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Rob Hager is a public-interest litigator who filed a Supreme Court amicus brief n the 2012 Montana sequel to the Citizens United case, American Tradition Partnership, Inc. v. Bullock, and has worked as an international consultant on legal development and anti-corruption issues.

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26 Articles, 3 Quick Links, 34 Comments, 0 Diaries, 2 Series, 0 Polls

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Wednesday, February 8, 2017 (7 comments)     

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The State of Massachusetts Should Protest the Warren Gag Rule Massachusetts politicians should step up to defend their U.S. Senator against partisan censorship in violation of the Constitution. The citizens of their state were entitled to be represented on the important question of appointing the nation's chief law-enforcement official.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017 (1 comments)     

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Inaugural Demagoguery versus Trump's Supreme Court Choices On the day of Trump's historic nomination for the empty seat on the Supreme Court which will shift the Court from its current ideological deadlock it is useful to compare the politics of his choice with the politics of his inaugural address. The contrast indicates that Trump will be foreclosing one of the best strategies for keeping his promise to restore democracy from the country's current corrupt plutocracy.

Bernie_Sanders_DNC_July_2016.jpg: Bernie Sanders DNC July 2016 Tuesday, July 26, 2016 (6 comments)     

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Breaking Down the Big Speech Bernie Sanders' Convention speech omitted the essential policy reform that could make his capitulation excuse even relevant, according to the central demand of his own campaign. In this article Rob Hager dissects the speech and what it failed to say.

Saturday, July 23, 2016 (4 comments)     

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Cornel West and Jill Stein: Campaign Against Clinton and Trump These two voices need to be heard now to let the vacillating Sanders supporters know what the consequences will be from trusting that Bernie Sanders knows what he is doing and make it clear to Democrats that they will be deciding whether or not they will be electing Trump at their Convention.

Thursday, July 14, 2016 (7 comments)     

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My Reply to BS Rob Kall has encouraged discussion about Bernie Sanders' capitulation to the corrupt plutocrat who will be the 2016 Democratic Party nominee. This is my public reply, reporting the message I sent in response to the email that BS sent to his mailing list(which was published on OEN yesterday)to justify his betrayal of his supporters. His reasons are unpersuasive.

FBI Director James Comey Opening Statement on Hillary Clinton Email Investigation Friday, July 8, 2016 (10 comments)     

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Unraveling Comey's Political Fix House Tea Party does a credible job of piercing many flaws in Comey's pretext for the two tiered justice system applied to exonerate Hillary Clinton. Comey overlooked the plentiful evidence of criminal intent and also exaggerated the quantum of evidence needed to prove intent by confusing intent with motive. The FBI legislates to turn the unprecedented nature of Clinton corrupt motivation into a Clinton "no precedent" defense.

Bob McDonnell Tuesday, July 5, 2016 (1 comments)     

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Supreme Court Legalizes Influence Peddling: McDonnell v. United States The latest SCOTUS pro-corruption decision is worse than Citizens United though it has better PR, due largely to the propagandist media's free pass for John Roberts' dishonest opinion. Understand this opinion and you will understand why the Supreme Court must be the priority target of progressive reform.

Monday, June 27, 2016 (1 comments)     

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Warning -- the sheepdog sellout begins: Sanders seeks company for his party-platform capitulation dance; don't join him. Sanders has now finally unveiled his plan to entice supporters to support his party platform diversion from effective strategy. It appears that this is the dead-end where he intends to lead his supporters. It is time to part from what would most charitably be described as Sanders' strategic incompetence, if it is not fraud, and take the revolution to restore democracy in another direction.

Saturday, June 18, 2016 (7 comments)     

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State Convention: Another Lesson in Strategic Failure by the Sanders Revolution, and How to Recover A close look at the Minnesota State Convention provides another example of strategic failure by the Sanders campaign in organizing for reform of the entrenched state and national Democratic Party apparatus. But it is not too late to use Sanders' considerable political leverage to obtain strategic concessions from Clinton, Obama, the Democratic Party, and the Senate Democratic leader.

Bernie Sanders for President Wednesday, May 4, 2016 (16 comments)     

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Sanders Wins another Purple State, But Is Still Lost in a Haze of Bad Strategy and Rigged Delegate Math Sanders' fairly narrow victory in another purple state, Indiana, continued the pattern that was established in Nevada and Iowa. Barring the unexpected, the future math is predictable. Sanders needs to get real about his convention strategy to change delegate rules concerning closed and corrupt elections such as New York, and applying conflict of interest recusal to superdelegates

Bernie Sanders' believ Wednesday, March 23, 2016 (4 comments)     

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The Ides of March Primaries On another Tuesday primary day, an unbiased appraisal of Sanders' returns near the half-way point. Yes, he can win but he needs to wage a winning campaign.

Thursday, March 17, 2016 (3 comments)     

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The SCOTUS QUANDARY Obama Nominates a Conservative to Court: Sanders Still Missing Strategic Opportunity

Friday, March 11, 2016 (3 comments)     

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Michigan and Mississippi: Should Red-state Delegates Vote on the Nomination of a Blue-state Candidate? Maybe Michigan will get people to tune out the insistent mass-media megaphone that keeps sounding the falsehood that Sanders can't win. The media treats Mississippi and Michigan as offsetting primary victories. They are not. The first is irrelevant, or should be; the second is game-changing.

