recent articles.en-usRssSuicide bomber attacks Ariana Grande concert in U.K. - Videos's prime minister calls the bombing at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England "a callous terrorist attack." Police believe they know who did it. Video inside the Manchester Arena shows the moment the bomb went off, causing panic for thousands of young people leaving the concert. Mark Phillips reports.Tue, 23 May 2017 13:00:59 -0400 police on heightened alert after U.K. concert attack - Videos Homeland Security Department says there is no specific threat against music venues in the U.S. after the Manchester, England attack at an Ariana Grande concert Monday night. Police in New York City and around the country are on heightened alert. Don Dahler reports.Tue, 23 May 2017 13:00:58 -0400 challenges of protecting crowds from attacks in large venues - Videos night's deadly terrorist attack outside an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England isn't the first time terrorists have targeted concert halls or similar stadiums. The sheer size of these venues creates a challenge for stadium owners and police who are looking to protect potentially tens of thousands of people at once. Anna Werner reports.Tue, 23 May 2017 13:00:57 -0400 "committed" to Israel-Palestinian peace deal - Videos Trump's condemnation of the Manchester bombing came during his trip to the Middle East. He traveled early Tuesday morning to Bethlehem to meet with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas. The president also visited a Holocaust memorial in Jerusalem along with the first lady. Margaret Brennan reports.Tue, 23 May 2017 13:00:57 -0400 takes responsibility for deadly U.K. concert bombing - Videos Abedi, 23, has been identified as a suspect in Monday's Manchester, England concert bombing. The bomb at Ariana Grande's concert killed at least 22 people, mostly children. Mark Phillips reports.Tue, 23 May 2017 13:00:55 -0400 of missing Ariana Grande concertgoer: "I don't know if she's alive" - Videos families are still looking for their children who attended Monday night's Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England. A bomb was detonated outside the concert venue killing at least 22. One mother, Charlotte Campbell, spoke to British TV about her missing daughter, Olivia.Tue, 23 May 2017 13:00:54 -0400 Grande shares grief after terror attack at U.K. concert - Videos after the bombing at her Manchester, England concert Monday night, Ariana Grande responded on social media, tweeting: "broken. from the bottom of my heart, i am so so sorry. i don't have words." Vladimir Duthiers reports.Tue, 23 May 2017 13:00:54 -0400 gather to honor student stabbed at UMD - Videos are working to discover the motive in murder of a college student in Maryland. University of Maryland student Sean Urbanski is accused of stabbing and killing Bowie State University student Richard Collins III. The FBI is investigating it as a possible hate crime. Errol Barnett reports.Tue, 23 May 2017 13:00:53 -0400 impact of jury selection in Bill Cosby trial - Videos selection continues Tuesday in Bill Cosby's trial. Cosby was charged in 2015 with aggravated indecent assault against a Temple University employee in 2004. Twelve jurors and six alternates will be selected from an especially large jury pool of about 3,000. CBS News legal analyst Rikki Klieman joins "CBS This Morning" to discuss key characteristics the defense and prosecution will be looking for in jurors and the impact jury selection could have on the trial's outcome.Tue, 23 May 2017 13:00:52 -0400's Marty Baron on covering Trump administration - Videos Washington Post has been behind several of the biggest stories in recent political news, including the leaked "Access Hollywood" video of Donald Trump and the Justice Department's concern about former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn. On Monday the newspaper reported that Mr. Trump asked top intelligence officials to deny the existence of evidence that his campaign colluded with Russia. Washington Post's executive editor Marty Baron joins "CBS This Morning" to discuss what questions still remain unanswered in relation to the Trump administration.Tue, 23 May 2017 13:00:51 -0400 Abraham Lincoln back in service after major makeover - Videos of the most recognized ships in the U.S. Navy is ready for service again after a massive overhaul. The USS Abraham Lincoln just finished a four-year, $4 billion makeover in Virginia. Jan Crawford takes a look inside the aircraft carrier and meets the shipbuilders who had a role in this project.Tue, 23 May 2017 13:00:50 -0400 flight delayed by man in "Make America Great Again" cap escort United Airlines passenger wearing red "Make America Great Again" cap off flightTue, 23 May 2017 13:00:49 -0400 of Times Square crash victim leaves touching note at memorial Elsman visited the site where his 18-year-old daughter, Alyssa, was