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December 01, 2018

President Donald Trump does not need, and should not pursue, a war of words with Chief Justice John Roberts.

Both lead equal branches of government. Neither would benefit from ongoing anvil tossing, especially at a time when Trump has no attorney general who can command the respect and attention of…


November 30, 2018

Climate change is happening "primarily as a result of human activities" and its damaging impacts — severe droughts, deadly wildfires, monster tropical storms, punishing heat waves — "are already being felt in the United States." That's not me talking. It's the conclusion of the U.S.…

Eugene Robinson

November 29, 2018

So far this year, North Carolina’s state budget is running a surplus. There’s nothing new about that — robust economic growth and fiscal restraint have produced a series of healthy surpluses since 2014. But both the Cooper administration and the General Assembly need to temper…

john hood

November 28, 2018

What do you think of the proposition that no black youngsters should be saved from educational rot until all can be saved?

Black people cannot afford to accept such a proposition. Actions by the education establishment, black and white liberal politicians and some civil rights organizations appear…

Walter Williams

November 27, 2018

Republican legislators have about 16 questions for Gov. Roy Cooper's administration, and he's refusing to answer.

Cooper and his Department of Environmental Quality skipped a recent legislative committee meeting on the state's $58 million agreement with the developers of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline.…

Colin Campbell

November 26, 2018

The great British statesman and writer Edmund Burke was a critic of his government’s treatment of the American colonies in the years preceding the Revolutionary War. In particular, he insisted that when the colonists objected to taxation by Parliament rather than by their own elected…

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November 25, 2018

President Trump did defy history in the 2018 midterm elections.

While his predecessor, Barack Obama, lost 63 House seats and six Senate seats in his first midterms, Trump held the GOP's House losses to just over half of that and bolstered the GOP majority in the Senate. The combination of a Senate…


November 25, 2018

When I look around the country these beautiful fall days, I find myself delighted with so much that is happening. And then, in the next moment, I am not so much depressed as utterly perplexed.

As readers can well understand, for a writer to be called "perplexed" is a dastardly fate, a curse leveled…

Georgie Ann Geyer

November 22, 2018

What did North Carolina Democrats learn from the elections earlier this month?

A few lessons:

1. North Carolina Democrats learned the great advantages of recruiting good candidates to run in every district, even when the odds of winning some entrenched legislative seats had seemed remote. Well-…


November 22, 2018

Just seven weeks remain for veto-proof Republican supermajorities in the N.C. General Assembly. That gives GOP lawmakers plenty of time to craft, unveil and approve new legislation.

They don't need support from Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper. They need no input from Democratic colleagues in the House…

Mitch Kokai
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