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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Five Years Since Corporate Takeover of Politics

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  On 5th Anniversary of Citizens United, Groups Nationwide Decry Corporate Influence in Politics
by Deirdre Fulton
"The Supreme Court, in its Citizens United decision, opened the floodgates, and our democracy is drowning."
Matt Rothschild


  'Seedy Business': New Report Digs Beneath Agrichemical Industry's High-Cost PR Machine
by Sarah Lazare
What exactly is the agrichemical industry hiding with its high-cost public relations and lobbying efforts to convince the U.S. public that genetically modified organisms and pesticides are safe?
  Protesters Welcome New Pennsylvania Governor to Office With Simple Message: Ban Fracking Now
by Andrea Germanos
Hundreds of protesters rallied outside Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf's inauguration on Tuesday in a grassroots show of force against fracking.
  Blair Shrugs Off Blame for Chaos Fomented by Invasion of Iraq
by Lauren McCauley
U.K. Prime Minister Tony Blair ducked blame after facing accusations of provoking the current instability in the Middle East.
  Progressive Voices Cut Through Fog of Obama's State of the Union
by Common Dreams staff
Alongside the text of the speech are reactions from dozens of progressive journalists, policy experts, and justice advocates who—while watching attentively—sought to push beyond the glossed-over sentiments contained in the president's remarks.
  GOP Senator Seeks to Put CIA 'Smoking Gun' Back in Bottle
by Deirdre Fulton
The so-called Panetta Review is named for former U.S. Secretary of Defense and CIA director Leon Panetta, who ordered the internal review in 2009 as an attempt by the agency to better understand millions of documents that the CIA was handing over to the Intelligence Committee as it began its investigation into the Bush-era detention program.
  Yemen President Expected to Yield to Rebels Amid Escalating Unrest
by Nadia Prupis
The Houthis are calling for a role in Yemen's military and civil bodies, as well as changes to a draft constitution that would divide Yemen into six provinces.
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  Constrained Debate and Distractions at the SOTU
by Scott Beauchamp
When he wasn’t giving us fluff, he was serving up clichés.
  Casey vs. Kyle: On Bloodlust, Loss, and Wars of Choice
by Cindy Sheehan
I despair that a movie like American Sniper grossed over 105 million at the box office over the weekend where we are supposed to be commemorating the birth of a man of peace, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
  Climate Leadership Will Only Come from Us
by Annie Leonard
To win we need to connect with each other. We need to show up as engaged citizens. And we need to be heard.
  5 Years after Citizens United, Democracy Is for Sale
by Brendan Fischer
Over the last five years, the Koch political network has evolved into what many have described as a shadow political party.
  The Death Sentence That Could Inflame Sectarian Tensions Across The Middle East
by Giorgio Cafiero
The fate of one Shi’ite cleric hangs over the Gulf like a sword of Damocles.
  Syriza Rising
by Dimitris Bounias
After five years of austerity, Greece may be about to elect Europe’s first left-wing government.
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