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  • April 24, 2009 2:48 pm | By Marge Baker

    We couldn’t have said it better

    Republicans are trying to paint OLC nominee Dawn Johnsen as "out of the mainstream." Rachel Maddow turned the tables on them last night in an interview with Salon's Dahlia Lithwick. Lithwick noted that Republicans are creating a storm — threatening…

  • April 22, 2009 11:00 pm | By Marge Baker

    Two Strikes Against Senator Inhofe

    Senator Inhofe announced earlier this week that he would filibuster the nomination of David Hamilton for a seat on the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals. And on the Senate floor he elaborated—he said this was because, in a case involving…

  • April 22, 2009 9:35 pm | By Drew Courtney

    Does the National Organization for Marriage want to overthrow the government?

    If the National Organization for Marriage was attempting to position itself as a respectable group, they’ve been having a rough time of it lately.First, they created the hilariously inept “Gathering Storm” ad which generated a blizzard of mockery.Now, via Box…

  • April 22, 2009 9:35 pm | By Marge Baker

    UPDATED: Message from Senator Whitehouse: Keep Up the Pressure to Confirm Dawn Johnsen

    Today I had the opportunity to moderate a discussion with Senator Sheldon Whitehouse on a conference call with PFAW members and activists. As we’ve mentioned before, Senator Whitehouse has been one of the leading voices in the push to restore…

  • April 21, 2009 7:06 pm | By Marge Baker

    David Hamilton to Appear on the Hill. Again.

    We just got word from the Senate Judiciary Committee that Republicans are going to get another shot at questioning Judge David Hamilton, President Obama’s first judicial nominee who is being put forward for a seat on the Court of Appeals…

  • April 20, 2009 5:13 pm | By Ben Betz

    Restore Justice — Impeach Bybee

    Sunday's New York Times included an editorial calling for the impeachment of Jay Bybee, a U.S. Appeals Court Judge on the Ninth Circuit (nominated by Bush) who, while at the Department of Justice, authored memos providing the "legal" justification for the…

  • April 15, 2009 7:08 pm | By Drew Courtney

    Kathleen Turner Speaks Out for Dawn Johnsen

    People For the American Way Foundation board member Kathleen Turner posted a piece today on the Huffington Post making a forceful case for confirming Dawn Johnsen as the head of Office of Legal Counsel.To restore integrity and respect for the…

  • April 14, 2009 10:35 pm | By Stacey Gates

    Not a Joke. We think.

    What do you get when you cross a desperate Republican House campaign and a US senator who only months ago held the very seat the Republican candidate is seeking?Another reason no-excuse absentee voting makes sense.

  • April 8, 2009 7:10 pm | By Willard

    Obama Administration Raises the Bar on Wiretap Secrecy

    Two of the most damaging legacies of the Bush Administration - the gutting of FISA through warrantless wiretapping, and the assertion of the almost monarchical "unitary executive" theory of executive branch authority - returned to center stage late last week,…

  • April 7, 2009 8:44 pm | By Drew Courtney

    What a Day for Marriage!

    As we hope you’ve already heard, champagne corks are popping in Vermont where both houses of the state legislature successfully overrode the Governor’s veto of same-sex marriage legislation. And for those of us in DC, marriage equality is a step…

  • April 6, 2009 6:04 pm | By Drew Courtney

    The Audacity of Blackmail

    According to the Daily Beast, the GOP is threatening to filibuster President Obama’s legal nominees if he moves to release the infamous “torture memos” that came out of the John Yoo-era Office of Legal Counsel:A reliable Justice Department source advises…

  • April 3, 2009 8:38 pm | By Peter Montgomery

    More Good News from Iowa

    While national Religious Right leaders have reacted with predictably apocalyptic venom to the unanimous Iowa Supreme Court ruling upholding marriage equality, there's more good news from the state's political leaders. According to the national Stonewall Democrats, the Iowa Democratic Party…

  • April 3, 2009 2:53 pm | By Peter Montgomery

    Iowa Marriage Decision Recognizes Religious-Civil Distinction

    People For the American Way Foundation's recent Right Wing Watch In Focus report documented the deceptive ways that Religious Right leaders blur the distinction between civil and religious marriage in order to convince Americans that marriage equality is a threat to…

  • April 1, 2009 11:26 pm | By Marge Baker

    GOP Boycotts Hamilton Hearing

    I’m just back from the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on the nomination of Judge David Hamilton to the Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, which the Republicans on the committee boycotted because they claimed they had not been given…

  • April 1, 2009 10:48 pm | By Drew Courtney

    If You Care About the Environment . . .

    You should also care about the Supreme Court.In a setback for environmentalists, the Supreme Court ruled on Wednesday that federal regulators may consider costs when deciding whether to order the operators of power plants to install protections for fish.By 6…

  • March 27, 2009 8:42 pm | By Willard

    What About the D.C. Voting Rights Act?

    The DC Voting Rights Act (H.R. 157) is currently sitting in limbo, hung up over controversial amendments. The bill has been removed from the floor, further delaying the vote that the citizens of the District deserve.This week DC Vote began…

  • March 27, 2009 6:13 pm | By Drew Courtney

    Homophobia and the Black Church Event

    This week, People For Foundation’s African American Ministers Leadership Council is co-sponsoring the Harambee* celebration at Howard Divinity School.  Yesterday, I had the opportunity to attend one of the panels we sponsored, “Homophobia in the Black Church.” It was, if…

  • March 26, 2009 3:18 pm | By Marge Baker

    Obama DOJ Invokes State Secrets For Second Time

    This Washington Post recently had a story on a second instance of the Obama Department of Justice invoking "state secrets" in an effort to shut down a lawsuit challenging violations by the Bush Administration of individuals' constitutional rights. The first…

  • March 24, 2009 12:47 am | By Marge Baker

    More Nonsense from the Right on Hamilton

    Late last week several leaders of the Right, including Tony Perkins, Edwin Meese, and Alfred Regnery issued a statement opposing the nomination of David Hamilton (currently the Chief Judge of the Southern District of Indiana) to the Seventh Circuit Court…

  • March 23, 2009 9:47 pm | By Drew Courtney

    Justice O’Connor Speaks Out. Kinda.

    The New York Times has a short interview of former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, and it’s interesting to see all the topics she doesn’t want to talk about.Whom did you vote for in the presidential election?Come on, is…