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Friday, June 14, 1996

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  • Voting Rights Decision

    The Supreme Court yesterday dealt a fatal blow to the Voting Rights Act. The High Court found that four Black and Latino Congressional districts in Texas and North Carolina were racially gerrymandered and therefore are unconstitutional. The decision sent shock waves through the Capital. The ruling directly affects three African American members of Congress: Democrats Sheila Jackson Lee and Eddie Bernice Johnson of Texas, Mel Watt of North Carolina, and Gene Green, a white Representative from a primarily Latino district in Texas. In a moment, we’ll be joined by Pacifica National Affairs Correspondent Larry Bensky and Penda Hair of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, who argued the Texas case before the Supreme Court. But first, we’ll hear excerpts from a press conference yesterday by members of the Congressional Black Caucus, who gathered to express their anger and disappointment with the Supreme Court ruling.

  • Ralph Nader and Flag Day

    It’s flag day, and consumer advocate Ralph Nader is calling for American corporations to pledge allegiance to the flag.

  • Russian Elections

    Russian President Boris Yeltsin hasn’t always been a friend of the press. He’s often lashed out at journalists for publishing too much bad news about his administration. But now that Yeltsin is running for reelection, against a strong Communist challenger, Russian newspapers and television networks are falling in line behind him. Many journalists fear a communist President would wipe out the press freedoms they now enjoy. The result is an almost totally pro- Yeltsin media environment, raising questions about how free the Russian press really is.