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UPDATING: 16 Protestors Arrested as North Carolina GOP Lawmakers Attempt ‘Coup’ Over Incoming Democratic Governor

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About 16 Reportedly Arrested Including Local Lawmaker, Reporter

North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory fought the election results for a month, but in the end the longtime Republican with deep ties to GOP state lawmakers conceded to his Democratic opponent, Attorney General Roy Cooper. On Wednesday, Republican lawmakers, concluded a special session called by McCrory, and with nearly no notice, opened a new special session to address “emergencies.”

Those emergencies included 28 bills, but were focused on just one: legislation that would strip the incoming Democratic governor of much of his power.

Right now, police are arresting protestors in the state house who are calling the Republicans’ actions a veritable coup. Among those arrested is a local city council person and a reporter.

Police reportedly are threatening to arrest other reporters also:

North Carolina NAACP posted this video minutes ago:

And this tweet:

There’s even a Twitter hashtag: .

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UPDATE II: 5:36 PM EST –
Top North Carolina political reporter Colin Campbell via Twitter says 20-25 arrested, per police:

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5:48 PM EST –

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As of now it appears police have cleared the statehouse, protestors are still gathered outside:

Lawmakers are continuing their session, which some say was constituted illegally:

Here’s a quick video of Chris Sgro, who happens to be both the Executive Director of Equality North Carolina and a Democratic NC lawmaker. He’s reminding lawmakers of what happened to NC with HB2:

Protestors chanting, “Shame! Shame! Shame!”

UPDATE IV: 5:58 PM EST –
It’s important to note a few things. First, Republican lawmakers are Trying to jam 28 bills down the throats of North Carolina’s citizens, all of which have been presented without notice. No time to read or debate – just like they did with HB2.

Second, the session itself right now may be unconstitutional, as the NC GOP has closed the doors to the public. That may violate NC’s Public Meetings law, but we can’t report that with certainty right now.
 

UPDATE V: 6:22 PM EST –
The number of people arrested is being reported as 16 now:

UPDATE VI: 7:22 PM EST – 

NEW: Watch Live Now: North Carolina House Debates GOP Bills Stripping New Democratic Governor of Powers

NEW – HB17 passes. Just one of many: Despite Large Protest North Carolina GOP House Passes Bill Greatly Restricting New Democratic Governor’s Power

 

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Trump Decimated for Trying to Start Up Infrastructure Week Again While the Nation Is Crippled by ‘His Incompetence’

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It’s going to be “Infrastructure Week,” again, apparently.

President Donald Trump on Tuesday tweeted that he wants to begin “Phase 4” (there was never an actual Phase 1, 2, or 3) of “our decades long awaited Infrastructure Bill” – proving he has never accomplished this goal that he keeps trotting out, often as a distraction.

“With interest rates for the United States being at ZERO, this is the time to do our decades long awaited Infrastructure Bill,” Trump tweeted. “It should be VERY BIG & BOLD, Two Trillion Dollars, and be focused solely on jobs and rebuilding the once great infrastructure of our Country! Phase 4.”

The Washington Post’s JM Rieger notes this would be at least the eighth time Trump has tried this.

Economist David Rothschild says if Trump had actually done a trillion-dollar infrastructure bill when he first took office it would have been “popular” and “productive.”

Many on social media noted that construction workers, like many if not most Americans, are currently under stay-at-home directions, what the nation really needs right now is PPE, ventilators, and rent and mortgage checks, and food. Some called for a focus on creating a now very-proven necessary universal healthcare system. And some called for invoking the 25th Amendment.

Image: Official White House Photo by Benjamin Applebaum via Flickr

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Franklin Graham Is Behind NYC’s Central Park COVID-19 Field Hospital – Volunteers Asked to ‘Support’ Anti-LGBTQ Beliefs

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NY State Senator Warns Graham to Not Discriminate

North Carolina’s infamous anti-LGBTQ activist, Franklin Graham, a religious extremist who is closely tied to President Donald Trump, is behind the emergency COVID-19 field hospital in New York City’s Central Park. Graham founded and runs the evangelical ministry Samaritan’s Purse, whose mission is neither healthcare nor disaster relief, but “to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ.”

It’s unclear how a far right wing anti-LGBTQ Christian evangelical organization was allowed to build a 68-bed field unit that will be managed by a top New York City hospital, Mount Sinai, which has Jewish roots and whose president is openly gay – both of which violate Graham’s mission.

Gothamist notes that Graham has “a track record of using humanitarian missions to proselytize an evangelical agenda.”

The New York Times once described Samaritan’s Purse as an “American evangelical relief group that is using private donations and United States government money to help victims of two earthquakes,” and reported it “has blurred the line between church and state as its volunteers preach, pray and seek converts among people desperate for help.”

Graham wants only Christian medical staff, including doctors, to work in his field hospital.

According to Samaritan’s Purse, volunteers are asked to support Graham’s extreme anti-LGBTQ beliefs.

“The primary mission of Samaritan’s Purse is to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and we seek volunteers who have the same mindset. We ask that volunteers review our Statement of Faith and agree to support the ministry guidelines of Samaritan’s Purse.”

His Statement of Faith includes this belief:

“We believe God’s plan for human sexuality is to be expressed only within the context of marriage, that God created man and woman as unique biological persons made to complete each other. God instituted monogamous marriage between male and female as the foundation of the family and the basic structure of human society. For this reason, we believe that marriage is exclusively the union of one genetic male and one genetic female.”

New York State Senator Brad Hoylman on Monday warned Graham to not discriminate.

Graham has also sent his “mobile ministry center” to NYC.

 

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REVEALED: Kushner Firm Built Coronavirus Website Trump Promised Google Was Building

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More details about Donald Trump administration’s haphazard response to the COVID-19 pandemic were revealed in a bombshell new report published by The Atlantic on Monday evening.

“On March 13, President Donald Trump promised Americans they would soon be able to access a new website that would ask them about their symptoms and direct them to nearby coronavirus testing sites. He said Google was helping. That wasn’t true,” The Atlantic reported.

“But in the following days, Oscar Health—a health-insurance company closely connected to Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner—developed a government website with the features the president had described. A team of Oscar engineers, project managers, and executives spent about five days building a stand-alone website at the government’s request, an Oscar spokesperson told The Atlantic. The company even dispatched two employees from New York to meet in person with federal officials in Washington, D.C., the spokesperson said. Then the website was suddenly and mysteriously scrapped,” the magazine reported.

“The full extent of Oscar’s work on the project has not been previously reported. The partnership between the administration and the firm suggests that Kushner may have mingled his family’s business interests with his political interests and his role in the administration’s coronavirus response,” The Atlantic noted. “The ad hoc nature of Kushner’s task force has already collided with federal laws. Oscar’s involvement deepens Kushner’s ethics and conflict-of-interest problems.”

 

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