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Friday, May 26, 2017

The Morning Roundup: Appeals Court Delivers Blow to Muslim Ban

Posted By on Fri, May 26, 2017 at 9:24 AM

Another week is just about in the books. Let's finish it off with a bang. 1) Federal appeals court rules against Trump's Muslim ban. According to a federal appeals court in Richmond, the president's executive order is discriminatory. From The New York Times: Describing President Trump’s revised travel ban as intolerant and discriminatory, a federal appeals court on Thursday rejected government efforts to limit travel to the United States from six predominantly Muslim nations. Attorney General Jeff Sessions quickly vowed to appeal to the Supreme Court. The decision was the first from a federal appeals court on the revised travel...

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Alerta Migratoria NC: Wendy Miranda Fernandez To Be Deported This Morning

Posted By on Fri, May 26, 2017 at 8:08 AM

Wendy Miranda Fernandez, a Durham resident unexpectedly taken into custody by Immigration and Customs Enforcement in March, has been taken to the airport for the third time since being detained, according to the advocacy group Alerta Migratoria NC. Her deportation, delayed several times since she was detained while seeking a stay of a 2016 order of removal from the country, is scheduled for 8:05 this morning. If she’s sent back to El Salvador, her supporters say, it could amount to a death sentence. As Alerta Migratoria explained a press release last night: At the age of 14, Wendy fled El Salvador after...

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Thursday, May 25, 2017

N.C. Congressman Mark Meadows Read the CBO’s Analysis of the GOP’s Obamacare Replacement and Choked Back Tears

Posted By on Thu, May 25, 2017 at 10:56 AM

Yesterday, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office released what can only be described as a devastating analysis of the American Health Care Act, Republicans’ effort to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. The CBO found that the bill would leave an additional twenty-three million people uninsured, gut Medicaid, put at risk millions with preexisting conditions, and cause sick and older people’s premiums to skyrocket to finance a massive tax cut for the wealthy. The AHCA narrowly passed the House earlier this month without a CBO score following a compromise between the GOP leaders of the moderate Tuesday Group and the...

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The Morning Roundup: GOP Health Care Plan Leaves 23 Million Without Insurance

Posted By on Thu, May 25, 2017 at 9:09 AM

Wednesday was another banner day for the GOP. Let's take a stroll through some headlines. 1) Obamacare replacement would leave twenty-three million out in the cold, according to the CBO. Premiums would go down (at least for the young, wealthy, and healthy), but costs would go up for people with preexisting conditions. And more than twenty million would lose coverage altogether. From The New York Times, by way of the bipartisan Congressional Budget Office: A bill to dismantle the Affordable Care Act that narrowly passed the House this month would leave 14 million more people uninsured next year than under...

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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

NBA Picks Charlotte for 2019 All-Star Game; HB 2 Deal Works Again

Posted By on Wed, May 24, 2017 at 7:09 PM

The ACC and NCAA already caved, so when the NBA announced today that in light of the HB 2 "compromise" signed by Governor Cooper earlier this year it would bring All-Star Weekend to Charlotte in 2019, it wasn't all that surprising. Here are the details, from NBA.com: “We have decided to award NBA All-Star 2019 to Charlotte based on this deep connection and the belief that we can honor our shared values of equality and inclusion, and we are excited to bring the All-Star Game back to Charlotte for the first time in 28 years. “While we understand the concerns...

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The Morning Roundup: Trump Proposes Slashing Spending on the Poor

Posted By on Wed, May 24, 2017 at 9:54 AM

It's Wednesday, which means a new edition of the INDY is on the streets. Go grab one. In the meantime, let's review some headlines. 1) Trump hires an attorney as the Russia probe heats up. From The Washington Post: President Trump has retained the services of a trusted lawyer, Marc E. Kasowitz, to help him navigate the investigations into his campaign and suspected Russian interference in last year’s election, according to people familiar with the decision. Kasowitz, who has known Trump for decades, has represented Trump in numerous cases, including on his divorce records, real estate transactions and allegations of...

