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Tennessee Senate Unanimously Votes to Legalize Hemp

Posted by on April 10, 2014 in Government, Politics with 0 Comments
Tennessee Senate Unanimously Votes to Legalize Hemp

Yesterday, the Tennessee state senate passed a bill which some supporters consider the strongest pro-hemp legislation in the country. House Bill 2445 (HB2445), introduced by Rep. Jeremy Faison (R-Cosby), would mandate that the state authorize the growing and production of industrial hemp within Tennessee, effectively nullifying the unconstitutional federal ban on the same.

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Rand Paul: Cheney Started Iraq War to Enrich Halliburton

Posted by on April 7, 2014 in Government, Politics with 2 Comments
Rand Paul: Cheney Started Iraq War to Enrich Halliburton

Last week, continuing the intraparty feud between Republican hawks and GOPers skeptical of foreign intervention, former Vice President Dick Cheney took a shot at Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.). But Paul is not likely to be fazed by criticism from Cheney, for several years ago the Kentucky senator was pushing the conspiratorial notion that the former VP exploited the horrific 9/11 attacks to lead the nation into war in Iraq in order to benefit Halliburton, the enormous military contractor where Cheney had once been CEO.

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5 Ways Congress Has Manipulated You With Bills That Do the Opposite Of What Their Catchy Titles Imply

Posted by on April 5, 2014 in Government, Politics, Videos with 0 Comments
5 Ways Congress Has Manipulated You With Bills That Do the Opposite Of What Their Catchy Titles Imply

Abby Martin goes over five instances of misleading legislation, including bills like the Patriot Act, Clean Air Act, No Child Left Behind, and the Healthy Forest Initiative which do almost the opposite of what their ‘catchy titles’ imply.

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McCutcheon, and the Vicious Cycle of Concentrated Wealth and Political Power

Posted by on April 4, 2014 in Justice System, Politics with 0 Comments
McCutcheon, and the Vicious Cycle of Concentrated Wealth and Political Power

If wealth and income weren’t already so concentrated in the hands of a few, the shameful “McCutcheon” decision by the five Republican appointees to the Supreme Court wouldn’t be as dangerous. But by taking “Citizen’s United” one step further and effectively eviscerating campaign finance laws, the Court has issued an invitation to oligarchy.

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Americans Say 70 Percent of Politicians Use Political Power to Hurt Enemies and 75 Percent Are Corrupted

Posted by on April 3, 2014 in Government, Politics with 0 Comments
Americans Say 70 Percent of Politicians Use Political Power to Hurt Enemies and 75 Percent Are Corrupted

A Reason-Rupe poll found that Americans believe that seven out of ten politicians use their power to help friends and hurt enemies. Furthermore, respondents believed that 75 percent of politicians are corrupted by lobbyists and campaign donations.

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

Posted by on April 2, 2014 in Justice System, Politics, Videos 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 Justice System, 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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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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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 Geopolitics, 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 CIA - FBI, 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, Videos 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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