TRUMP TWEETS IN EFFORT TO DRAG CLINTONS INTO RUSSIA PROBE: President Donald Trump, in a series of tweets Monday evening, asked why former President Bill Clinton and wife Hillary Clinton, who Trump defeated in the 2016 election, are not being investigated for their ties to Russia. Trump concluded his tweets by saying, “Trump Russia story is a hoax.” The House Intelligence Committee, the Senate Intelligence Committee and the FBI have ongoing investigations into Russia’s influence on the 2016 election and the Trump campaign’s ties to Russia. FBI Director James Comey told the House Intelligence Committee last week that it has been investigating possible collusion between Trump’s campaign and Russia since June.
CITY LEADERS OPENLY DEFY FEDERAL GOVERNMENT OVER IMMIGRATION CRACKDOWN: Ignoring fresh threats from the White House, city leaders across the U.S. are vowing to intensify their fight against President Donald Trump's promised crackdown on so-called "sanctuary cities" despite the financial risks. "We are going to become this administration's worst nightmare," New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito said Monday during a gathering of municipal officials from urban centers such as San Francisco, Seattle, Denver, Chicago and Philadelphia. As is the case in several sanctuary cities, they promised to continue blocking cooperation between city police departments and federal immigration authorities. They also vowed to prevent federal agents from accessing their schools and school records, and they openly contemplated employing cities' rarely-used oversight and subpoena powers to investigate federal immigration practices.
SOMETHING ABOUT SCHOOLS THAT TURN INTO CHURCHES THAT NEED GUNS: Gun owners could bring weapons to church services held at school buildings under a bill that passed the N.C. House Monday night. House Bill 174 would allow guns at K-12 schools used for church services – but only when no school-related activities are being held, and only for people with concealed handgun permits. The bill’s sponsor, Republican Rep. Rena Turner of Iredell County, said a church in her district requested the legislation. “They’re a very welcoming church – no snakes, no funny business going on,” but some of its overseas missions make members worry the church might become a target for terrorists, Turner said. “They feel particularly vulnerable at their services. They want their security team to be able to protect their parishioners if there should be an emergency.”
TRUMP ADMINISTRATION REJECTS CLIMATE SCIENCE, PUSHES FOSSIL FUEL USE: President Donald Trump is expected to sign an executive order Tuesday aimed at moving forward on his campaign pledge to unravel former President Barack Obama's plan to curb global warming. The order will suspend, rescind or flag for review more than a half-dozen measures in an effort to boost domestic energy production in the form of fossil fuels. Trump, who has called global warming a "hoax" invented by the Chinese, has repeatedly criticized the power-plant rule and others as an attack on American workers and the struggling U.S. coal industry. The contents of the order were outlined to reporters in a sometimes tense briefing with a senior White House official, whom aides insisted speak without attribution despite President Trump's criticism of the use of unnamed sources in the news media.
EXPLORING THE GOP'S TAX CUT FALLACY: The latest proposals would slash income taxes for corporations and wealthy individuals while providing relatively little relief to working class North Carolinians. And, what isn’t being said but is widely understood, is that there will be even more increases in consumer and property taxes – the shift-shaft -- to pay for government. Additionally, the Senate’s plan to further cut the State Constitutional cap on income taxes, is a dumb and dangerous idea. What business is it of current lawmakers to limit the flexibility of future legislators in meeting citizens’ needs? We hope and urge the state House of Representatives, as it has done in the past, to let this ill-conceived notion die in committee. Income tax cuts don’t generate economic activity. They never have and never will. Increasing wages, putting more money in the hands of ALL consumers, is what drives the economy. Don’t believe us? Just ask anyone who sells automobiles, washing machines or clothing. Talk to those who run and work at restaurants and movie theaters. Tax cuts don’t matter much to them – it is paying customers with money to spend that determine whether their doors stay open.