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North Carolina lawmakers tiptoe around NATO concerns

NATO will soon play a crucial role in stamping out the overseas threat posed by the Islamic State. North Carolina lawmakers have been cautious not to rail against an anti-alliance message by Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump while highlighting the importance and value of the multinational relationship. Maintaining a careful balance between public support and quiet opposition has become an art form in the 2016 presidential election.

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Tillis helped create ‘discriminatory’ law, but ruling on it likely won’t hurt him

If a court ruling on North Carolina’s voter ID law sparks a backlash against Republicans, time and distance are on U.S. Sen. Thom Tillis’ side – though he’s one of the controversial law’s most ardent defenders and he cited the protracted legal battle over the measure as one of the reasons he voted against Attorney General Loretta Lynch during last year’s confirmation hearings.

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Clinton charges out of convention, into battle with Trump

The Democratic presidential nominee – who joked that she stayed up late after the Democratic National Convention and was running on a caffeine infusion – used a rally here to open the general election, taking direct aim at Republican rival Donald Trump’s appeal to working-class voters and his promise to bring jobs back to communities still struggling to recover from the economic downturn.

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In a purple state, will Clinton’s coattails help or hurt candidates?

Down-ballot Democrats in North Carolina, like gubernatorial hopeful Roy Cooper and U.S. Senate challenger Deborah Ross, could benefit from Hillary Clinton’s sizable presidential campaign investments in one of the South’s most important swing states. Clinton has launched a much larger field operation and voter turnout campaign in N.C. than Donald Trump has, and supporters say she’s positioned to help statewide Democrats on the ballot in November.

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The new stars of the Democratic Party

Who are the rising stars of the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia? Cory Booker of New Jersey delivered a speech that had delegates abuzz. Conventions can launch political careers, including President Obama’s.

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NC Voter ID law overturned

VIDEO: Dallas Woodhouse, executive director of the NC GOP holds a press conference Friday, July 29, 2016 to respond to a federal court's overturning of the NC Voter ID law earlier that day.
Harry Lynch The News and Observer
NC Voter ID law overturned 1:37

NC Voter ID law overturned

Chelsea Clinton: 'Fights like these — they are what keep my mother going' 1:58

Chelsea Clinton: 'Fights like these — they are what keep my mother going'

Hillary Clinton formally accepts historic nomination for president 5:51

Hillary Clinton formally accepts historic nomination for president

Hillary Clinton's DNC acceptance speech in 40 seconds 0:42

Hillary Clinton's DNC acceptance speech in 40 seconds