FROM David Graham
North Carolina passes controversial repeal of 'bathroom bill' North Carolina's Republican legislature today reversed its controversial "bathroom bill." It required transgender people to use restrooms reserved for the gender identities on their birth certificates. As a result, the NCAA moved all its playoff games to other states, and both Duke and North Carolina had to play across the state line in South Carolina. David Graham who reports on politics for the Atlantic , has more on the repeal and response to it.
North Carolina Republicans rein in new governor Yesterday, the voices of protesters yesterday rang out outside the legislative chambers in Raleigh, the capital of North Carolina. Inside today, the Republican legislature is preparing to strip powers from the newly elected Democratic Governor — who barely defeated a stalwart of the GOP. David Graham, who is covering developments for The Atlantic , calls it a case of raw political partisanship.
Will North Carolina's governor refuse to step down? Claims of "voter fraud" are delaying the official outcome of the Governor's race in North Carolina. Donald Trump won in North Carolina two weeks ago. Republican Senator Richard Burr was re-elected. But, as the votes are still being tallied, Republican Governor Pat McCrory is losing to Democratic challenger Roy Cooper. McCrory insists it's all about voter fraud. David Graham is politics writer for the Atlantic based in Durham, North Carolina.
When is a policy not a policy? Donald Trump's waffling on immigration — which seemed at the root of his presidential campaign — has even his own campaign staff sounding confused. After months of pledging to round up and deport some 10 million people, last week he proposed what sounded like "amnesty" to some long-time supporters. Or did he? He still wants "the wall," and he might or might not make an immigration speech Wednesday — in the interests of "clarification." If he does, how much will it matter to his base or to the rapidly diminishing number of undecided voters?
The Republicans Are Sending a Message: Never Say "Never" Republican Senator Lindsay Graham branded Donald Trump "a race baiting, xenophobic religious bigot," but that was before Trump nailed down his party's nomination. Now Graham is reportedly telling fundraisers in private to get behind Trump's campaign for the White House. Some other former critics who are now public supporters are being compared to hostages making videos to earn release from their kidnappers. But hardliners are still insisting that Trump's not just unacceptable — he's unelectable. Will he unify the GOP or destroy it?
Federal Judge Upholds North Carolina Voter ID Law North Carolina's restrictive new voting laws have been denounced as racial and political discrimination on the part of the state's Republican legislature. But last night, in a 485-page ruling , Judge Thomas Schroeder ruled that they are constitutional. David Graham, a staff writer covering politics for the Atlantic , has more on the decision.
The March to Super Tuesday Last Saturday, Democrats in Nevada caucused to choose a presidential nominee. In South Carolina, Republicans went to the polls. As always, there were multiple winners… and losers. Only a fraction of Republicans have voted or caucused so far, but traditional party leaders are facing their worst nightmare. Many don’t even believe Donald Trump is a real Republican, but he could well be this year’s presidential nominee. Can he be stopped? As for traditional Democrats who tried to stack the deck for Hillary Clinton, it’s hardly smooth sailing with so many young people and women feeling the Bern. We hear what to expect before Super Tuesday next week when 13 states will go to the polls.
University of Cincinnati Police Shooting Samuel DuBose, an unarmed black man in Ohio, was pulled over by University of Cincinnati police officer Ray Tensing for a missing front license plate on his car. He was then shot and killed by the officer, who is now charged with murder. Tensing was arraigned today and pleaded not guilty. His bail was set at $1 million. The incident has drawn attention to the city, which has been hailed as a model for police reform after riots 14 years ago led to department-wide changes.
Sizing Up the GOP Presidential Hopefuls Jeb Bush is officially joining an already crowded field of 10 Republican presidential candidates. The field includes Carly Fiorina, Ben Carson, Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, Lindsey Graham, Mike Huckabee, Rick Santorum, Rand Paul, Rick Perry and George Pataki. Whew! For those of you keeping count, that’s pretty much the size of a high school basketball team. We get an update on what’s going on in the world of GOP candidates.
Let the Presidential Campaigns Begin Hillary Clinton announced her presidential campaign by video yesterday. Meanwhile, Senator Marco Rubio told donors this morning that he’ll officially announce his candidacy tonight . He joins an increasingly crowded GOP primary ticket. Both Rand Paul and Ted Cruz tried to make a splash when they announced they’ll run. What’s behind the announcement strategies? What does it say about the voters they’re courting?
The Holder Legacy Attorney General Eric Holder announced he’s resigning today. His outspokenness about race and civil rights is a big part of his legacy. But he’s also been criticized by both Republicans and Democrats for his role in handling the financial crisis and the war on terror. And he’s been at extreme odds with Congress. We look back at his legacy and the future of the office.
Nuclear crisis on the Korean Peninsula slowly coming to a head North Korea did not conduct a nuclear test this weekend, but it did show apparent progress in developing a missile that that could strike the United States. The Trump Administration says it has lost its "strategic patience." We hear what that might -- or might not -- mean for North Korea, China and the prospects for diplomacy.
Is Venezuela becoming a dictatorship? Venezuela may have the world's largest oil reserves, but it's a nation in trouble… economically and politically. Is a populist promise to rescue democracy turning out to be a prelude to dictatorship?
The US gets deeper into Middle East wars. What's the endgame? President Trump welcomed Egypt's President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi to the White House today… just one of the changes in America's approach to the Middle East since Barack Obama left office. We hear about that and the escalation of warfare as well as civilian casualties.