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Fight Campaign Finance Ruling, One Step at a Time
Doris "Granny D" Haddock turned 100 this week, just in time to see the US Supreme Court decimate the work of her life. Back in 1999, the Dublin, N.H. woman walked 3,200 miles to support campaign finance reform legislation - a tiny crusader against the corrupting power of big money in American...
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Justice Alito's Conduct and the Court's Credibility
As I wrote at the time , I thought the condemnations of Rep. Joe Wilson's heckling of Barack Obama during his September health care speech were histrionic and excessive. Wilson and Obama are both political actors, it occurred in the middle of a political speech about a highly political dispute, and...
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The Source of Corporate Power
"If the First Amendment has any force, it prohibits Congress from fining or jailing citizens, or associations of citizens, for simply engaging in political speech." The words are those of Justice Anthony M. Kennedy, writing for the majority in last week's landmark Supreme Court decision marking...
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Obama Fails to Rally Progressive Base in 'Tepid' Address
Say what you will about Barack Obama. But don't accuse the president of veering from the course he charted at a point when his term was new, his popularity ratings were high and Americans took seriously all that talk of "hope" and "change." Despite the battering he has taken during his first year...
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How Will SCOTUS Decision Affect Corporate Media?
In 2004, the United Church of Christ produced a television commercial promoting its inclusive approach to organized faith. The ad showed two nightclub-style bouncers guarding the rope line of a church as they denied entry to a gay male couple, several people of color, and a man in a wheelchair. By...
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10 Ways to Stop Corporate Dominance of Politics
It's not too late to limit or reverse the impact of the Supreme Court's disastrous decision in Citizens United v. FEC.
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Democracy in America Is a Useful Fiction
Corporate forces, long before the Supreme Court's decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission , carried out a coup d'état in slow motion. The coup is over. We lost. The ruling is one more judicial effort to streamline mechanisms for corporate control. It exposes the myth of a...
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The Excesses of the Monied Interests: What Can We Do After Citizens United?
The Supreme Court decision on Citizens United Thursday -- which greatly expanded the ability of corporations to spend money to influence elections -- sent a collective gasp across the public interest community. If the last year has shown how easily vested interests can already shape -- some would...
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Personal Corporatehood: Coping With the Reason Divided of Citizens United
There's great consternation brewing over the recent Supreme Court decision that cements and extends the misbegotten logic of "corporate personhood," and rightly so. Surely one of the most farcical and tortuous doctrines ever established in our system of jurisprudence, this conflated concept has...
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Time to Rein in Out-of-Control Corporate Influences on Our Democracy
Thursday's 5-4 decision by the U.S. Supreme Court in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission shreds the fabric of our already weakened democracy by allowing corporations to more completely dominate our corrupted electoral process. It is outrageous that corporations already attempt to...
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