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As the 2020 election approaches, state laws aimed at voter suppression, gerrymandering and purging voters from the official rolls are gaining attention.

For those working to protect voter rights, a victory occurred in North Carolina Tuesday.

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President Donald Trump speaks in the Oval Office of the White House on July 26, 2019, in Washington, DC. (Photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images)

The majority of Democratic organizations give endorsement to Democrats and the same with Republican groups. So GOP groups giving an endorsement to incumbent President Donald Trump is not an outlier.

A Republican group or prominent party member not giving Trump their endorsement would be an indictment of his presidency. But an endorsement is more akin to an acknowledgment that Trump is the current GOP option.

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Lifelong Republican Caitlyn Jenner spoke out against President Donald Trump publicly and clearly for one of the first times since he took office in January 2017.

In an interview with People magazine, Jenner addressed the President directly in response to his administration's plans to establish gender as binary and determined at birth.

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The tattoo in question. (Credit: Estela Martin.)

Estela Martín was testing her swimming skills during an entrance exam for the Spanish army when a male examiner noticed a black lotus flower tattooed on the upper part of her right foot. She was told she could not complete the exam because the tattoo was visible, and that it would be particularly obvious were she to wear a skirt.

The Spanish army’s rules no longer required women to don skirts, however, and Ms. Martín was fully aware of this change in policy, which was re-solidified after her expulsion. The tattoo was not visible when Ms. Martín wore trousers — her typical choice of wardrobe during her service — and she argued she was within regulations, but the examiner refused to budge in his steadfastness against her tattoo, insisting she could one day receive orders to wear a skirt.

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A Bank of America sign is seen in Chelsea, New York on January 8, 2018 in New York. (BRYAN R. SMITH/AFP/Getty Images)

One of the most basic and essential banking services—and the gateway to establishing credit—may now be a privilege only for the well-to-do, or at least the financially stable and predictable. Need to pay for basics, like housing and utilities, with a check? You may pay more to do so than your higher-earning neighbors.  

In January, Bank of America announced the end of its Free Checking service. The bank was one of the largest, and only remaining, brick-and-mortar banks to offer this service. Existing customers are now funneled into the bank’s Core Checking program, an option that requires customers to keep a minimum daily balance of $1,500 or make at least one direct deposit a month of $250 or more. If your balance dips below that point, you’ll be charged $12 a month. In other words, if you don’t have enough money to meet those qualifications, get ready to get more broke.

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A lesbian couple is receiving a public apology and $10,000 in damages from a county clerk’s office in West Virginia to settle a lawsuit after an official allegedly called the couple an “abomination."

According to a complaint filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia, Deputy Clerk Debbie Allen made the comment a year and a half ago as she processed Amanda Abramovich and Samantha Brookover's marriage license in Gilmer County, telling them God would “deal” with them. Another clerk agreed, telling the couple it was Allen’s “religious right” to harass the couple.

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Wednesday after work, Srinivas Kuchibhotla and Alok Madasani went to Austins Bar and Grill to watch a college basketball game and have a drink. The engineers for Garmin reportedly visited regularly. This visit ended when Adam Purinton allegedly shot both men killing Kuchibhotla and injuring Madasani and Ian Grillot.

A bartender claims that Purinton used "racial slurs," assuming they were Muslim, and another witness says he shouted "get out of my country" before shooting the men.

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