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Friday, July 22, 2016

The Morning Roundup: Be Afraid, Be Very Afraid

Posted By on Fri, Jul 22, 2016 at 8:01 AM

1. The Speech If you missed Trump’s RNC acceptance speech last night, you can find the text of the speech here; but really, to get the whole effect, you need to watch the video—seventy-six minutes (that’s six minutes longer than Bill Clinton in 1996 and the longest convention speech in modern history) of an angry old man yelling about how terrible everything is and what a dystopian hellscape America has become and how Syrian refugees and Mexican immigrants are going to murder your children while Hillary Clinton watches and cheers.  http://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/22/us/politics/donald-trump-rnc-speech.html?action=click&pgtype=Homepage&clickSource=story-heading&module=span-abc-region®ion=span-abc-region&WT.nav=span-abc-region Americans watching this address tonight have seen the...

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Friday, July 15, 2016

The Morning Roundup: Vive La France

Posted By on Fri, Jul 15, 2016 at 8:00 AM

Another day, another terrorist attack. This story is way too damn familiar.  Last night, while a crowd of French people in Nice were watching fireworks on Bastille Day—a French holiday celebrating the day French peasants stormed the Bastille in 1790, a key event in the then-nascent French revolution—an as-yet-unnamed French-Tunisian man with a truck packed with weapons and explosives essentially mowed them over, killing at least eighty-four.  Police told to NBC News that 84 people were now confirmed dead following the attack in the coastal city of Nice. Bastille Day celebrations were transformed into scenes of chaos and carnage...

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Friday, June 24, 2016

The Morning Roundup: Anarchy in the U.K.

Posted By on Fri, Jun 24, 2016 at 8:18 AM

So, there is some news this morning from across the pond. By a 52–48 margin, the United Kingdom—swept up in the same sort of economically illiterate, racism-laced populism that gave rise to Donald Trump—voted yesterday to leave the European Union. From The New York Times:  Britain has voted to leave the European Union, a historic decision sure to reshape the nation’s place in the world, rattle the Continent and rock political establishments throughout the West. Not long after the vote tally was completed, Prime Minister David Cameron, who led the campaign to remain in the bloc, appeared in front...

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Thursday, June 16, 2016

Durham's Lamont Lilly is Running for Vice President (of the United States)

Posted By on Thu, Jun 16, 2016 at 11:42 AM

In February 2015, the INDY recognized Durham's Lamont Lilly with a Citizen Award for his activism and journalism in the interest of advancing civil rights. At the time, Lilly was beginning to travel the country for speaking tours, protests, and political rallies, discussing issues like the Black Lives Matter movement, the criminal justice system, and the negative effects of American imperialism. Lilly's profile has continued to grow outside Durham to the point that, come November, you can vote for him for Vice President of the United States. Monica Moorehead, the Workers World Party candidate for President, has selected Lilly as...

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Friday, May 20, 2016

The Morning Roundup: We Are Governed by Morons

Posted By on Fri, May 20, 2016 at 8:54 AM

Happy Moogfest Friday, everyone! There’s a lot in the news this morning, so let’s jump right in.  1. We’ll begin with Congress, home to many a moron.  Yesterday Republicans in the House decided, in a very close vote that required a ton of arm-twisting, that it’s just hunky-dory for federal contractors to openly discriminate against LGBTQ folks.  Democrats shouted “Shame! Shame!,” but seven Republicans switched their votes under pressure from House leaders Thursday and defeated a measure to protect gay rights. “They literally snatched discrimination from the jaws of equality,” Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney said.The final vote was 213-212 after...

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Wednesday, March 30, 2016

The Morning Roundup: “Some Have Called Our State an Embarrassment”

Posted By on Wed, Mar 30, 2016 at 8:20 AM

Happy Wednesday, all. Except it’s not a happy Wednesday for Pat McCrory. Actually, it hasn’t been a very happy week for him at all—ever since the legislature rammed through and he signed HB 2—what with the denunciations from business leaders, the protests in the streets, condemnations from various city officials, the “fact-check” that went nowhere, and the decisions of several state and municipal governments to ban publicly funded travel to North Carolina.  So Pat, under fire, released this five-minute video yesterday, railing against “politicians who have exploited differences and divided people”—by which he presumably does not mean the Republicans who...

