BET Wire: Americans Give Voting Rights Act Ruling a Thumbs Down

Dennis Rodman thinks he deserves a Nobel Peace Prize.

In Case You Missed It - Republicans leave President Obama scratching his head; Ben Carson kind of blames the spread of measles on immigrants; one lawmaker thinks it's OK if your food service worker doesn't wash his hands after a bathroom break ? and more. ? Joyce Jones (@BETpolitichick)

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In Case You Missed It - Americans don't like the Supreme Court's voting rights decision; Democrats are working on a plan to fix it; Dennis Rodman thinks he deserves a Nobel Peace Prize ... and more. — Joyce Jones

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Mixed Opinion - At 51 percent, a majority of Americans disapprove of the Supreme Court's Voting Rights Act decision, including 71 percent of African-Americans, according to an ABC News/Washington Post poll. Americans approved of the decision giving gay couples the same federal benefits enjoyed by other married couples by 56-41 percent. (Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images)

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VRA Point Man - House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi has tapped Rep. James Clyburn to lead a Democratic effort to restore the provision of the Voting Rights Act the Supreme Court recently struck down. And while Congress doesn't yet have a plan for determining which states must get federal permission to change voting procedures, Pelosi says she'd like it to be called the “John Lewis Voting Rights Act." (Photo: Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Dennis Rodman

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A Nobel Ambition - Former NBA great Dennis Rodman thinks he deserves a reward for his efforts to connect North Korea and the U.S. "My mission is to break the ice between hostile countries,” Rodman told Sports Illustrated. “Why it’s been left to me to smooth things over, I don’t know. …But I’ll tell you this: If I don’t finish in the top three for the next Nobel Peace Prize, something’s seriously wrong.” (Photo: REUTERS/KCNA)

Rep. Steven Horsford - Nevada Rep. Steven Horsford is expected to win his June 10 primary after which the race may get a little tighter for the freshman Democrat. He may face off with Tea Party activist Niger Innis, who also is African-American, or Assemblyman Cresent Hardy, whose Mormon religion could give him an advantage in the state.Update: Won; will face two-term Assemblyman Cresent Hardy in November    (Photo: Steven Horsford for Congress)

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On the Mend - Nevada Congressman Steven Horsford, 40, underwent “non-elective” heart procedure to correct a “hereditary condition.” He is expected to make a full recovery. “The congressman appreciates the concern and prayers of his constituents and colleagues and looks forward to returning to work shortly,” his office said in a statement.  (Photo: Steven Horsford for Congress)

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Self-Fulfilling Prophesy? - Turns out GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney didn't want to run in the first place. During a family poll of 12 members, he was one of 10 who voted against the White House bid. Romney also didn't think any Republican "had a good chance of defeating" President Obama in 2012.  (Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images)

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Self-Fulfilling Prophesy? - Turns out GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney didn't want to run in the first place. During a family poll of 12 members, he was one of 10 who voted against the White House bid. Romney also didn't think any Republican "had a good chance of defeating" President Obama in 2012. (Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images)

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Sequester Extinguishes Fourth of July Sparks - Due to across-the-board government spending cuts, military bands around the country won't be making Fourth of July appearances and several bases are canceling the fireworks. And holiday trash will spend the night on the National Mall so overtime won't have to be paid. (Photo: Pete Souza/White House Photo via Getty Images)

First Ladies Club - On Aug. 6, First Lady Michelle Obama and former First Lady Laura Bush will host a daylong spouses symposium that will focus on the impact of investments in education, health and public-private partnerships.   (Photo: Carolyn Kaster/AP Photo)

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A Really Nice Prison - There aren't any bars on the windows of the White House, but that doesn't mean its inhabitants don't sometimes feel like they're on lockdown. "There are prison-like elements, but it's a really nice prison," First Lady Michelle Obama said during a first ladies summit in Tanzania. And, added former First Lady Laura Bush, it comes with a chef. (Photo: AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

It's Official - Former Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx became the 17th transportation secretary during a swearing-in ceremony at his new headquarters on July 2. ?Safety will remain our top priority at DOT," Foxx said in a statement. "At the same time, I will work to improve the efficiency and performance of our current transportation system while building the infrastructure we need for future generations."   (Photo: Courtesy Department of Transportation)

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It's Official - Former Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx became the 17th transportation secretary during a swearing-in ceremony at his new headquarters on July 2. “Safety will remain our top priority at DOT," Foxx said in a statement. "At the same time, I will work to improve the efficiency and performance of our current transportation system while building the infrastructure we need for future generations." (Photo: Courtesy Department of Transportation)

Uninsured and Unaware - As the White House prepares to implement additional provisions in the Affordable Care Act, 81 percent of Americans say they know about the individual mandate.  But among those who are currently uninsured, a Gallup survey released July 2 shows, 43 percent said they were unaware that they must have coverage by Jan. 1. (Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

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Uninsured and Unaware - As the White House prepares to implement additional provisions in the Affordable Care Act, 81 percent of Americans say they know about the individual mandate.  But among those who are currently uninsured, a Gallup survey released July 2 shows, 43 percent said they were unaware that they must have coverage by Jan. 1. (Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images)