The Great Debate

The elephant in the Supreme Court

February 29, 2016
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The Supreme Court building seen in Washington, May 20, 2009. REUTERS/Molly Riley

Race remains the unspoken elephant in the room amid the growing controversy over who should replace Justice Antonin Scalia on the U.S. Supreme Court.

Appoint a few more Scalias, kiss democracy goodbye

February 22, 2016
Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia testifies before a House Judiciary Commercial and Administrative Law Subcommittee hearing on “The Administrative Conference of the United States”  on Capitol Hill in Washington May 20, 2010.  REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque  (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS HEADSHOT)

Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia testifies before a House Judiciary Commercial and Administrative Law Subcommittee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, May 20, 2010. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

The public doesn’t support restrictive voter ID laws, but many new ones will be in force in 2016

December 8, 2015
A worker carries a sign that will be displayed at a polling place that will inform voters of the new voter ID law that goes into effect in 2016 at the Mecklenburg County Board of Elections warehouse in Charlotte, North Carolina November 3, 2014. REUTERS/Chris Keane (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS) - RTR4CMZT

A worker carries a sign that will be displayed at a polling place that will inform voters of the new voter ID law that goes into effect in 2016 at the Mecklenburg County Board of Elections warehouse in Charlotte, North Carolina, November 3, 2014. REUTERS/Chris Keane

Why hasn’t this key government post been filled?

October 18, 2015
T-shirts with the image of Martin Luther King and with the words "I can't breathe" are pictured for sale during a Martin Luther King day rally in the Harlem section of New York

T-shirts with the image of Martin Luther King Jr. and “I can’t breathe” for sale during a Martin Luther King Jr. Day rally in Harlem, New York, January 19, 2015.REUTERS/Carlo Allegri

Why the selfie is a threat to democracy

August 18, 2015
Voters cast their ballots in U.S. midterm elections in Ferguson, Missouri

Voters cast their ballots in U.S. midterm elections in Ferguson, Missouri, November 4, 2014. REUTERS/Whitney Curtis

What we haven’t learned about race relations: From Watts in ’65 to Ferguson

August 11, 2015
St Louis County police officers arrest an anti-police demonstrator in Ferguson, Missouri

St Louis County police officers arrest an anti-police demonstrator in Ferguson, Missouri, August 11, 2015.REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

Steps Congress must take to ensure true freedom

August 5, 2015
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Hundreds of thousands of marchers gather around the reflecting pool during the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, August 28, 1963. Reuters/Rowland Scherman/U.S. National Archives

Think we don’t need to update the Voting Rights Act? Check out Tuesday’s primaries.

June 25, 2014

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The door is open for Congress to repair the nation’s most transformative election law, which was neutered by the U.S. Supreme Court a year ago today.

Roberts Court: Easier to donate, harder to vote

April 4, 2014

Chief Justice John Roberts’ first sentence of his majority opinion in McCutcheon v. Federal Elections Commission, striking down important limits on campaign contributions, declares “There is no right more basic in our democracy than the right to participate in electing our political leaders.”

Democrats: It’s the states, stupid (Part 2)

October 29, 2013

ILLUSTRATION: Matt Mahurin

Since the government shutdown, public opinion of the Republican Party has hit a new low. Yet the Democrats might not be able to gain from it. Despite the GOP’s fall from grace — and even if they suffer a lower vote count in the 2014 midterm elections — the Republicans might still control the House of Representatives and many state legislatures after the polls close.