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Taken together with Citizens United, today’s decision eviscerates our Nation’s campaign finance laws, leaving a remnant incapable of dealing with the grave problems of democratic legitimacy that those laws were intended to resolve.
— Excerpt from the dissent in McCutcheon v. Federal Elections Commission, authored by Justice Breyer and signed by Justices Sotomayor, Kagan, and Ginsburg.
The team… it’s like they figured out [how] to hit. They’re all willing to watch pitches, but they’re being aggressive too.
— Lookout Landing commenter Corco, on the Mariners’ offensive success in their first two games. The Mariners took the opening series of 2014 with back-to-back victories over the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.
I think the prayer of the conservatives that this would collapse just didn’t get answered… It fills a need.
— Professor Uwe Reinhardt, a health economist at Princeton University, explaining to CNN why people are signing up for coverage under the Patient Protection Act despite right wing fearmongering over the law.
Tags: Insurance & Coverage
Throughout the twenty-first century, climate change impacts are projected to slow down economic growth, make poverty reduction more difficult, further erode food security, and prolong existing and create new poverty traps, the latter particularly in urban areas and emerging hotspots of hunger.
— Excerpt from the latest report compiled by the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, warning that the worst effects of the climate crisis are yet to be felt. Many anti-hunger activists fear hunger could become an insolvable problem if we do not change our polluting ways.
It is astounding to me from a moral perspective that folks in the Republican Party stay up nights figuring out how they can give more tax breaks to millionaires and billionaires and large corporations and then come back and try to cut food stamps for families who are hungry, for kids who are hungry, try to cut Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid. It is really a very ugly moment in American history.
— Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders on MSNBC this week, denouncing the Republican Party’s agenda of helping the wealthy become even more wealthy.
The Ford Motor Company has produced a brilliant rejoinder to the widely-disliked ad created by General Motors’ Cadillac division for the 2014 Super Bowl. In that ad (“Poolside“), a middle age white male portrayed by Neal McDonough glorifies work at the expense of leisure time before driving away in a Cadillac ELR.
In Ford’s spot, the founder of Detroit Dirt, Pashon Murray (who’s portraying herself!), explains that many of us feel we have a higher calling – to leave the world a better place than we found it – before getting into a Ford C-MAX hybrid. It’s an incredibly well-done parody, and worth watching. (Via AdWeek).
Tags: Safe Neighborhoods
Tags: Accountable Leaders
I would just ask all Americans to send their thoughts and prayers to Washington State and the community of Oso, and the families and friends of those who continue to be missing. We hope for the best, but we recognize this is a tough situation.
— President Obama, speaking earlier today from Gemeentemuseum Den Haag, The Hague at a joint press conference with Prime Minister Rutte of the Netherlands. Obama told reporters he had spoken with Governor Jay Inslee by phone and says his administration stands ready to provide whatever help the state may need.
Tags: Disaster Recovery
When George Bush was president, we went to war in Iraq, we went to war in Afghanistan; that did not in any way deter Russia from going into Georgia in 2008… Frankly, in terms of the steps that we’ve outlined and the steps that we’re taking, they go far beyond any previous steps that have been taken in response to Russian aggression.
— Benjamin J. Rhodes, President Obama’s deputy national security adviser, refuting Republican criticisms that the Obama administration’s foreign policy is partly to blame for Russian aggression and that the United States’ response to the seizure of Crimea has been weak. Under George W. Bush, the U.S. imposed no real costs on Russia in response to the invasion of Georgia, as Rhodes mentioned.
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