March 23, 2017

I have been devoting this space to deliberately implausible ideas lately, and the time has come to turn to an issue that our politicians are actually debating: health care reform. Though “debating” might be a strong word, since the politicians I’m talking about are all Republicans,…


March 22, 2017

You have to give credit to state Republicans: They're pretty clever.

They keep finding simple issues to drive their voters to the polls while putting Democrats on the defensive, like an income tax cap.

If the House approves SB 75, voters will decide in November 2018 whether they want the state…


March 21, 2017

Every president has an early foreign policy test, and Donald Trump is no exception. Trump’s test is actually already in progress, and it bears some resemblance to the one faced by a young President John Kennedy. Indeed, Trump’s crisis has best been described as a “slow-motion…

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March 20, 2017

Donald Trump wants us to think he’s like Andrew Jackson. So there he was, at Jackson’s home in Tennessee on Wednesday, celebrating Old Hickory’s 250th birthday.

Fans called Jackson “Old Hickory” because he was tough and shared his men’s hardship and deprivation…


March 19, 2017

Newly elected Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper gave his first State of the State address on March 13. The longtime leader of the North Carolina Senate, Phil Berger, gave the Republican response. Both men were clear and confident in their speeches, which ought to tell you something about the current state…


March 18, 2017

North Carolina remains among the leaders in the South when it comes to quality of life, health, education, the economy and other important measures, according to a new in-depth 50-state survey.

The Tar Heel State still has many problems, ranging from a significant number of people living in poverty…


March 17, 2017

The next time you hear about the sway that Ivanka Trump holds over her father and what a powerful advocate for equal opportunity she is, I want you to remember these numbers:

Twenty. That’s how many men are in, or poised to join, the president’s Cabinet.

Four. That’s how many…


March 16, 2017

On Monday morning of this week a rumor rippled through the world of religious conservatism: It was said that Russell Moore, the president of the Southern Baptist Convention’s policy arm, might be about to lose his job.

For several years now, Moore has been the energetic and winsome spokesman…


March 15, 2017

I love beer, especially craft beer, and from the look of things about 5 p.m. most days so do many other North Carolinians.

But as I enjoy my IPAs, I’m concerned that the big beer companies will someday crush small breweries, just as they did almost 50 years ago.

Craft drinkers want beer with…


March 14, 2017

For many years, the famous Crystal Palace dinner theater in Aspen featured a cabaret song that every audience loved: “The Peanut Butter Affair.”

It told the story of a CEO who had gone to work one day, without properly washing his face, and still had a lump of peanut butter on his chin.…

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