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North Carolina purged a 100-year-old black woman from the voter rolls

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A 100-year-old African American woman was nearly denied her right to vote in North Carolina.

According to her nephew, Grace Bell Hardison “loves to vote. She will not miss election time.” But weeks before early voting started in North Carolina, she was informed that her voter-registration status was being challenged, according to a report from The Nation Thursday. If she didn’t provide a notarized form or appear at a Board of Elections meeting, she would be purged from the rolls.

Although Hardison stirred up enough of a local outcry that the challenge against her was withdrawn, most other voters aren’t so lucky.

“Of the 138 [voters] challenged, 92 of them were black and registered Democrats. 28 voters were unaffiliated, 17 were Republicans, and 1 was Libertarian,” reported WNCT-TV.

 

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Fox News anchor apologizes for misleading indictment statement

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Fox News anchor Bret Baier apologized Friday for how he reported on a supposed FBI investigation into the Clinton Foundation on Wednesday.

"Well, that just wasn't inartful. It was a mistake, and for that, I'm sorry. I should have said they will continue to build their case," Baier told viewers.

"These sources said yes, the investigations will continue," Baier told fellow Fox News host Brit Hume. "There's a lot of evidence, and barring some obstruction in some way, they believe they'll continue to likely an indictment."

The word "indictment" is what caught the attention of viewers — including even Donald Trump. He ran with the comment on the campaign trail Thursday.

"It was reported last night that the FBI is conducting a criminal investigation into Hillary Clinton's pay-for-play corruption during her tenure as secretary of state," Trump told a crowd.

But here's why fellow reporters have criticized Baier's comments.

The FBI doesn't get to decide whether to indict someone or not. It's up to a prosecutor to take the case and present it to a grand jury, which would then decide whether to indict.

On top of that, other major networks also cited unnamed sources who said the notion that an indictment is forthcoming likely is not true.

While Baier apologized and clarified his statement, Trump's campaign manager said it doesn't matter if the story is true or not.

"The damage is done to Hillary Clinton that no matter how it's being termed, the voters are hearing it for what it is: a culture of corruption," Kellyanne Conway told MSNBC's Brian Williams on Thursday night after Baier initially walked back his remarks.

Baier said Friday he and his team stand by their sourcing and hope to get their sources "on the record and on camera hopefully today."

 

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Republican Party Boss In North Carolina Displays Handcuffs For Hillary Clinton

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Hillary Clinton might be in handcuffs on Inauguration Day. That’s what Dallas Woodhouse, executive director of the Republican Party in North Carolina, said during an interview with MSNBC’s Hallie Jackson on Thursday. Jackson asked about accusations of state Republicans trying to suppress voters by lobbying to limit early voting hours. 

“We don’t have a suppression vote problem in North Carolina. The Democrats have a depression problem,” Woodhouse said. “And you know why? It’s very simple. Their candidate, if elected, could have these on Inauguration Day.”

Then he displayed a pair of handcuffs. 

“Are you bringing props for our show here, Dallas?” Jackson asked. “Is this the kind of rhetoric you want to be saying five days out from an election?” 

Woodhouse was unmoved.

“Hillary Clinton inauguration jewelry!” he exclaimed.  

Woodhouse’s brother, head of the pro-Clinton super PAC Correct the Record, fired off two tweets in response:

North Carolina Republicans made headlines over the summer when they mocked Democratic vice presidential candidate and Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine for wearing a pin in honor of Blue Star Families, or families of U.S. service members. 

Kaine’s son, Nat, is in the Marines. 

However, the Republican Party of North Carolina ― home of the largest military base in the nation ― not only didn’t recognize the pin, but claimed it was the flag of Honduras. The party later apologized. 

Woodhouse also made headlines last year when he said then-presidential candidate Rand Paul had to “prove that he will nuke a Muslim country.” 

 

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NAACP files a lawsuit in North Carolina over voter registration

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The NAACP filed a lawsuit Monday to prevent several North Carolina county boards of election from taking people off their voter rolls.

The lawsuit calls into question boards in Moore and Beaufort counties where thousands of voters' names were challenged by individuals and then removed from the state's voter rolls.

According to the complaint, nearly 4,500 names have been removed because a mailing sent to the voters' addresses were returned as undeliverable.

The National Voter Registration Act prevents boards of election from removing voter names from the rolls within 90 days of an federal election.

But state law doesn't say anything about individual challenges.

One of the lawsuits goals is to restore voters' names that have been removed.

 

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Trump Supporter Jeanine Pirro Defends Hillary Clinton Over FBI Announcement

Fox News’ Jeanine Pirro came to Hillary Clinton’s defense on Sunday, criticizing FBI Director James Comey over his recently announced investigation into new emails relating to the former secretary of state. “Comey’s actions violate, not only long-standing Justice Department policy, the directive of the person that he works under, the attorney general,” the former prosecutor said, referring to Loretta Lynch’s reported disagreement with Comey, “but even more important, the most fundamental rules of fairness and impartiality.”

A vocal supporter of GOP nominee Donald Trump, Pirro said Comey’s decision to announce the investigation so near Election Day reminded her of her own experience while running for New York attorney general in 2006. She called a DOJ investigation into her practices at the time “mean-spirited, and of course, nothing came of it except the adverse publicity cost me at the polls.”

“What was done to me in 2006 was wrong, and what happened to Hillary Clinton was equally wrong,” Pirro said. “Now this nation has already gone through an exhausting and traumatic campaign season. The FBI director should not now be front and center.”

Clinton’s campaign and Senate Democrats are calling on Comey to clarify the nature of the investigation out of concern that it is being misused for political purposes. “This is the biggest political scandal since Watergate, and I’m sure it will be properly handled from this point,” Trump said at a rally on Friday.

Comey’s decision to announce the investigation so close to the election also alarmed Richard Painter, who served as the chief ethics lawyer in the White House under George W. Bush from 2005 to 2007. Painter announced Sunday in a New York Times op-ed that he had filed a Hatch Act violation complaint against Comey. The act prohibits employees of the executive branch from engaging in political activity.

“I have spent much of my career working on government ethics and lawyers’ ethics, including two and a half years as the chief White House ethics lawyer for President George W. Bush, and I never thought that the F.B.I. could be dragged into a political circus surrounding one of its investigations,” Painter wrote. “Until this week.”

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