Photo: A sign protesting a recent North Carolina law restricting transgender bathroom access adorns the bathroom stalls at the 21C Museum Hotel in Durham, North Carolina May 3, 2016. (Jonathan Drake/Reuters)
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This week's votes have been counted, and a mayor called "the punisher," who's joked about rape and killing, is now the president-elect of the Philippines. Today, Rodrigo Duterte promised to stamp out "criminality, drugs and corruption" in six months -- using politically loaded language. "I will be a dictator no doubt about it, but only against the forces of evil." Steven Rood, the Asia Foundation's country representative for the Philippines, joins us from Manila.
The federal government says the state of North Carolina is violating the civil rights of transgender people. A new law requires them to use only those public bathrooms designated for the sex on their birth certificates, not the sex that defines their sense of identity. Attorney General Loretta Lynch compares it to the Jim Crow laws used to discriminate against black Americans after the Civil War.
Billions in federal education money could be withheld, and Governor Pat McCrory says Washington's being a "bully." Even before its clear how the law might be enforced, legal actions could lead to decisions with national impact.
Colin Campbell, News and Observer (@RaleighReporter)
James Sheffield, Health Initiative (@JayShef)
Francis De Luca, North Carolina Civitas (@NCCivitas)
Garrett Epps, University of Baltimore / Atlantic Magazine (@Profepps)
Raleigh News & Observer on Justice Department lawsuit
News & Observer on NC GOP wanting vow that Feds won't cut education money over HB2
North Carolina Civitas on federal blackmail over bathroom bill
Epps on North Carolina's bathroom bill as a constitutional monstrosity
Seventy years ago, the United States struck the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. There's still dispute over whether that was necessary to end World War II. But the force of those blasts, the property damage and loss of life, were so devastating that no such weapon has ever been used again. Jimmy Carter is the only former President to visit Hiroshima. Later this month, after a summit conference of seven industrialized nations, President Obama will the first to go there while still in the White House. Scott Harold is Associate Director of the Center for Asia-Pacific Policy at the Rand Corporation.
Secretary of State John Kerry stands at the Hiroshima Peace Memorial
as he and his G7 counterparts visit the site on April 10, 2016.
Official State Department Photo
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