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West Virginia, once Clinton Country, leans to Sanders – Washington Post

Bernie Sanders addresses a town hall campaign event at the Five Loaves and Two Fishes Food Bank in Welch, W. Va., on May 5. (Chris Tilley/Reuters) Eight years ago, after her path to the Democratic presidential nomination had seemingly run out, Hillary Clinton found salvation in West Virginia. The state’s still-dominant Democratic voters gave her a 41-point landslide victory, with wins in every county. At a triumphant rally that quoted John Denver’s “Country Roads,” Clinton recast herself as an election winner, a Democrat who could expand the map — not alienate loyal voters. “In light of our overwhelming victory here in West Virginia, I want to send a message to all those who are making up their minds,” Clinton said. “The White House is won in the swing states. And I am winning the swing states.” The legacy of West Virginia loomed for red state Democrats, including Sen. Joe Manchin (W.Va.), who quickly endorsed Clinton for 2016. Yet today, Clinton is expected to lose the state, having moved elsewhere as Sen. Bernie Sanders (Vt.) barnstormed, and gone dark on the air, as she did in Indiana. In every West Virginia poll, the candidate who won every county last time is trailing the democratic socialist from Vermont. The rumblings were there last year. In October, I spent some time with Sanders’s grass-roots supporters in West Virginia, who at the time were both outgunned...

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Charlotte set off the fight over the ‘bathroom law.’ Now it’s dealing with the fallout. – Washington Post

Charlotte Mayor Jennifer Roberts helped spearhead the city’s transgender rights ordinance that state officials fought with a law that the Justice Department is now fighting in court. (Katie Zezima/The Washington Post) CHARLOTTE — Shahrzad McNaughton is proud to be from North Carolina — the first tattoo she ever got was an interpretation of this city’s crown logo surrounded by dogwood branches, representing the state tree. But since North Carolina passed a law that rolled back rights for gay, lesbian and transgender people, she has soured on the state she has called home for most of her life. “I’m proud to be a North Carolinian, but I’m ashamed of the legislation,” said McNaughton, 26, who was drinking beer on a patio on a muggy spring night, a dog curled up in her lap. “I’m ashamed of this state, and I hate to say that.” A non-discrimination ordinance passed in this city sparked the law, which became the subject of the highest levels of legal volleying Monday when Gov. Pat McCrory sued the federal government. McCrory said the law does not violate the rights of transgender people. Hours later, Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch filed a suit accusing the state of violating the 1964 Civil Rights Act. [North Carolina, Justice Dept. file dueling lawsuits over transgender rights] The legislation, known as the “bathroom law” because it mandates that people use the bathroom that...

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Facebook’s ‘trending topics’ spark debate and distrust – CNNMoney

No one knows how the most powerful name in news really distributes the news. That’s why this week’s allegations about liberal bias on Facebook are resonating even among people who don’t believe the anonymous sources making the allegations. “The facts seem to be unclear on what Facebook does and doesn’t do,” digital media executive Jason Kint said. “Black boxes and algorithms” — like Facebook’s famous news feed algorithm — “invite concern without years of reputation and trust.” Facebook’s power has stoked fear and envy among many publishers. For many mobile users, Facebook IS the Internet; instead of seeking out news web sites, they click the links that show up in the personalized Facebook news feed. Facebook has a unique ability to turn on a firehose of traffic — and the ability to turn it off. Publishers may not live or die by Facebook alone, but they certainly thrive or struggle based on the company’s decisions. So Gizmodo’s recent reports about the production of Facebook’s ‘trending” stories have gained a ton of attention. Journalists, academics and some average users want to understand how and why Facebook does what it does. Related: Did Facebook suppress conservative news? “As the No. 1 driver of audience to news sites, Facebook has become the biggest force in the marketplace of ideas. With that influence comes a significant responsibility,” Poynter ethicist Kelly McBride wrote. That’s...

