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Pat McCrory on gender, politics, and culture

Q&A | Former North Carolina governor says he’s always stood up for what’s right
by Warren Cole Smith
Posted 4/04/17, 11:10 am

Until recently, former North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory was known as a moderate Republican who governed from a centrist position. Then he found himself at the middle of a national controversy about transgender bathroom use that some say cost him the election. I recently spoke with McCrory at a gathering of conservative activists in Orlando, Fla., where he was a featured speaker.

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Cuomo tips his cap to Roe

Politics | New York governor issues new insurance requirements for contraceptive, abortion coverage
by Emily Belz
Posted 1/27/17, 02:49 pm

NEW YORK—Riding the wave of antipathy against President Donald Trump in the Empire state, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, a Democrat, announced new regulations requiring insurers to cover contraceptives and “medically necessary” abortions.

Cuomo said he made the announcement to coincide with the anniversary of Roe v. Wade and last week’s Women’s March.

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Somali-American woman becomes Minnesota lawmaker

Politics | Ilhan Omar holds the highest office of any U.S. citizen born in Somalia
by Tom Pfingsten
Posted 1/12/17, 09:52 am

Hair bundled into an orange hijab, Ilhan Omar put her hand on a copy of the Quran on Jan. 3 and began her two-year term in the Minnesota House of Representatives. Born in Somalia in 1982, the 34-year-old wife and mother of three now represents a legislative district in Minneapolis. She is the first Somali-American woman in U.S. history elected to such a high office.

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