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  • Special master’s Guilford legislative districts—short version

    Veteran Greensboro News & Record reporter Taft Wireback does a very thorough job explaining Stanford Law Professor and appointed “special master” Nathaniel Persily’s draft of court-ordered redrawn General Assembly districts. Read it yourself, but be prepared to exercise your brain. Rhino Times editor John Hammer’s analysis is more…
    Sam Hieb, November 20, 2017, 318 words
  • Reagan’s state and local tax deduction fight

    One of the most controversial aspects of federal tax reform has been the proposal to eliminate deductibility of state and local taxes. Some people may have a sense of de ja vu: “President Reagan’s tax reform proposal calls for the elimination of the deductibility of state and local taxes,” Daniel…
    Joseph Coletti, November 20, 2017, 208 words
  • Obama picked only those elements of Bin Laden story that supported White House narrative

    Rick Moran of PJMedia.com highlights new evidence of the Obama administration’s attempts to mislead the public about national security. “Bin Laden is dead and GM is alive” was a favorite mantra of the Obama campaign during the 2012 election. The implication was that al-Qaeda was “decimated,” as President…
    Mitch Kokai, November 20, 2017, 207 words
  • Sexual harassment in the Clinton, Sanders campaigns

    Max Greenwood of The Hill reports on one development Democrats might not have anticipated when they decided to launch an all-out sexual harassment attack on Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore. A former organizer for Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign and a former volunteer for Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) 2016 White…
    Mitch Kokai, November 20, 2017, 328 words
  • Barron’s assesses tax reform’s chances

    The latest Barron’s includes opposing views from the financial sector about the prospects for a tax reform package. [W]ill it pass Congress? On that question, views in the financial world diverge. David Kotok, chairman and chief investment officer of money manager Cumberland Advisors, is firmly in the “Yes”…
    Mitch Kokai, November 20, 2017, 213 words
  • Venezuela’s lingering problems

    Dimitra DeFolis explains in a Barron’s column why Russian and Chinese efforts to prop up the Venezuelan economy are likely to have no more than a short-term impact. It was Russia to the rescue as Venezuela slipped into default on Nov. 13 for not paying two U.S.-dollar debt…
    Mitch Kokai, November 20, 2017, 301 words
  • New Carolina Journal Online features

    Dan Way reports for Carolina Journal Online on constitutional concerns that could force lawmakers to redraw state judicial election maps. John Hood’s Daily Journal explains why North Carolina offers a good example for federal policymakers approaching tax reform.
    Mitch Kokai, November 20, 2017, 37 words
  • Trump Team Names Five More Potential Supreme Court Justices

    At the Cato blog, Ilya Shapiro explains why this is good news: In today’s Friday afternoon “news dump”—a tactic to either bury bad news or, as here, to get reporters scrambling to cover an important story despite weekend plans—President Trump added the following people to his list…
    Jon Guze, November 18, 2017, 174 words
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