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There's Now a Super PAC Whose Goal is to Undermine the Influence of Super PACs

Saturday May 31, 2014

Lawrence LessigHere's something novel: There's a new super PAC whose aim is to subvert the influence of big money on American politics by - get ready for it - raising money in small amounts to offset wealthy contributions to other super PACs. It is, in other words, a super PAC to end all super PACs.

"We want to use big money (collected from the many) to fight big money (collected from the few)," says the founder of the Mayday PAC, Harvard professor Lawrence Lessig.

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The Pentagon Papers Leaker Doesn't Believe Edward Snowden Can Get a Fair Trial in the United States

Saturday May 31, 2014

Daniel EllsbergFormer military analyst Daniel Ellsberg, who leaked the top-secret Pentagon Papers to The New York Times in 1971, is calling the Edward Snowden the "greatest patriot whistleblower of our time" for exposing a massive and very likely unconstitutional National Security Agency surveillance program called PRISM.

But he also believes Snowden should stay out of the United States. "He can never come home safe and receive justice," Ellsberg writes in The Guardian.

Here's why feels that way.

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Hillary Clinton Throws Down the Gauntlet on Benghazi in 2016

Friday May 30, 2014

Sen. Clinton at EMILY's List - DNC 2008Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is publishing a new book that, in part, attempts to tamp down the Republican Party's primary line of attack - Benghazi - against her should she launch a campaign for president, as most people expect, in the 2016 election.

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White House Press Secretary Jay Carney is Quitting His Post as Obama Spokesman

Friday May 30, 2014

Jay Carney PictureWhite House press secretary Jay Carney is quitting his post at President Barack Obama's chief spokesman, it was announced on Friday. "I'm going to miss him a lot," Obama told reporters, adding that Carney "has become one of my closest friends."

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Why Rand Paul Wants to Allow Some Felons to Vote Again

Thursday May 29, 2014

Rand PaulKentucky is among fewer than a handful of states in which a felony conviction can earn you a permanent ban from the voting booth, and its Libertarian-leaning Republican in the U.S. Senate, Rand Paul, has waged a public campaign to ease what are often referred to as disenfranchisement laws.

Paul's position puts him at odds with a majority of his party in Congress, but comfortably in line with more moderate and progressive voters in the run-up to the 2016 presidential election.

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It's OK Not to Vote. Really. And Here Are 3 Reasons Why

Wednesday May 28, 2014

Vote signNo doubt when the 2014 election rolls around you will read countless editorials urging Americans to exercise their civic duty to get out there and vote. And they're right, in part. Voting is a hard-fought right, one of the most important in the land. And, sure, if you're so inclined you should go vote.

But don't feel ashamed if you don't. Here's why.

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Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum Want to Raise the Minimum Wage. Is This is a Sign of the End Times?

Monday May 12, 2014

Rick SantorumMost Republicans aren't fond of raising the minimum wage, and a handful have even gone to far as to say they'd entertain the idea of killing the federal law establishing a pay scale. There are two notable exceptions to this longstanding opposition to the wage hike, though: Rick Santorum and Mitt Romney.

So what gives?

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Yes, the President Has to Pay Taxes, Too. Here's How Much

Tuesday April 15, 2014

President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle ObamaPresident Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama saw their combined adjusted gross income take a substantial hit in 2013, according to the couple's joint return made public by the White House this week. Their adjusted gross income fell by 21 percent or $127,513 to just $481,098 last year.

And that includes the $400,000 he earns as president.

But they still had to pay a pretty hefty tax bill.

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Following the Money Will Get a Little Easier in American Politics

Monday April 14, 2014

Here's some good news, at least when it comes to tracking the influence of money in politics, amid all the bad of late: The government is pressing forward with its mandate that all broadcast television stations begin posting the details of all political ad buys on the Web by July 1.

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There's a Silver Lining to the Supreme Court Ruling in McCutcheon. Sort Of

Wednesday April 9, 2014

The U.S. Supreme Court is pictured here in 2010.We've talked before about the likely negative impact of the U.S. Supreme Court's decision striking down federal "aggregate limits" on how much individual donors can give in total to all candidates for federal office in a campaign cycle.

But is there an upside in the McCutcheon ruling? Some observers think so, and here's it is.

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