing the president. Even as he made his sizable pledge, Mr. Maher mocked the committee’s “tongue-twister name,” saying it was dreamed up by Borat, the English-addled Eastern European comic creation of Sacha Baron Cohen.
A cynic on politics who often takes liberal stands on issues on his HBO talk show “Real Time,” Mr. Maher joined DreamWorks Animation executive Jeffrey Katzenberg and the Service Employees International Union as the committee’s top funders.
Mr. Colbert created and funded his super PAC — Making a Better Tomorrow, Tomorrow — to satirize the unfettered flow of corporate and union funds into political campaigns.
More than half of the $60 million donated to groups supporting Mr. Obama and his GOP presidential rivals since early last year has come in million-dollar-plus donations. With Mr. Maher’s donation, $4 million of Priorities USA Action’s entire $5.5 million in contributions will have come from million-dollar-plus gifts.
King Carl XVI Gustaf announced his granddaughter’s name, and said the baby girl, who was born Thursday to Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel, will receive the title Duchess of Ostergotland, a province in southeast Sweden.
As Victoria’s first-born child, she is second in line to the throne.
Estelle, a name of French origin, is unusual in Sweden and took royal watchers by surprise, though it isn’t unprecedented in the royal family, which has French roots. Estelle was the name of the American-born wife of the king’s godfather, Count Folke Bernadotte, a U.N. mediator in the Israeli-Arab conflict who was assassinated in Jerusalem in 1948.
Sweden’s monarch is primarily a figurehead, representing the country as the head of state but with powers limited to ceremonial functions.
• Compiled from Web and wire service reports.
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