- Elena Kagan was confirmed by the Senate 63-37
- A San Francisco federal judge struck down California’s voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage, commonly known as Prop 8, saying that it discriminates against gay men and women. The victory for gay marriage proponents, sadly, is only temporary—the legal battle seems destined to go all the way to the United States Supreme Court. Read the decision.
- New York City Public Advocate Bill de Blasio, after successfully convincing Goldman Sachs to refrain from spending corporate funds in elections, has launched a campaign asking Google to adopt a full disclosure policy of its political spending. In light of the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision that opened the door for unlimited corporate influence in our elections, de Blasio’s grass roots campaign is vital. Check out the campaign here and read Maggie Haberman’s article on Politico here.
- The proposed Muslim Center to be built near the World Trade Center site got the go-ahead from the City, despite loud objections from conservatives and tea-partiers from across the country. Victory for religious tolerance! Read more.
- It looks like the Senate is not going to debate whether or not to extend the Bush tax cuts until September. Come the fall, this is a big issue to fight for–shutting down these tax cuts is one of the most important ways to get the country on the road towards economic stability and pull away from years of devotion to failing supply-side economic policy.
- Check out George Packer’s inside look into the U.S. Senate (pretty depressing) here.
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