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February 27, 2017

Bert Lance, President Jimmy Carter's first director of the Office of Management and Budget, managed fewer than nine months in that post before resigning. Mack McLarty, President Bill Clinton's first White House chief of staff, was twice as successful as Lance, if success is measured by tenure.…


Unhealthy North Carolinian's challenge reform

February 27, 2017

Many North Carolina residents are unhealthy.

The facts have been documented extensively: Diabetes, stroke, heart disease, lung cancer and many other diseases take a heavy toll. Obesity and smoking are leading contributors. Poverty and lack of regular medical care for many let chronic ailments…


Krauthammer: Trump and the 'Madman Theory'

February 26, 2017

At the heart of Donald Trump's foreign policy team lies a glaring contradiction. On the one hand, it is composed of men of experience, judgment and traditionalism. Meaning, they are all very much within the parameters of mainstream American internationalism as practiced since 1945. Practically…


Fitzsimon: Possible good news for teachers

February 26, 2017

There is some good news in Raleigh these days for teachers. 

Gov. Roy Cooper this week released a straightforward proposal to raise teacher pay to the national average in five years beginning with a 5 percent increase each of the next two years.

Republican leaders, instead of applauding…