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  • News and Analysis
    The Pot, the Kettle, and Mitch McConnell
    October 30, 2017 2:34 pm | By Paul Gordon

    The Pot, the Kettle, and Mitch McConnell

    The survival of our democracy depends on having independent courts with judges who protect everyone’s rights and who won’t let anyone trample on the Constitution. So it’s no surprise that Donald Trump and Mitch McConnell are moving at light speed…

  • People For in Action
    Letter: Groups Urge Facebook and Google to Endorse Honest Ads Act, Protect U.S. Elections
    October 30, 2017 1:50 pm | By Jen Herrick

    Letter: Groups Urge Facebook and Google to Endorse Honest Ads Act, Protect U.S. Elections

    On October 20, more than two dozen reform organizations came together to support the Honest Ads Act introduced by Senators Amy Klobuchar, Mark Warner, and John McCain. Now many of those same groups, including People For the American Way, are…

  • News and Analysis
    United States v. Trump Campaign: Two Indictments and One Guilty Plea
    October 30, 2017 11:37 am | By Paul Gordon

    United States v. Trump Campaign: Two Indictments and One Guilty Plea

    Today’s federal indictment of Paul Manafort and Rick Gates (President Trump’s former campaign manager and his deputy) gives us an excellent behind-the-scenes look at the type of person that Donald Trump associates with.  The charges brought by special counsel Robert…

  • Federal Update
    Uncovering the Sham in Trump’s Voter Suppression Commission
    October 30, 2017 11:31 am | By Jen Herrick

    Uncovering the Sham in Trump’s Voter Suppression Commission

    Ever since the deeply embarrassing week that surrounded the September meeting of Trump's sham voter suppression commission, the question has been what's next for Kris Kobach, Hans von Spakovsky, and the rogues gallery of proponents of false voter fraud claims…

  • News and Analysis
    The Progressive Happy Hour: Trump Is Allergic to Powerful Women
    October 27, 2017 9:04 am | By Christin “Cici” Battle, Drew Courtney

    The Progressive Happy Hour: Trump Is Allergic to Powerful Women

    Donald Trump’s pattern of attempting to discredit and demean powerful women was on full display recently through his attacks on Representative Frederica Wilson as a “wacky” liar. In the October 27 episode of “The Progressive Happy Hour,” hosts Christin “Cici”…

  • People For in Action
    PFAW Goes All-In for Progressive Candidates in Virginia 2017 Election
    October 26, 2017 4:24 pm | By Katie O’Connell

    PFAW Goes All-In for Progressive Candidates in Virginia 2017 Election

    The upcoming election in Virginia is the biggest election of 2017. Three important statewide seats are open—the governor, lieutenant governor and attorney general—as well as a number of significant State House seats that could help to regain Democratic control of…

  • News and Analysis
    Let’s Hold Our Applause for Jeff Flake and Bob Corker
    October 26, 2017 12:07 pm | By Ben Betz

    Let’s Hold Our Applause for Jeff Flake and Bob Corker

    We’re glad to see any Republican member of Congress speak out against Trump’s outrageous affronts to our constitutional values and the GOP’s complicity in those affronts. However, the public rebukes of Trump by Senators Jeff Flake of Arizona and Bob…

  • People For in Action
    Your New Favorite Podcast: PFAW Launches “The Progressive Happy Hour”
    October 25, 2017 5:46 pm | By Layne Amerikaner

    Your New Favorite Podcast: PFAW Launches “The Progressive Happy Hour”

    In the Trump era, we could all use a podcast to help us unpack the most important news, strategize for progressive change, and raise a glass to the resistance. And it doesn’t hurt to throw in a little discussion of…

  • News and Analysis
    Meet Bob Marshall: Extremist Who Says Disabled Children Are God’s Punishment, Gay People Should Be Jailed, And Schools Should Have More Guns
    October 25, 2017 3:37 pm | By People For Staff

    Meet Bob Marshall: Extremist Who Says Disabled Children Are God’s Punishment, Gay People Should Be Jailed, And Schools Should Have More Guns

    Virginia Republican Bob Marshall, a state delegate representing the state’s 13th district, is a figurehead in a conservative movement that seeks to prevent and roll back any and all expansion of rights for women and LGBTQ people. He was once…

  • People For in Action
    Letter: Surveillance Reformers Endorse USA RIGHTS Act
    October 24, 2017 2:56 pm | By Jen Herrick

    Letter: Surveillance Reformers Endorse USA RIGHTS Act

    On October 24, Senators Rand Paul and Ron Wyden introduced the USA RIGHTS Act. This bipartisan legislation addresses the federal government's abuse of the surveillance authorities granted by Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, including a new search…

