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  • August 17, 2010 6:33 pm | By Brian

    Fox Doubles Down on GOP Bias

    Although there has always been an extremely thin line between news journalism and Republican Party activism at the Fox News Channel, network's parent company -- Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. just became not just a propaganda arm of the GOP, but also…

  • August 17, 2010 6:22 pm | By Deborah Liu

    Monitoring Corporate Spending

    Since Citizens United, as we’ve noted, corporations have been taking advantage of their permission slip to spend unlimited amounts on elections. Now Bill de Blasio, the public advocate for the City of New York, is making it easier to track…

  • August 16, 2010 10:07 pm | By Miranda Blue

    You Can Have Your Freedom of Religion, But You Can’t Exercise It

    This afternoon, the “yes, the Constitution grants freedom of religion, but this time you’d better not use it” argument has gained its newest, and most disappointing, adherent. Under pressure from his ultra right-wing opponent in the Nevada senate race, Senate…

  • August 16, 2010 8:58 pm | By Deborah Liu

    A Cynical Election Strategy

    The GOP has already set to work making the proposed Islamic community center in lower Manhattan – and President Obama’s support for the project – into a midterm campaign issue. Sharron Angle accused President Obama of siding “against the families…

  • August 13, 2010 2:06 pm | By Deborah Liu

    Wall Street Falls in Love with the GOP All Over Again

    A new Center for Responsive Politics study shows that Wall Street executives are now making 70% of their political contributions to Republicans. (And this is the money we can track: Wall Street firms can now use unlimited amounts of their…

  • August 12, 2010 8:08 pm | By Brian

    Failure to Disclose

    While banks and insurance companies are heavily betting on Republicans this election year, we may never know what companies are behind third-party ads pushing for corporate-friendly policies and politicians. Since forty-one Republican senators voted in lock-step to block the DISCLOSE…

  • August 12, 2010 5:39 pm | By Deborah Liu

    I <3 NY, But Does Sarah Palin?

    In his recent short New Yorker piece, Hendrick Herzberg points out something that’s been troubling me: some of the most vocal opponents of the “Ground Zero Mosque” (Sarah Palin, John McCain, Newt Gingrich) openly despise New York City as the…

  • August 12, 2010 2:58 pm | By Deborah Liu

    Senators Set the Record Straight on Just Who the “Activist” Justices Are

    A recent PFAW poll revealed that the vast majority of Americans are intensely concerned about the growing corporate influence in our country and disagree with the Supreme Court’s decision in Citizens United. Judging from numerous remarks made during last week’s…

  • August 11, 2010 10:22 pm | By Miranda Blue

    New Poll Shows Americans Want Less Corporate Influence in Politics

    Last month, we commissioned a poll asking people across the country what they thought of corporate influence in elections and the Supreme Court’s decision in Citizens United to expand that influence. The results were staggering. A whopping 85% of voters…

  • August 11, 2010 8:42 pm | By Deborah Liu

    Citizens United and State Laws

    The Citizens United decision didn’t merely overturn nearly a century of federal laws and precedents; it also threw state campaign finance laws into turmoil. Before Citizens United, 24 states restricted corporate spending in elections. After the Supreme Court invalidated the…

  • August 11, 2010 3:58 pm | By Miranda Blue

    Julian Bond: In the Kagan Hearings, Echoes of the Past

    Last month, Republican senators turned to a surprising strategy in their questioning of Supreme Court nominee (and now Supreme Court Justice) Elena Kagan. They attempted to smear Kagan by connecting her with a figure who most of us don’t see…

  • August 9, 2010 9:50 pm | By Miranda Blue

    First Boehner Billboard Up, Second On the Way

    Last month, PFAW Voters Alliance joined up with the AFL-CIO and Blue America PAC to host a contest to choose a billboard to grace a busy highway near House Minority Leader John Boehner’s home district. The winning concept is now a…

  • August 9, 2010 2:51 pm | By Brian

    Target apologizes, but will stay in politics

    Why would two companies that received 100% ratings from the Human Rights Campaign's 2010 Corporate Equality Index give a combined $250,000 to a group backing a candidate with extreme anti-gay views? According to Target's CEO, the company was only trying…

  • August 6, 2010 9:11 pm | By Drew Courtney

    The Wrong Lesson To Learn From the Kagan Confirmation

    Over at The Atlantic, Max Fisher draws some conclusions from the Kagan confirmation, and I think he’s pulled together a pretty good summation of what folks in Washington are thinking—but that doesn’t mean they’re right.Fisher argues that since 37 votes…

  • August 6, 2010 8:34 pm | By Marge Baker

    Celebrating Elena Kagan’s Confirmation

    I'm just back from a reception at the White House celebrating the confirmation of Elena Kagan to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court. The mood was truly upbeat, with everyone thrilled at the reality of three women sitting…

  • August 6, 2010 4:16 pm | By Miranda Blue

    The Party of No Lives Up to Its Name

    Last night, in the latest episode of their passive-aggressive crusade to keep President Obama’s judicial nominees off the bench, the Senate GOP put on a mind-boggling display of obstruction. As the Senate confirmed Elena Kagan’s Supreme Court nomination, 21 other…

  • August 6, 2010 3:03 pm | By Deborah Liu

    Conservatives Against Religious Tolerance

    Recently the right wing, including Sarah Palin and other prominent Republicans, has been loudly protesting the proposed construction of an Islamic center and mosque in the vicinity of Ground Zero. The center is intended to help build an interfaith community…

  • August 5, 2010 8:49 pm | By Rhee-Soo

    Back to the Future?

    Why, asked Senator Chuck Schumer of New York before Elena Kagan's confirmation today, were so many conservatives opposed to the nominee, despite her record of achievement and mainstream credentials? Because conservatives are attached to right-wing judicial activism, and see Kagan…

  • August 5, 2010 8:27 pm | By Miranda Blue

    Fiorina’s Supreme Court Extremism in Disguise

    Is this the best impression of a political moderate that Carly Fiorina can do?The California senatorial candidate announced yesterday that if she were currently a member of the Senate she would not vote to confirm Elena Kagan to the Supreme…

  • August 5, 2010 8:06 pm | By Miranda Blue

    Senate Sends Kagan to the Supreme Court

    The Senate just confirmed Elena Kagan to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court. The vote was 63-37, with five Republicans voting to confirm her, and one Democrat (Ben Nelson of Nebraska) opposing her.People For’s President, Michael Keegan, said:“Americans…