Pete's Prep: Monday, Dec. 9, 2019

  • Wall Street Journal: "The Justice Department’s watchdog is expected to unveil a sweeping, several-hundred page report on Monday that will pull back the curtain on the process by which investigators sought to surveil a former Trump campaign adviser in 2016."
  • Democrats' attempt to impeach President Donald Trump continues. You can watch it at C-Span. However, it's simply the same narrative being delivered by a different Democrat.
  • Washington Post: "A confidential trove of government documents obtained by The Washington Post reveals that senior U.S. officials failed to tell the truth about the war in Afghanistan throughout the 18-year campaign, making rosy pronouncements they knew to be false and hiding unmistakable evidence the war had become unwinnable."
  • WLOS-TV: "Veterans Retreat of Asheville... will be a mountain haven that [veteran Ralph] Gall said he thinks many service men and women desperately need."
  • City of Asheville released a new "Guide to Affordable Housing"
  • NC Gov. Roy Cooper sent an email to all teachers blaming the Republican General Assembly for his veto of pay raises. Lt. Gov. Dan Forest has issued a letter of his own in response.
  • WBTV: "Children of wartime veterans—including children whose parents have been killed or injured in combat—are scrambling to repay money and adjust budgets for the spring semester after the North Carolina Department of Military and Veterans Affairs slashed a promised state-funded scholarship weeks before the semester’s end."
  • Carolina Journal: "Gov. Roy Cooper contended that when North Carolina receives block grants from Washington, the governor can designate them as “custodial funds” and manage them without legislative oversight. No, said the unanimous appeals-court panel."
  • Asheville Citizen-Times: "A Black Mountain man has been convicted in federal court of communicating threats via Twitter. A federal jury found Joseph Cecil Vandevere, 53, guilty of making a threatening communication to injure another person through interstate commerce, which carries a maximum prison term of five years and a $250,000 fine. A sentencing date has not been set."
  • "Portland, Oregon, like many cities on the left coast, is struggling with a growing homelessness crisis. But what can they do about it? One idea that’s now being floated is to change the building codes so that all new structures (including private property, not just government buildings) include spaces for people to “rest” and “feel welcome and safe.”"
  • Asheville City Councilman Vijay Kapoor is soliciting financial help to plant 2,500 trees. You can read more here.
  • A "performance artist" ate that banana duct-taped to a wall in an art gallery.

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