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On April 18, U.S. Attorney William Barr released Special Counsel Robert Mueller's report on the probe into "Russian meddling" in the 2016 presidential election. The report cleared President Donald Trump and his campaign team of allegations that they conspired with the Russian government in that meddling. But on the question of "obstruction of justice," Mueller punted in an eerily familiar way.

Wednesday, 24 April 2019 17:04

COLUMN: About those Democratic women

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There’s been complaining on social media and in the press that the women running for president aren’t getting their fair share of news coverage. I know I’m about to get slammed for mansplaining but I don’t think it’s bias — or at least not most of it. We’ve got 19 declared candidates for president. Four of the most prominent are women. In a field that large, a lot of people are going to get their moment in the sun and anybody who’s going to get major coverage needs to earn it. 

 North Carolina already bans texting and driving. Now state lawmakers want to prohibit all handheld use of smartphones and tablet computers behind the wheel. 

Monday, 22 April 2019 11:09

COLUMN: Excessive debt slows economic growth

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New research by two North Carolina State University professors has brought into stark relief the following facts: America is in a debt crisis, our economy is suffering as a result, and politicians of both major political parties bear responsibility.

In his book, “Free To Learn,” Boston College psychology professor Peter Gray makes the connection between school and prison. 

Wednesday, 17 April 2019 13:35

COLUMN: The most controversial belief

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Because I'm both a Libertarian and a loudmouth, I'm frequently hit with questions about libertarianism (and the Libertarian Party). Recently this one came up:

"What is the most controversial belief of Libertarians?"

Tuesday, 16 April 2019 15:03

COLUMN: NC Republicans exploiting outrage

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Republicans in the North Carolina Senate passed a bill last night designed to fire up its base in the 2020 election. They called it “The Abortion Survivor Bill.” In reality, it’s a bill that does virtually nothing but gives GOP members of the legislature a reason to bash Democrats when they’re pandering to their evangelical base. 

Monday, 15 April 2019 12:58

COLUMN: Manufacturing jobs on the rise in NC

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Did you know that manufacturing employment in North Carolina has gone up more than 10 percent since 2010? I didn’t either, until I took a recent dive into economic statistics.

My wife has informed today that I am an anachronism.

It’s been a running joke for the entire time we have known each other that I was “older” than my chronological age. My interests always seemed to be those of someone a few years older.

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