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Greenville News: Rubio to attend candidate forum in Greenville next month

At least two declared Republican presidential candidates are scheduled to join a candidate forum in Greenville next month.

Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, who announced last week that he's seeking the GOP nomination for president, will speak at the South Carolina Freedom Summit at the Peace Center on May 9, organizers said.

Another Republican who has officially declared a run for the White House, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, was previously announced as a summit speaker.

The third Republican to have announced a presidential campaign, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, is not listed as a speaker so far.

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We all know that you can’t shout “fire” in a crowded theater. The Supreme Court has said as much. That hasn’t stopped Hillary Clinton and the liberal media from doing just that in response to the landmark Supreme Court decision in Citizens United v. FEC.

The case, which has been settled law for more than five years, continues to inspire visceral reactions from leftists. Just this week Hillary Clinton tried to rally her base by arguing, “We need to fix our dysfunctional political system and get unaccountable money out of it once and for all, even if that takes a constitutional amendment.” It’s the same tired tactic that Barack Obama used in 2010 to rally liberals and Harry Reid resurrected in 2014 to mobilize voters. And with all the shady foreign money that flowed into the Democrat National Committee and Clinton-Gore re-election campaign in 1996, Hillary Clinton is not exactly a credible voice for good government campaign finance reform measures.

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National Review: Hillary Says We Should Rewrite the First Amendment, If That’s What It Takes to Reverse Citizens United

Hillary Clinton endorsed a constitutional amendment today to reverse the Supreme Court’s ruling in Citizens United v. FEC​. Clinton said that the Citizens United ruling should be reversed “once and for all, even if it takes a constitutional amendment,” according to MSNBC’s Ari Melber.

In Citizens United, the Court ruled that the First Amendment protects unlimited independent political expenditures by nonprofit groups. The case famously arose when Citizens United, a conservative nonprofit corporation that produces documentaries, made a movie attacking Clinton and released advertisements promoting the movie during her presidential campaign in 2008. A federal court ruled that the regnant campaign laws banned the airing of those ads and the movie in the 30 days prior to the Democratic primaries.

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The Wall Street Journal: Hillary: The Censor Citizens United was about the right to criticize her.

“I think it’s fair to say that . . . the deck is still stacked in favor of those already at the top,” declared Hillary Clinton in Monticello, Iowa, yesterday. She might have added: And that’s why it is clear even now that I am going to be the Democratic nominee for president of the United States.

National Journal reports that Mrs. Clinton was “speaking to just 22 people.” That’s true if your definition of “person” excludes corporations—specifically media corporations—and their employees, for “those [22] Iowans were far outnumbered by the dozens of reporters who were bunched together behind a thin yellow rope at the back of the room”:

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In her first campaign appearance since announcing her candidacy on Sunday, Hillary Clinton called for a constitutional amendment to restrict political speech by overturning the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision. Clinton also tried to frame herself as a populist by blasting CEOs and hedge fund managers.

At a Tuesday roundtable event at Kirkwood Community College in Monticello, Iowa, Clinton said that there is “something wrong” when “CEOs make 300 times” what the average worker makes and “hedge fund managers pay lower tax rates than nurses and truckers that I saw along I-80.” Clinton’s son-in-law is a hedge fund manager for a fund some may have invested in to gain favor with the Clintons.

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Associated Press: Citizens United launches Utah ads supporting Mike Lee

The conservative group Citizens United is launching an advertising campaign in Utah urging residents to call U.S. Sen. Mike Lee and thank him for his conservative policies.

Citizens United president David Bossie says the group wants Utah residents to recognize Lee and enable him to feel confident in his agenda. They've spent $200,000 on the campaign, which launched Monday. Bossie says they may spend more in the months ahead.

He says his group is not worried that the Republican senator could face a primary challenge when he runs for re-election next year. No candidate has emerged.

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Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) is about to get a big boost back home in Utah from national conservative group Citizens United, which is launching a $200,000 television, radio and digital ad buy thanking Lee for his work on the conservative reform agenda.

“His plan helps working families and the middle class to prosper with Utah leading the way. Senator Mike Lee, an innovative leader,” a narrator says in the new television ad, shared exclusively with Breitbart News ahead of its public release. “Mike Lee’s conservative reform agenda lowers the cost of higher education so we open more doors of opportunity, eliminates unfair tax penalties for parents, paves the way to better roads, less traffic and more job creation. A principled, problem-solving plan. Call Mike Lee and thank him for the conservative reform agenda.”

Citizens United president David Bossie, in an interview with Breitbart News, said the ad campaign will start on Tuesday on television and online, then will add a “heavy radio component” beginning next week.

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NBC’s new show American Odyssey is a retelling of Homer’s classic tale and also, according to its creators, an illustration of the dangers of Citizens United to American democracy.

The show focuses on Sgt. Odelle Ballard, a woman soldier working with special forces in North Africa. Odelle’s team stumbles upon evidence that a major U.S. corporation has been funding terrorism and are promptly attacked by a blackwater-type private security firm working for the company. Odelle survives thanks to a Muslim boy named Aslam who becomes her guide and protector in her odyssey to return to the United States.

Meanwhile, on the homefront, an Occupy-themed activist learns of a text message Odelle sent just before her escape. He and his group thus become part of the struggle against the corporation and the U.S. military which claims Odelle is dead.

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The Washington Post: Changing pay-to-play politics

As the April 6 editorial “Political speech or corruption?” argued, it’s easier and easier in this post-Citizens United world for big campaign donors to attempt to influence our elected officials or even effectively select each party’s nominee months before voters get to weigh in.

While we should not rush to judge Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.), one thing is clear: Campaign finance reform should occur through legislation, not selective prosecution. We need to change our system so that everyone’s voice is heard, everyone knows who is trying to buy influence over government and politicians play by common-sense rules and are held accountable.

While we’re making progress around disclosure and public financing on the local level from Maine to Montana, we need our national leaders not just to promise better politics or to clean up Washington but also to take action to create the changes we need. And President Obama has a chance to do just that by signing an executive order requiring federal government contractors to disclose political spending.

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Cagle: Democrats with Their Heads in the Clouds

As Congress jetted off to yet another recess, many liberals caught the first plane out of town. Here in Washington, DC the preferred airport of most Members of Congress is Ronald Reagan National Airport. Located on the banks of the Potomac it’s the fastest way out of town and back to their home districts.

The District of Columbia is known for its awe-inspiring architecture, landmarks, and museums. Many of our office buildings and airports are named after strong and significant leaders in United States history. We honor our forefathers with iconic memorials dedicated to Jefferson, Lincoln, and Washington. We commemorate our leaders for their duty and sacrifice with office buildings named after Presidents Eisenhower and Ford. However, one building has inspired anger from the Left – the Ronald Reagan National Airport.

Ronald Reagan was added to the airport name in 1998 in honor of his presidency. Democrats are seeking to change the name to Washington National Airport because they find the Reagan name offensive.

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