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  • News and Analysis
    If Confirmed to the Supreme Court, Brett Kavanaugh Would Threaten the Environment
    July 18, 2018 2:42 pm | By Malina Julia

    If Confirmed to the Supreme Court, Brett Kavanaugh Would Threaten the Environment

    In addition to his extreme records on abortion, reproductive rights and the Affordable Care Act, Trump Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s judicial and legal history indicates a lengthy anti-environmental record that would severely endanger Americans’ public health and right to…

  • News and Analysis
    Brett Kavanaugh Would Put Trump Above the Law
    July 18, 2018 2:01 pm | By Paul Gordon

    Brett Kavanaugh Would Put Trump Above the Law

    Our federal judicial system provides an essential check on the ability of a president to abuse his power and exceed the authority granted under the Constitution. In the era of Donald Trump, the Supreme Court may very well determine whether…

  • News and Analysis
    Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi Hosts Rally with Congressional Pro-Choice Caucus and Allied Groups to Oppose Brett Kavanaugh and His Anti-Woman Agenda
    July 18, 2018 10:27 am | By Devon Schmidt

    Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi Hosts Rally with Congressional Pro-Choice Caucus and Allied Groups to Oppose Brett Kavanaugh and His Anti-Woman Agenda

    On July 17, House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-California, and reproductive rights allies rallied at the Capitol to oppose President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. Leader Pelosi and other pro-choice members of Congress detailed the threat Kavanaugh poses to…

  • News and Analysis
    Confirmed Judges, Confirmed Fears: Trump Circuit Judge Takes Potshot at Roe v. Wade, Accuses District Judge of Religious Bias, and Casts Deciding Vote to Quash Discovery in Abortion-Related Case
    July 17, 2018 3:01 pm | By Elliot Mincberg

    Confirmed Judges, Confirmed Fears: Trump Circuit Judge Takes Potshot at Roe v. Wade, Accuses District Judge of Religious Bias, and Casts Deciding Vote to Quash Discovery in Abortion-Related Case

    “Confirmed Judges, Confirmed Fears” is a blog series documenting the harmful impact of President Trump’s judges on Americans’ rights and liberties.  Not only did Trump Fifth Circuit Judge James Ho recently cast the deciding vote in an important discovery dispute…

  • People For in Action
    Threats Remain after Trump’s Prayer Breakfast Pledge to “Destroy” the Johnson Amendment
    July 16, 2018 1:43 pm | By Jen Herrick

    Threats Remain after Trump’s Prayer Breakfast Pledge to “Destroy” the Johnson Amendment

    On February 2, 2017, President Trump spoke at the National Prayer Breakfast and pledged to "destroy" the Johnson Amendment, which helps keep politics from overtaking the pulpit by prohibiting churches and other nonprofits from getting directly involved with political campaigns…

  • News and Analysis
    The Progressive Happy Hour: Brett Kavanaugh, Reproductive Justice and the Fight Ahead
    July 13, 2018 3:48 pm | By Christin “Cici” Battle, Drew Courtney

    The Progressive Happy Hour: Brett Kavanaugh, Reproductive Justice and the Fight Ahead

    On Monday, July 9, President Donald Trump nominated Brett Kavanaugh to fill Justice Anthony Kennedy’s seat on the Supreme Court. Kavanaugh, like every other name on the president’s shortlist, passed Trump’s litmus test, including his promise to select a justice…

  • People For in Action
    The FAMILY Act Is the Family and Medical Leave Plan Voters Want and Our Country Needs
    July 13, 2018 2:34 pm | By Jen Herrick

    The FAMILY Act Is the Family and Medical Leave Plan Voters Want and Our Country Needs

    As we continue to stand up for working families and against GOP priorities that are clearly out of step with the American people, People For the American Way has renewed its support for the Family And Medical Insurance Leave Act…

  • News and Analysis
    The Ludicrous Lawsuit Brett Kavanaugh Could Use to Help Destroy the ACA
    July 13, 2018 2:01 pm | By Paul Gordon

    The Ludicrous Lawsuit Brett Kavanaugh Could Use to Help Destroy the ACA

    President Trump has made clear that he won’t nominate anyone to the Supreme Court unless they pass certain litmus tests regarding Roe v. Wade, Trump’s own authority as president, and healthcare. Now that Trump has nominated Brett Kavanaugh, Republicans in…

  • News and Analysis
    Senators Elizabeth Warren and Cory Booker join PFAW Member Telebriefing on SCOTUS, Brett Kavanaugh, and What’s at Stake
    July 13, 2018 1:52 pm | By Devon Schmidt

    Senators Elizabeth Warren and Cory Booker join PFAW Member Telebriefing on SCOTUS, Brett Kavanaugh, and What’s at Stake

    On July 11, following Trump’s nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to replace retiring Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, People For the American Way hosted a member telebriefing about Kavanaugh and the threat he poses to the judiciary and to the American…

  • News and Analysis
    SCOTUS Nominee Brett Kavanaugh Was at the Center of a Decade of Partisan Political Battles
    July 12, 2018 2:34 pm | By Jen Herrick

