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North Carolina Governor Does Not Bolster His Case

Governor Pat McCrory sat down with NBC News’ Chuck Todd Sunday morning on “Meet the Press.” It didn’t go well. 

The North Carolina Republican has been under increasing pressure for signing HB2, a wide-sweeping anti-LGBT law that bans transgender citizens from utilizing public restrooms that most closely conform to their gender identity, voids all local LGBT nondiscrimination ordinances, and strips local municipalities from passing laws to regulate minimum wages or employment discrimination. 

On Sunday, McCrory told Chuck Todd that he’s facing immense pressure from a group more powerful than the NRA: the Human Rights Campaign. Actually, to be specific, he called HRC the “Human Relations Commission,” proving just how out of touch with their work he is.

And he drew a line in the sand, stating he will not sign a repeal of the “restroom” portion of HB2 – the most contentious portion of a law his own attorney general, and many other legal experts are calling “unconstitutional.”

McCrory also admitted that even though he had been warning the City of Charlotte for months about their proposed nondiscrimination ordinance that ultimately sparked HB2, he had never met with a transgender person to discuss either bill. 

Appearing defensive, McCrory called for more “dialogue,” as he did this week in a Washington Post op-ed. But he bristled when host Chuck Todd reminded him that “you guys debated for, like, one second,” HB2 before passing it. McCrory said the Charlotte City Council’s debate was also short, but it came after a great many hours of listening to testimony from stakeholders, citizens, experts, and nearly anyone else who wished to weigh in. It also came after more than a year of study.

The Governor also claimed that laws surrounding gender identity are new.

“This is a national debate that has literally come on in the last three months,” McCrory told Todd. “No one talked about it until Houston,” referring to that city’s equal right ordinance. That’s of course false. There are reportedly more than 200 laws across the nation that include gender identity.

In perhaps the most curious moment of his “Meet the Press” interview, Gov. McCrory took a swipe at Hollywood, which has come down hard on him for HB2. He suggested they are being hypocritical about LGBT people deserving equal rights because “the new Batman-Robin movie is playing in China,” a country with gross human rights violations.

Another uncomfortable moment came when McCrory boasted that even though corporations are literally moving out of state, taking over 1000 jobs out of state, signing letters urging him to repeal HB2, and entertainers like Bruce Springsteen, Ringo Starr, and Cirque du Soleil are boycotting North Carolina, a few folks at a local “an African American buffet restaurant” recently thanked him.

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‘Don’t Mess With Me’: Speaker Pelosi Destroys Reporter for Asking if She ‘Hates’ Trump (Video)

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Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi addressed reporters late Thursday morning, and after concluding her remarks and answering their questions she walked off the stage, but stopped in her tracks when one reporter asked: “Do you hate the President, Madam Speaker?”

The Speaker whipped around, pointed her finger at him and responded, “I don’t hate anybody.”

“Don’t you accuse me,” Pelosi railed.

“I still pray for the president all the time,” she continued, a statement she has made repeatedly over the past few years.

“I was raised in a Catholic house. I don’t hate anybody,” the Speaker said, chastising the reporter. “Not anybody in the world.”

“As a Catholic I resent you using the word ‘hate,'” she added. “So don’t mess with me when it comes to words like that.”

A Vice News senior political reporter says, “I’m not sure I’ve ever seen her this visibly angry.”

One Washington Post and CNN reporter tweeted she has never seen the Speaker that upset.

Another Politico reporter called it a “very tense moment.”

UPDATE:
The reporter who asked the question reportedly works for the right-wing Sinclair Broadcast Group:

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THE IMPEACHMENT OF PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP

Pelosi Formally Requests House Draft Articles of Impeachment Against President Donald Trump: ‘Facts Are Uncontested’

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A somber Speaker Nancy Pelosi addressed the nation Wednesday morning, invoking words from the nation’s founding documents, warning of a monarch king, to announce she is requesting the House of Representatives draft Articles of Impeachment against President Donald Trump.

“The facts are uncontested: The president abused his power for his own personal political benefit,” the Speaker charged.

“Our democracy is what’s at stake,” Pelosi added. “The president has engaged in an abuse of power.”

“The president leaves us no choice but to act because he is trying to corrupt, once again, the election for his own benefit.”

“With allegiance to our Founders,” the Speaker added.

This is a breaking news and developing story. Details may change. This story will be updated, and NCRM will likely publish follow-up stories on this news. Stay tuned and refresh for updates.

 

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ROAD TO THE WHITE HOUSE

‘A President the World Is Laughing At’: Biden Releases New Ad Attacking Trump – and It’s Getting Widely Praised

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Former Vice President Joe Biden, still the Democratic frontrunner, Wednesday night released an ad that has many people talking – it’s already been viewed 5.4 million times – and it’s getting praise from even non-Biden supporters.

The ad uses footage from the viral video of world leaders at NATO mocking President Donald Trump – a video that upset the American president so greatly he left London early, canceling a press conference and bilateral meeting, to head back to D.C.

The ad begins with Trump at NATO, the moves quickly to portions of the viral video showing Trump being mocked, and overlays text that reads, “A PRESIDENT THE WORLD IS LAUGHING AT.” It also overlays commentary from political pundits and journalists including Mika Brzezinski, Joe Scarborough, and Wolf Blitzer.

Also in the ad is video of Trump being mocked at the United Nations.

It concludes with Biden declaring “The world sees Trump for what he is. Insincere, ill-informed, corrupt, dangerously incompetent, and incapable in my view of world leadership.”

It then cuts to Vice President Biden exiting Air Force One, conversing with world leaders – including those who mocked Trump – and shows him in the Situation Room.

“And if we give Donald Trump four more years,” Biden declares, “we will have great difficulty of ever being able to recover America’s standing in the world, and our capacity to bring nations together.”

It concludes with text that reads: “We need a leader the world respects.”

Here’s what some, including those who have not declared support for Biden, or have declared support for other candidates, are saying:

 

 

 

 

 

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