Tuesday News: Lock him up

FLYNN LIED ABOUT FOREIGN RELATIONSHIPS WHEN SEEKING SECURITY CLEARANCE: Former White House National Security Adviser Michael Flynn appears to have lied to federal investigators last year about who paid for his 2015 trip to Moscow during a Defense Department inquiry into the renewal of his top-secret security clearance, a leading Capitol Hill Democrat said Monday. Flynn has been implicated on several grounds, including that he lied in denying that he had discussed the U.S. sanctions against Russia during post-election phone calls and that he may have violated a federal law by failing to promptly register as a foreign agent last fall because his consulting firm had accepted more than $500,000 from a Dutch company with ties to Turkey.

EMPLOYERS OF UNDOCUMENTED WORKERS MEET WITH TILLIS: Representatives from the construction, hospitality, farming and seafood industries sat down with U.S. Sen. Thom Tillis in Raleigh on Monday to share their concerns about possible immigration reform. Tillis has been hosting a series of roundtable discussion to get different perspectives as Congress once again tries to tackle U.S. immigration policies, which have proved nettlesome for decades. "What we’re really trying to do is connect to the individual impact, the impact on employers. I think it's really trying to make this real," the North Carolina Republican said. Richard Gephart said many of the workers at Gephart Building Company are undocumented, but his business couldn't survive without them. "They build our houses. They pave our roads," Gephart said.

DCCC SETS ITS SIGHTS ON RIP VAN HOLDING IN 2018: U.S. Rep. George Holding of Raleigh was added Monday to a list of 75 Republicans that the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee aims to unseat in 2018. Holding, who was first elected to Congress in 2012, represents North Carolina’s 2nd District and is one of four incumbents from the state on the DCCC’s list. Reps. Ted Budd, Richard Hudson and Robert Pittenger were on an initial DCCC target list released in January. In addition to the 75 GOP incumbents listed, the DCCC also lists four Republican-held seats where the incumbent isn’t seeking another term. Last year, Holding won re-election with 57 percent of the vote over Democratic challenger John McNeil, who was outspent by the incumbent in his first bid for elected office.

WHO IS IN THE PROCESS OF CHOOSING NEW DIRECTOR: Health ministers, diplomats and other high-level envoys are set to choose the next director-general of the World Health Organization among three finalists. As it stands, 185 member states attending WHO's World Health Assembly are eligible to cast ballots Tuesday afternoon. Nine others are either in arrears on their dues or not represented at the 10-day gathering. The candidates are Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, a 52-year-old former government minister in Ethiopia; Sania Nishtar, a 54-year-old cardiologist and former government minister from Pakistan; and David Nabarro, 67, a physician and longtime U.N. official from Britain. The winner will succeed Dr. Margaret Chan, who's ending a 10-year tenure. The U.N. agency's chief has considerable power to set global medical priorities and declare health emergencies, such as outbreaks of the Zika or Ebola viruses.

NC'S RETIRED STATE EMPLOYEES WIN COURT BATTLE OVER INSURANCE PREMIUMS: North Carolina government could soon have to pay damages to retired workers and teachers after a judge ruled it was wrong to require them to begin paying health insurance premiums six years ago — a cost that one state official says could exceed $100 million. Retirees, including former Chief Justice I. Beverly Lake, sued in 2012 after the legislature directed the state employee health insurance plan to mandate that they make monthly contributions to receive what had been standard insurance coverage for decades. Wilson ordered the state reimburse retirees for premium payments they made to retain the “80/20” plan and offer that plan as it existed in 2011 premium-free for the rest of their lives. It is possible individual repayments could reach into thousands of dollars, as monthly premiums grew from $21.62 in 2011 to more than $100 today in some situations.