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RALEIGH — Want yet more one signal that American politics has changed markedly in the past decade? Look no further than the annual report card issued by the Cato Institute to grade the fiscal … more
One of the great privileges of my life has been meeting a few of my heroes, not to fawn over them with stars in my eyes, but to take them off of the pedestal where I’d placed them. Knowing these … more
Under federal rule, all hospitals must post an online listing of prices for all services they provide beginning Jan. 1, the general thought being that increased pricing transparency will accelerate … more
The new year is finally here and as we leave 2018 behind us, we do nothing but try to set goals to accomplish in 2019. That’s right, folks, I’m talking about New Year’s resolutions! As a … more
Is President Trump’s own Department of Justice poised to undermine his commitment to drain the swamp? Unfortunately, with news that the agency is preparing to reverse a near decade-old policy … more
Now that the dust has settled on another Christmas season, let’s review some aspects of the gift-buying and gift-giving process strictly from an economic standpoint with the help of Wikipedia and a … more
The liberal media are up to their usual dirty immigration tricks. This time, they’re exploiting the death of a second Guatemalan child who died while in the custody of the Border Patrol at the … more
In March, President Donald Trump promised the American public that U.S. troops would be leaving Syria “very soon.” Nine months later, he threw Washington’s political establishment into … more
Donald Trump and global warming. Not what you would call your match made in heaven. Rather, the pairing hearkens closer to the other location. That hotter destination often described as being in a … more
RALEIGH — As dysfunctional as Congress has become, it does manage to enact some useful bills. One of them, the Evidence-Based Policymaking Act of 2018, was championed by outgoing Republican House … more
Brian Kolfage supported President Donald Trump’s proposal for a wall on the the U.S.-Mexico border. He was frustrated that Congress still refused to fund the wall (as I write this, we’re in the … more
Wondering if things will change for the better in the New Year? Here’s a handy clip ‘n’ save Precap of news certain to occur during 2019. Jan. 1 — In a New Year’s tweet to the nation, … more
Was Apple’s choice of Austin, Texas, over the Research Triangle for its new, $1 billion campus a win or a loss for North Carolina?  The answer isn’t as obvious as local boosters would … more
Recent controversies surrounding Confederate monuments across North Carolina can be tied directly to a lack of understanding of the Civil War itself. The solution will require two things: … more
It’s that time of year when economists are looked to as fortune-tellers. The fortune, in this case, is our collective well-being tied to growth in the overall economy. Of course, no economist … more
She had been a caregiver for the mother of the man who stood before her the year before. The man’s mother had been in the assisted living facility where she worked for the better part of a decade … more
Way back when, in a waterfront neighborhood in Baltimore, I was a young man hanging out with his buddies and such, bouncing from bar to bar and having a good time. We were wild and loose, a … more
This time of the year we begin to plan our New Year’s resolutions, and we feel confident that we will succeed this time in changing our habits and finally becoming healthier, happier, more … more
To all the happily normal people who regularly read my column: I appreciate you, but this week’s words are not meant for you. I’ll be back next week with a more inclusive message. Waits for … more
We all had a big shock this week when, seemingly out of the blue, President Trump announced that he was removing U.S. troops from Syria and would draw down half of the remaining U.S. troops in … more
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