The South

There's a long history of using imagined black-on-white rape to justify real white-on-black killing. It says a lot more about the race and gender politics of the killer than of the victim. 

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What Paula Deen Could Teach John Roberts

One week, two visions of Southern progress

The Supreme Court says the South is different now. Paula Deen's meltdown tells a different story.

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Two days before Christmas in 2011, Dr. Brenda Williams, who together with her husband runs a small family-physician practice in Sumter, S.C., was on the road with him and their daughter when they got word that the U.S. Department of Justice had decided to challenge a strict new voter ID law signed by South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley.

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Is Racism Worse in the South?

John Roberts's question frames the Voting Rights Act case. Too bad there's no answer.

At last week's Supreme Court argument over the Voting Rights Act, Chief Justice John Roberts asked whether the government thinks the South is more racist than the North. The question frames the debate. Too bad there's no answer.

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Ashley Judd's Arsenal

She's a Hollywood feminist, but also a Southern sweetheart. Mock her at your own risk, Mitch.

She's a Hollywood feminist, but also a Southern sweetheart. That could be a lethal combination on the campaign trail.

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Obama's struggling just about everywhere that he did well among Bush voters.

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The year before his 2010 retirement from the Senate, Ohio Republican George Voinovich offered one of the more candid and colorful recent assessments of what had happened to his party. Asked by The Columbus Dispatch what his party's biggest problem was, he answered: "We got too many Jim DeMints and Tom Coburns. It's the southerners. They get on TV and go 'errrr, errrrr.' People hear them and say, 'These people, they're southerners. The party's being taken over by southerners.

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