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Times have changed

Supreme Court | Chief Justice John Roberts leads a decision that dispenses with civil rights era election law in the South
by Emily Belz
Posted 6/23/09, 12:00 am

WASHINGTON-Since the civil rights movement, nine mostly Southern states and certain other districts have been required by law to obtain approval from the federal government before making any changes to the way they run elections. The law was based on histories of racial prejudices at the polls, such as requiring African-Americans to pass literacy tests in order to vote.

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Likely to succeed

Supreme Court | The right and left may be nervous about Sotomayor, but confirmation is not in doubt
by Edward Lee Pitts
Posted 6/20/09, 12:00 am

President Barack Obama's first Supreme Court nomination, Judge Sonia Sotomayor, has surprisingly managed to make both liberals and conservatives uneasy and yet become a shoo-in to be confirmed.

Citing her 2005 comment that federal appeals courts are where "policy is made," conservatives warned that Sotomayor, vying to become the nation's first Hispanic and third female on the Supreme Court, would legislate from the bench.

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Judging the heart

Supreme Court | Obama wants empathy on the high court, but "people are not looking for Oprah to be the next justice," say conservatives
by Edward Lee Pitts
Posted 6/06/09, 12:00 am

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