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Who got Paid What for Their TPA Vote?

Thom Hartmann shares about Congress members being paid to vote for Trade Protection Authority. 

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Obama Goes After For-Profit Colleges

Thom Hartmann discusses how President Obama plans to go after for-profit colleges.

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The Establishment is Fearful of Bernie Sanders – And It Should Be

This post originally appeared on RingofFireRadio.com.

Bernie Sanders is changing things. His willingness to take on Wall Street and to stand up for ordinary Americans, not the billionaire class, has him growing in the polls at a rate that the establishment cannot understand.

Sam Seder explains how Bernie Sanders is a force to be reckoned with in this video.

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Sanders “Feels the Bern” Too: Predicts He Will Be Our Next President

The running narrative used to be that Hillary Clinton is the clear Democratic nominee. But that narrative has changed as Bernie Sanders has shown he is a powerhouse for the American people.

Bernie Sanders, as he always has, says that he can win that thing and now the polling numbers are backing him up.

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Disaster Ahead; Supreme Court Letting Unlimited Pollution from Coal Plants

This post originally appeared on RingofFireRadio.com.

Not every decision from the Supreme Court was going to be a victory for progressives. In a 5-4 ruling, the Supreme Court handed down a decision that begins to erode the protections that put limits on the amount of heavy metal pollution that can be produced by oil and coal plants.

At the center of the case was a rule that the EPA has been working to enforce that would cut down on the toxic mercury pollution released from these plants. Justice Scalia authored the majority opinion of the court and stated that the EPA acted illegally when it tried to evaluate how much the regulation would negatively effect the power industry.

“EPA must consider cost- including cost of compliance – before deciding whether regulation is appropriate and necessary,” Scalia wrote. “It will be up to the [EPA] to decide (as always, within the limits of reasonable interpretation) how to account for cost.”

Continuing to delay the EPA’s enforcement of the law continues to allow power plants to pollute and act with abandon. The Supreme Court’s decision, however, does not, in itself invalidate the EPA’s ability to act.

The case will now be remanded back to the D.C. Circuit Court to decide in light of the Supreme Court’s ruling. If Scalia’s opinion is to inform the D.C. Court’s decision, though, it does not look good.

“It is not rational, never mind ‘appropriate,’ to impose billions of dollars in economic costs in return for a few dollars in health or environmental benefits,” wrote Scalia, adding, “no regulation is ‘appropriate’ if it does significantly more harm than good.”

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Bernie Sanders is the REAL Family Values Candidate

Thom Hartmann shares Bernie Sanders' thoughts on family values.

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GOP Favorite Says We Need to Fight Gay Issues More Than Global Warming

This post originally appeared on RingofFireRadio.com

Republican talking head, Rick Santorum, during an interview with Fox News on Sunday, decided that he wanted to mesh together the issues of climate change, gay marriage, and the overreach of government. To Santorum, the answer is that government should be focusing more on the problem of the erosion of traditional marriage instead of climate change.

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How Corporations Led the Fast-Track Approval Effort

This post originally appeared on RingofFireRadio.com.

The United States Congress voted to allow fast-track authority for disastrous trade deals, like the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), to go through the legislative process with little to no debate. Congress essentially removed itself from debating the provisions of the TPP, reportedCrooks and Liars.

This sets a dangerous precedent. The duty of Congress is to debate and amend the array of legislative proposals that travel through both chambers, inducing trade deals. U.S. senators and representatives have now given that power to large corporations, further weakening the representation of the American public.

Now that Congress has essentially gagged itself from debating the provisions of TPP, both liberal and conservative grassroot activists are stepping up to oppose the trade deal and fast-track authority. Crooks and Liars noted that companies that have mainly outsourced labor support the TPP while companies that still produce in America don’t support it.

For a while, corporations bought their way into the legislative process, manipulating politicians’ opinions with campaign contributions. Now, it seems that corporations have begun making our Congress totally obsolete.

Completely and totally dissolving the United State Congress may be a little far-fetched, but that isn’t to say that multinational corporations won’t try to make the American legislative process obsolete, if only partially. The actions of the corporations during the fast-track fight prove this. When politicians started fighting the trade agenda, the corporate money came rolling in.

Eventually, the fighting politicians gave. Money talks, and corporations ultimately got their way.

It started with the Trade Promotion Authority (TPA), a key measure to TPP’s success. The TPA was designed to eliminate Congress’s ability to debate the TPP’s provisions. As more Democrats opposed, corporations ramped up its contributions. Many Democratic Senators who were against or undecided about TPA, eventually voted to pass it.

Corporate cash now plays a bigger role in American politics than the people, and our politicians became money-grubbing automatons. Corporate interests are the top priority, and this week’s trade disaster is proof.

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Bernie Sanders: “Socialist” Is Not An Insult; It Just Scares Old People For No Good Reason

Bernie Sanders calls himself a socialist, he makes no apologies for that. Yet, there are those that see the label of socialist as a pejorative that indicates some malfeasance of the labeled.

During an interview with Seth Meyers, Bernie Sanders explains the socialist label and how it doesn’t scare him to have that label.

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Scalia Absolutely Has Lost His Mind – Read His Response on Gay Marriage

This post originally appeared on RingofFireRadio.com

This is Scalia’s written defense as to why the majority is wrong, and Gay Marriage should not be legal.  Can any of our readers possibly tell us what Scalia is saying, because we can’t understand a word:

(Really? Who ever thought that intimacy and spirituality [whatever that means] were freedoms?  And if intimacy is, one would think Freedom of Intimacy is abridged rather than expanded by marriage. Ask the nearest hippie. Expression, sure enough, is a freedom, but anyone in a long-lasting marriage will attest that that happy state constricts, rather than expands, what one can prudently say.)  Rights, we are told, can “rise . . . from a better informed understanding of how constitutional imperatives define a liberty that remains urgent in our own era.” (Huh? How can a better informed understanding of how constitutional imperatives [whatever that means] define [whatever that means] an urgent liberty [never mind], give birth to a right?)  And we are told that, “[i]n any particular case,” either the Equal Protection or Due Process Clause “may be thought to capture the essence of [a] right in a more accurate and comprehensive way,” than the other, “even as the two Clauses may converge in the identification and definition of the right.” (What say?  What possible “essence” does substantive due process “capture” in an “accurate and comprehensive way”?

To read the entire Supreme Court opinion, Click Gay Marriage Opinion.

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