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Doormats no more: Responding to the “Democrats should play by the rules” argument on Gorsuch nomination

Wed, 02/01/2017 - 07:41

Some good and well-meaning people are arguing this morning that Democrats should once again, as they almost always do, compromise and play the role of responsible grown-ups with respect to Donald Trump’s nomination of right-wing judge, Neil Gorsuch. The honorable editorial writers at the Charlotte Observer make such a case this morning. They argue that ...

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No surprise: Trump picks right-winger for stolen Supreme Court nomination; Progressives must fight back

Tue, 01/31/2017 - 20:47

As expected, President Donald Trump has selected conservative federal judge Neil Gorsuch to fill the vacancy on the Supreme Court that was created by the death of Antonin Scalia and the absurd and outrageous blockade of President Obama’s nominee, Merrick Garland, by the Senate throughout almost all of 2016. As noted below and in this ...

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NC Senate confirmations for Cooper appointments expected to take 6 weeks

Tue, 01/31/2017 - 17:44

The Senate confirmation process for eight of Gov. Roy Cooper’s cabinet appointees is expected to take about six weeks, though that schedule is malleable and legislators will move quicker if they can. “I should certainly hope that we can speed it up,” said Sen. Bill Rabon (R-Bladen, Brunswick, New Hanover, Pender), who is chairman of the ...

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What you need to know about rumored Trump Supreme Court pick

Tue, 01/31/2017 - 16:14

There are unconfirmed reports this afternoon that Donald Trump will nominate federal appeals court judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court tonight at 8:00 p.m. As was argued in this morning’s edition of the Weekly Briefing, there are many good reasons why senators ought to reject any nominee at this point from our lawless and ...

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Report: LGBT protections granted by Obama to remain under Trump

Tue, 01/31/2017 - 12:57

The New York Times reports that workplace protections for LGBT people granted under President Barack Obama will remain in place under President Donald Trump. From the piece: In a statement issued in response to growing questions about whether Mr. Trump would reverse the Obama order, the White House said the president was proud to embrace ...

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Report: Trump nominee Betsy DeVos may have plagiarized in Senate questionnaire

Tue, 01/31/2017 - 11:12

Breaking news from The Washington Post: The paper is reporting this morning that President Trump’s nominee for U.S. education secretary, Michigan school choice advocate Betsy DeVos, may have lifted passages without attribution in her written responses to a senator’s questions this week. The news comes as members of a key Senate committee are expected to vote ...

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NC NAACP President: Trump’s Muslim travel ban, new immigration policies “ugly” and “immoral” (Audio)

Tue, 01/31/2017 - 09:58

Rev. William Barber, the president of the state NAACP and head of the Moral Monday movement, is weighing in on President Donald Trump’s order to ban travel from seven Muslim-majority countries. On Monday, Rev. Barber called the recent executive orders mean-spirited and immoral. “We have to stand up against it…” Barber said the Muslim ban ...

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Tillis and Burr must stand up to Trump or take responsibility for his outrages

Tue, 01/31/2017 - 07:00

The point at which supposedly responsible conservative American leaders must begin to disavow and push back against President Donald Trump (or, at least, stop pretending that they are anything other than accomplices to his outrageous assaults on basic American values) is coming soon. A new editorial in the Charlotte Observer does an excellent job in ...

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Boy Scouts of America to officially accept transgender youth

Mon, 01/30/2017 - 21:25

The Boy Scouts of America has announced that effective immediately it will allow transgender children in its boys-only program. Officials with the organization explained their decision this way: “While we offer a number of programs that serve all youth, Cub Scouting and Boy Scouting are specifically designed to meet the needs of boys. For more ...

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ACLU of NC sees outpouring of support in wake of Trump’s travel ban; attorneys ready to help those affected

Mon, 01/30/2017 - 16:49

The ACLU of North Carolina received an outpouring of support over the weekend, not just in new memberships and donations but also from folks who want to volunteer and get involved, according to communications director Mike Meno. The support comes as the ACLU and other legal groups successfully challenged President Donald Trump’s travel ban on seven Muslim-majority ...

