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    Sessions “Civil Rights Champion” Ad Follows in the Footsteps of the Trump Team’s Egregious Lies
    January 23, 2017 7:50 pm | By 43665

    Sessions “Civil Rights Champion” Ad Follows in the Footsteps of the Trump Team’s Egregious Lies

    In spite of a mountain of evidence to the contrary, a new TV ad now airing in Washington, D.C., aims to paint attorney general nominee Jeff Sessions as a “civil rights champion.” The audacity of portraying a man whose record…

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    The Upcoming Supreme Court Fight: What’s At Stake
    January 23, 2017 7:14 pm | By 51279

    The Upcoming Supreme Court Fight: What’s At Stake

    When Donald Trump nominates a jurist to sit on the Supreme Court, it won’t be business as usual. When President Obama chose a nominee to fill the Supreme Court vacancy, he went out of his way to select a moderate…

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    AG Hearing: Grassley’s Contempt for His Colleagues & for America
    January 17, 2017 11:40 pm | By 28188

    AG Hearing: Grassley’s Contempt for His Colleagues & for America

    There’s an episode of Star Trek where Edith Keeler tells Captain Kirk, “A lie is a poor way to say hello.”  Whether Chuck Grassley opened Jeff Sessions’ confirmation hearing with a lie or just an inexplicable mistake, he chose a…

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    Blistering Coretta Scott King Letter Opposing Jeff Sessions’ Judicial Nomination Kept Secret For 30 Years
    January 11, 2017 9:20 pm | By 41753

    Blistering Coretta Scott King Letter Opposing Jeff Sessions’ Judicial Nomination Kept Secret For 30 Years

    When Jeff Sessions was nominated to a federal judgeship in 1986, the late civil rights activist Coretta Scott King was among those who opposed his confirmation. King, the widow of Martin Luther King Jr., sent senators a nine-page statement opposing…

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    Will Sessions Follow the Long Tradition of Recusal?
    January 5, 2017 8:44 pm | By 28188

    Will Sessions Follow the Long Tradition of Recusal?

    Since Jeff Sessions is a U.S. Senator, he is part of the body that will vote on his confirmation for Attorney General.  That raises the ethical question of whether Sessions should recuse himself from a vote in which he has…

  • News and Analysis
    November 23, 2016 4:38 pm | By 44533

    Poll Shows Both Trump and Clinton Voters Want Money in Politics Reform

    A new poll from the Center for American Progress highlights the groundswell of support this election for serious money in politics reform. Given the extreme divisiveness of this election, the results of the poll may come as a surprise to…

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    “I Think of Voting as a Chess Move, Not a Valentine.”
    November 8, 2016 7:44 pm | By 45583

    “I Think of Voting as a Chess Move, Not a Valentine.”

    A version of this post first appeared on the Young People For blog. In a piece published last week in The Nation, the writer and activist Rebecca Solnit spoke powerfully about the importance of voting as a strategic choice rather…

  • News and Analysis
    October 31, 2016 8:03 pm | By 44533

    Zephyr Teachout Explains the Problem of Big Money in Politics

    One would be hard pressed to find a stronger champion of campaign finance reform than Zephyr Teachout. Running for New York’s 19th Congressional District, Teachout has a background teaching law at Fordham University and has written a book called “Corruption…

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    The GOP’s Planned Sabotage of the Supreme Court
    October 31, 2016 7:24 pm | By 28188

    The GOP’s Planned Sabotage of the Supreme Court

    The Supreme Court has nine seats.  That number was established by Congress way back in 1869.  Before then, Congress had set the number to be as low as six and as high as ten.  But now a nine-judgeship Supreme Court…

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    Senator Ayotte’s Real Record on Equal Pay for Women
    October 31, 2016 5:09 pm | By 41734

    Senator Ayotte’s Real Record on Equal Pay for Women

    When New Hampshire Governor Maggie Hassan and U.S. Senator Kelly Ayotte went head to head last week in a debate hosted by NH1 News, they touched on one of the most talked-about issues this election season, women's rights – specifically…

