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

Jim Jenkins

Jenkins: One night back in Honah Lee

They used to run to center stage, a lithe blonde with a tall, goateed man on her right and a shorter goateed man on her left. The group was the creation of a manager who’d heard about them in Greenwich Village, where they’d worked all the clubs during the folk music craze of the late 1950s and early ’60s. Even as the Beatles invaded with their brand new sound, and some of the folkies faded, these three were always there, always popular.

Jim Jenkins

Trump stomping to (GOP) victory

From the beginning, the pundits — insufferable, self-righteous, all-knowing Washingtonians — sat from on high and predicted a quick end to the campaign of Donald John Trump, the silver-spoon kid from New York who descended on a golden staircase to proclaim his candidacy for president and talk about how rich he is.

Videos

UNC's Larry Fedora on Tim Beckman joining his staff

Video: North Carolina coach Larry Fedora comments on former Illinois coach Tim Beckman joining his staff as a volunteer assistant. Beckman was fired one year ago by Illinois after he reportedly deterred injury reporting, and pressured players to continue playing despite injuries.
Robert Willett rwillett@newsobserver.com
UNC's Larry Fedora on Tim Beckman joining his staff 1:15

UNC's Larry Fedora on Tim Beckman joining his staff

Broughton's Abdulle Ibrahim credits teamwork 1:22

Broughton's Abdulle Ibrahim credits teamwork

Green Hope highlights and Jacob Kendall interview 1:13

Green Hope highlights and Jacob Kendall interview

Bob Herring talks about how he fell in love with old time music 1:14

Bob Herring talks about how he fell in love with old time music