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Joy Reid panel fears North Carolina will return state to ‘the days of reconstruction’

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New York Times writer Nicholas Confessore told MSNBC’s Joy Reid that he’s concerned the recent events in North Carolina reveal that the Republican-held legislature will return to the times of reconstruction.

North Carolina’s legislature is working to restrict the powers of the Office of the Governor after calling a special session. Only after the election was called and former Republican Gov. Pat McCrory conceded did the legislature make this power grab. During protests today, 16 people, including two reporters, were arrested.

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Reid said that this is an example of attempting to undo the vote by the people. “And saying, ‘we will — that we will make the governorship not worth having if we don’t have it,'” she said.

“It’s a power of the principles,” Confessore said. “I think we saw them say, ‘we’re reasserting our Constitutional authority.’ You know, back when the governor was Republican, it was not a worry they had. A Democrat is now in office and they’ll make the office worthless. We saw it in reconstruction after the Civil War when they scattered the powers of governorships around to make them less important. You know, we saw it with climate change. We saw it at the local level when states tried to strip municipalities with the ability to pass laws. It’s power over politics.”

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Papua New Guinea bans travelers from all ‘Asian ports’

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Papua New Guinea shut air and seaports to all foreign travellers coming from Asia on Wednesday, in a desperate bid to prevent the deadly coronavirus from reaching the impoverished Melanesian nation.

In a note to airlines and boat operators, the ministry of immigration said "all citizens originating from the Asian ports will be refused entry to the country effective today".

The ministry also announced that Papua New Guinea's only official land border -- with Indonesian-controlled Papua province -- would be shut from Thursday.

No cases of coronavirus have been reported in Papua New Guinea, but the country's health service is already buckling under the weight of underfunding and rampant public health problems.

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Syria army says retakes key northwest town

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Syria government forces recaptured the strategic highway town of Maaret al-Numan from jihadist and allied rebels on Wednesday, the army said, returning for the first time in seven years.

"Our forces managed in the past few days to stamp out terrorism in many villages and towns," including Maaret al-Numan, an army spokesman said.

In 2011, Maaret al-Numan was one of the first towns in the northwestern province of Idlib to rise up against the Damascus government and the following year, it was captured by rebels fighting against President Bashar al-Assad's rule.

It lies on a key highway connecting the capital to second city Aleppo and has long been in the sights of the government.

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The only nationwide database of priests deemed credibly accused of abuse

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ProPublica published an interactive database on Tuesday that lets users search for clergy who have been listed as credibly accused of sexual abuse in reports released by Catholic dioceses and religious orders.

It is, as of publication, the only nationwide database of official disclosures. The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, the religious leaders’ national membership organization, does not publicly release any centralized, countrywide collection of clergy members who have been credibly accused of sexual assault.

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