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The Anthony Weiner scandal exposes (so to speak) the deadly mixture of three narcissistic pursuits: politics, social media and the gym.   Weiner, by all appearances (so to speak), is a classic political geek: the president of the debate club

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Talk about political double talk. President Obama says, Of course, it’s perfectly legal for him to make war on Libya without Congress ever declaring war.   How’s that?   Because, Obama explained, his war in Libya is not an escalating

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Anyone surprised that five Democratic House members voted for the Republican budget has forgotten that no animal in the wild has a more finely honed survival instinct than a politician.   The media has reported the budget goodies the “Party

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House Speaker Thom Tillis landed himself in a mess by picking the worst time on earth to pass out $30,000 a person pay raises to his staff.   The whole thing, given the timing, looks just plain crazy. On one

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Two members of Governor Perdue’s staff took issue with my view that Republicans have successfully minimized the differences between their education budget and hers. I invited them to spell out the differences. They obliged with an analysis headed “Setting the

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I just knew there was a pony in the pile of manure that is the new state budget. And, thanks to Laura Leslie at WRAL, I found it.   From the start, let me confess: This is all about self-interest.

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When I fled the country just before Memorial Day, Governor Perdue had the upper hand in her PR battle with the GOP over the budget. But she lost it.   She lost the battle – at least in the short

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John Edwards should have taken the deal.   He could have pled guilty to misdemeanors – not felonies. The circus would be over. There would be no trial – and no risk of a worse result. There would be no

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President Obama’s visit to the Triangle today is a taste of what’s to come: a presidential race that turns on jobs and North Carolina.   (I told one TV reporter he’s in for a good year: “You’ll have a lot

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It’s the biggest contract in state government. The $265 million Medicaid claims processing contract. And it’s awarded by Secretary Lanier Cansler’s department.   For years the contract was managed by EDS Corporation, but during Cansler’s first stint at DHHS (when

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