A Federal Reserve survey shows the U.S. economy held steady during the 16-day partial government shutdown, growing moderately in most regions from October through late November.More >>
A Federal Reserve survey released Wednesday found that the U.S. economy held steady during the 16-day partial government shutdown, growing moderately in most regions from October through late November.More >>
Thursday, October 17 2013 4:40 PM EDT2013-10-17 20:40:19 GMT
(RNN) - By passing a last-minute deal on the debt ceiling, and a 16 days-late deal on the government shutdown, Congress finally got back to doing its job. So, what now? Some people may see it as the timeMore >>
With a budget passed only until January, a debt ceiling deal through February and a bunch of days off for Congress until then, the country may be back in the same situation soon.More >>
Thursday, October 17 2013 5:27 AM EDT2013-10-17 09:27:22 GMT
A last-minute deal has been struck, allowing the federal government to avoid a shutdown. A shutdown would have suspended all federal government services deemed non-essential. All federally-funded museums,More >>
Congress has passed a bill to fund the government and lift the debt ceiling, avoiding default. More >>
Sunday, October 13 2013 6:52 PM EDT2013-10-13 22:52:24 GMT
WASHINGTON, DC (RNN) - Despite the WWII Memorial being closed, members of the Million Vet March have gathered in Washington, DC to protest the government shutdown – according to media reports. "We do notMore >>
Veterans gathered at the World War II Memorial in Washington, DC to protest the government shutdown.More >>
Saturday, October 12 2013 10:44 PM EDT2013-10-13 02:44:59 GMT
People nationwide have been unable to access welfare benefits through their EBT cards Saturday. Reports on the matter indicated the issue has no connection to the government shutdown.More >>
Xerox, which handles EBT systems in several states, said Saturday night the problem that prevented people from using their cards to shop has now been corrected. More >>
(RNN) - The Supreme Court struck down Section 4 of the 1965 Voting Rights Act on Tuesday, which determines what states require federal clearance for a change in voting procedures.
Section 5, the part that requires advance clearance by the government, was left alone by the high court. However, it cannot be used until Congress determines a new way to decide what states would need oversight on their redistricting.
"Our decision in no way affects the permanent, nationwide ban on racial discrimination in voting found in [Section] 2," the opinion stated, according to SCOTUSblog. "We issue no holding on [Section] 5 itself, only on the coverage formula. Congress may draft another formula based on current conditions."
Section 5 - the advance approval requirement - has been used, mainly in the South, to open polling places to minority voters since it was first enacted, according to the Associated Press.
The 5-4 ruling was split along the conservative and liberal line of the justices. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg wrote the dissenting opinion.
"In the court's view, the very success of Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act demands its dormancy," she stated, according to SCOTUSblog.
President Lyndon Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act into law on Aug. 6 1965. The Act was to prohibit states and localities from enacting obstacles that would prohibit or make voter registration difficult for groups. For example, literacy tests were given to black people trying to register to vote in various towns across the South.
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