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Sunday, August 13, 2017

Donald Trump Lit the Fuse That Led to Heather Heyer’s Murder

Posted By on Sun, Aug 13, 2017 at 4:45 PM

Donald Trump did not murder Heather Heyer, the thirty-two-year-old paralegal who was killed when a car allegedly driven by neo-Nazi James Fields Jr. plowed into a crowd of counterprotesters. But he shares some responsibility for her death. After all, Trump lit the fuse. Sure, there was already a powder keg. There were racial resentments that boiled to the surface during the Obama presidency, manifesting in the tea partyers and the birthers, both of whom Trump nurtured and “mainstream” Republicans tolerated so long as it suited their political ambitions. But from the second Trump announced his candidacy, he’s played...

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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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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

Monday, November 7, 2011

Whose headline is it anyway? Plus Rapiscan, David Price and X-ray scanners

Posted By on Mon, Nov 7, 2011 at 10:09 AM

"Light my faucet" "The pun also rises" Headline writing is an art—a lost art, thanks to Search Engine Optimization and the Internet—but those of us still living in the print world know that crafting a compelling "head" (or "hed," in journo shorthand) can be tougher than polishing 1,000 words of prose. At the Indy, the section editors and I generally write the headlines, although occasionally a writer will come up with a pithy, punchy one. "Light my faucet" introduced a story about the environmental dangers of fracking; and how could a story about the pun championships carry a headline other...

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