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  • March 24, 2010 6:16 pm | By Josh

    Former DOJ Official Discusses Impact of GOP Obstruction

    On Tuesday, former Deputy Attorney General David Ogden spoke publicly for the first time since leaving the Justice Department.Among other pressing issues, Ogden addressed the ongoing obstruction of key Obama nominees to the department, including Dawn Johnsen to head the…

  • March 23, 2010 5:50 pm | By Ben Betz

    As Health Care Reform Passes, New Poll Shows the Shocking Radicalism of Today’s GOP

    For years, the GOP has been pandering to extremists. The health care debate and the Obama presidency have brought out the most paranoid, conspiracy theory-driven fringe members of that extremist base including racists, anti-government activists and too many otherwise-normal Americans who…

  • March 22, 2010 3:35 am | By Drew Courtney

    Landmark Health Care Bill Approved by House

    A few minutes ago, the House of Representatives passed landmark health reform, perhaps the most important piece of domestic policy legislation in a generation.The feat is all the more impressive given the scorched earth tactics the Right Wing has used…

  • March 21, 2010 6:08 pm | By Drew Courtney

    Right Wing Shocked, *Shocked* at Racist Slurs Aimed at Lawmakers

    During protests against health care reform, anti-health care activists used racial and homophobic slurs against members of Congress, and one protester was arrested for spitting on Congressman John Lewis of Georgia.Right Wing leaders have attempted to distance themselves from the…

  • March 19, 2010 6:37 pm | By Drew Courtney

    March for Immigration Reform This Weekend

    Anyone interested in supporting comprehensive immigration reform should be sure to mark their calendars for the "March For America" this weekend. If you make it to DC, you might be able to say hello to members of PFAWF's African American Ministers…

  • March 10, 2010 11:24 pm | By Drew Courtney

    Senator Cardin on a Constitutional Amendment

    In a hearing today entitled "We the People? Corporate Spending in American Elections after Citizens United,” the Senate Judiciary Committee discussed the impact of the Citizens United v. FEC and possible steps to repair the damage.  In addition to touching…

  • March 9, 2010 10:45 pm | By Josh

    LA Times: Corporate Money Pours into Chamber of Commerce to Sway Elections Thanks to Supreme Court

    Investigative reporter Tom Hamburger has an excellent article in today's Los Angeles Times on the tens of millions of dollars pouring into the U.S. Chamber of Commerce to defeat candidates who stand in the way of Big Business.As Hamburger reports,…

  • March 5, 2010 9:02 pm | By Ben Betz

    More evidence that in Virginia, the Radical Right’s in charge

    The Washington Post reported today that Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli has sent a letter to the Commonwealth’s public colleges and universities asking them to rescind policies that ban discrimination against LGBT people, stating:"It is my advice that the law…

  • March 4, 2010 11:10 pm | By Drew Courtney

    A Committee Meeting Worth Sitting Through

    Today, well over a year after she was originally nominated, the Senate Judiciary Committee once again approved the nomination of Dawn Johnsen to head the Office of Legal Counsel. As with any Judiciary Committee meeting, there was the requisite huffing…

  • March 4, 2010 9:25 pm | By Paul Gordon

    GOP Obstructionism Is No Surprise

    The good news is that the Senate Judiciary Committee voted this morning to approve - again - Dawn Johnsen's nomination to head the Office of Legal Counsel. The bad news is that this was yet another party-line vote where the…

  • March 3, 2010 8:19 pm | By Drew Courtney

    Marriage Equality in DC

    It took a while, and opponents of equality still insist they'll fight it, but marriage equality legislation finally took effect this morning in Washington, DC.Washington, D.C., became the nation’s sixth jurisdiction to allow same-sex marriage Wednesday when it opened its…

  • February 27, 2010 10:46 pm | By Marge Baker

    Judiciary Committee Hearing on OPR Report

    On Friday, the Senate Judiciary Committee held hearings on the recently-released report by the Justice Department’s Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR).  The Office had been tasked with assessing whether lawyers in the Bush Office of Legal Counsel had acted unethically…

  • February 27, 2010 7:41 pm | By Drew Courtney

    Rev. Kenneth Samuel Responds to Rep. Trent Franks

    You'd think that Congressman Trent Franks would have learned from his brush with fame last year when he declared that President Obama was an "enemy of humanity" because he's pro-choice. But he didn't.  Yesterday Congressman Franks argued that African Americans…

  • February 27, 2010 6:18 pm | By Leslie Watson Malachi

    African American History Awareness Month – A Chance to Prove

    In 1926, Dr. Carter G. Woodson launched Negro History Week as an initiative to bring national attention to the contributions of Black people throughout American history. Today the celebration in the arts and science, public and private business industries, sports,…

  • February 25, 2010 10:36 pm | By Jordan

    Senators Dodd and Udall call for a constitutional amendment

    Yesterday, Senators Christopher Dodd and Tom Udall introduced a constitutional amendment to correct the Supreme Court’s recent ruling in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission. According to Senator Dodd:Ultimately, we must cut through the underbrush and go directly to the…

  • February 24, 2010 9:56 pm | By Paul Gordon

    Despite the Right’s Objections, Maryland To Recognize Same-Sex Marriages from Other States

    This morning, the Maryland Attorney General released a well-reasoned opinion that firmly establishes that the state may recognize same-sex marriages from other states (and countries). The Far Right, of course, wanted an opinion stating that Maryland would not recognize out-of-state…

  • February 24, 2010 2:23 pm | By Drew Courtney

    John Yoo versus Reality

    Via The San Francisco Chronicle, it seems that the latest filing by John Yoo's lawyer— in a case brought by a prisoner who was illegally detained and tortured based on Yoo’s advice—has all the hallmarks of one of Yoo’s own…

  • February 19, 2010 8:24 pm | By Ben Betz

    Virginia’s New Radical Right Governor Begins His Assault

    Pat Robertson's man in the Virginia State House, Governor Bob McDonnell, has been in office less than a month and is already delivering on the Religious Right's agenda ... at the expense of Virginians' civil rights.A February 5 executive order…

  • February 18, 2010 11:13 pm | By Jordan

    Jeffrey Rosen on John Roberts’ Judicial Activism

    Despite Chief Justice John Roberts’ claims in 2006 that his goal for the Supreme Court was to converge around narrow, unanimous rulings, The New Republic’s Jeffrey Rosen writes that Citizen’s United v. FEC is, “the kind of divisive and unnecessarily…

  • February 11, 2010 9:18 pm | By Drew Courtney

    Leahy Keeps Pushing Forward on Nominations

    At a meeting of the Senate Judiciary Committee today, Dawn Johnsen was set to be sent for a second time to the full Senate—this time on the one year anniversary of her original nomination. True, Washington is almost totally shut…