RALEIGH, N.C. (TheBlaze/AP) — A federal appeals court has found that a North Carolina voter ID law was enacted “with discriminatory intent” and must be blocked.
An opinion issued Friday by a three-judge panel of the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond reverses a lower-court’s ruling that had upheld the law.
The 2013 rewrite to voting laws in North Carolina required photo identification to cast in-person ballots and made other changes.
The U.S. Justice Department, state NAACP, League of Women Voters and others sued the state, saying the restrictions violated the remaining provisions of the federal Voting Rights Act and the Constitution.
The ruling comes just days after a federal appeals court in Louisiana found that the Lone Star State’s strict voter ID law also violated the Voting Rights Act and ordered the state to make changes before the November election.
At CAIR’s behest.
(SACRAMENTO, CA, 7/29/16) – On Monday, August 11, the California chapter of the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR-CA) will join Assemblymember Bill Quirk (D-Hayward) in the presentation of House Resolution 59, which recognizes the month of August 2016 as “Muslim Appreciation and Awareness Month.”
“I am proud to celebrate the first ever Muslim Appreciation and Awareness Month by honoring generations of Muslim Americans for their many social, cultural, and economic contributions to California,” Assemblymember Quirk stated. “The rhetoric surrounding this election makes the presentation of this resolution more important for me,” he said. “It is appropriate to acknowledge and promote awareness of the myriad invaluable contributions of Muslim Americans in California and across the country, and extend to them the respect and camaraderie every American deserves.”
“That’s terrifying,” Booker told the Washington Examiner after the Democratic National Convention. “Donald Trump probably picked one of the most anti-gay vice presidential candidates we’ve had in a long time.”
Booker said Gov. Mike Pence, R-Ind., has been at the forefront of leading efforts he said unfairly discriminate against members of the LGBT community. The New Jersey senator went on to argue why he believes the Democratic Party is best for the gay community.
“Clearly we are the party of civil rights, worker’s rights, women’s rights and definitely gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender rights,” Booker said.
Via Daily Mail:
ISIS has launched a brutal new crack down on civilians trying to flee from their territory, gunning down women and children and beheading a group of men for helping people escape.
Fanatics executed the four men in public after arresting them for helping families out of the besieged city of al-Bukamal in Deir Ezzor province in Syria.
In a separate murderous clampdown, the terror group executed 14 Iraqis, including five women and a child, who tried to flee from ISIS-held Mosul for the safety of liberated villages to the south.
They were reportedly surrounded by jihadis as they tried to reach Ahjila village – controlled by Iraqi forces – before being gunned down by a firing squad.
A committee that raises money for Democratic candidates for the U.S. House of Representatives confirmed on Friday it had been hacked, a cyber intrusion that may be linked to Russian hackers, like an earlier one targeting another Democratic Party group.
In an incident likely to raise concerns among party donors about their personal information, Reuters first reported on Thursday that the Federal Bureau of Investigation is probing the hack at the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, or DCCC.
The committee said it has hired cyber security firm CrowdStrike to investigate. “We have taken and are continuing to take steps to enhance the security of our network,” the committee said in a statement.
“We are cooperating with federal law enforcement with respect to their ongoing investigation,” it said.
The DCCC hack may be related to an earlier hack against the Democratic National Committee, which raises money and sets strategy for Democratic candidates nationwide. The DNC and DCCC occupy the same office building in Washington.
Potential links to Russian hackers in both incidents were likely to heighten accusations, so far unproven, that Moscow is trying to meddle in the U.S. presidential election campaign to help Republican nominee Donald Trump.
Via Washington Examiner:
A total of 508 Americans renounced their citizenship in the second quarter of the year, according to information published by the Internal Revenue Service, putting the country on track to lose at least the second highest number of citizens on record.
That brings the total number of expatriates for the year to 1,666, according to data published on Friday, just below the 1,795 who renounced during the same period in 2015. Yet because the number of expatriates tends to increase toward the end of the year, 2016 could still set another record for the number of Americans it sends packing. A total of 4,279 left over the duration of 2016, a new annual record.