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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

The Morning Roundup: Terror Attack in the U.K. Claims at Least Twenty-Two Lives

Posted By on Tue, May 23, 2017 at 9:18 AM

It's Tuesday. Monday was pretty horrible. 1) A terror attack claims at least twenty-two lives at a Manchester Ariana Grande concert. An improvised explosive device was detonated inside Manchester Arena, marking the deadliest attack on the U.K. since the 2005 London bombings. At least twenty-two people were killed, including children, and dozens more were injured. From CNN: Police said they believe a man carrying explosives acted as a lone attacker and died in the powerful explosion that shook part of the cavernous Manchester Arena as concertgoers streamed out after the American pop star's last song. Another 23-year-old man has been...

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Monday, May 22, 2017

The U.S. Supreme Court Rules the NCGOP’s Congressional Gerrymander Was Racist. (Surprise!) What Happens Now?

Posted By on Mon, May 22, 2017 at 12:37 PM

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled 5–3 this morning that the congressional districts the North Carolina legislature enacted in 2011 and had in place for the 2012 and 2014 elections constituted an unconstitutionally racist gerrymander, upholding a previous district court ruling and siding with Governor Cooper over the Republican legislature. Justice Elena Kagan delivered the court opinion, the latest in a series of rulings Kagan has written on racial gerrymandering and its impact on minority populations. She invoked the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment, which forbids states from “separating its citizens into different voting districts on the basis of race”...

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Dalai Lama Accepts Raleigh Mayor's Invitation, Will Visit Oak City This Fall

Posted By on Mon, May 22, 2017 at 7:18 AM

Earlier this month, the INDY reported that Raleigh Mayor Nancy McFarlane was making a push to draw the Dalai Lama to Raleigh. Mayor Nancy McFarlane has booked a trip to India, at her expense, and will bring the Dalai Lama the many dozens of prayer flags that people inscribed Sunday. A low-key afternoon event at the budding Oak City nexus of Dix Park was organized by McFarlane (courting the be-here-now vote in this fall's election?), along with Raleigh Denim founders Sarah Yarborough and Victor Lytvinenko and Bida Manda co-owner Vansana Nolintha. "We really do hope that he will come and...

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Friday, May 19, 2017

The Morning Roundup: Defiant Trump Says Comey Deserved to Be Fired

Posted By on Fri, May 19, 2017 at 8:42 AM

It's been a crazy week, but we're at the finish line. 1) Trump says he never asked Comey to drop Flynn investigation. After declaring on Twitter that the hiring of former FBI director Robert Mueller as a special counsel would prolong "the single greatest witch hunt of a politician in American history," Donald Trump doubled down on his claims that this is fake news. From The New York Times: President Trump declared angrily on Thursday that he was the victim of a witch hunt, and all but contradicted his deputy attorney general on the firing of the F.B.I. director, in...

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Thursday, May 18, 2017

Where is Wendy Miranda Fernandez?

Posted By on Thu, May 18, 2017 at 1:40 PM

Amid fears that a Riverside High School graduate would be deported overnight, the law firm representing Wendy Miranda Fernandez says it has not been able to reach her. Miranda Fernandez, who fled violence in El Salvador at age fourteen, was taken into custody by Immigration and Customs Enforcement on March 22. Since then, she has been held at various detention facilities, including in Georgia and Louisiana. While ICE's detainee locator says Miranda Fernandez is being held at LaSalle Detention Facility in Jena, Louisiana, staff members at Guirguis Law say they cannot reach her there. Before she was taken into custody,...

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The Morning Roundup: Trump Follows Up Bad Tuesday With a Really, Really Bad Wednesday

Posted By on Thu, May 18, 2017 at 8:27 AM

Not to be outdone by his horrible Tuesday, President Donald Trump had a really bad Wednesday. For the sake of maintaining order amid the chaos, we'll go through it chronologically. 1) Comey is summoned by Burr, Senate Select Committee on Intelligence. In a rare show of backbone, North Carolina’s own Richard Burr summoned former FBI director James Comey to testify about his interactions with the president and that memo he reportedly sent that informed his colleagues at the bureau that Trump wanted him to drop the investigation into Mike Flynn. From the INDY: It appears the Trump-Russia investigation got a kick in...

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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Burr Summons Comey, McCabe as Russia Issues Permeate

Posted By on Wed, May 17, 2017 at 1:55 PM

It appears the Trump-Russia investigation got a kick in the pants after a pair of damning news stories that suggested that Donald Trump not only divulged sensitive intelligence to the Russians that could potentially jeopardize the U.S.'s relationship with Israel but that he also allegedly asked then-FBI director James Comey during a February meeting to end the investigation into Mike Flynn. Comey has, according to a news release issued today, been summoned by the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence. From Burr's website: Here's a bit more detail from The New York Times: “I don’t think I know any member that I’ve...