killed in Times SquareTue, 23 May 2017 13:00:49 -0400 leaders sued over unequal education for black students law says the state must never deprive any citizen of the "school rights and privileges" described in the 1868 constitutionTue, 23 May 2017 13:00:48 -0400's death tied to California botulism outbreak outbreak linked to contaminated nacho-cheese dip​ sold at a Northern California gas station has left at least nine others hospitalizedTue, 23 May 2017 13:00:47 -0400 police save child from SUV teetering on hill police say SUV nearly flipped over steep hillside after driver, passenger overdosedTue, 23 May 2017 13:00:46 -0400 photo of military couple goes viral mother Veronica Phillips says her husband encouraged her to take maternity photos, but it was her idea to include him in the photo shootTue, 23 May 2017 13:00:45 -0400 Carolina racial gerrymandering ruling may create strong precedents for similar cases ruling found that two re-drawn congressional districts in the state relied on race rather than political makeup.Tue, 23 May 2017 13:00:40 -0400 U.S. begins 'extreme vetting' in Australia offshore camps Department of Homeland Security has started its "extreme vetting" process at an offshore detention camp in Australia.Tue, 23 May 2017 13:00:07 -0400 appeals court revives part of Wikipedia lawsuit against NSA | Reuters - A federal appeals court on Tuesday revived a Wikipedia lawsuit that challenges a U.S. National Security Agency program of mass online surveillance, and claims that the government unconstitutionally invades people's privacy rights.Tue, 23 May 2017 12:44:08 -0400 tweets after Middle East trip: 'Trying hard for PEACE' Trump took to Twitter on Tuesday to drive home his call for Middle East peace as he left the region after visiting Saudi Arabia and Israel."Israel, Saudi Arabia and the Middle East were great. Trying hard for PEACE. Doing well. He...Tue, 23 May 2017 12:35:33 -0400 lays out $1T infrastructure vision in budget request White House has offered the first real glimpse of Trump's highly anticipated rebuilding plan.Tue, 23 May 2017 12:30:42 -0400 Today: Rep. Adam B. Schiff on Impeachment Talk and More A conversation with Mr. Schiff, the price tag for universal health care in California, and reader opinions on charter schools.Tue, 23 May 2017 12:07:51 -0400 Trump's budget 'dead on arrival' John McCain blasted President Trump's budget on Tuesday, calling the overall proposal "dead on arrival.""President Trump's $603 billion defense budget request is inadequate to the challenges we face,...Tue, 23 May 2017 12:06:27 -0400 Passes ‘Controversial’ Privacy Bill Science Has Little Effect on GOP Views of Climate ; Saudis Pledge $20 Billion to US Infrastructure ...and More Picks for 5/23The post Japan Passes ‘Controversial’ Privacy Bill appeared first on WhoWhatWhy.Tue, 23 May 2017 12:01:15 -0400 NAACP calls for resignation of "lynching" remark lawmaker of criticism comes despite his apologizing; state NAACP president calling for Republican state Rep. Karl Oliver to quitTue, 23 May 2017 11:51:28 -0400 backtracks on cuts to anti-drug office Trump has reversed course on a proposal to nearly eliminate the nation's anti-drug office in the face of opposition from Democrats, Republicans and advocates.The president's budget, released Tuesday, redu...Tue, 23 May 2017 11:38:41 -0400 Washington will not dictate school choice of Education Betsy DeVos on Monday said Washington, D.C. will not dictate school choice, touting a state approach to education.Tue, 23 May 2017 11:35:14 -0400 CIA Director John Brennan testifies on Russia investigation Video former CIA chief spoke to the House Intelligence Committee about Russia's interference in the 2016 presidential election.Tue, 23 May 2017 11:34:44 -0400's message at Holocaust memorial: 'So amazing & will never forget' Trump visited Israel's main Holocaust memorial on Tuesday, promising in a message in the guestbook to "never forget.""It is a great honor to be here with all of my friends - so amazing + will never forget...Tue, 23 May 2017 11:26:05 -0400 Saturday Evening Podcast: An Interview with Mario Andretti editorial director Steve Slon interviews Mario Andretti about growing up in a World War II refugee camp, falling in love with racing, and drinking his first milkshake in America. The Saturday Evening Podcast: An Interview with Mario AndrettiThe Saturday Evening PostTue, 23 May 2017 11:24:28 -0400 Hubs: A Growing Lure for Developers workers who prefer to walk or take the train are pushing up property values and reshaping developers’ plans.Tue, 23 May 2017 11:22:24 -0400 gator removed from porch as family sleeps inside had been seen in S.C. neighborhood for yearTue, 23 May 2017 11:07:51 -0400 Grande Manchester Concert Attack: Celebrities React"Broken. From the bottom of my heart, I am so so sorry"Tue, 23 May 2017 10:58:04 -0400 Ryan: Manchester concert attack hits close to home Paul Ryan on Tuesday condemned the