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February 24, 2017

Growing up, I was not a strong fan of peanut butter in almost any form, not the peanut butter sandwich, nor even the peanut butter and jelly sandwich.

The school cafeteria was fond of peanut butter and served it in several different ways, which finally prompted me to ask Mama to let me carry my own…

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February 23, 2017

The most grounded fears about a Donald Trump presidency have always involved incompetence rather than malevolence, the perils of a catastrophically weak presidency rather than the prospect of a near-dictatorship.

So far, many of these fears are being vindicated. Trump’s policy rollouts have…

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February 22, 2017

Legislative Republicans are acting as though their days are numbered.

Having remade the state's fiscal structure in their own likeness, Republicans are now looking to lock in their personal income tax rates with a constitutional amendment and their flush savings reserve, a.k.a. "The Rainy Day Fund,…

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February 21, 2017

Dear President Trump:

These are the moments that make or break a presidency.

First you were tested by a rival — Russia — and utterly failed to appreciate the corrosive impact on our democracy of your indulgence of Russia’s hacking our election. And on Wednesday you’re going…

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February 20, 2017

I know a lot of you were saying in December that this administration wouldn’t last a month. But I’ll bet you didn’t actually have “worry about collapse of the government” written down on your schedule for February.

Americans who went into a state of shock after the…

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February 19, 2017

The recent appointment of U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos exhibited much that is destructive, even demented, about our current political discourse. While objections to her lack of experience in government were understandable, critics went far beyond that to attack her character and question…

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February 18, 2017

It is perhaps symbolic that the North Carolina legislature is one of only three in the country with its own building — and not just any building but one designed by the same architect responsible for the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.

In most states, legislatures…

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February 17, 2017

How should one resist the Trump administration? Well, that depends on what kind of threat Donald Trump represents.

It could be that the primary Trump threat is authoritarianism. It is hard to imagine America turning into full fascism, but it is possible to see it sliding into the sort of…

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February 16, 2017

The peak of Donald Trump’s presidency, so far and perhaps forever, happened before he became the president. It was the deal he struck with Carrier, the Indiana air-conditioning company, to keep a factory open and jobs in the United States. No moment was so triumphantly Trumpian; nothing has…

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February 15, 2017

No doubt envious of all the attention federal politicians are getting in our chaotic nation’s capital, North Carolina’s political leaders have set off a constitutional controversy of their own.

In December, the General Assembly passed legislation requiring Gov. Roy Cooper’s…

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