N.C. Gov. Vows To Veto Bill Exempting Magistrates From Performing Same-Sex Marriages

“I recognize that for many North Carolinians, including myself, opinions on same-sex marriage come from sincerely-held religious beliefs that marriage is between a man and a woman,” McCrory said in a statement according to The Charlotte Observer. “However, we are a nation and a state of laws. Whether it is the president, governor, mayor, a law enforcement officer, or magistrate, no public official who voluntarily swears to support and defend the Constitution and to discharge all duties of their office should be exempt from upholding that oath; therefore, I will veto Senate Bill 2.”

The legislation, which passed the North Carolina Senate in February in a vote of 32 to 16, passed the North Carolina House on Thursday in a vote of 67-43.

Each chamber would need a three-fifths majority for an override of McCrory’s veto. Republicans who support the legislation could override McCrory’s veto but the total vote in the House makes it seem less likely than in the Senate, the Observer noted.

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Tear down the ‘blue wall of silence': New York Dem destroys sheriff who blames police violence on blacks

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A New York Democrat shut down a black conservative Wisconsin sheriff who blamed police violence on black criminality.

David Clarke, the Milwaukee County sheriff, described “black-on-black crime” as the “elephant in the room” Tuesday during a House Judiciary Committee hearing on the rising tensions between police officers and African-Americans.

“The conversation should be about transforming black underclass subculture behavior,” said Clarke, who frequently appears on Fox News. “The discussion must start with addressing the behavior of people who have no respect for authority, who fight with and try to disarm the police, who flee the police, and who engage in other flawed lifestyle choices.”

“Bashing the police is the low-hanging fruit,” the sheriff added. “It is easier to talk about the rare killing of a black male by police because emotion can be exploited for political advantage.”

Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY) agreed that black-on-black crime was a problem – but he pointed out that 83 percent of white homicide victims were killed by other white people.

“Is white-on-white violence also a problem that we should have a robust discussion about?” the lawmaker asked the sheriff.

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Honoring the Legacy of Norma Merrick Sklarek: The ‘Rosa Parks of Architecture’

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The year was 1928. It was the year that the world saw the first fully air-conditioned office building open, Amelia Earhart make her first Atlantic Ocean flight and the last recording of Ma Rainey, “Mother of Blues.”

That same year in Harlem, where wealthy residents of color were becoming land owners, Dr. Walter Ernest Merrick and Amy Merrick’s child, Norma Merrick Sklarek, was born. Their daughter would later make history as the first female Black architect. Little did they know how impactful the 1928 earmarking of 640 acres of land by the Los Angeles City Council for a new airport would be to Sklarek, until 58 years later when her completed design on the historic Terminal One for the landmark Los Angeles International Airport was unveiled.

“Until the end of World War II, I think there was strong discrimination against women in architecture. The schools had a quota, it was obvious, a quota against women and a quota against blacks. In architecture, I had absolutely no role model. I’m happy today to be a role model for others that follow,” Sklarek said.

Known as the “Rosa Parks of Architecture,” Norma Merrick Sklarek was born to a father from St. Vincent and a mother from Barbados. Raised as an African-American woman with West Indian heritage, her father is credited with urging the young Merrick to interest herself in nontraditional leisure activities like fishing and assisting him with housework.

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Santorum: Climate change, flat-Earth believers are alike

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Rick Santorum announces his candidacy for the GOP nomination in the 2016 presidential race on May 27, 2015, in Cabot, Pa. (Keith Srakocic, AP) Rick Santorum announces his candidacy for the GOP nomination in the 2016 presidential race on May 27, 2015, in Cabot, Pa. (Keith Srakocic, AP)

While in Davenport, Iowa, during his presidential campaign’s first official event in the state, former Pennsylvania Republican senator Rick Santorum compared scientists convinced of climate change to those who once called the world flat.

One man stood up during the event’s Q&A portion, expressing concern about climate change. Addressing it, the audience member said, should be an imperative to Christians commanded by the Bible to be stewards of the Earth.

“I always have problems when people come up and say the science is settled,” said Santorum, winner of the 2012 Iowa caucuses. “That’s what they said about the world being flat. When someone says the science is settled you’re not a scientist, because scientists never say the science is settled.”

He added: “The idea that the…

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Former George W. Bush aide says Jeb took too long to clean up his Iraq answer

A former chief of staff for President George W. Bush says that Jeb Bush should have acted faster in cleaning up his answer about whether he would have had the United States invade Iraq in 2003 knowing what he knows now.

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“I think that he heard the question that he answered. He didn’t hear the real question that was asked,” former White House Chief of Staff Andrew Card said Wednesday on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.” “I don’t think George W. Bush would say knowing now, he would have made that decision,” Card said, adding that he thought Jeb’s older brother would not have taken as long to clarify.

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Waco Biker Shooting : Investigators Seek Answers in Wild Brawl

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