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2017

Rising Tensions with North Korea: A Timeline
Sept. 5, 2017, 9:59 p.m.

<span style="font-family: Roboto; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; white-space: pre-wrap;">From </span><a href="http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1183491/" style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8013px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration-line: none;" target="_blank"><span style="color: rgb(17, 85, 204); font-family: Roboto; font-size: 11pt; text-decoration-line: underline; white-space: pre-wrap;">&quot;fire and fury&quot;</span></a><span style="font-family: Roboto; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; white-space: pre-wrap;">, to </span><a href="http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1184274/" style="font-family: Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8013px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration-line: none;" target="_blank"><span style="color: rgb(17, 85, 204); font-family: Roboto; font-size: 11pt; text-decoration-line: underline; white-space: pre-wrap;">&quot;locked and loaded&quot;</span></a><span style="font-family: Roboto; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; white-space: pre-wrap;">, and most recently </span><a href="http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1189510/" style="font-family: Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8013px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration-line: none;" target="_blank"><span style="color: rgb(17, 85, 204); font-family: Roboto; font-size: 11pt; text-decoration-line: underline; white-space: pre-wrap;">&quot;All options are on the table&quot;</span></a><span style="font-family: Roboto; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; white-space: pre-wrap;">, the President has had some tough and controversial words for Kim Jong-Un and North Korea after several Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) tests and now a hydrogen bomb test. Some critics worry that these words have worsened the rising tensions with North Korea; other critics simply worry that Twitter may not be the best outlet to issue these statements. </span><span style="background-color: transparent; font-family: Roboto; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-weight: 400; white-space: pre-wrap;">Those who defend him feel that Trump’s words should reflect North Korea’s actions.</span><span style="font-family: Roboto; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; white-space: pre-wrap;"> </span><span id="docs-internal-guid-db5b6f05-c02d-04d6-9c17-7a55f5ecc0c8" style="font-family: Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8013px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal;"> <br> </span><span id="docs-internal-guid-9bf27c9b-53e5-da08-21e8-d8e65474c451" style="font-family: Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8013px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal;"> <p dir="ltr" style="font-size: 12.8013px; line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"> <span style="background-color: transparent; font-family: Roboto; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-weight: 400; white-space: pre-wrap;">While members of Congress have debated the President’s statements, sanctions on North Korea have been strongly supported in both the Capitol and the White House in 2017. Following nuclear tests, the death of Otto Warmbier, and sanctions on North Korea, we’ve seen that tensions between the US and North Korea have only continued to snowball. </span><span style="font-family: Roboto; font-size: 11pt; white-space: pre-wrap;"> &nbsp;&nbsp;</span> </p> <br> <p dir="ltr" style="font-size: 12.8013px; line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"> <span style="font-family: Roboto; font-size: 11pt; white-space: pre-wrap;">This snowball has been rolling for far longer than 2017, however--while Americans threw literal snowballs celebrating New Year’s Day, Kim Jong-un </span><a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/01/world/asia/north-korea-intercontinental-ballistic-missile-test-kim-jong-un.html?mcubz=3" style="font-size: 12.8013px; text-decoration-line: none;" target="_blank"><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Roboto; font-size: 11pt; text-decoration-line: underline; white-space: pre-wrap;">issued a statement</span></a><span style="font-family: Roboto; font-size: 11pt; white-space: pre-wrap;"> about his nuclear plans--setting the tone for the rest of the year. Skip forward 6 months and several missile tests and we arrive at another holiday--the 4th of July. As Americans launched fireworks in their backyards, North Korea celebrated by testing its first ICBM.</span> </p> <br> <p dir="ltr" style="font-size: 12.8013px; line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"> <span style="font-family: Roboto; font-size: 11pt; white-space: pre-wrap;">To visualize the series of events that followed, we have compiled a timeline below outlining the rising tensions between the US and North Korea since the launch and the statements made and actions taken as a result. </span> </p> </span>

2016

The Balancing Act of Determining Discrimination
May 17, 2016, 4:21 p.m.

