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SPOTLIGHT: A Government By the People -- Not the Corporations

Alito's "You Lie" Moment & More: A Response to the State of Union Address

Response to GOP Win In Massachusetts Should Be Renewed Focus on Values -- Ours and Theirs

Young Elected Officials Network -- Highlights from '09

President Obama Renominates Obstructed Nominees, Senate Republicans Continue Obstruction

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A Government By the People -- Not the Corporations


This month, the conservative majority in the Supreme Court by a single vote staged a hostile takeover of American democracy on behalf of corporations.

Americans are rightfully outraged and we are not taking this lying down.

Following release of the Supreme Court's decision in Citizens United v. FEC, PFAW launched a campaign to undo the Supreme Court's attack on democracy by amending the U.S. Constitution to ensure that Congress has the authority to limit the influence of corporations in elections.

Our new Government By the People campaign is starting to take shape -- and we want you to be a part of it.

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There is no question that 2010 will be a make-or-break year for our progressive movement.

Help us expose the Right's lies and fight for federal judges and candidates who will put constitutional values -- not right-wing or corporate interests -- first.

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Alito's "You Lie" Moment & More: A Response to the State of Union Address


In his first State of the Union Address, President Obama did an impressive job of delivering an honest and hopeful assessment of where we are as a nation and where we need to go. Owning up to some of his administration's failures, he spoke to Americans' fears and anxieties, but also to our values. But right-wing Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito couldn't help himself when the President took aim at the Supreme Court's audacious decision in Citizens United v FEC.

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Response to GOP Win In Massachusetts Should Be Renewed Focus on Values -- Ours and Theirs


This month, Republican Scott Brown defeated Democrat Martha Coakley in the race to succeed Ted Kennedy in the United States Senate. Despite harnessing the anger of disaffected voters and pledging at "Tea Parties," among other places, to obstruct the President's reform agenda, Brown did not run as the ideological right-winger that he is -- and Democrats allowed him to portray himself as "mainstream" by refusing to make values a central focus of the campaign. In response to the election results, People For the American Way called for progressives to answer with a renewed focus on shared values.

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Young Elected Officials Network -- Highlights from '09

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Check out the January newsletter from PFAW Foundation's Young Elected Officials (YEO) Network, including program highlights from 2009.

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


President Obama Renominates Obstructed Nominees, Senate Republicans Continue Obstruction


Earlier this month, the President renominated Dawn Johnsen, his choice to head the Justice Department's Office of Legal Counsel, along with several other nominees obstructed by Senate Republicans last year. But just last week, Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee delayed a committee vote on several of these executive branch and judicial nominees, including three Department of Justice nominees who he renominated after GOP Senators denied them an up or down vote last year.

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Robertson Blames Haitian Earthquake On "Pact With The Devil"

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Just when you thought that Pat Robertson had said it all, he goes further.

Following the earthquake earlier this month that destroyed much of Haiti's capital and killed as many as 200,000 people, Pat Robertson blamed the natural disaster on the people of Haiti for their supposed "pact with the Devil."

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Extra! Extra! 59 is more than 41!


In the wake of the extremely disappointing election in Massachusetts, you'd be forgiven for thinking that the Democrats had somehow lost control of the Senate. In fact, the Democrats still have an 18 vote majority -- an enormous power base in a legislative chamber with only 100 seats.

Former Solicitor General Walter Dellinger points out that on Supreme Court nominations, President Obama has a majority that most presidents would envy.

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Obama Attacks Unlimited Foreign $$$ in US Elections, Alito Shakes His Head, and the GOP Licks Its Chops


Last week the Supreme Court -- in the disastrous Citizens United decision -- effectively opened up American elections to unlimited spending by foreign governments and corporations. President Obama rightly called the court out last night in his SOTU address.

But not everyone was applauding. Justice Alito was busy shaking his head, pantomiming, and mouthing "not true" to no one in particular.

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Right Wing Watch: Bishop Harry Jackson Rallies The Anti-Gay Troops


Last year, Bishop Harry Jackson declared war on Washington DC in an effort to prevent the District from recognizing marriage equality. He's fought it every step of the way and repeatedly lost, but he's not giving up and this month brought together dozens of pastors and right-wing activists for a "National Marriage Summit" to plot strategy for the battled in DC and across the nation.

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Correcting the Court is nothing new


On January 29, 2009, President Obama signed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act into law, restoring the rights taken away by the Supreme Court in Ledbetter v. Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company. One year to the day, a new movement is afoot to correct the Court.

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Reproductive rights 37 years later


Roe v. Wade established a constitutional right to privacy and protected a woman's right to make reproductive decisions based on her own life, health, and conscience. On the 37th anniversary of this landmark ruling, we face a new call to action.

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Right Wing Watch: James Dobson Striking Out On His Own


Last February, it was announced that James Dobson was stepping down from his position as Chairman of Focus on the Family. Following that announcement, we started seeing lots of articles claiming that Dobson had conceded the culture wars and was throwing in the towel, a claim which Dobson vigorously disputed, saying that even though he was stepping down as Chairman, we would maintain his presence as the voice of Focus on the Family's flagship radio program and continue to speak out on moral and political issues.

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Right Wing Watch: Liberty Law School Withdraws From CPAC Over GOProud Sponsorship


For the last few weeks, the militantly anti-gay activists at Liberty Counsel, led by Matt Barber, have been threatening to boycott the annual CPAC convention if organizers didn't force the gay conservative group GOProud to withdraw as a sponsor.

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"Ministerial Exception" in Maryland Court


Maryland's highest court, the Court of Appeals, heard oral argument in the case of Mary Linklater v. Prince of Peace Lutheran Church. Its decision will address the application of the "ministerial exception" -- a judicially recognized legal doctrine that has been misused by courts to improperly shield religious employers from unlawful employment practices.

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Leahy Smacks Down Alito


Via the Huffington Post: Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) lashed into Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito on Thursday morning on the Senate floor, calling out the swing vote who overturned a hundred years of precedent to legalize deep corporate involvement in elections.

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