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Ragheads, Rednecks and Greene Machines; Peculiar Politics in South Carolina
Peculiar politics in South Carolina is a never ending saga. On June 15, South Carolina Republican State Senator Jake Knotts of Lexington told the South Carolina Senate he is proud to be a redneck and would not resign from the Senate for having called Nikki Haley and President Obama ragheads. Haley...
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Dems Face Backlash over NRA Deal
House Democrats are facing a backlash from some liberal and government reform advocacy groups over an exemption for the National Rifle Association (NRA) that was added to a campaign finance bill. The U.S. Public Interest Research Group (PIRG) and the Sierra Club said Tuesday they will now oppose...
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Democrats: Breakthrough on Campaign Finance Bill
WASHINGTON - House Democrats have reached an agreement with the National Rifle Association on campaign-finance legislation that would roll back the Citizens United Supreme Court decision, removing a major obstacle on the bill, according to House sources. The deal would exempt the NRA and some other...
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The Supreme Court Says NO to the People - Again
At a dinner party, an ever-so-proper aristocrat who had been at the British evacuation of Dunkirk sixty years ago, remained tightlipped despite intense questioning from the other guests about what he had seen there. Finally, he shuddered at the memory and exclaimed, "The noise, my dear, and the...
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Real People v. Corporate “People”: The Fight Is On
In 2009, Riki Ott was on the road for 252 days educating people about the dangers of "corporate personhood." That's the legal doctrine that says corporations have constitutional rights, just like human beings. She mostly spoke in academic settings, and there was some interest in the idea, says Ott...
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Disclosing the Meekness of the "DISCLOSE" Bill
At last, after weeks of analyzing, calculating, pondering, consulting and crafting, Democratic leaders in Washington have unveiled their much-awaited legislative response to the Supreme Court's January decision in the infamous case of Citizens United. That's the destructive dictate that allows...
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BP: The Buck Stops on Obama’s Desk
One of the hopeful promises Barack Obama made to the country in 2008 was that if elected, his administration would reinstitute science-based decision making. We had all heard the stories of how, under George W. Bush, science was regularly compromised in the interests of big business. The BP blowout...
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A Constitutional Conventional Candidate
The United States was called into being by a Continental Congress, which delegated Thomas Jefferson to draft a Declaration of Independence and then, courageously, embraced the radical document. But the United States as we know it did not take shape until 11 years after the declaration, when...
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How to Turn Congress Inc. Back to Just Congress
What is the biggest scandal of 2010 so far? Allegations of fraudulent misrepresentation from Goldman Sachs? An oil spill that poses a threat to our environment and economy for generations? Mining operators freely ignoring safety violations and treating workers as disposable? Each of these is bad...
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Obama's Criticisms of the Warren and Burger Courts
Yesterday I wrote about what seemed to be President Obama's fairly stunning disparagement of the Warren and Burger Courts (expressed on the eve of naming Justice Stevens' replacement), as he echoed the classic, decades-old, right-wing claim that those courts were guilty of the "error" of "judicial...
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