Pop Politics flashback: When ‘Homeland’ came to Raleigh

With state lawmakers set to debate renewing tax incentives for film & TV production in North Carolina, Pop Politics presents today’s pic, taken last summer and featuring Republican Gov. Pat McCrory (far left) chatting with “Homeland” star Claire Danes (far right), while the show was shooting across the street from the State Capitol in downtown Raleigh.

(Photos: Governor’s Office)

Comments made by McCrory and legislative leaders this week indicate that the incentives, which are set to expire this year, may face an uphill battle for renewal in their current form – a 25 percent refundable tax credit offered to filmmakers who have a qualified direct in-state spend of at least $250,000.

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White House plays April Fool’s prank with ‘Beard Council’

The official White House blog played along with the April Fool’s Day spirit by announcing the creation of the President’s Council on Beards, tasked with advising the commander in chief “on issues related to beard growth, health and styles.”

Bewhiskered members named to the faux council include Red Sox first baseman Mike Napoli, comedian Zach Galifianakis and ‘first canine’ Bo.

The post also includes a bit of fun trivia looking at the five U.S. presidents who sported beards while in office:


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‘Beard Caucus’ born as Speaker Tillis vows not to shave until end of session

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Obama fills out ‘March Madness’ bracket

Official White House Photo by Pete Souza

If President Barack Obama’s prognostication pans out, Michigan State fans could be celebrating a national basketball title this year.

For the sixth year, Obama filled out his NCAA men’s basketball tournament bracket on ESPN Wednesday, picking Michigan State and Louisville to reach the championship game after knocking off Florida and Arizona, respectively, in the Final Four.

Among North Carolina schools, the president predicts UNC will reach the Sweet 16 before bowing out to Villnova and that Duke’s run will end in the Elite Eight with a defeat at the hands of Louisville.

The only time Obama has correctly guessed the eventual “March Madness” champ while in office was in 2009 when he picked the Tar Heels to top the field of 64 teams.


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