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Afghanistan isn’t ready for troops to leave

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President Barack Obama has failed to make good on another campaign promise but, luckily, this one actually makes sense. Obama announced on Thursday that the U.S. will maintain a troop presence in Afghanistan throughout the end of his term and after he leaves office — a complete turn-around from his…

NC teacher exits misstated

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JOHN HOOD Syndicated Columnist Did you hear that 15 percent of North Carolina’s public schoolteachers left the profession last year, and that conditions are so bad that teachers are leaving our state in droves to teach somewhere else? If your answer is yes, then I have some bad news: You’ve…

Reclaiming liberal support for school choice

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JASON BEDRICK Guest Columnist Aside from repeated promises about “free” college education that are prohibitively expensive and would create perverse incentives, Tuesday’s Democratic presidential debate contained very little talk of education, particularly K-12 education. That’s much to the chagrin of most education policy wonks, but it’s for the best. Constitutionally,…

Rushed votes in General Assembly can produce bad laws

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It is a not-so-glorious tradition practiced for many years by Democrats when they controlled the General Assembly. Dilly-dally for months, drag out the legislative session and, then, in the final hours, rush through legislation you’d just as soon not get much scrutiny from special interests or the public. Congratulations, Republican…

Fund transfer finally ends

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JOHN HOOD Syndicated Columnist Frustrated by how long it takes for a good idea to gain traction and momentum in today’s Washington, D.C.? Plenty of Americans across the spectrum share your frustration. But the problem isn’t limited to Congress or the federal government. One good idea enacted this year by…

Japan’s vanishing pacifism?

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ERIC GOMEZ Guest Columnist Last month, the upper house of Japan’s parliament approved legislation that shifted Japan’s defense policy away from traditional self-defense towards collective self-defense. The new law enables the Japan Self-Defense Forces (JSDF) to come to the aid of allies in the event of armed conflict. It is…

A push for the middle in national politics

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PATRICK GANNON Syndicated Columnist Just so you know, people and organizations are out there trying to put an end to the partisan politics that have left Congress incapable of moving the United States forward in any meaningful way on the most pressing issues of today – the national debt, economy,…

New identification card law will have negative impact

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An identification card tells who a person is. And a state’s laws tell what that state is. North Carolina should be better than what would be indicated if House Bill 318 is signed by Gov. Pat McCrory and becomes law. Such a law would say that North Carolina believes some…

NC is a conservative leader

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JOHN HOOD Syndicated Columnist Among conservatives around the country, North Carolina has become a superstar — a place where innovative ideas, sustained investment, diligence, and political acumen have combined to produce an impressive string of hard-won victories. Within the state, however, some conservatives don’t see things that way. It’s interesting…

Pursuing peace through luck

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ED FEULNER Guest Columnist Is the world becoming safer or more dangerous? Few people would select the first option. It doesn’t take Russia launching air strikes in Syria (to cite only one recent example) for most to admit that tensions are rising. So why in the world are we cutting…