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Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Trump’s DACA Decision Proves We Are Governed by Horrible People

Posted By on Tue, Sep 5, 2017 at 9:00 PM

With a glint in his eye befitting a teenage boy who just discovered Pornhub, Attorney General Jeff Sessions—a man deemed too racist for the federal bench thirty years ago—announced Tuesday that the Trump administration was ending Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, an Obama program that protected nearly eight hundred thousand immigrants, including twenty-seven thousand in North Carolina, who came to the U.S. as children from deportation and granted them two-year work permits. He did so because President Trump was too chickenshit to swing the ax himself, instead shuffling off the duty to a small-minded bigot who receives a peculiar...

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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Thursday, May 18, 2017

So There’s a Special Counsel. Now What?

Posted By on Thu, May 18, 2017 at 8:15 AM

Last night, deputy attorney general Rod J. Rosenstein—the same Rod J. Rosenstein that Trump a week ago cited for his sacking of FBI director of James Comey—appointed Robert Mueller, a previous FBI director and close friend of Comey, to be special counsel overseeing the investigation into Russian election interference and “related matters.” In the short term, this is something of a gift to the Trump administration. Questions about former national security adviser Michael Flynn and former campaign manager Paul Manafort, both of whom are reported to be key figures in the FBI’s investigation, can be sidestepped, as this matter is...

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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Dear Richard Burr: You Have Subpoena Power. Please Use It.

Posted By on Wed, May 17, 2017 at 8:54 AM

In this week’s paper, I argued that Donald Trump had obstructed justice and lied to the American public, that he was a menace who needed to be impeached and removed from office posthaste, based on his firing of James Comey, his mendacity and obfuscation, his divulging of state secrets to the Russians, his rank ignorance and incompetence. All of that was finished and sent to the printer by two p.m. yesterday. Three hours later, The New York Times dropped its bombshell: Trump had asked Comey in February to end the FBI’s investigation of former national security adviser Mike Flynn’s ties to...

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Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Trump’s Firing of James Comey Is a Constitutional Crisis—and a Moment of Truth for Richard Burr

Posted By on Wed, May 10, 2017 at 12:16 PM

Article 1 of the Articles of Impeachment against President Richard M. Nixon lays out case fairly succinctly. There was break-in as part of an effort to gain political intelligence against Nixon’s Democratic opponents in 1972. Nixon and his minions covered it up. The articles cite nine means used to implement the coverup: lying to investigators, making false statements to the public, withholding documents, etc. For our immediate purposes, number four is the most relevant. On October 20, 1973, in what became known as the Saturday Night Massacre, Nixon terminated Archibald Cox, the special prosecutor investigating the Watergate break-in, accepted the...

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Thursday, May 4, 2017

The House Could Vote Today to Rob 24 Million of Health Care. Don’t Let It Happen.

Posted By on Thu, May 4, 2017 at 9:19 AM

This afternoon, the House is finally expected to vote on the American Health Care Act, the Republican effort to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. This is more or less the same bill that died without a vote in March, after an analysis from the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office that can only be described as politically calamitous: Medicaid would be gutted and twenty-four million people would lose health care coverage; millions more older, sicker, and lower-income people would pay thousands more a year in premiums, and subsidies to purchase health care will be reduced; all while rich people score...

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Monday, April 24, 2017

Is Richard Burr Tanking the Trump-Russia Investigation?

Posted By on Mon, Apr 24, 2017 at 2:12 PM

There’s a lot of smoke surrounding the Trump-Russia affair: the intelligence community’s conclusion that Russia was not just seeking to disrupt the American election but was actively working to elect Donald Trump and defeat Hillary Clinton; the FBI investigation into possible collusion between Russia and people in Trump’s orbit; the resignation of national security adviser Michael Flynn over communications with Russian officials; attorney general Jeff Session lying under oath about his contacts with Russian officials; the connections between several Trump campaign confederates, including one-time campaign manager Paul Manafort, and Vladimir Putin’s regime; that unsettling intelligence dossier. As ignominious as Trump...

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Friday, April 7, 2017

Donald Trump Launched Missiles at Syria and We Should Really Talk About That

Posted By on Fri, Apr 7, 2017 at 12:38 PM

I awoke this morning to the not-entirely-unexpected news that President Trump had launched fifty-nine Tomahawk missiles at a Syrian airbase, in retaliation for a chemical-weapons attack allegedly launched by Syrian President Bashar al Assad Tuesday that killed more than one hundred of his own people, including more than two dozen children. Trump had telegraphed his intentions Wednesday, when he said the attack was “reprehensible and cannot be ignored by the civilized world.” As military strikes go, it was fairly modest—“targeted,” Trump called it; “symbolic,” a former national security adviser told ABC News. The Syrians were apparently tipped off ahead of...

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Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Destination on right

Posted By on Tue, Sep 18, 2012 at 8:34 PM

What does it take to be named to the 27-member UNC Advisory Committee on Strategic Directions? Political clout: That explains Republicans Phil Berger and Thom Tillis, among the most powerful people in the Legislature. Business and financial connections: That explains Lew Ebert, president of the N.C. Chamber of Commerce and Robert Ingram, retired executive at GlaxoSmithKline. Big donors: That explains Fred Eshelman, who gave $35 million to the UNC pharmacy school that bears his name. But there are reasons to be worried about the composition of the committee, whose membership UNC President Tom Ross announced last week. The committee charged...

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Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Thursday, January 5, 2012

What's up with the photo of Michael in the Iowa caucus story?

Posted By on Thu, Jan 5, 2012 at 1:12 PM

Last night I received an email from a reader upset because in the Indy's print edition this week, our cover story about the Iowa caucuses included a picture of Michael, a 28-year-old textile worker, in a string of photos of GOP candidates. From left to right: Mitt Romney, Ron Paul, Michele Bachmann, Newt Gingrich, Rick Santorum—and then there’s Michael. The rugged-looking, bearded Michael is wearing a baseball cap turned backward—with some errant hair jutting from under it—and a shirt that reads, “I’m a stoner … and I vote.” Now Michael didn’t materialize out of nowhere, unless you consider Iowa nowhere,...

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Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Election Day, Herman Cain, sexual harassment and the asteroid

Posted By on Tue, Nov 8, 2011 at 10:15 AM

At 8:40 this morning, I was Voter No. 39 at Rogers-Herr Middle School and, with the exception of the poll workers, the only soul in the gymnasium. Early voting turnout for this year's Durham general election was double that of the October primary (5,039 to 2,298) but still pitiful considering there are 133,452 registered voters in Durham County. The percentages were similarly low in Wake County, even though the turnout is twice that of 2009—and this is an election with municipal races in 11 towns and cities, plus the District 3 school board runoff. Will Orange County redeem democracy in...

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Friday, November 4, 2011

The inaugural edition of the Indy editor's blog

Posted By on Fri, Nov 4, 2011 at 11:09 AM

It's 6:30 a.m. and I feel like it's the first day of school. Lunch packed. Teeth brushed. Hair more or less combed, like that would do any good. And here's the inaugural edition of For What It's Worth, the Indy editor's blog. By nature, I'm a news reporter, not a columnist, which is why I've been tarrying about starting a blog. But I'm into it now and I imagine it to accurately reflect my personality: informal, conversational, irreverent and occasionally vulgar. You've been warned. In FWIW, my goal is to demystify the Indy by explaining how the editorial department chooses...

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