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Zoe Schlanger

Zoë Schlanger is Frontpage Editor at TPM. Zoë was a TPM intern in 2011, and prior to returning here she was editor in chief of NYU Local, the alternative independent student news site at NYU. Zoë has interned at places like the Nation, InsideClimate News, The Rachel Maddow Show and Gothamist. She can be reached at zoe@talkingpointsmemo.com.

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An 11-year-old boy in Belleville, Illinois was fatally shot by another child Tuesday night, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported Wednesday.

Police did not release details about the boy's identity, nor the identity of the child who shot the handgun, according to the Post-Dispatch. The boy was taken to a nearby hospital and was pronounced dead on arrival.

North Carolina voters have a higher opinion of the Moral Monday protesters who have been swamping the capitol in recent months than they do of the legislature that occupies it, according to a PPP poll released Tuesday.

The Democratic leaning firm also found that North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory (R) has found himself with a negative net approval rating. Forty percent of voters told PPP that they approve of the job McCrory has been doing while 49 percent said they disapprove. McCrory recently ridiculed the Moral Monday protesters, who he said do "not represent the majority of those who call themselves moral."

Asked which they had a higher opinion of, 47 percent of voters chose the protestors while 41 percent chose the General Assembly, PPP reported. The protesters have been gathering, and often getting arrested, at the state capitol each week to oppose the state's GOP policymaking.

In addition, only 34 percent of voters said they support the abortion-restriction bill the governor has promised to sign, while 48 percent want him to veto the bill, according to the poll.

PPP used automated phone interviews to survey 600 North Carolina voters between July 12-14. The margin of error was 4 percent.

An Afghan interpreter for U.S. special forces says his military handlers are to blame for atrocities against civilians in Wardak, Afghanistan, Reuters reported Tuesday.

Zakeria Kandahari was detained by Afghan authorities six weeks ago for alleged involvement in torturing and killing civilians. In an interview obtained by Reuters, he denied involvement in the murders, and said he was always acting on orders from the American special forces.

The U.S. military denies this accusation. From the Reuters report:

U.S. military officials have consistently denied special forces participated in, or turned a blind-eye to, torture and illegal killings by Afghans working with them in Nerkh.

"U.S. forces conducted several investigations which determined there was no credible evidence to substantiate misconduct by ISAF or U.S. forces," a senior spokesman for the force told Reuters on Tuesday.

Authorities said a 2-year-old girl on Saturday near Tucson, Ariz. was shot in the leg by her uncle, who accidentally discharged his weapon, the Arizona Republic reported.

Richard Moreno, 23, was just outside the girl's home when the firearm went off, authorities said. The bullet went through a wall and struck the girl in the leg while she was in another room. Moreno then fled the scene, according to authorities, who later arrested him in his mother's home.

The girl was recovering, according to Phoenix television station KPHO

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) said Sunday he would allow a vote on the Senate floor on a bill that would ban abortions after the 20th week of pregnancy, but emphasized that such "fringe issues" should not be the focus of Congress.

"It's the Senate, we'll take it up," Reid said on NBC's Meet The Press, adding, "I think we should deal with the problems that affect this country. We need to do something to help the working class and stop worrying about fringe issues."

Host David Gregory pressed Reid, who has described himself as pro-life in the past, if the restriction was a reasonable proposal. 

"I'm happy to take a look at this. I repeat: let's do things the vast majority of Americans think we should deal with," Reid said.

President Obama spoke with Russian President Putin on the phone Friday, according to the White House.

"The two leaders noted the importance of U.S.-Russian bilateral relations and discussed a range of security and bilateral issues, including the status of Mr. Edward Snowden and cooperation on counter-terrorism in the lead-up to the Sochi Winter Olympics," according to the White House statement.

A 6-year-old boy was shot by his 5-year-old playmate in Lake Arrowhead, Calif., on the Fourth of July, the local Mountain News newspaper reported Thrusday.

The two boys found a loaded pistol in an unlocked closet in the older boy's grandparents' home, the newspaper reported. The boys used the gun to play the game "cops and robbers," according to a sheriff's report obtained by the paper. 

It was unclear from the part of the article in front of newspaper's paywall what the boy's condition was following the shooting.

North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory (R) told the Wilson Times in an interview published Thursday he has attended the "Moral Monday" demonstrations that have drawn thousands to the state capitol each week since spring, to protest GOP policy in the state. His impression of the protesters was less than flattering, according to the paper.

"I go out in the crowd all of the time,” McCrory told the newspaper on Wednesday. "Frankly, yesterday I went out and talked to several of them and they were not very respectful. They did not represent the majority of those who call themselves moral by cussing me out. But that’s the way things go some times.” 

This week's protest expressed outrage at a restrictive anti-abortion bill GOP lawmakers are pushing through the state legislature, tacked on to a bill about motorcycle safety. More than 700 people attended the protest, and 64 were arrested.

h/t MaddowBlog, News Observer

Secretary of State John Kerry's wife, Teresa Heinz Kerry, was moved to a rehabilitation facility Thursday following her hospitalization for a seizure-like episode she suffered over the weekend, CBS reported.

"Teresa Heinz Kerry and her family are very pleased that her condition has been upgraded from 'fair' to 'good,' allowing her move today from Massachusetts General Hospital to Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Boston for the next phase of her recovery," State Department spokesman Glen Johnson said in a statement.

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