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  • 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…

  • April 1, 2009 11:26 pm | By Marge Baker

    GOP Boycotts Hamilton Hearing

    I’m just back from the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on the nomination of Judge David Hamilton to the Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, which the Republicans on the committee boycotted because they claimed they had not been given…

  • April 1, 2009 10:48 pm | By Drew Courtney

    If You Care About the Environment . . .

    You should also care about the Supreme Court.In a setback for environmentalists, the Supreme Court ruled on Wednesday that federal regulators may consider costs when deciding whether to order the operators of power plants to install protections for fish.By 6…

  • March 27, 2009 8:42 pm | By Willard

    What About the D.C. Voting Rights Act?

    The DC Voting Rights Act (H.R. 157) is currently sitting in limbo, hung up over controversial amendments. The bill has been removed from the floor, further delaying the vote that the citizens of the District deserve.This week DC Vote began…

  • March 27, 2009 6:13 pm | By Drew Courtney

    Homophobia and the Black Church Event

    This week, People For Foundation’s African American Ministers Leadership Council is co-sponsoring the Harambee* celebration at Howard Divinity School.  Yesterday, I had the opportunity to attend one of the panels we sponsored, “Homophobia in the Black Church.” It was, if…

  • March 26, 2009 3:18 pm | By Marge Baker

    Obama DOJ Invokes State Secrets For Second Time

    This Washington Post recently had a story on a second instance of the Obama Department of Justice invoking "state secrets" in an effort to shut down a lawsuit challenging violations by the Bush Administration of individuals' constitutional rights. The first…

  • March 24, 2009 12:47 am | By Marge Baker

    More Nonsense from the Right on Hamilton

    Late last week several leaders of the Right, including Tony Perkins, Edwin Meese, and Alfred Regnery issued a statement opposing the nomination of David Hamilton (currently the Chief Judge of the Southern District of Indiana) to the Seventh Circuit Court…

  • March 23, 2009 9:47 pm | By Drew Courtney

    Justice O’Connor Speaks Out. Kinda.

    The New York Times has a short interview of former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, and it’s interesting to see all the topics she doesn’t want to talk about.Whom did you vote for in the presidential election?Come on, is…

  • March 23, 2009 8:47 pm | By Paul Gordon

    Torturing the Rule of Law

    Newsweek is reporting: Over objections from the U.S. intelligence community, the White House is moving to declassify—and publicly release—three internal memos that will lay out, for the first time, details of the "enhanced" interrogation techniques approved by the Bush administration…

  • March 20, 2009 8:08 pm | By Drew Courtney

    Marriage Equality on the March

    As if Ben and Jerry’s wasn’t enough reason to love Vermont, it looks like marriage equality legislation is moving forward in the state legislature: A Vermont Senate committee voted to advance a bill that would legalize same-sex marriage in the…

  • March 20, 2009 3:55 pm | By Josh

    Kathryn Kolbert Talks Judges and GOP Hypocrisy on Air America Radio

    People For the American Way president Kathryn Kolbert appeared recently on the David Bender Show on Air America to talk about President Obama’s judicial nominees. Even before Obama nominated a single person, GOP Senators threatened to filibuster his nominees. These are…

  • March 19, 2009 5:35 pm | By Marge Baker

    Truth Telling in the Senate Judiciary Committee

    President Obama’s choice to head the Office of Legal Counsel moved out of the Judiciary Committee today on a not-quite party line vote of 11-7. All the Democrats on the Committee supported her nomination, and all the Republicans opposed it,…

  • March 18, 2009 9:21 pm | By Stacey Gates

    Stop Voter ID in Texas

    The New York Times editorial board probably didn’t write their piece today directly in response to a vote in the Texas State Senate yesterday, but they might as well have. From the NY Times editorial:In last year’s presidential election, as many…

  • March 18, 2009 4:16 pm | By Marge Baker

    Hamilton, Due Process, and the Right

    Ed Whelan in yesterday's post about Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals nominee David Hamilton bemoans Hamilton's "inventive invocation of substantive due process to suppress evidence of a criminal defendant's possession of cocaine." Sound ominous? Perhaps - if it were true.…