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  • 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…

  • February 2, 2010 11:38 pm | By Josh

    Justice Alito: Words v. Actions [VIDEO]

    The media spent much of last week obsessing over Justice Samuel Alito's injudicious show of disapproval during the State of the Union. They went a bit overboard to be sure, but were it not for that, millions of Americans may have missed…

  • February 2, 2010 10:46 pm | By Drew Courtney

    Senator Kerry Speaks Out for a Constitutional Amendment

    During a hearing of the Senate Rules Committee today, Senator John Kerry announced his intention to introduce a Constitutional Amendment to repair the damage done by the Supreme Court in Citizens United v. FEC.We face two challenges: first, to mediate…

  • February 2, 2010 6:12 pm | By Drew Courtney

    What Moderates?

    Last night, Patricia Smith, President Obama’s choice to be Solicitor of the Department of Labor, passed an important procedural hurdle: the Senate decided to vote on her nomination.What’s remarkable is that, unlike past attempts to block votes on executive branch…

  • February 1, 2010 9:36 pm | By Drew Courtney

    Justice Alito Begs to Differ

    If you watched the State of the Union last week, you probably saw Justice Samuel Alito take exception to President Obama's entirely accurate characterization of the Supreme Court's decision in Citizens United v. FEC. Some people were outraged by Justice Alito's…

  • January 31, 2010 12:13 am | By Ben Betz

    Upcoming Progressive Book Club Events

    Book Talk Radio: a weekly online radio show hosted by columnist Joe Conason on the Blog Talk Radio platform.February 3 -- 8pm (EST)The Limits of Power: The End of American Exceptionalism. From Iraq to Afghanistan, Americans are learning the wrong…

  • January 29, 2010 9:21 pm | By Ben Betz

    Leahy Smacks Down Alito

    From Ryan Grim via The Huffington Post:Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) lashed into Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito on Thursday morning on the Senate floor, calling out the swing vote who overturned a hundred years of precedent to legalize deep corporate involvement in elections.Leahy…

  • January 29, 2010 8:50 pm | By Jen Herrick

    Correcting the Court is nothing new

    On January 29, 2009, President Obama signed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act into law, restoring the rights taken away by the Supreme Court in Ledbetter v. Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company. One year to the day, a new movement…

  • January 28, 2010 8:56 pm | By Ben Betz

    Obama: Repeal ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’

    In last night's State of the Union Address, President Obama pledged to work with Congress and the military to repeal "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" this year. Thousands of activists joined People For the American Way in urging the President to…

  • January 23, 2010 3:51 pm | By Drew Courtney

    President Obama Addresses Supreme Court Decision

    In his weekly address today, President Obama addressed the Supreme Court's decision in Citizens United v. FEC. You can read his address here.  And you can sign People For's petition to pass a Constitutional Amendment allowing Congress to regulate corporate influence in elections.

  • January 22, 2010 10:55 pm | By Stacey Gates

    Rev. Madison Shockley Reflects on the 37th Anniversary of Roe and Stupak Amendment

    As we reflect upon the 37th anniversary of the landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision Roe v. Wade, I had the privilege of speaking with Rev. Madison Shockley, pastor of the Pilgrim United Church of Christ in Carlsbad, Calif. briefly about…

  • January 22, 2010 8:52 pm | By Jen Herrick

    Reproductive rights 37 years later

    Roe v. Wade established a constitutional right to privacy and protected a woman's right to make reproductive decisions based on her own life, health, and conscience. Today, on the 37th anniversary of this landmark ruling, we face a new call…

  • January 22, 2010 8:35 pm | By Paul Gordon

    The New Preamble

    The New Preamble:We the corporations of the United States, in order to accumulate historically unparalleled wealth, take advantage of limited liability, control the nation's news media, exercise monopolistic and oligarchic control over trade, and secure the blessings of power to…

  • January 20, 2010 8:16 pm | By Drew Courtney

    Extra! Extra! 59 is more than 41!

    In the wake of yesterday's extremely disappointing election in Massachusetts, you'd be forgiven for thinking that the Democrats had somehow lost control of the Senate.  In fact, the Democrats still have an 18 vote majority--an enormous power base in a…