President Lyndon B. Johnson, Martin Luther King, Jr., and Rosa Parks at the signing of the Voting Rights Act on August 6, 1965. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

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1. A Dream Undone

Jim Rutenberg | The New York Times | July 29, 2015 | 43 minutes (10,975 words)

Why do Americans have less voting rights today than they did 50 years ago? Rutenberg examines how the Voting Rights Act of 1965, which was passed to prevent the disenfranchisement of black Americans, has been gutted.

2. The Psychology of the Impossible Campaign

T.A. Frank | National Journal | July 25, 2015 | 23 minutes (5,766 words)

T.A. Frank turns a profile of George Pataki into a psychological investigation of long-shot presidential candidates: Why do people run for president even when they cannot possibly win? And how should we the voters feel about them?

3. ‘I’m No Longer Afraid’: 35 Bill Cosby Accusers Tell Their Stories

Noreen Malone, Amanda Demme | New York Magazine | July 26, 2015 | 18 minutes (4,440 words)

A photo shoot and testimonials from 35 of the women who have accused Bill Cosby of sexual assault.

4. The Murdered Mayor of Bell Gardens

Hillel Aron | LA Weekly | July 27, 2015 | 16 minutes (4,180 words)

Daniel Crespo, the mayor of a small industrial city in southeast L.A. County, battered his wife for 28 years. She shot him the day he turned on their son.

5. The Americans with Disabilities Act at 25

Patrick Sisson | Curbed | July 23, 2015 | 18 minutes (4,650 words)

How one law fundamentally shifted the way Americans think about accessibility.