Jun 6, 2019

North Carolina GOP attempt to override anti-abortion bill veto fails

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North Carolina's Republican-led state House of Representatives fell 5 votes short of a required majority to overturn a veto by Gov. Roy Cooper (D) of an abortion-related bill Wednesday.

Details: Cooper vetoed SB 359, known as the "born alive bill," which would have criminalized doctors and nurses who failed to care for an infant delivered during an unsuccessful abortion.

The big picture: The bill passed in the state Senate in April. It required 72 votes to pass in the house. Representatives voted 67-53 in favor of the override. Following Democratic gains in November's state elections, Republicans have needed the assistance of several Democrats since January to override Cooper’s vetoes, per AP.

What he's saying: Cooper said in a statement announcing the veto, "Laws already protect newborn babies and this bill is an unnecessary interference between doctors and their patients."

Why it matters: It's a rare victory for many Democrats, who have expressed concern at conservative states passing abortion restrictions.

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Pelosi warns U.S. allies against working with China's Huawei

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Sunday cautioned U.S. allies against allowing Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei to develop their 5G networks, arguing at the Munich Security Conference that doing so is akin to “choosing autocracy over democracy," CNBC reports.

Why it matters: Pelosi's hawkish stance marks a rare area of agreement with the Trump administration, which believes Huawei is a national security threat because the Chinese government may be capable of accessing its equipment for espionage.

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Judge sets "scheduling" conference call ahead of Roger Stone sentencing

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U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson has requested a Feb. 18 "scheduling" conference call in the Roger Stone case, two days before the former Trump associate is set to be sentenced.

Why it matters: Stone's defense team on Friday filed a sealed motion for a new trial — the second time they've done so — amid allegations of juror bias and a growing controversy over Attorney General Bill Barr's intervention in the case.

Biden says Bloomberg's money can't "erase" his record

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Former Vice President Joe Biden said on NBC's "Meet the Press" Sunday that Michael Bloomberg's vast fortune cannot "erase" his record, and that scrutiny of Bloomberg's positions on things like race and policing will ramp up now that he's in the national spotlight.

Why it matters: Biden's polling free fall in the wake of poor performances in Iowa and New Hampshire has coincided with a surge for Bloomberg, who appeals to a similar moderate bloc of the Democratic Party. The billionaire's limitless spending capacity poses an especially stark threat to Biden, who has struggled with fundraising.