Politics (page 1003)

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    President’s outsized claims come back to haunt him

    Jim McTague of Barron’s explains this week one reason why President Obama is having an especially hard time coping with rising gas prices. If you claim to be Superman, then when the time comes, you had better be able to leap tall buildings in…
    Mitch Kokai, March 26, 2012
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    David Bass reports for Carolina Journal Online about key North Carolina primary elections to watch in 2012. John Hood’s Daily Journal discusses a recent offense on the Meck Deck website for which there is no defense.
    Mitch Kokai, March 26, 2012
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    NCAE convention underway

    The North Carolina Association of Educators (NCAE) Convention 2012 is rockin’ the Benton Convention Center in Winston-Salem.  I suspect that substitute teachers were in short supply around the state. Here are some highlights of the conference (courtesy of various Twitter feeds): Superintendent of Public Instruction June Atkinson tells attendees, “When…
    Terry Stoops, March 23, 2012
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    This weekend on Carolina Journal Radio

    A legislator’s comments during a recent committee meeting have sparked debate about poverty in North Carolina. Fergus Hodgson discusses the facts about poverty within this state and around the world during the next edition of Carolina Journal Radio. David Bass handicaps the state’s 2012 congressional races, and Victor…
    Mitch Kokai, March 23, 2012
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    A Rosetta Stone for Political Discourse?

    Nicholas Kristof is my favorite liberal columnist, and his column in today’s New York Times further solidified that (admittedly small) distinction. Kristof focuses on a new book by psychologist Jonathan Haidt, The Righteous Mind, a work that examines the moral and psychological foundations of liberal and conservative thinking.
    Duke Cheston, March 22, 2012
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    Barone analyzes the political implications of Ryan’s budget plan

    Michael Barone‘s latest column assesses the potential political results from debate over U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan’s latest budget proposal. As I listened to House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan describe his latest budget plan in a speech at the American Enterprise Institute this week,…
    Mitch Kokai, March 22, 2012
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    I wonder if he’ll remember this column when the GOP turns its attention to Obama

    Paul Begala‘s latest Newsweek column sings the praises of negative television election campaign ads. Truth is, negative advertising is not some evil or nefarious practice. In fact, when I contributed to the Obama campaign in 2008, I wrote on the check: “For Negative Ads…
    Mitch Kokai, March 22, 2012
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    Historian Ferguson raises another red flag (pun intended) about China

    Niall Ferguson explains for Newsweek readers why we ought to be concerned that China’s latest crop of leaders came of age during the communist nation’s Cultural Revolution. That it disrupted the lives of a generation is clear. Only consider its effects on the two…
    Mitch Kokai, March 22, 2012