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E.J. Dionne Jr.: Voting-rights verdict follows arrogant power grab

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Posted: Sunday, June 30, 2013 12:00 am

We prefer to think of the U.S. Supreme Court as an institution apart from politics and above its struggles. In the wake of this past week’s decision gutting the heart of the 1965 Voting Rights Act, its actions must now be viewed through the prism of the conservative movement’s five-decade-long quest for power.

Liberals will still win occasional and sometimes partial victories, as they did Wednesday on same-sex marriage. But on issues directly related to political and economic influence, the court’s conservative majority is operating as a political faction, determined to shape a future in which progressives will find themselves at a disadvantage.

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