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We work to ensure a more representative democracy that delivers results for all Americans through our government, courts, and in new digital town squares.

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What We're Doing

Encouraging professional diversity on the federal bench

Despite recent historic gains, professional diversity on the federal appellate courts is severely lacking, with significant implications for the legal expertise underlying judges’ decisions. Our analysis identifies policy proposals to improve the pipeline for judicial diversity.

Advancing voting rights and countering election sabotage

With states introducing hundreds of bills to disenfranchise voters, new federal election standards are vitally needed. Our research makes the case for these standards and shows how the Freedom to Vote Act would counter state laws seeking to suppress voter turnout and sabotage valid election results.

Addressing social media’s threat to our democracy

In the wake of widespread disinformation about the 2020 general election, social media companies must modify their products and policies to mitigate threats to democratic legitimacy and public safety. We identify concrete steps that could help address health and election-related disinformation.

 

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Ari Berman: A Green Light to Gerrymander Podcast
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Ari Berman: A Green Light to Gerrymander

Daniella and Ed chat with Mother Jones Senior Reporter Ari Berman this week about gerrymandering, the 2020 census, and the state of voting rights in the United States.

Daniella Gibbs Léger, Ed Chung, Kyle Epstein, 1 More Chris Ford

To Impeach or Not To Impeach—That Is the Question Podcast
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To Impeach or Not To Impeach—That Is the Question

This week, Daniella and Ed sit down with Jesse Lee, senior adviser for Communications at CAP, and discuss the stream of corruption scandals within the Trump administration as well as the merits of impeachment.

Daniella Gibbs Léger, Ed Chung, Kyle Epstein, 1 More Chris Ford

Ari Melber: Bring the Ruckus—and Sustainable Policy Ideas Podcast
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Ari Melber: Bring the Ruckus—and Sustainable Policy Ideas

Ed and Daniella chat with Ari Melber—host of MSNBC's "The Beat With Ari Melber"—to discuss the increasingly strained relationship between Congress and the Trump administration, as well as the debate around criminal justice reform.

Daniella Gibbs Léger, Ed Chung, Kyle Epstein, 1 More Chris Ford

Two Lieutenant Governors on the Rise Podcast
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Two Lieutenant Governors on the Rise

This week, Daniella and Ed speak with Lt. Govs. Juliana Stratton (D-IL) and Kate Marshall (D-NV) about their day-to-day responsibilities and the challenge of balancing the needs of rural and urban constituents in their states.

Daniella Gibbs Léger, Ed Chung, Rachel Rosen, 2 More Kyle Epstein, Chris Ford

The Mueller Report, With Judd Legum Podcast
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The Mueller Report, With Judd Legum

This week, Judd Legum, former editor-in-chief of ThinkProgress and founder of the Popular Information newsletter, helps us break down special counsel Robert Mueller's final report to Attorney General William Barr, as well as Barr's letter to Congress summarizing Mueller's principle conclusions.

Daniella Gibbs Léger, Ed Chung, Rachel Rosen, 2 More Chris Ford, Kyle Epstein

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