All Articles on Citizens United

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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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Lawmakers Call for Restrictions on Political Ads
WASHINGTON — Corporations and unions would have to identify themselves on political ads they bankroll, and the CEO or top official would have to make "I approve this message" statements under legislation being introduced in Congress Thursday. The measures are a direct response to a 5-4 ruling by...
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The Importance of Getting Wall Street Out of Washington, and Washington Out of Wall Street
Washington’s relationship with Wall Street is growing more schizophrenic by the day. On the one hand, Congress is trying to show how tough it can be on the financial sector by enacting a law ostensibly designed to prevent another near-meltdown and taxpayer-supported bail-out. As the mid-term...
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On The Supreme Court
So the Supreme Court has been igniting passions, has it? Of its Citizens United decision, people cried: "shameless hypocrisy," "nothing short of fraud..." "Truly frightening..." "a narrow elite is imposing itself through the legal system..." There are mobilizings to amend the constitution, impeach...
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Net Neutrality -- The Fight Ahead
"The Day the Internet Lost" read a full-banner headline at the front of Huffington Post yesterday. The New York Times held a wake for the Internet reporting that Internet service providers can now "block or slow specific sites" and demand that content producers now "pay a fee to ensure delivery of...
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Tell Congress to Get Serious About Corporate Campaign Abuse
Members of the House and Senate are on their annual spring break. And, this being an election year, the vast majority of them are heading home to their districts to "listen" to the voters. This year, they'll get an earful -- from constituents who may still be debating about the scope and character...
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Is America ‘Yearning For Fascism?’
The language of violence always presages violence. I watched it in war after war from Latin America to the Balkans. The impoverishment of a working class and the snuffing out of hope and opportunity always produce angry mobs ready to kill and be killed. A bankrupt, liberal elite, which proves...
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Court Strikes Limits on Contributions to Independent Political Groups
A federal appeals court on Friday handed another victory to conservative opponents of campaign-finance restrictions, striking down limits on individual contributions to independent groups who want to use the money for or against candidates in federal elections. But in its unanimous decision, the...
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Consumer Protection and Corporate Purses
In this period of painfully partisan politics, it's too easy for the focus to be on who won today, instead of the American people's needs. We're witnessing just that in two roiling debates--one over the proposed Consumer Financial Protection Agency (CFPA), another over the recent Supreme Court...
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