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The NBA moves forward as North Carolina drifts back

theundefeated.com — Not even its storied basketball history and inevitable disappointment for legend and Charlotte Hornets chairman Michael Jordan could stand in the way of North Carolina's rightward drift. The NBA has moved the 2017 NBA All-Star Game from Charlotte, making it hardly the first but simply the latest and surely the highest-profile casualty of House Bill 2, the so-called "bathroom bill," which regulates the restrooms transgender folks use - and so much more.

Melania and Michelle: Sisters in the American Dream

rollcall.com — It is embarrassing that portions of Melania Trump's opening night speech repeated not only the themes but the very words spoken by Michelle Obama in 2008 at the Democratic National Convention - not, however, for the reason most would think. (Though you should expect at least one sloppy speechwriter's head to roll.)

Why Obama’s Vision of ‘One American Family’ Matters

rollcall.com — President Obama rose to the occasion. In a Dallas speech that started with a joke about the first lady's love of Stevie Wonder and quickly grew solemn, the president included everyone, and asked something of everyone, as well. He acknowledged his own humanity and imperfections and asked those on all sides to do the same.

Will 'Campaign Trail Obama' Energize Black Women for Hillary?

nbcnews.com — CHARLOTTE, N.C. - In his two successful presidential campaigns, President Barack Obama enjoyed the unequivocal support of black women -even those not named Michelle. African-American women had the highest voter turnout rate than any other group in 2008 and 2012, and thus an outsized say in the result-and not just by flexing their influence at the ballot box.

Hillary Clinton and Obama Together This Time in N.C.

rollcall.com — Hillary Clinton and President Barack Obama greet supporters during a campaign rally on Tuesday in Charlotte. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

The GOP’s Civil Rights Amnesia

rollcall.com — When the face of your opposition on any issue is John Lewis, you need to choose your words carefully: "Publicity stunt" probably should not be the go-to phrase. Congressman Lewis, a Democrat representing Georgia, brings with him a moral gravity because of his courageous place in the country's progress toward equality.

The Deal Donald Trump Couldn't Close

rollcall.com — Way back in 1999, when Donald Trump was toying with the idea of a presidential run, he was asked who would be a good vice president on a Trump ticket and cited Oprah Winfrey, calling her "very special." Just last year, he repeated that choice, saying that together, the two would win "easily."

Women of LatinaCon Signal Rising Sway of Hispanic Voices in the South

rollcall.com — CHARLOTTE, N.C. - When the importance of the Hispanic vote is dissected, states such as Nevada, New Mexico and Florida always make the list. North Carolina, a battleground state both sides crave to win, hardly gets a mention. But in a region still thought of as black and white, the Hispanic voice and voting population are growing.

Obama and Clinton Made History, No Matter How You Feel About Either One

rollcall.com — Ben Carson, backed by Rupert Murdoch, claimed the authentic black "experience" for himself, dismissing Obama altogether.) And Hillary Clinton, as the wife of a former president, with a lengthy political resume and a reputation for bare-knuckled dealings, is not your average female candidate, whatever that means, so she doesn't count.

OpEd: Ali Stood for Principle Despite Costs, a Lesson for Today's Politicians

nbcnews.com — They were gone in an hour. All 15,000 tickets to Friday's public memorial service for Muhammad Ali in his hometown of Louisville, Ky., were gone that quickly. Lines stretched around the block, with the crowd shouting "Ali" when the box office opened on Wednesday, a tribute to the spirit of a man whose boxing career was finished before some in the line were born.
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Jul 23, 2016

@LonnaeONeal Thx for the RT on @TheUndefeated sty on NC bill and NBA All Star Game move

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