Katelyn Fossett

How to Fix Voting Rights

Progressives were outraged and disappointed earlier this summer when the Supreme Court struck down Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act, all but gutting that vital piece of civil rights legislation. But two months later, a handful of reformers are wondering if they might be able turn that lemon of a ruling into something closer… Read more »

Remember When the Surveillance State Obsessed Over Civil Rights Leaders?

John Lewis during the 1960s Recently, Georgia Congressman and civil rights leader John Lewis compared Edward Snowden, the NSA leaker, to figures like Henry David Thoreau and Gandhi for exposing government-condoned injustices and being willing to suffer the consequences for it. “In keeping with the philosophy and the discipline of non-violence … if you believe… Read more »

Abortion: Sucked Into the Polarization Vortex

A new poll has shown the historically polarizing issue of abortion is perhaps becoming even more polarizing. Importantly, it seems that the divide has become primarily drawn around regional lines, joining a host of other issues where steep regional splits have rippled out from the extreme polarization in Congress in recent years. The poll, released… Read more »

The Four Most Infuriating Cases of Too-Big-to-Jail

Last year was a record year in corporate settlements, and for those harboring any faith in our criminal justice system, it was also a record year in disillusionment. In 2012, the Department of Justice broke its all-time record for corporate settlements, raking in $9 billion. (The previous high was at six billion in 2006.) This… Read more »

Axe Rich People Saving Inducements and Give Them to the Poor

A paper released this week by the New America Foundation makes the case for tax code reform that would make the most basic financial aspiration more attainable for lower-income Americans: the ability to save money. The report begins by taking on a critical hole in the current policy – that it “allocates a large portion… Read more »