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This week on CounterSpin: GM executive Mary Barra is taking a grilling in a congressional hearing over dangerous defects in the company’s Chevy Cobalt, and in its decision-making process. The press is on the story; are they asking all the right questions? We’ll talk General Motors with Ralph Nader, author of the upcoming Unstoppable: The Emerging Left/Right Alliance to Dismantle the Corporate State.
Also on the show: You thought the problem of money in politics couldn’t get worse after the Supreme Court’s Citizens United ruling? Meet McCutcheon, the April 2 Supreme Court decision opening the floodgates for political contributions directly to candidates. We’ll talk with Liz Kennedy, an expert on democracy and elections at the group Demos, about what this case means.
–“Supreme Court Undermines Democracy With New Gift to Top Donors in McCutcheon v. FEC Ruling” (Demos, 4/2/14)