<span style='background-color: transparent; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: "Times New Roman"; font-size: 16px; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;'>Multiple “religious freedom” bills are currently capturing the attention of state legislatures across the country.</span> <font color="#000000" face="Times New Roman" size="3">“Religious freedom” bills are proposed legislation that call for religious organizations, businesses, and individuals to be protected from penalties for declining to provide services to individuals whose lifestyle conflicts with their sincerely held religious beliefs.</font>

2014

VoteEasy and PCT Results Released in North Carolina
Oct. 27, 2014, 5:54 p.m.

<span style="font-family: Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8012809753418px; font-style: normal; line-height: 19.2019214630127px;">Today, Vote Smart released the results of the National Political Courage Test to&nbsp;</span><a href="http://votesmart.org/voteeasy#.VbuQA7NVhHw" target="_self">VoteEasy</a><span style="font-family: Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8012809753418px; font-style: normal; line-height: 19.2019214630127px;">&nbsp;at&nbsp;</span><a href="votesmart.org" target="_self">VoteSmart.org</a><span style="font-family: Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8012809753418px; font-style: normal; line-height: 19.2019214630127px;">, giving North Carolina voters an invaluable resource for identifying&nbsp;their&nbsp;best political match November 4th. Twenty-two of the congressional and state legislative candidates passed the 2014 Political Courage Test.</span>

VoteEasy and PCT Results Released in North Dakota
Oct. 27, 2014, 4:41 p.m.

Today, Vote Smart released the results of the National Political Courage Test to&nbsp;<a href="http://votesmart.org/voteeasy#.VbuQA7NVhHw" target="_self">VoteEasy</a>&nbsp;at&nbsp;<a href="votesmart.org" target="_self">VoteSmart.org</a>, giving North Dakota voters an invaluable resource for identifying&nbsp;their&nbsp;best political match November 4th. Five of the congressional and state legislative candidates passed the 2014 Political Courage Test.

2013

Why Harry Reid Voted No - And Other Interesting Things from Wednesday's Vote
April 19, 2013, 10:31 p.m.

<p style="margin-bottom: 0in;"> After Wednesday's vote in the Senate on President Obama's proposed gun bill, the Internet was rife with mixed emotions. </p>

Legislative Wrap-Up: Fracking
Jan. 28, 2013, 6:40 p.m.

With new technology comes new debates and in 2012 many state legislatures attempted to regulate a relatively new industry they did not know much about.&nbsp;

Legislative Wrap-Up: Bullying in Schools
Jan. 25, 2013, 7:05 p.m.

Throughout the past decade there has been a national trend of legislation on bullying.

2012

North Carolina Legislative Wrap-Up
Nov. 28, 2012, 5:32 p.m.

The North Carolina General Assembly has biennial sessions with a regular long session in odd years and a short session held on even years. <br>

Same-Sex Marriage Wrap-Up
Nov. 19, 2012, 10:23 p.m.

<p style="margin-bottom: 0in;"> Over the past few years, the country has witnessed an abundance of legislation on both the state and national levels regarding same-sex marriage. </p>

VoteEasy Tool Launched in North Dakota
Sept. 4, 2012, 10:08 p.m.

August E-Newsletter
Aug. 30, 2012, 7:36 p.m.

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VoteEasy Tool Launched in North Carolina
Aug. 22, 2012, 10:28 p.m.

June Common Ground E-Newsletter
June 12, 2012, 6:53 p.m.

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Will your candidates show political courage?
May 23, 2012, 8:24 p.m.

Every election year,&nbsp;Project Vote Smart&nbsp;uses the&nbsp;<a href="http://votesmart.org/about/political-courage-test" target="_blank">Political Courage Test</a>&nbsp;(PCT)&nbsp;to measure the willingness of candidates to provide their positions on key issues. Find out now if your candidates are currently being tested.&nbsp;

April Common Ground E-Newsletter
April 24, 2012, 2:45 p.m.

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2007

Precious Moments
Sept. 7, 2007, 10:08 p.m.

Precious Moments
Aug. 24, 2007, 9:18 p.m.

Precious Moments
Aug. 16, 2007, 11:56 p.m.

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