Good morning, everybody! It’s a lovely day for litigation, isn’t it?

Here are some news items we’re talking about today:

1. There’s gonna be a showdown. Gov. Pat McCrory knew, of course, that a federal counter-lawsuit would follow his legal challenge to the U.S. Justice Department’s deadline for North Carolina to certify non-compliance with discriminatory restroom restrictions for transgender citizens.

What he apparently hadn’t counted on, though, is that U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch would make him and the rest of his anti-LGBT crusaders in the General Assembly look so damned small, as the fight is just getting started. And she didn’t even have to smirk. (Take notes, Pat.)

In her remarks Monday, Lynch made it clear that she considers the fight for LGBT rights to be the civil rights struggle of our time. And she reassured the LGBT community not only of her support, but of the inevitability of their victory together.

“Please know that history is on your side,” said Lynch. “This country was founded on a promise of equal rights for all, and we have always managed to move closer to that promise, little by little, one day at a time. It may not be easy – but we’ll get there together.”

Here’s the full video from C-Span: