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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…


January 25, 2019

As the shambolic Trump presidency caroms and lurches into Year Three, a shameful governing philosophy has emerged: cruelty for cruelty's sake.

Let us take stock:

Roughly one-quarter of the federal government has been closed for a month, in the longest shutdown in U.S. history. An estimated 800,000…

Eugene Robinson

January 24, 2019

Looking around America today, you can see and feel many things. The dysfunction of some of our institutions, confusion about our principles and values, and a country perhaps slipping beyond our grasp.

Sometimes I feel I can barely breathe; the grievances and the complaints — topped by the…

Georgie Anne Geyer

January 23, 2019

At long last, we’ve learned who UNC Chancellor Carol Folt is, just in time to say farewell.

Folt’s impending departure — marking the second time in a matter of months that a top UNC chief cut ties with a reckless and feckless Board of Governors — made for a stunning bit…


January 22, 2019

For those of us who don't often get outside the cities — or very far beyond our own towns — North Carolina geography can be confusing.

Franklinton is in Franklin County, but the town of Franklin sits 300 miles west in Macon County. Meanwhile the town of Macon is in Warren County, not…

Colin Campbell

January 18, 2019

For lawmakers looking for a way to end the longest government shutdown in history, we have a suggestion. Google the 13th Amendment and read what it says. It’s just one sentence.

“Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have…

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