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  • News and Analysis
    Confirmed Judges, Confirmed Fears: Trump Circuit Judge Rejects Immigrant Torture Claim Without Even Considering the Merits
    October 10, 2018 11:17 am | By Elliot Mincberg

    Confirmed Judges, Confirmed Fears: Trump Circuit Judge Rejects Immigrant Torture Claim Without Even Considering the Merits

    "Confirmed Judges, Confirmed Fears” is a blog series documenting the harmful impact of President Trump’s judges on Americans’ rights and liberties.  Trump Seventh Circuit Judge Amy Coney Barrett recently wrote an opinion in Alvarenga-Flores v. Sessions that affirmed the Bureau…

  • News and Analysis
    Vote Planned for Anti-Civil Rights Nominee to Run DOJ’s Civil Rights Division
    October 10, 2018 9:31 am | By Paul Gordon

    Vote Planned for Anti-Civil Rights Nominee to Run DOJ’s Civil Rights Division

    The Senate is planning to vote as soon as October 10 or 11 on a far-right Trump nominee to an important government position—someone who has dedicated his career to denying people’s basic rights and advancing the interests of corporations over…

  • People For in Action
    The Truth About the Kavanaugh Protestors on Capitol Hill
    October 9, 2018 4:56 pm | By Tori Slatton

    The Truth About the Kavanaugh Protestors on Capitol Hill

    Last week People For the American Way joined thousands of protestors who came out to oppose the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. Although the crowds were objectively significant and some of the largest I have personally seen…

  • People For in Action
    As Hurricane Michael Approaches, Florida Should Ensure That All Voters Have Access to the Ballot
    October 9, 2018 4:28 pm | By Jen Herrick

    As Hurricane Michael Approaches, Florida Should Ensure That All Voters Have Access to the Ballot

    One of Florida's greatest challenges as Hurricane Michael approaches is ensuring that all of its citizens, including those who are displaced, have fair and equitable access to the ballot for the election that is just four weeks away. Even without…

  • People For in Action
    Judicial Nominee Chad Readler Should Not Be Given the Power and Responsibility of a Lifetime Seat
    October 9, 2018 11:02 am | By Marge Baker

    Judicial Nominee Chad Readler Should Not Be Given the Power and Responsibility of a Lifetime Seat

    On June 18, President Trump nominated Chad Readler to a seat on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit over the objection of home state senator Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio. Despite his objection, the Senate Judiciary Committee is expected…

  • People For in Action
    Judicial Nominee Eric Murphy Would Not Understand the Impact of His Rulings on People Who Are Not Like Him
    October 9, 2018 11:00 am | By Marge Baker

    Judicial Nominee Eric Murphy Would Not Understand the Impact of His Rulings on People Who Are Not Like Him

    On June 18, President Trump nominated Eric Murphy to a seat on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit over the objection of home state senator Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio. Despite his objection, the Senate Judiciary Committee is expected…

  • News and Analysis
    The Progressive Happy Hour: The Right’s Reaction to the Kavanaugh Hearings
    October 5, 2018 4:20 pm | By Drew Courtney, Christin “Cici” Battle, Peter Montgomery

    The Progressive Happy Hour: The Right’s Reaction to the Kavanaugh Hearings

    Since Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court nomination was announced in July, thousands of progressive organizations and activists have fought tirelessly against his nomination for a multitude of reasons: his partisan judicial activism, his lack of credibility, the grave allegations of sexual…

  • News and Analysis
    Why didn’t Kavanaugh condemn Trump’s mockery of Blasey Ford and other survivors?
    October 5, 2018 2:03 pm | By Paul Gordon

    Why didn’t Kavanaugh condemn Trump’s mockery of Blasey Ford and other survivors?

    Brett Kavanaugh asks us to trust that if he is confirmed to a lifetime position on the Supreme Court, he would be independent of President Trump. So why hasn’t he condemned the president for his unforgivable mockery of Christine Blasey…

  • News and Analysis
    Is This What Democracy Looks Like?
    October 4, 2018 12:43 pm | By Paul Gordon

    Is This What Democracy Looks Like?

