Here's what we're watching Thursday Inside Politics:
Turns out money is the same thing as speech in the eyes of the U.S. Supreme Court.
SCOTUS campaign finance in a nutshell: After the Supreme Court ruling in McCutcheon v. FEC yesterday, you can't just give as much money as you want to any candidate. Those limits are still set at $5,200 every two years. But there's now no limit on how much total you can give to all candidates. The old limit was $123,000 every two years. As Jeffrey Toobin put it on CNN just after the decision, essentially, in the eyes of the court, corporations are people and money is speech.
John Roberts’ majority ruling: “Money in politics may at times seem repugnant to some, but so too does much of what the First Amendment vigorously protects. If the First Amendment protects flag burning, funeral protests and Nazi parades - despite the profound offense such spectacles cause - it surely protects political campaign speech despite popular opposition.”
Stephen Breyer’s dissent: The decision “creates a loophole that will allow a single individual to contribute millions of dollars to a political party or to a candidate’s campaign. Taken together with Citizens United v. FEC, today’s decision eviscerates our Nation’s campaign finance laws, leaving a remnant incapable of dealing with the grave problems of democratic legitimacy that those laws were intended to resolve.”
(CNN) - Freshman Sen. Elizabeth Warren is the hottest politician in the country right now, according to a new national poll.
The latest edition of Quinnipiac University's National Thermometer, released Thursday, also indicates that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton remains hot, with New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is cooling off.
(CNN) – Populist darling Elizabeth Warren, along with the Progressive Change Campaign Committee, threw their support Thursday behind Bruce Braley in the race for an open U.S. Senate seat in Iowa.
Braley, a four-term congressman is hoping to keep the seat longtime Democratic Sen. Tom Harkin, who's retiring at the end of this year, in party hands.
(CNN) - Sen. Elizabeth Warren says she's "not running for president" in 2016 and the Massachusetts Democrat is pledging to "serve out" her term, which goes through 2018.
The freshman Senator, who's a darling of many progressives, made her comments Wednesday at a news conference for Boston Mayor-elect Marty Walsh.
Washington (CNN) - Sen. Elizabeth Warren has been in the 2016 presidential spotlight recently, but on Tuesday she was focused on the issue that helped get her to the Senate in 2012 – Wall Street reform.
The Massachusetts Democrat spoke about the merits of stricter financial regulation in remarks on Capitol Hill to a pair of liberal-leaning groups: Americans for Financial Reform and the Roosevelt Institute.
(CNN) - Sen. Elizabeth Warren delivered a lively reinforcement of progressive ideals and financial reform at a gala in Washington on Wednesday, touting Democratic political wins after Tuesday night's elections.
"Anyone see any of those elections yesterday?" the Massachusetts Democrat said, referring to New Jersey voters agreeing to raise the minimum wage. "When we fight for that, people know what we're fighting for."
Washington (CNN) - Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts Tuesday took her crusade for income equality in the United States to the 100th annual convention of the Mortgage Bankers Association.
In remarks at the Washington Convention Center, Warren admonished the rapid growth of sub-prime mortgages as the underlying cause of the housing crisis that has dragged on for the last several years while defending Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the government-backed housing finance giants that required a massive bailout in 2008 when their housing investments soured.
(CNN) – Sen. Elizabeth Warren blasted conservative and business elements Sunday night at the AFL-CIO Convention in Los Angeles, singling out the conservative members of the U.S Supreme Court and Republicans whom she accused of a concerted attack on labor.
In her prepared remarks, the Massachusetts Democrat took multiple opportunities to lambast "powerful interests" that "have done everything they can to block reform," she said.
(CNN) - On average, student loan borrowers end up carrying debt loads of $27,000. The interest rate on federal student loans is set to double this summer if Congress does not do anything about it. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Massachusetts, has introduced her first piece of legislation – a bill that would give a steep, temporary discount, taking the interest rate from 3.4% to less than 1%.
The U.S. government has been lending money at a rate of about 0.75% to financial institutions for years, said Warren.FULL STORY
New York (CNNMoney) – One of the toughest critics of Wall Street will soon be policing it.
Massachusetts Senator-elect Elizabeth Warren has been tapped to take a seat on the Senate Banking Committee, the Senate Democrats' steering committee announced Wednesday.FULL STORY