Wednesday watch: Supreme Court v. the American Voter

Republicans who have seen their base dwindle have focused in recent years on egregious attacks on voting rights designed to disenfranchise poor and minority voters. While they claim they are protecting the integrity of elections, voter fraud has not been proven to be an actual problem, and in moments of candor they have more or less admitted the real reason behind these laws.

This will be the first election since the Supreme Court struck down provisions of the historic Voting Rights Act. This op-doc from the New York Times shows how this decision happened and just what is at stake for voters and for our democracy at large.

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Weekend reading

Rep. John Lewis recalls the time he was arrested for using a “white” restroom.

Getting in arguments about voter fraud? Here are 7 papers, 4 government inquires, 2 news investigations, and 1 court ruling showing it’s largely a myth.

An anti-choice activist admits that harassing women outside abortion clinics doesn’t change their minds.

Oregon’s One Key Question initiative ensures that patients and doctors are talking proactively about reproductive health care needs.

There is currently no quantitative data on police-perpetrated sexual assault.

How the term “classic rapist” shows that people don’t understand rape.