    Imagine the Brett Kavanaugh nomination playing out in another country where only the names are changed and ask yourself: Is this what democracy looks like? Let’s say it’s Venezuela. The Chavistas control the presidency and the legislature, and the high…

  • News and Analysis
    Update, Round 2: Senators Begin Reviewing Flawed FBI Investigative Report
    October 4, 2018 10:17 am | By Elliot Mincberg

    Update, Round 2: Senators Begin Reviewing Flawed FBI Investigative Report

    As of 10 a.m. Thursday morning, Senators have begun reviewing the supplemental FBI background investigation on Brett Kavanaugh and the allegations against him. More and more evidence is making clear that the report is deeply flawed and, at least partly…

  • People For in Action
    Here We Go Again? Trump Administration Set to Issue Human Rights Reports, Censorship Concerns Remain
    October 3, 2018 5:08 pm | By Jen Herrick

    Here We Go Again? Trump Administration Set to Issue Human Rights Reports, Censorship Concerns Remain

    The State Department's 2017 global human rights reports were yet another example of Trump's "fake news" administration rearing its ugly head—reproductive rights information had been removed and there was limited reporting on gender-based violence. With drafting for the 2018 reports currently…

  • News and Analysis
    Update: FBI Failing to Conduct Thorough and Effective Investigation on Kavanaugh
    October 3, 2018 10:37 am | By Elliot Mincberg

    Update: FBI Failing to Conduct Thorough and Effective Investigation on Kavanaugh

    Yesterday, serious concern was expressed about whether the FBI’s renewed background investigation on Brett Kavanaugh and the allegations against him would be thorough, effective, and truly non-partisan. Today, those fears are threatening to turn into reality. Specifically: Christine Blasey Ford’s…

  • News and Analysis
    Big Lies, Little Lies — They All Matter
    October 3, 2018 10:33 am | By Paul Gordon

    Big Lies, Little Lies — They All Matter

    More and more information keeps coming out indicating that Brett Kavanaugh has lied to the Judiciary Committee and the American people numerous times about many things. Some lies are about matters that any nominee would be asked about if the…

  • Op-Ed
    Kavanaugh’s Testimony Further Demonstrates Why He Should Not Be Confirmed
    October 2, 2018 3:02 pm | By Elliot Mincberg

    Kavanaugh’s Testimony Further Demonstrates Why He Should Not Be Confirmed

    This post originally appeared on Medium. Both Republicans and Democrats deserve credit for insisting on an FBI investigation into allegation s of sexual assault by Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. That FBI investigation may not fully resolve these serious allegations,…

  • News and Analysis
    Important Witnesses About Kavanaugh Who the FBI Should Interview
    October 2, 2018 1:30 pm | By Elliot Mincberg

    Important Witnesses About Kavanaugh Who the FBI Should Interview

    Troubling reports suggest that despite concerns by senators, limits remain on the FBI investigation of the serious sexual assault allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. To be credible, the investigation must include not only the assault allegations themselves but…

  • People For in Action
    PFAW Joins Coalition of Activists at the Capitol to Support Dr. Blasey Ford
    October 2, 2018 9:55 am | By Tori Slatton

    PFAW Joins Coalition of Activists at the Capitol to Support Dr. Blasey Ford

    Last week, as most of the country tuned in to watch Dr. Christine Blasey Ford as she testified to her allegations against Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, representatives of People For the American Way went to Capitol Hill to…

  • People For in Action
    SCOTUS Nominee Brett Kavanaugh Would Leave Us Vulnerable to Predatory Practices, Financial Instability, and Wall Street Wrongdoing
    October 1, 2018 12:30 pm | By Jen Herrick

    SCOTUS Nominee Brett Kavanaugh Would Leave Us Vulnerable to Predatory Practices, Financial Instability, and Wall Street Wrongdoing

    On September 28, as developments continued to unfold regarding the sexual assault allegations made against Brett Kavanaugh, People For the American Way joined allied organizations in voicing strong opposition to Trump's Supreme Court nominee based on his record of siding…

  • News and Analysis
    The Progressive Happy Hour: Supporting Abortion Funds and the Need for Self Care
    September 28, 2018 4:02 pm | By Adele M. Stan, Drew Courtney

    The Progressive Happy Hour: Supporting Abortion Funds and the Need for Self Care

    The concept of self care  has shifted in recent years from a medical recommendation for healthy habits to an election-inspired response to growing national stress levels after Trump took office. But for those who work in progressive spaces, fighting for…

  • Op-Ed
    I Believe Her.
    September 28, 2018 12:07 pm | By Paul Gordon

    I Believe Her.

    I watched Dr. Christine Blasey Ford's moving testimony to the Judiciary Committee this morning, and I am still shaken up by it. Hearing her voice, watching her face ... She was telling the truth, and she was 100% clear on…

  • News and Analysis
    Brett Kavanaugh Unleashes Partisan Fury During Senate Hearing
    September 27, 2018 6:13 pm | By Paul Gordon

    Brett Kavanaugh Unleashes Partisan Fury During Senate Hearing

    Brett Kavanaugh lied under oath in 2004.  Brett Kavanaugh lied under oath in 2006.  Brett Kavanaugh lied under oath earlier this month.  So the indignant fury he unleashed before the Judiciary Committee after Christine Blasey Ford's testimony doesn't mean much.…