The Senate impeachment trial began with political theater over rules. Senate Republicans prefer an expeditious trial while Democrats who rushed to impeach in the House are suddenly demanding witnesses and crying “coverup.” So let’s break down what’s really going on in the fight over witnesses.

Sunday, January 26, 2020

President Donald Trump rightly touted “America’s extraordinary prosperity” in his speech at the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland, on Tuesday. But his history of overlooking the global component of that success is wrongheaded, especially because transnational threats can reverse the uninterrupted U.S. economic growth that began during the Obama era.

Saturday, January 25, 2020
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Senate Republicans on Tuesday laid the groundwork for a truncated trial of President Trump that would be a perversion of justice. Proposals by Democrats to obtain critical evidence were voted down. Unless several senators changed their positions, votes to acquit Mr. Trump on the House’s charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress could come as soon as next week without any testimony by witnesses or review of key documents. That would be unprecedented compared with previous presidential impeachments. It would gravely damage the only mechanism the Constitution provides for checking a rogue president.

Thursday, January 23, 2020
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What type of mental condition is it when you lose an election and cannot seem to move on? Isn’t there some type of therapy that will help? I’ve heard that a Greek salad has health benefits.

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Special counsel Robert Mueller warned last July that the Russians had conducted a “sweeping and systematic” campaign to undermine the last presidential election, and that a new attack was already underway. “They’re doing it as we sit here,” he told a Congressional committee.

It would be nice to have faith that, as the Senate prepares its role in the rare and momentous trial of President Donald Trump, it will do the right thing. Confronted with a mountain of evidence that an American president abused his power by shaking down a vulnerable country for his own personal gain — and then stonewalled a congressional investigation into his behavior — senators should spare no effort in conducting a fair and thorough proceeding, complete with witnesses and documentary evidence.

Among the many inspiring displays at the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington is a statue of U.S. Olympic athletes Tommie Smith and John Carlos thrusting their clenched fists into the air as they received their gold and bronze medals at the 1968 Olympics in Mexico City. It was a defining moment of the era — two African American athletes at the pinnacle of global athletics silently telling the world they were one with the struggle for racial equality.

Last September, President Trump announced Executive Order 13888, which required state and local governments to opt in to having refugees settle in their jurisdiction. The move was the president’s latest attempt to curtail immigration, both legal and illegal, and it also posed an important question to the country: Do we want to join Donald Trump in his quest for a whiter America?

A major hiccup has been introduced into Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s plans for a speedy acquittal of President Donald Trump at his impending impeachment trial. Former national security adviser John Bolton said he is prepared to testify if subpoenaed. McConnell was all but prepared to declare the impeachment process dead.

Eight decades after the anti-pot propaganda film “Reefer Madness” stirred a moral panic over marijuana, police and prosecutors in North Carolina are bending the truth to bind hemp to its infamous cannabis cousin.

Every December, the Greenville-Pitt County Chamber of Commerce publishes its legislative priorities based on the feedback we receive from our 950-plus members. These priorities, which are those issues our members consider most important to the wellbeing of Pitt County, drive our advocacy efforts for the coming year. Headlining this list for the past five years has been a call to build a new medical education facility at East Carolina University’s Brody School of Medicine.

Instead of predictable partisan outrage, North Carolina’s legislative leaders should welcome federal judge Loretta Bigg’s decision to temporarily delay implementation of a new law requiring voters produce photo identification at the polling place before they cast their ballots next year.

The list of anti-Semitic attacks in the New York area in December is appalling, a litany of hatred that calls out to be condemned and countered.

Regarding the movement of equity prices, we associate with the words of Alan “Ace” Greenberg, the head of Bear Stearns during the 1987 market crash: “Stocks fluctuate, next question.” The good news in 2019 is that mostly they fluctuated up, which offers a lesson or two.

On Sunday, the kind of news no one wants to see slid across the landscape. There was a shooting at a church in White Settlement outside of Fort Worth, and there were casualties. But as we delved into the details, we will admit feeling first a sense of relief that the loss of life was not larger — two innocent lives were lost along with the assailant — and then a sense of gratitude.

In this Dec. 30 photo, church and community members, including Matt Pacholczyk, left, and his wife, Faith Pacholczyk, stand outside West Freeway Church of Christ for a candlelight vigil in White Settlement, Texas. The machete attack on a rabbi’s home in Monsey, New York, during Hanukkah and …

Buried in the 2020 federal budget bills Congress approved last week is $25 million for gun safety research to be divided between the National Institutes of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The inclusion is less notable for the amount — $25 million is a drop in the bucket when it comes to research funding — than for the fact that Congress budgeted the money at all, ending more than two decades during which it mostly declined to spend research money on this crucial public health issue.