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November 30, 2018

By making it easier to sue for retaliatory arrests, Supreme Court justices could pump the brakes on “contempt of cop” cases where citizens’ cross words and surly attitudes lead to low-level criminal charges.

The high court heard oral arguments this week in Nieves v. Bartlett, a…

November 27, 2018

It appears the Trump administration is ready to add Venezuela to the U.S. list of state sponsors of terrorism — a country non grata. That’s welcome news in South Florida, where thousands of refugees of Nicolas Maduro’s regime live in exile.

Citing U.S. officials and internal…

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November 26, 2018

Fayetteville Observer

Last week, it’s an apparent chickenpox epidemic at a school in Asheville where some of the parents who may buy into faddish pseudoscience have chosen not to give their children what have become the standard childhood disease immunizations.

By the end of last week, 36…

November 24, 2018

StarNews of Wilmington on building storm-resistant structures:

The high winds and heavy rains that swept through the area last week shifted our focus back to Hurricane Florence — specifically the damage so many structures sustained from rain infiltration.

Not the river-flooding damage, and…

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November 20, 2018

What happens now? That is the essential question following the New York Times' troubling investigation into Facebook's response to Russian interference on its platform. The article has prompted sharp criticism of the company from all quarters, and Facebook deserves the blowback. But Americans…

Facebook-Security Breach

November 19, 2018

Well of course it’s blatant and outrageous gerrymandering, with state and federal legislative districts deliberately drawn to give one party overwhelming advantage over the other. Nobody has offered an honest argument to the contrary.

Rather, the Dark Lord of Gerrymander — more widely…

Constitutional Amendments-1

November 16, 2018

Rising casualties. Aerial assaults. Weary ground forces. The charred desolation of thousands of homes. The most apt metaphor about California’s rampaging wildfires is warfare.

And just like in any war, one of the first casualties is truth.

Who or what is to blame for the conflagrations?…

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November 14, 2018

Members of the N.C. General Assembly will get some legislative exercise to help burn off their Thanksgiving calories this year, returning to Raleigh for a late-November special session that will, among other things, write the rules for the state’s newly enacted constitutional requirement for…

Voter ID Lawsuit

November 13, 2018

Anita Earls, who was elected Tuesday to a seat on the N.C. Supreme Court, ought to be happy that legislative Republicans apparently spend so much time reading Niccolo Machiavelli’s 16th century treatise on power, “The Prince.”

Machiavelli urged a style of cunning political…

Supreme Court Earls

November 10, 2018

The Democrats’ return to control over the House of Representatives is much more than a victory for one party. It is a sign of health for American democracy.

Distrustful of untrammeled majorities, the authors of the Constitution favored checks and balances, including, crucially, the check that…

Election 2018 Trump
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