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Voting rights are under attack. If we want a fair election, consider this book required reading. Connecting the dots of voter disenfranchisement, voting rights expert Gilda Daniels reveals the cycles of voter suppression from our nation’s founding into present day. Through the lens of her African-American ancestors, Daniels explores the deceptive practices of the past – and draws a direct line to the tactics being used today to disenfranchise voters of color, the poor, students, and the elderly. A sobering history of the continuous assault on access to the ballot box, with new ideas on how we can protect the right to vote.

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ISBN: 9781479862351
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Published: New York University Press - January 28th, 2020

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Anyone who has followed the journalism and books of New York Times columnist James B. Stewart over the past few decades is familiar with his skills as an accomplished storyteller and the insight and detail he brings to his reporting of financial scandals, corporate goings-on, and political and legal affairs. In Deep State: Trump, the FBI, and the Rule of Law (Penguin Press, $30), he examines the handling of both the 2016 probe of Hillary Clinton’s emails and the investigation of links between Russia and the Trump campaign. Donald Trump, of course, has repeatedly denigrated the Russia investigation as some sort of sinister conspiracy by the “deep state,” a nebulous network of career bureaucrats, intelligence agents, military officers, and law enforcement officials bent on protecting their own power. Is there anything legitimate about this claim? Or are Trump’s incessant attacks on the investigators simply acts of obstruction meant to cloak his own illegal conduct? Those are among the central questions that Stewart gets at in his lucid and timely book.

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ISBN: 9780525559108
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Published: Penguin Press - October 8th, 2019

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Ruth Marcus calls her account of Brett Kavanaugh’s ascension to the Supreme Court a book she’s been preparing to write her entire career, and indeed she brings to Supreme Ambition a wealth of knowledge and experience gathered reporting and commenting on government over the past 35 years for the Washington Post. The book is revealing, insightful, and evenhanded, and its fast pace and lucid prose make for a compelling read. Beyond just filling in details about Kavanaugh’s nomination, Marcus places it in the larger context of a calculated, three-decades-long conservative effort to cement control over the high court. That mission merged last year with Kavanaugh’s own lifelong ambition to secure a spot on the court.

 

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$28.00
ISBN: 9781982123864
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Published: Simon & Schuster - December 3rd, 2019

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