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  • Federal Update
    Rep. Raskin Joins the Mueller Book Club
    May 23, 2019 11:10 am | By 44533

    Rep. Raskin Joins the Mueller Book Club

    PFAW has partnered with our allies in the Trump Is Not Above the Law coalition to organize a weekly internet broadcast featuring legal and political experts reviewing the Mueller report, section by section, providing insight, discussing its implications, and answering…

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    Confirmed Judges, Confirmed Fears: Kavanaugh and Gorsuch Cast Deciding Votes to Overrule Precedent and Further Endanger Roe v. Wade
    May 21, 2019 11:55 am | By 28186

    Confirmed Judges, Confirmed Fears: Kavanaugh and Gorsuch Cast Deciding Votes to Overrule Precedent and Further Endanger Roe v. Wade

    "Confirmed Judges, Confirmed Fears" is a blog series documenting the harmful impact of President Trump’s judges on Americans’ rights and liberties. Trump-appointed Supreme Court Justices Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh joined a 5-4 May decision in Franchise Tax Bd. of…

  • Federal Update
    Trump Administration Finalizes Religious Refusals Rule That Threatens Access to Health Care
    May 2, 2019 3:30 pm | By 41753

    Trump Administration Finalizes Religious Refusals Rule That Threatens Access to Health Care

    On May 2, the Trump administration finalized a new rule that will threaten millions of Americans’ access to health care by creating expansive rights for health care providers to discriminate and refuse to provide care. The new rule violates the…

  • Federal Update
    SCOTUS Will Hear Major LGBTQ+ Workplace Discrimination Cases
    April 22, 2019 1:53 pm | By 28188

    SCOTUS Will Hear Major LGBTQ+ Workplace Discrimination Cases

    On April 22, the Supreme Court announced that it will take up three cases having an enormous impact on workers’ rights and workplace discrimination against LGBTQ+ people.  The cases give the justices a chance to affirm that Title VII’s existing…

  • Federal Update
    Democracy For All Amendment Builds Support in the House
    April 19, 2019 4:20 pm | By 44533

    Democracy For All Amendment Builds Support in the House

    Following the historic passage of the For the People Act (H.R. 1), the most extensive and powerful set of pro-democracy reforms to pass the House in decades, People For the American Way and our allies are working to build support…

  • Federal Update
    Confirmed Judges, Confirmed Fears: Trump Circuit Judge Casts Deciding Grand Jury Vote that Could Limit Mueller Report Release
    April 10, 2019 1:29 pm | By 28186

    Confirmed Judges, Confirmed Fears: Trump Circuit Judge Casts Deciding Grand Jury Vote that Could Limit Mueller Report Release

    In April 2019, Trump D.C. Circuit judge Greg Katsas cast the deciding vote to restrict judges’ ability to release grand jury material that could also limit release of some of the information in the report of special counsel Robert Mueller.…

  • Federal Update
    Mitch McConnell’s Dangerous Power Grab
    April 1, 2019 12:37 pm | By 28188

    Mitch McConnell’s Dangerous Power Grab

    The Republicans who control what was once called the “world’s greatest deliberative body” have a scheme to ban a huge chunk of deliberation. Using the pretext that the GOP can’t get judicial and other nominees confirmed because of Democratic use…

  • Federal Update
    Trump and Barr Ask Court to Kill the Entire Affordable Care Act
    March 27, 2019 10:49 am | By 28188

    Trump and Barr Ask Court to Kill the Entire Affordable Care Act

    Republicans are at it again: They are trying to destroy Obamacare through the courts, since they fear the electoral consequences of actually repealing it through the legislative process (assuming they could). Even worse, their legal argument is pitiful. Several GOP-controlled…

  • Federal Update
    Confirmed Judges, Confirmed Fears: Trump Supreme Court Justices Vote to Authorize Indefinite Detention of Immigrants Years After Release for Minor Crimes
    March 21, 2019 5:06 pm | By 28186

    Confirmed Judges, Confirmed Fears: Trump Supreme Court Justices Vote to Authorize Indefinite Detention of Immigrants Years After Release for Minor Crimes

    “Confirmed Judges, Confirmed Fears” is a blog series documenting the harmful impact of President Trump’s judges on Americans’ rights and liberties. Trump Supreme Court Justices Brett Kavanaugh and Neil Gorsuch cast the deciding votes and voted with the majority in a 5-4…

  • Federal Update
    Holding Senators Accountable for Voting to Confirm Bad Judicial Nominees
    March 19, 2019 6:12 pm | By 28188

