What We're Reading: Jim Crow

July 26, 2011

What We're Reading: a daily round-up of quick hits, clips, and opinion pieces touching on key issues of democracy, justice, liberty and national security.

With voter ID laws passing in states across the country, NAACP President Benjamin Jealous called the laws "the last existing legal pillars of Jim Crow."

Also on voter ID laws, Rep. Marcia Fudge of Ohio is asking the Justice Department if proposed laws violate the Voting Rights Act.

The Democracy Journal publishes a review of the Justice Brennan biography, "Justice Brennan: Liberal Champion."

As part of a forum on campaign finance reform, the Boston Review has published pieces from former Governor Buddy Roemer, Adam Bonica, Professor Richard Briffault, Michael J. Malbin, and former Senator Warren Rudman.

After the Senate confirmed the first openly gay judge last week, Roll Call reports that judicial diversity could be a "hallmark" for Obama.

Yesterday, Rep. Allen West (R-FL) held a widely-criticized briefing on a report titled "Homegrown Jihad in the USA: Muslim Brotherhood's Deliberate, Premediated Plan Now Reaching Maturity."

Major newspapers editorialized on the tragedy in Norway and what this means for counterterrorism policies in the United States: New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, and the Wall Street Journal.