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Tightening the Corporate Grip: The Stakes at the Supreme Court
Can things get still worse in Washington? Yes, they can. And they will, if the Supreme Court decides for corporations and against real human beings and their democracy in a case the Court will be hearing today, Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission. Until reaching the Supreme Court last...
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Supreme Court Considers Corporate Spending on Elections
WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court returns on Wednesday to consider ending long-standing limits on corporate and union spending in political campaigns -- a move critics say could give big money more influence over U.S. elections. Proponents say the case, which involves a movie critical of then-...
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Coming Soon to a Democracy Near You...
The envelope, please. And the winner for "most influential motion picture in American politics" is... "Hillary: The Movie." Never heard of it? Not surprising -- very few people saw it in the first place. But "Hillary: The Movie" -- a no-holds-barred attack on the life and career of Hillary Clinton...
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A Century-Old Principle: Keep Corporate Money Out of Elections
The founders were wary of corporate influence on politics — and their rhetoric sometimes got pretty heated. In an 1816 letter, Thomas Jefferson declared his hope to “crush in its birth the aristocracy of our moneyed corporations, which dare already to challenge our government to a trial of strength...
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Fascism Coming to a Court Near You
Corporate Personhood and the Roberts' Court
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Justices to Review Campaign Finance Law Constraints
The Supreme Court announced yesterday that it will consider whether to uphold a ban on corporate spending in federal elections, a move that campaign finance experts said could have a dramatic effect on the 2010 and 2012 federal elections. In a surprise move, the court said it would delay a decision...
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Time to End Business as Usual for Toxic Coal Industry
The most absurd oxymoron of 2008 was "Clean Coal." Coal is dirty - its mining, washing, burning and storage as ash. Some call it the original sin of industrial society. Coal mining, as surface mining on native lands, and now as mountaintop removal in Appalachia in Kentucky, Virginia, Tennessee and...
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Anti-Obama Echo Chamber in Full Swing
OAKLAND, California - Right-wing groups are stepping up their campaign against Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama, with two new books on the best-seller lists, another on the verge of publication, and a full-length documentary that will premiere during the party conventions later this...
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Journalism's Tim Russert Problem
My sympathies go to Tim Russert's family. My father died the same way: massive heart attack in the middle of the day, in the prime of his life (he was 46, Russert was 58). Shock doesn't begin to describe the effect on those who stay behind. Try anger, try a sense of loss that, contrary to greeting-...
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A Farewell to the 'Hillary Nutcracker' and Other Obscenities
As the Democratic nomination contest slouches toward a close, it's time to take stock of what I will not miss. I will not miss seeing advertisements for T-shirts that bear the slogan "Bros before Hos." The shirts depict Barack Obama (the Bro) and Hillary Clinton (the Ho), and they are widely sold...
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