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June 22, 2017

The United State is engaged just now in a freewheeling debate about — freewheeling debate. Or, to put it more precisely, about how freewheeling debate should normally be. The struggle is being waged across various battlegrounds — college campuses, social media, New York theater, even…


Let's not get carried away

June 22, 2017

I was the op-ed editor at The Wall Street Journal at the peak of the Whitewater scandal. We ran a series of investigative pieces “raising serious questions” (as we say in the scandal business) about the nefarious things the Clintons were thought to have done back in Arkansas.

Now I…


We pay but have no say

June 22, 2017

Decades from now, the most enduring and defining mark of this Republican legislature may well be charter schools.

In 2011, Republicans came to power intent on lifting the 100-school cap that had existed since the mid-1990s. This school year, 168 charters operated in the state, educating more than…


N.C. kids deserve better

June 21, 2017

North Carolina lags behind most states in child welfare. We can and must do better.

The annual Kids Count Data book uses 16 indicators to rank states in four categories: family and community, health, education and economic well-being. North Carolina is in the top half (22nd) in education, but was…