Hillary_Clinton_-_Caricature4.jpg: Hillary Clinton - Caricature4 Sunday, March 6, 2016     

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Blue-state Bernie and the DNC's Plutocratic "Victory" Rules The Clinton "victory" is a congeries of "rotten boroughs," conflicted Superdelegates, exclusionary primaries, and disinformation. If the run-off process were conducted in a democratic manner, these devices would all be barred by Democratic National Committee (DNC) rules.

Thursday, February 25, 2016     

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Draft Conflict of Interest Recusal Law - the most easily adopted among the effective solutions to political corruption Corrupt politicians cannot be expected to draft a law that would shut down their common business model of systemic political corruption. This article presents a draft law that could serve as a litmus test demand for any elected official. Please deliberate, and comment on any helpful changes.

Wednesday, February 10, 2016 (1 comments)     

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Is JEB Defecting from the Plutocracy? Don't get Bushwhacked by Citizens United hype that Jeb exploited to get his bump in New Hampshire.

Revolt Against Plutocracy Thursday, January 28, 2016 (2 comments)     

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"Hillary the Pragmatist vs Bernie the Dreamer" is "Big Lie" Propaganda Sanders has been very clear that no significant reform is possible under our current corrupt political system, which he intends to reform. Clinton supporters. by telling us that only "pragmatic" incremental reform will be possible in a Clinton presidency. are telling us they are expecting Clinton to perpetuate the current plutocracy.

Friday, January 8, 2016 (1 comments)     

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Rackets Science: Obomnibus II, or The Influence Peddlers Protection Act of 2015 Obama's annual gift to plutocrats worth the whole civilian budget also makes future kickbacks in exchange more secure by terminating presidential powers whereby President Sanders could outlaw dark money as he has promised to do.
Series: Who's Spoiling Now? (2 Articles, 1457 views)

Obama "Hope" Poster Saturday, December 19, 2015     

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Who's Spoiling Now? The Obama Factor in Undermining Sanders' Superior Electability (Series, PART 2) Obama is a factor in the 2016 election both because of the disputed reason for disappointing his former supporters, and because he is responsible for the anti-Sanders DNC leadership who he should immediately replace.The good news is that if Independents will hold their nose and participate in the Democratic primary process Sanders will be the next president.
Series: Who's Spoiling Now? (2 Articles, 1457 views)

Friday, December 18, 2015 (1 comments)     

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Who's Spoiling Now? Polling Indicates That Democrats Underrate Sanders' Superior Electability at Their Peril: PART 1 Despite scandalous neglect by mass media and predictable opposition from big money, Bernie Sanders is the #1 favorite of the majority of voters. A defective run-off process disguises this fact behind a partisan primary curtain where Sanders loses to Clinton 2-1. Democrats, 30% of voters, don't know that Sanders runs decisively ahead of Clinton against Republicans and are even more ignorant of their respective qualities.

Monday, April 21, 2014 (4 comments)     

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Why Does the Massachusetts Governor Support the Supreme Court on McCutcheon? This open letter asks the honorable governor to explain why he or anyone else should "respect the authority of the Supreme Court to make those decisions," like McCutcheon or Citizens United. Both were extreme examples of legislation from the bench in violation of the Constitution's separation of powers. A politician who refuses to defend the Constitution in the tradition of FDR violates the oath for public service.

//www.opednews.com/populum/uploaded/supreme-court-2586-20130211-122.jpg: Supreme Court Saturday, April 5, 2014 (16 comments)     

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The Plutocratic Jurisprudence of the Roberts 5: Episode VII In McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission the Supreme Court majority gifted plutocrats with its seventh decision since 2006 that legalizes political corruption. To get beyond soundbites and to better target strategy for overturning the whole jurisprudence of plutocracy, this article drills into the details of the Court's reasoning. The article also surveys other relevant comments about the decision.

//www.flickr.com/photos/37089490@N06/10354910305/ Saturday, October 19, 2013 (1 comments)     

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McCutcheon: Plutocracy is Corruption McCutcheon is another test case of the kind constructed by plutocrat-interest types to topple the few walls still standing in the ruins of America's election integrity. More important than the ultimate decision of the case by the Supreme Court is the government's new argument to defend one of those walls still standing: A plutocracy "run of, by, and for those" few who buy its policies is a corrupt system by definition.

Friday, August 23, 2013     

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Obama vs. Snowden: "Parsing the Presser" Series, Part 3 Obama's proposals are designed not to change Obama's program but solely to deflect demands for such change by winning the PR offensive, which turns--as do all Obama's similar deceptions--on Mencken 's famous gambling tip that "no one" has ever lost money by underestimating the intelligence of the great masses of the plain people.

Thursday, August 22, 2013     

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Obama vs. Snowden: "Parsing the Presser" Series, Part 2 what Obama claims as his own new proactive initiative for "review" was already commanded by Congress nearly a decade ago as an institutional process.

//www.flickr.com/photos/11415654@N05/9383945168/ Wednesday, August 21, 2013     

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Obama Vs. Snowden: Parsing the Presser This article shows how Obama's attack on Snowden at his press conference was a confection of propaganda.
Series: Obama Vs. Snowden: Parsing the Presser (1 Articles, 1537 views)