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January 22, 2018

One byproduct of the day-to-day chaos of the Trump presidency is that the nation's biggest, long-term challenges are often forgotten. While Washington spent last week agonizing over the prospect of a totally unnecessary government shutdown, what should have been far bigger news went nearly…


Shutdown shows both parties are in fantasy land

January 21, 2018

I served as House majority leader in 2013 during the last government shutdown. A lot has changed in our nation's politics since then, but when it comes to shutdowns, much remains the same. A shutdown is a pretty pointless exercise in self-inflicting a modest wound.

And the media obsession with…


Bob Garner: Basic as a barn

January 21, 2018

A high point of my holidays was a return to Raleigh’s Angus Barn after a long absence. It was grandly decked out for Christmas, as always.

But neither Biltmore-scale decorations nor the exquisite steak dinner our family enjoyed was at the heart of my pleasure.

No, it was the warmth with which…


Chancellor house backlash easy to predict

January 21, 2018

A small amount of foresight may have paved a smoother path forward for the people at the East Carolina University Foundation who are working to buy new digs for the chancellor in posh Star Hill Farms.

Only a little was needed to imagine that the behind-the-scenes negotiation would spark a backlash…