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A sign points the way toward the voting booths as voting commences in North Carolina's U.S. presidential primary election at Sharon Presbyterian Church in Charlotte, North Carolina, U.S. on March 15, 2016. REUTERS/Chris Keane/File Photo

BREAKING: Federal Appeals Court Says North Carolina Voting Laws Discriminate Against Black Voters

A federal appeals court has struck down North Carolina’s new voter ID laws, passed in the wake of the Supreme Court’s gutting of the Voting Rights Act, saying that the laws “target[ed] African Americans with almost surgical precision.”

July 29, 2016
Ohio voters cast their votes at the polls for early voting in the 2012 U.S. presidential election in Medina, Ohio, October 26, 2012. REUTERS/Aaron Josefczyk

Without The Voting Rights Act, 2016 Will Be Our Least Democratic Election In Decades

The 2016 presidential election is the first since the Supreme Court’s 2013 Shelby County v. Holder decision to strike down two sections of the Voting Rights Act, both of which had served as crucial structural safeguards against voter disenfranchisement since the ‘60s.

May 30, 2016
Speaker of the House John Boehner addresses the members of the 114th Congress after being re-elected as the Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives at the start of the 114th Congress at the U.S. Capitol in Washington January 6, 2015. REUTERS/Jim Bourg

5 Reasons This May Be The Worst Congress Ever

Norm Ornstein, a non-partisan expert on the inner workings of Congress says it’s “no exaggeration” to call this one the worst ever. And sometimes even that seems mild. Here’s why.

May 23, 2016
Daniel Stefanski waits to vote in the U.S. presidential primary election at a polling site in Glendale, Arizona March 22, 2016. REUTERS/Nancy Wiechec

2016 Is Proof We Needed The Voting Rights Act

Eric and Ivanka aren’t the only ones shut out of the voting booth by obscure rules. These will be the first presidential elections since the 2013 Supreme Court decision to gut the Voting Rights Act.

April 12, 2016
People wait to vote in the U.S. presidential primary election outside a polling site in Glendale, Arizona March 22, 2016. REUTERS/Nancy Wiechec

Arizona’s Primary Day Headaches Aren’t Finished Yet

While the national media has turned its attention to the upcoming primary in Wisconsin, voters in Arizona are fighting against the state’s weak response to complaints of long lines and a shortage of polling locations during its recent primary, last Tuesday.

March 30, 2016
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Late Night Roundup: Bill Clinton’s Trump Phone-Tag

Bill Clinton: “I get credit for doing a lot of things I didn’t do — like that.”

October 7, 2015
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All Votes Matter

Legislatures in states where Republicans had full political control have make it harder for African-Americans, Latinos, and young people to vote.

August 20, 2015
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Weekend Reader: ‘Give Us The Ballot: The Modern Struggle For Voting Rights In America’

Fifty years after the passage of the Voting Rights Act — and the most fundamental democratic exercise continues to come under attack.

August 16, 2015
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Obama Calls For Voting Rights Reform On 50th Anniversary Of Historic Law

President Obama called on Congress to pass “an updated version” of the Voting Rights Act on Thursday, the 50th anniversary of the passage of the federal law.

August 6, 2015
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Appeals Court Strikes Down ‘Discriminatory’ Texas Voter ID Law

The Fifth Circuit judges wrote: “We recognize the charged nature of accusations of racism, particularly against a legislative body, but we also recognize the sad truth that racism continues to exist in our modern American society despite years of laws designed to eradicate it.”

August 5, 2015
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5 Worst Voting Rights Attacks Since 2000

Since George W. Bush literally took office, the right has repeatedly tried to pass legislation that discourages the votes of minorities, students, and the poor.

August 3, 2015
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5 Ways Republicans Make It Harder To Vote And Easier To Buy Elections

The right-wing movement that decries bureaucracy in fact loves red tape and barriers to democracy, in order to keep “them” from the polls.

June 8, 2015
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Hillary Clinton Calls For Protecting Voter Rights, Automatic Registration

Clinton: “So today, Republicans are systematically and deliberately trying to stop millions of American citizens from voting. What part of democracy are they afraid of?”

June 4, 2015
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Supreme Court Redistricting Case Could Reduce Latinos’ Political Clout

The mathematics of power may be about to change in a way that could shift political clout away from fast-growing Latino communities in states such as California, Texas and Florida, and move it to the suburbs and rural areas.

May 27, 2015
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U.S. High Court Orders Race-Bias Review Of North Carolina Voting Lines

In its decision, the Supreme Court referred to another ruling it made in late March that found Alabama had not properly investigated whether the state’s redrawing of voting districts was motivated by race.

April 21, 2015
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This Week In Crazy: How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love The ‘Gay Bomb’

The unhinged right wing had a big week — with hate jocks and call-in cranks spouting off about gay bombs and sexy Islamic radicals. And don’t forget Obama’s secret plot to nuke his own country! Welcome to “This Week In Crazy.”

April 17, 2015
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Thousands Remember 1965 Selma March In Bridge Crossing

Thousands of marchers turned out on Sunday to call for a new fight for voting rights.

March 9, 2015
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After Selma — Again

Why Congress must honor Selma’s legacy and restore the Voting Rights Act.

March 9, 2015
Then-Senator Barack Obama at the Edmund Pettus Bridge in 2007 (Barack Obama/Flickr)

Universal Suffrage Is Still Under Assault

50 years after ‘Bloody Sunday,’ the far right is still fighting to limit voting rights.

March 7, 2015
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Obama To Look Back, Ahead At Selma

President Obama will use the 50th anniversary of the Selma march to lay out a vision for the future.

March 6, 2015
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Lawmakers, Obama, Civil Rights Leaders To Honor Selma’s ‘Bloody Sunday’ This Weekend

Nearly one-fifth of Congress will join President Obama in Selma this weekend.

March 5, 2015
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Injustice Is Resilient, But So Are Defenders Of Freedom

As the 50th anniversary of the Selma march approaches, voting rights are still under attack.

March 4, 2015
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Top Reads For News Junkies: ‘At Canaan’s Edge’

‘Selma’ is great historical fiction. But these books tell the true story of MLK.

January 24, 2015
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Weekend Reader: ‘The Teacher Wars: A History Of America’s Most Embattled Profession’

As a new school year begins for students across the country, we remember the struggle for equality in public education that culminated in President Lyndon Johnson’s Great Society. In The Teacher Wars: A History of America’s Most Embattled Profession, journalist Dana Goldstein outlines the complicated history of public education and the teaching profession. Goldstein praises teachers for the impact they have […]

September 13, 2014
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At Civil Rights Act Event, Obama Praises Johnson For His Vision

By Christi Parsons and Kathleen Hennessey, Tribune Washington Bureau AUSTIN, Texas — President Barack Obama said Thursday that the country was still caught up in the kind of debates that marked the civil rights movement as he called on Americans to set aside cynicism and push for the ideals reflected in the Civil Rights Act. As […]

April 10, 2014