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  • 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.…

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    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…

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    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…

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    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…

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    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…

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    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…

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    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…

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    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…

  • Federal Update
    Takeaways from the Midterm Results
    November 13, 2018 11:10 am | By 28178

    Takeaways from the Midterm Results

    On Election Day this year, progressives scored MAJOR wins across the country. And many elections are so close that the results are still rolling in. But with the close losses and Republicans’ right-wing majority in the Senate it is clear…

  • Federal Update
    The Declaration for American Democracy
    November 1, 2018 9:48 am | By 44533

    The Declaration for American Democracy

    With less than one week to go until the midterms, People For the American Way is pushing pedal to the metal to pull out wins in key states and districts across the country. But in addition to investing in critical…

  • Federal Update
    October 16, 2018 9:18 am | By 28188

    Grassley Tosses Another Precedent Aside to Ram Trump’s Judges Through

    The Senate went out on recess last week until after the election so senators can go home and campaign.  All the committees postponed any hearings they’d had scheduled for the next month. All committees, that is, but one: Chuck Grassley's…

  • Federal Update
    LGBTQ People Go Uncounted—U.S. Needs the Census Equality Act
    August 2, 2018 3:15 pm | By 41734

    LGBTQ People Go Uncounted—U.S. Needs the Census Equality Act

    On July 31, Democratic Sens. Kamala Harris of California and Tom Carper of Delaware introduced the Census Equality Act—LGBTQ equality legislation that would require the Census Bureau to address LGBTQ invisibility by adding new questions on sexual orientation and gender…

  • Federal Update
    Who is Brett Kavanaugh?
    July 9, 2018 8:59 pm | By 62609

    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…