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  • The future of the Voting Rights Act

    The future of the Voting Rights Act
    When the Supreme Court struck down a major section of the Voting Rights Act, which required nine states to get federal approval of any election change, there were howls of anger and despair among liberals. They see the provision as vital to preventing new...
  • Court Got It Right On Out-Of-Date Voting Act

    Progressives resent progress when it renders anachronistic once-valid reasons for enlarging the federal government's supervisory and coercive powers. Hence they regret Tuesday's Supreme Court ruling that progress has rendered Section 4 of the 1965...
  • Voting Rights Act: PBS is seeking your story

     
    Do you have a story to share about how the Voting Rights Act of 1965 changed your life? It has been big news Wednesday as the U.S. Supreme Court ponders whether the act is still necessary. For those who want to know more, “PBS NewsHour” is...
  • Carl P. Leubsdorf: Texas and North Carolina push back on voter rights

    It's August, and most of the federal government is on vacation. Members of Congress are on their annual August state or district "work period," President Barack Obama is at Martha's Vineyard, and the Supreme Court is off until early October. But not all...
  • Alcee L. Hastings: Reflecting on Voting Rights Act of 1965

    Half a century ago, the Civil Rights Act of 1964 brought an end to the era of Jim Crow by prohibiting discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex or national origin. One year later, the landmark legislation was strengthened and expanded...
  • North Carolina's governor signs sweeping voter ID bill into law

    North Carolina's governor signs sweeping voter ID bill into law
    DURHAM, N.C.--One of the nation’s most restrictive voter ID bills was signed into law Monday by North Carolina's Gov. Pat McCrory, a Republican. The new law requires voters to show government-issued ID cards, with polling places not allowed to...
  • Supreme Court strikes down key section of Voting Rights Act

    Supreme Court strikes down key section of Voting Rights Act
    WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court struck down a key part of the historic Voting Rights Act on Tuesday, ruling that Southern states may no longer be forced to seek federal approval before making changes in their election laws. The ruling came on a 5-4...
  • Review: 'The Greatest Comeback' by Patrick J. Buchanan

    Review: 'The Greatest Comeback' by Patrick J. Buchanan
    In 1965, a young Patrick Buchanan corralled a washed-up Richard Nixon at a Republican gathering just outside St. Louis to say he wanted to work on what he felt certain would be Nixon's 1968 presidential campaign. Buchanan was a conservative editorial...
  • Review: 'The Years of Lyndon Johnson' by Robert A. Caro

    Review: 'The Years of Lyndon Johnson' by Robert A. Caro
    The epic life of Lyndon Baines Johnson can be measured in many ways, but to me, the relevant unit is pages — 3,500 and counting. This year, a half-century after the wily Texan ascended to the White House in the wake of John F. Kennedy's...
  • Olen Burrage dies at 82; suspect in slayings of Mississippi civil rights workers

    Olen Burrage, a farmer and Ku Klux Klan member who owned the Mississippi land where the bullet-riddled bodies of three civil rights workers were found buried in the 1960s, has died. He was 82. Burrage, who was acquitted on civil rights charges related...
  • The last best witness

    The last best witness
    One of the most powerful images in "The Movement," the NSU Museum of Art, Fort Lauderdale photography exhibition about the Civil Rights Era, shows a group of demonstrators being assaulted with fire hoses at Kelly Ingram Park in Birmingham, Ala., on May 3,...