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

Written 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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So Many Ways Corporations Kill People — GM Robbed Us and Risked Our Lives

Written by on April 2, 2014 in Corruption with 1 Comment
So Many Ways Corporations Kill People — GM Robbed Us and Risked Our Lives

Donna Smith: This blog is about corporate greed and willful disregard for the lives of millions of people. Today I am angry about how GM put me and everyone who rode in my car in danger even as my husband remained loyal to the US car maker.

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

Written 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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Senate Report: CIA Has Been Lying About Torture

Written by on April 1, 2014 in Agencies & Systems, Government with 0 Comments
Senate Report: CIA Has Been Lying About Torture

The CIA has been misleading Congress and the public about its interrogation practices for years, according to The Washington Post. Post reporters spoke with officials who have seen a still classified report by the Senate Intelligence Committee, detailing the growth of secret “black sites,” misstatements on the effectiveness of harsh interrogation techniques, and how the CIA has misled Congress about how they gain intelligence from detainees. The controversial report is expected to come before the full Senate on Thursday for a vote on whether to declassify the document. RT’s Ameera David speaks with national security journalist Marcy Wheeler about these new revelations.

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Democracy vs. Oligarchy – Bernie Sanders

Written 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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Innovative Businesses Uber, Tesla, and Airbnb Are Under Government Attack

Written by on March 31, 2014 in Government with 2 Comments
Innovative Businesses Uber, Tesla, and Airbnb Are Under Government Attack

Electric car maker Tesla, taxi app Uber, and hotel alternative Airbnb are not only revolutionizing their industries, they’re also under attack from interest groups that are using politics to force regulations that will help keep big business happy and the customer out of luck. These are three products/services that people are welcoming with open arms, is it any surprise that government wants to step in and mess it all up? Watch the video for details on how these companies are under attack.

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Chelsea Manning may be Supreme Court Bound with New Lawyers

Written by on March 27, 2014 in Government, Whistleblower with 0 Comments
Chelsea Manning may be Supreme Court Bound with New Lawyers

Army whistleblower Chelsea Manning’s defense team gained two high-profile lawyers, Nancy Hollander and Vincent Ward. The former soldier was convicted in August 2013 on 20 charges, including espionage, for leaking confidential government documents to transparency website WikiLeaks. A statement on the Pvt. Manning Support Network webpage mentions the possibility of the new lawyers taking the appeal all the way Supreme Court. RT’s Lindsay France reports from the Supreme Court on these new developments.

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

Written 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

Written 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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President Jimmy Carter Is Convinced that NSA Spies On Him – So He Uses Snail Mail

Written by on March 24, 2014 in Government, Spying and Surveillance with 0 Comments
President Jimmy Carter Is Convinced that NSA Spies On Him – So He Uses Snail Mail

Former President Jimmy Carter believes he is the subject of surveillance by the National Security Agency (NSA). In an interview for NBC’s Meet the Press, Carter said that he sends mail using the Postal Service when he wants to privately communicate with foreign leaders, believing that his emails will be monitored. This comes on the heels of news that the NSA has hacked into the servers of Chinese telecom giant Huawei, a company long viewed by the US government as posing privacy and security threats to users of its equipment. RT’s Ameera David has the latest details on these developments.

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US ‘Democracy Promotion’ Destroys Democracy Overseas – Ron Paul

Written 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

Written 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

Written 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

Written 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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