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Monday, March 21, 2016

The Morning Roundup: The Legislature’s About to Blow a Bunch of Money to Put LGBTs in Their Place (Sigh)

Posted By on Mon, Mar 21, 2016 at 8:45 AM

1. The potty protectors are back on the case. Two weeks after publicly mulling a special session to override Charlotte’s new LGBT ordinance and then deciding not to—these things cost $42,000 a day, and the legislature will be back in session April 25 in any event—Republican lawmakers announced that they will likely convene a special session this week after all. (Not coincidentally, some Bible-thumpers held a fearmongering rally last week demanding that the legislature do just that.) Per WRAL:  Leaders of the state House expect to return to Raleigh this week to respond to Charlotte's transgender nondiscrimination ordinance. Last...

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Tuesday, March 1, 2016

The Case for Bernie: 5 Reasons the Vermont Socialist Deserves Your Vote

Posted By on Tue, Mar 1, 2016 at 10:00 AM

Decimated. I’m watching Bernie Sanders following the South Carolina primary, and he’s not putting any gloss on the rout he suffered. Decimated is the word he uses. So here’s where we are, Bernie fans. We had a tie and a close loss in the first two caucus states. We won big in the New Hampshire primary. We lost twice as big in South Carolina. This is all-too-familiar territory for those of us in Wolfpack Nation. Some early-season successes. Blown out by our first tough opponent. What did legendary N.C. State basketball coach Jimmy Valvano advise in such circumstances? “Too...

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Monday, February 29, 2016

The Progressive Case for Hillary Clinton

Posted By on Mon, Feb 29, 2016 at 10:35 AM

Editor’s note: The author, David Faris, is a professor of political science at Roosevelt University in Chicago. The views expressed herein are his own and not necessarily those of the university. Tomorrow, if all goes to plan, we’ll be publishing a Bob Geary–penned case for Bernie Sanders. The INDY’s endorsements in this and other primary races will be released Wednesday.  —- Since the Iowa caucuses, Democratic primary voters have reminded everyone that the GOP isn’t the only party holding together a political coalition with staples and cardboard. Bernie Sanders, a Vermont independent initially given Kucinich-level odds to derail the...

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The Morning Roundup: Happy Leap Day, Let’s Make Some Dick Jokes!

Posted By on Mon, Feb 29, 2016 at 8:36 AM

So this was the weekend the GOP presidential race finally, officially went completely off the rails, to the point where you have to wonder if, for someone like Marco Rubio, who fashions himself as the serious candidate, this is a nomination even worth having anymore.  1. Rubio jokes that Donald Trump has a small penis. But hey, look on the bright side: Republicans have forfeited the right to complain that Barack Obama is cheapening the office by putting his feet up on the desk.  Trump, for his part, was busy over the last few days racking up endorsements:...

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Thursday, February 18, 2016

Everything You Need to Know About North Carolina’s New Gerrymander

Posted By on Thu, Feb 18, 2016 at 5:36 PM

The elections for North Carolina’s congressional districts have already been thrown into chaos by a shotgun court order to redraw the districts, the death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, and the uncertainty over whether or not state Republicans will be granted a stay. But the effects of the redistricting, should the new map gain final approval from the legislature today, stands to deeply impact the state’s members of Congress—and their challengers. Three members—two of them women—stand to lose the most. Raleigh Republican George Holding, whose 13th district has been completely redrawn, would find himself in Democrat David Price’s...

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Monday, February 15, 2016

The Morning Roundup: For God’s Sake, Stay Home, People

Posted By on Mon, Feb 15, 2016 at 9:07 AM

Perhaps you noticed the snow (cool!) and ice (boo!) covering the street in front of your house, especially if you live in Durham. At 7:21 this morning, the Durham County Sheriff’s Office emailed: “The Durham County Sheriff’s Office has responded to at least eight weather-related accidents since Sunday evening. The number of wrecks increases as drivers get on the road this morning. Deputies have assisted at least two stranded motorists in Durham County.”  In other words, get back in your PJs, stay at home, and watch cartoons or whatever. (Unless you’re me, in which case you’ll be headed into the...

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Friday, February 12, 2016

The Morning Roundup: Oh God It’s Going to Snow!

