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May 14, 2019

Amid the hoopla surrounding educational inputs in North Carolina, it's nice to hear some state lawmakers focusing attention on educational outcomes.

A couple of outcome-focused bills caught this observer's attention last week. Those bills attracted far less scrutiny from reporters and pundits than…

Mitch Kokai

May 14, 2019

On May 7, voters in Denver, Colorado narrowly approved a measure de-criminalizing "magic mushrooms" — mushrooms containing the consciousness-altering compound psilocybin. The measure, National Public Radio reports, "effectively bars the city from prosecuting or arresting adults 21 or older…


May 14, 2019

North Carolina already bans texting and driving. Now state lawmakers want to prohibit all handheld use of smartphones and tablet computers behind the wheel.

House Bill 144, the Hands-Free N.C. Act, seeks to reduce distracted driving dangers by creating the new traffic infraction of unlawful use of…


May 13, 2019

The Denver Post

Kendrick Castillo is a bright light of selflessness and love in days where Americans move from one tragedy to the next, marking their sorrow with headlines and social media posts.

The 18-year-old Colorado senior died Tuesday while saving his classmates from one of two shooters who…

May 13, 2019

Although the North Carolina House has approved its version of a biennial budget, there’s a lot that North Carolinians can’t yet know about how much will be spent, and on what, over the next two years. But here’s something we can assume with near-certainty: Gov. Roy Cooper will…

May 13, 2019

A robust economy with the lowest unemployment rate in 50 years is President Trump’s argument for reelection. He reached his high-water mark in the polls this week with 46 percent approval, making him a slight favorite to win a second term.

This undue credit for the economy is how the system…


May 12, 2019

"Some kids are unwanted, so you either kill them now or kill them later."

That quote is from an Alabama state Democratic representative, John Rogers, speaking a few days ago during debate about an abortion bill.

He went on to say, "You bring them into the world unwanted, unloved, then send them to…


May 12, 2019

Joe Biden's presidential campaign is in trouble. That may sound crazy. The former vice president just opened up a huge lead over the rest of the Democratic field. But beneath the surface, trouble is brewing.

Biden will be 78 on Inauguration Day 2021. That would make him older, if elected, on the…


May 12, 2019

There are roughly 8 million plant and animal species in the world. One of them — homo sapiens — may soon wipe out a million of the rest. And we're just getting started.

That's the depressing bottom line from a comprehensive new United Nations report on biodiversity. Species are going…

Eugene Robinson

May 11, 2019

At his contentious hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Attorney General William Barr dropped a big hint about his investigation into the conduct of the Trump-Russia investigation.

"Many people seem to assume that the only intelligence collection that occurred was a single confidential…

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