deadly terrorist attack at a concert in Manchester, England, and said as a father of three teenagers, the incident hit especially close to home."To deliberately t...Tue, 23 May 2017 10:52:32 -0400 pledge bipartisan support for pairing tax reform, infrastructure spending group of roughly 40 House Democrats and Republicans pledged support on Tuesday for bipartisan tax reform efforts that would be combined with infrastructure investments.Reps. Josh Gottheimer and Tom Reed...Tue, 23 May 2017 10:48:39 -0400 Colbert Mocks Travel Ban and Trump's Overseas Trip"Extreme vetting. That's all I'm asking for."Tue, 23 May 2017 10:46:31 -0400 ‘not optimistic’ on Middle East peace Marco Rubio said Tuesday that he is not optimistic about reaching a peace deal between Israelis and Palestinians, as President Trump wraps up his visit to Israel.Tue, 23 May 2017 10:23:28 -0400 Comey was deeply unpopular at time of firing public was deeply unsatisfied with former FBI director James Comey at the time of President Trump's surprise decision to fire him.Tue, 23 May 2017 09:57:40 -0400 Barricaded in CVS While Buying Birthday Card — A woman trying to buy a birthday card called police when she was accidentally barricaded inside a store in central Florida. Lillian Rimmel stopped at a Titusville CVS at 9:50 p.m. Friday to make a quick purchase, unaware the store was about to close. As she walked toward the check out just…Tue, 23 May 2017 09:52:33 -0400 Karaoke: Katy Perry Sings With James Corden and host James Corden banded together for a rollicking rideTue, 23 May 2017 09:23:24 -0400 Perry Addresses Taylor Swift Feud on Carpool Karaoke"She started it and it's time for her to finish it"Tue, 23 May 2017 09:19:07 -0400 School choice opponents are ‘flat-earthers’ Secretary Betsy DeVos on Monday decried opponents of school choice, calling them "flat-earthers" and saying they have "chilled creativity."She added that states that go against school-choice innovations w...Tue, 23 May 2017 09:03:04 -0400 Andretti: A Young Immigrant Finds the American Dream a young Italian immigrant with a dream became one of the greatest race car divers of all time.Mario Andretti: A Young Immigrant Finds the American DreamThe Saturday Evening PostTue, 23 May 2017 08:35:50 -0400 House unveils budget proposal Video president is proposing entitlement cuts and a boost in military spending in his first budget proposal to Congress, ABC's Arlette Saenz reports.Tue, 23 May 2017 08:34:57 -0400 insurer Fabric launches life coverage for New York parents | Reuters - Fabric, a web-based insurance agency that promises new parents accidental death coverage in two minutes, opened for business in New York on Tuesday following the state's approval of its key product, the company said.Tue, 23 May 2017 07:04:08 -0400 Report: 22 killed in blast at Ariana Grande concert in U.K. - Videos death toll has risen to 22 from an explosion outside an arena packed with music fans in Manchester, England, and 59 people are hospitalized. Many of the victims were children. Police say a suicide bomber was killed in the blast. Prime Minister Theresa May spoke out Tuesday against the "appalling, sickening cowardice" of the attacker.Tue, 23 May 2017 07:01:16 -0400 Coal’s Adapt-or-Perish Moment - WhoWhatWhy a solar farm bloom in the devastation left by an abandoned strip mine? Developments in Kentucky are putting a new face on the energy future of Appalachia — even as the Trump administration looks to turn the clock back to the 19th century.The post Kentucky Coal’s Adapt-or-Perish Moment appeared first on WhoWhatWhy.Tue, 23 May 2017 07:00:38 -0400 market braces for impact of New York's free tuition plan | Reuters YORK - Little known private colleges that are already struggling to grow their revenues are facing a new threat that could further weaken their finances and make borrowing harder: free tuition at public universities.Tue, 23 May 2017 06:07:50 -0400 group launches $2M ad campaign ahead of healthcare CBO score outside GOP group aligned with Speaker Paul Ryan unveiled a $2 million TV ad blitz on Tuesday defending the legislation to replace ObamaCare ahead of the highly anticipated Congressional Budget Office an...Tue, 23 May 2017 06:00:04 -0400, Israel, North Carolina: Your Tuesday Briefing’s what you need to know to start your day.Tue, 23 May 2017 05:59:30 -0400 Engages World, and Fights Washington, on Climate Change state has been as the leading edge of the resistance to President Trump. But of all the battles, none has the global implications of climate change.Tue, 23 May 2017 05:00:27 -0400 it Possible to Resist Deportation in Trump’s America? under draconian state laws, Arizona activists honed an effective strategy for keeping undocumented immigrants in the country. Can the same tools still work today?Tue, 23 May 2017 05:00:24 -0400 Packed Day of Congressional Testimony, With Russia at the Fore current and former officials will testify before