Posted By on Fri, Feb 12, 2016 at 8:44 AM

Greetings and salutations and Happy Friday, everyone! Let’s dive right in, get this week over with, and commence with our Friday afternoon binge drinking, shall we?   First off, did y’all see the debate? No? Here’s the tl;dr: Hillary is hugging Obama so hard the president might well suffocate, and Bernie has developed an almost Rubioesque devotion to his talking points. He also, in my estimation, didn’t fare particularly well in the foreign policy discussion, but I doubt that’s going to matter much.  The best encapsulation I’ve seen:  Moving on to the headlines:  1. Wayne Goodwin launches an...

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Monday, February 8, 2016

The Morning Roundup: Well, That Was … Ugly

Posted By on Mon, Feb 8, 2016 at 8:48 AM

1. Let’s get this out of the way. The Panthers lost, and lost badly. The referees were godawful, yes—seriously, how the fuck was that not a catch?—but even a fairly called game wouldn’t have saved the squad that showed up last night. Denver’s defense was unbending, Carolina’s offense was dazed, and Cam Newton kept throwing the ball over everyone’s goddamn head. So, yeah, blerg.  And look on the bright side: Beyonce, the only redeeming part of that train wreck of a halftime show, is coming to Raleigh in May. Now let’s never speak of last night again. Fortunately for...

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Friday, February 5, 2016

The Morning Roundup: Is It Sunday Yet?

Posted By on Fri, Feb 5, 2016 at 9:05 AM

via GIPHY via GIPHY Greetings, comrades and fellow travelers. Perhaps—but probably not—you, like I, stayed up late (late, at my age, apparently means 11:15) to watch the Democratic tête-à-tête in a little town called Durham … New Hampshire. Who won? you ask. I imagine that depends on which candidate you supported going in. To my mind—which was clouded by the bottle of barley wine I’ll be blogging about later today—Hillary was too aggressive toward the generally likable Bernie, but Bernie came off as a one-trick pony and totally collapsed on foreign policy. And it shouldn’t have taken Hillary 12...

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Monday, February 1, 2016

The Morning Roundup: A big night in Iowa and a big day for voter rights in NC

Posted By on Mon, Feb 1, 2016 at 8:56 AM

Happy Monday, everybody. Let’s get right to it:  1. So, fellow politics junkies, tonight’s the night. The first actual ballots cast in the 2016 presidential race (albeit in a weird and quirky caucus system that somehow favors both progressives and evangelicals and affords disproportionate power to white, rural and often very religious people).  As The New York Times opines this morning:  It’s easy to grouse about Iowa’s outsize role. It forces candidates who never stood in a cornfield to pay homage to farm subsidies of questionable merit. It skews Republicans’ stances to the evangelical right, and Democrats’ to the...

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Friday, January 29, 2016

The Morning Roundup: Ted Cruz hates Trump, Tim Moore hates teachers, the economy hates us all

Posted By on Fri, Jan 29, 2016 at 8:47 AM

Happy Friday! So who won last night’s Republican debate? The guy who didn’t show? Or maybe one of the losers on the undercard? Or maybe moderator Megyn Kelly, who really rode this “Donald is afraid of me” thing for all it was worth? Or was it, you know, Hillary Clinton, who looks better and better the longer the Republicans’ once-vaunted “deep bench” is out on display.  Or did Trump’s absence merely show that, minus his pomposity and bellicosity, this collection of vacuous “thinkers” and wannabe populists is not only terrifying, but also boring?  Hmmm. Here’s some video of Ted Cruz...

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Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Is Sen. Burr playing politics with classified intelligence?

Posted By on Wed, Dec 16, 2015 at 5:26 PM

The day after the latest debate in the Republican presidential primary, U.S. Sen. Richard Burr, in his position as chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, said that his staff was “looking into the possibility” that Sen. Ted Cruz leaked classified information on live television. Burr has not made any such statement, however, about a previous, less-covered leak by Sen. Marco Rubio, a member of Burr’s committee. Furthermore, Burr, by publicly confirming an investigation into whether or not Cruz leaked a specific percentage of phone records covered by the new USA Freedom Act, might have inadvertently confirmed that the...

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Friday, December 11, 2015

Thom Tillis votes against a resolution condemning Donald Trump’s no-Muslims plan, blames procedure

Posted By on Fri, Dec 11, 2015 at 10:17 AM

Still think Donald Trump speaks only for the furthest fringes of the Republican Party? One of North Carolina’s U.S. senators just proved you wrong. As you’ve probably heard, Trump, currently pulling more than double the support of his nearest rival, Ted Cruz, recently proposed a “temporary” (read: probably not temporary) ban on Muslims entering the United States. In his own words: Donald J. Trump is calling for a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country's representatives can figure out what is going on. Of course, Trump’s idea is utterly idiotic and racist, not to...

