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Foreign-Owned Corporations Funnel Millions Into US Elections 23.3.2019 Truthout.com
Under current rules, the Federal Election Commission has no tools to stop any sort of influence from foreign nationals.

The post Foreign-Owned Corporations Funnel Millions Into US Elections appeared first on Truthout.

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Federal court ruling may open the door to more 'scam PACs' 22.3.2019 Minnesota Public Radio: Politics
Think a "Donald Trump for America PAC, "Boomers for Beto PAC" or "Come on Kamala PAC" that actually doesn't help the intended candidate at all, but could be used to line the pockets of its founders.
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The Supreme Court is about to kick America’s democratic death spiral into overdrive 19.3.2019 The Atlantic - Matthew Ygblesias
Somewhere, in an alternative universe where the winner of the 2016 presidential election lives in the White House, partisan gerrymandering is unconstitutional. Justice Merrick Garland provided the key fifth vote in Gill v. Whitford to strike down the Wisconsin Republican Party’s aggressive effort to immunize itself from elections. Lower courts are busy dismantling gerrymanders in states […]
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Rep. Vows To Keep Russian Fake News Bill Out Of U.S. 19.3.2019 Newsweek Top Stories
"I will do everything physically possible — march with my feet, shout from my lungs, and out-maneuver with my mind — to stop this from happening in America. But you better believe @realDonaldTrump will try. And I know you’re with me. Not on our watch," California Rep. Eric Swalwell tweeted.
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The fate of one of America’s worst gerrymanders appears to rest in Clarence Thomas’ hands 18.3.2019 The Atlantic - Matthew Ygblesias
Viewed in isolation, Monday’s Supreme Court argument in Virginia House of Delegates v. Bethune-Hill went very well for the Republican Party. The members of the court who spoke up during Monday’s argument looked likely to split along party lines — with the newly appointed Trump judge, Brett Kavanaugh, pushing hardest to uphold a racial gerrymander […]
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Trump ignores New Zealand massacre to freak out about Jeanine Pirro’s Fox News show being pulled 17.3.2019 Raw Story

In the wake of a deadly anti-Muslim shooting rampage that left 49 people dead in Christchurch, New Zealand, and amid a self-declared national emergency over immigration via the United States’ southern border, the President of the United States has taken to his twitter account to inform the cou...

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Trump Twitter rages at SNL for not showing ‘the other side’ in unhinged rant — and threatens FCC action 17.3.2019 Raw Story

President Donald Trump seemed to be searching for something to complain about on Twitter on Sunday morning and chose NBC’s Saturday Night Live — even though the late night comedy show was a rerun last night. Starting off his morning after a Saturday attack on the late Sen. John McCain, T...

The post Trump Twitter rages at SNL for not showing ‘the other side’ in unhinged rant — and threatens FCC action appeared first on Raw Story.

Robert Kraft, another Florida sex sting defendant donated to Colorado political parties and candidates 16.3.2019 Denver Post: News: Local
Two 77-year-old billionaires ensnared by a human trafficking investigation in Florida last month have donated to Colorado’s two major political parties, as well as U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner and a former Colorado congressman.
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Ted Cruz slapped with $35K fine over campaign finance violations 16.3.2019 Raw Story

On Friday, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) was fined by The Federal Election Commission for failure to adequately report his campaign finances in 2012, reported the Dallas Morning News. His campaign took out $1 million in loans during his Senate run in 2012. “Today’s announcement is an acknowledgment that Cruz...

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Democrats confront Commerce Secretary Ross, saying he lied about census question 15.3.2019 LA Times: Commentary

House Democrats accused Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross in a contentious face-off Thursday of having lied to Congress about his role in a Trump administration effort to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census.

Confronted by Democrats for the first time since they won control of the House,...

