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    Dixie Rep. Won With Immigration Reform

    Anti-immigration groups vowed to defeat Rep. Renee Elmers as punishment for supporting a reform bill. But she beat back a primary challenger handily—with some outside support.

    Rep. Renee Ellmers, the nurse turned North Carolina congresswoman, was a top House target for anti-immigration groups looking to knock off a rare pro-reform House Republican in a GOP primary this year. Beat Ellmers, the thinking went, and teach the rest of the party a lesson.

    But on Tuesday night, Ellmers easily beat back a challenge from Frank Roche, a businessman and perennial political candidate who had made Ellmers’s support for immigration reform the centerpiece of his effort to oust her. The race had attracted national attention as a test case of a GOP incumbent facing a conservative primary electorate in the wake of declaring support for an immigration reform bill that would support a path to legal status but not citizenship for the nation’s 11 million undocumented immigrants.

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    In the Backseat With Janelle Monae

    The singer discussed her inspirations and excellent third album, ‘The Electric Lady,’ during Moogfest in North Carolina.

    Janelle Monáe is heading home to Wondaland. The cult-favorite R&B singer and her inseparable collaborators Nate “Rocket” Wonder and Chuck Lightning have just held a midday panel discussion of their work in front of an audience at the Asheville music festival Moogfest, followed by a rushed tour of the Moog Music electronic instrument factory and the shortest photo shoot in recorded history. (“Can you just stand next to that brick wall right there?”) Now, the trio and their entourage have piled into a limo to whisk them back to the airport and to the Atlanta compound where the three of them work their magic.

    “The artist’s job is to give people hope,” Monáe declared at the panel—the sort of grand pronouncement she likes to make. In the car, I ask which artists give her hope right now. “Pharrell is inspiring for us,” Monáe says. “We share a lot with him. And I loved that documentary Cutie and the Boxer. Ushio Shinohara and his wife are artists; they've been together for over 40 years. He's still inspiring.”

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    All were hotly debated.

    A flurry of abortion legislation passed last night in the U.S. and Ireland. Illinois voted to require some level of parental notification at least 48 hours before a girl has an abortion, bringing back a 1995 measure. According to the Associated Press, “the law goes into effect in 35 days unless it’s appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court.” The North Carolina House voted for a bill requiring surgical-center standards for abortion clinics, and doctors to be present for an entire surgical abortion and for a first dose of a chemically induced abortion. Because it was inserted into a motorcycle safety bill, opponents took to Twitter with the hashtag #vaginamotorcycles. And after a round-the-clock debate in Ireland’s Parliament, lawmakers voted to legalize abortion “in exceptional cases where doctors deem the woman's life at risk from her pregnancy.” It’s the first step away from a ban for the predominately Catholic country.