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  • Op-Ed
    Rural Arts Funding Threatened by the Trump Administration
    June 14, 2017 9:45 am | By Dana Sweeney

    Rural Arts Funding Threatened by the Trump Administration

    The Trump administration’s recent budget proposal aims to take a sledgehammer to many critical federal programs, starkly revealing in dollars and cents which public needs are being threatened by the new administration. Among the many proposed cuts to vital programs…

  • News and Analysis
    GOP Press Crackdown in the Heart of Democracy
    June 13, 2017 3:15 pm | By Paul Gordon

    GOP Press Crackdown in the Heart of Democracy

    Senate Republicans today initiated a shocking clampdown on freedom of the press. Without consulting any of the Democrats, Sen. Richard Shelby, chairman of the Senate Rules Committee, imposed a dangerous prohibition on reporters’ ability to gather and report news from…

  • News and Analysis
    Serious Concerns About 11th Circuit Nominee Kevin Newsom
    June 12, 2017 2:39 pm | By Paul Gordon

    Serious Concerns About 11th Circuit Nominee Kevin Newsom

    People For the American Way sent the following letter to Senate Judiciary Committee members to express our serious concerns about Kevin Newsom, President Trump's nominee to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. You can download the letter…

  • People For in Action
    Playing the Long Game: PFAW Hosts a Telebriefing on the Next Up Victory Fund
    June 12, 2017 2:28 pm | By Dana Sweeney

    Playing the Long Game: PFAW Hosts a Telebriefing on the Next Up Victory Fund

    Earlier this month, PFAW staff joined with members and supporters on a call to discuss the proactive steps that PFAW is taking to elevate young progressive leaders and to develop a wellspring of progressive political talent for the coming decades.…

  • News and Analysis
    John K. Bush Should Not be Confirmed to the 6th Circuit
    June 9, 2017 4:33 pm | By Marge Baker

    John K. Bush Should Not be Confirmed to the 6th Circuit

    People For the American Way sent the following letter to Senate Judiciary Committee members to express our opposition to the confirmation of John K. Bush to the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. You can download this…

  • Op-Ed
    Apocalypse Preparation Industry Seeks New Sources of Fear
    June 9, 2017 1:35 pm | By Dana Sweeney

    Apocalypse Preparation Industry Seeks New Sources of Fear

    Over the course of President Obama’s tenure in the Oval Office, a cottage industry of doomsday salesmen blossomed: entrepreneurial conspiracy theorists who, purportedly motivated by signs of impending disaster, sold survival gear to those who believed that some great calamity…

  • People For in Action
    The Judiciary Committee Should Reject Damien Schiff’s Nomination
    June 9, 2017 9:00 am | By Marge Baker

    The Judiciary Committee Should Reject Damien Schiff’s Nomination

    People For the American Way sent the following letter to Senate Judiciary Committee members to express our opposition to the confirmation of Damien Schiff to the United States Court of Federal Claims. You can download this letter here. Dear Chairman…

  • People For in Action
    Orlando Pulse Shooting Day of Remembrance Brings Together LGBTQ, Muslim, and Latinx Communities
    June 9, 2017 8:46 am | By Jen Herrick

    Orlando Pulse Shooting Day of Remembrance Brings Together LGBTQ, Muslim, and Latinx Communities

    As an ally of the LGBTQ, Muslim, and Latinx communities, People For the American Way is honored to stand in solidarity as we mark the first day of remembrance of the June 12, 2016 massacre at the LGBTQ nightclub Pulse…

  • People For in Action
    PFAW and Allies Deliver 4 Million Petitions Demanding Full Russiagate Investigation
    June 8, 2017 8:50 am | By Dana Sweeney

    PFAW and Allies Deliver 4 Million Petitions Demanding Full Russiagate Investigation

    Yesterday People For the American Way partnered with 19 national organizations to host a rally and hand-deliver to Congress over four million signed petitions calling for a full investigation into the Trump campaign’s potential ties to Russia, obstruction of justice,…

  • People For in Action
    Trump Claims He’s Committed To Civil Rights—The Facts Say Otherwise
    June 7, 2017 4:12 pm | By Jen Herrick

    Trump Claims He’s Committed To Civil Rights—The Facts Say Otherwise

    White House spokeswoman Kelly Love recently told The Washington Post that the “Trump administration has an unwavering commitment to the civil rights of all Americans.” To say that this is their latest alternative fact would be to put it mildly.…

