Civil rights

John Lewis says he doesn’t think Biden’s segregationist remarks were offensive

Rep. John Lewis being interviewed by reporters outside of the Capitol building
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Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) on Friday weighed in on former Vice President Joe Biden's recent comments about working with white Democratic segregationists in the Senate during the 1970s and '80s, and Lewis said he didn't "think the remarks were offensive."

Why it matters: As a young civil rights organizer, Lewis was severely beaten during a voting rights march in Selma, Ala. in 1965. He has fought for civil rights throughout his life, representing Georgia’s 5th Congressional District for the past 32 year.

2019's Supreme Court cases to watch

Gerrymandering activists outside the U.S. Supreme Court.
Gerrymandering activists outside the U.S. Supreme Court. Aurora Samperio/NurPhoto via Getty Images

The Supreme Court, now with a solid conservative majority after last year's appointment of Justice Brett Kavanaugh, has several cases on its docket this term that could have significant ramifications on American politics and social issues for generations to come.

The big picture: The high court — with 5 conservatives and 4 liberals — has largely kept a relatively low profile so far this term, which ends in June. But it could ultimately hand major wins to Republicans, who are emboldened by Kavanaugh's appointment and sharpening their focus while a slew of hot-button disputes work their way up from lower courts.