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Don’t overstate political divide

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JOHN HOOD Syndicated Columnist Has North Carolina become a state of extremes? Based on recent events, and lots of recent handwringing, you might think so. You might think there was no feasible way for Republicans and Democrats to work together on matters of public concern. But your conclusion would be…

Nuclear deal with Iran is a mistake

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THOM TILLIS Guest Columnist Earlier this month, I traveled to Israel, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Egypt as part of a congressional delegation to discuss the deteriorating security situation in the most volatile region on the planet. I met with national leaders and visited one of the dozens of refugee camps…

Good government needs good journalists

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PATRICK GANNON Syndicated Columnist As a former server at an Italian restaurant, I believe everyone should have to wait tables for at least a day in their lives. That way, when they go out for lunch or dinner, they might understand when their server isn’t perfect or their food isn’t…

Governor should call for repeal of HB2

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To borrow a phrase from Bruce Springsteen, Gov. Pat McCrory must have sensed some “darkness on the edge of town” in his re-election campaign. That is the only reason the governor is running for political cover in pretending to correct HB2, the disastrous bill passed by Republican leaders in the…

Congress is getting a special exemption from ObamaCare — and no, it’s not legal

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MICHAEL CANNON Guest Columnist The Heritage Foundation’s John Malcolm and I have a new op-ed where we draw from newly uncovered to documents to show that the officials who bestowed upon Congress its own special exemption from ObamaCare likely violated numerous federal laws. Malcolm is a former assistant U.S. attorney,…

These shoes were made for rent-seeking

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WILLIAM WATSON Guest Columnist New Balance announced this week that it will intensify its lobbying efforts against the Trans-Pacific Partnership after the Department of Defense refused to accept the company’s bid to become the exclusive supplier of shoes for new military recruits. The news has gotten attention because it hints…

House Bill 2’s uncertain impact on November elections

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PATRICK GANNON Syndicated Columnist RALEIGH – If social media accounts and responses to media questions are any indication, Republican Gov. Pat McCrory wants to distance himself from House Bill 2. His Democratic opponent in the November election, Attorney General Roy Cooper, seems OK keeping it in the forefront of voters’…

Like actors, putting ourselves in the shoes of others

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D.G. MARTIN Syndicated Columnist How hard is it for a white person to really understand the black experience well enough not to get into trouble when speaking about hot-button matters of community concern? Ask Hillary Clinton. Or ask her husband, the former president. Both have spent their lives working to…

OUR VIEW — City shakes up BCD

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The members of Lincolnton’s City Council claim to want to see the city grow, but a vote on Thursday to make dramatic changes to the Business and Community Development department could have the opposite effect. Council members voted to split up director Vicki Davis and events and marketing coordinator Abby…

How to beat the FDA

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JOHN HOOD Syndicated Columnist RALEIGH — As recent controversies in North Carolina and elsewhere have established, political debate is only partially about facts, principles, and logic. Effective politicians also think carefully about the words they use and the stories they tell with them. Some of my favorite examples come from…