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  • News and Analysis
    Trump Judicial Nominee Kyle Duncan Signals an Ideological Agenda
    November 30, 2017 1:04 pm | By Paul Gordon

    Trump Judicial Nominee Kyle Duncan Signals an Ideological Agenda

    At the November 29 Senate Judiciary Committee hearing for judicial nominees David Stras (Eighth Circuit) and Kyle Duncan (Fifth Circuit), Louisiana Sen. John Kennedy ended his questioning by posing a hypothetical to both nominees about what they would do if…

  • People For in Action
    Letter: Advocates for Women and Families Unite in Opposition to Trump Tax Scam
    November 30, 2017 12:18 pm | By Jen Herrick

    Letter: Advocates for Women and Families Unite in Opposition to Trump Tax Scam

    With so much at stake in President Trump's tax scam, advocates for women and families are telling members of Congress to say NO to what Trump and the GOP have planned for giveaways to wealthy people and corporations and YES…

  • People For in Action
    Letter: Data Collection Is Critical to Fighting Pay Discrimination
    November 29, 2017 3:58 pm | By Jen Herrick

    Letter: Data Collection Is Critical to Fighting Pay Discrimination

    Equal pay for equal work is a concept long past due. Yet today's women on average are still paid only 80 cents to a man's dollar, and the gender pay gap is even worse for African American and Latinx women…

  • People For in Action
    Letter: Religion Should Not be Used as a Sword to Discriminate
    November 28, 2017 5:27 pm | By Jen Herrick

    Letter: Religion Should Not be Used as a Sword to Discriminate

    On October 6, the U.S. Department of Justice issued new federal guidelines on religious liberty that appear to allow government agencies to transform this treasured American value into a license to discriminate. People For the American Way was rightly concerned,…

  • People For in Action
    Letter: The Judiciary Committee Should Reject Kyle Duncan’s Nomination
    November 28, 2017 5:18 pm | By Marge Baker

    Letter: The Judiciary Committee Should Reject Kyle Duncan’s Nomination

    On October 2, President Trump nominated Kyle Duncan to a seat on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. The Senate Judiciary Committee has scheduled Duncan's hearing for November 29. People For the American Way sent the following…

  • Federal Update
    150,000+ Strong for Transparency in Online Political Spending
    November 28, 2017 5:15 pm | By Rio Tazewell

    150,000+ Strong for Transparency in Online Political Spending

    On November 9, People For the American Way joined several partner organizations in delivering more than 150,000 comments and signatures—a new record—calling on the Federal Election Commission (FEC) to establish new guidelines for disclosure in online political spending. Senator Amy…

  • People For in Action
    Letter: Judicial Nominees Talley and Farr Must Explain Their Deficient Responses
    November 28, 2017 1:59 pm | By Jen Herrick

    Letter: Judicial Nominees Talley and Farr Must Explain Their Deficient Responses

    On July 13, President Trump nominated Thomas Farr to a seat on the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina. Then on September 7, he nominated Brett Talley to a seat on the U.S. District Court for…

  • News and Analysis
    6 Videos That Show Just How Unqualified and Extreme Judicial Nominee Brett Talley Is
    November 22, 2017 2:39 pm | By Marie Lindberg

    6 Videos That Show Just How Unqualified and Extreme Judicial Nominee Brett Talley Is

    Brett Talley was nominated by Trump for a lifetime seat on the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Alabama in September. At the time, his three short years of limited experience as a practicing attorney who has never…

  • People For in Action
    40+ LGBTQ Organizations Oppose Trump’s Anti-LGBTQ Lawyer for DC Circuit Court
    November 22, 2017 11:19 am | By Marge Baker

    40+ LGBTQ Organizations Oppose Trump’s Anti-LGBTQ Lawyer for DC Circuit Court

    On November 9, the Senate Judiciary Committee approved the nomination of Gregory Katsas for the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals in a party-line vote, demonstrating again Republicans’ eagerness to rubber stamp any nominee Trump sends their way. Katsas, as deputy…

  • News and Analysis
    The Progressive Happy Hour: A Thanksgiving Spectacular
    November 22, 2017 10:37 am | By Christin “CiCi” Battle, Drew Courtney, Layne Amerikaner

