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Bill Maher pushes for Congress to kill ‘Citizens United’ through publicly funded elections

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Although his HBO show Real Time is on hiatus until August, Bill Maher took to the show’s blog on Monday to offer some thoughts on the Citizens United ruling, which opened the floodgates for so-called “dark money” in the U.S. election process.

“A recent New York Times poll shows that almost everybody hates Citizens United,” wrote Maher, “that 46 percent want to ‘completely rebuild’ our campaign finance system and another 39 percent want to ‘fundamentally change’ it. How come there’s no apparent clamoring for complete public financing of campaigns? Isn’t it the only thing we can do at this point?”

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He went on, “For politicians, I don’t think the bar should be calling for a constitutional amendment overturning Citizens United. The bar should be calling for complete public financing.”

Maher suggested using the “taxing power” of the Constitution to raise funds for these elections, saying that taking the private money out of elections would be “the greatest investment this country ever made.”

“Our elected officials wouldn’t be beholden to individual sugar daddies and lobbyists, and could spend their time on things other than telemarketing.,” he said.

“Isn’t this the most obvious thing in the world? Why is it still seen as a leftist fringe proposal?” he concluded.

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Publicly funded elections are the law in several U.S. states, including North Carolina, Maine, Arizona, New Mexico and Vermont.

Norway, France and Germany make use of public funds in their national elections. Advocates point to nations like India, Russia and Brazil, which have no form of public funding for elections and staggering public corruption problems.

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Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg this week had underwent a procedure to treat a tumor from her pancreas, a court spokesperson tells Washington Post reporter Robert Barnes.

According to the Court, "the tumor was treated definitively" with radiation "and there is no evidence of disease elsewhere in the body."

the 86-year-old Ginsburg late last year underwent surgery to treat lung cancer and she returned to the bench this past February.

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The hashtag was sparked by Twitter personality and animal advocate Brother Nature, who retweeted the photo and declared, "We boycotting Jimmy Johns."

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REVEALED: Trump associate Felix Sater gave Osama bin Laden’s phone numbers to the feds

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The Russian businessman Felix Sater has been linked to Trump family enterprises for years. He was central to the effort to bring Trump Tower to Moscow. He also worked on the Trump SoHo condominium hotel in the mid-aughts.

During that time, Sater also worked as an informant for the FBI and CIA and aided prosecutors on various cases. He started working with the FBI in 1998, after he was caught in a stock-fraud scheme, reports the Wall Street Journal.

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