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Rev. Jesse Jackson: Court decision a ‘stab in the heart’ to voting rights

06/29/13 10:04PM

The Supreme Court dismantled the Voting Rights Act in a 5-4 decision and sent a cloud of frustration and doubt for voting rights advocates. The decision “moves us from federal protection to states’ right abuse,” civil rights leader Rev. Jesse Jackson said on Saturday. The Roberts Court on Tuesday invalidated Section 4 and removed the backbone from Section 5 of the 1965 Voting Rights Act. As one of the strongest lines of defense against voter suppression, the Section 5 provision required a preclearance of voting changes in states with demonstrable histories of racial discrimination. read more

happiness - time mag

Can money buy you happiness?

06/29/13 04:04PM

Only a third of Americans describe themselves as very happy, but Time magazine's Jeffrey Kluger says that money, in fact, can buy you happiness. "A little bit of extra income increases your happiness more dramatically in a wealthy country than in a poor country," the magazine's editor at large told msnbc's Richard Lui. "The key is for your assets and aspirations to be in some kind of harmony." read more

Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee Chairman Tom Harkin (D-IA)(L) talks with students during a news conference on Capitol Hill, June 6, 2013 in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Student loan rates to hit July 1 deadline

06/29/13 03:53PM

As lawmakers head out of Washington for their July 4 recess, college students are left to watch the clock as it counts down to Monday, when government-backed student loan interest rates are set to double. Come July 1, rates will jump from 3.4% to 6.8%. read more