Daily Topics - Wednesday June 29th, 2011

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Hour One: Did the Supreme Court just kill public financing of elections? Vic Berardelli, Republican Liberty Caucus

Hour Two: Why do conservatives paint all of Islam with the same extremist brush? AWR Hawkins

Hour Three: 9/11 was 10 years ago, Bin Laden is dead, isn't it time to end "The Longest War?" Peter Bergen


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mathboy 4 years 21 weeks ago

The string of musicians asking Republican politicians to stop using their songs has begun again. Tom Petty has asked Michele Bachmann to stop usiing "American Girl".

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Maxrot 4 years 21 weeks ago

How do we get money out of politics? Is that question all that important as compared to how do we get actual statesmen into politics. Don't get me wrong, I do feel their are a few statesmen in office, Bernie Sanders being one that stands out. But he's a rarity not a norm. If money is taken out of politics, well how does that keep an endless flood of self serving crack pots from getting elected (well a different set of self serving crack pots). The fact that our government is stated as for the people by the people, then I think its obvious that the citizens should be trained to be statesmen from as young an age as possible. This is not happening, in fact the opposite is happening, critical thinking is being marginalized. If you want to enable the average citizen to be able to run for office, I think the first thing to do is get the average citizen educated in critical thinking, political theory and in depth constitutional review.

We have more than the problem of money in politics, we also have the problem of lack of good political citizens. If you don't have good political citizens, how is the average citizen going to recognize a good statesman vs a charlatan. For that matter, if the average citizen was well educated in political theory, how would that effect the power of money in politics?

I'd also like to see regulations put in place on lobbyists becoming politicians and politicians becoming lobbyists, or ending up working in industry. It should be treated like insider trading on wall street.

I'd also like to put a perjury clause into the political system. A politician that demonstrably lies in a campaign to get elected, or while in office to gain support, should be disqualified for elected office and prevented or removed from office for violating the public trust. What is the point of uttering an oath of office, if there is no mechanism to enact justice for breaking that oath?


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Jeanie 4 years 21 weeks ago

When you're talking about domestic terrorism, are the Christian anti-abortionists who blow up women's health centers & abortion clinics included?

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Jeanie 4 years 21 weeks ago

The guest talking about the Muslims said one reason the Muslims are so dangerous is that when one is eliminated, others take their place. And that's different from the anti-choice extremists how?

Why the Kochs Really Embraced Criminal Justice Reform...

It looks like the Koch brothers have scammed us once again.

When news first came out that Charles and David Koch -- the Koch brothers -- were supporting criminal justice reform efforts in Congress, many of us thought, "Wow, they're actually doing something good for once."

And for good reason, too.

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"With the ever-growing influence of corporate CEOs and their right-wing allies in all aspects of American life, Hartmann’s work is more relevant than ever. Throughout his career, Hartmann has spoken compellingly about the value of people-centered democracy and the challenges that millions of ordinary Americans face today as a result of a dogma dedicated to putting profit above all else. This collection is a rousing call for Americans to work together and put people first again."
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