Talk this week has focused on the hailstorm of corporate money battering the political process, largely on the right and almost entirely courtesy the Citizen’s United court decision. In my weekly web column for The Washington Post, "Predator’s Ball," I explain how the Republicans’ reliance on corporate underwriting is no accident: It’s buying Republicans who support deregulation and lowering taxes on the richest.
Corporate cash also puts an interesting twist on the Ginny Thomas phone call to Anita Hill. As Bruce Shapiro writes in our most read piece this week at TheNation.com, "Clarence Thomas’s Ethics Problems, Then and Now," the apology demand came on the same day that the New York Times broke a major story about corporate backing of Mrs. Thomas’s political action group.
What, then, does the Citizen’s United decision and corporate cash mean for the mid-term and long-term health of our democracy? In a very important edition of our Breakdown podcast, D.C. Editor Chris Hayes and Nation contributor Professor Lawrence Lessig explain the real impacts of the Citizen’s United decision: Will any of the pending bills on campaign finance reform curb the effects of the Citizens United result? What can progressives can do to limit the damage from Citizens United this year and in 2012? Listen here, and please share widely.
Also this week …
BREAKING: Wikileaks Documents Confirm Nation Investigation.
In June, The Nation (with the support of the Investigative Fund at The Nation Institute) reported that the three American hikers seized last Summer in Iran had actually been detained in Iraq. The report, by Babak Sarfaraz, made it clear that all three deserve a swift and immediate release. With two of the hikers set to go on trial next month (the third was released) the latest Wikileaks document dump offers definitive proof of The Nation story: A classified American military report asserts that the hikers were on the Iraqi side of the border when they were seized. You can read our original investigation here, as we continue to hold out hope that these reports could lead to the release of Joshua Fattal and Shane Bauer.
MEDIA: Two television interviews Monday.
I’m excited for Monday, when I’ll be discussing the November 2 election in a conversation on GRIT TV with Laura Flanders alongside Hendrick Hertzberg of The New Yorker. It will be the first segment of The Nation on GRIT TV, our weekly collaboration. We’ll have video posted here by 5PM. Also Monday I’ll be on MSNBC’s The Ed Show, discussing the news of the day (and the coming election) between 6-7PM ET.