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Open thread for night owls: Excerpts from the latest edition of the Harper's Index

The March edition of Harper’s Index has been published. Here are some excerpts: Number of refugees arrested in the United States on terrorism-related charges since 2001: 10 Number of natural-born U.S. citizens: 320 Number of people killed by political or religious extremists on U.S. Show More Summary

A Request for Mr. or Mrs. Soon-to-be President

I, as a citizen of the United States and as a parent of small children have a simple request for Mr or Mrs Soon-to-be President It is about leading a country Start now. Show our children the power of dignity Now. Presidential hopefuls go...Show More Summary

Blame Me for the Explosion in Super-PAC Ads

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It’s a common misconception that Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission (FEC) created what is now known today as the “Super-PAC.” In fact, it was a separate case, v. FEC, for which I was the co-plaintiff, which allowed people to pool their resources together in unlimited amounts for the purposes of independent expenditures. Show More Summary

“Sanders’s claim that he ‘does not have a super PAC’”

WaPo Fact Checker: Sanders has not exploited the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision, but is still reaping its benefits. There’s not much Sanders could do to stop outside groups, but he hasn’t actively denounced their help, either. He would be much … Continue reading ?

Brazil Issues Visa Waiver for US, Canada, Australia, & Japan – No Olympic Tickets Required

Citizens of the United States, Australia, Canada, and Japan who are planning to attend the 2016 Summer Olympic Games (or traveling to Brazil during the Games) do not need to obtain a visa from June 1st to September 18th, 2016. As per the...Show More Summary

Jeb! Wants to Overturn Citizens United, But Not to Get Big Money Out of Politics

It’s safe to assume that when most people say they want the 2010 Supreme Court Citizens United decision to be overturned, it’s because they’ve seen its disastrous effects and they want to see big money have less influence in politics. Show More Summary

New Hampshire decides: Senator Venezuela vs. Citizen Vuvuzela

Our coverage of Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), winner of the Democratic primary in New Hampshire, is here, including gun liability (more), Citizens United, Glass-Steagall, and Supreme Court issues. Our coverage of businessman Donald Trump,...Show More Summary

Hillary’s Citizens United Criticism Makes It Sound Like She Hates Free Speech

In the midst of her concession speech on Tuesday night, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton pivoted to a seemingly impromptu aside about Citizens United v. FEC, the Supreme Court decision allowing corporations to spend unlimited sums electioneering. Show More Summary

Russia Concerned About Detention of Citizens in Finland at US Request

Russian ambassador to Finland said that Russia is seriously concerned about the detention of its citizens in Finland at the request of the United States.

Exercise your Sony-given rights and vote now for the next free PS Plus game

Voting in the United States is a very haves versus have-nots thing right now. Only a few people have gotten to cast ballots lately, and they're the citizens in the probably lovely states of Iowa and New Hampshire. Those of us stuck in...Show More Summary

Jeb: ‘When I’m president, I will not blame Barack Obama for a single thing’

Now read this:Jeb Bush says he’d ‘eliminate’ Citizens United (Feb 9, 2016) Poll: Battle for second in New Hampshire between Bush and Kasich (Feb 8, 2016) Trump: Jeb ‘an embarrassment to his family’ (Feb 8, 2016) Peyton loves Jeb (Feb 7, 2016) Jeb on Trump: ‘The guy needs therapy’ (Feb 7, 2016) Trump insults debate [...]

Jeb Bush Campaign Backs Off His Suggestion to Amend Constitution to Overturn Citizens United

MSNBC: Bush’s campaign quickly stepped in to clarify the comments, saying that the candidate was restating his old position and did not favor reversing the court’s decision. “He’s not advocating for additional restrictions on the ability of an organization to … Continue reading ?

Jeb Bush's Citizens United criticisms come with a catch

Jeb Bush wants to "overturn the Supreme Court ruling" on Citizens United. But before reform advocates cheer, his position comes with a very big catch.

THE MAN FROM GOPe: ‘Lost his damn mind?’ Jeb! says he’d ‘eliminate’ Citizens United ruling…

THE MAN FROM GOPe: ‘Lost his damn mind?’ Jeb! says he’d ‘eliminate’ Citizens United ruling. “Which one of you made the Jeb logo with the flaccid exclamation point? [Because] now would be a good time to pull it out.” Related: Or perhaps now would be a good time for Jeb to pull out: “Bush: ‘I […]

How Washington’s New Rich Live

The twin explosions of post-9/11 national security extravagance and Citizens United political spending bonanza have reshaped Washington — not only in its political outlook but physically, with this New Class preferring lavish McMansions to show off their newfound wealth, as Mike Lofgren describes. By Mike Lofgren In 1927, H.L. Mencken rode by train through the…

Super PAC Champ Jeb Bush No Fan of Citizens United

Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush, who headlined dozens of super PAC fundraisers before and after he launched his 2016 campaign, said Monday that he would do away with the Supreme Court ruling that helped pave the way for the groups that can accept unlimited donations.

Jeb Bush wants to overturn Citizens United

The Republican says unlimited money should go to candidates rather than outside groups.        

In Heat of Political Battle, Candidates Start Revealing Themselves

Jeb Bush: I'd eliminate the Citizens United decision, and I won't blame Obama for anything. By the last part I assume he means "I will be accountable for my own presidency, and I won't, like this mewling quim Obama, forever...

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