  • People For in Action
    Treating Pregnant Workers Fairly Is Good for Women and the Economy
    June 7, 2017 1:08 pm | By Jen Herrick

    Treating Pregnant Workers Fairly Is Good for Women and the Economy

    On Mother's Day, we sent a message to President Trump: mothers don’t need greeting cards and chocolate—we need real reform. Yet barely a week later, another empty promise is exactly what American mothers got. The Trump budget is chockful of…

  • Federal Update
    Pride Month: LGBTQ Progress and Holding the Trump Administration Accountable
    June 6, 2017 11:53 am | By Jen Herrick

    Pride Month: LGBTQ Progress and Holding the Trump Administration Accountable

    One year ago, President Obama marked the final LGBTQ Pride Month of his administration by calling on the American people to eliminate prejudice and celebrate diversity. Today, President Trump has failed to even recognize Pride Month, choosing instead to mark…

  • News and Analysis
    Obstruction of Justice Evidence Mounts
    June 1, 2017 1:10 pm | By Arn Pearson

    Obstruction of Justice Evidence Mounts

    This post originally appeared in Medium. President Trump’s attempts to impede the FBI’s investigation are a big deal In the world of presidential scandals, “obstruction of justice” is kind of a big deal. Sure, President Nixon was responsible for overseeing…

  • Federal Update
    Trump Administration Guts Federal Agencies’ Ability to Protect Civil Rights
    May 31, 2017 4:15 pm | By Diallo Brooks

    Trump Administration Guts Federal Agencies’ Ability to Protect Civil Rights

    This piece originally appeared in Huffington Post. In recent decades a critical role of the federal government has been to enforce laws that protect marginalized communities from discrimination, with offices in multiple agencies focused on investigating wrongdoing and curbing civil…

  • State and Local Update
    Big Resistance Wins in New York and New Hampshire: Republicans Lose Their First Two Seats
    May 31, 2017 3:17 pm | By Bradley Williams

    Big Resistance Wins in New York and New Hampshire: Republicans Lose Their First Two Seats

    Last week, progressives scored two key victories in New Hampshire and New York. Two Republican districts that Donald Trump won flipped, with Democrats winning these crucial state legislative seats. These are the first two Republican seats to switch since 2016…

  • Op-Ed
    The Other Special Prosecutor We Need
    May 31, 2017 11:27 am | By Marie Lindberg

    The Other Special Prosecutor We Need

    The investigations into the Trump administration’s potential dealings with the Russian government during the 2016 election are picking up steam and gaining wider attention, but People For the American Way’s Arn Pearson sees another scandal growing that also deserves more…

  • News and Analysis
    GOP moving Trump’s judges too SLOWLY? Hardly.
    May 31, 2017 11:01 am | By Paul Gordon

    GOP moving Trump’s judges too SLOWLY? Hardly.

    Conservatives are in such a rush to shift America’s judiciary rightward that they’ve lost all sense of perspective. Yesterday’s Washington Examiner reports: President Trump's approach to filling the judiciary won praise from conservatives in the immediate aftermath of Justice Neil…

  • State and Local Update
    Montana Special Election Shows Outsized Impact of Money in Politics
    May 26, 2017 2:13 pm | By Rio Tazewell

    Montana Special Election Shows Outsized Impact of Money in Politics

    This week, despite being charged for assaulting a reporter who was asking about the American Health Care Act, Republican candidate Greg Gianforte came out on top in the special election to fill the Montana congressional seat vacated by Interior Secretary…

  • News and Analysis
    Republicans Love the Blue Slip
    May 26, 2017 2:07 pm | By Paul Gordon

    Republicans Love the Blue Slip

    The Senate has a number of characteristics that differentiate it from the House—practices designed to foster debate, encourage comity, and respect the prerogatives of each senator.  The “blue slip” tradition for circuit and district court nominations is one such practice,…

  • State and Local Update
    Amendment to Overturn Citizens United Reaches New Milestone
    May 26, 2017 1:29 pm | By Rio Tazewell

    Amendment to Overturn Citizens United Reaches New Milestone

    This week Nevada became the 19th state to officially call for a constitutional amendment to overturn Supreme Court decisions, such as Citizens United, which have led to an explosion of political spending by powerful special interests seeking to advance their…