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Political prognosticators say, “Follow the money.” And, in this year’s mid-term elections, there’s more money to follow than ever. In April, the US Supreme Court ruled that individuals can give away as much as they want to—with no limit on the total amount of their contributions. Big donors already are boasting that more candidates are showing up at their doors, enhancing their influence on the people who make the laws. Is it a victory for “free speech” or a defeat for democracy? What’s the possible impact on the House and the Senate this year?

Also, the Obama Justice Department will open a civil rights investigation into the police department in Ferguson, Missouri in the wake of hte Michael Brown shooting. Plus: Are drills to prepare for mass shootings prudent planning, or exercises in terror?

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Producers:
Benjamin Gottlieb
Sarah Sweeney
Claire Martin

DOJ Will Open Civil Rights Probe into Ferguson Police 6 MIN, 29 SEC

The FBI is already investigating the shooting death of black teenager Michael Brown by a white policeman in Ferguson, Missouri. Now, after civil unrest that was reported around the world, the Obama Justice Department will open a broader, civil rights investigation into the Ferguson P.D . Manny Fernandez of the New York Times is reporting from Ferguson.

Guests:
Manny Fernandez, New York Times (@mannyNYT)

Without Limits, Will Campaign Contributions Dominate Politics? 35 MIN, 16 SEC

There’s just nine weeks left before the mid-term elections—and there’s more money than ever for Senate and House campaigns. In April, Alabama businessman Shaun McCutcheon gave his name to a US Supreme Court decision to eliminate legal restrictions on how much an individual can give in total to candidates and committees. McCutcheon says it’s great to have more money in politics—putting it this way: “we’re just spreading speech.” What’s the likely impact of more money in politics—this year and in years to come?

Guests:
Matea Gold, Washington Post (@mateagold)
Lawrence Noble, Campaign Legal Center (@LarryNoble_DC)
Bradley Smith, Center for Competitive Politics (@CommishSmith)
Alex Isenstadt, Politico (@politicoalex)

Active Shooter Drills Elicit Lawsuits 8 MIN, 14 SEC

In the aftermath of all too many mass shootings and other violent incidents, there’s been more and more effort to prepare for the worst. But that’s easier said than done. Michelle Meeker is a registered nurse who quit her job and sued a Colorado nursing home after it staged a drill designed to prepare employees for an armed intruder. Dan Frosch has written about that and similar incidents for the Wall Street Journal.

Guests:
Dan Frosch, Wall Street Journal (@djfroschWSJ)

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