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Activists are already moving ‘from outrage to action’ in fighting the Supreme Court’s awful decision demolishing the Voting Rights Act of 1965; ARI BERMAN will explain the new strategies, starting with legal challenge to new voting restrictions through preliminary injunctions. Ari writes for The Nation and is an Investigative Journalism Fellow at The Nation Institute. He is now working on a history of voting rights.
Plus: Yesterday was the confirmation hearing for Obama’s nominee to be the next director of the FBI, James Comey – we’ll have analysis from RICK PERLSTEIN, who will comment not only on what Comey said, but what he should have been asked about what he’s done.
Also: The summer of 1964: that was Mississippi Freedom Summer, the tuirning point in the Vietnam War, the passage of the Civil Rights Act, the Republican convention nominating Barry Goldwater—and a magnificent new song, “Dancing in the Street” by Martha and the Vandellas. MARK KURLANSKYwill explain what different people understood when they heard “summer’s here and the time is right.” His new book is Ready for a Brand New Beat.