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Why The Christian Right Is Rejoicing Under Trump’s Presidency

Few would have predicted Donald Trump’s stellar relationship with far-right Christians. But now that he’s won them over, benefited from their political support, and amassed a White House featuring many evangelical conservatives, LGBT protections, abortion rights, and public school funding are on the line.

February 24, 2017
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Trump Picks Anti-Choice Federal Judge For Supreme Court

Judge Gorsuch, despite a reportedly mild-mannered temperament, is known for his anti-choice and anti-LGBT stances, pro-employer rulings in labor disputes, anti-regulatory attitudes, dismissal of scientific expertise, and pro-police bias in brutality cases, according to statements from public interest groups issued after the announcement.

February 1, 2017
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Trump Treating Supreme Court Pick Like An Episode Of ‘The Apprentice’

A source involved in the selection process said Trump has made his choice between two conservative U.S. appeals court judges — Neil Gorsuch and Thomas Hardiman. Adding an element of drama to what is normally a sober announcement, CNN said both finalists, Gorsuch and Hardiman, had been brought to Washington ahead of Tuesday’s announcement.

January 31, 2017
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Yes, Political Boycotts Are A Form Of Free Speech

Obviously, there are effective boycotts and ineffective ones, stupid boycotts and well-directed ones, boycotts by the right, left and middle. The point here is that for whatever reason, a person has a right to withhold his or her custom. A consumer boycott does not muzzle anyone. Freedom of speech doesn’t end at the cash register.

January 19, 2017

Strong Looks Sharp At White House Correspondents’ Dinner

Whatever Cecily Strong was going to say about President Barack Obama at the 2015 White House Correspondents’ Association dinner, there was no way it would sting as much as what he inadvertently said about her.

April 27, 2015

Toxic Law: How Corporate Power And ‘Religious Freedom’ Threaten Democracy

Corporations are valuable and useful vehicles for creating wealth. But they are not and never should be political and religious actors.

April 4, 2015
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Indiana ‘Religious Freedom’ Bill Lets Businesses, Individuals Decide Who Gets Equal Treatment

Indiana’s Orwellian-named ‘religious freedom’ law is a huge step back for civil rights.

March 26, 2015

A Mythical Right To Discriminate

How anti-LGBT extremists mask their bigotry as a quest to protect ‘religious freedom.’

February 18, 2015

7 Reproductive Rights Issues To Watch in 2015

2015 could be a difficult year for women’s health.

January 20, 2015

Beneath The Republican Wave, Voters Still Reject Right-Wing Ideology

Republicans won big with Ebola, ISIS, and Obama fatigue. But Americans still don’t accept GOP extremism.

November 5, 2014

Wasserman Schultz Visits Hobby Lobby Store — To Urge A Boycott

By Anthony Man, Sun Sentinel DAVIE, Fla. — Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida, the chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee, stopped at a Hobby Lobby store in her district on Wednesday — not to pick up some craft supplies for one of her kids’ school projects, but to alert people to the store’s existence […]

August 21, 2014

Poll: Female Voters Overwhelmingly Oppose Hobby Lobby Decision

Republicans are already at a disadvantage when it comes to female voters, and their support for the Hobby Lobby ruling could hurt them even more. A recent poll shows that a majority of female voters from across the political spectrum oppose the Supreme Court’s decision — and candidates who back it. Hart Research Associates, a Democratic firm, released a survey […]

July 28, 2014

White House Working On New Birth Control Insurance Rule

By Kathleen Hennessey, Los Angeles Times The Obama administration plans to make another change in the rules governing how employer health care plans cover birth control, one in a long series of efforts to accommodate religious objections to some contraceptives. Details of the new rules will not be set for a few weeks, a senior […]

July 23, 2014

Senate Republicans Block Bill To Undo Hobby Lobby Ruling

Senate Republicans blocked a bill on Wednesday that would have reversed the Supreme Court’s controversial ruling in the Burwell v. Hobby Lobby case. The Protect Women’s Health From Corporate Interference Act, which was co-authored by Senators Patty Murray (D-WA) and Mark Udall (D-CO) and has the support of the White House, would ban employers from refusing […]

July 16, 2014

The High Court’s High-Handedness

It is a case of Supreme hypocrisy. The adjective refers to that nine-person tribunal at the top of the American legal system, the noun to its latest act of judicial malpractice. Meaning not the notorious Hobby Lobby decision handed down at the end of June, but a less-noticed ruling a few days later. We have […]

July 14, 2014

Democratic Lawmakers Move To Upend Ruling On Birth Control

By Kyung M. Song, The Seattle Times WASHINGTON — Taking up advice from Supreme Court Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr., congressional Democrats Wednesday introduced legislation to get around the court’s decision last month to exempt private corporations from having to provide coverage for birth-control pills and devices that violate the companies’ religious beliefs. The […]

July 9, 2014

Supreme Court Conservatives Are Playing A Long Game

By David G. Savage, Tribune Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court led by Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. showed again this year that it is playing a long game, writing opinions that move the law in small but steady steps in a conservative direction. At first glance, many of its decisions appear modest, […]

July 7, 2014

Hobby Lobby Decision Is Not About Religious Freedom

Why are we still arguing over contraception? Of all the mind-blowing medical advances of the last 50 years — in-utero surgery, genetic testing, face transplants — why is it that the sale and use of convenient, reliable birth control pills and devices still sparks such controversy? The Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby decision — in which […]

July 5, 2014

After Hobby Lobby

WASHINGTON — It’s not often that social and corporate conservatives come together, but the five right-of-center justices on the U.S. Supreme Court fashioned exactly this synthesis in their Hobby Lobby decision this week. In a religious freedom case related to birth control, the majority focused on the liberties of the company’s owners, not of those […]

July 3, 2014

The Supreme Court’s One-Two Punch Against Women’s Health: McCullen And Hobby Lobby

The Court’s rulings place more barriers, both physical and financial, between U.S. women and basic health care. In the last week the Supreme Court announced two decisions that could dramatically change the landscape of women’s health access in the United States. It will be some time before we know the full impact of McCullen v. Coakley and Burwell […]

July 2, 2014

A ‘Narrow’ Decision From The Narrow-Minded

Relax. This is not a slippery slope. So Justices Samuel Alito writing for the majority and Anthony Kennedy writing in concurrence, take pains to assure us in the wake of the Supreme Court’s latest disastrous decision. The same august tribunal that gutted the Voting Rights Act and opened the doors for unlimited money from unknown […]

July 2, 2014

GOP Forced To Walk Thin Line After Hobby Lobby Ruling

The Supreme Court officially adjourned for the summer on Monday, but not before bestowing Republicans with a double-edged sword in the form of a major ruling. The Court’s 5-4 decision in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby struck down a key provision of the Affordable Care Act that had required employer-provided health care to include contraception coverage for […]

July 1, 2014

WATCH: Justice Ginsburg’s Epic Hobby Lobby Dissent, In Song Form

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg spoke for many liberals and women’s health advocates with her searing dissent to the majority decision in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby. Now, songwriter Jonathan Mann is singing for them. As Think Progress explains, Mann — who has been writing a song a day for years — took less than […]

July 1, 2014

Yes, (Some) Corporations Can Pray — And You’ll All Pay

By Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times In its decision Monday in the Hobby Lobby case, the conservative Supreme Court majority that upheld corporations’ religious objections to birth control spends an inordinate amount of time defending itself from the reasoning and wrath of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s dissent. Justice Samuel Alito, whose name is on the […]

June 30, 2014