Episode

8/4 Ari Berman: The Right’s Civil Rights Counterrevolution

August 4, 2015

Journalist Ari Berman, author of Give Us the Ballot: The Modern Struggle for Voting Rights in America and Sam take a deep dive into the history and full policy implications of the Voting Rights Act. Nixon’s Southern Strategy and the rebranding of discrimination. Where in the Constitution voting rights come from. The evolution of the counterrevolution against Civil Rights. The George W Bush Administration and the myth of voter fraud. The voter fraud myth and Iraq WMD lies. John Lewis’s Civil Rights joining and the Supreme Court’s absurd reasoning in gutting the Voting Rights Act. Why the United States would be Apartheid South Africa without the VRA. And are there silver linings in a recent ruling on Fair Housing?

On The Fun Half: Chuck Todd calls the 2016 Republican the “strongest in thirty years”. We review the insane 2016 Republican field again. Should Obama get credit for the Iran deal. Debating a libertarians. Will Kshama Sawant keep her Seattle City Council seat?

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