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September 28, 2017

Maybe “some are rapists,” in Donald Trump’s nasty words. But many are geniuses. Just ask the MacArthur Foundation, which responded to our president’s frequent demonization of immigrants, including that infamous phrase, by doing a little math.

Every year since 1981, the…


September 27, 2017

While legislative and congressional districts are redrawn every 10 years to match population changes – so everyone’s vote counts equally – North Carolina’s judicial districts haven’t been redrawn in decades.

Five of them haven’t changed since 1965.…


September 26, 2017

The only time I saw Sam Francis face-to-face – in the Washington Times cafeteria sometime in the late 1980s or early 1990s – I thought he was a crank, but it’s clear now that he was at that moment becoming one of the most prescient writers of the past 50 years.…


September 25, 2017

Donald Trump’s visit to the United Nations has resurrected the question of whether we’d be better off with Mike Pence.

We haven’t mulled that one for a while. Lately, Trump’s stupendous instability has actually been looking like a plus. There he was, telling Democrats that…


September 24, 2017

In September, the GOP officially became the third-largest group of registered voters in North Carolina, as the number of unaffiliated voters surpassed Republican registration for the first time.

In September, the North Carolina Republican Party continued to add registered voters while the…


September 23, 2017

I’d like to offer you two models of human development.

The first is what you might call The Four Kinds of Happiness. The lowest kind of happiness is material pleasure, having nice food and clothing and a nice house. Then there is achievement, the pleasure we get from earned and recognized…


September 22, 2017

You may remember that in a column some few years ago I promised my wife I would not bring up the “H” word before hunting season actually begins. Well, this one is not my fault.

If only she had not said to me early Tuesday morning “Quick, look out the window; there is a turkey in…


September 21, 2017

I’m an awards-show geek who usually spends the morning after the Emmys or Oscars nattering about who was unjustly robbed, who was unwisely dressed and whether it’s a felony in Hollywood to consume more than 300 calories a meal, because it sure looks that way.

But that’s not my…


September 20, 2017

The decision to oust the incumbent mayor of North Carolina’s largest city came down to a margin of just 3,398 voters — 0.6 percent of the registered voters in Charlotte.

Pathetic voter turnout in municipal races is nothing new, and the 8.73 percent turnout for the Charlotte City Council…


September 19, 2017

America faces two serious national security threats today that look wildly different but have one core feature in common — they both have a low probability of happening, but, if they did happen, they could have devastating consequences for our whole country and the world.

One of these threats…

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