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Is Racism Still Alive In America? That’s Affirmative

By Eric Cooper Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court voted to uphold so-called “affirmative action” admissions policies at the University of Texas. Those policies had been challenged by a young white woman who believed that she was denied admission to … Continue reading

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Abortion Restrictions Are Harming Women’s Health and Human Rights in Texas

By Andrea Flynn Last week the Supreme Court decided to leave in place a Texas law that has essentially closed a third of the abortion providers in that state. On their own, the abortion restrictions are devastating. But in the … Continue reading

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Arizona and Kansas sue U.S. over voter registration law

By David Schwartz Kansas and Arizona filed a lawsuit against the U.S. federal government on Wednesday, seeking court approval for states to require proof of U.S. citizenship when registering to vote. The lawsuit brought by the two Republican-led states accuses … Continue reading

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5 Terrible Acts of Voter Discrimination the Voting Rights Act Prevented—But Won’t Anymore

By Lauren Williams President Lyndon Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act of 1965 into law 48 years ago today. But in June, the conservative justices on the Supreme Court struck down a major section of the law, freeing jurisdictions with … Continue reading

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Police Questioning of Minors

Everyone knows the iconic phrase “you have the right to remain silent.” It is usually the first thing that police tell someone when taking them into custody, and it makes up one of the several rights – commonly known as … Continue reading

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In the trial of Trayvon, the US is guilty

By Sarah Kendzior When I was a child I watched policemen beat a man nearly to death, and I watched my country acquit them. I was shocked that police would attack a man instead of defending him. I was shocked that someone … Continue reading

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Thurgood Marshall’s Prescient Warning: Don’t Gut the 4th Amendment

By Conor Friedersdorf In a story on the secret body of law being created by the FISA court, The New York Times reports that “in one of the court’s most important decisions, the judges have expanded the use in terrorism cases … Continue reading

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Is a Constitutional Right to Vote Attainable?

By Brentin Mock After the devastating decision from the U.S. Supreme Court to evict a cornerstone provision from the Voting Rights Act, Attorney General Eric Holder said, “The Department of Justice will continue to carefully monitor jurisdictions around the country … Continue reading

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Brian Sims, Pennsylvania Lawmaker, Silenced On DOMA By Colleagues Citing ‘God’s Law’

By Mollie Reilly An openly gay lawmaker was silenced by colleagues on the Pennsylvania House floor Thursday when he attempted to speak about the Supreme Court’s decision to strike down the Defense of Marriage Act. State Rep. Brian Sims (D-Philadelphia) … Continue reading

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Supreme Court gay marriage rulings lead to celebrations

By Dana Milbank The moment Justice Anthony Kennedy said the words — “Section 3 of DOMA is in violation of the Fifth Amendment” — a muffled cheer pierced the quiet in the Supreme Court chamber. Heads turned to the audience and … Continue reading

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