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On Jan. 29, the U.S. House Intelligence Committee voted to publicly release a four-page memo on the “Russiagate” inquiry, authored by committee chair Devin Nunes (R-California). Republican … more
Last fall I spent a couple of delightful hours with my friend and former co-worker, Evelyn Knowles, and I was charmed as she shared memories of her childhood on the family farm. Evelyn grew up in … more
I was blessed earlier this month by finding some kindred souls who get it. No, I wasn’t at some Lutheran gathering. In fact, I was the only Lutheran presenter in the midst of mostly Methodists. … more
Once upon a time, I thought I was going to be a novelist. I imagine a few of you who read this column are thankful I am limited in my word count. Imagine what damage I could do with 800 pages … more
SOLOMON NORVILLE On Jan. 4, 1768, Samuel (S) Williams of Anson County sold Solomon Norville of Edgecombe County, Planter, for 30 in Proclamation Money 100 acres north of Autrey’s Creek adjoining … more
Last week the Senate confirmed Jerome Powell as Federal Reserve Chairman by a vote of 84-13. This is in contrast to the contentious debates and closer votes over Janet Yellen’s confirmation in 2014 … more
President Donald Trump, who’s never been shy about hammering his rivals and skewering his opponents, used his first State of the Union speech Tuesday night to call for unity as the nation attacks … more
If I were Punxsutawney Phil, I might think twice before coming out of my burrow this year. Groundhog Day 2018 is upon us. Every Feb. 2, Phil emerges from a stump in Punxsutawney. If he sees his … more
RALEIGH — As a decades-long proponent of redistricting reform, I welcome the recent and no-doubt heartfelt support for my cause from North Carolina Democrats. But like new converts to all sorts of … more
Abbreviations by definition are shortened or contracted forms of a word or phrase used to represent the whole such as Dr. for doctor, ASAP for as soon as possible and U.S. for United … more
RALEIGH — Trying to make sense of all the redistricting action in North Carolina this month? Good luck with that. We’re now at a point where lawsuits and legislative actions have resulted in a … more
The Atlantic’s Ronald Brownstein reports that a new political organization, With Honor, “has launched a major effort to elect to the House more recent military veterans who commit to working … more
They’ll do it every time. Whenever Joe Six-Pack (or Joe’s congressman) gingerly raises the subject of hiring extra border guards, tweaking our broken system of monitoring work visas or … more
When you reach a milestone it is wise to pause and reflect on the journey that brought you there. Having produced and moderated 1,000 weekly TV talk shows, I focused on the changes that occurred over … more
We need good leaders more than ever. In our local schools and businesses and churches. We need them in responsible government positions in our state and at the highest national level. So, what … more
RALEIGH — Roy Cooper is an experienced and capable politician. So far, his approval ratings are fine. But he’s hardly made of iron, or even Teflon. Inviting easy attacks on him is foolish. And in … more
If you can’t beat ‘em, sue ‘em. It has been the default setting of Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper and his liberal allies even before the governor took office 14 months ago. Any time the … more
Mounting student debt is a nagging problem for most families these days. As the cost of higher education rises, borrowing to cover those costs often becomes a family concern across multiple … more
As I’ve said before, the North Carolina Republicans embraced Trumpism before there was Trump. They’ve taken a populist, authoritarian approach to governing, playing to an angry base while … more
Last week, President Trump urged Congress to reassert its constitutional authority to direct how federal agencies spend taxpayer dollars. Ironically, many constitutional conservatives and … more
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