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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…

OUR VIEW — Attacks against the establishment by Bush and Clinton aren’t genuine

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The surest sign that the establishment frontrunners in the upcoming presidential nominating contests are feeling the heat from the fringes, and the real poll leaders, is the way they’ve adopted the rhetoric of their opponents. The only problem is that rhetoric, coming from the mouths of Hillary Clinton and Jeb…

Momentum building for General Assembly changes

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PATRICK GANNON Syndicated Columnist The General Assembly finally called it quits for the 2015 session at 4:18 a.m. Sept. 30, more than eight months and 260 calendar days after convening in January. It marked the longest session since 2001, when lawmakers didn’t go home until Dec. 6 after a legislative…

Jim Martin as a catalyst

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D.G. MARTIN Syndicated Columnist I know the kind of candidate the Republicans need to beat Hillary Clinton or any other Democratic candidate in next fall’s presidential election. It is not any of those running now. That party needs somebody smart who can get along with the far right in the…

Labor market woes are national

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JOHN HOOD Syndicated Columnist While North Carolina’s unemployment rate currently stands at just under 6 percent, some argue that problems in the state’s labor market are worse than that one statistic would indicate. They are absolutely right. But when critics attempt to use this argument to indict the conservative policies…

Lawmakers leaving NC with tangled incentives plan

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Job creation, much ballyhooed by candidate Pat McCrory when he was seeking the governorship, has been decidedly underwhelming since he and fellow Republicans took control of the legislative and executive branches of state government in 2013. (The GOP gained legislative control two years earlier.) The problem has been that Republicans…