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This year's November elections may be dominated by a combination of money and secrecy.  Will the Democrats be able to hang on to control of the Congress?  Also, BP calls its "static kill" a success, and hip-hop superstar Wyclef-Jean says his native country can't wait any longer for him to return. We hear about his likely candidacy for President of Haiti.

Producers:
Katie Cooper
Darrell Satzman
Gary Scott

Main Topic Corporate Campaign Fundraising Goes into Overdrive 35 MIN, 13 SEC

The Tea Party movement has made political headlines, but the big news in this year's congressional races will be money. In January, the Supreme Court legalized unlimited campaign spending by corporations and unions, and corporate America is hoping to change control of the Congress. Right now, Democrats have more cash on hand, but corporate support for Republicans will be massive and contributors can remain anonymous.  Money and secrecy can be a potent political combination. We talk about their potential impact on November's mid-term elections.

Guests:
Tom Hamburger, Washington Post (@thamburger)
Rick Hasen, University of California, Irvine (@rickhasen)
David Keating, Club for Growth (@campaignfreedom)
Tara Malloy, Campaign Legal Center (@CampaignLegal)

One Party Country

Tom Hamburger

Making News BP Calls ‘Static Kill’ a Success/Government Says Most Oil Has Dispersed 7 MIN, 42 SEC

More than 100 days after the Deepwater Horizon exploded, BP says the so-called "static kill" finally has been successful. At the same time, federal officials say three quarters of the oil that's been spilled is now dispersed or removed from the water. Bryan Walsh has been following oil-spill developments for Time magazine.

Guests:
Bryan Walsh, Time magazine (@bryanrwalsh)

Reporter's Notebook Hip-hop Star Wyclef Jean to Run for Haitian Presidency 7 MIN, 58 SEC

Wyclef Jean is a Haitian-American hip-hop superstar who now says the earthquake in his native country on January 12 has turned him into a modern-day Moses, destined to return and lead his people out of bondage. We hear what he told Tim Padgett of Time magazine about running for president of Haiti.

Guests:
Tim Padgett, Time magazine (@TimPadgett2)

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