Jim Jenkins

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.

Jim Jenkins

Memorial Day brings names in stone – and in memory

Every year on Memorial Day, the little pilgrimages are made – by thousands, probably tens of thousands, perhaps more. They are the survivors, the ones who live to mark the sacrifices of fathers, mothers, grandfathers and the greats and great-greats. The ones who died in uniform – America’s uniform, or yes, in some cases, the Confederacy’s or the Union’s uniform.

Jim Jenkins

Birth of the Cappuccino Party

What Hillary Clinton and Bill Clinton and Bernie and various music and movie stars couldn’t do – to awaken the progressives among Democrats, Independents, young people and Republicans (yes, we know at least three Republican progressives, but they don’t talk about it) – has now been accomplished by an unlikely champion.

Jim Jenkins

Obama never feared challenges

Many thought they’d never see it in their lifetimes. But on that night in Chicago, a little more than eight years ago, there stood an African-American man who had just been elected president of the United States. People in that audience were weeping, and so were millions of Americans at home, amazed and stunned and thrilled and hopeful. President George W. Bush, who had been pretty strongly attacked by Democrat Barack Obama as a candidate, would on that night and thereafter show the class and grace that presidents are supposed to show one another — and he noted more than once the profound historic significance of Obama’s victory.

Jim Jenkins

On the front lines at Christmas

Now my Grandfather, a conservative Baptist minister in the North Carolina foothills, knew and liked to tell the story of the Salvation Army: Preacher William Booth and his wife, Catherine, started soul saving in England, a street preacher outside the more formal methods of traditional churches, taking The Word to the people and all. But he was a man with a gift of powerful tonsils and a righteous spirit, yes he was.

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Watch Panthers QB Cam Newton throw during training camp

Carolina Panthers Cam Newton throws passes during the first practice at Gibbs Stadium at Wofford College during 2017 training camp.
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Watch Panthers QB Cam Newton throw during training camp 1:04

Watch Panthers QB Cam Newton throw during training camp

Watch Panthers QB Cam Newton throw during training camp 1:04

Watch Panthers QB Cam Newton throw during training camp

NC Representative David Lewis discusses 2017 redistricting plans 1:59

NC Representative David Lewis discusses 2017 redistricting plans

Holy Name of Jesus Cathedral draws over 2000 worshippers for dedication and mass 3:17

Holy Name of Jesus Cathedral draws over 2000 worshippers for dedication and mass