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Posted: Dec 27, 2018 - 4:50pm

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I think its sort of a pop-up shew store...

 
nuts.
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Posted: Dec 27, 2018 - 4:23pm



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Excuse me, is this the new Trump thread?
 

I think its sort of a pop-up shew store...
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Posted: Dec 27, 2018 - 4:19pm



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Why bring OV into this?!
 

feats of clay?
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Posted: Dec 27, 2018 - 11:43am

As U.S. soldiers battle landlord, confidential records shine light on his lucrative business
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Posted: Jan 13, 2017 - 6:20pm

 buddy wrote:

Why bring OV into this?!

 
point taken
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Posted: Jan 13, 2017 - 5:33pm

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why are you obsessed with the size of Trumps feet?
 
ask OV what time it is
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Posted: Jan 13, 2017 - 4:51pm

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If the shoe fits...

 
why are you obsessed with the size of Trumps feet?
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Posted: Jan 13, 2017 - 4:02pm

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What about if the fit shoes? Did you ever think of that?

 
Not since I lost my Brannock device.
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Posted: Jan 13, 2017 - 3:22pm

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If the shoe fits...

 
What about if the fit shoes? Did you ever think of that?
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Posted: Jan 13, 2017 - 3:00pm

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Excuse me, is this the new Trump thread?

 
If the shoe fits...
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Posted: Jan 13, 2017 - 2:52pm

 buddy wrote:
Excuse me, is this the new Trump thread?

It's the new AU.
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Posted: Jan 13, 2017 - 10:15am

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Excuse me, is this the new Trump thread?

 
One is more than enough, thank you very much.  It's enough work trying to keep that one at the bottom of the RAFT.


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Posted: Jan 12, 2017 - 6:20am

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That's funny.

Did a Federal Surveillance Court Really “Reject” an FBI Application to Spy On Trump Associates?  Marcy Wheeler


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Posted: Sep 5, 2014 - 10:58am

How Corrupt Are Our Politics? #books
David Cole
Corruption in America: From Benjamin Franklin’s Snuff Box to Citizens United
by Zephyr Teachout (...)

(...) Indeed, according to Teachout, corruption is not just Cuomo’s—or New York’s—problem. It is the most pressing threat that our democracy faces. And the problem, as Teachout sees it, is that those in power refuse to admit it. Just as Cuomo shut down the Moreland Commission’s inquiry into corruption, so the Supreme Court, by adopting an ahistorical and improperly narrow view of corruption, has shut down an exploration of the very real threat that unrestricted campaign spending actually poses to our democracy.

In Corruption in America, an eloquent, revealing, and sometimes surprising historical inquiry, Teachout convincingly argues that corruption, broadly understood as placing private interests over the public good in public office, is at the root of what ails American democracy. Regulating corruption has been a persistent theme through American history, and has bedeviled lawyers, politicians, and political philosophers alike. Everyone agrees that it is a problem, but few can agree on how to define it, much less fight it effectively.

As Teachout makes clear, the framers themselves predicted that corruption would be a constant threat. George Mason, for example, warned that “if we do not provide against corruption, our government will soon be at an end.” It was a preoccupation of the founding debates. In James Madison’s notebook from the summer of 1787, “corruption” appears fifty-four times. As Teachout puts it, “corruption, influence, and bribery were discussed more often in the convention than factions, violence, or instability.”

By corruption, the founding era did not mean simply the explicit exchange of cash for a vote, what the Supreme Court in its campaign finance decisions has come to call “quid pro quo corruption.” Teachout notes that the word “corruption” came up hundreds of times in the Constitutional Convention and the ratification debates, yet “only a handful of uses referred to what we might now think of as quid pro quo bribes,” constituting “less than one-half of 1 percent of the times corruption was raised.”

In the framers’ view, corruption in the broader sense of using public office for private ends was essentially the opposite of public virtue, and was therefore a central threat to the life and health of the republic. A republican form of government required that men act as citizens, concerned for the public good, and not merely as private, self-interested individuals.

In the framers’ view, corruption in the broader sense of using public office for private ends was essentially the opposite of public virtue, and was therefore a central threat to the life and health of the republic. A republican form of government required that men act as citizens, concerned for the public good, and not merely as private, self-interested individuals. The Enlightenment philosopher Baron de Montesquieu, perhaps the greatest intellectual influence on the framing generation, maintained that

the misfortune of a republic…happens when the people are gained by bribery and corruption: in this case they grow indifferent to public affairs, and avarice becomes their predominant passion.

For James Madison, without civic virtue, “no theoretical checks, no form of government, can render us secure. To suppose that any form of government will secure liberty or happiness without any virtue in the people is a chimerical idea.”

In short, the framers saw the avoidance of corruption as an essential organizing principle of our representative democracy. They also understood that rooting out corruption on a case-by-case basis is extraordinarily difficult, so they sought to counteract it through structural provisions that were designed to encourage public virtue and reduce the temptation to privilege private interests over the public good. Benjamin Franklin was so concerned with this risk that he advocated denying any salary to public officers; he believed that if government officials were paid, they might seek office for private gain rather than to serve the public.

That particular proposal failed, but the framers adopted many other safeguards to work against corruption, including a prohibition on public officials accepting gifts from foreign sovereigns without congressional approval, limits on the power of appointment and on the positions that members of Congress could simultaneously hold, and the “takings” clause, which requires that government take private property only for public use, and that it provide just compensation when doing so.

The concern with corruption, broadly conceived, has remained a dominant theme of American law and politics. Indeed, because of these concerns, lobbying itself was treated as illegal for much of the nation’s history. This seems inconceivable in today’s political culture, in which “K Street” lobbying dominates Washington’s political and financial economies alike. But until the twentieth century, lobbying was considered contrary to public policy. Some states, such as Georgia, made it a crime. And even where lobbying was not a crime, courts refused to enforce contracts for lobbying on the ground that such conduct was contrary to public policy. (...)


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Posted: Jun 25, 2014 - 5:26am

seems to work pretty well...



A 16-year-old made a plugin that reveals where politicians get their cash

 

 

In the volatile political landscape of the United States, getting a straight answer out of a politician is virtually impossible, so don’t expect even the most trustworthy elected official to talk about who is stuffing their campaign coffers. If you want that information, you could spend the next week poking around on campaign finance websites, or you could just install Greenhouse, a browser plugin crafted by a kid who can’t even vote yet. Its creator, 16-year-old Nicholas Rubin, is helping add some much needed transparency to the folks bankrolling the U.S. political machine.

After installing the plugin on Chrome, Safari, or Firefox, Greenhouse will highlight the names of any members of Congress no matter what webpage you’re on. When you hover your mouse of the highlighted name, a list pops up showing the elected official, their political affiliation and state, and a full list of their biggest contributors, as well as dollar amounts. The pop-up also shows what percentage of the official’s donations were $200 or less, and which campaign finance measures they supported.




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Posted: May 13, 2013 - 6:21am

an insider speaks out with Bill Moyers


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