The U.S. Justice Department is challenging North Carolina’s HB2, the so-called “bathroom law,” saying it is in violation of the Civil Rights Act:

The federal letters said, “Access to sex-segregated restrooms and other workplace facilities consistent with gender identity is a term, condition or privilege of employment. Denying such access to transgender individuals, whose gender identity is different from their gender assigned at birth, while affording it to similarly situated non-transgender employees, violates Title VII.”

The Justice Department letters ask for a response by May 9 on “whether you will remedy these violations of Title VII.”

At today’s White House briefing, Josh Earnest again went out of his way to put his comedy stylings on full display:

Highly skeptical? You’re not alone: