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    Friends and neighbors: Distilleries depend on local consumers to survive

    When North Carolina places so many restrictions on distilleries trying to reach customers in their own state, it’s depriving them of their vital, natural consumer base.
    Jon Sanders, May 17, 2019
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    Trump’s trade war is based in bad economics

    There's no reason to think a trade war would make America greater. Now it even appears that the president has abandoned his position that the tariffs are a sure-fired economic winner, as he calls for "patriotic" sacrifice.
    Jon Sanders, May 17, 2019
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    Problem Solved!

    WCNC reports that, “The Unknown Brewery may have just accidentally broken an unofficial world record for locating a stolen vehicle.”  How did the Charlotte brewery accomplish that feat? It sent out a tweet offering a free keg party as a reward:   And it posted a similar message…
    Jon Guze, May 17, 2019
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    Martin Center column critiques ‘citation cartels’

    Richard Phelps writes for the Martin Center about a little-known practice that prevents some academic research from reaching the public. The public relies on journalists to learn about and share academic research. Public knowledge can be undermined, however, when academics try to influence what research journalists cover or limit…
    Mitch Kokai, May 17, 2019
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    PTA members triggered by news that Mark Johnson will speak at convention

    Is this what the PTA has become? God forbid that PTA leaders would invite the elected leader of North Carolina public schools. From N.C. Teachers United:…
    Terry Stoops, May 17, 2019
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    Iran hysteria as replacement for Russian collusion hysteria

    Warren Henry of the Federalist ponders the recent hubbub over President Trump’s approach to Iran. Were the establishment media to be believed, President Trump is spoiling for a shooting war with Iran. In articles mostly targeting fiercely mustachioed National Security Adviser John Bolton, The New York Times, CNN,…
    Mitch Kokai, May 17, 2019
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    Biden’s lead and name recognition

    Joe Biden is the clear front-runner in the 2020 Democratic presidential election campaign. Emily Larsen of the Washington Examiner ponders whether that lead is based solely on name recognition. Joe Biden’s lead in early Democratic presidential primary polls is in part due to name recognition, a point underscored…
    Mitch Kokai, May 17, 2019
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    Americans aren’t having as many babies

    Charles Fain Lehman of the Washington Free Beacon reports the latest disturbing news linked to American fertility. The average American woman can expect to have fewer kids today than at any point in at least the last half century, new data released Wednesday by the Centers for Disease…
    Mitch Kokai, May 17, 2019