Jim Jenkins

Jim Jenkins

A first lady’s powerful story

She has been the most charismatic first lady of our time. Michelle Obama possesses a presence that commands attention, a warmth, an ease with people, a sincere compassion. Even the Republicans who have made repeated mean-spirited (and that’s putting it mildly) comments in public and private about her husband, the president of the United States, do not speak ill of Mrs. Obama.

Jim Jenkins

Remembering a giant named Jackie

Ken Burns’ public television documentary on Jackie Robinson is running this week. Robinson broke major league baseball’s “color line.” But Robinson’s battles are in many ways still being fought.

Jim Jenkins

Losses won’t cause GOP to back down on HB2

Republican leaders in the General Assembly are unfortunately not going to back away from a hurried action to overturn a non-discrimination law from the Charlotte City Council. And Gov. Pat McCrory, who signed the measure on the day it passed, is clearly powerless to do anything about it, even if he had the gumption to do so.

Jim Jenkins

George W.’s return to the political spotlight

The author Richard Ben Cramer wrote one of the best books ever about presidential candidates, “What It Takes,” profiling those who sought the presidency in 1988. The refreshing thing about the book was that it didn’t set out to be an investigative expose, just a look at the character, the backgrounds, the motivations for those who wanted to be president

Videos

Trump calls school choice 'new civil rights issue,' 'West Wing' stumps for Hillary Clinton - Election Rewind

Donald Trump spoke to a crowd in Roanoke, Va. about what he called the "new civil rights issue" for African-Americans. Meanwhile, actors from the popular TV show The West Wing hit the campaign trail for Hillary Clinton, including one stop in Toledo, Ohio.
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Trump calls school choice 'new civil rights issue,' 'West Wing' stumps for Hillary Clinton - Election Rewind 1:35

Trump calls school choice 'new civil rights issue,' 'West Wing' stumps for Hillary Clinton - Election Rewind

Cam Newton: It was 'baffling' that Kelvin Benjamin didn't get more touches 0:33

Cam Newton: It was 'baffling' that Kelvin Benjamin didn't get more touches

Charlotte police line blocks protesters from returning to Bank of America Stadium 0:43

Charlotte police line blocks protesters from returning to Bank of America Stadium

Charlotte protesters give police hugs, explain their cause 1:07

Charlotte protesters give police hugs, explain their cause