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  • October 9, 2009 2:12 pm | By Paul Gordon

    Scalia, Empathy, and Crayons

    This week, the Supreme Court heard arguments in Salazar v. Buono, a case involving the display of a cross on top of Sunrise Rock in the Mojave National Preserve, which is federal property. (People For the American Way Foundation joined…

  • October 8, 2009 4:39 pm | By Dennis

    President Obama nominates Judge Chin and Judge Thompson to Court of Appeals

    Judge Chin clerked on the Southern District of New York for Judge Henry F. Werker. He was the first Asian-American appointed as a U.S. District Court Judge outside of the Ninth Circuit. Judge Chin is currently the U.S. District Court…

  • October 7, 2009 6:29 pm | By Paul Gordon

    Roberts and Alito Legislating From the Bench

    This week, the Supreme Court heard arguments in Maryland v. Shatzer, a case involving the constitutional right to counsel during police questioning. The questions asked by the Justices – even the most conservative of them – exposed one of the…

  • October 7, 2009 5:56 pm | By Jen Herrick

    Hate Crimes Legislation One Step Closer to Becoming Law

    Last night, in a 178-234 vote, the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act moved one step closer to becoming law. This legislation protects victims of hate crimes based on disability, sexual orientation, gender, or gender identity. …

  • October 7, 2009 3:57 pm | By Deborah Liu

    Church, State, Land Swaps, and the Supreme Court

    Today, the Supreme Court is hearing oral argument in the case of Salazar v. Buono, a case involving the display of a cross on top of Sunrise Rock in the Mojave National Preserve, which is federal property. A former employee…

  • October 6, 2009 9:58 pm | By Marge Baker

    Correcting the Court

    Exhibit A from last term of the Roberts Court's conservative judicial activism is the Gross age discrimination case where the Court, in an opinion written by Justice Clarence Thomas, reached out to decide an issue that hadn't been briefed and…

  • October 6, 2009 8:09 pm | By Dennis

    Marriage Equality Bill Introduced in DC

    DC Councilman David Catania introduced a bill on Tuesday that will end discrimination against same sex couples who wish to marry in the nation's capital. The District already recognizes same-sex marriages performed in other jurisdictions, but the new proposal will…

  • News and Analysis
    October 6, 2009 3:23 pm | By Paul Gordon

    Bob McDonnell and the High Cost of Being a Gay Couple

    In Virginia, far right gubernatorial candidate Bob McDonnell has gotten a lot of attention for his belief that it is the duty of government to punish homosexuality. McDonnell came to mind this weekend when I read a sobering article in…

  • October 6, 2009 3:18 pm | By Marge Baker

    Hints for the Obama Agenda in the Coming Supreme Court Term

    As discussed in a number of previous posts, the Roberts Court has demonstrated its conservative ideological bent, striking down laws passed by Congress and demonstrating a willingness to ignore long-standing precedent. It reached out last term in the Gross age…

  • October 5, 2009 5:04 pm | By Drew Courtney

    Business at the Court

    It's the first Monday in October, and that means another Supreme Court term is upon us. In addition to cases addressing church-state separation and First Amendment protections, the Court will be hearing a load of cases relating to business and…

  • October 2, 2009 3:41 pm | By Drew Courtney

    Standing Up For Kevin Jennings

    The Right Wing smear machine has been in overdrive attacking Kevin Jennings, who heads the Department of Education's Office of Safe and Drug Free Schools.  But the education community is having none of it. The National Association of School Psychologists…

  • September 29, 2009 8:44 pm | By Dennis

    Rep. Franks calls President Obama “an enemy of humanity”

    Recently, Rep. Trent Franks (R-AZ) accused President Obama as being “an enemy of humanity” in a speech at the How to Take Back America Conference. Rep. Franks said:We shouldn't be shocked that he does all these other insane things. A…

  • September 18, 2009 10:21 pm | By Josh

    Mary Travers, Defender of Democracy and Folk Music Legend, R.I.P.

    Mary Travers of the folk music trio Peter, Paul and Mary passed away this week. She was a longtime friend, ally, and supporter of People For the American Way and a powerful advocate for justice and equal rights throughout her…

  • September 18, 2009 2:57 pm | By Drew Courtney

    Obama Nominates First Openly Gay EEOC Commissioner

    President Obama recently nominated Chai Feldblum to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.  She'll be the first openly gay person to hold that post. Feldblum, a law professor at Georgetown University Law Center, previously served as legislative counsel to the AIDS…

  • September 17, 2009 8:20 pm | By Tanya

    Happy Constitution Day!

    At People For, our mission is to promote and defend constitutional values, so September 17th, Constitution Day, has a special place in our heart. Senator Robert Byrd passed legislation to create Constitution Day in 2004, and we wanted to celebrate…

  • September 15, 2009 2:45 pm | By Marge Baker

    The Writing is on the Wall

    The writing is on the wall. As any number of commentators have suggested, it’s pretty clear that no matter whom the President nominates for the next Supreme Court vacancy, the Republicans and their allies on the far right are going…

  • September 14, 2009 5:22 pm | By Deborah Liu

    Bagram Detainees Obtain Right to Challenge Detention

    The Washington Post reported on Sunday, that the Obama administration this week will put in place a new review system to allow detainees held by the U.S. at a military base in Bagram, Afghanistan the ability to challenge their detentions. …

  • September 14, 2009 5:07 pm | By Tanya

    DOJ Won’t Prosecute Schlozman

    In a disappointing move, Attorney General Eric Holder has decided not to prosecute former head of the DOJ Civil Rights Division and interim U.S. Attorney Bradley Schlozman for lying to Congress, instead giving deference to the decision of the Bush…

  • September 14, 2009 4:53 pm | By Marge Baker

    Rosen on Roberts

    Jeffrey Rosen’s op ed piece in the New York Times over the weekend, The Trial of John Roberts, echoes a theme noted by a number of commentators, one on which I posted last week: that the Supreme Court’s decision to…

  • September 11, 2009 7:20 pm | By Peter Montgomery

    A personal reflection on 9-11

    It's hard to believe that 9-11 was eight years ago. My partner Dan had just moved from Chicago to DC a month before. After watching the buildings fall from the PFAW conference room, and hearing rumors about a truck bomb at…