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Updated: Thom Tillis Collapses, Taken Away in Ambulance, Says He’s Fine

Posted By on Wed, May 17, 2017 at 9:03 AM

Multiple sources are reporting that North Carolina Senator Thom Tillis collapsed during a race in Washington, D.C., this morning, had CPR performed on him, and was taken in an ambulance to a D.C. hospital.  Here is the AP’s report: Sen. Thom Tillis of North Carolina collapsed during a race in Washington, D.C., Wednesday morning, received CPR and was taken away in an ambulance, The Associated Press reported. The Republican had tweeted Wednesday morning about taking part in the ACLI Capital Challenge race, an invitational run in Anacostia Park for members of the federal government and the media. He was leading...

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The Morning Roundup: Buckle Your Seatbelts. This Trump-Comey Scandal Just Got Real.

Posted By on Wed, May 17, 2017 at 8:04 AM

It is safe to say that Donald Trump's presidency is in actual jeopardy. 1) In a memo, former FBI director James Comey claimed that President Trump asked him to end the FBI’s investigation into Michael Flynn. That sounds a lot like obstruction of justice—especially if Trump then fired him for not doing so. Trump allegedly cleared Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Vice President Mike Pence out of the Oval Office in February so he could convince  James Comey to call off the bureau's investigation into Flynn's potential ties to Russia. From The New York Times: President Trump asked the F.B.I....

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Monday, May 15, 2017

The Morning Roundup: North Korea Says It Can Nuke the U.S. Mainland

Posted By on Mon, May 15, 2017 at 9:12 AM

Yesterday was Mother's Day. We hope all you moms out there had a good one. It was also graduation weekend at several Triangle universities, including UNC and Duke. Bravo, guys and gals. Welcome to the real world. Good luck out there. 1) Durham for All launches the 10K Strong campaign. The grassroots organization wants to put government back in the hands of the people. And there are several important elections coming up in Durham—including for mayor. From the INDY's Sarah Willets: In November 2015, a group of activists helped Jillian Johnson win 12,497 votes and a seat on the...

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Friday, May 12, 2017

The Morning Roundup: Legislature Backs Big Pork, Trump Loses His Sh*t on Twitter Again

Posted By on Fri, May 12, 2017 at 9:28 AM

It's Friday. You made it. Congrats. 1) Senate completes HB 467 veto override. It seems state legislators aren't too concerned about new research that shows the presence of pig feces on and inside the homes of pig farms’ neighbors. Thursday, the Senate completed an override of Governor Cooper's veto of HB 467, a bill that limits financial liability in agricultural nuisance suits. From the INDY: Cooper vetoed the bill last week, shortly after lawyers representing hundreds of plaintiffs involved in twenty-six federal lawsuits against Murphy-Brown LLC, the hog division of Smithfield Foods, submitted new evidence showing that fecal matter from the...

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Thursday, May 11, 2017

The Morning Roundup: Trump Defends Firing Comey, Burr Subpoenas Flynn Documents

Posted By on Thu, May 11, 2017 at 9:41 AM

It's Thursday and there's a lot to review. Let's do it. 1) Trump defends firing Comey. James Comey is still unemployed, the president is on the defensive, and the FBI is in shambles. From The New York Times: President Trump’s abrupt dismissal of the F.B.I. director roiled Washington on Wednesday and deepened the sense of crisis swirling around the White House. Republican leaders came to the president’s defense, and Mr. Trump lashed out at Democrats and other critics, calling them hypocrites. On Capitol Hill, at least a half-dozen Republicans broke with their leadership to express concern or dismay about the...

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Wednesday, May 10, 2017

N.C. House Backs Big Pork, Votes to Override Cooper's HB 467 Veto

Posted By on Wed, May 10, 2017 at 4:37 PM

Governor Cooper's veto of House Bill 467, a bill that would limit liability in agricultural nuisance cases, is halfway to being overridden. The N.C. House voted 74–40 in favor of the override; the vote was mostly along party lines, with Republicans voting for it. The timing is interesting, given that less than a week ago, lawyers representing hundreds of plaintiffs involved in twenty-six federal lawsuits against Murphy-Brown LLC, the hog division of Smithfield Foods, submitted evidence they say proves fecal matter from hog farms is ending up on and likely inside the homes of people who live near them. As...

