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    A new look at public universities

    James Piereson and Naomi Schaefer Riley devote a National Affairs article to the future role of public universities. In recent years, public universities have faced a troubling question: Can they remain financially solvent while serving their own residents at the low tuition rates that were common several…
    Mitch Kokai, January 13, 2020
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    Trump using opponents’ actions against them

    Gary Gindler writes at the American Thinker about one side effect of reflexive anti-Trumpism. It took the American mass disinformation media and the … Democrats three years of Trump’s presidency to finally develop a coherent policy of confronting Trump. This policy is very primitive: everything that Trump does…
    Mitch Kokai, January 13, 2020
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Kari Travis reports for Carolina Journal Online on concerns surrounding a new report that calls for major increases in N.C. school funding. Brooke Conrad previews this week’s legislative session. John Hood’s Daily Journal urges prudence in the debate over voter ID.
    Mitch Kokai, January 13, 2020
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    Why it’s good that local gas prices remained calm this week

    This past week was very unusual — the media talking heads were apoplectic that the U.S. had just started "war with Iran," while social media was replete with talk of "World War III." So why have retail gasoline prices been so calm?
    Jon Sanders, January 10, 2020
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    Newsflash–Greensboro might turn down Justice Dept. grant

    Over the years of following local government, I’ve come to the conclusion that there not a federal grant out there local politicians don’t like. Heaven forbid they would turn their nose up at so-called “free money,” as they like to call it. Bt the Rhino Times reports the Greensboro…
    Sam Hieb, January 10, 2020
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    Idaho facing crowd out after Medicaid expansion

    Medicaid expansion has been one of the most intensely debated topics at the North Carolina General Assembly this session. My colleagues and I at the John Locke Foundation believe this would be a financially reckless move, which would do nothing for the root causes of why people…
    Jordan Roberts, January 10, 2020
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    Martin Center column highlights job skills that colleges don’t teach

    Chloe Anagnos writes for the Martin Center about an important omission from the typical college education. Every college student knows that, once they graduate, landing the job of their dreams isn’t going to just happen. Yet, students still downplay the difficulties they will face, either because they don’t understand…
    Mitch Kokai, January 10, 2020
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    Impeachment’s minimal political impact

    Editors at Issues and Insights document Democrats’ “impeachment losing streak.” Has any political ploy failed as spectacularly as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s decision to delay sending the articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump over to the Senate. Even Democrats are now telling her the jig is up.
    Mitch Kokai, January 10, 2020