Donald Trump Faces Foreign Policy Tests

CHARLOTTE. NC–  President Trump’s administration is being tested this week – with visits from the leaders of China, Egypt and Jordan, missile tests from North Korea and chemical attacks in Syria. What Does Trump’s ‘America First’ Message Mean for Foreign Policy? WCCB Political Contributor Mary C. Curtis weighs in.

NCAA Deadline Looms, Confusion Over HB2 Repeal Efforts

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – Another effort to craft legislation to get rid of North Carolina’s “bathroom’s bill” and halt more economic losses appears gone as Republicans and Democrats point fingers over whether an agreement ever existed. The GOP-controlled legislature and Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper have been trying to find a way to repeal House Bill 2 before the NCAA decides to leave the state out of hosting championship events through 2022. The NCAA had mentioned a deadline this week. House Speaker Tim Moore and Senate leader Phil Berger said Tuesday evening that they had agreed to a plan from Cooper’s office that would repeal HB2 but include other provisions. Berger said Cooper backed out of that plan. The House Democratic leader said later there had been no formal offer and called the Republican leaders’ news conference a stunt because the GOP lacks the votes to pass a bill.

WCCB Political Contributor, Mary C. Curtis, weighs in.

Rex Tillerson’s Plan to Skip NATO, Visit Russia Puts Allies on Edge

WASHINGTON (CNN) — The State Department scrambled Tuesday to suggest new dates for Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to attend a meeting of NATO foreign ministers after his plan to skip the annual gathering, but travel to Russia came to light. Tillerson’s decision to miss his first NATO meeting but visit Russia a week later plunged his department into damage control, frustrated allies and left analysts scratching their heads at an administration that once again is rubbing Europe the wrong way and raising questions about its commitment to its Western allies. WCCB’s Political Contributor Mary Curtis weighs in.

President Trump’s Revised Travel Ban to Take Effect

President Donald Trump’s revised travel ban is scheduled to take effect tomorrow. Today, his executive action will be scrutinized in federal courtrooms across the country. In Maryland, a federal judge will hear arguments from the ACLU and others who want to stop the new directive. Hawaii’s lawsuit is heading to a U.S. court in Honolulu, while Washington state wants its own hearing before a federal judge in Seattle. Questions remain… What’s next? Why are states still suing? WCCB’s Political Contributor Mary C. Curtis weighs in.

 

‘A Day Without a Woman’

CHARLOTTE, NC– Timed to coincide with the U.N.-designated International Women’s Day, organizers hope today’s ‘A Day Without a Woman’ movement will help people realize the contributions women make to society.  They are asking women to take the day off from paid and unpaid work, not spend any money, and wear ‘red’; the color of solidarity.  In North Carolina, some school districts including Chapel Hill-Carborro canceled classes…but will there be a lasting effect? WCCB Political Contributor Mary C. Curtis weighs in.

The NCAA / HB2 Deadline

CHARLOTTE, NC — The NCAA gave North Carolina until the end of February to repeal HB2 – or no games for six years. That deadline has passed and both sides are still at odds over what repeal would look like. WCCB Political Contributor Mary. C Curtis weighs in.

Turmoil in the Trump Administration

CHARLOTTE, NC– Michael Flynn is out as National Security Adviser in the Trump administration. Investigation reveals that a number of other top Trump aides also had constant contact with Russia during the campaign. What was the motive behind the conversations? What are the next steps for the Trump administration? WCCB Political Contributor Mary C. Curtis is weighs in.

So What About the I-77 Toll Lanes?

CHARLOTTE, NC —  The battle over the I-77 toll lanes project heads back to court today. A three-judge panel will hear Widen I-77’s appeal against the tolls running on 77 from Charlotte to Lake Norman. WCCB Political Contributor Mary C. Curtis weighs in.

Will Donald Trump’s Supreme Court pick, Neil Gorsuch, run into Senate roadblocks?

CHARLOTTE, NC —  The White House is paving the way for Constitutional Conservative Neil Gorsuch to fill the open spot on the nation’s highest court. Right now, it doesn’t seem like Democrats will put up much of a fight over his Supreme Court nomination. WCCB Political Contributor Mary C. Curtis weighs in.

President Trump’s Wall Plan. How Will It Work?

CHARLOTTE, NC —  President Donald Trump plans to sign several executive orders today, including one to build a wall on the border with Mexico. Other orders are expected to eliminate sanctuary cities, cutting down on the number of refuges coming in to the United States. WCCB Political Contributor Mary C. Curtis weighs in.