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November 24, 2017

In the long-standing liberal narrative about Bill Clinton and his scandals, the one pushed by Clinton courtiers and ratified in media coverage of his post-presidency, our 42nd president was only guilty of being a horndog, his affairs were nobody’s business but his family’s, and oral sex with Monica Lewinsky was a small thing that should never have put his presidency in peril.

 

November 24, 2017

WASHINGTON — Although most Americans happily or unhappily acknowledge Donald Trump as America’s president, he views himself as the president of his base which is why time and again he creates tweets or makes statements that may alienate the majority but invigorate his loyal supporters.

 

November 24, 2017

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November 23, 2017

Teenage girls dating older men was a common practice in Elizabeth City when I was a kid. It didn't seem to pose a problem for most folks. Conversely, older women would give a teenage boy a tumble quicker than a girl. The reason I seldom dated girls my age was simply because the married men had them…

November 23, 2017

RALEIGH — Most voters in North Carolina and the rest of America cast ballots reliably for either Democratic or Republican politicians — even if the voters themselves don’t belong to a party.

November 23, 2017

"Given the unusual circumstances and very unusual personality involved, it's hard to see this working out well," one laconic Republican lawmaker said recently of the Roy Moore situation.

November 23, 2017

At one point President Donald Trump said, to paraphrase his words, "When Putin tells me he didn't meddle, I believe it." Later, Mr. Trump said, in effect, "When Putin tells me that he didn't meddle, I believe that he believes that he didn't meddle." Only my wife said, "Maybe Putin didn't…

November 23, 2017

A liberal isn’t necessarily someone who rejects responsibility, just someone who believes that freedom is of greater importance; a natural or divine birthright which may often have to be defended or restored, but only in exceptional cases earned or justified. 

A conservative isn’t…

November 23, 2017

Regarding the tax bill now being considered by the U.S. Senate that is much ballyhooed as tax relief for the middle class: I got out our 2016 tax return and replaced our itemized deductions with the new $24,400 standard deduction, and I replaced our personal exemptions with the new zero personal…

November 23, 2017

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