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3 million petition signatures to overturn Citizens United delivered to Congress

Voting 79-18 to overcome a filibuster, Senators from both parties elected to open up S.J. Resolution 19—known as the "Democracy for All" amendment—to full debate. The legislation seeks to undo Supreme Court rulings in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission and McCutcheon v. FEC by authorizing Congress and the states to limit fundraising and spending on federal candidates. The amendment also prohibits the Supreme Court from reversing any future campaign finance legislation passed by Congress.

"If we are going to maintain a true democracy, it's imperative we overturn Citizens United," Independent Senator Bernie Sanders (Vermont) declared before the vote, speaking to a crowd of people rallying outside the Capitol building.

Groups advocating for the amendment—including Greenpeace, Credo Mobile, Common Cause, Public Citizen, MoveOn.org and People for the American Way—delivered over three million signatures calling on lawmakers to "make Congress more responsive to the interests of average Americans – not just the super wealthy and corporate interests.” The "Democracy for All" amendment, the petition reads, "is one of the critical steps to repairing our democracy.”

As the amendment now faces up to 30 hours of debate before it must win a two-thirds majority vote to pass the Senate, groups are pressuring individuals to contact their representatives and voice favor for the measure. A roll call for Monday's vote can be found here.


Hard Lessons: 100 Onions Grown by Maine 5th-Graders Stolen

100 Onions Grown by Maine 5th-Graders Stolen
WATERVILLE, Maine — Sep 9, 2014, 10:59 AM ET
Associated Press

It was supposed to be a lesson in growing your own food, healthy eating and helping the less fortunate. Instead, a group of Maine fifth-graders got a lesson in the harsh realities of life.

When students at the Albert S. Hall School in Waterville went out last week to harvest the yellow onions planted last spring, they found that all 100 had been stolen.

Their plan was to give half the onions to a homeless shelter and half to the school kitchen to be used in school lunches.


Teacher Mary Dunn says she plans to turn the theft into a lesson anyway, about coming together when things don't go as planned.


Obama: ‘Hitting a woman is not something a real man does’

Obama: ‘Hitting a woman is not something a real man does’

After news broke Monday that the Baltimore Ravens had terminated the contract of Ray Rice after a video surfaced of him hitting his then-finance, Press Secretary Josh Earnest spoke to President Barack Obama about the case.

“The president is the father of two daughters. And like any American, he believes that domestic violence is contemptible and unacceptable in a civilized society,” Earnest said in a statement to the media. “Hitting a woman is not something a real man does, and that’s true whether or not an act of violence happens in the public eye, or, far too often, behind closed doors. Stopping domestic violence is something that’s bigger than football – and all of us have a responsibility to put a stop to it.”

The White House celebrates the 20th anniversary of the Violence Against Women Act Tuesday with a speech by Vice President Joe Biden and a proclamation by Obama.

“You have seen the president and the vice president make very forceful public comments in talking about how important it is for men, in particular, to step up and step forward and make clear that violence against women is something that is not and cannot be tolerated, and that the most important thing -- or one of the most important things that we can do to try to end the scourge of violence against women is for men to ban together and to send a very clear signal that it is unacceptable for men to perpetrate acts of violence against women,” Earnest said.

Read more here: http://www.mcclatchydc.com/2014/09/09/239248_obama-hitting-a-woman-is-not-something.html?rh=1#storylink=cpy

St. Ronnie: it's racist to suggest that American slavery was a racial issue.

Rick Perlstein
September 5 at 10:31pm · Edited ·

So the Economist got in trouble for a review that complained a book on slavery was unkind to the people who owned the slaves. Guess who said something similar about "Roots"? Ronald Reagan, quoted in the Washington Post, February 14, 1977, p. A3:

"Very frankly, I thought the bias of all the good people being one color and all the bad people being another was rather destructive.


Why didn't anyone think of this before?


GOP congressman calls firing gay people one of the 'freedoms we enjoy'---“It’s like smoking bans."

CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA—At a recent town hall in Charlotte’s suburbs, North Carolina House Republican Robert Pittenger compared the right to fire LGBT workers to the right to smoke cigarettes on private property.

“You need to respect the autonomy of somebody running their business,” he said. “It’s like smoking bans. Do you ban smoking or do people have the right to private property? I think people have the right to private property. In public spaces, absolutely, we can have smoking bans. But we don’t want to micromanage people’s lives and businesses. If you have a business, do you want the government to come in and tell you you need to hire somebody? Why should government be there to impose on the freedoms we enjoy?”


Chuck Todd....1st Class Dumbass


"I can't solve all your problems.....I'm just a phone."


LOL: Fox & Friends Hosts Ask: "How Much Would It Help" If Obama Called Bush For War Advice?

Fox & Friends Hosts Ask: "How Much Would It Help" If Obama Called Bush For War Advice?

Co-Host Anna Kooiman:

"He Fought Two Wars, One Of Them In Iraq On The Very Same Soil" And "Pretty Much Everything" He Warned Could Happen Came True


Why Congressional Republicans don’t want to vote on a resolution authorizing military action

* QUOTE OF THE DAY, PLAYING-POLITICS-WITH-WAR EDITION: GOP Rep. Jack Kingston, on why Congressional Republicans don’t want to vote on a resolution authorizing military action:

“Republicans don’t want to change anything. We like the path we’re on now. We can denounce it if it goes bad, and praise it if it goes well and ask what took him so long.”

Hey, that is a clever strategy! Thanks for your candor, Congressman.

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