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    More Woes at NCDOT; and How to Fix Them

    The bad news for North Carolina’s Department of Transportation (NCDOT) continues. A May 2020 audit found that NCDOT overspent by $742 million in the fiscal year ending June 30 ,2019 because of poor budgeting and oversight. More recently, a follow-up audit released…
    Brian Balfour, September 22, 2021
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    Martin Center Column Highlights Controversial Federal Education Official

    KC Johnson writes for the Martin Center about a former Democratic education official who now generates controversy in Washington, D.C. During the Obama administration, Catherine Lhamon worked in the Department of Education as Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights. She was known for her hyper-aggressive approach to Title IX. Now…
    Mitch Kokai, September 22, 2021
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    CNN Analyst Cites Poll that Should ‘Terrify’ Democrats

    Chris Cillizza of CNN is no right-winger. That’s why it’s interesting to read his take on new polling data involving President Biden. It’s the rare poll that makes an entire party sit up and take notice. The new Iowa poll is one of those polls. Just 31% of…
    Mitch Kokai, September 22, 2021
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    Biden Presidency as Spectacular Failure

    Kylee Zempel of the Federalist delivers an amazingly poor progress report on the Biden administration’s first nine months in office. It’s hard to keep up the illusion that you’re the answer to an entire country’s ills when seemingly everything you touch falls apart. President Joe Biden is learning…
    Mitch Kokai, September 22, 2021
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    Biden Administration Starts to Sink?

    Editors at the Washington Examiner see signs of serious trouble for President Biden. August 2021 will probably be remembered as the month when Joe Biden’s presidency was holed below the waterline. September is the month when it started to sink. Biden is beset by several disasters at once.
    Mitch Kokai, September 22, 2021
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    Beto O’Rourke Aims to Be Biggest Loser

    Andrew Stiles of the Washington Free Beacon chronicles the latest political calculations from a losing Texas Democrat. “I’m just born to be in it,” failed Senate candidate Robert Francis “Beto” O’Rourke told Vanity Fair before he announced his failed campaign for president in 2019. He dropped out a…
    Mitch Kokai, September 22, 2021
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    America as the ‘Weak Horse’

    Kevin Williamson of National Review Online places the recent Afghanistan debacle in context. The seemingly instantaneous collapse of the notionally U.S.-backed regime in Kabul — a regime that had been in reality neglected by U.S. officials wearied by its corruption and inefficacy and then actively undermined by the…
    Mitch Kokai, September 22, 2021
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    Liberal Prof Takes Aim at 1619 Project

    Dan McLaughlin writes at National Review Online about criticism of the 1619 Project from the political left. Sean Wilentz is a proud liberal and sometimes a hard-edged Democratic partisan. But he is also a distinguished Princeton University historian whose academic work is broadly respected across the political spectrum.
    Mitch Kokai, September 22, 2021