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Undermining the Foundations of American Democracy: Supreme Court Abolishes Campaign Contribution Limits

Posted by on April 2, 2014 in Agencies & Systems, Politics with 0 Comments
Undermining the Foundations of American Democracy: Supreme Court Abolishes Campaign Contribution Limits

The Supreme Court in a 5-4 decision Wednesday in McCutcheon v. FEC overturned a law that allowed the federal government to cap how much an individual could give to multiple federal candidates and committees in a single campaign cycle. The $123,200 overall limit for total contributions to campaigns, parties, and PACs will no longer be in effect, although contributions to individual candidates remain limited to $2,600. Potentially opening the door to a flood of cash from wealthy individuals, Justice Stephen Breyer wrote the dissenting opinion, stating that this ruling “perhaps devastates, what remains of campaign finance reform.” Sen. Bernie Sanders discusses the Supreme Court’s ruling with MSNBC’s Ronan Farrow. In the 2nd video (see below), RT’s Lindsay France looks into this historic ruling.

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Democracy vs. Oligarchy – Bernie Sanders

Posted by on April 1, 2014 in Agencies & Systems, Politics with 0 Comments
Democracy vs. Oligarchy – Bernie Sanders

Bernie Sanders: The disastrous 2010 Supreme Court ruling in Citizens United threw out campaign funding laws that limited what wealthy individuals and corporations could spend on elections. Since that ruling, campaign spending by Adelson, the Koch brothers and a handful of other billionaire families has fundamentally undermined American democracy. If present trends continue, elections will not be decided by one-person, one-vote, but by a small number of very wealthy families who spend huge amounts of money supporting right-wing candidates who protect their interests. This process – a handful of the wealthiest people in our country controlling the political process – is called “oligarchy.” The great political struggle we now face is whether the United States retains its democratic heritage or whether we move toward an oligarchic form of society where the real political power rests with a handful of billionaires, not ordinary Americans.

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Say What? Obama Claims US Invasion of Iraq NOT As Bad as Russia’s Annexation of Crimea

Posted by on March 27, 2014 in Politics with 0 Comments
Say What? Obama Claims US Invasion of Iraq NOT As Bad as Russia’s Annexation of Crimea

President Barack Obama declared the Kiev uprising a moral victory, Crimea’s vote a sham and Russia a brute aggressor, that must be confronted. To prove his points the President cited examples… including comparing the U.S. invasion of Iraq to Russia’s annexation of Crimea.

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South Carolina Illegally Blocks Libertarian Party From Ballot – Ben Swann

Posted by on March 25, 2014 in Government, Politics with 0 Comments
South Carolina Illegally Blocks Libertarian Party From Ballot – Ben Swann

South Carolina has an Equal Access election law which is now being violated. The state is attempting to deny the Libertarian Party a convention in order to prevent having their candidates on the General Election ballot in 2014. The reason.. the state claims it does not have enough money to comply with equal access law.

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US ‘Democracy Promotion’ Destroys Democracy Overseas – Ron Paul

Posted by on March 24, 2014 in Government, Politics with 0 Comments
US ‘Democracy Promotion’ Destroys Democracy Overseas – Ron Paul

Last December, US Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland gave a speech in which she admitted that since 1991 the US government has invested more than 5 billion dollars to help Ukraine…in the development of democratic institutions and skills in promoting civil society and a good form of government. This is the same State Department official who was caught on tape just recently planning in detail the overthrow of the Ukrainian government. That five billion dollars appears to have bought a revolution in Ukraine. But what do the US taxpayers get, who were forced to pay for this interventionism? Nothing good. Ukraine is a bankrupt country that will need tens of billions of dollars to survive the year. Already the US-selected prime minister has made a trip to Washington to ask for more money. And what will the Ukrainians get? Their democracy has been undermined by the US-backed coup in Kiev. In democracies, power is transferred peacefully through elections, not seized by rebels in the streets. At least it used to be.

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The US Establishment is Lying about Everything on Ukraine

Posted by on March 23, 2014 in Government, Politics with 0 Comments
The US Establishment is Lying about Everything on Ukraine

The US government and the media are lying about everything on Ukraine and the bigger the lies, the more that the entire establishment continues to go ‘all in’ and push all of the chips to the center of the table in this latest orgy of national brainwashing.