lawmakers on Tuesday, and even those who are not there to talk about Russia will probably be asked about it.Tue, 23 May 2017 05:00:03 -0400 Kushner’s Other Real Estate Empire renters complain about a property owner who they say neglects their homes and often sues when they leave. Few of them know the landlord is the president’s son-in-law.Tue, 23 May 2017 05:00:02 -0400 Academy freshman climb obelisk covered in lard in annual tradition Video first-year students' "plebes no more" ceremony climbing the Herndon Monument was streamed live on Facebook.Tue, 23 May 2017 03:34:51 -0400 From the Right and Left React to Trump’s Riyadh Speech, and More about how the other side thinks: what’s really behind “Trump derangement syndrome,” the likelihood of impeachment and a progressive argument against “Buy American.”Tue, 23 May 2017 03:00:27 -0400 Lopez Dances on Carpool Karaoke With James Corden Monday night's Primetime Carpool Karaoke Special with James Corden, Lopez got down in an entirely new wayTue, 23 May 2017 02:14:17 -0400 al Qaeda Militants Killed in Yemen Raid, U.S. Says raid was intended to gather intelligence on al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula and wasn't targeting specific leaders, a U.S. official said.Tue, 23 May 2017 01:52:50 -0400 Security: No Credible Threat at U.S. Venues Department of Homeland Security says there is no evidence of credible threats against music venues in the U.S., as England reels from an explosion at an Ariana Grande concert late Monday.Mon, 22 May 2017 23:17:00 -0400 740,000 foreigners overstayed visas last year, U.S. officials say of visa overstays was about 200K higher than previous 12-month period, largely because this year's report adds studentsMon, 22 May 2017 20:52:22 -0400 may tap Lewandowski, Bossie as crisis managers: report reportedly contacted both former campaign aides about the idea.Mon, 22 May 2017 19:00:05 -0400 Fishing Hole Spat Could Give Democrats a Shot at a Montana House Seat Thursday's special election approaching, the race for Montana's vacant House seat has gone national. The president's son Donald Trump Jr. flew to the small town of Hamilton to raise money for Republican businessman Greg Gianforte; Bernie Sanders made a four-stop swing through the Big Sky to stump for Democrat Rob Quist. Both parties have tried to nationalize the race: The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee injected $600,000 into the contest, and its Republican counterpart has already spent several times that.With the congressional midterms still 18 months away, Democrats have seized on House special elections as an early test of their political energy and an opportunity to steal a few seats. In a historically red Georgia district, Democrat Jon Ossoff has raised more than $10 million in his bid to replace Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price and is approaching 50 percent in the polls ahead of the June 20 runoff. Kansas Democrat James Thompson narrowly lost his bid to replace CIA director Mike Pompeo, in a district Donald Trump won by 27 points.Quist, a country singer rarely seen without his white cowboy hat, thinks he can kickstart a Democratic turnaround in the House by betting big on the smallest of issues: a fishing hole.In the race to fill the seat vacated by Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke in March, Quist has tapped into deep-seated fears about the fate of Montana's public lands in Republican-dominated Washington. He has held six rallies "for public lands" across the state and been buoyed by a massive "hands off public lands" protest in Helena and a growing network of progressive grassroots groups. At the heart of his critique of his rival is a decade-old story about a river, a trail, and a legal threat that just a few months ago helped dash Gianforte's bid for governor.Gianforte, a wealthy businessman who moved to Montana from New Jersey two decades ago, should have had the wind at his back in the gubernatorial race in a state Trump won easily. But Gov. Steve Bullock, the Democratic incumbent, succeeded in positioning himself as a champion of the outdoors—and Gianforte as its greatest threat.The acquisition of federal lands in the West was a huge issue during the Obama years, culminating in a string of high-profile showdowns between members of the Bundy family and federal agents in Nevada and Oregon. Many Republican state lawmakers, including in Montana, pushed legislation that would compel the federal government to transfer the deed to some of its public lands to their states. Bullock was fiercely against the idea; Gianforte suggested that such a move might be appropriate at a later time. But Gianforte had also donated money to the Republican lawmaker who chaired the American Lands Council, the primary driver of the lands-transfer movement.Maybe that alone wouldn't have been enough to sink Gianforte, but Bullock had a trump card: a 2009 legal