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  • April 29, 2009 10:09 pm | By Marge Baker

    Good Questions for Jay Bybee

    Noting the need to clarify a number of questions surrounding the legal advice provided by the Office of Legal Counsel under Jay Bybee’s leadership, Senator Patrick Leahy, Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee sent a letter today to Bybee inviting…

  • April 29, 2009 9:39 pm | By Stacey Gates

    Rep. Bobby Scott Shouts Out AAMIA on the House Floor

    During floor debate on the Hate Crimes House Bill, Rep. Bobby Scott entered into the record the good work of our African American Ministers in Action. He held up our letter in support of the Hate Crimes legislation, and our…

  • April 29, 2009 8:25 pm | By Paul Gordon

    Springtime of Marriage Equality

    Spring 2009 continues to be a historic season of equality. Earlier today, the New Hampshire Senate passed a marriage equality bill. The House passed the bill last month. However, because of a small amendment made by the Senate, the bill…

  • April 29, 2009 7:50 pm | By Deborah Liu

    NAMUDNO In the Supreme Court

    This morning the Supreme Court heard oral argument in the case of Northwest Austin Municipal Utility District Number One v. Eric Holder, a case involving a small municipal district in Austin, Texas seeking to invalidate a key provision of the…

  • April 28, 2009 9:40 pm | By Paul Gordon

    Victory for the Rule of Law

    Great news on the accountability front: Today, a unanimous three-judge panel of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals gave the thumbs-down to the blanket invocation of the pernicious "state secrets" doctrine. According to the San Francisco Chronicle: A federal appeals…

  • April 27, 2009 11:14 pm | By Josh

    Legal Scholars Speak out to Support Dawn Johnsen

    People For the American Way co-hosted a press call on 4/27 concerning the nomination of Dawn Johnsen to head the Office of Legal Counsel. We were joined by Walter Dellinger, Solicitor General and head of the Office of Legal Counsel under President…

  • April 25, 2009 10:01 pm | By Paul Gordon

    Maryland High School Says No to Hate

    Protesters from the virulently anti-gay Westboro Baptist Church in Topeka, Kanas - the "God Hates Fags" folks led by Fred Phelps - protested at Walt Whitman HIgh School in Bethesda, Maryland on Friday. Why? Well, for one thing, the school…

  • April 24, 2009 2:48 pm | By Marge Baker

    We couldn’t have said it better

    Republicans are trying to paint OLC nominee Dawn Johnsen as "out of the mainstream." Rachel Maddow turned the tables on them last night in an interview with Salon's Dahlia Lithwick. Lithwick noted that Republicans are creating a storm — threatening…

  • April 22, 2009 11:00 pm | By Marge Baker

    Two Strikes Against Senator Inhofe

    Senator Inhofe announced earlier this week that he would filibuster the nomination of David Hamilton for a seat on the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals. And on the Senate floor he elaborated—he said this was because, in a case involving…

  • April 22, 2009 9:35 pm | By Drew Courtney

    Does the National Organization for Marriage want to overthrow the government?

    If the National Organization for Marriage was attempting to position itself as a respectable group, they’ve been having a rough time of it lately. First, they created the hilariously inept “Gathering Storm” ad which generated a blizzard of mockery. Now,…

  • April 22, 2009 9:35 pm | By Marge Baker

    UPDATED: Message from Senator Whitehouse: Keep Up the Pressure to Confirm Dawn Johnsen

    Today I had the opportunity to moderate a discussion with Senator Sheldon Whitehouse on a conference call with PFAW members and activists. As we’ve mentioned before, Senator Whitehouse has been one of the leading voices in the push to restore…

  • April 21, 2009 7:06 pm | By Marge Baker

    David Hamilton to Appear on the Hill. Again.

    We just got word from the Senate Judiciary Committee that Republicans are going to get another shot at questioning Judge David Hamilton, President Obama’s first judicial nominee who is being put forward for a seat on the Court of Appeals…

  • April 20, 2009 5:13 pm | By Ben Betz

    Restore Justice — Impeach Bybee

    Sunday's New York Times included an editorial calling for the impeachment of Jay Bybee, a U.S. Appeals Court Judge on the Ninth Circuit (nominated by Bush) who, while at the Department of Justice, authored memos providing the "legal" justification for the…

  • April 15, 2009 7:08 pm | By Drew Courtney

    Kathleen Turner Speaks Out for Dawn Johnsen

    People For the American Way Foundation board member Kathleen Turner posted a piece today on the Huffington Post making a forceful case for confirming Dawn Johnsen as the head of Office of Legal Counsel.To restore integrity and respect for the…

  • April 14, 2009 10:35 pm | By Stacey Gates

    Not a Joke. We think.

    What do you get when you cross a desperate Republican House campaign and a US senator who only months ago held the very seat the Republican candidate is seeking?Another reason no-excuse absentee voting makes sense.

  • April 8, 2009 7:10 pm | By Willard

    Obama Administration Raises the Bar on Wiretap Secrecy

    Two of the most damaging legacies of the Bush Administration - the gutting of FISA through warrantless wiretapping, and the assertion of the almost monarchical "unitary executive" theory of executive branch authority - returned to center stage late last week,…

  • April 7, 2009 8:44 pm | By Drew Courtney

    What a Day for Marriage!

    As we hope you’ve already heard, champagne corks are popping in Vermont where both houses of the state legislature successfully overrode the Governor’s veto of same-sex marriage legislation. And for those of us in DC, marriage equality is a step…

  • April 6, 2009 6:04 pm | By Drew Courtney

    The Audacity of Blackmail

    According to the Daily Beast, the GOP is threatening to filibuster President Obama’s legal nominees if he moves to release the infamous “torture memos” that came out of the John Yoo-era Office of Legal Counsel: A reliable Justice Department source…

  • April 3, 2009 8:38 pm | By Peter Montgomery

    More Good News from Iowa

    While national Religious Right leaders have reacted with predictably apocalyptic venom to the unanimous Iowa Supreme Court ruling upholding marriage equality, there's more good news from the state's political leaders. According to the national Stonewall Democrats, the Iowa Democratic Party…

  • April 3, 2009 2:53 pm | By Peter Montgomery

    Iowa Marriage Decision Recognizes Religious-Civil Distinction

    People For the American Way Foundation's recent Right Wing Watch In Focus report documented the deceptive ways that Religious Right leaders blur the distinction between civil and religious marriage in order to convince Americans that marriage equality is a threat to…