Friday News: Patriarchy fail

NC GOP LITERALLY GOES INTO BEDROOM OF JENNIFER MANGRUM TO BLOCK HER CANDIDACY: Democratic member Stella Anderson said the lower panel was preoccupied with Mangrum's personal life, raising questions a male candidate wouldn't face. "The concern [was] with whether or not she was legally separated, whether she was going to reconcile, going back to Greensboro to spend time with her daughter, her motives," Anderson said. Mangrum said she was sorry the vote wasn't unanimous. "The challenger walked through my home, pretending to be someone else," she said of Cushman. "People are tired of this – I call it creepy, this creepy political game. After the first appeal, he said to me, 'Nothing personal.' It is personal." Lawyers for Cushman didn't say whether they plan to appeal the state board's ruling in court.

TIM TYSON SAYS TRUMP'S DOJ REOPENING EMMETT TILL CASE IS A "POLITICAL SHOW": Author Timothy Tyson dismissed the Justice Department’s reopening of the infamous Emmett Till civil rights murder case Thursday, calling it an “utterly cynical, completely hypocritical political show” by the Trump administration and the Justice Department. His remarks came after The Associated Press revealed Thursday morning that the Justice Department is reinvestigating Till’s slaying in Mississippi after receiving “new information,” according to a federal report sent annually to lawmakers under a law that bears Till’s name. The report issued in late March doesn’t indicate what that information might be, The AP reports. The case had been closed since 2007. Tyson called the reopened investigation a calculated attempt on behalf of the Trump administration to improve its civil rights profile in the face of negative news about immigrant children separated from their parents at the Mexican border and with continued efforts to undermine minority voting rights.

RALEIGH LOSES OUT ON NEW ARMY COMMAND CENTER: Army leaders will announce on Friday that they have chosen Austin, Texas, as the location for a new command headquarters that will focus on how to modernize the service and prepare for future wars, U.S. officials said. The Army laid out plans to create the so-called Futures Command last October, marking the first time in decades that the service has added such a high-level, new headquarters. Austin, known for its live music scene, also has a favorable business, academic and technology climate that will mesh well with the Army's needs, said the officials, who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity to discuss the selection before it was made public. The command is expected to have a staff of about 500 people, led by a four-star general.

TRUMP BLASTS THE UK IN TABLOID INTERVIEW BEFORE MEETING WITH LEADERS: Bringing chaos with him as he moves across Europe, President Donald Trump's pomp-filled welcome to Britain was overshadowed Friday by an explosive interview in which he blasted Prime Minister Theresa May, blamed London's mayor for terror attacks against the city and argued that Europe was "losing its culture" because of immigration. Trump told The Sun newspaper on Thursday — in an interview that was published as he was feted by May at an opulent welcome dinner at a country palace — that he felt unwelcome in London because of protests, including a giant balloon that was being flown over Parliament on Friday depicting him as an angry diaper-wearing baby.

TRUMP ADMIN'S IMMIGRANT CHILDREN DETENTION PROGRAM NOW A BILLION DOLLAR INDUSTRY: Detaining immigrant children has morphed into a surging industry in the U.S. that now reaps $1 billion annually ” a tenfold increase over the past decade, an Associated Press analysis finds. Health and Human Services grants for shelters, foster care and other child welfare services for detained unaccompanied and separated children soared from $74.5 million in 2007 to $958 million in 2017. The agency is also reviewing a new round of proposals amid a growing effort by the White House to keep immigrant children in government custody. In May, the agency issued requests for bids for five projects that could total more than $500 million for beds, foster and therapeutic care, and “secure care,” which means employing guards. More contracts are expected to come up for bids in October.



Thom Tillis and laundered NRA money

Here's another important story that broke Friday.

Politico is reporting that the NRA funneled $19 million through a shell company to work to elect Thom Tillis, Tom Cotton (Arkansas) and Cory Gardner (Colorado).

The scheme was specifically designed to by-pass limits on campaign contributions.

First, Thom Tillis and his NC GOP cronies palled around with Cambridge Analytica, now this. (The NRA's relationship with Cambridge Analytica was also previously known.)

Nineteen million dollars can buy a heck of a lot of ads from Russian bots on Facebook.