The President says he is "deeply disappointed" with today's decision by a divided US Supreme Court, this time over the voting rights of blacks and other minority citizens. Writing for a 5-to-4 majority of the court, Chief Justice John Roberts declared that Section 4 of the 1965 Voting Rights Act -- a major achievement of the civil rights movement -- is out of date and therefore, unconstitutional. Roberts said federal guidelines for oversight of minority voting don't reflect present reality. Nine mostly Southern states and parts of others will no longer have to ask Washington to approve changes in their voting laws. Is voting discrimination against blacks and other minorities a thing of the past? We hear the dispute that's already raging.
Another Split Decision, Another Political Firestorm
Robert Barnes - Supreme Court correspondent for the Washington Post - @scotusreporter, Mark Tushnet - Harvard Law School - @Harvard_Law, Carrie Severino - Judicial Crisis Network - @jcnseverino, Thomas Mann - Brookings Institution / University of California, Berkeley - @BrookingsGov, Allison Riggs - Southern Coalition for Social Justice - @scsj, Ryan Haygood - NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund - @NAACP_LDF, Nina Perales - Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund - @MALDEF