Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. Plans Law to Fight Voter Suppression

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Charley James: The current draft of Jackson’s proposed law seems to take advantage of a little-noticed and seldom mentioned part of Bush v. Gore requiring state voter franchise laws apply equally to all.

Despite ACA, John Roberts Is No Earl Warren

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Charley James: Justice John Roberts has refused to corral his equally conservative Associate Justices from selling their integrity to right-wing political groups and causes.

California Legislature Passes Bill to Study State-Owned Bank

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Ellen Brown: California, like North Dakota, is resource-rich. A state-owned bank will allow it to capitalize on its resources to full advantage, by providing the credit needed to realize its potential.

Author Spotlight: Jerry Drucker

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Dick Price: “I was a child of the Great Depression. It never occurred to me our strong and vital nation could fall and fail as it has today,” he says. “I was brought up to have a sense of justice and truth as a basis of our country’s governance. That belief has been shattered, particularly in the past decade.”

Thurgood: Laurence Fishburne’s One-Man Show Brings History to Life

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Ed Rampell: Written by George Stevens, Jr., Thurgood is a perfect specimen of the one-man show format, with all the right ingredients.

Friday Feedback: Take Away the Racist Soapbox

Friday Feedback: I believe that it’s not the universities that are failing us. The failures are on the part of the individuals that see UCSD, or any university, as a soapbox for these racist and hateful viewpoints. Some small minority of students have accepted admission to UCSD and have wasted an opportunity for personal growth and enlightenment. Clearly these spots could have gone to more deserving people.

Immigrants, African Americans, and the Struggle for Civil Rights

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Michele Waslin: Today, most Americans are familiar with the Brown v. Board of Education decision. However, the link between Mexican-Americans and African-Americans in the struggle for desegregation is not well known. The Mendez case and the relationship between the two cases is an important piece of U.S. history that deserves to be more widely acknowledged.

Blending Empathy and Justice

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President Obama praised Sonia Sotomayor’s “empathy” when he nominated her for the Supreme Court. Some have argued that empathy has no place in jurisprudence, but legal scholar Joel K. Goldstein finds historical precedents to the contrary.

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