All Articles on Citizens United

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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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Truckers Take Their Case to the Capitol
Truckers live in an alternative dimension, at least so I conclude when trying to figure out how to meet up with the convoy of trucks coming into to DC to protest high diesel fuel prices on Monday. JB, a k a Mike Schaffner, one of the organizers of the action, calls early in the morning to suggest...
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Truckers Hit the Brakes
Until the beginning of this month, Americans seemed to have nothing to say about their ongoing economic ruin except, "Hit me! Please, hit me again!" You can take my house, but let me mow the lawn for you one more time before you repossess. Take my job and I'll just slink off somewhere out of sight...
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