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January 23, 2017

We have a new president and many people witnessed yet again the traditions that accompany our transition to a new executive.

January 20, 2017

RALEIGH — One of the best gifts I received this Christmas was a history book entitled “The Country Church in North Carolina.” (Yes, I’m just that nerdy.) The author, a Duke University specialist in rural sociology, began with a brief overview of the state. Observing that the…

January 19, 2017

WASHINGTON — Rep. John Lewis is the son of sharecroppers. As a child, he wanted to be a preacher; he practiced by delivering fiery sermons to the family's chickens. But history had other plans for him: lunch counter sit-ins, Freedom Rides, the March on Washington, the Edmund Pettus Bridge, a…

January 18, 2017

In the new Republican-dominated Washington, North Carolina will have one of its most influential congressional delegations in recent memory.

The Tar Heel delegation is heavily Republican (12 of 15), very conservative, many with Tea Party connections and heavy on the testosterone, with only two…

January 18, 2017

WASHINGTON — As we count down to the inauguration of the next American president, the word — but more the idea — of Russia has dominated the news headlines. And, as the song put it in a more hopeful sense, the story has "only just begun."

Russia has hacked into the Democratic…

January 17, 2017

Politics in Washington happens on many levels at once. Democrats are certainly right to protest the Republican rush to hold hearings on some of President-elect Trump's cabinet picks before their ethics forms and investigations have been completed.

As Sen. Charles Schumer, the new Democratic leader,…

January 16, 2017

WASHINGTON — Hold on to one image from President Obama's farewell address: The president using his handkerchief to wipe a tear from his eye as he thanked Michelle Obama for her grace and forbearance.

The first lady was holding back tears, too, as was her daughter Malia. Politics aside, it was…

January 16, 2017

WASHINGTON – Exxon Mobile CEO Rex Tillerson looks like he stepped out of central casting to fill the role of America’s top diplomat. Looking the part is important to President-elect Trump as he fills his Cabinet, and the distinguished, silver-haired Tillerson fits the bill.

However,…

January 16, 2017

Remember the commercial baker who was fined thousands of dollars because he was required to sell any version of his products even if it contradicted his personal religious faith?

Remember all the liberals who celebrated the mandate saying personal beliefs do not matter in commerce?

Now come the…

January 14, 2017

In the back room of a tavern in downtown Toronto, Canada, a group of men and women gathered, paying five bucks into an open tin box on the beaten-up bar, and in return were handed a piece of paper with the lyrics of a pop song. Their ages ranged from about 17 to 50ish, and many came in small groups,…

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