Investigative reporter David Cay Johnston calls the Justice Department’s phone tapping ‘the actions of a dictatorship’
Toronto Mayor Rob Ford demonstrates how you know you’re political career is in trouble.
Via the Atlantic Wire’s Twitter: “I did not have smoking relations with that crack pipe”
“The [immigration reform] bill, which would give millions of undocumented residents a path toward eventual citizenship, now goes to the full Senate, where it actually looks as though it’s going to pass. Any further progress would require cooperation from the House of Representatives, the circle of hell where the damned are condemned to spend eternity voting to repeal the health care reform law.” - Gail Collins
“Republicans are attacking Obama where he is least vulnerable and at a time when they have minimal credibility. It isn’t working. By trying to turn everything into a scandal rather than saying Obama’s policies are wrongheaded — and rather than fixing their own image problems with minority, female, younger, and moderate voters — Republicans are focusing on attacking a guy whose name will never again appear on a ballot.” - Charlie Cook
As 200,000 people prepare to march against Monsanto, the Senate has overwhelmingly rejected a bill that would allow states to decide if genetically modified food products should be labeled.
Lori Wallach, director of the Public Citizens’ Global Trade Watch division, talks to Cenk Uygur about the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership. Turns out the whole thing is being negotiated in secret, and it could have a serious impact on America’s right to sovereignty.
The TPP has 29 chapters — only five of which are related to trade. The remaining 24 chapters establish limits that will affect how we make our own laws, “sort of like handcuffs on Congress,” Wallach says. Results of entering the TPP will likely include more jobs sent offshore, fewer financial regulations (a point Elizabeth Warren brought up on the Senate floor), extended monopoly patents, increased drug prices and what Wallace calls “the resurrection of SOPA [Stop Online Piracy Act].” It’s an issue that both sides of the aisle should be enraged about: it rolls back progressive labor and safety laws and challenges our national sovereignty.
“Foreign corporations would be empowered to directly sue the U.S. government and demand compensation from our tax dollars for any domestic policy that they think undermines their expected future profits,” Wallach says.
“Viewpoint” host John Fugelsang speaks with military widow Karen Morgan about the Defense of Marriage Act, which discriminates against same-sex LGBTQ couples. Freedom to Marry published a video about how Morgan is being denied spousal benefits because of DOMA. Morgan’s wife, Charlie — a veteran — died of breast cancer.
Despite the obstacles she is facing, Morgan is hopeful that things will change.
“I’m very optimistic that DOMA is going to be declared unconstitutional. I think that the public has made a decision on that. So, I do think it’s going to happen. I don’t know how quickly that will happen. … I know Charlie believed it was going to happen, she was very optimistic just before she passed away. … We’ve had pretty overwhelming support from other military families, as well as Charlie’s superiors in the military. They’ve all expressed a wish to help us — their hands are tied. They can’t do anything about it because of this federal law that’s standing in the way. They feel like it’s the right thing to do to reach out to us, there’s just not a lot they can do,” she says.
TONIGHT: We take a look at the fast food employee strikes across several states. Tune in at 6E/3P on Current TV.
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Vermont state Sen. Virginia Lyons, D-Chittenden, wants to change the way American politics work. Lyons has a radical plan to alter the course of politics in America: she is calling for the states to make an amendment to the Constitution to overturn the controversial Citizens United ruling. Earlier this month, she unveiled a Senate resolution requesting that a national convention of state legislatures come together under Article V of the Constitution and ratify such an amendment.
Article V of the Constitution gives states the right to convene and vote on Constitutional amendments, which will be ratified if they get the approval of three-fourths of state legislatures. First, two-thirds of state legislatures must vote to approve the resolution proposed by Lyons.
Cenk Uygur and Lyons discuss this rarely used technique for modifying the Constitution and talk about the corrosive influence of Citizens United in the American political system.