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    Trump as Jimmy Carter

    Thomas Donlan of Barron’s makes the comparison between our current president and one of his worst predecessors. No wonder President Donald Trump finds it frustrating to deal with Congress. He could learn a few things by reviewing Jimmy Carter’s similar problems. Jimmy who? Jimmy Carter. He was the…
    Mitch Kokai, July 24, 2017
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    ‘Western Civilization is history making the case for liberty’

    The best ideals of the West produced the United States of America, and because of this America is, as Lincoln and Reagan both noted, "the last, best hope" of man on Earth.
    Jon Sanders, July 7, 2017
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    High-profile presidential firings

    Tevi Troy reminds us in a Washingtonian column that President Trump is not the first American chief executive to generate massive news by dismissing a top staffer. [W]hile Trump might be the first reality star to become President, he’s hardly the first President to do high-profile firing. We…
    Mitch Kokai, July 5, 2017
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    Portland remembers the Greensboro Massacre

    On the other side of the country, the most strident political activists in one of America’s most liberal cities reference a regrettable piece of North Carolina history. Casey Michel reports for Politico. On a cloudy day in early November 1979, a caravan of Nazi and Ku Klux Klan…
    Mitch Kokai, July 3, 2017
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    93 years ago this month…

    From The American Mercury, June 1924: NORTH CAROLINA EXCHANGE of amenities between church and State in North Carolina, as reported by a news dispatch from Raleigh: The ball room of the governor’s mansion was the scene of a prayer service this afternoon, when more than 100 people, mostly State…
    Terry Stoops, June 16, 2017
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    New book offers tools for reading The Book

    Nicholas Frankovich of National Review Online explores the merits of Sarah Ruden’s new book on Bible reading. We would value the written word more if we didn’t have so much of it. Street signs, product labels, instruction manuals, tax forms, blog posts, e-mails, text messages . .
    Mitch Kokai, May 23, 2017
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    Thinking about Watergate? Barron’s reminds us of one major difference

    Randall Forsyth of Barron’s explains how today’s political controversy differs from the Watergate era in at least one major way. History doesn’t repeat, and maybe it doesn’t even rhyme, but echoes of October 1973 were heard last week. The firing of former Federal Bureau of Investigation head James…
    Mitch Kokai, May 15, 2017
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    A poor piece of protectionist history

    John Steele Gordon devotes a Barron’s column to a regrettable piece of American economic policy history. … [T]he Smoot-Hawley Tariff Act of 1930 is certainly in the running for the title of worst legislation ever passed. In the 1920s, food prices declined substantially as more and…
    Mitch Kokai, April 24, 2017