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Worldwide Wave of Action to Keep NYC Mayor Honest

Posted by on March 21, 2014 in Government, Politics with 1 Comment
Worldwide Wave of Action to Keep NYC Mayor Honest

“Occupy Mayor” Bill de Blasio rode the wave of 99% momentum into office, but will he maintain his promises? Worldwide Wave of Action aims to keep him honest.

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‘Make It Hurt’: On the Small-Mindedness of Foreign Policy

Posted by on March 20, 2014 in Government, Politics with 0 Comments
‘Make It Hurt’: On the Small-Mindedness of Foreign Policy

The New York Times yet again ignoring history and reducing the terrifying complexity of international politics – and the great global longing for peace – to a lethally simplistic game of winning and losing. It’s the kind of coverage we get in every political crisis, inevitably shutting down whatever collective intelligence we’re capable of manifesting and reducing the public to spectators at a geopolitical wrestling match.

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‘Most Transparent Administration Ever™’—Obama Administration Makes Mockery of Open Government

Posted by on March 17, 2014 in Government, Politics with 0 Comments
‘Most Transparent Administration Ever™’—Obama Administration Makes Mockery of Open Government

The slogan suggesting the Obama administration is the “most transparent” ever has been nothing but a marketing ploy, the product of an administration that Advertising Age recognized as “marketer of the year” in 2008. Not only is the Obama administration not the “most transparent administration ever,” it has become the inverse of the “most transparent administration ever.” It is now one of the most secretive administrations ever, outpacing Bush in his commitment to keep government actions concealed from the public.

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Feinstein v. the CIA: A Moment of Truth

Posted by on March 13, 2014 in Agencies & Systems, Government, Politics with 0 Comments
Feinstein v. the CIA: A Moment of Truth

It was a truly historic moment Tuesday when Senate Intelligence Committee Chair Dianne Feinstein took to the Senate floor to warn that the CIA’s continuing cover-up of its torture program is threatening our constitutional division of power. By blatantly concealing what Feinstein condemned as “the horrible details of a CIA program that never, never, never should have existed,” the spy agency now acts as a power unto itself, and the agency’s outrages have finally aroused the senator’s umbrage.

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Third State Effectively Bans Direct Sales of Electric Cars

Posted by on March 12, 2014 in Government, Politics with 0 Comments
Third State Effectively Bans Direct Sales of Electric Cars

Tesla’s direct sales model undermined by new regulation in New Jersey: all new cars must now go through a franchised dealership. Arizona and Texas passed similar regulation.

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Sen. Feinstein Does 180 on Surveillance: C.I.A. Spying on Congress Sparks Outrage

Posted by on March 11, 2014 in Government, Politics, Spying and Surveillance with 1 Comment
Sen. Feinstein Does 180 on Surveillance: C.I.A. Spying on Congress Sparks Outrage

Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s bombshell accusation about the Central Intelligence Agency spying on the Senate set off a scramble on Capitol Hill — with Democrats and Republicans ignoring the usual party lines in response to her claim that the agency improperly interfered in a congressional investigation.

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100 Years of War Lies DEBUNKED

Posted by on March 11, 2014 in Government, Military, Politics with 0 Comments
100 Years of War Lies DEBUNKED

When Secretary of State John Kerry made his now infamous statement about Russia’s actions in Ukraine, the hypocrisy was immediately apparent to all but the most clueless of viewers. But perhaps Kerry wasn’t so wrong to expect the public to let him get away with such a transparently hypocritical statement. After all, the public have always been happy to go along with every pretext for war presented to them for decade after decade.

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Americans Overwhelmingly Oppose US Intervention in Ukraine, Syria, Iran … Or Anywhere Else

Posted by on March 9, 2014 in Military, Politics with 0 Comments
Americans Overwhelmingly Oppose US Intervention in Ukraine, Syria, Iran … Or Anywhere Else

Polls show that Americans are overwhelmingly opposed to U.S. military involvement in: Ukraine, Syria, Iran, or anywhere else. Indeed, a poll from Pew in December found that a majority of Americans – more than ever before in Pew’s 50-year history of polling this question – think the U.S. “should mind its own business internationally and let other countries get along as best they can on their own.” We’re sick of war …

(And we’ve been so for years.)

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