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  •  As Alito Mouthed 'that's not true' nt (4+ / 0-)

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Fri Feb 28, 2014 at 11:38:24 AM PST

    •  Of course (7+ / 0-)

      But, you know, the bolder these monsters become the more their infamy grows and the more righteous outrage erupts.

      We have it within our power to make the world over again ~ Thomas Paine

      by occupystephanie on Fri Feb 28, 2014 at 11:46:49 AM PST

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    •  Alito should never have done that at the SOTU. (5+ / 0-)

      It was very disrespectful. However, Alito was accurate and the President was not.

      "let's talk about that"

      by VClib on Fri Feb 28, 2014 at 12:00:27 PM PST

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      •  That was a real low for the dignity of the court (1+ / 0-)
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        We have it within our power to make the world over again ~ Thomas Paine

        by occupystephanie on Fri Feb 28, 2014 at 03:49:52 PM PST

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        •  It was, but the President started the ball rolling (1+ / 0-)
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          by blasting the SCOTUS on their Citizens United decision. That was out of line at the SOTU. It was perfectly acceptable for him to blast the Court from here to kingdom come in the Rose Garden, or in the press briefing room, or on the road at a college or law school, but not at the SOTU with the Court members at his feet. Add to that the President's comment, which was completely untrue and I can see why Alito was upset.

          "let's talk about that"

          by VClib on Fri Feb 28, 2014 at 05:05:12 PM PST

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          •  As I recall the President stated that their (1+ / 0-)
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            decision would let huge amounts of cash into our election which did come to pass. Do you have a link to it or the exact quote?

            We have it within our power to make the world over again ~ Thomas Paine

            by occupystephanie on Fri Feb 28, 2014 at 09:23:10 PM PST

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            •  Here is the relevant paragraph from the 2010 SOTU (1+ / 0-)
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              "With all due deference to separation of powers, last week the Supreme Court reversed a century of law that I believe will open the floodgates for special interests –- including foreign corporations –- to spend without limit in our elections. (Applause.) I don't think American elections should be bankrolled by America's most powerful interests, or worse, by foreign entities. (Applause.) They should be decided by the American people. And I'd urge Democrats and Republicans to pass a bill that helps to correct some of these problems."

              Citizens United didn't overturn a century of law. That's just false. The Tillman Act of 1907 prohibits corporations from contributing to the campaigns of any candidate running for federal office. Citizens United wasn't challenging the Tillman Act and the majority opinion had no impact on the Tillman Act, which is still in full force and effect. CU overturned some parts of the 2002 McCain Feingold Act.

              "let's talk about that"

              by VClib on Sat Mar 01, 2014 at 09:19:48 AM PST

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