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‘Young Turks’ Host Cenk Uygur One of 400 Protesters Arrested at Democracy Spring Rally (Video)

The planned act of civil obedience in Washington, D.C., was designed to call attention to government corruption, get money out of politics and restore free and fair elections.

Posted on Apr 12, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


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VIDEO: Dark Money: How Billionaires Are Buying U.S. Elections

Billionaires have found a shady way to secretly finance candidates through nonprofits.

Posted on Jan 22, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



The Most Important Issues for Activists in 2016: An Interview With Kevin Zeese

The longtime political activist pinpoints what activists should be paying attention to in the new year, including the killing of people of color by the government through police violence, the climate crisis and the duopoly scam of American politics.

Posted on Jan 7, 2016 READ MORE



Spain’s Socialists Reject P.M. Mariano Rajoy, Right-Wing Government

In the wake of the latest election, Pedro Sanchez, leader of the Socialists, announced that his party would not support acting Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, leader of the right-wing People’s Party, to continue in office.

Posted on Dec 23, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: John Oliver on How Upcoming State Elections Could Spell Disaster for Thousands Uninsured

HBO’s “Last Week Tonight” host explains why Tuesday’s state elections could put the lives of half a million people at risk (and, in one case, affect the fate of the pangolin).

Posted on Nov 2, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN


Vote









Posted on Nov 1, 2015 ENLARGE


Jeb Bush Logo









Posted on Jun 16, 2015 ENLARGE


Billionaire Donors









Posted on Jun 16, 2015 ENLARGE


Conservative U.K.









Posted on May 10, 2015 ENLARGE


Hillary in Wonderland









Posted on Apr 10, 2015 ENLARGE


Rand Is Running









Posted on Apr 9, 2015 ENLARGE


GOP President-Elect









Posted on Mar 24, 2015 ENLARGE


Cruz is Right









Posted on Mar 24, 2015 ENLARGE


Netanyahu









Posted on Mar 20, 2015 ENLARGE


Netanyahu Wins









Posted on Mar 20, 2015 ENLARGE


Bibi Flip-Flop









Posted on Mar 20, 2015 ENLARGE


Bibi’s Winning Strategy









Posted on Mar 19, 2015 ENLARGE



The New American Order

Political campaigns and elections; the privatization of Washington; the de-legitimization of traditional governance; the national security state as an untouchable fourth branch of government; the demobilization of “we the people.” These are five areas in which the outlines of the new U.S. order are emerging.

Posted on Mar 19, 2015 READ MORE


Kanye Meets Hillary









Posted on Feb 10, 2015 ENLARGE


Hillary and Jeb









Posted on Dec 29, 2014 ENLARGE



The Top 5 Planks of a 2016 GOP Platform: Torture, War, Bank Corruption and Paid-For Elections

This week, the release by the Senate of a report on torture as practiced in the zeroes by the CIA, along with Thursday night’s dramatic vote on an omnibus spending bill, laid bare the shape of the GOP platform in 2016.

Posted on Dec 13, 2014 READ MORE


The Koch Vote









Posted on Nov 3, 2014 ENLARGE


Smalley World









Posted on Nov 3, 2014 ENLARGE


Erupting Political Fear Mongering









Posted on Nov 3, 2014 ENLARGE



How to Reverse the Supreme Court’s Terrible ‘Citizens United’ Ruling in Time for the Midterms

In the early hours of Election Day, before dawn reaches the nation’s capital, Justice Anthony Kennedy is suddenly awakened by someone standing next to his bed.

Posted on Nov 3, 2014 READ MORE


Big Money in Politics









Posted on Nov 2, 2014 ENLARGE


Campaign Ads at Work









Posted on Nov 1, 2014 ENLARGE



Republican Ads: Careful Whom You Vote for in Iowa Because We’ll Tell Your Neighbors

The Republican National Committee has resorted to “vote shaming” Iowans with ludicrously misleading Facebook ads.

Posted on Nov 1, 2014 READ MORE


The Tsumoney









Posted on Oct 27, 2014 ENLARGE


GOP Campaigns









Posted on Oct 27, 2014 ENLARGE



The Best Investigations of Money in Politics Since the Last Elections

With this year’s elections just two weeks away, ProPublica has rounded up some of the best investigative reporting on campaign finance.

Posted on Oct 22, 2014 READ MORE


Obama Contagion









Posted on Oct 15, 2014 ENLARGE


Be Afraid









Posted on Oct 14, 2014 ENLARGE


Repub Rebrand









Posted on Oct 5, 2014 ENLARGE


I Voted









Posted on Aug 7, 2014 ENLARGE



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Egypt, Syria, Libya ... What Is the Appeal of Phony Elections in the Middle East?

The world has been treated to a whole series of “elections” in the Middle East recently.

Posted on Jun 9, 2014 READ MORE



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Hype and Hysteria Drown Out Europe’s Real Concerns

The outcome of the recently concluded European Parliament elections is described in press and political circles in Europe and North America as a shock or crisis, which is sheer nonsense.

Posted on May 27, 2014 READ MORE


Voting









Posted on May 22, 2014 ENLARGE


The Top Is Off: McCutcheon Opens Floodgates for 1 Percent to Spend Millions

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and Mother Jones investigative reporter Andy Kroll told “Democracy Now!” about “the next Citizens United”—the Supreme Court’s decision this Wednesday to eliminate a long-standing limit on how much donors can give to political candidates and causes.

Posted on Apr 3, 2014 WATCH & LISTEN



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Scott Walker Doesn’t Want You to Vote

Across the land, Republican state legislators have shouted “voter fraud, voter fraud” to justify various schemes to restrict voting. Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is now leading the charge.

Posted on Apr 2, 2014 READ MORE


Bill Moyers: Who’s Buying Our Elections?

Bill Moyers interviews Kim Barker and Andy Kroll about the explosion of dark money spending in this year’s midterm elections, and the impact of looming Supreme Court decisions.

Posted on Mar 21, 2014 WATCH & LISTEN



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Happy Birthday, Brad Blog

For more than 10 years now, Brad Friedman has been doing the difficult and thankless work of covering America’s horribly broken elections system.

Posted on Jan 28, 2014 READ MORE



Freedom House

People Are Less Free for the 8th Straight Year, Report Finds

Freedom House has released its annual report on authoritarianism and found that people around the world are less free than they were a year ago.

Posted on Jan 24, 2014 READ MORE


Christie









Posted on Nov 8, 2013 ENLARGE


GOP Rino









Posted on Nov 7, 2013 ENLARGE


Election 2013









Posted on Nov 6, 2013 ENLARGE


Right to Vote









Posted on Nov 5, 2013 ENLARGE


Vote









Posted on Nov 5, 2013 ENLARGE



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Six Facts Lost in the IRS Scandal

In the furious fallout from the revelation that the IRS flagged applications from conservative nonprofits for extra review because of their political activity, some points about the big picture—and big donors—have fallen through the cracks. Consider this our Top 6 list of need-to-know facts on “dark money” groups.

Posted on May 26, 2013 READ MORE



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The New Pay-As-You-Go Landscape of American ‘Democracy’

Politics, 79-year-old casino mogul Sheldon Adelson told The Wall Street Journal, is like poker: “I don’t cry when I lose. There’s always a new hand coming up.” He said he could double his 2012 giving in future elections. “I’ll spend that much and more,” he said. “Let’s cut any ambiguity.”

Posted on May 16, 2013 READ MORE


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