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Last night, I finished reading Hitler: The Ascent. While working in a shop in Obersalzberg in 1926 Maria Reiter met Hitler. She was 16. And he was 37. Hitler’s next ‘love’ (which isn’t exactly the right word) Geli Raubal was

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If you attach the words ‘science proves this’ to a statement most people, almost as a reflex, will believe it. Often without a second thought. The other day the newspapers reported a scientist at Granada University in Spain had published

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A discerning reader adds a twist to my theory (see “Pat Versus Phil” blog below) that Senator Berger might back a primary opponent against Governor McCrory: It could be Lt. Governor Dan Forest: “Can’t help but notice Senate budget included

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How would Republican primary voters feel about a prominent supporter of gay marriage holding a fundraiser for Thom Tillis in New York City?   That would be Paul Singer, a hedge-fund CEO whom the Washington Post calls “the money man

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Is our long national Obamacare binge winding down?   A veteran Raleigh operative said this week that the folks at home are getting tired of hearing about it. Coincidentally, a Kaiser Health Tracking Poll found that “just over half the

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This blog is a tribute to my late father, Jim.   He was a printer all his life, first at Parker Brothers Newspapers in Ahoskie and then at The News & Observer. For many years, he was foreman of the

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This from our Shameless Self-Promotion Department:   Carter and I did an interview with Don Gonyea, National Political Correspondent for NPR.  Part of it ran in a story about Senator Kay Hagan’s reelection race.    And I was interviewed on Chris

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Even Republicans are puzzled about why Governor McCrory vetoed the two bills he did.   Why pick a fight you’re going to lose? Unless there’s a big upside, and there’s not here.   Both of the bills he vetoed had

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Why do Republicans feel compelled to insult, dismiss and condescend to women in North Carolina?   The latest: Governor McCrory dismissing Ann Goodnight’s pointed and powerful letter to the N&O (reprinted in full at the end of this blog).  

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Yes, Newt Gingrich is nuts. But sometimes even a nut sees reality. And last week he summed up why the Republican Party is on the road to disaster:   “We are caught up right now in a culture – and

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