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    Democratic candidates embrace ‘bonehead idea,’ according to Joe Biden of yesteryear

    Think the idea of packing the U.S. Supreme Court with more justices makes sense? Joe Biden disagrees. Or at least the congressional Joe Biden of 35 years ago disagreed. Brent Scher of the Washington Free Beacon explains. Former vice president Joe Biden slammed the “bonehead idea” of packing…
    Mitch Kokai, March 22, 2019
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    This weekend on Carolina Journal Radio

    The N.C. Supreme Court has a new chief justice, new associate justice, and a 6-1 partisan advantage for Democrats. Rick Henderson analyzes the political implications of recent Supreme Court changes for the next edition of Carolina Journal Radio. Terry Stoops critiques Gov. Roy Cooper’s education budget proposals.
    Mitch Kokai, March 22, 2019
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    Clear criminal laws would save money

    In a 2017 white paper on the need to rewrite North Carolina’s criminal code, Jessica Smith, the W. R. Kenan, Jr. Distinguished Professor of Public Law and Government at the UNC School of Government, observed that “ambiguities, loopholes and inconsistencies in the law drive up the cost of criminal…
    Mike Schietzelt, March 19, 2019
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    Federalist columnist wants FBI to shift its focus

    William Marshall writes at the Federalist website that the FBI has better things to do than target wealthy parents trying to help their kids get into elite colleges. As we watch the FBI investigate and help bring criminal charges against scores of wealthy individuals for fraud because they…
    Mitch Kokai, March 19, 2019
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    Russia legislation and the problem with Congress

    Andrew McCarthy of National Review Online takes issue with one of the latest actions on Capitol Hill. House Republicans … joined with the chamber’s Democratic majority to pass Russia legislation that highlights the bad joke Congress has become. When not calling for a pointless investigation that will enable…
    Mitch Kokai, March 19, 2019
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    Roberts moving left?

    Kevin Daley of the Daily Caller explores U.S. Chief Justice John Roberts’ recent actions on the Supreme Court. Chief Justice John Roberts has made common cause with the Supreme Court’s liberal bloc as late, breaking with his conservative colleagues on cases relating to abortion, the death penalty and…
    Mitch Kokai, March 15, 2019
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Lindsay Marchello and Kari Travis report for Carolina Journal Online on transparency among N.C. governments. The Daily Journal uses a judge’s recent error as the basis for a lesson about tax rates.
    Mitch Kokai, March 12, 2019
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    Talk About Fake News!

    In a recent Spectator article called “Lying with science: a guide to myth debunking,” Matt Ridley begins by observing that, “Pseudoscience is on the rise – and the media is completely hooked.” After quoting H.L. Mencken (‘The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence…
    Jon Guze, March 8, 2019