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  • March 10, 2010 11:24 pm | By Drew Courtney

    Senator Cardin on a Constitutional Amendment

    In a hearing today entitled "We the People? Corporate Spending in American Elections after Citizens United,” the Senate Judiciary Committee discussed the impact of the Citizens United v. FEC and possible steps to repair the damage.  In addition to touching…

  • March 9, 2010 10:45 pm | By Josh

    LA Times: Corporate Money Pours into Chamber of Commerce to Sway Elections Thanks to Supreme Court

    Investigative reporter Tom Hamburger has an excellent article in today's Los Angeles Times on the tens of millions of dollars pouring into the U.S. Chamber of Commerce to defeat candidates who stand in the way of Big Business.As Hamburger reports,…

  • March 5, 2010 9:02 pm | By Ben Betz

    More evidence that in Virginia, the Radical Right’s in charge

    The Washington Post reported today that Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli has sent a letter to the Commonwealth’s public colleges and universities asking them to rescind policies that ban discrimination against LGBT people, stating: "It is my advice that the…

  • March 4, 2010 11:10 pm | By Drew Courtney

    A Committee Meeting Worth Sitting Through

    Today, well over a year after she was originally nominated, the Senate Judiciary Committee once again approved the nomination of Dawn Johnsen to head the Office of Legal Counsel. As with any Judiciary Committee meeting, there was the requisite huffing…

  • March 4, 2010 9:25 pm | By Paul Gordon

    GOP Obstructionism Is No Surprise

    The good news is that the Senate Judiciary Committee voted this morning to approve - again - Dawn Johnsen's nomination to head the Office of Legal Counsel. The bad news is that this was yet another party-line vote where the…

  • March 3, 2010 8:19 pm | By Drew Courtney

    Marriage Equality in DC

    It took a while, and opponents of equality still insist they'll fight it, but marriage equality legislation finally took effect this morning in Washington, DC.Washington, D.C., became the nation’s sixth jurisdiction to allow same-sex marriage Wednesday when it opened its…

  • February 27, 2010 10:46 pm | By Marge Baker

    Judiciary Committee Hearing on OPR Report

    On Friday, the Senate Judiciary Committee held hearings on the recently-released report by the Justice Department’s Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR).  The Office had been tasked with assessing whether lawyers in the Bush Office of Legal Counsel had acted unethically…

  • February 27, 2010 7:41 pm | By Drew Courtney

    Rev. Kenneth Samuel Responds to Rep. Trent Franks

    You'd think that Congressman Trent Franks would have learned from his brush with fame last year when he declared that President Obama was an "enemy of humanity" because he's pro-choice. But he didn't.  Yesterday Congressman Franks argued that African Americans…

  • February 27, 2010 6:18 pm | By Leslie Watson Wilson

    African American History Awareness Month – A Chance to Prove

    In 1926, Dr. Carter G. Woodson launched Negro History Week as an initiative to bring national attention to the contributions of Black people throughout American history. Today the celebration in the arts and science, public and private business industries, sports,…

  • February 25, 2010 10:36 pm | By Jordan

    Senators Dodd and Udall call for a constitutional amendment

    Yesterday, Senators Christopher Dodd and Tom Udall introduced a constitutional amendment to correct the Supreme Court’s recent ruling in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission. According to Senator Dodd:Ultimately, we must cut through the underbrush and go directly to the…

  • February 24, 2010 9:56 pm | By Paul Gordon

    Despite the Right’s Objections, Maryland To Recognize Same-Sex Marriages from Other States

    This morning, the Maryland Attorney General released a well-reasoned opinion that firmly establishes that the state may recognize same-sex marriages from other states (and countries). The Far Right, of course, wanted an opinion stating that Maryland would not recognize out-of-state…

  • February 24, 2010 2:23 pm | By Drew Courtney

    John Yoo versus Reality

    Via The San Francisco Chronicle, it seems that the latest filing by John Yoo's lawyer— in a case brought by a prisoner who was illegally detained and tortured based on Yoo’s advice—has all the hallmarks of one of Yoo’s own…

  • February 19, 2010 8:24 pm | By Ben Betz

    Virginia’s New Radical Right Governor Begins His Assault

    Pat Robertson's man in the Virginia State House, Governor Bob McDonnell, has been in office less than a month and is already delivering on the Religious Right's agenda ... at the expense of Virginians' civil rights. A February 5 executive…

  • February 18, 2010 11:13 pm | By Jordan

    Jeffrey Rosen on John Roberts’ Judicial Activism

    Despite Chief Justice John Roberts’ claims in 2006 that his goal for the Supreme Court was to converge around narrow, unanimous rulings, The New Republic’s Jeffrey Rosen writes that Citizen’s United v. FEC is, “the kind of divisive and unnecessarily…

  • February 11, 2010 9:18 pm | By Drew Courtney

    Leahy Keeps Pushing Forward on Nominations

    At a meeting of the Senate Judiciary Committee today, Dawn Johnsen was set to be sent for a second time to the full Senate—this time on the one year anniversary of her original nomination. True, Washington is almost totally shut…

  • February 11, 2010 9:14 pm | By Peter Montgomery

    Judging, Judges and Prop 8

    Washington Post columnist Ruth Marcus, in a piece titled, “Don’t ask, don’t judge?” gave a rhetorical green light to Religious Right activists who have responded to news that federal judge Vaughn Walker is gay by attacking his ability to rule…

  • February 10, 2010 4:51 pm | By Drew Courtney

    Ronald Reagan’s Court

    By any measure, the Supreme Court has moved far to the right in the last few years.  In the Los Angeles Times today, David Savage writes about how the decision in Citizens United shows how far the court has moved on…

  • February 5, 2010 8:18 pm | By Jordan

    Voter ID Battles on the Horizon

    The fight to protect voting rights celebrated a victory last fall in the Indiana State Court of Appeals. There, the court struck down what has become known as the strictest voter identification law in the country. But it’s an election…

  • February 5, 2010 7:24 pm | By Drew Courtney

    Senator Shelby Should Maybe Review His Website

    There are plenty of reasons to be outraged by Senator Shelby's decision to put a blanket hold on all executive branch nominations in an effort to steer more federal dollars to his state.  After all, most people would agree that…

  • February 3, 2010 11:43 pm | By Paul Gordon

    A Good Day For Equality in Maryland

    The Baltimore Sun is reporting good news on the marriage equality front in Maryland today, where a bill that would have prohibited the state from recognizing out-of-state marriages of same-sex couples was defeated in committee. The state's Attorney General is…