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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…

EDITOR’S NOTE — More Clinton hypocrisy

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Can we stop pretending that Hillary Clinton is the candidate of the downtrodden and the persecuted yet? This shouldn’t be news to anyone who has been paying attention to Clinton’s actual record, rather than just her campaign rhetoric. Clinton has supported trade policies that have sent American jobs overseas. She’s…

School choice is now mainstream

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JOHN HOOD Syndicated Columnist When I first advocated the idea of parental choice in elementary and secondary education, it was considered by many to be a radical notion. It shouldn’t have been. For decades, American students and their families have been free to choose among public and private colleges —…

Rule by unelected bureaucrat

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ED FEULNER Guest Columnist President Barack Obama opened the annual Easter Egg Roll at the White House this year by saying it was a bittersweet moment: it would be his last time hosting it. The term “Easter egg” is also used to indicate little surprises hidden on a website or…

A hen in the fox house

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PATRICK GANNON Syndicated Columnist When a hen gets into the fox house, it’s difficult to imagine things turning out well for the hen. Chris Sgro is the hen. The fox house is the Republican-controlled General Assembly. In recent years, Sgro, 33, has been executive director and a lobbyist for Equality…

GUEST VIEW — Yet to be seen if Medicaid errors were anomaly

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The state Department of Health and Human Services last year processed 127 million claims for payment through the federal/state health care plan for the poor and disabled, and the claims were for a staggering $11 billion. A state audit concluded that about $835 million was improperly paid to providers. That…

Reader’s Forum — Let’s stop discrimination

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Let’s stop discrimination Ever since the N.C. General Assembly passed HB2, the LGBTQ supporters have screamed discrimination. To read the news sources, electronic and print (including an LTN editorial), HB2 is blatant discrimination . Their consistent claim is that the General Assembly is controlled by bible-thumping homophobes. As to the…

Get serious about budget

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JOHN HOOD Syndicated Columnist If you are disappointed in the course of the 2016 campaigns so far, you are hardly alone. Large and increasing percentages of voters say they are dissatisfied with both the tone and the likely outcome of the presidential primaries, for example. Nearly half (46 percent) of…

What’s behind the “Bathroom Bill?”

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D.G. MARTIN Syndicated Columnist Was passing the new “Bathroom Bill” the biggest mistake the current North Carolina General Assembly has made so far? Or was it just one in a series of similar overreaching legislative efforts that offend groups of citizens, discourage businesses and organizations from dealing with our state,…

OUR VIEW — Bring on a contested convention

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July might be a whole lot more interesting than usual this year. There’s a chance that Donald Trump, the Republican front-runner for the party’s presidential nomination, won’t pick up enough delegates in the coming months to go into the July party convention as the presumptive nominee. Sen. Ted Cruz’s win…