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White House to send Garland’s questionnaire to Senate – Business Insider

FILE- In this April 28, 2016, file photo, Judge Merrick Garland, President Barack Obama’s choice to replace the late Justice Antonin Scalia on the Supreme Court meets with Sen. Gary Peters, D-Mich., on Capitol Hill in Washington. Garland will submit a questionnaire detailing his credentials and experience to the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday, May 10, taking another step in the White House’s push to break the Senate blockade on his nomination. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File) WASHINGTON (AP) — Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland will submit a questionnaire detailing his credentials and experience to the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday, taking another step in the White House’s push to break the Senate blockade on his nomination. White House spokesperson Brandi Hoffine said Garland’s questionnaire would present “an exhaustive picture” of Garland’s service on the bench and “impeccable credentials.” The questionnaire is a standard early step in the vetting of any judicial nominee. The lengthy survey typically is drafted by the committee, completed by the nominee, and then reviewed and made public by the committee in advance of committee hearings. But in Garland’s atypical nomination, the questionnaire has become another tool in the White House pressure campaign. Although Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Charles Grassley has said he won’t consider Garland’s nomination, the White house has charged ahead as if preparing for a hearing. Grassley didn’t send Garland the questionnaire, but...

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Facebook now directly denies report of biased trends, says there’s no evidence – TechCrunch

Facebook is now strongly refuting claims that it suppressed conservative Trends after issuing a more vague and indirect PR statement earlier today about having neutrality guidelines. Facebook VP of search Tom Stocky Facebook has “found no evidence that the anonymous allegations are true” wrote VP of search Tom Stocky on the social network tonight at 9:30pm pacific May 9th, regarding a Gizmodo report from sources who said they were formerly on the team that chose what Trends appeared on Facebook’s site. “Facebook does not allow or advise our reviewers to systematically discriminate against sources of any ideological origin and we’ve designed our tools to make that technically not feasible. At the same time, our reviewers’ actions are logged and reviewed, and violating our guidelines is a fireable offense.” [Update 10pm pacific, May 10th: This article has been significantly updated to reflect the new statement released by Facebook VP Tom Stocky directly refuting the claims of biased trends.] Facebook’s earlier statement about having neutrality guidelines left it unclear whether any contractors hired to curate the trend had potentially violated those rules. But now Stocky’s statement bluntly calls into question the allegations by Gizmodo’s sources. Here’s Stocky’s full statement: “My team is responsible for Trending Topics, and I want to address today’s reports alleging that Facebook contractors manipulated Trending Topics to suppress stories of interest to conservatives. We take these reports extremely...

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VIDEO: Is Paul Ryan in danger of being ‘Cantored’? Probably not. – Washington Post

House Speaker Paul Ryan says he cannot support Donald Trump. Trump says he doesn’t care. Can the two work out their differences? (Deirdra O’Regan/The Washington Post) Speaker Paul D. Ryan’s wait-and-see attitude toward Donald Trump could spark a more competitive race for his own House seat in Wisconsin. “I think Paul Ryan is soon to be Cantored,” former Alaska governor and vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin said in a Sunday CNN interview, referring to the shocking 2014 ouster of Eric Cantor, the sitting House majority leader, in a Virginia GOP primary. Palin brought national attention to the insurgent campaign of businessman Paul Nehlen, who is challenging Ryan (R) in the Aug. 9 Wisconsin primary by attacking his support of immigration reform, free-trade deals — and, now, his decision to withhold support for Trump. Nehlen blasted Ryan as “the great divider” after his bombshell announcement Thursday that he was not yet lining up behind Trump. “If Ryan was even vaguely interested in the will of the people, rather than his own agenda and self-advancement, he’d find a way to work with the choice of the people,” Nehlen said in a statement Friday. Palin’s subsequent vow to “do whatever I can for Paul Nehlen” has compounded speculation that Ryan might face the most competitive race for a sitting House speaker since Rep. Tom Foley (D-Wash.) succumbed in the 1994 Republican wave. Before Foley’s loss, 1862 was the...

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