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Chuck Grassley

The empty seat

Wednesday marked the 200th day since the death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, and right on cue, the nation's top jurists handed down a decision to reflect the absurdity of holding up his replacement. On a 4-4 tie, the justices refused to reinstate — temporarily or otherwise — portions of North Carolina's restrictive voter ID law which were struck down just two months ago by federal appeals court judges who described them as designed to keep African Americans from voting with "almost surgical precision."

The North Carolina law is among the more repellent versions of the voter ID laws that have popped up in GOP-controlled states in...

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