    The Progressive Happy Hour: A Thanksgiving Spectacular

    Even in the Trump era, there are things to be thankful for. In a November 22 Thanksgiving mini-episode of “The Progressive Happy Hour,” hosts Christin “Cici” Battle and Drew Courtney join podcast producer Layne Amerikaner to share what they are…

  • People For in Action
    People Rally at the Capitol to Stop Homophobic Judicial Nominee Jeff Mateer
    November 20, 2017 5:37 pm | By Bradley Williams

    People Rally at the Capitol to Stop Homophobic Judicial Nominee Jeff Mateer

    Last week at the Capitol, people rallied to call for senators to oppose the nomination of Jeff Mateer to a seat on the federal bench. Mateer, who is nominated for a seat on the U.S. District Court for the Eastern…

  • News and Analysis
    Chuck Grassley’s Unprincipled Chairmanship
    November 20, 2017 5:16 pm | By Paul Gordon

    Chuck Grassley’s Unprincipled Chairmanship

    In 2015, Chuck Grassley became chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, which has the immense responsibility of carefully investigating the records of those nominated for lifetime positions as federal judges. Our judiciary exists to make sure that we are “a…

  • News and Analysis
    The Progressive Happy Hour: Trump’s Attacks on Our Courts
    November 17, 2017 6:38 pm | By Christin “CiCi” Battle, Drew Courtney, Marge Baker

    The Progressive Happy Hour: Trump’s Attacks on Our Courts

    In the Trump era, our nation’s courts have served as a powerful check on this administration’s extreme agenda, from blocking the Muslim ban to halting Trump’s ban on transgender troops. But Republicans are working hard to fill the federal bench…

  • News and Analysis
    Chuck Grassley’s Sounds of Silence
    November 17, 2017 5:39 pm | By Paul Gordon

    Chuck Grassley’s Sounds of Silence

    On November 15, 2017, Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley wrote the following about the blue slip policy, to justify his ditching any meaningful version of it: Consultation with the White House is something we senators should value and encourage. But…

  • People For in Action
    Richard Serra Donates Series “Fake President” to PFAW Foundation
    November 17, 2017 5:12 pm | By People For Staff

    Richard Serra Donates Series “Fake President” to PFAW Foundation

    Richard Serra, legendary American artist renowned for his large metal sculptures and black and white works, has created an iconic series titled Fake President in honor of Norman Lear’s 95th birthday and to help PFAW Foundation. The donation reflects the longstanding…

  • News and Analysis
    Neil Gorsuch Channels His Inner Mr. Burns
    November 17, 2017 2:20 pm | By Paul Gordon

    Neil Gorsuch Channels His Inner Mr. Burns

    Laughing at the weak and injured — especially when you tried to injure them even more — is classic behavior for a bully and a thug. Last night, Justice Neil Gorsuch showed that that’s exactly what he is. In a…

  • People For in Action
    Letter: Trump Tax Scam Threatens Immigrant Children
    November 17, 2017 11:15 am | By Jen Herrick

    Letter: Trump Tax Scam Threatens Immigrant Children

    President Trump and the GOP Congress are running a tax scam that's a real winner for wealthy people and corporations and a real loser for everyone else. They are making empty child care promises, attacking religious liberty by doing away…

  • People For in Action
    Letter: Invest in the Reproductive Health and Rights of Young People
    November 17, 2017 9:37 am | By Jen Herrick

    Letter: Invest in the Reproductive Health and Rights of Young People

    One of the critical questions that must be answered before the December 8 government funding deadline is whether the U.S. will continue to invest in the reproductive health and rights of its young people. In a November 16 letter to…

  • News and Analysis
    Holes in Grassley’s Blue Slip Story
    November 16, 2017 6:44 pm | By Paul Gordon

    Holes in Grassley’s Blue Slip Story

    Chuck Grassley wrote this about blue slips in the Des Moines Register in 2015: For nearly a century, the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee has brought nominees up for committee consideration only after both home-state senators have signed and…

  • News and Analysis
    Why is Grassley Tying Blue Slips to the Filibuster Rules Change?
    November 16, 2017 4:08 pm | By Paul Gordon

    Why is Grassley Tying Blue Slips to the Filibuster Rules Change?

    Judiciary Committee chairman Chuck Grassley has eliminated the longtime blue slip policy: Despite opposition from home state senator Al Franken, Grassley will hold a hearing for Minnesota Supreme Court Justice David Stras. Grassley foreshadowed this a day earlier, in a…