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  • February 2, 2010 10:46 pm | By Drew Courtney

    Senator Kerry Speaks Out for a Constitutional Amendment

    During a hearing of the Senate Rules Committee today, Senator John Kerry announced his intention to introduce a Constitutional Amendment to repair the damage done by the Supreme Court in Citizens United v. FEC.We face two challenges: first, to mediate…

  • February 2, 2010 6:12 pm | By Drew Courtney

    What Moderates?

    Last night, Patricia Smith, President Obama’s choice to be Solicitor of the Department of Labor, passed an important procedural hurdle: the Senate decided to vote on her nomination.What’s remarkable is that, unlike past attempts to block votes on executive branch…

  • February 1, 2010 9:36 pm | By Drew Courtney

    Justice Alito Begs to Differ

    If you watched the State of the Union last week, you probably saw Justice Samuel Alito take exception to President Obama's entirely accurate characterization of the Supreme Court's decision in Citizens United v. FEC. Some people were outraged by Justice Alito's…

  • January 31, 2010 12:13 am | By Ben Betz

    Upcoming Progressive Book Club Events

    Book Talk Radio: a weekly online radio show hosted by columnist Joe Conason on the Blog Talk Radio platform.February 3 -- 8pm (EST)The Limits of Power: The End of American Exceptionalism. From Iraq to Afghanistan, Americans are learning the wrong…

  • January 29, 2010 9:21 pm | By Ben Betz

    Leahy Smacks Down Alito

    From Ryan Grim via The Huffington Post:Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) lashed into Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito on Thursday morning on the Senate floor, calling out the swing vote who overturned a hundred years of precedent to legalize deep corporate involvement in elections.Leahy…

  • January 29, 2010 8:50 pm | By Jen Herrick

    Correcting the Court is nothing new

    On January 29, 2009, President Obama signed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act into law, restoring the rights taken away by the Supreme Court in Ledbetter v. Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company. One year to the day, a new movement…

  • January 28, 2010 8:56 pm | By Ben Betz

    Obama: Repeal ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’

    In last night's State of the Union Address, President Obama pledged to work with Congress and the military to repeal "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" this year. Thousands of activists joined People For the American Way in urging the President to…

  • January 23, 2010 3:51 pm | By Drew Courtney

    President Obama Addresses Supreme Court Decision

    In his weekly address today, President Obama addressed the Supreme Court's decision in Citizens United v. FEC. You can read his address here.  And you can sign People For's petition to pass a Constitutional Amendment allowing Congress to regulate corporate influence in elections.

  • January 22, 2010 10:55 pm | By Stacey Gates

    Rev. Madison Shockley Reflects on the 37th Anniversary of Roe and Stupak Amendment

    As we reflect upon the 37th anniversary of the landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision Roe v. Wade, I had the privilege of speaking with Rev. Madison Shockley, pastor of the Pilgrim United Church of Christ in Carlsbad, Calif. briefly about…

  • January 22, 2010 8:52 pm | By Jen Herrick

    Reproductive rights 37 years later

    Roe v. Wade established a constitutional right to privacy and protected a woman's right to make reproductive decisions based on her own life, health, and conscience. Today, on the 37th anniversary of this landmark ruling, we face a new call…

  • January 22, 2010 8:35 pm | By Paul Gordon

    The New Preamble

    The New Preamble:We the corporations of the United States, in order to accumulate historically unparalleled wealth, take advantage of limited liability, control the nation's news media, exercise monopolistic and oligarchic control over trade, and secure the blessings of power to…

  • January 20, 2010 8:16 pm | By Drew Courtney

    Extra! Extra! 59 is more than 41!

    In the wake of yesterday's extremely disappointing election in Massachusetts, you'd be forgiven for thinking that the Democrats had somehow lost control of the Senate.  In fact, the Democrats still have an 18 vote majority--an enormous power base in a…

  • January 19, 2010 11:23 pm | By Drew Courtney

    Justice Department Intervenes in LGBT Rights Case

    Think Progress points out that the Department of Justice is intervening in an LGBT rights case for the first time in a decade. The case centers on an openly gay 14-year old student named Jacob in Mowhawk, New York* who…

  • January 15, 2010 10:49 pm | By Stacey Gates

    Rev. Byron Williams: Robertson Making his own Deal with the Devil

    You know by now that less than 24 hours after a massive earthquake destroyed Haiti’s capitol city Port-au-Prince, Pat Robertson took to the airwaves to declare the nation cursed a result of a so-called “pact with the Devil.” In a…

  • January 12, 2010 11:07 pm | By Drew Courtney

    Specter Says He’ll Support Dawn Johnsen

    In what can only be taken as good news for the rule of law, Senator Arlen Specter said today that he’ll support Dawn Johnsen’s nomination to head the Office of Legal Counsel. UPDATE (3:48 p.m.): A statement from Specter's office:…

  • January 12, 2010 5:23 pm | By Deborah Liu

    “Ministerial Exception” in Maryland Court

    Today, Maryland’s highest court, the Court of Appeals, will hear oral argument in the case of Mary Linklater v. Prince of Peace Lutheran Church.  Its decision will address the application of the “ministerial exception” – a judicially recognized legal doctrine…

  • January 11, 2010 9:00 pm | By Drew Courtney

    Prop 8 Case Goes to Trial

    Anyone interested in equal rights for all Americans might want to pay attention to the trial starting today in San Francisco. In the case, superstar lawyers David Boies and Ted Olson are arguing that Prop 8 violates the due process…

  • January 7, 2010 12:20 am | By Marge Baker

    The GOP and the Courts

    If anyone had any doubt that the courts matter, check out this article in today’s Hill about Republicans and allied groups vowing to spend millions on legal challenges to healthcare reform and other parts of the Obama agenda. Health care,…

  • January 5, 2010 5:47 pm | By Drew Courtney

    Dawn Johnsen’s Year in Review

    January 5th might not be circled in red on your calendar (unless, of course, you’re celebrating Twelfth Night) but for some of us it’s become a noteworthy, if not entirely happy, anniversary. One year ago today, then-President-elect Obama announced that…

  • December 30, 2009 9:49 pm | By Marge Baker

    Dawn Johnsen and the GOP Obstruction Game

    As you may have seen reported, in a perfect exclamation point to the obstruction we've seen all year, when the Senate adjourned last week, the Republicans objected to what is ordinarily a routine request to waive Senate rules and permit…