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Monday, December 7, 2015

Pat McCrory's Twitter account gets weird

Posted By on Mon, Dec 7, 2015 at 12:25 PM

Usually, Pat McCrory's official Twitter account is reserved for fluff like this: On Saturday, though, it got weird. The governor, embroiled in what's likely to be a tight race with Democratic Attorney General Roy Cooper and dogged by allegations of crony capitalism over state prison contracts, used his Twitter feed to complain.  Naturally, the Twittersphere, a bastion of independent, intelligent thought, well-written screeds and non-profanity-laced tirades, responded.  This: And this: And, yes, a little hostility. Politics NC's Thomas Mills took the opportunity to lampoon the governor's Twitter complaints Monday. "He managed to use 'me'...

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Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Durham beginning search for the next police chief

Posted By on Wed, Nov 25, 2015 at 10:59 AM

The search for Durham's newest police chief will soon be underway. The city announced Tuesday that it has selected a Durham firm, Development Associates LLC, to lead the search process for outgoing Chief Jose Lopez's replacement. By the city's timetable, national and regional recruitment will stretch into January, with the first candidate recommendations coming late in the month.  Interviews will be held in March and City Manager Tom Bonfield says he hopes to offer the job by early April. The new chief, presumably, would start in May.  Meanwhile, Lopez, whose office has been dogged by charges of racial profiling,...

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Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Tillis denies KKK involvement, Anonymous distances itself from yesterday’s dox

Posted By on Tue, Nov 3, 2015 at 1:01 PM

We were skeptical. This is why. The multi-headed, faceless hacker group Anonymous continues to distance itself from yesterday's leak, in which a hacker who bills himself as Amped Attacks dumped a mess of data on a website often used by Anonymous, alleging that a handful of American politicians, including U.S. Sen. Thom Tillis, the Republican from North Carolina, were involved with the Ku Klux Klan.  The leak came as the hacktivists claimed they would out 1,000 Klan members on Thursday as part of an action called “HoodsOff,” coinciding with last year's protests in Ferguson and Guy Fawkes Day. Anonymous...

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Monday, November 2, 2015

Anonymous* claims Sen. Thom Tillis is involved with the Ku Klux Klan

Posted By on Mon, Nov 2, 2015 at 11:01 AM

The hacker activist group Anonymous just claimed that U.S. Senator Thom Tillis, a Republican from Huntersville and the former speaker of the N.C. House of Representatives, is involved with the Ku Klux Klan.  Here is the full listing of political figures that Anonymous claims to be linked to the notorious hate group, which got on Anonymous' bad side last year when a chapter threatened to use "lethal force" against protesters in Ferguson, Missouri.  It's unclear how the group developed its list, which includes a number of other prominent politicians across the country, although the hacker collective claimed last month to have hacked...

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Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Federal judge dismisses lawsuit against Alamance Sheriff Terry Johnson

Posted By on Tue, Aug 11, 2015 at 12:24 PM

Alamance County Sheriff Terry JohnsonA federal judge has dismissed the U.S. Department of Justice's case against embattled but popular Alamance County Sheriff Terry Johnson. Claiming the federal agency failed to offer substantive proof that Johnson's office targeted Latinos during traffic stops and checkpoints in order to spur their deportation, U.S. District Court Judge Thomas Schroeder, an appointee of President George W. Bush, issued his opinion late last week. The Department of Justice has yet to indicate whether it will appeal the ruling, which would close a case that began in 2013 when federal investigators accused Johnson of engaging "in a...

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Friday, July 10, 2015

National LGBT group to release report on states' anti-bullying policies

Posted By on Fri, Jul 10, 2015 at 12:39 PM

Creative Commons LicenseThis probably won't be kind to North Carolina. The national nonprofit, Gay Lesbian & Straight Education Network (GLSEN), is expected to release a report Wednesday that will review the anti-bullying policies of more than 13,000 school districts across the country, including districts in North Carolina. The report, "From Statehouse to Schoolhouse: Anti-Bullying Policy Efforts in U.S. States and School Districts," will examine whether states' anti-bullying rules are implemented at the local level, and whether educators are being trained to handle the issue in the classroom. The study will also determine whether the efforts are having an impact on...

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