It is Monday morning and the first real news to appear is from the Voice of America, and that is that the U.S. Supreme Court in now in session of a new year. Amid a government shutdown at least the official broadcast channel of the United States government is still pumping out the news. That must be deemed to be essential.
If you thought that the VOA was just for foreigners you would be wrong.
One of the most important issues facing the court will be challenges to donation limits, and the court’s decision to uphold that corporations are the same as people. The court decided that because that is what Congress has legislated, yet, has Congress itself become a dubious and flawed authority?
Stay tuned for that brawl which will likely entail all three branches of government weighing in against a backdrop of angry Americans.
Meanwhile, Vladimir Putin will likely send Russian observers to oversee the fairness of the American election process.
"SCOTUS Starts New Term; Campaign Finance, Recess Appointments on the Docket
October 07, 2013
The U.S. government shutdown is not affecting the country's Supreme Court, which on Monday starts a new term that will include challenges to campaign donation limits, prayer at public meetings and limits on protests at abortion clinics.
Justices will hear arguments Tuesday in the campaign finance case, which challenges current law restricting the total amount of money individuals can give to candidates, parties and political action committees for each election.
The challenger says the law limits the number of candidates he can support, and is no longer necessary to prevent fraud. The government disagrees, saying he can support candidates in many other ways and that lifting the limits will open the door for new ways to influence politicians.
The court issued a major campaign finance ruling in 2010, saying that corporations and unions can spend an unlimited amount of money supporting or opposing candidates, as long as they were not coordinating those efforts with the candidates.”
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