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  • Dionne: Two political family legacies

    February 28, 2016 - 10:18pm

    The Clinton political dynasty is still alive. The Bush dynasty has been routed.

  • Guest column: ECU students support bond

    February 28, 2016 - 10:18pm

    On Jan. 25, the Student Government Association passed a resolution to support Connect NC, a $2 billion bond package that will provide essential support to East Carolina University as well as the entire eastern North Carolina region.

  • Hood: Resist impulse to jump to conclusions

    February 27, 2016 - 10:18pm

    As of Jan. 31, state government had collected $12.1 billion in General Fund revenue and expended $11.2 billion on education, Medicaid and other state programs since the beginning of the 2015-16 fiscal year.

  • Fitzsimon: Nothing to do with redistricting

    February 27, 2016 - 10:18pm

    Almost lost last week in Raleigh amid all the partisan gerrymandering drama was a decision by a three-judge panel in North Carolina that may have as much impact on the future of the state as the decision by the federal court to throw out the current congressional districts.

  • Krauthammer: While Obama fiddles

    February 27, 2016 - 10:18pm

    State of the world, Year Eight of Barack Obama: In the South China Sea, on a speck of land of disputed sovereignty far from its borders, China has just installed anti-aircraft batteries and stationed fighter jets.

  • Ducharme: Avoid confusion as you prepare to vote

    February 27, 2016 - 10:18pm

    As the March 15 primary approaches, recent changes in state voting law are adding an extra layer of confusion for North Carolinians navigating the path to the polls.

  • Campbell: New primary care approach

    February 26, 2016 - 10:18pm

    We’ve talked for decades about healthcare reform but the only significant attempt to change the skyrocketing costs of health insurance, escalating pharmaceutical costs and deepening dissatisfaction has been Obamacare.

  • Tillis: Addiction crisis requires unified support in Congress

    February 25, 2016 - 10:17pm

    There’s a sobering reality confronting North Carolina and the rest of the nation: Addiction to opioids has been skyrocketing and is now at the point of being a full-blown epidemic.

  • Dionne: Clinton, Bush fates explain contrasting party politics

    February 24, 2016 - 10:17pm

    The Clinton political dynasty is still alive. The Bush dynasty has been routed.

  • Williams: Something for nothing

    February 23, 2016 - 10:18pm

    Jonathan Swift (1667-1745), satirist, essayist and political pamphleteer, is a favorite of mine.

  • Krugman: Evenly divided court

    February 22, 2016 - 10:18pm

    Once upon a time, the death of a Supreme Court justice wouldn’t have brought America to the edge of constitutional crisis.

  • Dionne: Democrats must sing their praises

    February 21, 2016 - 10:18pm

    There is an imbalance in the argument at the heart of the 2016 presidential campaign that threatens to undercut the Democrats’ chances of holding the White House.

  • Kristof: Untamable tiger Trump

    February 20, 2016 - 10:20pm

    The betting markets now say that the most likely Republican nominee for president is a man who mocks women, insults Latinos, endorses war crimes like torture, denounces party icons and favors barring people from the United States based on their religion.

  • Hood: Adjusting for student background

    February 20, 2016 - 10:18pm

    North Carolina’s public schools are currently producing better results than you might think, according to a recent analysis of independent testing data.

  • Fitzsimon: Canary in the coal mine

    February 20, 2016 - 10:18pm

    At one elementary school in the North Carolina mountains two-thirds of the students qualify for free or reduced lunch.

  • Krauthammer: Win one for ‘Nino’

    February 20, 2016 - 10:18pm

    Let’s understand something about the fight to fill the Supreme Court seat of Antonin “Nino” Scalia.

  • Campbell: Political circus in Raleigh

    February 19, 2016 - 10:18pm

    The circus came to Raleigh this week — not the farewell tour of thick-skinned pachyderms, but one in which other elephants were in the center ring.

  • Hood: State’s growth is complex

    February 18, 2016 - 10:18pm

    North Carolina is boring. Okay, hold the rotten tomatoes. I’m not attacking my home state.

  • Dionne: How government can get smart

    February 17, 2016 - 10:17pm

    For the first time since the modern budget process was initiated more than 40 years ago, the Republican chairs of the Senate and House Budget committees announced that they would not invite the president’s budget director to testify.

  • Williams: Claims to progressivism

    February 16, 2016 - 10:25pm

    Presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Sen. Bernie Sanders seek to claim the “progressive” mantle.

  • Dionne: Voters bite back

    February 14, 2016 - 10:18pm

    The conservatism that has dominated the Republican Party for decades is in crisis.

  • Krauthammer: Logic-defying magic sells

    February 13, 2016 - 10:18pm

    The New Hampshire results have solidified the reigning cliche that the 2016 campaign is an anti-establishment revolt of both the left and the right.

  • Hood: Party strength vs. registered voters

    February 13, 2016 - 10:18pm

    How Republican is North Carolina? My answer is 63. I realize this number has no meaning to you right now. I’ll explain it.

  • Kristof: A teachable moment

    February 13, 2016 - 10:18pm

    We have been rightfully outraged by the lead poisoning of children in Flint, Michigan -- an outrage that one health expert called “state-sponsored child abuse.” But lead poisoning goes far beyond Flint, and in many parts of America seems to be even worse. “Lead in Flint is the tip of the iceberg,” notes Dr.

  • Fitzsimon: Trump is a symptom

    February 13, 2016 - 10:18pm

    Listen to many of the conservative pundits around the country and in North Carolina these days and you’d think Donald Trump appeared out of nowhere to storm to the front of the Republican presidential primary field with his rhetoric about immigrants and Muslims and women that traditional Republican leaders say they find offensive.


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