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Bernie Sanders Exposes Glaring Falsehoods In Trump’s ‘Unifying’ Address

Former Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear issued a formal Democratic response to Trump’s address to Congress on Tuesday. But the most blistering reply may have belonged to Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders (D-VT), who took to Facebook shortly thereafter.

March 1, 2017
Trump, Democratic

What’s Driving Trump’s Derangement Of Democratic Discourse?

When Trump commingles racist nationalism with what sounds like socialism by promising a wall to keep out Mexican rapists, a cornucopia of jobs, and full healthcare for Americans, we might recall that “Nazi” was an acronym for National Socialism.

February 6, 2017
Fighting Bob Fest, Political Party

A Political Party Worth Joining

The best political party in America is not the Dems nor the Repubs. By far, the best political party is a real party named “Fighting Bob Fest.” It’s a daylong political festival run by a coalition of Wisconsin progressives who believe in “putting the party back in politics.”

January 4, 2017
Trumpcare, Health Care, Republicans, Trump/Ryan, Middle Class, Safety Net, GOP

GOP Plans To Destroy Our Safety Net Will Also Kill Democracy

Tragically, Republicans are today planning to destroy both our nation’s progressive taxation system and our social safety net, in obsequious service to their billionaire paymasters.

December 22, 2016
Floyd Brown

Floyd Brown: The Maestro Of Media Manipulation

In 1988, he created the infamous Willie Horton ad. As the head of Citizens United in the 1990s, Brown leaked stories to mainstream outlets, backed up his work with primary sources, and worked hard to make sure the media trusted him.

December 6, 2016
Mcgahn picked for Trump's White House counsel

Trump’s Pick For Legal Advisor Shows He’s Dead Set On Nuking Democracy

Donald McGahn served as ethics advisor to the corrupt former Rep. Tom Delay, supported Citizens United as head of the FEC, paved the way for super PACs, and recently worked for the Koch brothers.

November 29, 2016
Trump does not have a mandate for racism

Trump Does Not Have A Mandate For Racism

The major message from voters was, “We want change.” Trump is in the White House, but the takeaway from voters in this election is a mandate for progressive economic populism, not racism.

November 10, 2016
Elderly Couple

Citizens United Hits New Low, Scams Elderly

New reports suggest that Citizens United is scamming the elderly by soliciting fundraising from senior citizens with dementia and Alzheimer’s.

October 14, 2016
David Bossie

Trump Hires Citizens United Head As Deputy Campaign Manager

Donald Trump’s latest campaign hire is David Bossie, the longtime president of Citizens United, the infamous conservative organization named in the 2010 Supreme Court ruling scaling back regulations on corporate financing of political messaging.

September 2, 2016
Trump Organization, Business

There’s One Good Thing About Donald Trump–As Long As He Loses

Donald Trump has shaken American politics to their very core. And in the process, he has, maybe without knowing it, completely re-aligned the positions and appeals of the two major parties. That’s because Trump is an opportunist.

July 29, 2016

The Next President Will Likely Appoint 4 Supreme Court Justices: Which President Do You Want Picking Them?

During the next four years, the new president will likely nominate not only Scalia’s replacement but also an additional 3 new justices. The new justices will set the direction of the Supreme Court and the values that guide it for the next generation.

July 28, 2016
U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) waits to meet India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi (not pictured), before Modi speaks at a joint meeting of Congress in the House Chamber in Capitol Hill, Washington, U.S., June 8, 2016. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

5 Reasons Paul Ryan And The GOP Can’t Quit Trump

Paul Ryan spent the weekend at Mitt Romney’s donor summit listening to Ebay CEO and former Republican candidate for governor California Meg Whitman warn that, according to the Washington Post, “Trump is the latest in a long line of historic demagogues, explicitly comparing him to Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini.”

June 13, 2016
democracy spring washington dc

Hundreds Rally In US Against Big Money In Politics

Police in Washington DC have arrested dozens of protesters who were staging a sit-in outside the US Congress meant to raise awareness about corporate influence in American politics.

April 11, 2016
Democratic U.S. presidential candidates Senator Bernie Sanders and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton arrive on stage ahead of the PBS NewsHour Democratic presidential candidates debate in Milwaukee

His Respected Friend: But What Does Bernie Really Think Of Hillary?

It is wrong to accuse Clinton of “pay for play” when the available evidence doesn’t support that accusation. And if Sanders wants to hold her to a standard of absolute purity, he should apply that same measure to himself.

February 13, 2016

Unhappy Anniversary: How Anthony Kennedy Flooded Democracy With ‘Sewer Money’

On today’s anniversary of the ‘Citizens United’ decision, which exposed American democracy to increasing domination by the country’s very richest and most reactionary figures, it is worth recalling the false promise made by the Supreme Court justice who wrote the majority opinion in that case.

January 21, 2016

How Much ‘Free Speech’ Can You Buy?

If political speech is measured by money then by definition speech is not “free.” It can be bought, thereby giving the most speech to the few with the most money. That’s plutocracy, not democracy.

October 28, 2015

It’s Getting Harder To Tell What Separates A Super PAC From A Candidate’s Campaign

Many of the super PACs and the campaigns are run by a revolving door of close friends and staffers, ensuring that the two sides share a common playbook even when they avoid tripping over the vague Federal Election Commission rules banning coordination.

October 12, 2015

Super-Rich Donors Turn Our Democracy Into Their Plutocracy

The real candidates are a small but powerful coterie of multimillionaire corporate executives and billionaires who fund secretive presidential super PACs that can determine who gets nominated.

August 12, 2015

5 Reasons Donald Trump Is A Public Service Announcement Against Conservative Politics

If there’s any value to this farce, it’s that Donald Trump continues to accidentally reveal essential truths about the Republican Party.

August 10, 2015
Roger Stone

Inside Story: Behind Trump’s Breakup With Consultant Roger Stone

The tumultuous split between Roger Stone and Donald Trump erupted from internal divisions in the real estate mogul’s presidential campaign — and now disreputable operative David Bossie may fill the strategic vacuum.

August 9, 2015

The New Holy Grail Of Republican Primaries

The penumbras and emanations of Citizens United are changing the Republican campaign game.

July 30, 2015

Join The Spreading Rebellion Against Big Money’s Political Game

Today’s whole political game, run by an absurdist’s nightmare of moneyed elites, is ridiculous.

July 22, 2015

Here’s How You Buy Out A Democracy

This is how democracies die: not with a bang, but through the quiet election of officials who put ideology ahead of principle.

July 17, 2015

The Venality Of The 2016 Presidential Election

It’s the Money Primary, controlled not by voters, but by super-wealthy donors.

July 15, 2015

The Dark Politics Of Dark Money

How to reconcile Citizens United, which gave corporations the same rights as individuals with regard to political speech while shielding them for any accountability for that speech?

July 1, 2015