Today's Takeaway | February 27, 2013

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Wednesday, February 27, 2013

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Supreme Court Hears Challenge to Voting Rights Act | The History Behind the Voting Rights Act | Sequester Cuts Felt in American Classrooms | Church Seeks to Win Back Long-Lapsed Catholics | The Pros and Cons of Telecommuting | Lessons from the Civil Rights Movement About "Failing Up"

Supreme Court Hears Challenge to Voting Rights Act

The Supreme Court hears arguments today in what could be a landmark Supreme Court ruling regarding the state of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. The act, first signed by President Lyndon B. Johnson, was a major piece of civil rights legislation aiming to reverse a practice that long disenfranchised black Americans.

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How the Voting Rights Act Came to Be

The Supreme Court is set to decide whether an important part of the Voting Rights Act is still necessary. Judy Richardson and Charles Cobb, both of whom fought for voting rights on the front lines, explain how the act came to be.

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Sequester Cuts Felt in American Classrooms

Those automatic spending cuts, known in Washington and beyond as the "sequester," just won't go away. And unless Congress stops it from happening, the "sequester" will kick in this Friday, affecting educators — and class sizes — nationwide.

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An Ode to the Sidekicks

The latest Batman issue from DC Comics enacts a plot twist that's nearly unthinkable — they kill of Robin, the crime-fighter who's been around since 1940. What does this mean for all the other sidekicks out there?

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Church Seeks to Win Back Long-Lapsed Catholics

Drawing back lapsed Catholics to the church, has been a concern of Pope Benedict XVI, who will officially resign from office on February 28. The Takeaway considers the success of efforts to reach those who have left the Church, including the "Catholics Come Home" initiative.

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The Pros and Cons of Telecommuting

Since being named CEO of Yahoo seven months ago, Marissa Mayer has consistently made the headlines. On of the biggest headlines yet might be about her new policy, announced last Friday, ending all telecommuting. Why did she do it?

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Lessons from the Civil Rights Movement About 'Failing Up'

The Supreme Court fight over the Voting Rights Act of 1965 is just the latest struggle in a battle over civil rights that stretches back more than a century in this country. It's a struggle marked with many victories, big and small — and many failures along the way, too.

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