Tax experts have suggested the uptick is due, in part, to the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act. The 2010 law was aimed at forcing nonresident citizens to report more of their income for tax collection. Expatriation increased in subsequent years, and 2015 saw a 560 percent increase in departures over the highest number seen by the Bush administration.
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If only they had more balloons.
Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and her husband former president Bill Clinton react to the balloon drop after she accepted the nomination on the fourth and final night at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S. July 28, 2016. REUTERS/Jim Young – RTSK707
Afghan Islamic Cleric “Marries” Six-Year-Old Girl, Claims Parents Offered Her As A “Religious Offering”…
Emulating the “Prophet” Mohammed.
Safe to say this woman had the worst week.
Afternoon “what the hell is Bill Clinton dying from?” bump:
Feel good story of the day.
Published on Jul 28, 2016
Coalition airstrike destroys Da’esh fighters fleeing near Habbaniyah, Iraq.
The strikes were conducted as part of Operation Inherent Resolve, the operation to eliminate the Da’esh terrorist group and the threat they pose to Iraq, Syria, and the wider international community. The destruction of Da’esh targets in Syria and Iraq further limits the group’s ability to project terror and conduct operations.
Unfortunately, virtually no one seems to care about how they ripped off Haitians.
Haitians at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia took to the streets to protest Bill and Hillary Clinton and the Clinton Foundation’s actions in the wake of the 2010 cataclysmic earthquake in Haiti.
“The main message is that Hillary Clinton belongs in jail,” one protester said when asked what the overall message of the protest was.
“We believe that the world should know about the crimes the Clinton family has committed against the country of Haiti–the money they have stolen from the earthquake victims. And we believe that were this to be anyone else, they’d be in jail right now,” he continued.
“She’s not in jail because she’s being protected by the Obama administration, the Justice Department, State Department,” the man said.
Russia was embarrassing with broken things and rooms not finished. But Rio is dangerous, with dangers to health.
Via Daily Caller:
The water that athletes will be swimming in for the summer Olympics in Rio, Brazil is so disgusting that athletes are being told to keep their mouths shut anytime they’re in the water.
“Foreign athletes will literally be swimming in human crap, and they risk getting sick from all those microorganisms,” Dr. Daniel Becker told The New York Times.
The same New York Times report states that health experts are urging athletes to keep their mouths closed anytime they are in the water out of fear of what is in the water. Athletes are taking notice of their advice.
“We just have to keep our mouths closed when the water sprays up,” Dutch athlete Afrodite Zegers told the New York Times.
It looks the Olympics are already in the tank and not a single competition has been held yet. Well done Brazil, well done indeed.
Methinks Trump may have found his Kaine nickname.
Via Free Beacon:
Democratic vice-presidential nominee Sen. Tim Kaine (D., Va.) said Friday that he has a “slightly goofy quality” that’s easy to make fun of, before closing his interview with a true “Dad” joke about harmonicas.
At the conclusion of their lengthy interview, CNN host Alisyn Camerota asked Kaine how he felt about the series of Dad jokes he’d inspired with his hokey, amiable demeanor during the Democratic National Convention.
Socialism In Action: Venezuela Has A New “Forced Labor” Law That Can Require People To Work In Fields…
The law will “guarantee social justice” according to the Socialists in power. S0und familiar?
Via Vice News:
International human rights activists are complaining that new laws have introduced forced labour in Venezuela.
“A new decree establishing that any employee in Venezuela can be effectively made to work in the country’s fields as a way to fight the current food crisis is unlawful and effectively amounts to forced labor,” Amnesty International said in a statement released on Thursday.
President Nicolás Maduro signed a decree at the end of last week that gives powers to the labor ministry to order “all workers from the public and private sector with enough physical capabilities and technical know-how” to join a government drive aimed at increasing food production.
They can be required to work in the agricultural sector for a 60-day period that can be extended for another 60 days “if the circumstances require it.” […[
The latest decree states its aim is to “guarantee food supply, social justice, and democracy,” and claims it is necessary as “a defense against the economic war.” It comes at a time when President Maduro is also struggling to hold off efforts by the political opposition to force a referendum on whether he should remain in office.
HT: Daily Caller
Quick, everyone to the nearest safe space!
Via Time reporter Charlotte Alter: