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Rev. Al Sharpton on Voting Rights Act

Posted: 02/27/2013 - The U.S. Supreme Court heard arugments on whether there is still a need for Section Five of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. The provision requires states to get approval before making changes at the polls.

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NAACP Rallies to Defend Voting Rights Act at US Supreme Court

Posted: 02/27/2013 - The NAACP, civil rights leaders, and activists from across the country are calling attention to the United States Supreme Court’s review of the Voting Rights Act in the case of Shelby County v. Holder. The case questions the constitutionality of a critical provision of the Voting Rights Act.

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House Committee Takes Up School Safety Issues

Posted: 02/27/2013 - The top Democrat on the House education committee says any discussion about school safety needs to be coupled with "common sense strategies to keep guns out of the hands of those who intend harm."

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House Chairman Sees Path to Legalization

Posted: 02/27/2013 - The Republican chairman of the House Judiciary Committee says he sees the need to bring illegal immigrants already in this country into legal status, and potentially allow some of them to eventually obtain citizenship -- though not through any special pathway.

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Voting rights law gets Supreme Court challenge

Updated: 02/27/2013 - The Supreme Court is wrestling with the fate of a section of a landmark civil rights law that has helped millions of Americans exercise their right to vote.

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Rosa Parks Statue Unveiled in Washington

Updated: 02/27/2013 - Rosa Parks becomes the first African American woman to be honored with a full-length statue in the Capitol's Statuary Hall.

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U.S. Census Drops 'Negro' from Surveys

Posted: 02/25/2013 - After more than a century, the Census Bureau is dropping its use of the word "Negro" to describe black Americans in surveys.

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2nd Blizzard Bearing Down on Plains Region

Updated: 02/25/2013 - A second major winter storm is bearing down on the central Plains, forcing cancellations and sending public works crews scrambling for salt and sand supplies less than a week after another system dumped more than a foot of snow on parts of the region.

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US News: Senate to get Benghazi Douments; Budget Cuts vs. Economy; Giant Goldfish Threaten Lake Tahoe

Updated: 02/24/2013 - White House to give senators Benghazi documents... Governors: Looming cuts threaten economic gains... '93 NY bombing taught lessons on extremist threat... 100 passengers rescued from Dallas Zoo monorail... Vegas gun battle and crash Kills 3... Justices asked to void marriage law provision... Giant goldfish threatens Lake Tahoe

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This Date Feb 24 in History & Entertainment: Animal Hair Toothbrush Era Ends

Posted: 02/24/2013 - On Feb. 24, 1868, the U.S. House of Representatives impeached President Andrew Johnson following his attempted dismissal of Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton; Johnson was later acquitted by the Senate... In 1938, the first nylon bristle toothbrush, manufactured by DuPont under the name "Dr. West's Miracle Toothbrush," went on sale. (Previously, toothbrush bristles were made from animal hair.)... Jimi Hendrix Experience Breaks Up...

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Obama: Keep Voting Rights Act Provision

Posted: 02/22/2013 - President Barack Obama says it will become harder to help people who believe their voting rights have been violated if the Supreme Court strikes down a key part of a voting rights law.

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