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Obama Administration Names Key Civil Rights Nominee, But Still No Replacement for Holder

Vanita Gupta, who will lead the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division, has been widely praised for her civil rights record. But progress on civil rights will also depend on who replaces Attorney General Eric Holder.

Vanita Gupta, who will lead the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division, has been widely praised for her civil rights record. But progress on civil rights will also depend on who replaces Attorney General Eric Holder.

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Senate Confirms Pamela Harris to Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals

Pamela Harris speaking at the National Press Club on September 16, 2013.

Senate Republicans opposed Harris’ nomination and accused Democrats of trying to stack the federal appeals court ahead of a pending challenge to the Affordable Care Act.

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New Report Looks at Gains in Federal Judiciary

The report from the Alliance for Justice notes that while there is still much to do to remedy the judicial vacancy crisis in the federal courts, reforms in the Senate have brought signs of change.

The report from the Alliance for Justice notes that while there is still much to do to remedy the judicial vacancy crisis in the federal courts, reforms in the Senate have brought signs of change.

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Legal Wrap: More States Pass Early Abortion Bans as Federal Courts Continue to Block Them

A decision from Arkansas reinforces fetal viability as a constitutional bright line for abortion restrictions, even as more early abortion bans pass in the states.

A decision from Arkansas reinforces fetal viability as a constitutional bright line for abortion restrictions, even as more early abortion bans pass in the states.

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Legal Wrap: Protections for Pregnant Workers Advance in States, But Where’s Congress?

Slowly but surely pregnant workers are gaining more workplace protections, but Congress still needs to act.

Slowly but surely pregnant workers are gaining more workplace protections, but Congress still needs to act.

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Racism at Play in Blocked Obama Nomination

Debo Adegbile

Racism is the best explanation for the debate surrounding Debo Adegbile’s nomination to the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice. It was precisely because Adegbile is such a good pick to head the division that the right wing launched a vicious smear campaign that, sadly and predictably, worked.

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Obama Nominates Pro-Choice Advocate to Powerful Legal Office

The nomination of Dawn Johnsen to head the Office of Legal Counsel, along with Eric Holder and other Obama picks, signals an end to the Bush Administration reigns of terror on prisoners of war and on women’s rights.

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Women’s Rights, Civil Rights Leaders Urge Swift Confirmation of Eric Holder for Attorney General

Confirmation hearings for Eric Holder, nominated to be Attorney General in the Obama Administration, were originally planned on a fast-track.  Women’s rights and civil rights leaders are calling on the Senate for swift confirmation.
But Republicans leaders say "not so fast."

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