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93-year-old activist: NC voting restrictions worse now than during the Jim Crow era

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A 93-year-old activist at the center of a lawsuit challenging North Carolina’s restrictive voting laws told MSNBC host Al Sharpton on Wednesday that the climate surrounding Gov. Pat McCrory’s (R) GOP-backed legislation brought back unpleasant memories of the Jim Crow era of her youth.

“I can’t imagine that I’ve got to go through the same thing I went through 80 years ago,” Rosanell Eaton told Sharpton. “I can’t imagine going through it again. But I am going through it and it’s actually worse than it was then.”

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Eaton filed her lawsuit against the law last year, and quickly became a featured member of the weekly “Moral Monday” protests against the legislation.

The new laws eliminated same-day voter registration and “straight ticket” voting, while also requiring a state-issued identification card. Eaton’s lawsuit states that, while she has a current driver’s license from the state, the name on it does not match the one on her birth certificate. Ameliorating the discrepancy, the suit states, would “incur substantial time and expense.”

In supporting the laws, McCrory has argued that they were implemented to prevent voter fraud, but Eaton cited her decades of experience working as an election worker to rebuke McCrory’s statement.

“I worked the polls 40 years, and I worked over 25 years as a [precinct] judge,” she told Sharpton. “We sincerely checked the ballots and everything was going good. It was not fraud. They didn’t find any fraud.”

The laws, part of a larger trend of Republican state legislatures limiting voting rights, have since been criticized by not only state activists, but President Barack Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder.

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The state measures also came under fire after a Republican party official boasted to The Daily Show that they would enhance his party’s electoral chances.The official, Don Yelton, was quickly fired for his statements.

On Wednesday, Eaton confirmed to Sharpton that in her youth, she was forced to take a literacy test before being allowed to vote.

“I think it’s worse [now] because I know what to expect,” she said. [Back] then, I didn’t know, so it wasn’t surprising. But it’s a very difficult situation now.”

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Watch Sharpton’s interview with Eaton, as aired on Wednesday on MSNBC, below.

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The View’s Meghan McCain writes off John Bolton impeachment bombshells: ‘The title of his book is stupid’

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"The View" co-host Meghan McCain ignored John Bolton's claims about President Donald Trump and instead focused on his forthcoming book's title.

The conservative co-host said she didn't trust Bolton, the former national security adviser, and questioned his motives in revealing that Trump had explicitly tied Ukraine aid to an investigation of Joe Biden -- which forms the basis of the impeachment case.

"I think the title of his book is stupid," McCain said.

Bolton's book, "In The Room Where It Happened," makes an apparent reference to a song from the musical "Hamilton," she said.

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Fox News contributor Dan Bongino: John Bolton is just another ‘snake’ in the liberal ‘swamp’

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Fox News contributor Dan Bongino said that President Barack Obama had not done enough to clean the "swamp" in Washington, D.C. after reports said that former National Security Adviser John Bolton was aware of the president's Ukraine scheme.

According to portions of Bolton's new book obtained by The New York Times, Trump told him to withhold Ukraine aid to force the country to investigate Joe Biden and his son.

Bongino suggested to the hosts of Fox & Friends that Bolton, who was also a Fox News contributor at one time, could be part of a liberal conspiracy to bring down the president.

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Fox News guest calls for Obama testimony in Trump impeachment trial

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A Fox News guest suggested calling former President Barack Obama to testify in his successor's impeachment trial.

David Avella, chairman of the GOPPAC organization, appeared Monday morning on "America's Newsroom" to address claims by former national security adviser John Bolton, who said in his upcoming book that President Donald Trump explicitly tied Ukraine aid to an investigation of Joe Biden.

Republican senators were reportedly blindsided by the revelations, which the White House knew about last month, and are signaling they may call Bolton to testify during the trial -- but Avella warned that would come at a cost to Democrats.

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