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    Pelosi as Trump’s stooge

    Kyle Smith offers New York Post readers a theory about impeachment’s likely impact for the speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives. The more Nancy Pelosi tries to get people to take her seriously, the more ridiculous she is. During the impeachment vote, it was, “Everyone will take…
    Mitch Kokai, January 20, 2020
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    Cowen touts Trump’s trade dealings with China

    Tyler Cowen offers Japan Times readers a positive assessment of President Trump’s latest trade announcement. It is too early to give a final assessment of the U.S.-China trade deal, the details of which have just been published, but it’s not too soon for a provisional opinion: China is…
    Mitch Kokai, January 20, 2020
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    The high cost of a fracking attack

    Mark Mills of the Manhattan Institute tallies potential consequences of a ban on hydraulic fracturing. The extraction of oil and gas through the techniques of horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing (colloquially, “fracking”) has catapulted the United States into leadership of the world’s energy markets. Since 2007, fracking has…
    Mitch Kokai, January 20, 2020
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    Two market-based health care reforms that focus on consumers

    James Capretta writes at RealClearPolicy.com about two market-based health care reforms worth prioritizing. Advocates of market incentives in health care should focus their energy on two reforms that would make a real difference by making it easier for consumers to identify and obtain high-value, low-cost care. These reforms…
    Mitch Kokai, January 20, 2020
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    Woke or unwoke

    Lynne Lechter writes at the American Thinker about those who consider themselves “woke.” Urban slang defines a person being “woke” or “wokeness” as someone being cognizant of “social justice.” Social justice, in this worldview, encompasses racism, feminism, gender fluidity, inequality, and “undocumented visitors” (illegal aliens). The very word…
    Mitch Kokai, January 20, 2020
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    New Rule Allows Dental Hygienists to “Fill the Gaps” in Oral Care

    On Thursday, January 16, the N.C. Rules Review Commission announced that dental hygienists in high-need areas will be allowed to treat patients without direct supervision. This is a step forward for dental care in the rural parts of North Carolina. Carolina Journal’s Julie Havlak explains: North Carolina’s rural communities are…
    Brenee Goforth, January 20, 2020
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Lindsay Marchello reports for Carolina Journal Online about arguments over links between school spending and student performance. John Hood’s Daily Journal warns that partisan battles will extend beyond just the suburbs in North Carolina this year.
    Mitch Kokai, January 20, 2020
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    Mecklenburg ASC’s future with no sales tax bailout

    Mecklenburg voters soundly rejected a proposed quarter-cent sales tax hike in November. The $50 million tax hike to bail out the Arts & Science Council would have delivered $22.5 million per year to the Arts and Science Council, $17 million to parks and greenways; $8 million to education; and $2.5…
    Joseph Coletti, January 17, 2020