Your Life Is Your Vote
Sarah Thebarge
By Sarah Thebarge

Every week there’s one news story that captivates me and accounts for the majority of my current events reading for the next seven days. This week, the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn a key portion of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 caught my attention.

Before the VRA was enacted, many states manufactured their own unauthorized rules that made it difficult for blacks to become registered voters. Blacks had to pass a literacy test. Or show a government-issued ID. Or recite the Declaration of Independence. Because of these discriminatory practices, registered black voters lagged behind registered white voters by up to 60% in 1965. Twenty-three years later, the gap had closed to an average of 6%.

This week in a 5-4 vote, the Supreme Court decided to […]

3 Lessons I’ve Learned About Creating, Consuming, and Criticism
Shauna Niequist
By Shauna Niequist

I did that thing, that terrible thing that I do sometimes: when I was supposed to be writing, instead I read a bunch of reviews. Some of them were great. Some of them were absolutely awful, and they settled down on my forehead and heart so emphatically and meanly that I couldn’t shake them off.

So I did what I’m learning to do in those situations […]

Why I Don’t Want the Government Spying on Me
Donald Miller
By Donald Miller

So, I’ve been living for about six months within the shadow of the Capitol dome. I leave next month, but my impression of America is forever changed.

It’s a decent neighborhood, but more than a little creepy. There are parked, black cars on every other corner, engines running, sunglassed drivers at the wheel. There are cops everywhere. We are told they can and do listen to our phone conversations and are likely watching us walk our dogs.

None of that bothers me, to be honest. But maybe it should […]