North Carolina’s Lt. Gov. Mark Robinson is shameless when it comes to bellowing against make-believe threats to God, guns and heterosexuals. But even if the state’s highest-elected Republican is beyond embarrassment, he is still embarrassing for North Carolina, and especially for North Carolina Republicans.

“A descent into a lip-blubbering, self-destructive idiocy,” says Eugene Robinson, writing in The Washington Post. That’s how he fears our great nation ends. “How dumb can a nation get and still survive?” We now have lost more than 700,000 people to COVID-19 — most of them vaccine deniers. An…

There’s a drug war on TV. It has nothing to do with cocaine or heroin but does involve an addiction — the pharmaceutical industry’s compulsion to charge Americans an average 3.4 times more for brand-name drugs than people in other countries pay. Step 1 in the rehab program is to let Medicare negotiate prescription drug prices.

Republican legislators in North Carolina are pushing to inspect voting machines used in Durham County during the 2020 presidential election, in search of the invisible voter fraud that they insist exists, any proof of which has consistently eluded Republican officials across the country. It’s a project that will be popular in Trump circles, but in the larger picture, accomplishes nothing but to damage our state’s reputation and keep a popular lie in circulation.

Which is it? Ignorance? Selective seeing and hearing? Ambivalence? Nonintellectual curiosity or just parroting what CNN and the corporate media tell them? As is always the case with Democrats who write to The Daily Advance, they never cite examples for their accusations.

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Which is it? Ignorance? Selective seeing and hearing? Ambivalence? Nonintellectual curiosity or just parroting what CNN and the corporate media tell them? As is always the case with Democrats who write to The Daily Advance, they never cite examples for their accusations.

First of all, I am not calling out or disrespecting our dedicated physicians or any of our healthcare providers in any way. On the contrary, we trust our healthcare to them exclusively, confidentially, as in no other profession. However, my question is, what do we know about them and their b…

The news has been dominated by the Supreme Court, whose term began last week; the Federal Reserve, and whether it will start responding to inflation by raising interest rates; and Facebook, which a whistleblower claimed intentionally seeks to enrage and divide Americans in order to generate ad revenue.

Is anyone else disturbed by the idea that espionage author Ian Fleming‘s James Bond character, currently depicted on silver screens worldwide in the latest 007 film, “No Time To Die,” must somehow evolve in order to keep up with modern times? Is nothing sacred anymore in this era of ripping down historical statues and canceling comedians?

I still cannot get over why men are concerned that I wear a mask. You are worried about me wearing a mask while you wear a hat indoors? Shows how much sense you have. Rather than read about COVID, read the etiquette rules and regulations of a civil society. C’mon, man!

Facebook has become the latest company that everyone loves to hate, and internal documents stolen by an employee have become an opening to blame the social-media giant for America’s ills. The company has made mistakes, but it’s worth sorting the genuine issues from the opportunism of politicians looking to censor opponents.

Here in the Deep South, the buckle of the Bible Belt, anti-abortion ideology has become deeply rooted over the last several decades — ingrained in common religious belief, steeped in the conservative culture, routine in the right-wing politics. This is a land where billboards deify the fetus, bumper stickers urge motorists to “Choose Life!” and lawn signs ask passers-by to “Pray for an End to Abortion.”

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I’ve been spending a lot of time recently in conversation with right-leaning leaders, policy experts, donors and activists. My purpose is to assess the health and trajectory of American conservatism at this critical moment.

Sept. 14th of last month (the Feast of the Holy Cross) was the 700th anniversary of the death of the greatest poet of all time, Dante Alighieri. On that day in the year 1321, he passed from this world into the “Paradiso” that he envisioned in the splendid “Divine Comedy.”

In September, Republican opposition in the U.S. Senate derailed the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act. The proposed law, which passed the House, would have made it easier for the federal government to track and prosecute police who use excessive force, and it would have limited qualified immunity, which shields police in most private civil lawsuits.

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Remember the media cheers for Sen. John McCain when he stopped the effort to repeal Obamacare? McCain was a Republican frustrating a Republican policy goal, which was enough to earn the highest praise in some media circles. “It was a stunning moment,” The New York Times reported, “a flash of the maverick John McCain, unafraid of going his own way despite the pleas of his fellow Republicans.”