New York Times http://wfpl.org en NY Times Editorial Goes After McConnell Over Disclose Act http://wfpl.org/post/ny-times-editorial-goes-after-mcconnell-over-disclose-act <p>In a stinging editorial, the <em>New York Times </em>chastises Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., for opposing legislation that would require Super PACs to disclose their donor lists to the public.</p><p>Last month, <a href="http://wfpl.org/post/mcconnell-obama-disclose-act-threaten-first-amendment">McConnell delivered a pointed speech against the Disclose Act</a> where he argued it was an attempt by the Obama administration to intimidate conservative donors and organizations. The GOP leader went as far as to accuse the president of engaging in Nixonian harassment to undermine the First Amendment.</p><p>But those in support of the bill&mdash;<a href="http://archives.wfpl.org/2012/02/13/yarmuth-co-sponsors-bill-requiring-financial-disclosure-in-campaigns/">including Congressman John Yarmuth, D-Ky</a>.&mdash;argue the measure is necessary to know who is behind political ads in the Citizens United world.</p><p>From the <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2012/07/08/opinion/sunday/why-senator-mitch-mcconnell-is-so-nervous.html?ref=opinion"><em>New York Times</em></a>:</p><blockquote><p>The vast majority of the secret money going into &ldquo;social welfare&rdquo; organizations like Crossroads GPS, founded by Karl Rove, is being spent on behalf of Mitt Romney and other Republican candidates, and the Disclose Act is coming up for another vote in a few weeks. So Mr. McConnell needs a new excuse for filibustering it again. But his suggestion that President Obama and Democrats want disclosure in order to compile a list of &ldquo;enemies&rdquo; is repugnant. Sat, 07 Jul 2012 22:32:08 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 939 at http://wfpl.org NY Times Editorial Goes After McConnell Over Disclose Act Gail Collins To Speak In Louisville Thursday http://wfpl.org/post/gail-collins-speak-louisville-thursday <p>New York Times national columnist Gail Collins speak tomorrow night at the <a href="http://www.lfpl.org/upcomingevents.htm#collins">Louisville Free Public Library</a>.</p><p>Collins will discuss her new book, <strong><em>As Texas Goes&hellip;</em></strong>, which looks at how Texas has historically influenced federal government policies but in recent years has been a hotbed of anti-Washington sentiment.</p><p>Collins said she decided to write the book after attending a Tea Party rally in 2009.</p> Wed, 27 Jun 2012 21:23:03 +0000 Rick Howlett 823 at http://wfpl.org Gail Collins To Speak In Louisville Thursday