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North Carolina congressional gerrymander struck down — this time for good

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On Monday, a state court in North Carolina struck down the state’s congressional district map — one of the most aggressively gerrymandered in the country — ruling it illegal under the state constitution:

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This ruling is will almost certainly stand as final, as the right-wing justices on the federal Supreme Court ruled earlier this year that state courts are the final arbiters of political gerrymandering cases.

A separate three-judge panel on the same day accepted the newly-drawn legislative district maps for the North Carolina General Assembly, despite criticism from Democrats and voting rights groups that the Republicans drafting the maps simply drew a slightly less extreme gerrymander to replace the old one that was previously struck down. It is unclear whether that decision will be appealed to the state Supreme Court.


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Trump campaign tries to make a pop culture reference — and it instantly backfires

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President Donald Trump's campaign faltered again as it attempted to make another pop-culture reference.

In the past, the campaign has run into problems when it photoshopped Trump's head on Sylvester Stallone's boxer-body during the film "Rocky," so as to make the president look less obese.

Tuesday, the Trump crew again compared the president to Thanos a.k.a. "The Mad Titan" who wants to kill half of all living things. He ultimately ends up losing when facing "The Avengers."

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In the video by the Trump campaign, the Marvel movie is used, delivering Thanos' final speech before he's ultimately killed.

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Here are 5 huge lies Republicans are telling about the new report on the Russia probe

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Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz's new report on the origins of Crossfire Hurricane, commonly called the Russia investigation, blew up many of the right wing's favorite talking points and conspiracy theories about the FBI. At the same time, it exposed real failures of procedures meant to protect American citizens against undue surveillance and exposed the need for serious law enforcement reforms.

But most Republicans seem unfazed that the report undercuts President Donald Trump's repeated accusations of "treason" and a "witch hunt," and they show no genuine interest in pushing policy to generally make law enforcement more responsible. Instead, they're trying to pin the blame on the Obama administration and bias against Trump, even though these claims actually distract from the genuine problems uncovered.

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NRA supporter Donald Trump offers ‘thoughts and prayers’ for victims of Jersey City shooting

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President Donald Trump on Tuesday offered his "thoughts and prayers" for the victims of the shooting in Jersy City, New Jersey.

"At least six people, including at least one police officer, were killed in Jersey City, N.J., on Tuesday after two people opened fire around a convenience store, officials said, touching off a firefight involving dozens of law enforcement officers that made the residential area take on the feel of a war zone," The New York Times reports.

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