  • People For in Action
    The Progressive Happy Hour: The Birth Control Battles
    October 20, 2017 12:56 pm | By Christin “Cici” Battle, Drew Courtney, Miranda Blue

    The Progressive Happy Hour: The Birth Control Battles

    The Trump administration is ramping up its attacks on women’s rights, announcing a policy change that could cause hundreds of thousands of women to lose access to birth control coverage. In the October 20 episode of “The Progressive Happy Hour,”…

  • People For in Action
    Letter: Groups Support Legislation to Expose Foreign Influence in U.S. Elections
    October 20, 2017 12:35 pm | By Jen Herrick

    Letter: Groups Support Legislation to Expose Foreign Influence in U.S. Elections

    As investigations continue into the Trump campaign and Russian interference in the 2016 election, People For the American Way is among the more than two dozen reform organizations that are supporting the Honest Ads Act. This new bipartisan legislation, introduced…

  • People For in Action
    Promoting Accountability and Transparency of Congressional Investigations into Russian Interference in 2016 Elections
    October 19, 2017 12:04 pm | By Elliot Mincberg

    Promoting Accountability and Transparency of Congressional Investigations into Russian Interference in 2016 Elections

    As at least three congressional committees continue investigating Russian interference in our 2016 elections and related matters—including possible involvement by the Trump campaign—fifteen experts on congressional investigations and on national security have come together to propose a series of benchmarks…

  • People For in Action
    Letter: Senate Budget Threatens Health and Economic Security of LGBTQ People
    October 18, 2017 3:11 pm | By Jen Herrick

    Letter: Senate Budget Threatens Health and Economic Security of LGBTQ People

    On October 5, the U.S. House passed a callous and irresponsible budget that threatens real harm for real people. Now the U.S. Senate has entered the fray, and the proposal they're debating is also likely to leave millions of Americans…

  • News and Analysis
    Katsas Hearing Reinforces Why He Should Not be Confirmed
    October 18, 2017 2:48 pm | By Paul Gordon

    Katsas Hearing Reinforces Why He Should Not be Confirmed

    Greg Katsas, President Trump’s nominee for the powerful D.C. Circuit, had his hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee yesterday. Unfortunately, the information he provided—and that which he failed to provide—demonstrate why senators should reject the nomination. As we noted in our…

  • News and Analysis
    A Deep Dive into the First SCOTUS Term of the Trump Era
    October 17, 2017 2:53 pm | By Katie O’Connell

    A Deep Dive into the First SCOTUS Term of the Trump Era

    This month’s member telebriefing was focused on the new Supreme Court term—the first of the Trump era, with Neil Gorsuch in a stolen seat—which is taking on some major cases that will have a huge impact on the lives of…

  • People For in Action
    PFAW and Allies: Jeff Mateer is Wholly Unfit for a Lifetime Appointment
    October 17, 2017 11:30 am | By Jen Herrick

    PFAW and Allies: Jeff Mateer is Wholly Unfit for a Lifetime Appointment

    On September 7, President Trump nominated Jeff Mateer to a seat on the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas—yet another alarming and dangerous nod to Trump's far-right base. Mateer is an anti-LGBTQ zealot who spoke at a…

  • People For in Action
    Letter: The Judiciary Committee Should Reject Greg Katsas’s Nomination
    October 17, 2017 9:37 am | By Marge Baker

    Letter: The Judiciary Committee Should Reject Greg Katsas’s Nomination

    On September 7, President Trump nominated Greg Katsas to a seat on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia. The Senate Judiciary Committee is holding Katsas's hearing today, October 17. People For the American Way sent the…

  • People For in Action
    The Progressive Happy Hour: Virginia is for Progressives
    October 13, 2017 1:53 pm | By Christin “Cici” Battle, Drew Courtney, Lizet Ocampo

    The Progressive Happy Hour: Virginia is for Progressives

    The Virginia gubernatorial race is heating up, and the Republican candidate has made clear he’s eager to take a page out of Trump’s racist, anti-immigrant playbook. In the October 13 episode of “The Progressive Happy Hour,” hosts Christin “Cici” Battle…

  • People For in Action
    New Latinos Vote! Ad Takes on Ed Gillespie’s Anti-Immigrant Attack Ads in Spanish
    October 11, 2017 4:41 pm | By Marie Lindberg

    New Latinos Vote! Ad Takes on Ed Gillespie’s Anti-Immigrant Attack Ads in Spanish

    Republican Virginia gubernatorial candidate Ed Gillespie is using both dog-whistle and overtly racist appeals in his campaign attack ads and mailers—demonizing Latinos and immigrants, even accusing Democrats of fighting FOR the gang MS-13. On Thursday, Trump echoed the fearmongering message…