battle. Gianforte's property abutted the East Gallatin River outside Bozeman and included an easement long used by locals for fishing. Gianforte argued that the easement was ruining his property and sued the state of Montana to have to have the area closed off. He eventually reached a compromise with the state, but the dispute fed into Bullock's narrative. It was one thing to campaign on the fear that Republicans would try to limit public access to public lands, but it was far easier when Gianforte had actually tried to do it."Montanans have been locked in a battle against wealthy out-of-state land owners buying up land and blocking access to places Montanans have literally enjoyed for generations," Bullock said at the time. He hammered Gianforte's river-access suit in speeches and ads.When, at their final debate, Gianforte sought to dispute the governor's version of events, Bullock pulled out a copy of the complaint, ignoring the agreed-upon prohibition on props."I just want to note the governor violated the rules," Gianforte said."I just want to note Greg Gianforte sued all of Montana," Bullock said.Bullock won by four points."I've been doing this a while and it was one of the most damaging negatives I've ever seen," says Eric Hyers, Bullock's 2016 campaign manager.When the DCCC got involved in the race in April, it wasted no time jumping on the easement fight. "You've seen it before: millionaires buying trophy ranches in Montana, then suing to block you out," a narrator intoned in the group's first ad, over an image of a "no hunting" sign. "Well it's exactly what this millionaire from New Jersey did." Last week, Quist went a few steps further; in two new ads running statewide, he walks along the very riverside trail Gianforte sought to block access to, declaring, "You shouldn't have to be rich to get outdoors in Montana."Other Democrats have tried this line of attack with less success. Zinke, who hails from just outside Glacier National Park, easily won reelection and then the Interior job in part because of the perception that he was more of a conservationist than other candidates.  The key to the public lands movement's success in resisting the land-transfer push has been that it comprises more than just crunchy environmentalists. It also has the backing of hunting and fishing groups and trade associations such as the Montana Wood Products Association.After President Trump's inauguration, fears grew that public lands would come under threat. In late January, one week after the Helena women's march drew record crowds to the capitol grounds, 1,000 demonstrators, organized by a coalition led by the Montana Wilderness Association, crowded inside the capitol building with luminaries such as Bullock, Tester, and Hilary Hutcheson, a fly-fishing guide who hosts a popular TV show on Trout TV. They had a specific concern in mind: that the Trump administration would sign off on a push by congressional Republicans to sell off public lands.Similar events, dubbed "Public Lands in Public Hands," were held across the West—500 people in Santa Fe; 200 in Boise. A few days later, Rep. Jason Chaffetz , who had sponsored the sell-off proposal, backed down. "I hear you and HR 621 dies tomorrow," he wrote in an Instagram post.With Zinke running the Interior Department, the status of Montana's lands is no less fuzzy. In May, Zinke announced that he was reviewing the status of some three dozen national monuments established over the previous three presidential administrations, with the possible end result of revoking their protected status. Among the monuments on the chopping block: Montana's own Upper Missouri Breaks.The clearest sign of how potent the public-lands protests—and messaging—have been is that Gianforte himself is using the protesters' language. "I've been very clear all along that public lands must stay in public hands," he told Montana Public Radio in an interview earlier this month, echoing the language used by the demonstrators. "I've been very clear. I don't support deed transfer of lands. Public lands have to stay in public hands."The race to replace Zinke is in some ways a fitting coda to the political fights of the Obama administration, which saw a new "Sagebrush Rebellion"—the name for the '80s anti-government movement led by Western ranchers— that featured, most sensationally, the antics of the Bundy clan. These new Sagebrushers were backed up by a new crop of local law enforcement leaders who resisted federal authority, as well as legislators, in Washington and state capitals, bent on redistributing federal lands to the states.The Trump administration's push to reconsider places like Upper Missouri Breaks, which have been in the sights of conservative groups for a long time, represents a high-water mark for this movement. Quist is hoping his race is the beginning of another kind of wave.Mon, 22 May 2017 12:11:22 -0400 Court Strikes Down North Carolina's Racial