This week the Senate will begin hearings on President Donald Trump’s nominee to replace Justice Anthony Kennedy on the U.S. Supreme Court. In many of the landmark cases to come before the Court in recent years, Justice Kennedy represented a bulwark against extreme views, and his retirement raises questions as to whether his replacement will similarly bring an honest and fair-minded approach to the bench. Americans want and expect of those entrusted to sit on our highest court not only an understanding of the Constitution and the application of our laws, but an open minded approach in passing judgment. …


Yesterday, President Donald Trump nominated Judge Brett Kavanaugh to replace Justice Kennedy as an Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. With this nomination, President Trump is attempting to fundamentally shift the balance of our highest court, drastically moving it to the right. The addition of Judge Kavanaugh to an already conservative-leaning Court will likely cement extreme legal ideology in this country for the next quarter century, which is why it is so critical that Americans know what is at stake with this nomination.

During his tenure on the federal appeals court for the District of Columbia, Judge Kavanaugh…


As someone who cares deeply about New York University and the well-being of its campus community, I feel compelled to comment on the current Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign occurring at NYU.

Earlier this month, the small pro-BDS student constituency at NYU convinced over fifty student organizations to support a statement backing the key tenets of BDS and calling on the university to divest from companies engaged in business with Israel. And in an unprecedented fashion, the student organizations also pledged to boycott two NYU pro-Israel student groups as well as a range of national pro-Israel and Jewish organizations.


I am dismayed to hear that the Boycott Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement has once against reared its head at Columbia University. As a Columbia College (Class of 1969) alum, whose son is also a graduate, I care deeply about the well-being of the school and the campus community. I first became involved with progressive politics as a Columbia student activist protesting the Vietnam War, and since 1992 I have proudly represented the Congressional District within which Columbia is located.

Two years ago, a similar effort to advance a BDS agenda at Columbia was launched, and because of my strong…


“No woman can call herself free who does not own and control her own body. No woman can call herself free until she can choose consciously whether she will or will not be a mother”

— Margaret Sanger, 1919

“No woman can call herself free who does not own and control her own body. No woman can call herself free until she can choose consciously whether she will or will not be a mother” — Margaret Sanger, 1919

Forty-five years ago, the Supreme Court handed down the decision in Roe. V. Wade and changed the landscape of abortion law forever…


Last Congress, the House Judiciary Committee launched a comprehensive review of the Copyright Act to examine how the law is faring in the digital age and to determine if any changes are needed to reward creativity and keep pace with technological advancement. Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) recently indicated that the review is moving to the next phase, and that he would soon bring people together to discuss potential reforms. As the committee prepares to take action, it is increasingly clear that music licensing reform must be at the top of the agenda.

If Congress were to start with a blank…


Let’s be frank: Our transportation infrastructure, the engine and lifeblood of any region, is underfunded and woefully underserved. The Port Authority Bus Terminal, one of the largest and busiest terminals in the world, accommodates 232,000 passengers and more than 7,000 bus movements every weekday, and it desperately needs improvement.

As we look to replace the terminal, we have an opportunity to re-think and transform our regional transportation in order to find solutions that work for the public it is intended to serve, as well as the region as a whole.

We all agree that there should be a new bus…


This week, the Senate will hold confirmation hearings for Senator Jeff Sessions of Alabama, who President-elect Donald Trump has nominated to be Attorney General. Senator Sessions’ nomination raises many troubling concerns, including his racist rhetoric, his record on civil rights, and his extreme views on immigration, all of which should be thoroughly explored. However, the Senate also has a duty in these hearings to rigorously ask questions about the enforcement of our laws and the need to protect the integrity of our public institutions. As such, the Senate should not miss this opportunity to also raise the issue of Mr…


As an alum of Columbia College (Class of 1969) whose son is also a recent graduate, and someone who got his start in progressive politics as a campus activist fighting against the Vietnam War, I have tremendous fondness for my alma mater and care a great deal about what happens there. Columbia also happens to have its home in the Congressional District I have served since 1992. It is for these reasons that I feel compelled to comment on the current campaign happening there regarding Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS).

I dearly hope that the pro-peace, pro-academic freedom student leaders…


Today, women make up nearly half of the American workforce, with salaries that have become critical to their families’ economic security. While many women can and do work throughout their pregnancy without any job modifications, those who cannot do so should not be pushed out of their employment or forced onto medical leave — which is too often unpaid — only to find themselves without any income or benefits weeks before giving birth. No woman should have to choose between a healthy pregnancy and a job, yet too many women continue to face that choice.

Today, millions of lesbian, gay…

Congressman Jerrold Nadler

Representing parts of Manhattan and Brooklyn. Proud to serve as the Chair of @HouseJudiciary. Follow me at http://www.facebook.com/CongressmanNadler

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