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  • May 11, 2010 6:01 pm | ByDrew Courtney

    Kagan v. Rehnquist

    In their uphill battle to paint Solicitor General Elena Kagan as unqualified for the Supreme Court, some Republicans are complaining that she doesn’t have any experience on the federal bench. It’s an attack that doesn’t hold water for several reasons.…

  • May 10, 2010 10:03 pm | ByMiranda Blue

    Candidates Begin to Appeal to Voters’ Disappointment with Corporate Court

    Republicans say they’re plotting to use any Supreme Court nomination battle to their advantage in November. But polls show that the issue cuts strongly the other way—the American public is overwhelmingly concerned about the current Court’s pro-corporate sympathies and its…

  • May 10, 2010 7:07 pm | ByMiranda Blue

    GOP Strategy Call: Obstruct Supreme Court Nomination to Delay Policy Debates

    The day Justice John Paul Stevens announced his retirement, Senate Republican leadership vowed to obstruct the confirmation of whoever was nominated to replace him. Today, Republican Senators who had previously praised nominee Elena Kagan’s intellect and qualifications have become strikingly…

  • May 7, 2010 10:45 pm | ByMiranda Blue

    GOP Blocks Confirmation of Bush’s Press Secretary

    The Senate GOP spent the day repeatedly refusing to remove their holds on 108 of President Obama's picks to fill executive branch and judicial vacancies. In case you thought they actually object to these nominees:One of the blocked nominees: former…

  • May 7, 2010 7:07 pm | ByMiranda Blue

    On Ellis Island, African American Ministers Leadership Council Are First to Sign Immigration Reform Covenant

    Members of the African American Ministers Leadership Council and African American Ministers in Action gathered on Ellis Island to sign an immigration reform covenant. On Wednesday, members of People For the American Way Foundation’s African American Ministers Leadership Council (AAMLC)…

  • May 7, 2010 4:53 pm | ByMiranda Blue

    People For’s Full Page Ad in the Post: “Is The Supreme Court Corporate America’s Newest Subsidiary?”

    People For and a coalition of progressive groups will run a full page ad in the Washington Post next week, criticizing the Supreme Court’s increasing deference to corporate interests. The ad, which pictures judicial robes embroidered with the logos of…

  • May 7, 2010 4:26 pm | ByJen Herrick

    Give the gift of equal pay on Mother’s Day

    As we mark Mother’s Day this Sunday, think about taking action to support women’s rights. Ask your Senators to support the Paycheck Fairness Act. Be sure to thank them if they’re already cosponsors. Equal pay in America needed to be…

  • May 6, 2010 6:34 pm | ByMiranda Blue

    On Hold

    The AP has counted up the presidential nominees currently awaiting Senate confirmation. Most of those nominations are being held up by individual Republican senators. Most of those senators remain anonymous. There’s quite a logjam:These "holds," which frequently have nothing to…

  • May 6, 2010 1:20 pm | ByJen Herrick

    PFAW and AAMIA tell House: Pass ENDA now

    People For the American Way and African American Ministers in Action wrote to the House of Representatives today urging swift passage of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act – as a clean bill with no harmful amendments or motions to recommit. This…

  • May 4, 2010 7:40 pm | ByMiranda Blue

    The Return of Soft Money

    In the New York Times today, Adam Liptak predicts that in the wake of Citizens United, the Supreme Court will reconsider, maybe as early as this summer, the constitutionality of limits on “soft money”—unlimited contributions to political parties. The lawyer…

  • May 3, 2010 10:19 pm | ByMiranda Blue

    Judiciary Committee Schedules Vote on Goodwin Liu

    The Senate Judiciary Committee has scheduled a vote for this Thursday on the nomination of Goodwin Liu to the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.Richard Painter—who, as George W. Bush’s chief ethics lawyer helped to shepherd through the nominations of Justices…

  • May 3, 2010 8:42 pm | ByJen Herrick

    DOD puts breaks on DADT repeal, veterans to lobby Congress

    Late Friday, Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Joint Chiefs Chairman Admiral Mike Mullen urged Congress to hold off on repealing Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell until the Pentagon completes its policy review. This was followed by a White House statement (cited…

  • April 30, 2010 7:08 pm | ByJen Herrick

    LGBT families included in immigration reform framework

    Senate Democrats made news this week with the release of their framework for moving forward on immigration reform. It is by no means perfect, and there is much work left to be done. However, these Senators should be commended for…

  • April 30, 2010 2:35 pm | ByMiranda Blue

    Majority of Americans Comfortable with Obama Picking Supreme Court Justice

    Jeff Sessions take note: a new Washington Post-ABC News poll has found that a large majority of Americans are just fine with President Obama picking the next Supreme Court Justice.Overall, two-thirds of Americans say they are comfortable with Obama selecting…

  • April 29, 2010 4:33 pm | ByMiranda Blue

    Senators Introduce Crucial Citizens United Fix

    This morning, Senate Democrats announced a sweeping legislative remedy to the Supreme Court’s decision in Citizens United v. FEC, which opened up elections to unlimited corporate spending. The DISCLOSE Act would require the disclosure of corporate money spent on influencing…

  • April 29, 2010 1:33 pm | ByMiranda Blue

    Sessions warns of Obama’s “dangerous” SCOTUS philosophy

    Don’t say he didn’t warn you. Sen. Jeff Sessions has taken issue with several of President Obama’s criteria for picking a Supreme Court nominee, but he’s especially concerned about the stipulation that the new justice have a “keen understanding of…

  • April 27, 2010 11:09 pm | ByMiranda Blue

    Senate Republicans continue to warn of “bailout,” stall reform

    Senate Republicans this afternoon again voted in a bloc to stall debate on a Wall Street reform measure, after a concerted effort to brand the increased regulations a fat-cat bailout. The “bailout” label, as People For’s Peter Montgomery explains in…

  • April 27, 2010 8:28 pm | ByBen Betz

    Breathing While Undocumented in Arizona

    Linda Greenhouse, writing for the New York Times Opinionator blog, rightly points out that Arizona's new anti-immigrant law quite literally creates a new crime of "breathing while undocumented" due to a provision that someone lacking authorization to be in the…

  • April 27, 2010 5:52 pm | ByBen Betz

    Two Must-Read Op-Eds on the Stevens Vacancy and What This Court Fight Should Be About

    In his column yesterday, E.J. Dionne laid out exactly the right prescription for liberals and Democrats in the upcoming confirmation battle over the Supreme Court seat being vacated by Justice John Paul Stevens. We don't know who the nominee is yet, but we…

  • April 26, 2010 8:04 pm | ByMiranda Blue

    Double your delay: Senate GOP picks another tactic off the obstruction menu

    Some more evidence of the Senate GOP’s extraordinary efforts on behalf of getting nothing done: trying to put off a vote on Wall Street reform, Senate Republicans are filibustering the motion to proceed to the legislation, adding yet another layer…