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Trump and NATO — Redefining the U.S. role

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BRAD STAPLETON Guest Columnist Throughout the 2016 presidential election, Donald Trump’s attitude toward NATO has engendered significant consternation throughout both Europe and the U.S. foreign policy establishment. Although the president-elect has not explicitly advocated pulling out of the NATO, he has suggested that the United States should rethink its involvement…

Drug prohibition was a loser on Tuesday

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ADAM BATES Guest Columnist Marijuana legalization keeps rolling. The legalization of recreational marijuana was on the ballot in five states yesterday. The people of California, Massachusetts and Nevada voted to legalize. As of this writing, legalization maintains a slim, too-close-to-call lead in Maine as well. Legalization failed in Arizona by…

Trump, trade and foreign policy

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CHRISTINE GULUZIAN Guest Columnist Donald Trump has been touting staunchly protectionist and isolationist rhetoric on trade policy throughout his campaign. Whether this was merely campaign-talk is still to be seen. However, at his core, Trump is a businessman. In the business world, isolationism is synonymous with self-destruction. So when Trump…

Isolationist or imperialist?

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EMMA ASHFORD Guest Columnist lton, King George, newly estranged from the revolutionary American colonies, challenges his former subjects to justify their choice. “What comes next?” he asks, “You’ve been freed. Do you know how hard it is to lead? You’re on your own. Awesome, wow! Do you have a clue…

It’s up to Congress and the Court

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To hear the left tell it, the election of Donald Trump may very well signal the end of the world as we know it. That might be just a tad bit alarmist. But Trump’s win was certainly a shock to many, especially the people who believed the polls were accurate…

What happens after the voting?

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JOHN HOOD Syndicated Columnist As I write this, the balloting isn’t yet over in North Carolina. But here’s an election result I can forecast with absolute confidence: most North Carolinians, like most Americans, will be dissatisfied with the outcome. I don’t just mean that roughly half the voters will end…

A well-deserved rest (from political advertising)

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PAUL T. O’CONNOR Syndicated Columnist There’s no telling where you’ll find the idea that’ll make your fortune, but mine came on day one of early voting. A poll worker at the ballot scanner promised that, once we cast our votes, all political ads would disappear from our TVs. While everyone…

One campaign’s happy ending

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D.G. MARTIN Syndicated Columnist By the time you read this, the election will be over. Some will be licking wounds, others celebrating. While the candidates have been appearing in every corner of our state, I have been traveling, too. I spent October on a non-political tour, campaigning to help bookstores…

In good hands

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If election returns tell us anything about Lincoln County, it’s that the Republican Party is still very, very strong here. Republicans won all three seats on the Board of Commissioners and three contested seats on the Lincoln County Board of Education. State Sen. David Curtis cruised to a win over…

Foreign wars and domestic politics

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DAVID BOAZ Guest Columnist When things aren’t going so well for a president, it can be useful to find a scapegoat. Foreign threats are also useful distractions. The movie “Wag the Dog” told us that, as if we hadn’t seen the pattern repeated many times in our political history. We…