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  • February 4, 2009 8:45 pm | By Marge Baker

    Mark Gitenstein for Office of Legal Policy

    I’ve seen some concerns expressed about the possible nomination of Mark Gitenstein to head the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Policy, including questions about whether he’s sufficiently committed to protecting the rule of law to serve in the position at…

  • January 30, 2009 6:13 pm | By Willard

    New Rasmussen Supreme Court Poll: Garbage In, Garbage Out

    This week, right-wing polling firm Rasmussen Reports heralded a new poll which supposedly revealed that 64% of Americans think that "Supreme Court decisions should be based on what is written in the Constitution," whereas only 27% think the decisions "should…

  • January 30, 2009 6:00 am | By Willard

    Executive privilege for Rove?

    This was an exciting week. Our efforts to prevent the Right from building Senate opposition against Attorney General-nominee Eric Holder paid off and his nomination was approved by a 17-2 vote in the Senate Judiciary Committee. And yesterday President Obama…

  • January 29, 2009 6:40 pm | By Willard

    Energized and ready to pave the way

    In President Obama's first few days in office, he has already undone some serious damage from the previous administration with the stroke of a pen. He signed orders to close Guantanamo and the CIA's network of secret foreign prisons. And…

  • January 22, 2009 6:09 pm | By Paul Gordon

    Obama’s Civil Rights Agenda: LGBT Equality

    With George Bush and Dick Cheney finally out of power, our country is returning to its ideals so quickly and in so many ways that it’s dizzying.  Recognizing the rule of law? Check.  Following the Constitution? Check.  Keeping politics out…

  • January 16, 2009 8:18 pm | By Ben Betz

    Gay but Equal?

    By MARY FRANCES BERRY(From the January 16, 2009 edition of the New York Times)AS the country prepares to enter the Obama era, anxiety over the legal status and rights of gays and lesbians is growing. Barack Obama's invitation to the Rev. Rick…

  • January 16, 2009 3:46 pm | By Willard

    It’s Our Moment, Let’s Make the Most of It!

    This Tuesday marks what I hope will be the beginning of a dramatic new direction for our country. The relevance of President-elect Obama's inauguration falling one day after Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is not lost on any of us.…

  • January 9, 2009 11:11 pm | By Stacey Gates

    Breaking News: Two Pay Equity Bills Pass the House

     Workers seeking to bring pay discrimination lawsuits against corporations scored a huge victory today as the House of Representatives passed two key pay equity bills: the Ledbetter Fair Pay Act and Paycheck Fairness Act.    Lilly Ledbetter received an anonymous…

  • January 9, 2009 11:06 pm | By Stacey Gates

    National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Releases Report on California’s Prop 8 vote

    A new report released by the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force this week analyzing the Prop 8 vote paints a stark picture of the work that must be done by the gay rights community to change hearts and minds. …

  • January 5, 2009 9:57 pm | By Drew Courtney

    Department of Justice Will Actually Uphold the Law!

    After 8 years of the Bush Administration, it’s amazing how low our collective standards have fallen. For instance, the idea that Barack Obama has appointed people to the Department of Justice who will uphold the rule of law -- as…

  • December 19, 2008 9:59 pm | By Paul Gordon

    Where Is Today’s Deep Throat?

    Mark Felt - better known as the anonymous source Deep Throat - died yesterday at the age of 95.  The deputy director of the FBI in the early 1970s, Felt secretly led Washington Post reporters Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward…

  • December 17, 2008 8:38 pm | By Ben Betz

    Vote for the 2008 Equine Posterior Achievement Award!

    The Equine Posterior Achievement Award has been created to honor that leader whose abilities to misrepresent an issue, manipulate his/her followers, brazenly disregard reality or pander to our baser instincts reach such ridiculous levels that we don't know whether to…

  • December 14, 2008 10:35 pm | By Ben Betz

    W. Does Keep It Interesting

    The president is not ... um ... liked - with good reason, of course.Here's our president at a press conference in Iraq this weekend getting a pair of shoes thrown at his head. I'll say two things:1. The Iraqi reporter…

  • December 12, 2008 6:51 pm | By Willard

    Beyond the Sigh of Relief…

    Earlier this week, People For the American Way Foundation hosted -- and I moderated -- a panel at the National Press Club to discuss what the election of Barack Obama means for the future of the Supreme Court and what…

  • December 12, 2008 6:38 pm | By Ben Betz

    Your Daily Coulter

    There was a rumor a week or two about hate clown Ann Coulter having her jaw wired shut. Unfortunately, turns out a rumor is all it was. Anyway -- she was doin' her thang on Fox News, being all nuts as usual and…

  • December 12, 2008 6:19 pm | By Josh

    Kathryn Kolbert Discusses Obama and the Supreme Court on Pacifica Radio

    People For President Kathryn Kolbert joined American University law professor Jamin Raskin on Tuesday to discuss Barack Obama and the Supreme Court on Pacifica's What's at Stake. Among other things, Kolbert and Raskin discussed what progressives should look for in…

  • December 12, 2008 5:45 pm | By Ben Betz

    Right On, Leahy

    Trying to "send a message" and indicating he may try to obstruct Obama's efforts to restore constitutional values in Washington, Sen. Arlen Specter (the ranking Republican on the Judiciary Committee) is now pushing to delay confirmation hearings for Attorney General-nominee…

  • December 11, 2008 9:17 pm | By Ben Betz

    Letter to Obama from Feingold: “Concrete Steps” to Restore Rule of Law

    Following up on my previous post about Sen. Feingold....My main man Russ yesterday sent a letter to the President-elect "urging President-elect Barack Obama to take 'concrete steps' to restore the rule of law after the eight-year assault by the Bush…

  • December 10, 2008 10:26 pm | By Ben Betz

    NY State Senate Democratic Leader: “Real reform should not ever include limiting civil rights”

    We are suspending negotiations, effective immediately, because to do so otherwise would reduce our moral standing and the long-term Senate Democratic commitment to reform and to change.  We believe that ultimately, we must do what is right for the people…

  • December 8, 2008 9:42 pm | By Ben Betz

    Supreme Court Says No to Obama Citizenship Challenge

    The Supreme Court just rejected an appeal in a case challenging the validity of President-elect Obama's birth certificate, his citizenship and, in effect, his constitutional eligibility to assume the office of President. The fact that it took more than one split second…