Dec 1, 2018

Election board votes not to certify North Carolina congressional race

Polling station in Charlotte, North Carolina. Photo: Logan Cyrus/AFP via Getty Images

North Carolina's board of elections voted 7-2 Friday to continue investigating allegations of possible fraud involving absentee ballots in the state's 9th district congressional race, in which Republican Mark Harris beat Democrat Dan McCready by just 905 votes, the Washington Post reports.

What's happening: In Bladen County, 19% of absentee ballots were requested by registered Republicans and 39% by unaffiliated voters, per the Charlotte Observer. Yet Harris, who lost the absentee ballot count by a lopsided margin in seven of the eight counties in the 9th district, won 61% of absentee ballots. A number of voters have submitted sworn affidavits to the election board claiming irregularities, including multiple accounts of a woman coming to their house and telling them she was collecting absentee ballots.

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Trump's big, empty beef with Twitter

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

President Trump finally acted on his now year-old threat to take action against social media platforms for alleged bias against conservatives. But so far, according to experts in both government and the industry, the threat looks mostly empty.

Driving the news: Trump escalated his war on Twitter Friday morning, tweeting repeatedly that the company needs to be regulated after it overnight added a warning label to a tweet of his calling for the military to start shooting looters, which violated Twitter’s rules against glorifying violence.

In photos: Protests over George Floyd's death grip Minneapolis

The Third Police Precinct burns in Minneapolis on Thursday night. Photo: Stephen Maturen/Getty Images

Demonstrators demanding justice burned a Minneapolis police station and took control of the streets around it last night, heaving wood onto the flames, kicking down poles with surveillance cameras and torching surrounding stores.

What's happening: The crowd was protesting the death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man whose life was snuffed out Tuesday by a white Minneapolis police officer who kneeled on his neck for about eight minutes.

Minneapolis mayor to Trump: “Weakness is pointing your finger” during a crisis

Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey fired back at President Trump on Friday, after the president accused the mayor of weak leadership amid violence sparked by the killing of an unarmed black man by a white police officer.

Driving the news: Trump made his accusations in a pair of tweets early Friday, saying he would bring the national guard into Minneapolis if Frey couldn't “bring the City under control.”