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When civility is used as a cudgel against people of color 14.3.2019 Minnesota Public Radio: News
For people of color, "civility" is often a means of containing them, preventing social mobility and preserving the status quo.
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PolitiFact, WashPost Tag Hillary for 'Pants on Fire' Lie in Selma; Most Media Mum 12.3.2019 NewsBusters
Something weird happened on March 6. Both PolitiFact and The Washington Post flagged Hillary Clinton for a lie -- she was both rated "Pants on Fire" and "Four PInocchios" -- for claiming Wisconsin voters were "turned away" by the thousands in 2016 because of race. Then something less weird happened -- most of the media ignored the ...
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The Supreme Court takes up a gerrymander so egregious even its Republicans may strike it down 12.3.2019 The Atlantic - Matthew Ygblesias
Virginia has not held a democratic election for its House of Delegates for many years — though unless the Supreme Court intervenes in a case known as Virginia House of Delegates v. Bethune-Hill, that’s about to change. To be sure, the commonwealth goes through the motions of permitting its citizens to cast ballots and then […]
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2016 Election Interference Results in FEC Fine 12.3.2019 Newsweek Top Stories
A Super-PAC that backed Jeb Bush in 2016 has been ordered to pay $390,000 for accepting the donation from American Pacific International Capital (APIC), which is owned by Chinese nationals.
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Election Watchdog Hits Jeb Bush’s Super-PAC With Massive Fine for Taking Money From Foreign Nationals 12.3.2019 Mother Jones
The Federal Election Commission has hit Right to Rise USA, the super-PAC that backed Jeb Bush’s 2016 presidential bid, with a record fine for accepting a seven-figure donation from a company owned by Chinese nationals who were in business with Bush’s brother, Neil, according to FEC documents obtained by Mother Jones. It is illegal for […]
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Katrina Pierson On Trump's Lack Of Diversity: 'How Many Black People Were In Abraham Lincoln’s West Wing?' 10.3.2019 Crooks Liars
After Katrina Pierson, a Trump senior advisor for his 2020 campaign, failed to think of a single black person who works for Trump's White House, she justified the lack of diversity by moronically saying that neither had "Abraham Lincoln." You heard right. Trump surrogates have become increasingly unhinged trying to defend Trump from his racism and anti-Semitic views and actions, yet this was something altogether different. Abraham Lincoln, who won the Civil War to rid this nation of slavery has been used by Republicans as a cudgel to defend their party from racism ever since The Voting Rights Act of 1965 , but this was a new low. On MSNBC's PoliticsNation , host Al Sharpton was discussing reparations and asked Pierson how many People of Color are working in Trump's White House at this time. It was this question that sent her off the rails. Her first response was to make believe there had been a line of African Americans who were offered jobs by Trump but didn't take them. That's not true, of course, but ...
House Passes the Most Significant Democracy Reform Bill in a Generation 8.3.2019 Mother Jones
The House of Representatives on Friday passed the most significant democracy reform bill introduced in Congress since the Watergate era, by a vote of 234 to 193. The sweeping bill, known as HR1: the For the People Act, would massively expand voting rights, crack down on gerrymandering, reduce the influence of big money in politics, […]
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54 Years After 'Bloody Sunday' in Selma, Repubs Vow to Block Voting Rights: 'BradCast' 3/7/2019 8.3.2019 BradBlog
54 years to the day after the Bloody Sunday march in Selma, Alabama led to the landmark Voting Rights Act of 1965, and nearly 6 years following the rightwing U.S. Supreme Court's gutting of the VRA's most crucial provision, Republicans in Congress are still both blocking its restoration and working ...
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How Do We Defeat Voter Suppression?A Tribute to the Spirit of Selma 7.3.2019 GregPalast.com

How do you defeat voter suppression tactics when it's fueled by billionaires' cash and partisan power? The same way the Voting Rights Act was first won 50 years ago.

The post How Do We Defeat Voter Suppression?<div id='sec-title'>A Tribute to the Spirit of Selma</div> appeared first on Greg Palast.

Nets Turn a Blind Eye to Alleged Campaign Finance Violations by Ocasio-Cortez 6.3.2019 NewsBusters
In 24 hours, NONE of the flagship morning and evening news programs for the Big Three broadcast networks (ABC, CBS, and NBC) saw fit to inform viewers that liberal darling, Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) was facing serious accusations of campaign finance violations. If true, those allegations carried possible jail ...
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