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Trump appoints coal lobbyist to Justice Department to prosecute environmental crimes

Mon, 01/30/2017 - 14:52

A division of the U.S. Justice Department that prosecuted Duke Energy over the Dan River coal ash spill is now being run by a former lobbyist for the coal industry. President Trump appointed Jeffrey H. Wood as Acting Assistant Attorney General of the Environment and Natural Resources Division on Inauguration Day, Jan. 20. Although Trump ...

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Scenes from the march for immigrants and refugees at Raleigh-Durham International Airport

Mon, 01/30/2017 - 12:42

Drums and chants, horns and tambourines: More than 1,000 people rallied at RDU Sunday to show their solidarity with refugees and immigrants targeted by President Trump’s executive order. That order, whose constitutionality is being challenged nationwide, temporarily bans immigrants and refugees from six Muslim-dominant countries; for a seventh country, Syria, the ban is indefinite. Here are ...

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In DeVos nomination, Sen. Richard Burr to cast confirmation vote on one of his key contributers

Mon, 01/30/2017 - 11:35

Despite significant push-back from progressives and public school backers, members of a key U.S. Senate committee are expected to confirm President Trump’s nominee for U.S. Secretary of Education, Michigan billionaire Betsy DeVos, on Tuesday. As critics point out, DeVos, a controversial school choice Republican in Michigan, has no professional experience in public schools. Nevertheless, conservatives tout ...

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Trump to make Supreme Court nomination announcement Tuesday night

Mon, 01/30/2017 - 11:00

President Donald Trump announced this morning that he would make his Supreme Court nominee public at 8 p.m. Tuesday. He released a list of 20 nominees he was considering during his campaign, but media reports suggest the front runners are Neil Gorsuch, of the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver, and Thomas Hardiman, of the ...

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North Carolina’s Attorney General blasts Trump’s “crude ban” on refugees

Mon, 01/30/2017 - 10:06

Add North Carolina Attorney General Josh Stein to the list of public officials speaking out against President Donald Trump’s travel ban on seven Muslim-majority countries. Stein took to Facebook over the weekend to explain why Trump’s ban has the potential to make our country less safe. Here’s the Attorney General’s full statement: “America is a ...

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Editorials, GOP politicians, and even most popular NASCAR driver slam Trump on immigration

Mon, 01/30/2017 - 07:44

Donald Trump’s reckless, discriminatory, illegal and unconstitutional immigration orders need to be resisted by all patriotic Americans. Happily folks of all stripes began to step up to the plate over the weekend as scores of protests broke out across the country. Even NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt, Jr. — the most popular figure in a sport ...

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Trump’s Muslim travel ban draws 1,000 protesters to RDU airport

Sun, 01/29/2017 - 18:19

An estimated 1,000 demonstrators spent Sunday afternoon at Raleigh Durham International airport protesting Donald Trump’s travel ban on seven predominantly Muslim countries. Similar protests opposing the ban erupted this weekend at dozens of other airports including: Charlotte-Douglas, JFK, Philadelphia International, Indianapolis, and Denver International. Below are just a few images from the peaceful turnout at ...

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Governor Cooper, advocates: Trump’s immigration order endangers troops, embraces fear and bigotry

Sun, 01/29/2017 - 16:07

Governor Roy Cooper added his name to the growing list of leaders and organizations across the nation who are standing in solidarity against the Trump administration’s cruel, reckless, illegal, and unconstitutional immigration orders. Here’s Cooper: “The executive order issued by the President will make our homeland and our troops serving overseas less safe. Our vetting ...

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Solidarity protest and rally for immigrants, refugees at RDU scheduled for Sunday

Sun, 01/29/2017 - 10:55

Update from RDU at 11 a.m.: Statement on Planned Protests: The Raleigh-Durham Airport Authority has issued a permit for today’s planned protest and has established an area for today’s demonstration. Our goal is to ensure a peaceful demonstration. Our priority is to keep everyone safe and to ensure uninterrupted airport operations. The designated area for ...

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Federal judge agrees to delay Medicaid expansion litigation

Fri, 01/27/2017 - 18:40

A federal judge on Friday agreed to temporarily halt litigation related to Gov. Roy Cooper’s attempts to expand Medicaid. The stay will expire March 31, at which time the state and federal Department of Health and Human Services will be required to respond to the original complaint, and Republican legislators who filed that complaint will ...

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