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  • August 20, 2010 3:37 pm | By Miranda Blue

    We’re on the Air in Iowa

    One of the more baffling lines Republican lines of attack against Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan during her Senate confirmation hearings was the accusations of guilt-by-association with civil rights hero Justice Thurgood Marshall. Many of Marshall’s critics tried to backtrack…

  • August 19, 2010 5:45 pm | By Deborah Liu

    A World Without Progressive Judges

    Conservatives who whine about liberal “judicial activism” are often dissing the very judges and decisions that make most of us proud to be Americans. See, for example, Republican Senators’ criticisms of civil rights hero Thurgood Marshall during the Kagan hearings.…

  • August 18, 2010 9:13 pm | By Deborah Liu

    Douthat’s Two Americas

    Writing on the controversy over a planned Islamic community center near Ground Zero, conservative columnist Ross Douthat asserted that nativism and xenophobia have played a positive role in American history. Douthat argued that there are “two Americas,” one principled and…

  • August 18, 2010 9:10 pm | By Brian

    Corporate Spending Run Amok in Florida

    One week before the Florida primary, Republican candidates Rick Scott and Bill McCollum have spent a combined $51.2 million in the fight for their party’s nomination for governor. Rick Scott, the former head of the HCA/Columbia hospital conglomerate, already spent…

  • August 18, 2010 6:58 pm | By Miranda Blue

    What Citizens United has to do with Rod Blagojevich

    Last night, a federal jury in Chicago convicted Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich on just one of 24 counts of political corruption. On the rest of the counts, the jury was hopelessly deadlocked.Scott Turow, the bestselling novelist who started his career…

  • August 17, 2010 8:48 pm | By Deborah Liu

    Muslim Republicans to GOP: Stop Preaching Intolerance

    It’s not just the Left that’s appalled by the GOP’s increasingly blatant exploitation of animosity toward Muslim Americans in the hopes of political gain in November. Today, in a letter to the Republican leadership, six prominent Muslim conservatives asked their…

  • August 17, 2010 7:28 pm | By Deborah Liu

    The Target Story and Disclosure

    Target’s misguided donation to a pro-corporate, anti-gay Minnesota gubernatorial candidate has (with good reason) caused quite an uproar recently. But the dominant narrative – that Target will serve as a cautionary tale warning other big corporations against getting involved in…

  • 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…