Politics (page 963)

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    Goldberg dissects the vice president’s literalism

    Jonah Goldberg must have had fun with his latest National Review cover story, which devotes three full magazine pages to the distinguished record of Vice President Joe Biden. Among Goldberg’s observations is the vice president’s propensity for misusing the word “literally.” The standard joke is to…
    Mitch Kokai, April 26, 2012
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    National Review on Buffett Rule baloney

    The latest National Review includes this brief synopsis of President Obama’s Buffett Rule: President Obama has reiterated his call for a tax hike based on the so-called Buffett Rule, which relies on an oft-repeated and ofte-debunked falsehood: that wealthy Americans pay lower tax rates than members…
    Mitch Kokai, April 26, 2012
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Dan Way reports for Carolina Journal Online on the race to replace Sue Myrick as U.S. representative in North Carolina’s 9th Congressional District. John Hood’s Daily Journal questions the purported benefits of consolidating local governments.
    Mitch Kokai, April 26, 2012
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    New at CJO: Republicans vie for nomination in Senate District 44 primary

    Barry Smith profiles the Republican primary in N.C. Senate District 44 for Carolina Journal Online.
    Mitch Kokai, April 25, 2012
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    Blatant dishonesty on per-pupil ranking

    Geez, News & Observer editors must be desperate.  Today’s ironically titled editorial on the Republicans’ Excellent Public Schools Act, “School Truth,” includes the following whopper, Meanwhile North Carolina has dropped in per-pupil spending to a rank somewhere in the mid- to high 40s among the 50 states. Somewhere?  Dropped? Earlier…
    Terry Stoops, April 25, 2012
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    In case you missed him …

    Rick Henderson discussed President Obama’s visit to UNC-Chapel Hill during the “Insiders” segment of News 14 Carolina’s “Capital Tonight.”…
    Mitch Kokai, April 25, 2012
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    Borders highlights the Rational Optimist

    In the latest edition of his Ideas Matter update, Max Borders profiles Matt Ridley. He’s the “rational optimist” highlighted in this forum earlier this year when he delivered a Hayek lecture at Duke University. Are we going to run out of food,…
    Mitch Kokai, April 25, 2012
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Dan Way reports for Carolina Journal Online that another Medicaid budget shortfall has state officials scrambling. John Hood’s Daily Journal discusses three N.C. governors who have focused on state transportation needs.
    Mitch Kokai, April 25, 2012