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Virginia Foxx, Matthew Shepard, and "fake news"

Saturday was the 20th anniversary of the brutal kidnapping and murder of Matthew Shepard in Laramie, Wyoming. Shepard's father wrote a piece for CNN, reflecting on his son's death and the demonizing of LGBTs and the left and how it turns into violence.

We must not forget that, in 2009, Virginia Foxx called Shepard's kidnapping and murder a "hoax".

Civility and the evil that men do

Recently, we’ve seen the President of the United States call the press our "biggest enemy”. We’ve seen right-wing extremists call for the assassination of journalists and liberals. A Black Democratic woman who is a member of Congress has had to call off public appearances because of death threats after she called for non-violent protest against the members of our hideously corrupt and immoral administration that is kidnapping children and holding them in concentration camps.

Welcome to the world I lived in during the 1980s and 1990s.

Docs reveal dark money plot to consolidate conservative power in NC

Reporters from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and the Center for Media and Democracy have been analyzing 30 gigabytes of documents hacked from the Koch network and the Bradley Foundation, showing their plans for consolidating conservative power in five states - Colorado, North Carolina, Oregon, Washington and Wisconsin. Raw Story has a summary and links to the articles and other background. And, yes, Art Pope's involved. Read on ...

Know any NC names in Trump's swamp?

ProPublica has published a list of 400 hires by the Trump administration that don't require approval by Congress.

It's a mix of Breitbart conspiracy theorists, lobbyists, and campaign flunkies - some are even recent high school graduates that have been clearly put into high level positions, far beyond any of their actual qualifications.

There are likely some NC connected names here.

GSO's International Civil Rights Museum receiving threats

A friend who had donated to the Museum got the following email.

The Museum has been receiving racist threats of violence - and had two people show up with loaded weapons - after MSNBC aired a segment on Trump's campaign bullied the staff in an attempt attempt to use the Museum as a backdrop for a photo-op. The campaign demanded that the Museum close for five hours to accommodate arrangements and security for Trump to be briefly be photographed looking at the exhibits.

The photo-op would have taken place on the same day as the police killing of Keith Scott and the beginning of the unrest in Charlotte. Rachel Maddow's video report is well worth watching if you haven't seen it already, putting the incident in the context of Trump's visit and his remarks about African-Americans that day in NC appearances.

Weird Trump-church rumor coming out of western NC

I'm passing this along because it's just so strange, but still plausible.

I have not see any media confirmation of this, but it would be quite curious if it were true.

I have friend in Charlotte who works for a mainstream church in the city and people at his church were talking about something they heard about this weekend.

Report from the Trump rally in Greensboro

Drunks, fistfights and calls of "kill them all" and "gays had it coming".

McCrory hitched his star to the presumptive Republican nominee, Donald Trump.

These are the voters he's going for.

A Trump Rally in Greensboro: Anger in here is palpable

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