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  • June 28, 2010 4:55 pm | By Drew Courtney

    Jeff Sessions Gets Started

    Senator Sessions pledged that Republicans would hold a respectful confirmation. In the next breath he slammed Kagan’s legal experience, then moved on to attacking her college thesis, complaining about her support of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, misrepresenting her opposition to DADT…

  • June 28, 2010 4:46 pm | By Kyle

    Off To a Good Start: Liberty Counsel Calls Kagan a Liar Before Hearing Even Began

    The confirmation hearing for Elena Kagan is just getting under way and so I am going to start collecting statements and reactions and posting them both on the RightWingWatch and PFAW blogs … and we are already off to a good start,…

  • June 28, 2010 4:20 pm | By Drew Courtney

    The Confirmation Hearings Are Coming!

    At last, the wait is over: it's time for the Senate Confirmation Hearings for Supreme Court Nominee Elena Kagan.Here at People For the American Way Headquarters, we're hoping for (and expecting to get) a conversation that addresses the clear pro-corporate tilt of…

  • June 25, 2010 9:44 pm | By Miranda Blue

    Some More Good Supreme Court Reads

    A couple of weeks ago, I wrote a post highlighting some really excellent articles that have come out in response to former Supreme Court Justice David Souter’s recent takedown of the highly flawed (to put it mildly) analogy of the…

  • June 25, 2010 6:31 pm | By Ben Betz

    Palin takes her cartoonish extremism to the next level, endorses comparison of Obama to Hitler

    Late last night, Sarah Palin followed in the footsteps of Glenn Beck and started echoing hysterical right-wing cries of  “Obama=Hitler!” She tweeted an endorsement of a recent article by Thomas Sowell, which has been making the rounds in right-wing circles,…

  • June 25, 2010 6:31 pm | By Miranda Blue

    Dawn Johnsen Heads Back to Indiana

    “The one thing you don’t want people saying at your funeral is, ‘She went to her grave with her options open.’” That’s Dawn Johnsen, in a recent speech at the American Constitution Society, proudly declaring that she has no regrets…

  • June 24, 2010 7:46 pm | By Miranda Blue

    Today in Obstruction

    Tuesday’s batch confirmation of 60 patient Obama administration nominees was an encouraging break from Senate Republicans’ current unprecedented obstruction efforts, but it seems it might not yet represent the turning over of a new leaf. NPR yesterday counted 69 Senate…

  • June 24, 2010 5:57 pm | By Miranda Blue

    Supreme Court Rules for Campaign Disclosure, But Divided Over How Far it Should Go

    In a ruling that may bode well for the longevity of the campaign finance disclosure law currently being considered by Congress, the Supreme Court today ruled that the First Amendment does not give people a blanket right to keep their…

  • June 24, 2010 2:52 pm | By Rhee-Soo

    Where Scalia Agrees with America

    As our recent poll shows, 92% of Americans agree that Congress needs to take action to right the wrongs of the Citizens United decision. One way to start would be to pass a bill like the DISCLOSE Act to force…

  • June 23, 2010 7:03 pm | By Miranda Blue

    Al Franken Takes On the Corporate Court

    I want to flag a speech that Al Franken made on the Senate floor yesterday about the Supreme Court’s decision this week in Rent-A-Center v. Jackson. The legal issues in question were complicated, to say the least, but the impact…

  • June 23, 2010 5:49 pm | By Rhee-Soo

    Ending Anonymous Holds

    Last weekend, Senator Claire McCaskill put pressure on obstructionist Republicans, announcing that she had enough votes to end the Senate practice of placing anonymous holds on executive nominees. As McCaskill explained in her recent Huffington Post piece, “someone, it seems,…

  • June 22, 2010 10:07 pm | By Rhee-Soo

    Supreme Court Denies Access to Justice in Rent-A-Center v. Jackson

    In yet another decision highlighting the Roberts Court's tendency to favor corporations over individual citizens, the Supreme Court on Monday made it more difficult for employees and consumers challenging their contracts to seek justice in court. In Rent-A-Center v. Jackson,…

  • June 22, 2010 8:02 pm | By Miranda Blue

    Federal Judge Ends Drilling Moratorium

    This afternoon, we have another illustration that when the pull of profits goes up against protecting public safety, the personal leanings of our federal judges really do matter. The Associated Press reports: A federal judge struck down the Obama administration's…

  • June 22, 2010 3:34 pm | By Miranda Blue

    New People For Poll Shows Broad Support for Correcting Citizens United

    People For released a new poll today that contains some pretty stunning numbers showing the extent to which Americans are fed up with corporate money and politics… and ready to amend the Constitution to fix it.Here are some of the…

  • June 21, 2010 10:21 pm | By Rhee-Soo

    A New Ally For Kagan Opponents

    As Republican leadership refuses to rule out filibustering Elena Kagan’s Supreme Court nomination, it’s important to keep in mind the ideological company her opponents keep. One new critic is none other than failed Supreme Court nominee Robert Bork, who plans…

  • June 21, 2010 9:18 pm | By Miranda Blue

    Leahy: Senators Will Address Oil and the Courts in Kagan Hearings

    Patrick Leahy, the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, says he’s going to make sure the subject of oil and the courts comes up in Solicitor General Elena Kagan’s Supreme Court confirmation hearings, which begin next week. The Hill reported…

  • June 21, 2010 5:43 pm | By Paul Gordon

    A Father’s Day For ALL Fathers

    Kudos to President Obama for including families with two fathers in his Father's Day proclamation. And further kudos are due to the president for inviting a gay father to speak at his Father's Day mentoring barbecue at the White House…

  • June 21, 2010 5:30 pm | By Rhee-Soo

    Another City Joins Arizona Boycott

    In May, People For signed on to a travel boycott of Arizona in response to the state’s new draconian immigration law. We’re pleased to note that not only other advocacy groups, but at least 20 US cities, have pledged to…

  • June 18, 2010 7:16 pm | By Rhee-Soo

    Fieldtrip to the Heritage Foundation

    As a new arrival in DC (I started interning here two weeks ago), I was thrilled to get a chance to visit the Heritage Foundation for the first time on Wednesday. I know everyone here at People For was flattered…

  • June 18, 2010 7:00 pm | By Miranda Blue

    Dawn Johnsen on Caution and Principle

    Last night, Dawn Johnsen spoke to the American Constitution Society, her first public appearance after a year and a half long battle over her confirmation to head the Office of Legal Counsel. Johnsen withdrew her nomination in April after an…