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Jul 24, 2019

Citizens United, a conservative non-profit corporation, was once caught in the crosshairs of campaign finance law. The company violated the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act by broadcasting a political film within 30 days of a primary election. The Supreme Court split 5-4 on the issue. Did the court side with the free speech of a corporation? What happens when there are two different visions of the First Amendment? Are corporations people? Join James Harrigan, Antony Davies, and special guest Trevor Burrus as they recount the courtroom drama of Citizens United vs. Federal Election Commission and more on this week’s episode of Words & Numbers.

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Advances toward a cancer cure

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Topic of the week: Political Speech and the Citizens United Decision

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McCain-Feingold, Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act

Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission

Austin v. Michigan Chamber of Commerce

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