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  • 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,…

  • May 17, 2010 8:37 pm | By Miranda Blue

    YEO Network Member Kyrsten Sinema Discusses Arizona Immigration Law

    Arizona State Representative Kyrsten Sinema, in Washington for the annual convening of PFAW Foundation’s Young Elected Officials Network, went on C-SPAN’s Washington Journal on Saturday to discuss Arizona’s new immigration law. Watch the full clip here: Sinema, recipient of last…

  • May 17, 2010 6:13 pm | By Miranda Blue

    Coalition Urges Holder to Reconsider Moves to Weaken Miranda Rights

    A coalition of 35 progressive organizations, including People For the American Way, sent a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder this morning urging him to reconsider his stance on weakening Miranda rights. Holder has said the Obama Administration is open…

  • May 17, 2010 4:38 pm | By Miranda Blue

    People For Signs on to Arizona Travel Boycott

    Last month, Arizona’s governor signed a draconian anti-immigrant law that has come under fire from civil rights and civil liberties groups, sports teams, the president, and even the occasional outspokenly anti-immigrant politician. People For has now joined a number of…

  • May 14, 2010 9:54 pm | By Miranda Blue

    Big Money in State Elections

    The PFAW Foundation’s Young Elected Officials Network is gathering this week in Washington, in part to discuss how to work on national progressive issues on the state and local levels. A panel this afternoon discussed local activism to fix the…

  • May 13, 2010 9:44 pm | By Drew Courtney

    Party Line Vote on Goodwin Liu in Committee

    In a vote that surprised absolutely no one, Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee voted unanimously against the confirmation of Goodwin Liu, President Obama’s nominee for a seat on the Ninth Circuit Court of appeals. Nevertheless, he passed out of…

  • May 12, 2010 8:56 pm | By Marge Baker

    At a Crossroads

    This past Sunday as I was waiting to go on Fox News to talk about the importance of the upcoming debate about the kind of Supreme Court Americans wanted, I had an extra few minutes to walk around the Capitol…

  • May 11, 2010 6:01 pm | By Drew 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 | By Miranda 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 | By Miranda 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 | By Miranda 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 | By Miranda 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 | By Miranda 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…