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People pass signs of support near the US Capital in Washington, DC on January 10, 2021. - Donald Trump faced fresh calls Sunday from some members of his own party to resign over the violent incursion into the US Capitol, as the threat builds for a historic second impeachment effort in his final 10 days in the White House. (Photo by Andrew CABALLERO-REYNOLDS / AFP)
READ: Articles of Impeachment Against Trump Charge ‘Incitement of Insurrection’

"He will remain a threat to national security, democracy, and the Constitution if allowed to remain in office."

Wrongfully imprisoned for more than 40 years, Ronnie Long received word of his pardon from Gov. Roy Cooper hours after the publication of a Cardinal & Pine series. (Image via 'Free Ronnie Long' on Facebook)
‘Tears of Joy’: After Four Decades of Wrongful Imprisonment, Ronnie Long Pardoned

Ronnie Long, who was featured this week in a Cardinal & Pine series, received word of his pardon Thursday from NC Gov. Roy Cooper.

Held in prison for 44 years for a crime he didn't commit, Ronnie Long meets a new world. (Image via "Free Ronnie Long" on Facebook)
Fresh Shrimp and Creamsicles: Ronnie Long Meets the World Again

Wrongfully imprisoned in NC for 44 years, Ronnie Long comes to terms with a different world than the one he knew.

Kicking back at his Durham home after more than 40 years of wrongful imprisonment, Ronnie Long is still waiting on an official pardon from NC Gov. Roy Cooper. (Image via Ashleigh Long)
Wrongfully Imprisoned for 44 Years, Ronnie Long Waits on Roy Cooper to Pardon Him

Ronnie Long talks to C&P about his four-decade wait for justice. And now, his wait for a pardoning from NC Gov. Roy Cooper.

A protester kneels in the street before continuing with those marching through uptown after George Floyd's killing. Floyd's death sparked widespread outcry and, in North Carolina, a racial equity task force that assembled a lengthy list of recommendations for criminal justice reform. (Photo for Cardinal & Pine by Grant Baldwin).
Marijuana and Body Cams: Here Are the Big Ideas in Cooper Task Force’s Criminal Justice Report

Cooper's racial justice task force, created after George Floyd's killing, wants more training, fairer drug laws, and police accountability.

House Speaker Tim Moore in a May 4 press conference with Gov. Roy Cooper. Despite scant evidence of voter fraud, Moore has spearheaded the push for voter ID in North Carolina.
‘We’re Still Very Early in the Game’: Why NC GOP’s Voter ID Win Doesn’t Settle Legal Case

A senior counsel with the Southern Coalition for Social Justice talks the next steps in the long-running legal battle over voter ID in NC.

Protestors gather across the street from the North Carolina state legislative building as they voice their concerns over House Bill 2, in Raleigh, N.C., Monday, May 16, 2016. House Bill 2, also known as the Bathroom Bill, which requires transgender people to use the public restroom matching the sex on their birth certificate, received the attention of national media and the White House before its 2017 repeal. (Photo By Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)
HB2 Is Officially Dead and Gone in NC. Here’s Why That Matters.

The sunset of NC’s repeal of HB2 could have far-reaching effects, impacting local non-discrimination ordinances and, even, minimum wage rules.