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In some ways, there’s nothing new or terribly surprising when large bureaucracies — be they government agencies or big corporations – are revealed to be plagued by waste and malfeasance. Humans and their institutions being as they are, flawed and prone to foibles like incompetence, greed, sloth, overpromising, and favoritism; such revelations have been a constant in the American experience since prior to the country’s founding.

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RALEIGH — The N.C. Alcoholic Beverage Control system has a new commissioner. It gets continued reassurance from its boards and warehouse operator that they’ll get it right and, to that end, the newly created ABC Advisory Committee meant to push them to do so.

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On Dec. 17, the U.S. House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis released a series of emails between outgoing National Institutes of Health Director Francis Collins and Anthony Fauci of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.

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RALEIGH — Having trouble getting a hair appointment or other services? There are three bills sitting in the Senate Rules Committee that sponsors say would loosen bureaucratic red tape for some small service businesses. Bill sponsors are eager to see them move before lawmakers adjourn for the year.

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While local liquor boards try to make the case that bureaucrats can do a better job than private businesses when it comes to managing the sale of alcoholic beverages, some small-minded censors at the North Carolina ABC Commission are spoiling for a First Amendment fight over irreverent craft beer names. 

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The New York Times reports that "[i]n the days after President Trump fired James B. Comey as FBI director, law enforcement officials became so concerned by the president's behavior that they began investigating whether he had been working on behalf of Russia against American interests."

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