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August 28, 2018

You can learn a lot about the state legislature by looking at the bills that didn't pass.

Lawmakers file more than a thousand bills during every two-year session. And behind each failed proposal is a decision by leadership — either that the measure lacks enough support in the majority party,…

Colin Campbell

August 27, 2018

Two words explain the extraordinary significance of the upcoming fall election. The first is "subpoenas." The second is "women."

If Republicans lose one or even both houses of Congress, the impact on legislation would be fairly small. President Trump would retain his veto and more than enough…

Steve and Cokie Roberts

August 27, 2018

According to a recent Gallup poll, 57 percent of Democratic voters view socialism positively, more than the 47 percent who view capitalism positively. If that sounds utterly bonkers to you, join the club.

A closer look at the findings did not diminish my dismay. It turns out that the percentage of…

john hood

August 26, 2018

Recent events in our city, state and nation regarding race relations demand a pause in the inflammatory rhetoric to allow a time of thoughtful discernment. It is often said these days that “we are now more divided than ever.” Is this really true?

Are race relations really at an all time…

072217 Greg Murphy

August 26, 2018

Many in the intelligence community have been quietly dismayed by the hyperbolic partisan behavior of former CIA director John Brennan since Donald Trump took office. But by revoking Brennan's security clearance, President Trump has managed to turn Brennan from an embarrassment into a martyr.



August 26, 2018

Leonard Bernstein, "Lenny" to his friends would have been 100 Saturday. A child of Ukrainian Jewish immigrants, Bernstein rose to become one of the world's greatest musical icons. He brought us the Jets and the Sharks in "West Side Story," as well as enduring New York serenades. Moreover, he showed…

Scott Duke Kominers

August 25, 2018

No matter how many meetings local leaders hold on road plans, or how many newspaper articles are written about them, some residents get caught off guard.

This was the case with the Balfour Parkway, which was derailed by widespread public opposition late in the state’s planning process. And it…

August 25, 2018

The news from the Pennsylvania grand jury investigation that more than 300 priests sexually abused children has been horrifying. It follows similar scandals in USA Gymnastics, at Penn State and countless stories about cover ups in schools and other institutions.

Powerful institutions have valued…

Sharon Hirsch

August 25, 2018

We were heartened and encouraged by what we saw and heard at an EPA listening session in Fayetteville earlier this month. After all we’d heard about the Trump administration’s efforts to dismantle the Environmental Protection Agency, it was a different song in a crowded meeting room at…

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August 25, 2018

North Carolina is about to undertake the greatest revolution in health care since the 1965 advent of Medicaid and Medicare. And yes, that includes Obamacare. North Carolina will soon become the largest state in the nation to make a shift to managed care for our 2.1 million Medicaid recipients.…

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