North Carolina

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One couldn’t help but feel disheartened last night when word came that Hillary Clinton was giving a strong speech in California against Republican voter suppression efforts at the same time as North Carolina’s governor was signing into law a wide-ranging set of new voting restrictions in his state.

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Last night, one of the strictest voter ID laws in the country went into effect in North Carolina. In reality, the law is a sort of “voter suppression” omnibus package, packed full of provisions that cannot be justified on voter-fraud grounds, including all-but-indefensible steps like banning counties from extending poll hours due to long lines. Obviously, Democrats are outraged about a transparent effort to make voting harder.

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Pro-tip: When you win a big court case giving you the go-ahead to suppress voter turnout for your political opponents, don’t gloat about it.

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One of the most frustrating discussions of 2012 was about voter identification laws. Voter ID laws seemed like they would disproportionately impact non-white, student, and elderly voters, who were widely assumed to tilt Democratic. There were big, flashy numbers about the number of registered voters without photo identification.

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Gov. Rick Perry's anti-abortionism is proving costly for Texas.

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The Last Men

Charlie Troop had six months to save a forgotten Afghan district. But what, and who, would they leave behind?

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Who's trashing whom on the right? Here's a handy guide to post-election GOP recrimination.

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The Republican candidate really did think he was on track to become president. These poll numbers explain why.

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