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December 11, 2017

Hey, there are a lot of big movies opening up this month. One is a “Star Wars” installment and another involves Matt Damon becoming 5 inches tall.

I am mentioning this just to prepare you for a short discussion of gun laws. There’s been another big vote in Congress, and attention…

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December 10, 2017

When Democrats attack pro-growth tax reform as “trickle-down economics,” I can understand their rhetorical intent. But the charge is silly on multiple levels – including the fact that every Democrat who ever serves in state or local office spends great time and effort to try…

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December 09, 2017

There is a line often attributed to an unknown Chinese source: “May you live in interesting times.”

And we do.

A very strange man lives in the White House. Another scary guy far away plays with nuclear missiles as if they were sparklers. The Arctic is melting. Oh, and Congress is in…

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December 08, 2017

Show me a person who has no true friendships and I’ll show you someone with little if any talent for generosity, which is a muscle built through interactions with those who have no biological or legal claim to you but lean on you nonetheless.

Show me a person who has no true friendships and…

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December 07, 2017

When Bill Clinton survived impeachment, there was a sense among his advocates that they weren’t just defending one philanderer; they were defending sex itself. To be against a president’s dalliances was to be a Comstock, a Babbitt, a pleasure-hating heartland prude. To be for Clinton,…

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December 06, 2017

Imagine if your bosses got fired, and for more than six months, no one replaced them. You’re not allowed to perform the tasks that your bosses do, so you’re stuck trying to keep things running without much authority.

Since June, that’s been the reality for the state agency charged…

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December 05, 2017

MUMBAI, India – In a recent MSNBC interview I described President Donald Trump as a “brain-eating disease.”

I did so because his indecent behavior, and nonstop outrageous tweets and actions, force you as a commentator into a terrible choice: either ignore it all and risk…

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December 04, 2017

The House Judiciary Committee just voted to make it impossible for a state to always keep people convicted of violent offenses from carrying concealed weapons.

That was just a detail in a very long day and really dreadful debate about the right to bear arms. In a normal world it might be the talk…

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December 03, 2017

North Carolina has collected less state revenue so far than projected for the 2017-18 fiscal year, to the tune of about $134 million. Alarm about this would be premature – we’ve learned in recent years not to panic based on only a few months of data – but the trend does…

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December 02, 2017

If this had been a slightly addled elderly man at the end of the bar deep into his third martini pontificating about America’s latest newfangled secret weapon – an invisible jet fighter instilling fear into our evildoing enemies – well, you could simply buy him another…

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