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July 31, 2020 
As the nation celebrated and memorialized Rep. John Lewis' life this week, nearly every eulogy and commentary mentioned the Voting Rights Act. The House on Monday voted to rename H.R. 4, the Voting Rights Advancement Act of 2019, to the John Lewis Voting Right Act. No other American is as closely associated with the fight to protect voting rights than Lewis.

His death has shined an even brighter spotlight on the urgency to safeguard voting, which given the current political climate has never been more in doubt. More than 50 years after Congress passed the initial Voting Rights Act passed, Americans in neighborhoods across the country are still denied access to voting.

The landmark Voting Rights Act outlawed racially discriminatory barriers to voting. However a 2013 Supreme Court ruling struck down an important provision, Section 5, that would have allowed the federal government to create election laws in states with a history of voter discrimination. This paved the way for those and other states to enact voter suppression laws, such as voter ID.

Georgia voters this month faced faulty voting machines, long lines, and extended wait times to cast their ballots during their state's primary. The state had closed hundreds of polling places. If Section 5 was still intact, Georgia would have been required to clear its voting changes before enacting them.

H.R. 4 would restore key provisions of the Voting Rights Act that Supreme Court struck down. It passed the House, but sits dead in the Senate.

With Trump sinking lower in the polls, the GOP will ramp up their voter suppression efforts. There will be numerous barriers to voting this year, including Trump's disinformation campaign that voting by mail is not safe.

"I was beaten, my skull was fractured, and I was arrested more than 40 times so each and every one of us can register to vote. Do your part," Lewis said.

John Lewis will not be able to finish his fight for voting rights. It now becomes our battle. 

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Netanyahu, Pompeo Put Trump Peace Plan Back on the Table

After weeks of silence on U.S. President Donald Trump's peace plan, Prime Minister  Benjamin Netanyahu  and U.S. Secretary of State  Mike Pompeo  put it back on the agenda in their remarks to the relaunch of the Knesset Christian Allies Caucus for the 23rd Knesset. Other Trump policies Pompeo listed were moving the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem, recognizing Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights and telling "the truth that Israeli civilian settlements in the West Bank are not per se inconsistent with international law."
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Republican Senator from Georgia Runs Campaign Ad Showing Jewish Challenger Jon Ossoff with Elongated Nose
Sen. David Perdue, a Georgia Republican, removed a campaign ad from Facebook that showed an image of his Jewish challenger, Jon Ossoff, with his nose apparently elongated.  Photos of Ossoff and New York Sen. Chuck Schumer, a fellow Democrat and also Jewish, appear under the heading in all capitals "Democrats are trying to buy Georgia! Help David Perdue Fight Back."  The ad follows a string of incidents shining a light on the anti-Semitic canard of Jews using money to control politics.  A spokeswoman for Perdue said in a statement that the ad was an "unintentional error" by an unnamed vendor outside of the campaign and the image has been removed from Facebook. The ad ran for five days before it was deleted.
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Abortion Rates Don't Drop When the Procedure Is Outlawed. But It Does Make It More Dangerous.
Anti-abortion advocates working to criminalize abortion in the United States and abroad will always be stymied by a crucial fact: People everywhere want, need and find ways to get abortions.  I observed this firsthand while working as a public health adviser in Asia, Africa and Latin America, and now  new research  from the Guttmacher Institute demonstrates just how misguided and dangerous it is to try to limit abortion access. The data shows that  abortion rates are roughly the same in countries  where abortion is broadly legal and in countries where it isn't. And abortion rates are actually four times higher in low-income countries where abortion is prohibited than in high-income countries where it is broadly legal.
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Trump Campaign Adviser Jenna Ellis: Separation of Church and State Is a Liberal Lie

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Anthony Tata Might Be Trump's Most Appalling Nominee Yet. 

The record of Anthony Tata, President Trump's nominee for undersecretary of defense for policy, should disqualify him from even being an intern at the Pentagon-let alone its third-highest-ranking official.  Tata - a prolific social-media troll and cable-news pundit - has clearly demonstrated that he lacks the character and experience needed to hold a position in which he would have an important say over our nation's defense policy, nuclear arsenal, and relationships with core allies and adversaries.
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GOP and Democrats Are Far Apart on Coronavirus Relief - Here's What Happens Next
Senate Republicans'  release of a coronavirus relief package only started the thorny process of Congress crafting a bill to try to blunt the economic damage from the pandemic.  Now, GOP leaders and White House officials have to bridge a gulf between their priorities and the goals of top Democrats during talks in the coming days. While Congress will rush to strike a deal, leaders are not giving firm deadlines for when they aim to agree to and pass legislation.  "Unfortunately, we're pretty far apart right now, although I'm optimistic we could have a good solution at the end," Schumer said. Asked if the sides could reach a deal before the end of next week, he said: "I hope so, and that's what we're working for. We'll sit down. We're going to sit down again today. We'll sit down 24/7."
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Joe Biden Is the Candidate for Israel

Biden would often tell me how his support for Israel was formed. He was a young kid sitting at the dinner table. It was around the time of the debate on the establishment of the modern state of Israel. His father was unable to comprehend how anyone could oppose this historic step. To this Irish American Catholic salesman, it was obvious why Israel had to exist. The establishment of a state for the Jewish people was the only way to fulfill the promise of "never again" after the tragedy of the Holocaust.  It was the first time Biden ever heard that phrase, and he never forgot the lesson. When Israel is in trouble, you simply cannot sit still. You have to act quickly. When I talked to Biden about Israel, the conversation always came back to that dinner table with his family. It is ingrained in his memory and imprinted on his soul. It is more than a pleasant story. It is the foundation for why Israel can always count on Biden in its hours of need.
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Vice President Biden Delivers Remarks on How We're Going to Build Back Better the Caring Economy
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COVID-19 Conspiracy Theories Are Being Fed by Institutions Meant to Inform the Public

Conspiracy theories about the  coronavirus origin. have  swirled around since it began. Such theories tend to proliferate during times of crisis, as people search for elusive explanations at a time of tremendous uncertainty. But there's also something else that's keeping them alive: institutions in American life entrusted to inform the public have been amplifying them.  The latest example of this phenomenon was a controversial decision by Sinclair Broadcast Group  to air a new interview  with discredited researcher and conspiracy theorist Judy Mikovits, who suggests Dr. Anthony Fauci, may have created the coronavirus.
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John Lewis: Together, You
Can Redeem the Soul
of Our Nation
Though I am gone, I urge you to answer the highest calling of your heart and stand up for what you truly believe.  While my time here has now come to an end, I want you to know that in the last days and hours of my life you inspired me. You filled me with hope about the next chapter of the great American story when you used your power to make a difference in our society. Millions of people motivated simply by human compassion laid down the burdens of division. Around the country and the world you set aside race, class, age, language and nationality to demand respect for human dignity.
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The Last Word
"He (John Lewis) as much as anyone in our history brought this country a little bit closer to our highest ideas. And someday when we do finish that long journey toward freedom, whether it's years from now or decades, or even if it takes another two centuries, John Lewis will be a founding father of that fuller, fairer, better America."
-- Barack Obama
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