  • News and Analysis
    Voting Rights – We Can Win
    August 2, 2016 9:14 pm | By 41734

    Voting Rights – We Can Win

    This Saturday marks the 51st anniversary of the signing of the Voting Rights Act. Though we have a long way to go to restore this landmark law and ensure that every voter can cast a ballot that counts, it's important…

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    Criticism Mounts for Senate GOP Obstruction of Judges
    June 9, 2016 9:07 pm | By 28188

    Criticism Mounts for Senate GOP Obstruction of Judges

    Perhaps the most vital role the United States Constitution assigns to the Senate is the vetting of federal judicial nominees.  An efficient and independent judiciary is vital to those seeking to vindicate their legal rights.  It is also vital to…

  • News and Analysis
    June 6, 2016 6:21 pm | By 28188

    Report by Elizabeth Warren Slams GOP Obstruction of Nominees

    Since Senate Judiciary Chair Chuck Grassley is making sure that the committee he runs completely ignores Merrick Garland’s Supreme Court nomination, one might think that he’s using the extra time to at least process the president’s many circuit and district…

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    A Sleazy or Principled Approach to Judicial Confirmations?
    April 20, 2016 5:39 pm | By 28188

    A Sleazy or Principled Approach to Judicial Confirmations?

    Several days ago, USA Today reported on some comments made by Senator Patrick Leahy about the Senate GOP’s refusal to consider Merrick Garland’s nomination to the Supreme Court.  Judiciary Committee chairman Chuck Grassley has fallen in line behind the order…

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    A Circuit Court Nominee for Mitch McConnell to Consider
    March 18, 2016 12:33 am | By 28188

    A Circuit Court Nominee for Mitch McConnell to Consider

    Two days after nominating Rebecca Haywood to the Third Circuit, and one day after nominating Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court, President Obama today continued to work to make sure that our nation’s appellate vacancies are filled with qualified judges. …

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    Ron Johnson’s Revisionist History
    March 14, 2016 9:49 pm | By 28188

    Ron Johnson’s Revisionist History

    There’s good news and bad news regarding Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson and the longtime effort to fill that state’s vacancy on the Seventh Circuit, which has been empty for more than six years. The good news is that, almost two…

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    New Poll Shows Obstructionist Stance on Supreme Court Vacancy is Hurting Toomey and Portman With Voters
    February 22, 2016 8:20 pm | By 43665

    New Poll Shows Obstructionist Stance on Supreme Court Vacancy is Hurting Toomey and Portman With Voters

    Note to senators in tough reelection battles: putting your Washington DC party bosses over the Constitution by standing in the way of filling the vacancy on the Supreme Court is not only the wrong thing to do for our country,…

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    GOP vs. the Integrity of the American Judicial System
    February 17, 2016 10:57 pm | By 28188

    GOP vs. the Integrity of the American Judicial System

    The nation is mourning the loss of Justice Antonin Scalia, who served on the nation’s highest court for nearly 30 years.  Since he became a justice in 1986, Americans have – appropriately and vigorously – debated the merits of his…

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    Historic Nomination: Diane Humetewa Would Be First Native American Woman On Federal Bench
    February 10, 2014 9:21 pm | By 43581

    Historic Nomination: Diane Humetewa Would Be First Native American Woman On Federal Bench

    A historic nomination by President Obama is being considered by the Senate Judiciary Committee: Diane Humetewa is poised to become the first Native American woman on the federal judiciary. Humetewa is a highly qualified nominee with bipartisan support. She was…

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    James Crow, Jr., Esquire and the Moneyed Assault on Voting Rights
    August 30, 2013 8:36 pm | By 43665

    James Crow, Jr., Esquire and the Moneyed Assault on Voting Rights

    At the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington this Wednesday, Reverend Al Sharpton made the case that people of color are facing a new generation of Jim Crow-type laws.  “Jim Crow had a son,” Sharpton said, a son who…