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The state of Alabama has been accused of bringing back Jim Crow for closing 31 driver’s licenses offices in the state -- including all the offices in counties where African Americans make up more than 75 percent of the registered voters -- which critics say will further disenfranchise minority voters in a state that requires government-issued photo IDs at the ballot box.

The backlash Alabama is now facing reflects the state’s long history of blocking African Americans access to the polls, from 1965’s Selma protests that ushered in the Voting Rights Act in the first place to the 2013 Supreme Court decision in the Shelby County case that gutted a key provision of it.

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Shirley Sherrod has settled her lawsuit over the deeply flawed 2010 Breitbart story that cost Sherrod her job at the USDA over ultimately false allegations that she discriminated against a white farmer, The National Law Journal reported. The suit had been brought against Andrew Breitbart -- who died in 2012 and was represented by his estate -- and Larry O’Connor, head of Breitbart.tv at the time.

Sherrod, O’Connor and Breitbart's estate released a joint statement Thursday announcing the settlement: "In a gesture they hope will inspire others to engage in the difficult but critically important process of bridging racial divides, the parties have agreed to resolve this lawsuit on confidential terms."

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What happens when a state with a tough voter ID law suddenly makes it much harder for minorities to get driver's licenses? We are about to find out in Alabama.

Facing a budget crisis, Alabama has shuttered 31 driver's license offices, many of them in counties with a high proportion of black residents. Coming after the state recently put into effect a tougher voter ID law, the closures will cut off access -- particularly for minorities -- to one of the few types of IDs accepted.

According to a tally by AL.com columnist John Archibald, eight of the 10 Alabama counties with the highest percentage of non-white registered voters saw their driver's license offices closed.

"Every single county in which blacks make up more than 75 percent of registered voters will see their driver license office closed. Every one," Archibald wrote.

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Liberty Counsel, the conservative Christian law firm representing defiant Kentucky clerk Kim Davis, insisted Monday that 100,000 people showed up to a Peruvian prayer rally in solidarity with their client.

In a press release, Liberty Counsel attempted to debunk a report published earlier in the day by ThinkProgress that showed evidence the rally never actually happened.

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It all started with a chain email.

"There are lessons indoctrinating children with Islam and verses of the Quran along with the United Nations Agenda," a woman named Ginger Russell wrote before quoting from a high-school level world history lesson she said promoted a "loving kinder Islam."

Russell sent the email in October 2012 to school board members and officials in Irving, Texas with the subject line "IRVING ISD INDOCTRINATING ISLAM,” according to a Dallas Morning News report from that time. The newspaper reported that the email prompted the district to launch an investigation into whether the curriculum it used was too pro-Islam.

Just under three years later, a 14-year-old Muslim student at Irving's MacArthur High School was arrested for bringing a homemade clock to class that police thought looked like a "movie bomb."

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