    SCOTUS Nominee Brett Kavanaugh Was at the Center of a Decade of Partisan Political Battles

    Democratic Leader Sen. Chuck Schumer of New York has called Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh "the Zelig of young Republican lawyers," referring to Woody Allen's 1983 titular chameleon known for taking on the characteristics of those around him. Democratic Whip…

  • News and Analysis
    Brett Kavanaugh’s Anti-Choice, Anti-Woman History
    July 12, 2018 11:08 am | By Bettina Ramon

    Brett Kavanaugh’s Anti-Choice, Anti-Woman History

    Since the Supreme Court decided Roe v. Wade in 1973, there’s been no shortage of anti-choice zealots who have attempted to eviscerate women’s bodily autonomy. But if Brett Kavanaugh is confirmed as the Supreme Court’s newest justice, Roe—and the essential protections it provides— is at serious risk of being overturned. Since Trump announced the Kavanaugh…

  • News and Analysis
    Brett Kavanaugh: A Threat to Affordable Health Care for All
    July 11, 2018 12:43 pm | By Devon Schmidt

    Brett Kavanaugh: A Threat to Affordable Health Care for All

    The Affordable Care Act (ACA), which provides access to health care for millions of Americans with pre-existing conditions, came under attack by Republicans in Congress long before it became law in 2010. After numerous failed legislative attempts to repeal the…

  • News and Analysis
    Trump Nominee Brett Kavanaugh: A Conservative Ideologue
    July 10, 2018 2:34 pm | By Devon Schmidt

    Trump Nominee Brett Kavanaugh: A Conservative Ideologue

    On July 9, Axios released a new analysis comparing the ideological leanings of every current Supreme Court justice to newly-announced nominee Brett Kavanaugh, and the picture it paints isn’t a surprising one.  If confirmed, Kavanaugh would rank just after Clarence…

  • Federal Update
    Who is Brett Kavanaugh?
    July 9, 2018 8:59 pm | By Bettina Ramon

    Who is Brett Kavanaugh?

    Earlier tonight, President Donald Trump announced his nominee to fill the Supreme Court vacancy created by the retirement of Justice Anthony Kennedy: D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Brett Kavanaugh. Even before Kavanaugh’s name was revealed, Donald Trump made clear…

  • News and Analysis
    Undermining the SCOTUS Nominee’s Integrity in Advance
    July 9, 2018 5:11 pm | By Paul Gordon

    Undermining the SCOTUS Nominee’s Integrity in Advance

    Just hours before President Trump’s Supreme Court announcement, the White House selected former Sen. Jon Kyl to guide the nominee through the confirmation process. That choice wrecks the integrity of that process and of the as-yet-unidentified nominee. Back in 2011,…

  • News and Analysis
    The Progressive Happy Hour: Justice Kennedy’s Retirement and the Supreme Court Vacancy
    July 6, 2018 5:36 pm | By Christin “Cici” Battle, Drew Courtney, Elliot Mincberg

    The Progressive Happy Hour: Justice Kennedy’s Retirement and the Supreme Court Vacancy

    Last week, news of Justice Anthony Kennedy’s retirement from the Supreme Court took the country by storm. In the July 10 episode of “The Progressive Happy Hour,” co-hosts Drew Courtney and Cici Battle sat down with PFAW Senior Fellow Elliot Mincberg to discuss…

  • News and Analysis
    In the Supreme Court Vacancy Fight, Our Future is at Stake
    July 6, 2018 4:54 pm | By Marge Baker

    In the Supreme Court Vacancy Fight, Our Future is at Stake

    This post originally appeared on Medium. Last week, Justice Anthony Kennedy announced his retirement from the Supreme Court, giving Donald Trump the chance to nominate another justice to a lifetime seat on the bench and, potentially, to reshape the Court for a…

  • Op-Ed
    Hypocrisy on Freedom of Religion at the Supreme Court
    July 5, 2018 4:26 pm | By Devon Schmidt

    Hypocrisy on Freedom of Religion at the Supreme Court

    In its 7-2 ruling in Masterpiece Cakeshop, Ltd. v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission the Supreme Court ruled in favor of the baker, asserting that a statement made by a member of the Colorado Civil Rights Commission about the his religious…

  • News and Analysis
    Trump’s Supreme Court List Narrows Down to Six
    July 5, 2018 2:37 pm | By Marie Lindberg

    Trump’s Supreme Court List Narrows Down to Six

    On Monday, July 9, Donald Trump is expected to announce his nominee to replace Justice Anthony Kennedy, who is retiring from the U.S. Supreme Court on July 31. Trump’s first Supreme Court nomination, ultra-conservative Neil Gorsuch, who was confirmed after…

  • People For in Action
    PFAW Hosts Member Telebriefing on Kennedy Retirement and the Fight to Protect Our Courts
    July 2, 2018 1:15 pm | By Devon Schmidt

    PFAW Hosts Member Telebriefing on Kennedy Retirement and the Fight to Protect Our Courts

    On June 29, following Justice Kennedy’s retirement from the Supreme Court, People For the American Way hosted a member telebriefing about what’s next in the fight to protect our Courts. PFAW President Michael Keegan began by emphasizing that there is…