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Why Does Fox News Have More Power Than Any Progressive in the Country?

Cenk Uygur | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Cenk Uygur

Is there anyone Obama won't fire or throw under the bus if Fox asks him to? What if they ask Obama to fire himself? Would he do it? Or would he just fire Biden and say he met them halfway?

The Cancer of Democracy

Amnesty International | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Amnesty International

Torture can't be wished away. You can't pretend it never happened. As General Patreaeus put it recently, the effects of torture are "nonbiodegradeable."

Dan Froomkin

Al Franken Slams Supreme Court For Dismantling Legal Protections (VIDEO) | Dan Froomkin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) railed against the Supreme Court in a speech to progressive legal scholars Thursday night, declaring that "the Roberts Court...

Dawn Johnsen: Why Obama Backed Down On Yearlong Nomination

Time | Theo Emery | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Late on April 9, amid a flurry of news over the retirements of Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens and Congressman Bart Stupak, the White House qu...

Jason Linkins

Dawn Johnsen's Usefulness As A Stalking Horse For Principles Is Apparently Over | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Surprise! Last Friday, the White House announced that Dawn Johnsen had withdrawn her nomination. The announcement was pretty anodyne, but I'm guessing that maybe Johnsen withdrew in abject disgust.

Jason Linkins

Dawn Johnsen Says Her OLC Nomination Foundered Due To Her Opposition To Torture | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

In her first public statement since she withdrew her nomination to head the Office of Legal Counsel, Dawn Johnsen briefly discusses the reason her nom...

Dawn Johnsen's Fall and Justice Stevens' Replacement

Ari Melber | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ari Melber

While the news of Justice Stevens' retirement took most of the media attention on Friday, it's not really a distraction from Dawn Johnsen's fate. Both standoffs reveal the profound ambivalence in Obama's pledges to restore the rule of law.

Time to Stand Up, Not Step Down

Jayne Lyn Stahl | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jayne Lyn Stahl

Who is Dawn Johnsen, and why did Senate Republicans force her to withdraw her bid to be confirmed as Justice Department's Office of Legal Counsel?

Dawn Johnsen Wrote Forcefully About Confronting 'Our Nation's Past Transgressions'

Huffington Post | Nicholas Graham | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

President Obama's nominee to head the Office of Legal Counsel, Dawn Johnsen, withdrew her name after sustained opposition from Republicans and a coupl...

Sam Stein

Dawn Johnsen, Key Obama Justice Nominee, Withdraws Her Nomination | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Dawn Johnsen, the president's appointment to the Office of Legal Counsel whose nomination has lingered in Congressional limbo for more than a year, ha...

Dan Froomkin

Obama Recess Appointments: 5 More He Should Make (Vote For Your Favorites) | Dan Froomkin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

President Obama on Saturday made 15 recess appointments, using his power to unilaterally install top officials in his government when the Senate isn't...

Vacancies Threaten National Security: After Recess, President Obama Demands Senate Action

Victor Williams | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Victor Williams

Republican Senators holding important national security and justice positions vacant while extorting provincial pork must be exposed and shamed.

Sam Stein

Gibbs: Obama Won't Demand Filibusters Though 'Calculus' Different With Scott Brown | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The Obama administration acknowledged on Thursday that its political "calculus" will change later that day with the seating of Senator Scott Brown (R-...

DOJ Appointments: The Case for Dawn Johnsen's Confirmation

Victor Williams | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Victor Williams

Dawn Johnsen's appointment is a litmus test for the Senate confirmation process and for the recharged Obama political operation.

Sam Stein

Dawn Johnsen's Nomination In Peril With Brown Senate Win | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

In addition to hurting the prospects for health care reform, there may be another casualty of the Democratic party's loss of Ted Kennedy's old Senate ...

Sam Stein

Dawn Johnsen: White House Did Not Consider Recess Appointment | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The White House did not consider using a recess appointment to circumvent the Senate and get its nominee for the Office of Legal Counsel into the post...

Sam Stein

Dawn Johnsen To Be Re-Nominated, Confirms White House | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

A White House official confirms what the Huffington Post reported on Wednesday -- that the administration is set to re-nominate Dawn Johnsen, the cont...

Sam Stein

Specter To Back Dawn Johnsen, Clearing Way For Confirmation | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

With additional reporting from Michael Falcone Senator Arlen Specter (D-Penn) announced on Tuesday that he will support the nomination of Dawn Johnse...

Washington Post: Nominations Roadblock In The Senate "Unconscionable" | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

IT HAS BEEN almost six months since President Obama nominated Indiana law professor Dawn E. Johnsen to head the Justice Department's influential Offic...

Filbusters and Holds Have No Place on Confirmations

Sandy Maisel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sandy Maisel

Holds are inherently undemocratic. The filibuster was never meant to be used for such purposes. And it is time for the United States Senate to mend its ways.

Dawn Johnsen: Reid Says Another Obama Nominee May Be Blocked By GOP

Political Animal | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

As Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) moves to ease a backlog of executive branch nominations, he suggested on Tuesday that he does not have t...

Justice Delayed

Nan Aron | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Nan Aron

Here's another reason for the filibuster threat against Dawn Johnsen: it seems that some Republican senators have an allergic reaction to women in positions of responsibility.

Pro-Choice Progress: A Primer on President Obama's First 100 Days

Nancy Keenan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Nancy Keenan

NARAL Pro-Choice America will mark this milestone with another reminder of how electing leaders who support the values of freedom and privacy does make a difference in the lives of women and their families.

Correcting the Record on Dawn Johnsen's Record

Neil Kinkopf | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Neil Kinkopf

Dawn Johnsen is an outstanding choice to lead the Office of Legal Counsel. It is not surprising that her critics have resorted to basing their arguments on fiction.

Don't Give the Right Wing a Win on Obama's Nominees

Nancy Keenan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Nancy Keenan

The right wing has made these nominees their test case on how to derail President Obama's efforts to put qualified persons in key posts. Our goal is to make sure they fail this test.