Thursday News: You can't fix stupid...


TALK RADIO HACK PAT MCCRORY CLAIMS NC COLLEGE STUDENTS VOTED ILLEGALLY: “In my particular election we had a lot of college students, who were out-of-state college students, vote,” McCrory said. “And they could do it because there was no voter ID which would’ve showed New Jersey license plates, Pennsylvania license plates, you name it. .... And I couldn’t do a thing about it.” “College students may register and vote in the county where they are attending college,” says the website of the North Carolina Board of Elections and Ethics Enforcement. Pat Gannon, the elections board spokesman, clarified that the rule applies to students who move within North Carolina for college, as well as to students who moved here from another state. “Unfortunately, there is a lot of misinformation out there that unnecessarily erodes confidence in our election system,” Gannon said in an email. “We encourage everyone to understand the law and election policies and procedures before spreading inaccurate information.”

NC DEQ FINES CHEMOURS $12 MILLION AND FORCES GENX EMISSIONS REDUCTIONS: State environmental officials have obtained a consent order which calls on a North Carolina chemical plant to reduce emissions of a compound and pay a $12 million civil penalty. The N.C. Department of Environmental Quality said in a news release Wednesday the order requires Chemours to reduce GenX air emissions and provide permanent replacement drinking water supplies. In addition to the civil penalty, the order calls for Chemours to pay an additional $1 million for investigative costs. Additional penalties will apply if Chemours fails to meet the conditions and deadlines established in the order. Attorneys for the environmental agency said in a lawsuit that a months-long investigation by DEQ found Chemours contaminated the state's air, surface water and groundwater through its release of GenX.

ABANDONED BY PARENTS, LESBIAN STUDENT-ATHLETE RECEIVES $100,000 IN DONATIONS: Emily Scheck said the story began in August, just as Scheck was about to start her sophomore year at Canisius College in Buffalo, where she runs cross-country and track. When her mother came upon photos of Scheck and her girlfriend on social media, she said, her parents demanded she return home to the Rochester suburbs and attend counseling — or be disowned by the family. “Because you disgust me,” she said her mother texted. “At the start, it was definitely tough,” Scheck told Outsports. “I was lucky to be in preseason the first couple of weeks because coach could get us meals in the dining hall.” But it was clear that her jobs at a supermarket and through college work-study weren’t enough to pay her school and living expenses, so her roommate set up a GoFundMe online campaign with the goal of raising $5,000. The amount was quickly exceeded.

TRUMP CELEBRATES THANKSGIVING BY TWITTER-ATTACKING CHIEF JUSTICE ROBERTS: President Donald Trump has begun his Thanksgiving Day by resuming his public dispute with Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts over the independence of the American judiciary. Trump started the back-and-forth this week with remarks critical of a judge who was appointed by President Barack Obama and who rejected Trump's migrant asylum policy. Roberts responded Wednesday in a statement by saying there are no "Obama judges or Trump judges" but instead "an extraordinary group of dedicated judges." Trump's holiday criticism of the judicial branch of government takes aim at California's 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which long has had a majority of judges appointed by Democratic presidents, with the current breakdown 16-7. Trump tweets that Roberts "can say what he wants, but the 9th Circuit is a complete & total disaster."

VP PENCE TRIES TO STRONG-ARM TRADE PARTNERS INTO OPPOSING CHINA: Across the globe, the United States and China are jockeying to build alliances or partnerships and shut out the other power. The hard-nosed competition surfaced over the weekend at an Asian economic forum that pitted Vice President Mike Pence against President Xi Jinping of China. The dispute threatens to disrupt the Group of 20 summit meeting that starts Nov. 30 in Argentina. At the economic forum in Papua New Guinea over the weekend, the United States and China openly clashed over trade in their most explosive diplomatic standoff of the Trump administration. Mr. Pence and Mr. Xi each led delegations that sought to corral the other nations in attendance to side with his country. Elsewhere, the two nations are forging bilateral and multilateral trade pacts in parallel that limit options for the other. During his visit to the Philippines this week, Mr. Xi signed 29 trade and investment deals, though many were broad and vague.