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Trump Shafts North Carolina After Hurricane Matthew Relief Request

Posted By on Wed, May 10, 2017 at 12:58 PM

What do you get when your state helps elect a president and then requests $900 million from his administration to help rebuild after one of the worst natural disasters in its history? If you're North Carolina, not much. In the wake of Hurricane Matthew, Governor Cooper requested nearly a billion dollars from the Trump administration. Last month, Cooper announced in a press release this morning, he learned that the state would only receive $6.1 million—less than 1 percent of the ask. “Families across Eastern North Carolina need help to rebuild and recover, and it is an incredible failure by the...

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Friday, May 5, 2017

U.S. Representative David Price on Trumpcare Vote: “A Testimony to How Low the Legislative Process Has Sunk”

Posted By on Fri, May 5, 2017 at 1:44 PM

Yesterday, the U.S. House of Representatives narrowly passed the American Health Care Act, a bill to repeal and replace Obamacare. This was Republicans’ second attempt at doing so; the first stalled in March, after moderates were scared off by a Congressional Budget Analysis that found that the plan would eviscerate Medicaid, reduce subsidies to lower-income individuals, and leave twenty-four million more Americans uninsured; and hard-core conservatives complained that the AHCA left too much of the Affordable Care Act’s infrastructure intact. The second go-round sought to appease the conservative camp by allowing states to opt out of Obamacare’s preexisting-conditions and essential-benefits...

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UPDATED: Study Shows N.C. Hog Farms Spray Hog Poop on Neighbors’ Homes; Cooper Vetoes HB 467

Posted By on Fri, May 5, 2017 at 10:16 AM

During a debate last month over House Bill 467—a failed proposal to shield hog farms owned by a subsidiary of Smithfield Foods from twenty-six federal nuisance lawsuits brought by their neighbors—state representative and bill sponsor Jimmy Dixon, R-Duplin and Wayne, called claims that hog waste was ending up on people’s homes preposterous. What’s more, he continued, the people making those claims were lying. "These allegations are at best exaggerations and at worst outright lies," said Dixon, a retired farmer who has received more than $115,000 in campaign contributions from Big Pork. "When you talk about spraying fluid on people's' houses...

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The Morning Roundup: Obamacare on the Ropes, But Not Dead Yet

Posted By on Fri, May 5, 2017 at 9:53 AM

There's no sugarcoating what happened Thursday, but at least the weekend is upon us. 1) House narrowly passes American Health Care Act. So, should this thing pass the Senate, here's what you need to know. But, as The New York Times notes, a whole lot of people hope it doesn't: It is a rare unifying moment. Hospitals, doctors, health insurers and some consumer groups, with few exceptions, are speaking with one voice and urging significant changes to the Republican health care legislation that passed the House on Thursday. The bill’s impact is wide-ranging, potentially affecting not only the millions who...

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Wednesday, May 3, 2017

The Morning Roundup: Clinton Talks Election Loss, Resistance; Trump Tweets

Posted By on Wed, May 3, 2017 at 9:06 AM

It's Wednesday, so go out and grab a copy of the INDY. The graphic in Triangulator alone is worth it. Let's check out some headlines: 1) Clinton talks about Russia, Comey, and Trump. The decisive winner of the presidential popular vote said a whole lot yesterday about Russia, Wikileaks, and why she thinks she lost the White House. From The New York Times: “The reason why I believe we lost were the intervening events in the last 10 days,” she said, arguing that based on the available data: “If the election had been on Oct. 27, I’d be your president.”...

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Tuesday, May 2, 2017

N.C. Congressman Robert Pittenger on Pre-existing Conditions: If You Have One, Find a New State

Posted By on Tue, May 2, 2017 at 4:59 PM

It's like deja vu all over again. After a colossal failure on health care just over a month ago, House Republicans are trying, once again, to revive their alternative to Obamacare. Their latest attempt, the American Health Care Act 2.0, is facing pushback from politicians on both sides of the aisle, particularly over concerns about the new plan's impact on Americans with pre-existing conditions, a popular provision of the Affordable Care Act. Despite an assurance from Donald Trump—who may or may not actually actually know what’s in the health care overhaul he’s touting—that the Republican plan guarantees coverage for Americans with pre-existing conditions,...

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