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December 27, 2017

There is nothing more characteristic of the Trump era, with its fire hose of misinformation, scandal and hyperbole, than that America and its allies recently managed to win a war that just two years ago consumed headlines and dominated political debate and helped Donald Trump himself get elected…

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December 26, 2017

At the end of this banner stock market year, you can bet that major business publications will be naming their investor of the year. You can stop now. I have the winner, and nobody is even close when it comes to his total return on investment: Vladimir Putin, the Russian president.

A recent report…

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December 24, 2017

There’s a valid argument against federal tax reform – an argument that didn’t apply to North Carolina’s path-breaking reforms – but congressional Democrats and their ideological allies are spending most of their time repeating misleading talking points about…

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December 23, 2017

Family values. How long have we been subjected to that subjective phrase, championed by Republicans who equated it with heterosexuality, fecundity and Christian piety – and who appointed themselves the custodians of those?

Well, they lost any remaining claim to that mantle by embracing…

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December 22, 2017

I am not appalled that the Republican tax bill cuts the corporate tax rate to 21 percent. Some of my liberal friends treat this as a moral horror and trot out all sorts of awful distributional tables to prove it. But the fact is that Barack Obama repeatedly proposed cutting it to 28 percent and the…

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December 21, 2017

For the second time in as many years, Senate Democrats walked out on their Republican colleagues and left them to conduct legislative business by themselves.

The first time they did it was in March 2016, when the Senate prepared to vote on House Bill 2 just hours after the “bathroom…

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December 20, 2017

As we consider the vital importance of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline to Eastern North Carolina’s economic future, let’s take a minute to imagine the region without the pipeline.

First, economic growth in the state will continue to leave Eastern North Carolina behind.

Without the the…

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December 19, 2017

Back in the late 1970s, when I was covering the Lebanese civil war, a story made the rounds in Beirut that the Lebanese Christian Phalangist militia had come up with a novel way of discovering a Palestinian trying to pass through one of its checkpoints. The Phalangists would show the driver a…

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December 15, 2017

The tree is finally up and decorated with ornaments from years past, ours, my mama’s and some that my sister passed down to us. That makes it a good Christmas tree of memories.

There have been many Christmas movies and concerts on television with the glorious old Christmas carols that you and…

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December 14, 2017

There are fine constitutional lawyers who can argue back and forth about the Masterpiece Cakeshop case the Supreme Court heard last week, which will determine whether a Christian baker can decline to make a same-sex couple’s wedding cake. The court’s decision will either limit anti-…

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