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ESPN columnist rips NC GOP freakout over NCAA tournament pull-out: ‘No one’s gotten raped’

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Senior ESPN writer LZ Granderson responded on Tuesday to the NCAA withdrawing several events from North Carolina by denouncing state Republicans’ defense of the anti-LGBTQ law known as HB2 through scare tactics involving rape, Media Matters reported.

“I’m a sports fan, you’re a sports fan, we’ve all been in sports arenas, in which we’ve seen women come out of men’s restrooms because the lines in women’s restrooms are too long, right?” he asked Sportscenter host Cari Champion.

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“I’ve done it, yeah,” she said.

“Right? No one’s gotten raped,” he responded. “In fact, this is the law that was created not because there was a rash of rapes that were happening in public restrooms, but because local government did not support what the Department of Education issued two-and-a-half years ago in regard to transgender students.”

Conservatives supporting the heavily-criticized legislation have argued that it was necessary to protect minors from predators using trans-inclusive policies as an excuse to assault them in restrooms.

On Monday, the NCAA announced that it would be moving its mens’ basketball tournament and several other championship events out of the state in response to the law, which has already cost North Carolina next year’s NBA All-Star Game.

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Kari Mueller, a spokesperson for the state GOP, scoffed at the decision, saying, “With this logic, I genuinely look forward to the NCAA merging all mens’ teams and womens’ teams into a unified unisex team, ’cause that’s exactly where this logic is gonna get us.”

Granderson quickly slammed her remarks as “disingenuous.”

“In North Carolina, it is now legal for a DMV officer to not issue me a driver’s license because they may not agree with me being openly gay,” he told Champion. “That’s the extent of which this law goes. It’s not just about ‘bathroom bill,’ which we have gravitate towards, but it makes it legal for government officials to discriminate against LGBT people.

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Watch the discussion, as posted by Media Matters, below.

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Trump may keep troops in Syria — despite campaign promise to end ‘never-ending wars’

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President Donald Trump is learning why being the U.S. president isn't all rallies and fun state dinners; it's about difficult decisions.

New York Times reporters Maggie Habermann and Eric Schmitt wrote Sunday that Trump is considering leaving some troops on the ground in Syria, even though he wants to pull out and bring all troops home.

One plan proposed by the Pentagon says that a few hundred special forces would be left on the ground in Syria, while the rest would be shipped to Iraq. Trump also just sent troops to Saudi Arabia, despite a campaign promise to bring troops home.

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MSNBC panel cracks up at Mick Mulvaney trying to pretend he never admitted to Trump’s quid pro quo

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An MSNBC panel couldn't help but laugh at President Donald Trump's chief of staff for appearing on cable news shows Sunday to pretend he never admitted the president tried to bribe Ukraine.

Commentary Magazine editor John Podhoretz called it an "open and shut" case for emoluments.

"If it had happened and he made three cents profit, that's an impeachment, and that is not only an impeachable offense, it's a removable offense," he continued. "'No public official shall profit personally from his office.' Somebody said to him; you can't — you know, it's like, 'Stop it now!' Like, we have six months to find another place.

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Trump is furious over news coverage of Mick Mulvaney’s flub — and he’s growing ‘increasingly frustrated and agitated’

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President Donald Trump is watching Mick Mulvaney going down on cable news, said one political analyst on CNN Sunday. The criticism of the chief of staff came after Trump spent the weekend watching media coverage of Mulvaney's flub, the network reported.

"Trump has voraciously consumed news coverage about Mulvaney and has become more agitated," the source said according to the report. "Specifically, the President is concerned, according to the source, that Mulvaney is not transitioning enough to the role he is in now -- helping to lead the impeachment inquiry defense from the West Wing."

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