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‘The people of North Carolina lost today’: Democratic governor slams GOP’s ‘illegal’ budget stunt

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On Wednesday’s edition of MSNBC’s “The Beat,” Gov. Roy Cooper (D-NC) laid into the GOP majority in the state House for underhandedly overriding his budget veto, after assuring Democrats no votes would be taken while they were attending 9/11 memorial services.

“What we saw today was an assault on democracy by the Republican leadership,” said Cooper. “I vetoed this bad budget because it valued corporate tax cuts over investment and public education and denied health insurance to 500,000 working North Carolinians with Medicaid expansion. Over two months, instead of negotiating with me, this Republican legislature continued to try to override my veto. They did it by bullying legislators. They did it by bribing legislators. Even offering to move the entire Department of Health and Human Services to any legislator’s county who would vote to override my veto. They couldn’t get the votes.”

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“So what they did was lied,” said Cooper. “They told Democratic legislators and they told the media that there would not be votes at 8:30 this morning on 9/11, a day when Americans should be standing in solidarity. They scheduled this vote and overrode the veto. And the people of North Carolina lost today, teachers lost today, working North Carolinians who don’t have health insurance lost today, and it is wrong. It is wrong.”

“Wrong as it may be, is it illegal?” asked anchor Ali Velshi.

“I believe it is,” said Cooper. “I also believe that it is unethical. And the way they did it, these legislators are citizen legislators. And they have been showing up every day there’s a session for over two months. One legislator had to get off her chemotherapy bed to get there. They missed family events. They have missed work in order to be there. And there have been some days when the Republican leadership has told them there’s not going to be a vote. And this was one of those days.”

“And I think it’s all part and parcel of this Republican leadership and our legislature, which in fact is not reflective of who we are as North Carolinians,” said Cooper. “They were elected under illegally gerrymandered districts. And I think it is the last gasp of a dying majority here. I was elected governor in 2016. I appointed by far the most diverse and qualified cabinet in the history of our state. I’ve been fighting offshore drilling, issued an anti-discrimination order, pushed for public education. And then we went last year and recruited enough people to run for the state legislature. And even under terrible districts, we were able to break the supermajority in both the House and Senate, and this year we’ve been stopping bad legislation, so they had to resort to trickery.”

“And now our state courts, unlike the U.S. Supreme Court, our state courts have found partisan gerrymandering to be unconstitutional,” added Cooper. “So now they’re having to redraw their districts. And every single one of those House members and state senators are going to be up for election next year along with me running for re-election for governor. And there will be a judgment day in North Carolina.”

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Internet slams ‘disgusting’ Donald Trump Jr. after he skates for killing endangered Mongolian sheep

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According to new reports, Donald Trump Jr. illegally shot and killed an endangered argali sheep on a taxpayer-funded hunting trip in Western Mongolia in August — and the Mongolian government retroactively gave him a permit rather than tread on the toes of the U.S. government.

The report was met with outrage on social media, with commenters blasting Trump Jr.'s bloodthirst for endangered animals and the wealth and privilege that allowed him to kill them with no accountability. Some even compared it to the right-wing outrage about Hunter Biden being given a free position on the board of Ukrainian energy company Burisma.

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Roman Polanski blames Harvey Weinstein for rape accusation and says media ‘making me a monster’

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Film director Roman Polanski has spoken out for the first time since another woman accused him of rape, declaring that the media are "trying to make me into a monster".

And in an extraordinary twist he blamed Harvey Weinstein for his woes, in an interview with Paris Match magazine published Wednesday.

He claimed the disgraced Hollywood mogul tried to brand him a "child rapist" to stop him winning an Oscar in 2003 for "The Pianist".

Polanski -- a fugitive from US justice since 1978 after he admitted the statutory rape of a 13-year-old girl -- also dismissed the latest rape allegations against him as "absurd".

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‘This is a lie’: Lisa Page pummels Trump for telling blatant falsehoods about her at crazed rally

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Former FBI attorney Lisa Page on Wednesday called out President Donald Trump for once again lying about her at one of his political rallies.

On Tuesday night, Trump told supporters in Pennsylvania that Page supposedly had to file a restraining order against former FBI agent Peter Strzok, with whom she'd had a relationship during the 2016 presidential campaign.

Trump hedged his claim by telling his supporters, "That's what I heard, I don't know if it's true."

Page, however, took to Twitter to shred the president for repeating a blatant falsehood.

"This is a lie," she wrote. "Nothing like this ever happened. I wish we had a president who knew how to act like one."

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