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While some of you readers may not agree, I like to think of myself as a smart guy. There might be one or two of you who immediately thought “wise guy” and that’s OK. I’ll give you a few … more
Boy, has it been a long time since the world has had a truly uplifting, real-life story that not only makes us feel good about the human condition, but also in many ways reaffirms the real-life … more
I had looked forward for almost a year to the time I would travel with a friend to the country home of Rose Rhodes, who still lives on the farm that she and her husband bought more than 40 years ago … more
It might appear that sooner or later states legalizing the use of marijuana, contrary to federal law, will be crushed in federal courts. After all, federal laws, according to Article IV of the U.S. … more
RALEIGH — Right after the 2016 elections, I observed that the combination of Donald Trump’s rise and continuing GOP strength across the landscape of American politics had yielded three distinct … more
Q. What’s the skinny on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh for Supreme Court justice? A. Chaos. Confusion. Mutual accusations of partisan politics. Exasperation. Pique. Rage. Intimidation. … more
Even before President Trump nominated Brett Kavanaugh to fill the slot being vacated by Anthony Kennedy, everyone knew we were in for a bruising battle. It almost didn’t matter who he nominated. … more
A reader called me recently wanting to talk about some obsolete antique items he was trying to locate that we had mentioned in a recent column. He told me he was having no luck in his search, so … more
When government “nudges” people into new behaviors, resistance is often ugly. Eric Garner died because a Democratic governor sent the message down the line that New York was losing a billion … more
The complicit news broadcast Fox News’ Sean Hannity has claimed that President Trump’s greater successes are and will be in the area of foreign policy. One finds it very difficult to bring … more
Editor’s Note: When a columnist for IndyWeek suggested the Durham Performing Arts Center should cancel Jordan Peterson’s upcoming lecture, I reached out to the alt-weekly and offered to provide a … more
When Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin met in Helsinki this week, it might have been useful if they’d had a written contract to reference their previous understandings. No such written contract … more
RALEIGH — North Carolina politicians and policy analysts have been arguing for decades about targeted economic incentives. I have my own view on the subject, which I’ll share later in this … more
Feel free to tell yourself that Donald Trump chose Brett Kavanaugh for the Supreme Court because the guy went to Yale (Trump reportedly loves Ivy League creds) or because the guy has been thoroughly … more
The Black Justice. The First Female. The Wise Latina. The Rumored Lesbian. The Catholic. The Other Catholic. Liberals have had a tendency to label possible Supreme Court picks based upon their … more
As President Donald Trump heads to Helsinki for a summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin, Trump’s critics continue to inveigh against what they consider an illicitly close relationship … more
My late father once told me the story about his first flight in an airplane during World War II. His unit of CBs — short for construction battalions — was being moved to another island in the … more
Cancer affects nearly one in three Americans at some point in their lives. It can be frightening to hear the word “cancer,” particularly when it affects someone we love. But for the vast … more
Ever since that episode in Eden’s garden, the one where humans were enticed into eating the forbidden fruit, serpents have been considered the lowest of creatures. Most loathe the slithering … more
Last month, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to decide North Carolina’s gerrymandering case, Rucho v. Common Cause and ordered further review by the lower court. This outcome followed deferrals on … more
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