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NOVEMBER 2009
 
 
 

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SPOTLIGHT: Senate Votes to Move Health Care Bill Without Anti-Choice Stupak Amendment

Right Plays the Race Card: Right Wing Leaders Foment Racial Resentment and Point Fingers to Avoid Accountability

Hamilton Becomes Just Seventh Obama Nominee Confirmed to Federal Bench

YEO Network Reaches Critical Milestone of Members in All 50 States

Election Results, the Far Right and Fighting Back

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Dump DOMA

 
 
 

New York, New Jersey and Washington D.C. all could be very close to passing full legal equality for same-sex couples... but full equality cannot be realized until the federal government ends its discrimination in the form of the so-called Defense of Marriage Act.

 
 
 
 
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SPOTLIGHT

 
 
 

Senate Votes to Move Health Care Bill Without Anti-Choice Stupak Amendment

 
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PFAW staff gather outside of the U.S. Capitol to deliver petition signatures opposing the Stupak-Pitts amendment to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's staff.

The Senate over the weekend voted to move forward on debating a "base" health care reform bill that does NOT include the Stupak-Pitts language attacking a woman's right to choose.

This is just the first hurdle. The debate process will be long in the Senate, and it's going to be a lot of work to make sure we can keep anti-choice attacks out of the bill. If we are successful, we then need to wage the fight again in the House before a final bill is agreed upon.

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THIS MONTH

 
 

Right Plays the Race Card: Right Wing Leaders Foment Racial Resentment and Point Fingers to Avoid Accountability

 
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This latest Right Wing Watch In Focus report examines how right-wing pundits and political leaders committed to the destruction of the Obama presidency have been openly fomenting racial resentment or tolerating those who do. In one breath, they accuse President Obama of being racist and in the next they and their media allies howl with indignation if their own racial rhetoric is challenged.

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Hamilton Becomes Just Seventh Obama Nominee Confirmed to Federal Bench

 

After months of concerted foot-dragging by Senate Republican leaders, Judge David Hamilton was finally confirmed. Hamilton is eminently qualified and firmly committed to constitutional values, and he will undoubtedly prove to be a great asset on the Seventh Circuit.

The lesson from this nomination is that right-wing Senators will do everything they can to obstruct the President's nominees, but they do not have the strength to ultimately prove good on their threats. Let's remember that Judge Hamilton was nominated in March, received the highest ABA rating, and enjoyed widespread and bipartisan support in his home state and beyond. Yet the same right-wing Senators who were most eager to detonate the ‘nuclear option' just a few years ago were the ones clamoring for a full-on filibuster.

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YEO Network Reaches Critical Milestone of Members in All 50 States

 
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The Young Elected Officials (YEO) Network has reached a key milestone: the Network now has members in all 50 states. Founded four years ago, the YEO Network is the first national program singularly-focused on providing a network of support to young progressive state and local elected officials.With members in all 50 states, the YEO Network has the potential to effect progressive change and support elected officials from coast to coast.

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The Young Elected Officials (YEO) Network is a program of People For the American Way Foundation.

 

Election Results, the Far Right and Fighting Back

 

The results of this month's elections in Maine, New Jersey, New York, Virginia and Washington were a mixed bag but there are some clear lessons we can learn. Voters rejected right-wing radicalism where it was apparent and the need for Democratic candidates to embrace progressive values was made clear.

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Right Wing Watch: Worst. Book Burning. Ever.

 
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The Amazing Grace Baptist Church in Canton, North Carolina grabbed headlines in mid-October when it announced a "Halloween Book Burning." It was going to be anything but your typical book burning, assuming there is such a thing.

Watch >

 

BLOGS

 
 

Right Wing Watch: Good News - You Too Can Save America From the Looming Obama-Nazi Dictatorship

 

Were you disappointed that you were unable to add your name to the newest Religious Right manifesto so that you could do your part to save America from its descent into Nazi-like totalitarianism?

Well, have we got good news for you - now you can.

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See full Right Wing Watch coverage of the Manhattan Declaration >

 
 

Not the End of DOMA (Reprise)

 

There was a new development in a California case where a federal judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in February ruled the Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional. The Los Angeles Times reports the new development:

In a legal end-run around the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act, a federal judge Wednesday ordered compensation for [Brad Levenson,] a Los Angeles man denied federal employee benefits for his spouse because they are both men...

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What a Shooting Doesn't Mean

 

The attack that took place at Fort Hood was utterly horrifying, and Americans of all stripes are holding the victims of the violence in their thoughts and prayers.

That the perpetrator of the attack was deeply disturbed is obvious, but it's also been widely reported that he is a practicing Muslim.

If he were a Christian, no one would use the incident to spread suspicion of Christians, but because of deeply ingrained cultural misunderstanding of Islam, some commentators are pushing the lie that Nidal Malik Hasan’s reprehensible actions should in some way reflect on all Muslims.

That's absurd.

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Right Wing Watch: Virginia Foxx's "Revisionist History"

 

For the last several years, we've been chronicling efforts by far-right activists like David Barton and the National Black Republican Association to claim that throughout American history it has been Republicans who have been the champions of civil rights while Democrats were the party of racists and it seems that this idea has now worked its way into the House of Representatives thanks to Rep. Virginia Foxx.

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Extremism and Hypocrisy: A Capitol Tea Party

 

Yesterday's protest in front of the U.S. Capitol, organized by Rep. Michele Bachmann, had the usual cast of tea-party extremists. But this time, they were openly assembled by GOP leaders as an official House Republican event. Republican members of Congress stoked the crowd's extremism and gave them their seal of approval.

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10 Year Old Stands Up for Equality

 

Will Phillips, a 10 year old boy in Arkansas, recently refused to stand and recite the pledge of allegiance. His reason? He said he could not pledge allegiance to a country that continues to deny equality to the LGBT community.

Will's teacher tried to reprimand him for not participating in the pledge, despite his constitutional right to do so. His principal acknowledges that students cannot be forced to recite the pledge, but is refusing to apologize to the 10 year old.

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DC Marriage Equality and Religious Liberty

 

Over the past few weeks, the DC Council has been considering a bill to allow gays and lesbians to marry in Washington, DC. In light of some misleading charges by Catholic Charities that the existing bill would impair its religious liberty and its threat to withdraw charitable services from the homeless, the sick, and the orphaned the Council is considering a poorly-worded amendment that would apply only to same-sex marriages, but not to any other civil marriage.

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