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An unprecedented amount of money has flooded into campaign coffers this year. President Obama tapped Hollywood elites on behalf of the Democratic party last night. But where, exactly, is that money going? And what are the rules for how it can be used?

President Obama will devote himself to redistricting efforts after he leaves office. It’s a strategy the GOP used after 2008 to take back the House and the Senate. The Republican architect behind that effort is skeptical that Obama can succeed.

What happens if you’re sexually assaulted on a plane? As Los Angeles writer Ariana Lenarsky recently found out, the rules are murky at best.

A new documentary chronicles the secret lives of rats both in America and around the world. Rats is being described as a horror documentary.

Then, a critic at LA Weekly reflects on the difficulties of using a star system to rate restaurants.

Photo courtesy of Sgt. Mark Fayloga.

An election season worth billions 7 MIN, 40 SEC

President Obama is in town to hit up the Hollywood ATM for Hillary Clinton. Last night he attended a fundraiser at the home of Jeffrey and Marilyn Katzenberg. Twenty five people at that event paid upwards of $100,000 each to spend an hour hanging out with the president. That’s chump change compared with the $35 million donated by Facebook co-founder Dustin Moskovitz. Where does all this money go? Are there no campaign contribution limits anymore?

Jessica Levinson, Loyola Law School (@LevinsonJessica)

The man who gerrymandered America 7 MIN, 25 SEC

President Obama will soon have plenty of time to fill. He’s revealed one thing he plans to focus on after leaving office - redistricting. Specifically, he and former Attorney General Eric Holder are looking to undo the map that some say has all but secured Republican domination in the House of Representatives at least through the 2020 election. The Republican strategist who helped lead the redistricting effort after 2008 is skeptical that President Obama can succeed.

Chris Jankowski, Republican strategist

Sexual assault in the skies 10 MIN, 41 SEC

A lot of women are sharing their stories of unwanted sexual attention this election season, including Los Angeles-based writer Ariana Lenarsky. She live-tweeted from a plane last weekend after a man grabbed her inappropriately as she boarded the flight. The man grabbed and rubbed her leg as she passed his seat. After she reported the incident to the flight attendants, Lenarsky learned that the rules governing what happens after a sexual assault on a flight are murky at best.

Ariana Lenarsky, Writer (@aardvarsk)
Nora Caplan-Bricker, Slate (@NCaplanBricker)

A horror documentary about rats 13 MIN

Morgan Spurlock rose to fame after spending a month eating nothing but McDonald’s for his documentary “Super Size Me.” But now Spurlock has made a film that is truly upsetting. He’s traveled the world to make a documentary slash horror film called “Rats.”

Morgan Spurlock, documentary filmmaker (@MorganSpurlock)

A zero-star rating for starred restaurant reviews 8 MIN, 27 SEC

A tale of two restaurants. The first is run by world-class butchers, where you see whole animals roasting over a fire pit, and seasonal vegetables are pulled from the nearby farmers market. It’s rated three stars. The second restaurant is a hipster taco joint. Cheap asada tacos with homemade tortillas and buckets of agua fresca made with fresh fruit. It’s also got a three-star rating. Yes, there’s a problem with the starring system when it comes to restaurants. And one restaurant critic is taking a hard look at whether or not she wants to keep using it.

Besha Rodell, LA Weekly (@BeshaRodell)

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