What We’re Reading: a daily round-up of quick hits, clips, and opinion pieces touching on key issues of democracy, justice, liberty and national security.
Faiza Patel, Co-Director of the Liberty & National Security Program at the Brennan Center, provides analysis for CBS New York, Mother Jones, American Prospect, and IPS on yesterday’s AP story on the NYPD’s domestic intelligence gathering tactics.
Bloomberg quotes Lawrence Norden, Deputy Director of the Democracy Program at the Brennan Center, about the rash of election law changes in states across the country.
“The candidate super PAC, which is new to 2012, is the most dangerous vehicle operating in American politics,” said Fred Wertheimer, president of Democracy 21. The Washington Post discusses the new “de facto political parties” and how the FEC is continuing to allow unlimited contributions to easily find its way to a candidates’ campaign.
Open Secrets details conservative and liberal Super PACs. Read about who the contributors are, what the donation amounts have been, and how much money has been raised so far.
The New York Times editorializes on the Obama administration’s misuse of the Espionage Act, which follows the recent formal complaint by a top official of the National Security Agency to seek justice against those who overclassify.
CNN Money reports that 100+ CEOs have signed on with Howard Schultz on his ban against political campaign contributions. Find out here what other companies have joined on with Starbucks and what led this CEO to take a stand.
Linda Greenhouse looks into the Supreme Court’s past on corporate rights.
The Governor of Maryland was asked by the NAACP and other minority groups to release the new redistricting map 30 days before the deadline in October in order for the public to review.