Tag: Voting Rights Act (1965)

This Is the Real John Roberts

What is up with Chief Justice John Roberts? Has he been cowed by political pressure to move left? Is there a method to his apparent maddening pattern of trading off conservative opinions with liberal ones? The chief justice has sided with the Supreme Court’s liberal justices on some of the biggest cases of the term, […]

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If We Don’t Fix Voting, It Will Be Hard to Fix Anything

What if we made voting an agent of equality, not inequality? And how can we get there? If you are a college student or a working recent high school graduate, poor, Latino, or someone who moves more frequently, you are less likely to vote. Seniors are much more likely to vote than young people, in […]

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Stacey Abrams Has a Message for You: Get Involved

OUR TIME IS NOW Power, Purpose,and the Fight for a Fair AmericaBy Stacey Abrams In 2018, a black woman arrived at her polling place to cast her vote for Stacey Abrams in the Georgia gubernatorial race. When she arrived, she was refused a ballot because records showed that she had already voted absentee. Such snafus […]

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Passed By for Decades, Clarence Thomas Is a New Symbol of the Trump Era

Among certain conservatives, an idea has started to take hold: Could Justice Clarence Thomas ever be the kind of pop-culture icon to his followers that Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has become to hers? Justice Ginsburg, 87, has a book to her name, a touring museum exhibition and a surprise box-office hit in a 2018 documentary […]

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Trump Isn’t the First Conservative to Try to Limit the Vote

On March 30, the Republican id burst forth when President Trump said that the latest congressional stimulus bill “had things — levels of voting that, if you ever agreed to it, you’d never have a Republican elected in this country again.” Two days later, the Republican House speaker in Georgia, David Ralston, admitted that an […]

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Rev. Joseph E. Lowery, Civil Rights Leader and Aide to King, Dies at 98

The Rev. Joseph E. Lowery, a lieutenant to the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. who helped organize a pivotal moment in the civil rights movement — the bus boycott in Montgomery, Ala. — and who gave the benediction at President Barack Obama’s inauguration more than half a century later, died at his home in […]

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52 Senators Teach Us a Lesson in Backward Civics

Most Americans have a Whiggish view of their history, in which the story of America is one of gradual moral progress and expanding political liberty — of the nation continuously moving toward a more perfect union. It’s a vision President Barack Obama evoked in his 2015 speech on the 50th anniversary of “Bloody Sunday” in […]

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