Tag: Voting Rights Act (1965)

What Reconstruction-Era Laws Can Teach Our Democracy

THE SECOND FOUNDINGHow the Civil War and Reconstruction Remade the ConstitutionBy Eric Foner Why does the brief period known as Reconstruction, a century and a half ago, still influence the state of the Union so heavily? As the eminent historian Eric Foner explains in “The Second Founding,” the failure of the United States “to build […]

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The Lost Promise of Reconstruction

Among the unanticipated consequences of the election of Donald Trump has been a surge of interest in post-Civil War Reconstruction, when this country first attempted to construct an interracial democracy, and in the restoration of white supremacy that followed. Many Americans feel that we are living at a time like the end of the 19th […]

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Representative Jim Sensenbrenner of Wisconsin, Republican Mainstay, Is Set to Retire

WASHINGTON — Representative Jim Sensenbrenner of Wisconsin, a Republican mainstay who found his way to the center of many of Washington’s most divisive political debates over the past four decades, said on Wednesday that he would not run for re-election next year. “When I began my public service in 1968, I said I would know […]

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A Plan to End Partisan Gerrymandering

Listen and subscribe to our podcast from your mobile device: Via Apple Podcasts | Via RadioPublic | Via Stitcher The Supreme Court ruled last month that federal courts cannot rule on cases of partisan gerrymandering, saying that judges are not entitled to second-guess the decisions made by state legislators who draw voting maps. We spoke […]

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The Supreme Court Isn’t as Naïve as Trump Hoped

The Supreme Court affirmed a basic rule of the operation of government on Thursday: Federal agencies have to give believable reasons for the actions they take. The justices applied that rule to stop the Trump administration, at least for now, from wrecking the 2020 census. The decision in Department of Commerce v. New York shouldn’t […]

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Supreme Court Leaves Census Question on Citizenship in Doubt

WASHINGTON — In a setback for the Trump administration, the Supreme Court on Thursday sent back to a lower court a case on whether the census should contain a citizenship question, leaving in doubt whether the question would be on the 2020 census. Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr., writing for the majority, said the […]

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Fight Over Census Documents Centers on Motive for a Citizenship Question

The fight between Congress and President Trump over census documents revolves around one crucial issue: discerning the true motive of the Trump administration when it made a historic decision to ask all residents in the country if they were an American citizen. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, who oversees the Census Bureau, has long claimed that […]

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Will the Legitimacy of the Supreme Court Survive the Census Case?

The Supreme Court is poised to decide one of its most divisive cases since litigation around the travel ban: the challenge to the Trump administration’s attempt to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census. Even as the justices deliberate on this case, shocking new reporting offers critical support to opponents of the administration’s position. […]

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Kamala Harris Wants to Require States to Clear Abortion Laws With Justice Dept.

As numerous states have passed restrictive new abortion laws, Senator Kamala Harris of California on Tuesday is expected to outline a proposal that would require some states and localities with a history of flouting abortion rights to obtain federal approval before such laws can take effect. Ms. Harris, who is seeking the Democratic nomination for […]

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