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No one’s explained why a Malaysian airliner was flying over a war zone but when it was shot down Senator John McCain had no doubt who to blame: Obama. It was, McCain adamantly told Fox News, Obama’s fault because he

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At breakfast, two of the guys were bemoaning the challenges of life.   Tom, a generous contributor to political candidates, sighed, “Having a politician for a friend is worse than having a child in college.”   A while later, Phil

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They’re not highway numbers, or ages. They are the two big numbers driving North Carolina’s education debate this year.   When you take an eight-miles-high view of the legislature, setting aside the partisan debates and vitriol, the most striking thing

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New Yorker magazine, as I recall, once had a department called: “Which newspaper do you read?” It juxtaposed totally opposite headlines about the same story. To wit this week:   “Clay Aiken outpaces GOP candidate in 2nd quarter fundraising” (Sandhills

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A discerning reader adds a twist to my theory (see “Pat Versus Phil” blog below) that Senator Berger might back a primary opponent against Governor McCrory: It could be Lt. Governor Dan Forest: “Can’t help but notice Senate budget included

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Republican primaries are the best entertainment you can find this summer.   First Eric Cantor loses in a monumental upset. Then black Democrats save Thad Cochrane’s hide. Then two former Democrats running for Wake County DA fight over who’s the

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The Old Bull Mooses walked into a meeting with the House to wrangle over the state budget but before they could fire a shot the House’s lead wrangler, Nelson Dollar, threw them a curve ball: He announced he was calling

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This increasingly looks like a political death match – with one survivor in the end. I’m betting on Phil Berger.   Yesterday Governor McCrory compared Senator Berger & Co. to Marc Basnight, Tony Rand and – yes – Harry Reid.

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What is it about our sports teams that possesses us so?   Brazil’s soccer team loses in the World Cup, and a nation plunges into despair, mourning and an angry orgy of recrimination. A national tragedy, it seems.   LeBron

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What on earth do you do when a eight-year-old lands on your doorstep?   I heard two spokesmen on the radio today with answers – the first told a story of a lone girl, one of the border children, who

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