Tuesday News: The New Norm


MORE FLOODING LIKELY IN TRIANGLE WITH POSSIBLE TORNADOES: Rain on Tuesday morning in the Triangle could make way for severe weather in the afternoon, less than a week after relentless showers, strong winds and tornadoes tore through North Carolina. Isolated storms are expected to hit central North Carolina between 1 p.m. and 7 p.m., according to the National Weather Service. “A few of these storms could become strong to severe,” the Raleigh office of the National Weather Service said on Twitter. In the Triangle, “the primary hazards will be damaging wind gusts and the possibility for an isolated tornado or two,” according to forecasters. Storm systems are expected to dump 1 to 2 inches of rain on Orange County and other areas to the west, forecasters say. “The additional rain will likely keep creeks, rivers and streams running fast and above normal,” according to the weather service.

BIG DONOR TO DAN FOREST LIED ON HIS RESUME TO JOIN WAKE TECH BOARD: Chad Price founded Mako Medical, which provides lab tests, in 2014, and the business has been a fast-growing success. But a resume Price submitted to get appointed to the Wake Tech Board of Trustees lists degrees from two universities he didn't attend, according to The News & Observer newspaper. He resigned from the board on Friday. Price has also been a big political donor for the past few years. He's donated to campaigns in both parties, but mostly to Republicans, especially Lt. Gov. Dan Forest and committees that support him. A search of campaign finance records shows Price, his business associates and family members have given at least $150,000 over the past eight years in support of Forest. Also, Forest's younger son, 20-year-old Max Forest, has had a job at Mako since 2017.

BERNIE & MIKE HEADED TO NC IN ANTICIPATION OF EARLY VOTING START: With early voting in North Carolina set to begin Thursday, presidential candidates Sen. Bernie Sanders and billionaire Michael Bloomberg have announced visits to the state this week. Building on growing momentum in the polls, Bloomberg will visit Raleigh, Greensboro and Winston-Salem Thursday to make his pitch to Democratic voters. Sanders, who is leading in the polls, will visit Durham and Charlotte on Friday. A national poll released Monday by Quinnipiac University shows Bloomberg neck-and-neck with Joe Biden and Elizabeth Warren for second place in the Democratic primary. Sanders was leading with 25% support, followed by Biden at 17%, Bloomberg at 15%, Warren with 14% and Pete Buttigieg with 10%, according to the poll.

AG BARR IS SUING NEW JERSEY AND SEATTLE OVER "SANCTUARY" POLICIES: Attorney General William P. Barr announced Monday that the Justice Department would sue two so-called “sanctuary” jurisdictions — including the state of New Jersey — over policies he considers overly friendly to those in the country unlawfully, as part of a renewed effort to get cities and states on board with the Trump administration’s crackdown on illegal immigration. In separate complaints filed in federal court, the Justice Department sought to block a New Jersey policy that limits how state and local authorities can share information with federal immigration officials and to stop a King County, Wash., directive that prevents immigration authorities from using an international airport there for deportations. King County includes the city of Seattle. Barr announced the lawsuits in a speech to the National Sheriffs’ Association, saying they were part of “a significant escalation in the federal government’s efforts to confront the resistance of ‘sanctuary cities.’ ” He said he also was reviewing the practice of some state and local prosecutors who charge criminals with lesser offenses to avoid deportation, and giving non-sanctuary jurisdictions priority when it comes to awarding certain grant money.

TRUMP LOVES NUKES: MORE AND NEW MISSILES ARE ON THE DRAWING BOARD: The Trump administration has begun to put a price tag on its growing arms race with Russia and China, and the early numbers indicate that restoring nuclear weapons to a central role in American military strategy will cost tens of billions of dollars over the next decade. In the 2021 budget released on Monday, the administration revealed for the first time that it intended to create a new submarine-launched nuclear warhead, named the W93. Its development is part of a proposed 19 percent increase this year, to $19.8 billion, for the National Nuclear Security Administration, the Energy Department agency that maintains the nuclear stockpile and develops new nuclear warheads. More tellingly, that is a jump of more than 50 percent since 2017, President Trump’s first year in office. There is $15.5 billion scheduled for development and deployment of new space assets — part of the new Space Force created by Mr. Trump — that are central to detecting incoming launches and for the command and control of American offensive weapons. For years, strategists have debated whether the United States could abandon its ground-based nuclear missiles, spread out in silos across the West. They are considered highly vulnerable and so old — many of them date to the 1970s — that they are a hazard. But Mr. Trump has produced a base budget of $1.5 billion in 2021 to prepare for deploying a new generation of missiles in the late 2020s. That is a nearly threefold increase from last year.



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