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North Dakota refuses to tell Native Americans if they can vote with tribal ID — so the tribes are taking action

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Tribal leaders in North Dakota are uniting to fight against efforts by the state’s Republican-controlled government to disenfranchise reservation voters in an attempt to continue GOP control of the United States Senate, MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow reported Wednesday.

Maddow reported that her news team had spent all week going back and forth with the Secretary of State’s office, trying to get a firm answer as to whether a plan from the tribes to issue official tribal letters at polling places would be accepted by the state.

All Maddow could get as a commitment was “probably.”

But the tribes are not waiting to implement their plan.

Citing an “exclusive” statement, Maddow explained how tribal sovereignty will be used on reservations to ensure Native Americans are able to vote.

“We stand united against North Dakota’s suppressive voter ID law,” the statement read.

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“We believe the requirement of a physical residential property with a street address was intended to disenfranchise Native American voters,” the statement charged. “To combat the disenfranchisement of our members, we intend to ensure our members that lack residential street addresses can obtain them, so they may exercise their right to vote.”

“Tribes are now able to issue tribal documents that contain the voter’s name, birth date and current street address in North Dakota. We intend to issue these documents at polling locations within the bounds of our reservations on Election Day,” the statement noted.

“We encourage all tribal people to come out and vote on November 6th even if you do not have a qualifying ID,” the statement urged. “We will not be silenced by the attempts to rob our people of our voice.”

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‘Dangerous linguistic power’: A historian explains how Trump weaponizes nicknames

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Is Donald Trump the modern day Earl Long?

A three-time Louisiana governor, Long mastered the art of political ridicule seven decades ago by weaponizing nicknames. The hilarious names Long pinned on his rivals, and the rollicking stories he told about them, riveted audiences bored by puffed-up rhetoric.

While Long’s stunts may be remembered as silly hijinks, there was a sly, often deadly serious, purpose to his technique. He used it to get voters to laugh at his foes and to put them on the defensive––a place politicians never want to be. Tucked within Long’s jests were razor-sharp attacks aimed at exploiting opposition weaknesses––hidden swords inside a pea-patch cloak.

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Walmart got a $2.2 billion tax cut — now it’s laying off workers

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Walmart announced it will lay off hundreds of workers in North Carolina despite receiving billions in tax cuts that the Republican Party and President Trump claimed would spur job growth.

The giant retailer will lay off about 570 employees and close its corporate office near the Charlotte airport, despite signing a 12-year lease just four years earlier, the Charlotte Business Journal reported.

The work done at the Charlotte facility will be outsourced to a firm in Arkansas, according to the report.

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Melania Trump ripped for bragging about helping children while her husband runs concentration camps for kids

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Melania Trump was ripped on Monday for pushing her signature "Be Best" campaign against bullying while her husband, President Donald Trump, runs concentration camps for children along the southern border.

"Looking forward to collaborating with all of our #BeBest Ambassadors. Delighted to be working alongside so many people both inside and outside of government to better the lives of children everywhere!" Melania Trump tweeted Monday.

The response was some of the harshest since she wore an "I Don't Care" jacked to visit the border.

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