Good morning! It’s another busy one. Joy Reid is still holding it down for Alex, let her know what a great job she’s doing at @thereidreport.
Joining her today will be:
Jonathan Capehart, The Washington Post/msnbc Contributor (@capehartj)
Jacob Weisberg, Chairman, Slate (@jacobwe)
Margaret Carlson, Columnist,Bloomberg View (@carlsonmargaret)
Josh Barro, Politics Editor at Business Insider (@jbarro)
First up, breaking news from the Supreme Court, as it votes to strike down key parts of the Voting Rights Act. From NBC News:
The Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld a civil rights law that requires some states to get federal permission to change their voting rules, but it struck down the formula for which jurisdictions are covered — leaving it to Congress to redraw the map.
The opinion was written by Chief Justice John Roberts. The vote was 5-4.
“Our country has changed, and while any racial discrimination in voting is too much, Congress must ensure that the legislation it passes to remedy that problem speaks to current conditions,” Roberts wrote for the court.
Richard Cohen and Rev. Al Sharpton will join Joy to discuss the decision.
What’s the House’s next move after its “massive failure” to pass a Farm Bill last week? Will it take up the Senate’s bipartisan bill, or are we headed off “the milk cliff”? Josh Barro explains the consequences of inaction: “If the farm bill expires, the Department of Agriculture will revert to 1940s-era rules about how to support dairy product prices. This would force it to buy up dry milk, butter, and cheese until it gets milk prices to roughly double to $8 per gallon.”
Next up, the President gets serious about climate change. This afternoon, in a speech at Georgetown University, President Obama will be unveiling what he calls “a national plan to reduce carbon pollution, prepare our country for the impacts of climate change and lead global efforts to fight it.” Will the President’s plans make a difference, or is it too little too late? You can read the plan here.
Where’s Edward Snowden? And what effect are his actions having on our relations with Russia and China? John Oliver puts it all in perspective: