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  • June 1, 2010 7:27 pm | By Miranda Blue

    Supreme Court: Suspects Must Speak in Order to Remain Silent

    The Supreme Court’s conservative majority ruled today that suspects being interrogated can only invoke their right to be silent if they say so explicitly—they can’t just remain silent. Justice Sonia Sotomayor, in a dissenting opinion, called the ruling a "substantial…

  • June 1, 2010 6:31 pm | By Miranda Blue

    And the waiting room gets a little more crowded…

    Today’s nominations obstruction update:With the Senate facing a full legislative calendar and a Supreme Court debate ahead, the outlook for the more than 100 names on the executive calendar appears grim for the rest of the year.As we have pointed…

  • May 28, 2010 9:21 pm | By Miranda Blue

    House Passes Defense Bill with Path to Repeal Don’t Ask Don’t Tell

    The House has just passed a Defense authorization bill that includes a path to repealing the discriminatory and way too long-lived Don’t Ask Don’t Tell policy. The vote was 229 – 186.Earlier today, People For President Michael Keegan said of…

  • May 28, 2010 8:41 pm | By Marge Baker

    Video: African American Ministers Leadership Council Signs Immigration Reform Covenant

    People For has been documenting the dangerous and divisive Right Wing rhetoric surrounding immigration reform….rhetoric that has led to, among other things, Arizona’s new civil liberties-smashing anti-immigrant law. But, despite the overwhelmingly cynical national dialogue on immigration reform, there remain…

  • May 28, 2010 8:24 pm | By Miranda Blue

    Rand Paul, Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, and the “Right” to Discriminate

    Matt Coles at the ACLU has written an interesting blog post outlining some major reasons why the repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell is so important. One of his points especially resonated after last week’s firestorm around Republican Senatorial Candidate…

  • May 28, 2010 6:32 pm | By Jen Herrick

    Reproductive rights for military women

    Yesterday the Senate Armed Services Committee voted 18-10 to approve the Defense authorization bill. This legislation, which includes conditional repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, also takes an important step toward equality in reproductive rights for military women. Existing law…

  • May 28, 2010 2:14 pm | By Miranda Blue

    A Step in the Right Direction on Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell

    Last night, we got one step closer to the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.The House voted Thursday to let the Defense Department repeal the ban on gay and bisexual people from serving openly in the military, a major step…

  • May 26, 2010 9:07 pm | By Miranda Blue

    Oil and the Courts: Will History Repeat Itself?

    As BP begins a risky attempt to stem its still-leaking oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico, and oil starts to lap against the shores of the Gulf Coast, lawsuits against the oil giant have begun. The devastating oil spill…

  • May 26, 2010 9:01 pm | By Jen Herrick

    PFAW and AAMIA tell Congress: Repeal DADT

    People For the American Way and African American Ministers in Action wrote to Congress today urging repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. Votes are imminent in both the House and Senate. According to PFAW’s Michael B. Keegan and Marge Baker:…

  • May 26, 2010 3:49 pm | By Miranda Blue

    Police Chiefs Come Out Against Arizona Anti-Immigrant Law

    Police chiefs from several major US cities said today that Arizona’s harsh new anti-immigrant law will make it harder for law enforcement officers to do their jobs:The new Arizona law will intimidate crime victims and witnesses who are illegal immigrants…

  • May 26, 2010 3:44 pm | By Miranda Blue

    78% of Americans Oppose Don’t Ask Don’t Tell; Congress Is on the Fence

    Congress, take note: A CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey released Tuesday indicates that 78 percent of the public supports allowing openly gay people to serve in the military, with one in five opposed. "Support is widespread, even among Republicans. Nearly six…

  • May 25, 2010 2:20 pm | By Miranda Blue

    The End of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell?

    At long last, it looks like the discriminatory Don't Ask, Don't Tell policy may finally be on a path to repeal: President Obama has endorsed a "don't ask, don't tell" compromise between lawmakers and the Defense Department, the White House…

  • May 24, 2010 7:33 pm | By Miranda Blue

    Supreme Court Changes Course to Rule for Workers Over Technicalities

    Good news from the Supreme Court this morning: after taking a beating for its 2007 decision denying Lilly Ledbetter the right to sue her former employer for years of wage discrimination based on a deadline she could not have observed,…

  • May 24, 2010 3:06 pm | By Miranda Blue

    Corporations Spending Millions on California Ballot Initiatives

    From California, an example of what an unregulated corporate bank account can buy at the ballot box. NPR reports that big corporations have been spending millions of dollars to finance ballot initiatives in California, on issues including suspending the state’s…

  • May 21, 2010 9:45 pm | By Deborah Liu

    Appeals Court Rules Against Bagram Detainees

    Today, the DC Circuit Court of Appeals ruled against three detainees held by the U.S. on a military base in Bagram, Afghanistan, holding that the federal courts do not have jurisdiction to review their habeas petitions. People For the American…

  • May 21, 2010 8:19 pm | By Miranda Blue

    Bork by Any Other Name

    In the two days since Republican Senate nominee Rand Paul restated his long-held opposition to the portions of 1964’s Civil Rights Act that prohibited racial discrimination by private businesses, members of his party have been keeping their distance and tripping…

  • May 21, 2010 4:38 pm | By Miranda Blue

    Advice for Obama from FDR

    Jeff Shesol, author of the fascinating Supreme Power: Franklin Roosevelt vs. The Supreme Court, has some advice for President Obama in a new blog post for the American Constitution Society. Shesol argues that Obama can learn a thing or two…

  • May 20, 2010 9:24 pm | By Miranda Blue

    The Politics Behind the Public Safety Exception

    In a new piece for The American Prospect, Adam Serwer investigates the political roots of Attorney General Eric Holder’s call for weakening Miranda rights in the name of national security.“[C]ivil libertarians and even experienced FBI interrogators argue,” Serwer writes, “that…

  • May 20, 2010 7:58 pm | By Miranda Blue

    Taking a Stand on Immigration Reform

    The New York Times ran a powerful editorial today on the stark contrast between the courage of activists fighting for fair and comprehensive immigration reform and the somewhat less courageous behavior of those in power in Washington. They highlight the…

  • May 19, 2010 3:50 pm | By Miranda Blue

    Wall Street’s 903 Anti-Reform Lobbyists

    A Public Citizen report, released today, finds that since the start of last year, lobbyists fighting against strong derivatives regulation—a key part of Wall Street reform—have outnumbered those supporting it by a ratio of 11-1.Since the beginning of 2009, nearly…