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Justice Samuel Alito Mouths 'Not True' During State of the Union

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He was a bit quieter than Joe Wilson, and didn't quite call President Obama a liar, but Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito had his moment of protest during Wednesday night's State of the Union address, the Washington Post reports. As Obama criticized the court's recent decision to allow corporations to spend unlimited money on elections, Alito -- just a few feet away -- appeared to mouth the words "Not true."

Obama took issue with the Citizens United decision on the grounds that it would "open the floodgates" for new waves of money to be injected into politics. "With all due deference to separation of powers, last week the Supreme Court reversed a century of law that, I believe, will open the floodgates for special interests, including foreign corporations, to spend without limit in our elections," he said.

While Democrats applauded and the other eight justices sat expressionless, Alito appeared to say, "Not true, not true." He voted with the majority in Citizens United.

"I don't think American elections should be bankrolled by America's most powerful interests or, worse, by foreign entities," Obama continued. "They should be decided by the American people. And I urge Democrats and Republicans to pass a bill that helps correct some of these problems."

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