Tuesday brought a monumental decision from the Supreme Court, striking down a central provision of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. In a 5-4 decision split along ideological lines, the Court ruled that the law’s formula for determining which states must receive permission from the federal government to alter their voting laws is unconstitutional. It is now up to a highly divided Congress to pass new legislation to revive the Voting Rights Act--a considerable challenge considering the recent levels of gridlock on the Hill. read more
1.) The Supreme Court's decision "is actually a victory for civil rights."
The Shelby County v. Holder ruling is "A Civil-Rights Victory" according to National Review's John Fund, who argues that the Justice Department's "consideration of state requests for election changes was often arbitrary and partisan, as witnessed by the recent smackdown that the DOJ got from a federal court when it tried to block South Carolina’s voter ID law." read more
The American minimum wage turned 75 this Tuesday, giving the Obama administration yet another reason to push for a boost. Vice President Joe Biden made the pitch in a White House address, flanked by minimum wage workers.
"It's time to raise the minimum wage and keep faith with the Fair Labor Standards Act," he said, referring to the 1938 legislation which originally introduced the federal minimum wage, among other labor protections. read more
When I was 17-years-old, I had a summer job at a bakery here in New York City. And in that bakery, working alongside me were a bunch of guys from a province just south of Mexico City called Puebla. They worked the overnight shift. And sometimes I would stay up all night with them—I'd help them with the baking and they'd help me get better at Spanish. Now, all of these guys were in the country without permission. But because I worked with them, I learned that all of them had Social Security numbers. read more
Special edition of #click3 on Monday night. For consistency's sake, let's call it: #click1.
You may have never heard of Bassem Youssef, but in Egypt he is a household name. His celebrity and influence brought him an arrest warrant for allegedly insulting Egypt's President Mohamed Morsi and the Islamic faith. Youssef hosts a comedic and satirical television show called Al-Bernameg, and is popularly known as 'The Egyptian Jon Stewart.' read more
Edward Snowden has left Hong Kong, but where has he gone? This morning, a flight packed with journalists departed Moscow for Cuba without one of its most anticipated passengers—the NSA leaker. As speculation mounts about Snowden’s whereabouts and final destination, so does the diplomatic drama between all countries involved. Glenn Greenwald, the columnist for The Guardian who broke the Edward Snowden story will join Chris Hayes to discuss the latest in the saga. read more
When Edward Snowden fled Hong Kong for Moscow on Sunday, he brought along a traveling companion: Wikileaks legal defense team member Sarah Harrison, described as a trusted adviser to Wikileaks founder Julian Assange.
"Both are healthy and safe, and are in contact with their legal team," said Assange on a Monday morning conference call with reporters. "I cannot give further information as to their whereabouts and present circumstances except to say the matter is in hand." read more