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Super PACs and Trump’s Wife: How a Photo Dispute Highlights Weakness in Campaign Finance Rules

Super PACs and Trump’s Wife: How a Photo Dispute Highlights Weakness in Campaign Finance Rules

by Robert Faturechi ProPublica, March 31, 2016, 8 a.m. There’s no evidence to support Donald Trump’s claim that Ted Cruz played a role in a super PAC’s attack on his wife. But federal rules barring coordination between candidates and the super PACs that support them have been so rarely enforced that even if Trump were […]

Democratic Primary Makes Clear: A Populist Revolution is Coming

Democratic Primary Makes Clear: A Populist Revolution is Coming

Published on Tuesday, February 16, 2016 by Common Dreams by Lauren McCauley, staff writer The influential economist Thomas Piketty is the most recent trans-Atlantic observer to note that the “incredible success of the ‘socialist’ Bernie Sanders” is indicative of a deeper, populist movement that’s brewing across the United States. In a column published in the French newspaper Le Monde […]

Reasons to Celebrate: Key Progressive Gains in 2015

Reasons to Celebrate: Key Progressive Gains in 2015

Published on Thursday, December 31, 2015 by Common Dreams by Andrea Germanos, staff writer As the year draws to a close, it’s worth noting a handful of progressive gains that people-power made possible: Feelin’ the Bern Despite the lack of coverage in corporate media about the Vermont Independent and his presidential bit, Sen. Bernie Sanders and his call for […]

Sanders’ Climate Revolution Would Cut 80% of Emissions by 2050

Sanders’ Climate Revolution Would Cut 80% of Emissions by 2050

Published on Monday, December 07, 2015 by Common Dreams by Lauren McCauley, staff writer  A national energy policy that prioritizes the health and well-being of people and planet above the profits of the fossil fuel industry is what voters can expect should Sen. Bernie Sanders be elected President of the United States next year, according to the candidate, who […]

Fringe No More: Sanders Takes Major Lead in Key Battleground States

Fringe No More: Sanders Takes Major Lead in Key Battleground States

Published on Monday, September 14, 2015 by Common Dreams by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer ‘Fringe candidate’ no more, Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders leads former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton among likely Democratic presidential primary voters in the battleground states of Iowa and New Hampshire, according to new polling released on Sunday. The new CBS/YouGov poll finds U.S. Sen. Sanders […]

‘Bringing People Together’ Big Time as Sanders Attracts Tens of Thousands

‘Bringing People Together’ Big Time as Sanders Attracts Tens of Thousands

Published on Monday, August 10, 2015 by Common Dreams by Jon Queally, staff writer It was by far the largest turnout for any presidential candidate this year, as nearly 30,000 people rallied in Portland, Oregon on Sunday evening for Bernie Sanders, filling the city’s Moda Center to capacity with thousands more directed to overflow areas to watch the event […]

Shadow Puppets: Outside Groups Pulling the Strings in 2016 Election

Shadow Puppets: Outside Groups Pulling the Strings in 2016 Election

Published on Tuesday, August 04, 2015 by Common Dreams by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer Representing a “fundamental shift in how presidential campaigns are funded in the United States,” so-called shadow campaigns are already dominating the 2016 election cycle, according to a new study issued Tuesday by the Brennan Center for Justice. The report, Shadow Campaigns: The Shift in Presidential […]

Journalists Agree to Keep Mum on Conservative Donors at Koch Brothers Event

Journalists Agree to Keep Mum on Conservative Donors at Koch Brothers Event

Published on Sunday, August 02, 2015 by Common Dreams by Sarah Lazare, staff writer In a rare move, journalists from a handful of major media outlets were granted access this weekend to a private and well-heeled gathering of Republican benefactors, sponsored by the billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch, on one condition: that they do not name any of […]

Surprise! Pro-GMO Lawmakers Get Big Funds from Agribusiness Lobbies

Surprise! Pro-GMO Lawmakers Get Big Funds from Agribusiness Lobbies

Published on Monday, July 27, 2015 by Common Dreams by Nadia Prupis, staff writer File this under unsurprising, but nefarious nonetheless. Members of U.S. Congress who vote against mandatory labeling for genetically modified (GMO) products receive three times as much funding from the food and agriculture lobbies as their colleagues, according to new reporting from Open Secrets, a project […]

Fast Track Derailed? House Deals Blow to Corporate-Friendly Trade Agenda

Fast Track Derailed? House Deals Blow to Corporate-Friendly Trade Agenda

Published on Friday, June 12, 2015 by Common Dreams, by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer Though it wasn’t the resounding rejection progressives had hoped for, the U.S. House of Representatives on Friday dealt a serious blow to President Barack Obama’s corporate-backed trade agenda, while erecting a major stumbling block for proponents of Fast Track, or trade promotion authority. After a […]

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