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Gore: U.S. suffering from a ‘broken system’ of government

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In an interview with progressive news host Keith Olbermann, former vice president and Current TV founder Al Gore called the U.S. system of government “broken” and “in real trouble,” delivering a passionate plea for Democratic voters to make the 2012 election a “referendum” on conservative tactics.

“Money plays way too big a role now,” he said. “More than three quarters of all the campaign money raised in both political parties is now spent on thirty second television ads and the amount goes up every year. The only place they can raise that much money on a regular, continuing basis is from the special interests and business lobbies, and they end up calling the tune.”

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“What this sets up is a referendum in 2012. If the forces of reactionary, tea party, Republican forces continue to control the dialogue, then that won’t be any different. But if those of us who feel strongly that we have got to get our country back on the right track, get involved in a very energetic way, then 2012 can be a referendum that makes a difference and takes our country on a better course.”

This video is from Current TV’s Countdown with Keith Olbermann, first broadcast Monday, August 1, 2011.


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Fox News was forced to make damning admission in a Tucker Carlson lawsuit

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Fox News got to claim victory on Thursday after a new ruling in a lawsuit brought against the company came out in its favor, but the win arrived at a steep cost. To deflect an allegation of defamation, the network was forced to claim that one of its highest-profile personalities can't reasonably be expected to consistently provide accurate information to viewers.

Here's the background. Karen McDougal, a former Playboy model, was paid for her silence about an affair she said she had with Donald Trump during the 2016 election by America Media, Inc., the parent company of the National Enquirer, on the Republican campaign's behalf these details were exposed and confirmed in the case against former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen, who pleaded guilty to participating in the illegal campaign finance scheme. The story became national news, so leading Fox News host Tucker Carlson discussed the case.

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This billionaire governor’s companies have now reached $140 million in settlements over unpaid bills

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A company owned by West Virginia’s billionaire governor has agreed to a multimillion-dollar legal settlement in a case over missed coal shipments, adding at least $4.4 million to the tally of judgments and settlements involving Jim Justice’s business empire.

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Trump rode to power on the wings of one of the most malignant and ugly lies in American history: Bill Moyers

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In this web exclusive, Bill Moyers and four historians dissect the big lie Trump rode to power: the Birther lie. Nell Painter, historian and Edwards Professor of American History, Emerita, at Princeton University; Khalil Gibran Muhammad, professor of history, race and public policy at Harvard Kennedy School; Christopher Lebron, assistant professor of African-American studies and philosophy at Yale University; and Philip Klinkner, James S. Sherman Professor of Government, Hamilton College discuss the fertile ground on which the birther lie was sown: our nation’s history of white supremacy.

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