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Dan Rather: Republicans turning against Citizens United ruling

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Dan Rather, host of Dan Rather Reports on HDNet, said Monday that Republicans and conservatives were beginning to re-think their support for the Supreme Court’s controversial ruling in Citizens United v. FEC.

“When the decision first came through, I think it was practically unanimous thinking among Republicans and self-described conservatives, ‘This is a dream come true,'” he said on MSNBC’s The Rachel Maddow Show.

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“But it turns out the dream has some nightmarish hues and here’s why: the candidates don’t necessarily control their own campaign any more nor does the state Republican Party nor does the national Republican Party. Any big money super millionaire who chooses to do so can pour money in any statewide or national campaign.”

The ruling allowed corporations and other groups to spend unlimited amounts of money to influence elections, so long as their actions were not directly coordinated with a candidate’s campaign.

Rather noted that both the tea party movement and the “Occupy Wall Street” movement had asked whether “we still have a government of the people, by the people, for the people, or do we have a government that is for big corporations?”

“I think this is beginning to seep into all parties and most candidates, by not means all,” he said.

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‘I’m a Trumpocrat’: Rod Blagojevich slobbers all over Trump in post-pardon press conference

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Former Democratic Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich on Wednesday said that President Donald Trump's pardon of him was an "act of kindness."

At a press conference following his release from prison, Blagojevich repeatedly praised the president.

"I'm a Trumpocrat," the former governor said. "If I have the ability to vote, I'm going to vote for him. I don't know if they'll allow me to vote."

"He's the one that's fighting to bring real change," he added. "That's why he gets so much pushback. He's also a man with a kind heart. He's sees wrong and he tries to right it."

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The View’s audience roars as Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez schools Meghan McCain on socialism

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"The View" co-host Meghan McCain challenged Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) to defend her socialist policies, and the audience roared in approval as she laid them out.

The New York Democrat appeared Wednesday on the daytime talk show, and McCain compared herself to the first-year lawmaker.

"I feel like you're the bogeywoman of the right and I'm the bogeywoman of the left, so it's interesting to be talking to you," McCain said. "Because what you're proposing and what Bernie Sanders is proposing, you said Fox was, like, ushering in the apocalypse to conservatives like me that think big government is very dangerous, it is like the apocalypse. It's not just that Bernie is asking a lot of voters to buy into what I consider radical ideas like the Green New Deal, Medicare for All, he's advocating for a complete paradigm shift of the American system as we know it, and it's a huge ask for people like me and it's a huge ask for a lot of people, the seismic shift from capitalism to socialism."

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‘That’s how authoritarian countries work’: CNN’s Toobin warns Trump is acting like a dictator

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On CNN Wednesday, legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin broke down the significance of President Donald Trump's decision to pardon several high-powered friends accused of political corruption and tax crimes.

"There is no doubt, under the Constitution, the president has the power to do this," said Toobin. "This is not legally a — an open question. And there is a history of controversial pardons, whether it's President Clinton pardoning Marc Rich, a fugitive financier, or George Herbert Walker Bush pardoning the Iran-Contra people on his way out of the office."

"So what makes this so troubling is in the middle of his term, here he is assigning friends, basically friends and friends of friends, to get pardons and clemency, which is how authoritarians behave, which is playing favorites with your personal friends at a time when you are playing with the opposite of favorites with prosecutorial decisions," said Toobin. "I want these people prosecuted, these people freed — that's how authoritarian countries work. Countries where there is the rule of law, there are systems in place for who gets prosecuted, who gets clemency. This is a very individually-focused way to run a presidency."

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