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Jan 162012
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Today is Martin Luther King Day, and I get to celebrate on two shows!  Randi has the day off, so I’ll be guest hosting for her this afternoon.

We’ll talk Martin Luther King and the many events and activities happening today for the holiday with Van Jones of Rebuild the Dream.

In the second hour, we’ll talk about the second anniversary of the Supreme Court’s ruling on Citizens United v. the FEC, which comes on Friday. I’ll speak with Jeffrey D. Clements, a co-founder of Free Speech for People and  author of the Definitive Guide to Overturning Citizens United: Corporations Are Not People: Why They Have More Rights Than You Do and What You Can Do About It.

I’ll also speak with comedian Lee Camp who used comedy and some serious people in a video to explain the need to overturn Citizens United:

This Morning on the Show

This morning, we began with a listen back to Stephen Colbert’s brilliant explanation of what Citizens United is all about from his show on Thursday evening, when he handed over the Americans for A Better Tomorrow Tomorrow PAC to Jon Stewart so that he can run for President of the United States of South Carolina…

 

True brilliance!  Colbert then went on This Week with George Stephanopolous to explain more…

I spoke with my friend – author and activist David Swanson about a new book that he edited and is available today, The Military Industrial Complex at 50.

And Nicole Belle of Crooks and Liars joined in, as she does every Monday morning, with a segment we call Fools on the Hill…

Hubris, thy name is Newt Gingrich. Because the Newtster—despite running fourth in the polls a full 25 points behind front runner Mitt Romney—thinks he’s going to win the SC primary.

Ugly American, thy name is Brit Hume. Because Brit Hume doesn’t understand the widespread condemnation of the Marines involved in the video showing them urinating on dead Taliban. He doesn’t think it’s despicable at all.

Panicked partisan, thy name is Lindsey Graham. He’s looking at all the potshots being taken at front runner Mitt Romney from within his own party (and really, who would have ever thought that Newt Gingrich would ever have ads attacking Mitt for being too much of a capitalist?) and Graham is very, very nervous. He warns the GOP that the election is theirs to lose if the attacks go too far.

Voice of reason, thy name is Paul Krugman. Krugman tells the This Week panel that CEO experience—like the kind of which Mitt Romney boasts—is “not relevant to being President”.

Voice of brilliance, thy name is Stephen Colbert. Colbert told George Stephanopoulos that the “more money you have, the more you can speak.” His entire Super PAC, attack ad and now presidential run are absolutely spot on demonstrations of how our electoral process is broken.

 

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