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March 23, 2018

It's not your imagination. Donald Trump's occupancy of the White House is every bit as insane, corrupt and dangerous as you might fear. Witness this jaw-dropping message to the sitting president of the United States from the former director of the Central Intelligence Agency:

"When the full extent…

Eugene Robinson

March 22, 2018

President Trump denies having an affair with an adult film actress named Stormy Daniels. Yet his lawyer and close confidant Michael Cohen paid Stormy $130,000 — using fake names and shell corporations — to buy her silence on the eve of the 2016 election.

There are only a few…

Steve and Cokie Roberts

March 21, 2018

One of the unavoidable tragedies of youth is the temptation to think that what is seen today has always been. Nowhere is this more noticeable than in our responses to the recent Parkland, Florida, massacre.

Part of the responses to those murders are calls to raise the age to purchase a gun and to…

walter williams

March 20, 2018

Last week was Sunshine Week, the annual event where news organizations promote government transparency and analyze how well our public records and open meetings laws are working.

This year, 10 North Carolina news outlets teamed up to examine whether government agencies are following state law on…

Colin Campbell

March 19, 2018

The state legislature regularly draws fire for its decision to end an old, very generous tax break for film and TV production and replace it with a smaller, more-targeted grant program.

Industry executives issue insults. North Carolinians who used to get more work in the industry cry foul. The…

john hood

March 17, 2018

This week was Sunshine Week, not that we saw a lot of it, either meteorologically or metaphorically. What we got for the start of the week was dark clouds, some wind and even snow.

Some might say it was symbolic of a week designated to shine the light on the need for open government. There is too…

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March 16, 2018

Once again, President Trump has made a cowardly, cynical and monumentally stupid retreat on the issue of guns. No one should have expected otherwise.

Forget everything he said in the wake of the Parkland shooting about the urgent need for meaningful action. Trump now takes a position that will…


March 14, 2018

There are a couple of important economic lessons that the American people should learn. I'm going to title one "the seen and unseen" and the other "narrow well-defined large benefits versus widely dispersed small costs." These lessons are applicable to a wide range of government behavior, but let's…

walter williams

March 13, 2018

For the past three election cycles, I haven't been able to choose my representatives in the state House and Senate.

Sure, those offices appeared on my Election Day ballot. But the choice was between the incumbents — Rep. Darren Jackson and Sen. Dan Blue — and simply not voting. There…

Colin Campbell

March 10, 2018

The “help wanted” sign is popping up all over North Carolina, and while it is a good sign of a healthy economy, it also portends some larger problems. Business owners and managers report they are having an increasingly difficult time finding workers to fill their job vacancies.


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