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‘Extremism gone amuck’: Joy Reid and Moral Monday leader rip North Carolina GOP power grab after McCrory loss

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Filling in for Rachel Maddow, MSNBC host Joy Reid took a hard look at North Carolina Republican lawmakers who called a special session to diminish incoming Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper authority after his stunning defeat of Republican Pat McCrory.

Reid was joined by North Carolina pastor William Barber who called the GOP’s antics, “Extremism run amuck.”

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As Reid explained, the Republican GOP majority convened a special session to deal with disaster recovery, only to turn around and propose bills that would cut incoming Gov. Cooper’s staffing from 1,500 to 300 while making his cabinet appointments subject to approval by the GOP-controlled state Senate.

“You have Governor Pat McCrory refusing to concede the election, fought it in every way he could,” Reid said to Barber. “But you now have the Republican legislature, the house and the senate attempting to essentially make the governorship not worth having and take all the powers of the governor because a Democrat will have it. What on Earth and what are you guys doing to combat that?”

“Well, you know, this is extremism gone amuck,” Barber said. “These folks are not even Republicans. They’re on some other world. I mean, my great-grandfather was a Republican. They are just power hungry. I just got a report that they have now entered 15 bills — mind you they came in saying they were concerned about people who were in the floods — but all that was a cover. They introduced 15 bills, one of them actually changes the makeup of the state boards of election and the county boards of election because currently whoever gets elected, the governor, whatever party he’s in, that’s how the makeup of the local boards look like.”

“We’re pushing back hard,” he continued. “This is also why, Joy, we need the Voting Rights Act because some of the stuff they wouldn’t be able to do in a pre-clearance state. We’re even considering civil disobedience. I’m on the phone tonight about that because this is just wrong. I call on all national media to get down in this state because the most regressive extremist stuff is happening in our state and this is extremism gone amuck. It’s ugly, it’s mean spirited, it’s unconstitutional and undemocratic.”

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GOPer Joni Ernst booed and peppered with questions about guns at tense Iowa town hall

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In videos uploaded to Twitter, Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA) received a chorus of boos and shouts from a town hall crowd after she tried to blame mass shootings on mental health issues, with one person shouting, "Do something!"

According to a report from Iowa Starting Line, the embattled Iowa Senator whose approval numbers have dropped, due in part to President Donald Trump, was pressed by one local teacher about changing gun laws so she can get back to the job she was hired for.

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‘That is ridiculous’: Andrew Gillum obliterates Santorum for claiming guns aren’t ‘problem’ in mass shootings

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CNN contributor Andrew Gillum called conservative pundit Rick Santorum "ridiculous" on Sunday for suggesting that guns are not the problem in mass shootings.

During a CNN discussion on gun control, Santorum criticized calls from Democratic candidates for the government to buy back assault-style weapons in addition to banning them.

"The truth is something has to give," Gillum said. "The stranglehold that the NRA seems to have over Congress, over Washington, D.C., in my opinion, is insane. How can we put the priorities of one interest group above the safety, the security of the American people?"

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WATCH: Tenn. lawmaker seeks to ‘destroy Satan’ by banning abortions in cases of rape and incest

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The sponsor of a bill that would effectively ban all abortions in Tennessee said that he hopes to "destroy Satan."

Sen. Mark Pody (R) made the remarks at a Monday prayer gathering before debate on the bill.

"I'm not against any colleagues, whether they're standing with me or not," Pody said. "I'm against Satan and I'm standing with God."

"We will not back up, we will not back down, we will not turn around," he added. "We face the enemy. We have no protection when we run. We have no protection for our back."

The Tennessee ban would take effect once "a viable pregnancy is presumed to exist or has been confirmed," effectively banning all abortions in the state. There is no exception in the bill for rape or incest.

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