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Opinion

Sunday, January 24, 2021

As Joe Biden takes office as the nation’s 46th president, one number should be deeply disturbing to anyone who cares about the health of democracy. That number is 32: the percentage of Americans who told an ABC/Washington Post poll that Biden “did not legitimately win” the November election. The doubters include 7 of 10 Republicans and 6 of 10 self-identified conservatives.

President Trump is now former President Trump. With Joe Biden now President Biden, Democrats control the White House, the House and the Senate. An ambitious agenda lies ahead for the new Democratic administration. And yet there are signs that some Democrats’ obsession with Donald Trump — the condition known as Trump Derangement Syndrome, or TDS — will remain as strong, or perhaps become stronger, now that Trump has left the White House.

Saturday, January 23, 2021

Joe Biden is now the 46th president of the U.S. But is he really the president of the U.S.? Well he was sworn in at the Capitol by Chief Justice John Roberts and his new office is the Oval Office in the West Wing of the White House. But is he really the president?

President Joe Biden has sent a $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill to Congress that includes an increase in the minimum wage to $15 per hour. It is expected to come up for a vote in February.

Features

Saturday, January 23, 2021

“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven; for…

“First of all, then, I urge that entreaties and prayers, petitions and thanksgivings, be made on behalf of all men, for kings and all who are in authority, so that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity.” — I Timothy 2:1-2.

Elizabeth City-Pasquotank Public Schools officials have transferred a significant portion of state coronavirus relief funds to pay for chromebooks, iPads, classroom supplies and other costs associated with educating students amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

State AP Stories

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Duke Energy, North Carolina officials and a conservation group announced Monday an agreement on how the utility pays to get rid of coal ash stored in the state. The proposed settlement would shift an estimated $1.1 billion in expenses away from customers over the next de…

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina officials are shifting the state's COVID-19 vaccination distribution strategy toward mass clinics in an effort to turn the corner on a slow rollout. But it's leading to frustration for some hospital systems that have had their anticipated vaccine allocatio…

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — These North Carolina lotteries were drawn Monday:

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — A Black woman who was fatally shot by a North Carolina police officer nearly six years ago is one of nearly 90 people honored through an NFL program that recognizes victims of systemic racism and police violence.

National & World AP Stories

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Sarah Sanders, Donald Trump's former chief spokeswoman, announced she's running for Arkansas governor at a time other Republicans are distancing themselves from the former president facing an impeachment charge that he incited the deadly siege at the U.S. Capitol.

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — R&B artist Trey Songz was jailed overnight after he scuffled with police officers during his arrest for not following coronavirus protocols and other rules at the AFC championship game in Kansas City, police said Monday.

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Gov. Gavin Newsom lifted stay-at-home orders across the state Monday in response to improving coronavirus conditions, a surprising move hailed by beleaguered businesses. But some local health officials worried could undo the recent sharp drop in cases and hospitalizations.

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MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico President Andrés Manuel López Obrador worked from isolation Monday, a day after announcing that he tested positive for COVID-19, and was absent from his daily news conference for the first time in his two years in office.

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THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Groups of youths confronted police in Dutch towns and cities Monday night, defying the country's coronavirus curfew and throwing fireworks. Police in the port city of Rotterdam used a water cannon and tear gas in an attempt to disperse a crowd of rioters who als…