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  • May 7, 2010 4:26 pm | By Jen 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 | By Miranda 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…

  • May 6, 2010 1:20 pm | By Jen 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 | By Miranda 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 | By Miranda 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 | By Jen 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 | By Jen 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 | By Miranda 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 | By Miranda 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 | By Miranda 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 | By Miranda 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 | By Ben 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 | By Ben 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 | By Miranda 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…

  • Federal Update
    April 22, 2010 8:46 pm | By Miranda Blue

    Senators Study How to Break the Filibuster Gridlock

    Yesterday’s confirmation of Chris Schroeder to head the Office of Legal Policy was a welcome break in the gridlock that GOP senators have created over President Obama’s Executive Branch nominees. (Though, as has become the pattern, they made sure Schroeder’s…

  • April 21, 2010 8:45 pm | By Miranda Blue

    The Greatest Hits of GOP Obstructionism

    The Senate Rules Committee is holding a hearing tomorrow to discuss the history of the filibuster, as Democrats consider their options for limiting GOP abuse of stalling tactics.People For’s Marge Baker just released a memo on some of the GOP’s…

  • April 21, 2010 8:42 pm | By Miranda Blue

    New People For Report Tracks the Rise of the Corporate Court

    When the Supreme Court decided this year to open the electoral process to floods of money from corporate interests, it provoked a vehement public backlash. But Citizens United v. FEC was just the tip of the iceberg of a decade…

  • April 21, 2010 4:22 pm | By Jen Herrick

    Justice delayed is justice denied

    I recently reported that an agreement had been reached to move forward on the District of Columbia House Voting Rights Act. Four days later came word that this was no longer the case. The fight is not over, but DC’s…

  • April 20, 2010 7:03 pm | By Ben Betz

    Undermining Trust in Government: A Cynical, But Winning, Strategy

    John Perr wrote what I consider a must-read post over at Crooks and Liars about how Republicans, when in power, fail miserably at governing and seem to do their best art destroying our country. The results of their policies --…

  • April 20, 2010 1:41 pm | By Miranda Blue

    An economic historian debunks the originalist rhetoric of Citizens United

    Justin Fox, on his Harvard Business Review blog, has an interesting take on the Supreme Court’s decision in Citizens United v. FEC. He interviews Brian Murphy, a history professor at Baruch College who studies the economics and politics of early…