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Mitch Kokai

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Trump and the bureaucracy

Tevi Troy, a veteran of the Washington bureaucratic behemoth, devotes a Commentary article to detailing one type of challenge the incoming Trump administration will face. Career officials are savvy bureaucratic maneuverers. They understand that Republicans come into power looking to reduce the size of government, while Democrats seek to expand its regulatory reach. They haveContinue Reading






A new chance for triangulation

Byron York of the Washington Examiner outlines a potential political opportunity for President-elect Donald Trump. In the mid-1990s there was a lot of talk in Washington about “triangulation.” The brainchild of Bill Clinton adviser Dick Morris, triangulation referred to Clinton’s strategy, after losing the House and Senate in 1994, of steering a course between conservativeContinue Reading






A case of federal spending that could drive you to drink

Elizabeth Harrington of the Washington Free Beacon highlights a questionable alcohol-related expenditure of taxpayer dollars. The National Institutes of Health is spending more than a half-million dollars to determine why some couples drink a lot of alcohol and others do not. The federal agency is looking into “problematic alcohol use in relationships” to try toContinue Reading






National Review didn’t like Trump’s candidacy but accepts his legitimacy

Editors at National Review Online explain why Democrats who suggest that Donald Trump‘s presidential election is “illegitimate” are wrong. The notion that Trump is not “legitimate” has picked up steam as the extent of Russia’s attempt to sway the recent presidential election has become clearer, although exactly how Trump is not legitimate is never explained.Continue Reading






The 44th president was not the political Left’s version of Reagan

Ramesh Ponnuru explains why for National Review Online. He wanted to be the liberal Reagan, or rather the liberal anti-Reagan: the person who pulled American politics back to the left a generation after Reagan pulled it to the right. Bill Clinton had not done that. Instead he had governed in Reagan’s shadow. Obama thought thatContinue Reading






This weekend on Carolina Journal Radio

The General Assembly is sticking with Republicans Phil Berger and Tim Moore as the top leaders in the N.C. Senate and House. Rick Henderson assesses Berger’s and Moore’s priorities, along with those of their Democratic counterparts, in the next edition of Carolina Journal Radio. Katherine Restrepo highlights the latest fight over certificate-of-need restrictions in NorthContinue Reading






New Carolina Journal Online features

The latest Carolina Journal Online parody explains why a new study is prompting N.C. colleges and universities to drop their football programs. Becki Gray’s Daily Journal ponders whether North Carolina’s Democratic governor and Republican legislators can find common ground.






Trump and the ‘Obama Gap’

Forbes publisher Rich Karlgaard examines a key challenge facing the new president. DONALD TRUMP SAYS he’s a winner. To be a winning president, Trump needs to fix what investor Scott Grannis calls the Obama Gap. The gap is American growth that fell into the ditch. From 1966 to 2008 U.S. GDP averaged 3.1% a yearContinue Reading






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