Politics

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    Placing the Senate’s Obamacare process under increased scrutiny

    Christopher Jacobs uses a Federalist column to raise concerns about the process the U.S. Senate is pursuing to address the repeal of Obamacare. In trying to win support for their Obamacare “repeal-and-replace” bill, Republican Senate leaders are making a process argument to their fellow senators: We know you…
    Mitch Kokai, July 25, 2017
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    Meadows attracts increased attention

    Al Weaver of the Washington Examiner profiles N.C. congressman Mark Meadows. Less than 24 hours after Washington celebrated Independence Day, in the midst of a two-week stretch of round-the-clock discussions on healthcare reform and the GOP agenda, Rep. Mark Meadows drove up to the White House to talk…
    Mitch Kokai, July 25, 2017
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Dan Way reports for Carolina Journal Online on two N.C. State researchers who say they’ve been silenced by the solar energy lobby. Rick Henderson’s Daily Journal explains why a special N.C. legislative election might not produce the results Democrats seem to expect.
    Mitch Kokai, July 25, 2017
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    Forbes ponders North Korean crackdown

    Steve Forbes‘ latest Forbes magazine column focuses on the need for a stronger American response to North Korea’s misdeeds. THE TERRIBLE DEATH of student Otto Warmbier at the hands of North Korea should be the catalyst for a genuine crackdown on this repugnant regime, for humanitarian and national…
    Mitch Kokai, July 24, 2017
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    Trump getting help from disorganized Dems

    Jeff Crouere explains at TownHall.com how Democrats are unwittingly helping President Trump. Despite plenty of favorable media coverage, Democratic Party leaders are having plenty of problems raising money. The Democratic National Committee (DNC) finished the month of June with a significant debt of $3.3 million. In May, the…
    Mitch Kokai, July 24, 2017
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    Don’t place too much stock in CBO scoring

    Andrew Wilford explains for The Hill why it’s a bad idea to accept Congressional Budget Office estimates as gospel. CBO is staffed with talented and hardworking professionals, but they are victims of budget scoring rules and institutional incentives that harm its ability to accurately provide a picture of…
    Mitch Kokai, July 24, 2017
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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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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Dan Way reports for Carolina Journal Online on demand for notary services among North Carolina’s Spanish speakers. John Hood’s Daily Journal argues that shrinking the size of government requires political courage.
    Mitch Kokai, July 24, 2017