    Holding Senators Accountable for Voting to Confirm Bad Judicial Nominees

    “Everyone should have their day in court.” This common metaphor is a powerful one, because it brings to mind our ideals of fairness and justice. In a court of law, anyone—poor or wealthy, popular or reviled, powerful or powerless—who believes…

  • Federal Update
    Michael Cohen Testimony Provides Further Evidence of Trump’s Crimes
    February 28, 2019 5:08 pm | By 44533

    Michael Cohen Testimony Provides Further Evidence of Trump’s Crimes

    This week former personal lawyer and longtime “fixer” to President Trump Michael Cohen appeared in front of the House Committee on Oversight and Reform. The highly-anticipated testimony provided both corroborating evidence of existing allegations and new bombshell revelations of criminal…

  • Federal Update
    Trump’s “Emergency” is Even More Dangerous than Last Month’s Threatened Declaration
    February 19, 2019 2:32 pm | By 28186

    Trump’s “Emergency” is Even More Dangerous than Last Month’s Threatened Declaration

    In January, two weeks after his partial government shutdown had begun, reports suggested that President Trump would declare a “national emergency” and use it unilaterally to commandeer the funds needed to pay for his border wall. Organizations on all sides…

  • Federal Update
    SCOTUS Will Decide if GOP Can Sabotage the 2020 Census and Our Democracy
    February 15, 2019 3:47 pm | By 28188

    SCOTUS Will Decide if GOP Can Sabotage the 2020 Census and Our Democracy

    On February 15, the Supreme Court announced it would hear the case challenging the Trump administration’s plan to add a citizenship question to the 2020 Census. This is an extremely important case that will have an enormous impact on whether…

  • Federal Update
    Kavanaugh Shows Contempt For the Rule of Law in Louisiana Abortion Case
    February 8, 2019 1:31 pm | By 28188

    Kavanaugh Shows Contempt For the Rule of Law in Louisiana Abortion Case

    During the night of February 7, the Supreme Court correctly instructed Louisiana that it cannot put its restrictive targeted regulation of abortion providers (TRAP) laws into effect until a lawsuit challenging them can be adjudicated. Louisiana’s law is essentially a…

  • Federal Update
    Judiciary Committee Set to Vote on Enormous Number of Unqualified Nominees
    February 6, 2019 2:04 pm | By 28188

    Judiciary Committee Set to Vote on Enormous Number of Unqualified Nominees

    The Senate Judiciary Committee has a packed agenda for February 7. It will be debating and voting on the critically important nomination of William Barr to be attorney general. By itself, that is enough to take up the entire meeting.…

  • Federal Update
    Trump’s HHS Gives OK to Taxpayer-Funded Agency That Rejects Catholics, Jews, Gays
    January 29, 2019 4:49 pm | By

    Trump’s HHS Gives OK to Taxpayer-Funded Agency That Rejects Catholics, Jews, Gays

    This post originally appeared on Right Wing Watch. In a move that brought a startling clarity to the end game for “religious liberty” claims made by Religious Right political and legal groups, the Department of Health and Human Services last…

  • Federal Update
    Confirmed Judges, Confirmed Fears: Trump Supreme Court Justice Casts Deciding Vote to Allow Trump Military Transgender Ban to Go Forward
    January 24, 2019 12:46 pm | By 28186

    Confirmed Judges, Confirmed Fears: Trump Supreme Court Justice Casts Deciding Vote to Allow Trump Military Transgender Ban to Go Forward

    “Confirmed Judges, Confirmed Fears” is a blog series documenting the harmful impact of President Trump’s judges on Americans’ rights and liberties.  Trump Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh cast a deciding vote in a 5-4 decision in January 2019 that dissolved preliminary…

  • Federal Update
    Census Ruling Shows Why Courts Matter
    January 15, 2019 11:47 am | By 28188

    Census Ruling Shows Why Courts Matter

    On January 15, New York federal district judge Jesse Furman ruled that the Trump administration’s decision to add a citizenship to the 2020 Census was made in violation of the law. Progressives and experts focused on the accuracy of the data…

  • Federal Update
    Equitable Schools Are Safe Schools
    December 19, 2018 1:00 pm | By 41734

    Equitable Schools Are Safe Schools

    Stopping the scourge of gun violence in our nation's schools, and in all corners of society, is of paramount importance to many Americans. Indeed, after 17 people were killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, the call…

  • Federal Update
    Chuck Grassley’s Sad Legacy
    November 16, 2018 2:57 pm | By 28188

    Chuck Grassley’s Sad Legacy

    Chuck Grassley has announced that he will be giving up the chairmanship of the Judiciary Committee in the new Senate that will convene in January. History will not be kind to him: In his four years as chairman—two under Obama…