Gerrymander Supreme Court on Monday struck down North Carolina's congressional map, finding that the Republican legislature unconstitutionally used race in drawing district lines that reduced the voting power of minorities.In the 5-3 decision, with ultra-conservative Justice Clarence Thomas joining the four liberal justices in the majority, the court ruled that North Carolina unconstitutionally packed African American voters into two districts, in violation of the 14th Amendment's Equal Protection Clause. Justice Neil Gorsuch, who joined the court in April, did not participate in the ruling."This decision by Justice [Elena] Kagan is a major victory for voting rights plaintiffs, who have succeeded in turning the racial gerrymandering cause of action into an effective tool to go after partisan gerrymanders in Southern states," election law expert Rick Hasen wrote on his blog Monday morning. "That Justice Kagan got Justice Thomas not only to vote this way but to sign onto the opinion is a really big deal."The Republican majority in North Carolina's legislature drew the contested congressional district map in 2011. It added more African Americans to two districts that already had significant black populations and had consistently elected the representatives—all Democrats—favored by most black voters since the 1990s. Voters in those districts sued, claiming the lawmakers had intentionally reduced African American voting power elsewhere in the state. States are generally not allowed to use race as the predominant factor in drawing district lines.To justify their changes to one of those districts, the 1st Congressional District , Republican lawmakers claimed they were complying with the mandate of the 1965 Voting Rights Act , which states that minority voters must be able to elect representatives of their choosing. In a brief to the Supreme Court, the legal team defending the Republican map argued that past voting behavior in CD1 could not predict future voting, particularly since the 2011 map added nearly 100,000 people to the district. A federal district court disagreed in February 2016 and ruled the use of race in drawing CD1 unconstitutional.A map of CD1 shows the lengths Republicans went to in order to fill it with as many African Americans as possible. A brief from the lawyers for the citizens fighting the map describes the district as "a behemoth sprawling from the rural Coastal Plain to the City of Durham, extending tendrils to sweep in pockets of African-American voters."Kagan's majority opinion found that the state unconstitutionally used race in drawing the map for CD1. "Although States enjoy leeway to take race-based actions reasonably judged necessary under a proper interpretation of the VRA, that latitude cannot rescue District 1," she wrote. "Neither will we approve a racial gerrymander whose necessity is supported by no evidence and whose raison d’être is a legal mistake."Specifically, the Supreme Court found that the state's argument that the VRA could be used to pack black voters into a district was not supported by the law. "[W]e further uphold the District Court’s decision that §2 of the VRA gave North Carolina no good reason to reshuffle voters because of their race," the opinion states.The 12th Congressional District is even more curiously constructed. It is 120 miles long but only 20 miles across at its widest point—making it so thin as to be barely perceptible on a map. CD12 has long been serpentine, but the new map exacerbated its strange shape. It doesn't contain any whole counties or cities, but rather portions of six counties and 13 towns and cities. The Republican legislature explained its shape by saying it was based on partisan, not racial, concerns. The goal was to make it even more overwhelmingly Democratic in order to help Republicans win surrounding districts—a tactic that is presumably legal because states are allowed to consider partisanship when drawing districts. But in its February 2016 ruling, the federal district court found that race was the predominant consideration in drawing CD12 as well.The Supreme Court deferred to the district court's decision on CD12. "[W]e uphold the District Court’s finding of racial predominance respecting District 12," Kagan wrote. "The evidence offered at trial, including live witness testimony subject to credibility determinations, adequately supports the conclusion that race, not politics, accounted for the district’s reconfiguration."Despite the Supreme Court's decision, the 2011 map has served Republicans well in North Carolina even as it has made its way through state and federal court. In 2012 and 2014, when the statewide vote was closely divided, Republicans won 10 of the state's 13 House seats. In 2016, with a slightly tweaked map, Republicans kept that 10-3 advantage, even as Donald Trump barely won the state and a Democrat, Rory Cooper, won the governorship.Mon, 22 May 2017 11:17:39 -0400