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DOJ Sues North Carolina Over New Voting Law

Friday, October 04, 2013

This week, the United States Department of Justice sued North Carolina over the state's restrictive new voting law. Among other things, the law requires voters to use special government IDs, cuts back on early voting, and eliminates same day voter registration. Michael Tomsic is a reporter for WFAE in Charlotte, North Carolina and Kareem Crayton is a professor of law at the University of North Carolina law school.

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The Takeaway

Texas & The Voting Rights Act

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

This week The Takeaway is taking you on a tour of states that have started to change their laws since the Supreme Court found parts of the Voting Rights Act unconstitutional. Texas wasted no time changing its laws in the wake of the Court's ruling. Kate McGee is a reporter at KUT in Austin. She says that the battle over redistricting in Texas began years before the Supreme Court's.

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Gabfest Radio

The Best First Line Ever Edition

Friday, August 02, 2013

On this week’s episode of Gabfest Radio from Slate and WNYC, Political Gabfest panelists John Dickerson and Emily Bazelon are joined by special guest Todd Purdum, contributing editor for Vanity Fair and senior writer at Politico. They discuss the Bradley Manning verdict and the latest news about Edward Snowden and the NSA. Then, they discuss how the Justice Department plans to regain its oversight of Texas election law after the Supreme Court’s June ruling on the Voting Rights Act.

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The Takeaway

The Changing Demographics of American Communities

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

If Congress were to come up with a new formula in the wake of the Supreme Court's Voting Rights Act decision, what factors would it take into account? On today's show, we examine the regions that look almost nothing like they did in 1965, and what places might change even more in the next five to 10 years. To help walk us through this we welcome Dante Chinni, director of the American Communities project.

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The Takeaway

Voting Rights Act: Can Congress Act to Save It?

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

In a 5–4 decision yesterday, the Supreme Court struck down Section Four of the Voting Rights Act. Rep. Terri Sewell (D-AL), a Congressional black caucus member from Alabama’s Seventh District, is on the program to explain what this decision means to voters in her district, and her hopes for Congressional action. Sharyn O'Halloran is a professor of international and public affairs at Columbia University. She also joins us to discuss to decision along with her research that suggests that the minority districts created by the Voting Rights Act have serious drawbacks.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

The Voting Rights Act and New York City

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

The U.S. Supreme Court struck down the way the Voting Rights Act determines which parts of the country need extra scrutiny in their election law. Wendy Weiser, Director of the Democracy Program at NYU's Brennan Center for Justice, explains why three New York City counties (New York, Kings, and the Bronx) were covered by the Voting Rights Act, and what yesterday's decision means for those counties.

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The Takeaway

Supreme Court Strikes Down Defense of Marriage Act, Rules on Prop. 8, NSA Leaker Drake on Snowden's Case, Voting Rights Act: Can Congress Act to Save It?

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Supreme Court Strikes Down Defense of Marriage Act, Rules on Prop. 8 | Voting Rights Act: Can Congress Act to Save It? | NSA Leaker Drake on Snowden's Case | How to Make Money Selling Drugs | The Changing Demographics of American Communities | Texas Abortion Bill Fails to Pass ...

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WNYC News

Explainer: The Supreme Court, Voting Rights and New York

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Manhattan, Brooklyn and the Bronx are all covered by the Voting Rights Act - which might surprise you. Here's what today's Supreme Court decision means for the city.

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The Takeaway

Supreme Court Strikes Down Key Provision of Voting Rights Act

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

In a 5-4 decision, the United States Supreme Court issued a ruling on Tuesday that strikes down key parts of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Section 4 was struck down, which had established a formula to identify states that may require extra scrutiny by the federal government and Justice Department when it comes to changing its voting laws.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Attorney General Schneiderman: SCOTUS, DOMA, VRA

Monday, March 25, 2013

This week, the Supreme Court will hear arguments in two same-sex marriage cases. Eric Schneiderman, New York's attorney general, gathered a 16-state coalition to urge the court to overturn DOMA. He talks about what’s at stake for New Yorkers in this case, as well as in the Voting Rights Act case argued earlier this month.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Voting Rights Revisited

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Linda Greenhouse, former Supreme Court reporter for the New York Times, lecturer at Yale Law School, most recent book is The U.S. Supreme Court: A Very Short Introduction, discusses the stakes of the Voting Rights Act case being argued before the Supreme Court today. 

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It's A Free Blog

Opinion: Florida's Shady History of Denying Justice

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

When Florida starts "purging" its voter rolls, there is reason to worry.

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The Takeaway

Moynihan Report Still a Source of Controversy

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

The Moynihan Report is a source of tremendous controversy to this day, with many arguing that it offers little more than an implicitly racist "blame the victim" critique, and many others arguing that it offers a clear-eyed and prescient account of a pernicious social ill. James T. Patterson, the Ford Foundation professor of history emeritus at Brown University, has written about the study in his book "Freedom Is Not Enough: The Moynihan Report and America’s Struggle Over Black Family Life from LBJ to Obama," which is being released next week.

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