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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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Fake News or not?, From FlickrPhotos
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, May 16, 2017
The Trump in Comey's China Shop Irrespective of the "Russian thing" and the good cause for firing Comey, Trump's pointlessly self-inculpatory explanation of some other motive unnecessarily places him at the mercy of Comey's own testimony. Comey can now define Trump's conversations as attempted bribery of a public official, and therefore as racketeering. Most disturbing about Trump's self-inflicted wound is the question it poses about his mental capacity
Crime Scene, From FlickrPhotos
(17 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, May 11, 2017
The Comey Non-Crisis Contrary to Democrat mouthpieces, Comey's firing is no crisis. Not firing Comey for the same reasons the DOJ gave would have been a crisis because those reasons define how Comey improperly played politics with his powerful position. Those reasons suggest that the new director should resume the Servergate investigation of Clinton.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, April 4, 2017
Swamping the Supremes: "Qualifications," New Confirmation Politics, and the Gorsuch Restoration of Judicial Plutocracy The Gorsuch-nomination battle may restore some legitimacy to the Democrats as an opposition party to plutocracy, confront Republicans with the prospect of shooting their own foot by eliminating the filibuster as the cost of restoring the plutocratic Court majority, and set the stage for a 2018 referendum on the Roberts Court's corrupting "money is speech" jurisprudence, for which Gorsuch would restore the essential fifth vote.
SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, March 7, 2017
No Cloture for Gorsuch Amidst all the smoke-blowing trivia and other effluvia emitted from the Trump White House, it is important that progressives keep their eye on the paramount importance of the Gorsuch nomination, and of the Democrats' necessary filibuster to stop it. Stopping Gorsuch or anyone else like him represents the difference between a chance for democracy and resumed unrelenting descent even deeper into authoritarian plutocracy.
(7 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, February 8, 2017
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.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, January 31, 2017
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, From WikimediaPhotos
(6 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, July 26, 2016
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.
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, July 23, 2016
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.
(7 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, July 14, 2016
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 (C-SPAN), From YouTubeVideos
(10 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, July 8, 2016
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, From FlickrPhotos
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, July 5, 2016
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.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, June 27, 2016
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.
(7 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, June 18, 2016
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.
(16 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, May 4, 2016
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' believable future, From ArchivedPhotos
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, March 23, 2016
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.
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, March 17, 2016
The SCOTUS QUANDARY Obama Nominates a Conservative to Court: Sanders Still Missing Strategic Opportunity
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, March 11, 2016
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, From WikimediaPhotos
SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, March 6, 2016
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.
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, February 25, 2016
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.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, February 10, 2016
Is JEB Defecting from the Plutocracy? Don't get Bushwhacked by Citizens United hype that Jeb exploited to get his bump in New Hampshire.

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