NORTH CAROLINA SUING FEDERAL GOVERNMENT
(FOX) North Carolina Governor, Pat McCrory, filed suit Monday against the federal government in regards to the controversial bathroom law, HB2.
McCrory was given until the end of the business day Monday to scrap the law, which the Obama administration says violates the rights of transgender people.
The law did not affect all bathrooms in the state of North Carolina, just those found in government offices, universities, and road side rest-stops.
The suit filed read, “The Department’s position is a baseless and blatant overreach. This is an attempt to unilaterally rewrite long-established federal civil rights laws in a manner that is wholly inconsistent with the intent of Congress and disregards decades of statutory interpretation by the Courts.”
Backlash has caused economic impact in the state. Many corporations have asked for the law to be repealed because it makes the recruitment of talented employees difficult. Bruce Springsteen and Pearl Jam have cancelled shows in the state.
PayPal also halted the process of opening a 400 employee operation.
However, other states are still looking into passing the same or similar laws.
MEXICAN DRUG LORD TO BE EXTRADITED TO US
(CNN) A Mexican federal judge has ruled that El Chapo, whose name is Joaquin Guzman, can be brought to the US to face charges.
This ruling does not immediately pave the way, however.
Guzman’s lawyer says that Guzman wished to be extradited to the US because the conditions at his maximum security prison were unbearable and made him ill.
That prison, Altiplano, is the same one he escaped from in July and was returned too upon his capture in January.
He was recently transferred to a prison closer to the US border to help in the extradition process.
Once he arrives in the US he will travel to Brooklyn to face federal charges.
CADETS AT WESTPOINT FACING CRITICISM OVER PHOTO
(NBC) For many years the symbol of a fist raised above one’s head has signified rebellion for certain political movements. Dating back to the 1968 Mexico Olympic image of American sprinters Tommie Smith and John Carlos raising their hands above their heads.
A group of black female cadets at Westpoint were reenacting old cadets’ photos to prepare for their upcoming graduation, a Westpoint tradition. Only one photo of the many they took shows them raising their hands, clenched in fists, above their heads.
That photo is now stirring controversy, because Westpoint cadets are prohibited from making political gestures. They may still vote and support politics, but cannot be politically active.
The advisor to the cadets say they were simply showing unity in their accomplishment, as they are double minorities among cadets, being both female and black.
Others say they were showing support for the Black Lives Matter movement.
At Wespoint 70% of students are white and 80% are men.
Westpoint has been working on diversifying its cadet membership.
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