1. Astroturfed Tea Party Begone! Help Sen. Sanders Undo Citizens United

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    Senator Bernie Sanders (Independent of Vermont) has introduced a Constitutional amendment to, in effect, overturn the Citizens United Supreme Court decision granting corporations personhood. As everyone knows, except five Justices who were the majority vote, corporations are NOT persons. But if it stands the decision will destroy our democracy. Please sign the petition at www.sanders.senate.gov. Thank you. § 107. Limitations on exclusive rights: Fair use40 Notwithstanding the provisions of sections 106 and 106A, the fair use of a copyrighted work, including such use by reproduction in copies or phonorecords or by any other means specified by that section, for purposes such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching (including multiple copies for classroom use), scholarship, or research, is not an infringement of copyright. In determining whether the use made of a work in any particular case is a fair use the factors to be considered shall include — (1) the purpose and character of the use, including whether such use is of a commercial nature or is for nonprofit educational purposes; (2) the nature of the copyrighted work; (3) the amount and substantiality of the portion used in relation to the copyrighted work as a whole; and (4) the effect of the use upon the potential market for or value of the copyrighted work. The fact that a work is unpublished shall not itself bar a finding of fair use if such finding is made upon consideration of all the above factors.

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    • Bill Moyers: Money in Politics, the Tea Party, & Obama

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      Bill Moyers and Evan Smith discuss the role of money in politics, the Citizens United case, the Tea Party and Moyers' thoughts about Obama.

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      • Mark Provost of Occupy New Hampshire on Exchange With Mitt Romney Over Corporate Personhood

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        Occupy New Hampshire activist Mark Provost made national headlines Wednesday when he attended a town hall meeting hosted by Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, and asked about his past comment that "corporations are people." Provost's question to Romney came Occupy New Hampshire is preparing for a series of events leading up to the state’s Republican primary to highlight the disproportionate impact corporations and wealthy donors have on the political process. Democracy Now! airs an excerpt of the town-hall exchange and get Provost's response to Romney reply. "I think his response, really, again is this denial that there's this class in the country, and that there are some people within the corporation — specifically, the workers — that are taking it on the chin so that the United States' executive management can make massive bonuses and serve their shareholders rather well too, because the profits largely go to capital gains and dividends." To watch the complete daily, independent news hour, read the transcript, download the podcast, and for more Democracy Now! reports on the Citizens United ruling, the 2012 elections, and Occupy Wall Street, visit http://www.democracynow.org FOLLOW DEMOCRACY NOW! ONLINE: Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/democracynow Twitter: @democracynow Subscribe on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/democracynow Listen on SoundCloud: http://www.soundcloud.com/democracy-now Daily Email News Digest: http://www.democracynow.org/subscribe Please consider supporting independent media by making a donation to Democracy Now! today, visit http://www.democracynow.org/donate/VM

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        • Citizens United Backlash From CA to NYC Urging Congress to Overturn Corporate Personhood

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          Adding to a growing nationwide backlash against the U.S. Supreme Court's Citizens United ruling, California lawmakers have introduced a resolution that calls on Congress to "propose and send to the states for ratification a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United." The New York City Council has just passed a similar resolution, echoing measures passed in Los Angeles, Oakland, Albany and Boulder. Democracy Now! speaks to Public Citizen President Robert Weissman; California Assemblymember Bob Wieckowski, who introduced the state's Citizens United resolution; and New York City Councilmember and measure co-sponsor Melissa Mark-Viverito. "I think it taps into the sentiment we're seeing around the country regarding Occupy Wall Street, where people really feel that government is disconnected from the vast majority of the population ... because of [corporate] influence," Mark-Viverito says. To watch the complete daily, independent news hour, read the transcript, download the podcast, and for more Democracy Now! reports on the Citizens United ruling, visit http://www.democracynow.org FOLLOW DEMOCRACY NOW! ONLINE: Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/democracynow Twitter: @democracynow Subscribe on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/democracynow Listen on SoundCloud: http://www.soundcloud.com/democracy-now Daily Email News Digest: http://www.democracynow.org/subscribe Please consider supporting independent media by making a donation to Democracy Now! today, visit http://www.democracynow.org/donate/VM

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          • Defying GOP and Eying Re-Election, Obama Makes Bold Pick of Cordray for Consumer Bureau

