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Ned Barnett

Rep. Jones pushes for an end to America’s longest war

North Carolina Republican Congressman Walter Jones is not forgetting. He appealed to President Trump in a July 18 letter to follow through on his campaign comments that the war is a wasteful and losing effort. And he has called on House Speaker Paul Ryan to bring the long-running conflict up for debate in the House.

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An evening with Dwane Powell at the City of Raleigh Museum

Dwane Powell has inked over 15,000 cartoons during his career that have caricatured presidents, politicians, and North Carolina notables. Powell began cartooning for The News & Observer in 1975 and continues to ink images for Sunday editions. Growing up in rural Arkansas, Powell studied agribusiness at the University of Arkansas but was drawn to the cartoons he saw in Collier’s and The Saturday Evening Post. When his hometown paper offered him $5 a cartoon, his lifelong passion began. Powell went on to win industry recognition including the Overseas Press Club Award for Excellence in Cartooning and the National Headliners Club Award for Outstanding Editorial Cartoons.

J. Peder Zane

Health care is about dollars, not morals

Without denying anyone’s right to define their enemies with -isms and -ists – racists, sexists, socialists, whatever – his statement suggests we might profit from ignoring the extremes and paying greater attention to those who are acting in good faith, who have seemingly sound reasons for their thoughts and beliefs.

Jim Jenkins

Trying to hang on while riding the Trumpcoaster

Presidents do not hear criticism, especially when they are silver-spooners who grew up shielded by limos and fathers’ fortunes and bodyguards, and never hit a skid that wasn’t greased. It is a common problem, has been in all White Houses: The aura of the presidency is a shield, and not necessarily a healthy one. Former presidents have complained about it, about the difficulty of getting people – even those closest – to tell the commander-in-chief what they really think.

Ned Barnett

Democracy, you miss it when it’s gone

Along with the N.C. legislature’s gerrymandering, the weight of Donald Trump as president and the recklessness of the Republican-controlled Congress on health care is crushing the sense that the American political system is still representative.

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Trump sows confusion over Russian hacking

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NC State police chief discusses information leading to disciplinary actions on football players

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Emotions run high at 'Silent Sam' protest at UNC

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This student didn't have home internet, so he couldn't do homework. Now he has it, thanks to Sprint.

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‘You can call them slaves if you want to... I would call them workers,’ Alamance commissioner says

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UNC recruit Jordyn Adams talks about his first football game in NC

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Demonstrators drape ‘Silent Sam’ in black hood following Charlottesville violence

Proposed ACA repeal could take medical care away from over 2,300 NC children

Video: Lori Palen's 5-year old son Tommy requires a feeding tube, ventilator, surgeries, costly medications and an in-home nurse that are covered by a Medicaid program regardless of parental income.
Chuck Liddy cliddy@newsobserver.com
Proposed ACA repeal could take medical care away from over 2,300 NC children 4:21

Proposed ACA repeal could take medical care away from over 2,300 NC children

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Fact Check: The Senate Health Care Plan

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Seth Meyers takes some shots at NC political power grab

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How will history remember Fidel Castro?