People For the American Way (PFAW)

People For the American Way is dedicated to making the promise of America real for every American: Equality. Freedom of speech. Freedom of religion. The right to seek justice in a court of law. The right to cast a vote that counts. The American Way. Our vision is a vibrantly diverse democratic society in which everyone is treated equally under the law, given the freedom and opportunity to pursue their dreams, and encouraged to participate in our nation’s civic and political life. Our America respects diversity, nurtures creativity and combats hatred and bigotry.

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Thursday, May 19, 2011
Senate Republicans Block Vote on Nomination of Goodwin Liu, Double Down on Partisan Obstruction
Republicans today used procedural tactics to block an up-or-down vote on the nomination of Goodwin Liu, President Obama’s nominee to the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. “Today’s vote is an outrage for anyone who values intelligence, character and judgment on the bench,” said Marge Baker of People For the American Way. “There’s absolutely no question that Goodwin Liu possesses those qualities, but that wasn’t enough to overcome the petty partisanship that has become the standard operating procedure for Senate Republicans.
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Thursday, May 19, 2011
Flashback: GOP Senators Claim Filibusters of Judicial Nominees are Unconstitutional
Later today, the Senate will hold a vote to end the filibuster against Goodwin Liu, President Obama’s nominee to the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. In 2005, when a handful of President Bush’s nominees faced filibusters, at least 12 current U.S. senators said that preventing judicial nominees from getting up-or-down votes isn’t just wrong: it’s unconstitutional. The impending cloture vote on the Liu nomination will be an important test to separate those senators who stand on principle from those who put politics above all else.
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Wednesday, May 04, 2011
Senate Flouts Corporate Lobbyists, Breaks Filibuster of Nominee
Today, in a 63-33 vote, the Senate broke a filibuster of the nomination of John McConnell to serve as a district court judge in Rhode Island. The attempted obstruction of a district court nominee was a top priority for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, which spent enormous lobbying resources on sinking McConnell’s nomination. The Chamber objected to McConnell’s work as a public interest lawyer in Rhode Island, where he took on lead paint manufacturers and tobacco companies on behalf of consumers.
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Friday, April 22, 2011
The ‘Green Dragon’ Slayers: How the Religious Right and the Corporate Right are Joining Forces to Fight Environmental Protection
Today, people in over 175 nations around the world will come together to celebrate Earth Day. What began as a modest environmental teach-in in 1970 has blossomed into a worldwide opportunity for individuals to demonstrate their commitment to environmental protection and sustainability.
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Tuesday, April 19, 2011
David Barton’s Christian Nation: Sham ‘Historian’ Hits the Big Time in Tea Party America
Mike Huckabee calls David Barton the "single best historian in America today" and says that Americans should be “forced at gunpoint” to listen to his history lessons. Michele Bachmann, who calls Barton “a treasure for our nation,” invited him to teach a class on the Constitution to members of Congress. Newt Gingrich promises to seek his advice and counsel for the 2012 presidential campaign. State legislators from around the country invite him to share his “wisdom” with them.
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Wednesday, April 13, 2011
The Bullying Advocates: Report Exposes the Religious Right's Effort to Stop Anti-Bullying Programs in Schools
As states and school districts work to stem a tide of anti-gay bullying in American schools, a powerful group is out to stop them. The Religious Right has been leading a concerted effort to stop programs that seek to protect LGBT youth from bullying and to deny that the problem of anti-gay bullying exists. Today, People For the American Way released a report exposing the Religious Right's pro-bullying efforts and the myths it is using to promote them.
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Tuesday, April 12, 2011
2011 Budget Deal Includes Costly, Ineffective and Constitutionally Troubling Voucher Program in DC
In the budget deal reached last week, the GOP used the threat of a devastating government shutdown to push a right-wing priority that has nothing to do with saving money or even with the 2011 budget: reimposition of a five-year private school voucher program for the District of Columbia, beginning next year.
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Tuesday, April 12, 2011
Republicans Set to Deny Preventative Healthcare to Women
This week, the House and Senate plan to vote on the Pence Amendment, which would end federal funding for Planned Parenthood. As part of the compromise budget deal reached last week, this proposal was not included in the continuing resolution. However, Republicans remain determined to force their extreme agenda on the American people.
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Wednesday, April 06, 2011
Glenn Beck Leaves Fox to Spend More Time With His Chalkboard
Fox News announced today that Glenn Beck will leave his program on the network by the end of this year. Michael Keegan , President of People For the American Way , issued the following statement: “It’s encouraging to know that it is no longer economically viable for a major television network to support the demagogic rantings of its most unhinged conspiracy theorist.
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Friday, March 25, 2011
The First Amendment Only Applies to Christians? PFAW Asks Candidates to Tell Bryan Fischer that the First Amendment Protects All Americans
People For the American Way today asked GOP presidential hopefuls Newt Gingrich, Mike Huckabee, and Haley Barbour to publicly tell the American Family Association’s Bryan Fischer that the First Amendment applies to all Americans, when they appear on his radio show later today. Fischer, who has a long history of outspoken bigotry and intolerance, wrote a column earlier this week asserting that the First Amendment was meant to protect only Christians.
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