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Obama’s self-revealing final act

Barack Obama did not go out quietly. His unquiet final acts were, in part, overshadowed by a successor who refused to come in quietly and, in part, by Obama’s own endless, sentimental farewell tour. But there was nothing nostalgic or sentimental about Obama’s last acts. Two of them were simply shocking.

Op-Ed

Openness is good medicine for mental illness

If mental illness had the same outward symptoms as mumps or measles, its victims and their families would find comfort in knowing that they are not so alone, and we would likely rise to the crisis as a broader community. If it was contagious or its human costs made clear, policy-makers would deal with the issue as the public health crisis that it is.

Letters to the Editor

Allen Torrey: A little-too-early enrollment for athletes

In light of persistent concerns about the academic standing of some college football players it was heartening to read in the Jan. 13 Sports college notebook that “The Tar Heels welcomed eight new student-athletes to campus on Wednesday. All eight graduated early from high school and enrolled for the 2017 spring semester.”

Letters to the Editor

David Kiel: A new circus about to begin

There must be some law of conservation of showmanship in the universe. The same week that The N&O reported Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus is folding its tents (“Ringling Bros. circus is closing; Raleigh on last tour,” Jan. 16 news article), Donald Trump is being inaugurated as U.S. president.


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Obama to Americans: 'It has been the privilege of my life to serve as your president'

In his last weekly address of 2016, President Obama thanks Americans for the progress that's been made over the last eight years, from protecting the planet to marriage equality. He calls for all Americans to come together in order to continue moving forward. As he transitions from president to citizen he reassures, "I will be there with you every step of the way to ensure that this country forever strives to live up to the incredible promise of our founding: that all of us are created equal and all of us deserve every chance to live out our dreams."
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Obama to Americans: 'It has been the privilege of my life to serve as your president' 1:47

Obama to Americans: 'It has been the privilege of my life to serve as your president'

Seth Meyers takes some shots at NC political power grab 8:01

Seth Meyers takes some shots at NC political power grab

How will history remember Fidel Castro? 4:44

How will history remember Fidel Castro?

Triangle residents speak out on NCAA HB2 decision 7:44

Triangle residents speak out on NCAA HB2 decision