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ivanbyss : It was last reinstated in 2006, on a overwhelming vote in congress, Senate, 98 - 0, House 396 -33.

On Wednesday, Justice Antonin Scalia was at his most intemperate.

He ripped into Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, which requires state and local governments that have had a history of racial discrimination to “pre-clear” with the Justice Department any election law changes.

Scalia called that the “perpetuation of racial entitlement,” a phrase that seemed to raise the ire of Justice Sonia Sotomayor on Wednesday. She asked the attorney challenging Section 5 whether he thought it amounted to the “perpetuation of racial entitlement,” and he refused to cop to that.

Scalia also mocked the very title of the law.

“Even the name of it is wonderful — the Voting Rights Act,” he said. “Who is going to vote against that in the future?”

And he did so to argue that Congress was incapable of coming to its senses on this issue.

“I don’t think there is anything to be gained by any Senator to vote against continuation of this act,” Scalia said. “They are going to lose votes if they do not reenact the Voting Rights Act. “

Congress last renewed the law in 2006, and it did so for 25 more years. The vote was 99-0 in the Senate and 390-33 in the House.

The overwhelming will of the people to end discrimination in voting, as expressed by their elected officials, was not of concern to Scalia on Wednesday. He scaled the heights of arrogance to levels he hasn’t reach before.

As Media Matters has noted, he used to give some credence to Congress on these issues: “Even for antidiscrimination statutes that Scalia feels produce ‘puzzling results,’ Scalia held in the 2010 civil rights case of Lewis v. Chicago that ‘it is not our task to assess the consequences of each approach and adopt the one that produces the least mischief. Our charge is to give effect to the law Congress enacted...If that effect was unintended, it is a problem for Congress, not one that federal courts can fix.’ ”

Now Scalia evidently thinks he can fix everything himself. And “fix” is the right word, since Republicans around the country are trying to fix elections via gerrymandering and Voter ID laws and a whole host of other gimmickry.

By tossing out Section 5, the Supreme Court would put the fix in.
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nenjuisyner : Common sense
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Molemejfvn : They finally got a right-wing majority on the Court. Nothing changed in the real world.
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Tourcenpeno : They have been waiting for this case since Reagan stacked the court. Nothing more. It’s colder than a mother-in-law’s love.
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lenazhuck : Yeah, how dare he acknowledge society has progressed in the last 50 years. Shame on him for not holding certain areas of the country to a different set of rules.

Get over yourself.
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Tevyemalm : Wow.Are you saying blacks are to ignorant to figure it out?
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toribhibblerg : SCOTUS doesn't like Obama. Any act or measure backed by Obama will be swiftly blocked by SCOTUS from now on. The SCOTUS has already taken a lot of heat and criticism by approving Obama care and they have learned it the hard way that Obama is a problem himself.

If Obama was quiet it might even have passed in SCOTUS but he decided playing politics with it and that led it to get blocked. The judges weigh if politics is being played or not
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MymnIntatte : Scalia is a POchit to the nth degree - a latter day Strom Thurmond who was inarguably the worst racist against blacks in the 20th and 21st centuries.

He was a Democrat and when the Civil Rights Act was passed - he bolted to the republicans - Southern 'good ol' boy' he was a hated blacks to the core.

This is the ONLY way for the neo-conservative infested republican party to try to stop the LEGAL and ENTITLEMENT of African-Americans, and possibly too, Latinos - all citizens - to vote - by slowing down the process so much that many might just give up.

That actually didn't work in 2012 - at least not enough to stop Obama from winning - but they will do ANYTHING they can to defer those people from voting - no matter what it takes.

It's a known fact that in the USA there will be from now on - FAR enough non-whites who will vote Democrat in perpetuity - thus shutting out the republicans from the White House.

The jerrymandering of districts in red states to keep republicans in the House is a pathetic way to run a 'democracy', but it IS happening and will continue to happen until they are kicked OUT of the House by 'the people' who care enough to KNOW the neo-cons(republicans) are ruining the USA, piece by piece - ON PURPOSE - traitors all !!
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Prongedge : You can pack anything in your checked luggage. Carry on has restrictions. . You can carry on you tooth brush and paste and other toiletries, but there are size restrictions. Go to this web site for the list.
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irinapefraumenas : Your brother is absolutely wrong... all the things you just listed are allowed.
You aren't allowed to take liquids on the plane however, neither are you allowed to take a gun, knife,bombs, or any weapons that can harm passengers or the aircraft.
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