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Thursday, May 5, 2016

North Carolina Lawmaker Dismisses U.S. Deadline To Change Restroom Law

By Colleen Jenkins and Julia Edwards

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (Reuters) – A top Republican lawmaker in North Carolina said the state would not be “bullied” by the U.S. Justice Department into meeting a Monday deadline to change a new law regulating which bathrooms transgender people can use.

“We will take no action by Monday,” House Speaker Tim Moore told reporters in Raleigh on Thursday, the day after the federal government told the state that the law enacted in March violated the U.S. Civil Rights Act.

The law requires transgender people to use bathrooms that correspond with the sex on their birth certificate rather than their gender identity.…

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Trump’s New Finance Chair Previously Donated To Democrats

By Ginger Gibson and Grant Smith

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republican Donald Trump named a national finance chairman for his presidential campaign on Thursday, picking an investor with little experience in campaigns but a long history of political donations, including to Trump’s likely Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton.

Steven Mnuchin, a former partner at Goldman Sachs who now works in entertainment financing, is chairman and CEO of private investment firm Dune Capital Management LP. He is taking one of the first high-profile jobs in the campaign that Trump has filled.

Trump, a real estate developer who this week became the presumptive Republican presidential nominee for the November election, worked with Mnuchin in a business capacity before, the campaign said.…

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David Duke Reaffirms Trump Support, Says Trump ‘Implicitly’ Talking About ‘European Americans’

Donald Trump sent shockwaves through the conservative American political landscape following his victory in Indiana, which has all but guaranteed that he will be the Republican Party’s nominee in the 2016 presidential election. The prospect has excited former Ku Klux Klan Grand Wizard David Duke, who hailed his victory as a “referendum on political correctness.”

His reaction to Trump’s all but assured nomination victory was picked up by Right Wing Watch, a watchdog group that monitors right wing politics in the U.S. “This is a movement to take America back, and when we say ‘take America back,’ we know exactly what that means,” said Duke on his radio program.…

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