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November 21, 2017 - 16 minutes ago

President Donald Trump hailed his appointment of Jerome Powell to be the next Federal Reserve chair, citing Powell's "considerable talent and experience." Given the realistic alternatives, Powell was one of Trump's better appointments.

If the economy goes south in the next three years, however,…


House unleashes avalanche of campaign cash

November 21, 2017 - 16 minutes ago

Moneyball politics took a great leap forward when the Supreme Court opened the door to campaign contributions from corporations and unions in the 2010 case Citizens United v. FEC. Now the Republican-controlled House has passed a tax bill that, should it become law, would unleash another tidal wave…


Carolina tax reform sets pace

November 21, 2017 - 16 minutes ago

North Carolina has already accomplished what Republicans in Washington want to pass — historic tax reform that caps or eliminates special-interest deductions, cuts tax rates, and encourages investment, business formation and job creation.

The process began in 2011, after the GOP took charge…


Chemical dumping demonstrates need for regulation

November 20, 2017

There seems no end to the recurring bad news about GenX, the possibly human carcinogen that’s been emitted in various ways for years from the Chemours plant on the Cumberland-Bladen county line. The chemical is used in the manufacture of some coatings that are made at the plant, including…