MCCRORY VS, FOREST IN GUBERNATORIAL PRIMARY A POSSIBILITY: With a poll showing him with a double-digit lead in a Republican primary, former North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory suggested Wednesday that he’s keeping the door open to running for his old seat. “This is a decision for me and my family,” he told listeners of his morning radio show. McCrory was reacting to a new Civitas Poll that showed him leading Lt. Gov. Dan Forest 42% to 31% among likely GOP primary voters. State Rep. Holly Grange had 3% and 25% were undecided. Forest had $1 million on hand at the end of June, according to a report filed with the State Board of Elections. McCrory’s campaign account showed $69,000. Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper, who narrowly defeated McCrory in 2016, had $5.6 million on hand.
TEACHER USES CONSTITUTION'S 3/5 CLAUSE TO VALUE SLAVES COMPARED TO WHITES: A North Carolina school district has apologized for an assignment that asked middle school students to compare the value of slaves and white people. The mother of a student at Kannapolis Middle School posted a picture of the assignment on Facebook, news outlets reported. It was reportedly related to a lesson on the Three-Fifths Compromise. In 1787, the compromise was introduced to classify a slave as three-fifths of a person when apportioning taxes and states' representation in Congress. The assignment asked questions such as “How many slaves would be needed to equal at least four white people?” The principal and superintendent reached out to the parent to apologize, Ellen Boyd of Kannapolis City Schools said. She says the assignment won't count toward any student's grade and won't be given again.
UNC'S INTERIM CHANCELLOR WRITES LETTER TO BOG OVER SILENT SAM DEBACLE: Guskiewicz said his campus is struggling with the decision. And while he said he supports the work to ensure the Confederate monument does not return to the Chapel Hill campus, he’s concerned about how the money might be used by the SCV. He said the SCV’s comments after the settlement that include plans “to promote an unsupportable understanding of history that is at-odds with well-sourced, factual, and accurate accounts of responsible scholars” were particularly concerning. “The SCV’s statement triggered false public accusations in the state and national media that the University is funding SCV ideologies rather than allowing for the preservation of the monument off campus in order to eliminate the ongoing safety, financial, and legal risks of returning the monument to campus,” Guskiewicz wrote. Guskiewicz had sent a letter to the campus community last week trying to address concerns raised, but faculty didn’t think that was enough. “I think [Guskiewicz] is in a situation of either having to represent us ... and speak clearly and loudly against this idea or potentially lose the good will of his own faculty and students,” UNC art professor Cary Levine said at a faculty meeting earlier this week.
TRUMP JR. SHOT AN ENDANGERED SHEEP IN MONGOLIA, GOT PERMISSION AFTERWARD: At nighttime in a remote region of western Mongolia, Donald Trump Jr. used a rifle with a laser sight to shoot and kill an endangered argali, the largest living species of sheep. Local hunting guides fanned the lights of their cellphones across the ground to search for where the creature fell. Trump Jr. asked them not to dismember the animal on the spot, but instead to carry it away on an aluminum sheet to keep its fur and horns intact. ProPublica described the August excursion in a report that relies on records and interviews to allege that the president’s son received special treatment from the Mongolian government just weeks after U.S. and Mongolian officials met at the White House. The Trump administration has sought to strengthen ties with Mongolia, a longtime defense partner that lies between China and Russia, to prepare for Beijing’s growing global influence. In Mongolia, permits to shoot and kill an argali, which are prized for their tusks and meat, are determined largely by politics, connections and money, experts told ProPublica. Trump Jr. received a permit after his hunt — which ProPublica reported is a rare occurrence.
JUDICIARY COMMITTEE WILL DEBATE ARTICLES OF IMPEACHMENT TODAY: On Thursday, Democrats will put the last touches on articles accusing Mr. Trump of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress, finalizing charges stemming from their two-and-a-half-month inquiry into the president’s efforts to pressure Ukraine to announce investigations of his political rivals. For Republicans, the meeting — called a “markup” because it gives members the opportunity to offer amendments and edits to the articles — is their last chance to try to derail the impeachment before the articles are expected to come to the House floor early next week. That is unlikely to happen in the committee, which is firmly under the control of Democrats and led by Representative Jerrold Nadler of New York. Both sides expect the committee to vote along party lines by Thursday afternoon to send the articles to the full House. But the committee debate is certain to be intense as Democrats make their case that Mr. Trump “ignored and injured the interests of the nation” and Republicans angrily accuse the president’s adversaries of waging an unfair assault on the presidency based on insufficient evidence.