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February 11, 2019

North Carolina’s most important emergency is not the next federal government shutdown. Nor is it a fake national emergency on the nation’s southern border.

Our state’s real emergency is a real threat to its dominant position in the world of barbecue.

Forget for a moment about our…


February 10, 2019

Black History Month is a celebration of an amazing culture!

African-Americans have made tremendous contributions to the fabric of America. For example, Dr. Shirley Jackson, a theoretical physicist, developed the touch-tone telephone, caller ID and the fiber-optic cable. Marie Ban Brittan Brown…

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February 08, 2019

With Democrats embracing neo-socialist policies to eliminate private health insurance and fossil fuels, America's political center is up for grabs. In his State of the Union address Tuesday night, President Trump made a concerted — if belated — play for it.

A State of the Union address…


February 01, 2019

Just what we need, another ego-crazed billionaire with zero experience in government who thinks he is destined to be president. What could go wrong?

Howard Schultz, the man who put a Starbucks on every corner, said in a "60 Minutes" interview aired Sunday that he is mulling a run for the White…

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January 31, 2019

A House-Senate conference committee is beginning work on a package of border security policies that, it is hoped, can win the support of both Democrats and Republicans. The final product is certain to include several measures that already have full, bipartisan approval: more immigration judges,…

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January 30, 2019

Hurry up and wait.

That's the message for Republican candidate Mark Harris, who asked a Superior Court judge to do what North Carolina's election honchos won't — declare him the victor in Congressional District 9.

Harris may ultimately be the victor, but not here, and not now, not when North…


January 29, 2019

I've been going to the March for Life since I was in college. After a few years of getting lost in the crowd, my new tradition is to run or Uber ahead to the Supreme Court, spend some time with the demonstrators outside and then meet the march as it comes up the hill. And, oh my goodness — it…


January 28, 2019

North Carolina Republicans lost their General Assembly supermajorities in the 2018 midterms, and the GOP nationally lost ground in both legislatures and governorships after years of dominance in state capitals. So, as state lawmakers begin their 2019 sessions, should we expect dramatic changes in…

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January 27, 2019

The promise of “Medicare for All” polls well. But if Democrats endorse the concept in large numbers, and make it or some other large-scale expansion of government health plans a centerpiece of the party’s brand going into the 2020 election cycle, Republicans will be among the…

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January 26, 2019

Chapel Hill is still stunned.

Folks here woke up on Tuesday last week to see the base of the Silent Sam monument gone, thanks to the surprising and decisive action of UNC-CH Chancellor Carol Folt. She ordered removal of the base at the same time she announced her retirement to be effective at the…

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