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Tongue-tied North Carolina Republican leader fails to explain away electoral theft in Congressional race

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The executive director of the North Carolina Republican Party repeatedly became tongue-tied during an interview on MSNBC’s “All In with Chris Hayes.”

“In the wake of Democrats’ historic wins in this year’s midterm elections, we are witnessing tonight a full on assault of democracy by defeated Republicans across the country,” Hayes reported. “There’s an old joke about the definition of ‘chutzpah’ being a man who kills his parents and then asks the court for mercy because he’s an orphan.’ Something similar is going on.”

“The whole thing is a shameless spectacle of bad faith, an assault by Republicans from the president on down on some of the most basic tenets of democracy,” he added.

Dallas Woodhouse, the executive direct of the North Carolina GOP, joined the segment to discuss.

Hayes said, “I do want to cite something you said in the days after the election where you said in a phone call, ‘we are trying to keep Democrats from stealing the congressional race from Mark Harris.’ That’s obviously an incredibly loaded charge that you made. do you want to apologize for that or take that back?”

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“Well — no,” he replied. “Because I made that call to donors of the North Carolina Republican Party which you’re not one of, I feel sure.”

“But you were wrong,” Hayes noted. “Your position was this is a sort of made up scandal and the Democrats are out to try to steal this out from under our noses. ‘We won 905 votes, they’re refusing to concede.’ That proved to be wrong’

“You got out over your skis — there was actual, apparent criminal activity,” Hayes reminded.

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“Okay. Yes,” Woodhouse admitted. “What I would say is, is there are a lot of different things that are going on here, the ground is shifting under our feet.”

Hayes then cornered Woodhouse about his personal role in the scandal.

“Let me give you some more context, as we look at this it seems like there were some real red flags and it seems to me like the North Carolina Republican Party failed its own Republican candidate, Robert Pittinger (R-NC), the incumbent congressional Republican,” Hayes noted.

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“Those numbers make no sense and there’s reporting today that Robert Pittinger’s people talked to you personally and with people from the NRCC complaining about shenanigans and nothing was done,” he explained. “Is that true? ”

Woodhouse loudly inhaled, then let out his breath.

“I’m trying — I’ve been trying to recall that. It might have been,” he admitted.

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White supremacists accounted for majority of terror-related arrests in last year: FBI director

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FBI Director Christopher Wray told lawmakers on Tuesday that his agency has so far made roughly 100 terrorism-related arrests so far this fiscal year -- and the majority of them are related in some way to the white supremacist movement.

As Washington Post reporter Matt Zapotosky reports, Wray made his remarks about white supremacist terrorists while being questioned by Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) during an appearance before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Despite the fact that white supremacists accounted for a majority of terror-related arrests in the first three quarters of this fiscal year, however, Wray also said that the FBI still considers jihadi-inspired terrorism to be the greater overall threat.

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Florida cop runs down joy-riding black teen on bicycle — then officers shock him with a Taser

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Florida police chased down a joy-riding black teenager, struck the bicycle he was riding and then violently arrested him after he fled in terror.

Jaydon Stubbs and four friends were riding July 17 on their way to Hollywood Beach when an officer spotted the teens in an area where there had been a string of recent burglaries, reported WPLG-TV.

The officer saw the boys popping wheelies and ignoring traffic laws, so she tried to stop them for questioning -- but they split up and rode away from her.

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Here’s how Boris Johnson is already shaping up to be Britain’s Trump

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On Tuesday, Boris Johnson, former British Foreign Secretary and leader of the Conservative Party, secured the votes in Parliament to become the next Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.

It is an outcome that was long considered likely — and it creates parallels with the 2016 election of President Donald Trump in the United States, as there are a great many similarities between the politics and styles of these two men, notes NPR.

First, and most obviously, both men are brusque right-wing populists who have made controlling immigration their core issue on the political stage — in Trump's case it is building the wall, while in Johnson's case it is implementing Brexit.

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