Law

So the VRA Is Gutted. Here's How to Still Fight Voter Discrimination
June 28, 2013

Retirement with dignity was denied to core provisions of the Voting Rights Act. If ever a statute rose to iconic status, a super-statute amid a world of ordinary legislation, it was the Voting Rights Act.

Unfair Voting Restrictions are a Nationwide Problem Now
Not that the Supreme Court's decision will fix this
June 25, 2013

Today, the Supreme Court struck down Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act, which identifies the areas covered by federal preclearance under Section 5.

Affirmative, Sir! (And Ma'am!)
The U.S. military needs affirmative action now more than ever

By not striking down the University of Texas’s affirmative action program on Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court seemed to preserve some legal room for using racial and gender preferences to create diversity in public education.

The Supreme Court Reveals its Ignorance of Genetics
June 13, 2013

The Supreme Court decided today that human gene sequences cannot be patented, invalidating some of Myriad Genetics's patent claims on the breast cancer genes BRCA1 and BRCA2.

Bathrooms Are Not Separate-But-Equal
A Maine court case signals the next frontier of civil rights: transgender equality.
June 12, 2013

A Maine court case signals the next frontier of civil rights: transgender equality.

A Tale of Two NSA Leaks
One is unsurprising, and damaging. The other is worth debating.
June 10, 2013

One is unsurprising, and damaging. The other is worth debating.

The Constitutional Amnesia of the NSA Snooping Scandal
I've seen this all before—and have an FBI file to show for it
June 10, 2013

I've seen this all before—and have an FBI file to show for it.

Show Me the Memo
Obama should share his legal justification for collecting Verizon's phone records
June 06, 2013

Obama should share his legal justification for collecting Verizon's phone records.

A Damning Dissent: Scalia's Smartest, Wittiest Ruling of All Time
Justice Antonin Scalia was at his finest in criticizing the Court over its approval of DNA swabs
June 04, 2013

Justice Antonin Scalia was at his finest in criticizing the Court over its approval of DNA swabs.

The Right to Evade Regulation
How corporations hijacked the First Amendment
June 03, 2013

How big business hijacked the First Amendment.

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