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Fifty years after the Civil Rights Movement, there's new controversy over the Voting Rights Act of 1965. The US Supreme Court has ruled that it's out of date. Now, some states are accused of renewing discrimination in voting. The Supreme Court has invited new legislation. What's happening in Congress? Also, the Pakistani Taliban claims responsibility for the recent airport attack in Karachi, and the Hillary Clinton-industrial news complex.

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Producers:
Mike Kessler
Katie Cooper
Evan George

Pakistani Taliban Claim Responsibility for Airport Attack 7 MIN, 45 SEC

A gunfight at Pakistan's busiest civilian airport raged for six hours, as live TV coverage showed explosions and a blazing fire near aircraft parked on the ground. Twenty-eight people reportedly were killed. When it was over, the Pakistani Taliban claimed responsibility and called it vengeance against a CIA drone that killed a Taliban leader last November. Jon Boone, Pakistan correspondent for the Guardian, joins us from Islamabad.

Guests:
Jon Boone, Guardian (@jon_boone)

Will Voters Be Kept from the Polls…Again? 35 MIN, 42 SEC

Last year, the US Supreme Court ruled that key parts of the Voting Rights Act, signed by Lyndon Johnson in 1965, had outlived their usefulness. By a five to four majority, the court lifted burdens imposed on states with histories of discrimination in voting. Almost immediately, North Carolina, Texas and other states passed Voter ID laws, cut short early voting and eliminated same-day registration. The Court also invited Congress to update the Voting Rights Act. Are those needed protections against voter fraud or a return to the past? Is there evidence of renewed hardship for minorities, the elderly or women voters? 


Voter ID warning outside the polling station of Ward 1 in Nashua, New Hampshire, 2013
Photo by Mark Buckawicki

 

Guests:
Patrick Leahy, Senator (D-VT) (@SenatorLeahy)
Ari Berman, The Nation magazine (@AriBerman)
Roger Clegg, Center for Equal Opportunity
Anita Earls, Southern Coalition for Social Justice (@Anita_Earls)
Ilya Shapiro, Cato Institute (@ishapiro)

More:
Leahy's Voting Rights Amendment Act of 2014 (S 1945)
Berman on states' new nullification movement
Center for Equal Opportunity in praise of SCOTUS' Shelby County decision
Southern Coalition for Social Justice on voting rights
Shapiro on Shelby County and the vindication of MLK's dream

When Is a Book Tour Not about a Book? 7 MIN, 47 SEC

Hillary Clinton's latest book won't be released until tomorrow, but excerpts have already been leaked, a million copies have been pre-sold and a "book tour" to every media market is under way – including an interview with ABC's Diane Sawyer, scheduled to run tonight. One veteran reporter says of Hard Choices, it's all about "everything but the book." Todd Purdum is senior writer for Politico, contributing editor to Vanity Fair and author of a recent book about the Civil Rights Act, An Idea Whose Time Has Come


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Guests:
Todd Purdum, Politico

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