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            President Obama has defied Congress by installing former Ohio attorney general Richard Cordray as the country's first head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, established to protect citizens against the practices of Wall Street banks and lenders. Obama's move defied Republicans, who have refused to allow Cordray's confirmation after failing to stop the bureau's creation in 2010. "The reason this has been held up had nothing to do with the qualifications of Richard Cordray ... and everything to do with Republicans' insistence on trying to destroy the agency. That insistence traces directly to the contributions and political influence of Wall Street," says Robert Weissman, president of Public Citizen, which supports Obama’s appointment. To watch the complete daily, independent news hour, read the transcript, download the podcast, and for more Democracy Now! reports on politics and the 2012 election, visit http://www.democracynow.org/tags/election_2012 FOLLOW DEMOCRACY NOW! ONLINE: Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/democracynow Twitter: @democracynow Subscribe on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/democracynow Listen on SoundCloud: http://www.soundcloud.com/democracy-now Daily Email News Digest: http://www.democracynow.org/subscribe Please consider supporting independent media by making a donation to Democracy Now! today, visit http://www.democracynow.org/donate/VM

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            • Lawrence Lessig Supports Plan to Get Money Out of Politics as States Take on Citizens United

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              California and New York City lawmakers are introducing measures today calling for a constitutional amendment overturning Citizens United, the controversial 2010 Supreme Court ruling that characterizes political spending as free speech and opened the floodgates for unlimited corporate spending on election campaigns. Similar measures have passed in Los Angeles, Oakland, Albany and Boulder. Democracy Now! speaks with Harvard Law School Professor Lawrence Lessig, author of a new book that examines how money buys results in Congress and fuels campaigns that put the powerful in office. Lessig argues that both Democrats and Republicans suffer from the undue influence of corporate lobbying and unlimited campaign financing, and lays out a strategy to fight it, including a call for a constitutional convention that could propose an amendment for publicly-funded elections. To watch the complete daily, independent news hour, read the transcript, download the podcast, and for more Democracy Now! reports on 2012 presidential candidates, visit http://www.democracynow.org/tags/election_2012 FOLLOW DEMOCRACY NOW! ONLINE: Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/democracynow Twitter: @democracynow Subscribe on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/democracynow Listen on SoundCloud: http://www.soundcloud.com/democracy-now Daily Email News Digest: http://www.democracynow.org/subscribe Please consider supporting independent media by making a donation to Democracy Now! today, visit http://www.democracynow.org/donate/VM

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              • Newt Gingrich Campaign Resurgence Funded by Secretive Coterie of Super PACS, Wealthy Donors

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                DemocracyNow.org - With the Iowa caucus less than two weeks away and the Republican presidential race still up for grabs, Democracy Now! takes in an in-depth look at the state of politics and money and how last year's U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission has altered campaign fundraising since it opened the floodgates for unlimited corporate spending on election campaigns. Several recent exposes reveal how Newt Gingrich has skirted campaign finance rules to raise millions of dollars in unlimited donations from billionaire backers and big industry. McClatchy Newspapers recently reported Gingrich helped bankroll his resurrection as a candidate by exploiting a gap in federal campaign finance laws to create a political money machine that raised $54 million over five years. Meanwhile the Center For Public Integrity has published new details on how Gingrich has the backing of two so-called super PACs that raise unlimited donations, but legally must operate independently of the campaign. We speak with Peter Stone, a reporter with Center for Public Integrity who has covered lobbying and campaign finance issues for the past two decades, and with Greg Gordon, investigative reporter for McClatchy's Washington, D.C. Bureau. To watch the complete daily, independent news hour, read the transcript, download the podcast, and for the complete Democracy Now! news archive, visit http://www.democracynow.org FOLLOW DEMOCRACY NOW! ONLINE: Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/democracynow Twitter: @democracynow Subscribe on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/democracynow Listen on SoundCloud: http://www.soundcloud.com/democracy-now Daily Email News Digest: http://www.democracynow.org/subscribe Please consider supporting independent media by making a donation to Democracy Now! today, visit http://www.democracynow.org/donate/YT

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                • Bill Moyers Journal: Floyd Abrams and Trevor Potter on campaign finance laws

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                  Bill and two legal experts look ahead to the Supreme Court decision on campaign finance limits for corporations. (Show 321)

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                  • "The Class Slipper" Trailer #3

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                    Trailer #3 for the documentary film "The Class Slipper: Middle Class Warfare in America". Music by "Full Tilt".

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                    • Move to Amend with David Cobb

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                      David Cobb's informative lecture on the perils of the Citizens United Supreme Court ruling, corporate personhood and what we can do about it.

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