AL AND KARENNA GORE JOIN BISHOP BARBER ON TOUR OF POLLUTED POOR COMMUNITIES: Former Vice President Al Gore, his daughter Karenna Gore and former NAACP state leader the Rev. William Barber will be in North Carolina on Sunday and Monday for an environmental justice tour. The trio will start with a 9:45 a.m. worship service Sunday at Greenleaf Christian Church in Goldsboro, where Barber is pastor. At noon Monday, they will hold a news conference at Belews Creek in Stokes County, which has been contaminated by coal ash. At 6 p.m. Monday, they will attend a Moral Monday meeting at Shiloh Baptist Church in Greensboro, where testimonials from people who live near polluted areas will be included in the program. The two-day tour is organized by the Poor People’s Campaign, which is the national movement that Barber has helped kick off.
ON SPLIT VOTE, ELECTION BOARD APPROVES AG'S CRITICISM OF AMENDMENTS: The state Republican Party questioned the solicitor general's authority to advance the argument on the board's behalf, suggesting that Attorney General Josh Stein's office had gone rogue. Saturday's board vote, held after a closed session to discuss a number of pending lawsuits, was meant to address that. Board Chairman Andy Penry said during the meeting that the Attorney General's Office consulted with the board before the hearing and that members had a chance to review what the office filed in court before it was filed. Then, on a 5-4 vote, the board agreed "to approve and, to the extent necessary, ratify the actions of the Attorney General in the representation of the Board and its members and employees in the ... litigation and, to the extent necessary, expressly authorize the Attorney General to represent the interests of the Board, its members and employees as he believes proper and in accordance with law."
MARK MEADOWS ON LIST OF REPUBLICANS WHO SPENT BIG ($3.5 MILLION) AT TRUMP PROPERTIES: At least 125 Republican campaigns and conservative political groups spent more than $3.5 million at President Donald Trump’s resorts, hotels and restaurants since January 2017, the month he was sworn in, according to an analysis by McClatchy. The money paid for catering for a fundraiser at the Mar-a-Lago club in Palm Beach, Fla. , a night’s stay at Trump’s golf club in Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif., and many meals at Trump International Hotel in Washington through June 30, according to the most recent information provided to the Federal Election Commission. The list includes Trump supporters like House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy of California, Rep. Roger Williams of Texas and Rep. Mark Meadows of North Carolina, chairman of the Freedom Caucus, a group of influential conservative members. Trump ignored calls to fully separate from his business interests when he became president. Instead, he placed his holdings in a trust designed to hold assets for his “exclusive benefit,” which he can receive at any time. He retains the authority to revoke the trust.
ONLY A HANDFUL OF WHITE NATIONALISTS SHOW UP FOR ANNIVERSARY OF CHARLOTTESVILLE CLASH: A year after a deadly gathering of far-right extremists in Charlottesville, less than two dozen white nationalists marched Sunday across from the White House, their numbers dwarfed by thousands of counterprotesters, while the mother of a woman killed at last summer's protest said the country continues to face unhealed racial wounds. The events, largely peaceful though tense at times in Charlottesville and Washington, were part of a day of speeches, vigils and marches marking the anniversary of one of the largest gatherings of white nationalists and other far-right extremists in a decade. In Washington, dozens of police in bright yellow vests formed a tight cordon around the small group of white nationalists, separating them from shouting counterprotesters within view of the White House. President Donald Trump wasn't at home — he has been at his golf club in New Jersey for more than a week on a working vacation.
MANAFORT TRIAL NOT ABOUT RUSSIA, BUT IT'S KIND OF ABOUT RUSSIA: Prosecutors disclosed before the trial that they didn’t expect to present evidence of an election-related conspiracy with Russians, and they’ve stuck to that. There has been no talk of Russian meddling in the campaign — nothing about hacking of emails, social media misinformation or secret back channels to the Kremlin. — But there could be Russia connections at some point. The trial has still produced some bread crumbs that could lead to Moscow, although their significance is unclear. For example, the jury learned that Konstantin Kilimnik had access to some of Manafort’s offshore bank accounts. Kilimnik was Manafort’s business partner in Ukraine, but he’s also alleged to have ties to Russian intelligence. There have also been references to Oleg Deripaska, a businessman close to Russian President Vladimir Putin. Deripaska paid Manafort $10 million disguised as a loan to evade U.S. income taxes, according to testimony from Manafort’s former accountant.