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Pearl Jam cancels N.C. show over ‘despicable’ anti-trans law: ‘We must take a stand against prejudice’

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Pearl Jam became the latest high-profile act to protest North Carolina’s new anti-trans legislation when the veteran rock band announced on Monday it canceled an upcoming performance in the state.

“We want America to be a place where no one can be turned away from a business because of who they love or fired from their job because of who they are,” the group said in a statement posted on its Twitter and Facebook pages. “It is for this reason that we must take a stand against prejudice, along with other artists and businesses, and join those in North Carolina who are working to oppose HB2 and repair what is currently unacceptable.”

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The band was slated to perform in Raleigh on April 20. Instead, it will donate to local groups opposing the law, which it described as “a despicable piece of legislation that encourages discrimination against an entire group of American citizens.”

Earlier this month, Bruce Springsteen, Ringo Starr and Cirque du Soleil announced that they were cancelling performances in the state because of the law, which bars trans residents from using public restrooms according to their gender identity.


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Roger Stone’s dream of booting judge for sentencing comments brutally crushed by ex-US Attorney: ‘He’s met his match’

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Appearing on MSNBC on Saturday afternoon, former U.S. Attorney Joyce Vance crushed any hopes former Donald Trump associate Roger Stone might have that his prison sentence will be voided due to comments made by the presiding judge in his federal trial.

Speaking with host Alex Witt, Vance left no doubt Stone's latest legal gambit will collapse just like his previous attempts to squirm out of his trial did.

"Stone's legal team says that Judge Amy Berman Jackson's assertion that the jurors served with integrity shows bias," host Witt stated. "Do you buy that argument and legally would that be enough to get the judge dismissed from the case?"

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Justice Dept officials worry Bill Barr will fall quietly in line behind Trump after Stone interference: report

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According to a report from CNN, longtime Justice Department officials are concerned that Attorney General Bill Barr will do all he can to stay out of Donald Trump's sight and not interfere now that he was caught up in a squabble with the president over the sentencing of Trump associate Roger Stone.

CNN notes that Barr had previously watched Secretary of State Mike Pompeo be swept up in the president's Ukraine scandal -- damaging the State Department official's reputation -- and hoped to keep a low profile in the president's public disputes.

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Trump’s India visit expected to boost exposure of his struggling properties in the country: report

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President Donald Trump heads off to India next Monday where his high profile visit may give a boost to his sagging fortunes at some of his properties in a country that happens to be the Trump Organization’s largest foreign market featuring the Trump name.

According to a report from Politico, "President Donald Trump arrives Monday in a country featuring the most Trump properties outside the U.S.The White House hopes the visit will advance trade talks and bolster the president’s standing with Indian-Americans ahead of the 2020 election," adding, "But it’s also a trip that will create attention that could help Trump-branded properties amid a slumping real estate market and slowing economy in India."

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