Thursday News: Swing-state activities

BIDEN & BETO MAKE PIT STOPS IN CHARLOTTE: Biden spoke at a fundraiser at the home of Erskine and Crandall Bowles. Erskine Bowles is the former UNC system president and served as President Bill Clinton’s White House chief of staff. Crandall Bowles was CEO at S.C.-based Springs Industries. Costs for attending the Charlotte fundraiser ranged from $1,000 to $2,800, the Observer reported in early August. O’Rourke met crowds at a town hall at Armored Cow Brewing in the University area. Biden is leading in national polls, with the support of 32% of Democratic and Democratic-leaning Independent voters surveyed in two different polls released Wednesday. O’Rourke trails with 1% support in the Quinnipiac University Poll, and 2% support in the USA Today Suffolk University Poll.

TILLIS JOINS GOP LEGISLATORS IN ATTACKING COOPER OVER HURRICANE RECOVERY: Local governments would deal directly with the federal government on multi-million-dollar disaster recovery programs under a bill U.S. Sen. Thom Tillis promised Wednesday, side-stepping the state if it falls behind on spending goals. Tillis, R-NC, also said his bill will seek out inefficiencies on the federal side of a lengthy approval process, saying he wants to "eliminate every hurdle that we possibly can." But most of Tillis' ire over North Carolina's slow recovery spending, and that of statehouse Republicans with him at Wednesday's press conference, was focused on Gov. Roy Cooper's Administration, and General Assembly leaders said they would restart legislative hearings into the state's recovery efforts. "We feel abandoned," said state Rep. Brenden Jones, R-Columbus. "Is it incompetence? Is it just not a willingness to help us? I don't know."

NC09 CONGRESSIONAL DEBATE GETS HEATED OVER NEGATIVE ADS: Republican Dan Bishop, a state legislator and former Mecklenburg County commissioner who is backed by President Donald Trump, said his record in office has benefited North Carolina through lower taxes and tough stands on immigration. Democrat Dan McCready, who has never held office, referred to his service in the Marines and the jobs he’s created as a solar energy investor. McCready has put health care at the center of his campaign and claimed Bishop is backed by large pharmaceutical companies. Both repeatedly accused the other of lies and distortions in the hour-long, televised debate sponsored by WBTV and The Charlotte Observer. They took questions on immigration, gun control, trade tariffs, deficits and foreign influence on elections.

TRUMP ADMIN MAKES IT MORE DIFFICULT FOR CHILDREN OF MILITARY TO BECOME CITIZENS: It appears to target children of service members who are legal permanent residents and not U.S. citizens, but could also affect citizens if they can't prove they lived in the U.S. for a certain amount of time. People in those scenarios would have to undergo a more cumbersome process for obtaining American citizenship for their kids. "It's gonna take time, money, it's gonna cause stress. There's gonna be some people whose kids aren't gonna qualify and that's gonna cause a huge problem," Lester said. Parker, the USCIS spokeswoman, repeatedly refused to answer questions from The Associated Press, referring only to Cuccinelli's Twitter statement. Immigrant advocates have said the Trump administration has unfairly treated members of the military who aren't American citizens. The AP reported last year that the Army was quietly and abruptly discharging soldiers who enlisted through a special recruitment program that promised a path to citizenship.

PALESTINIAN WHO RECEIVED SCHOLARSHIP TO HARVARD DENIED ENTRY BY BORDER AGENTS: A Palestinian student trying to start classes at Harvard University was denied entry to the U.S. in a case that critics of the Trump administration call emblematic of overly invasive screening at border checkpoints. Ismail Ajjawi, who had been living in Lebanon, was refused entry into the U.S. after landing Friday at Logan International Airport in Boston, university and federal officials confirmed this week. The 17-year-old freshman said the denial had to do with politically oriented social media posts by his friends. U.S. Customs and Border Protection would not confirm that, with spokesman Michael McCarthy saying only that the decision to cancel Ajjawi’s visa was based on information discovered during an inspection. He declined to elaborate but stressed that Ajjawi was not deported, meaning he can still seek reentry. Harvard is working to resolve the matter, university spokesman Jason Newton said. AMIDEAST, a nonprofit organization that awarded Ajjawi a scholarship, is providing legal assistance. Federal agents detained Ajjawi at the airport for eight hours, searched his cellphone and laptop, and questioned him about his friends’ social media posts, according to a written statement Ajjawi gave to The Harvard Crimson , the student newspaper.



If having some crazy Facebook friends

is now a detainable offense, they'd probably send me to Gitmo. I've got everything from take-over-the-means-of-production Socialists to bonafide Witches on my feed, with various and sundry anarchists rounding things out. But I'm white, so...