Republican lawmakers in North Carolina are not wasting time making changes to state voting laws following the Supreme Court’s decision last week tearing down the Voting Rights Act. GOP leaders in the Republican-controlled state have indicated that they plan to push forward with a voter ID law, as well as ending same-day voting registration, early voting and Sunday voting. While voting rights advocates and civil rights groups agree that these changes will likely hurt minority turnout, an increasingly vocal group of Republicans seems unperturbed. These conservatives, including Rep. read more
Today is the 49th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act. Signed into law by President Lyndon B. Johnson, the 1964 Act was a seminal piece of anti-discrimination legislation and paved the way for the 1965 Voting Rights Act. But much of the institutional racism quelled by the Civil Rights Act some 50 years ago has resurfaced in a different form. read more
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Dozens of food and other service workers at Washington, D.C.'s Ronald Reagan Building, which houses federal agencies like the Environmental Protection Agency and General Services Administration (GSA), took to the street Tuesday in a one-day strike to protest low wages. It is the second strike in the nation's capital in the last two months by federally contracted service workers.
Good Jobs Nation, the labor group working to organize those employees, is demanding that the Department of Labor investigate employers in the building for wage theft and worker harassment, too. read more
This week, not only is Barack Obama and his family in Africa, but so too is George W. Bush, along with his wife Laura. The couple were renovating a health clinic in Zambia when they decided to gift us all with some rare post-retirement facetime. And President Bush took the opportunity to weigh in on the massive domestic surveillance scheme known as PRISM that began under his watch and remained secret until last month when information about the program, leaked by Edward Snowden, was published by the Guardian and the Washington Post. read more
1. David Petraeus, former CIA director, had an extramarital affair with his biographer, Paula Broadwell. Now he's teaching a course at City University of New York. For $200,000. That's a public university by the way. That gig typically pays less than $3,000. read more
President Barack Obama met the latest allegations of U.S. spying with a shrug.
"Every intelligence service, not just ours, but every European intelligence service...wherever there's an intelligence service, here's one thing that they're going to be doing: They're going to be trying to understand the world better," Obama said. Intelligence gathering on allied nations, he suggested, is not just morally permissible but common practice. "That's just how intelligence services operate." read more
Borrowing costs for lower-income students shot up on Monday, jumping from 3.4% to 6.8% on subsidized Stafford loans from the federal government. For the average borrower, that means an additional $761 for every loan they take out through the program, according to Mark Kantrowitz, a financial aid expert and publisher of Edvisors Network. read more