Opinion

Op-Ed

Tillis and Burr duck the public on health care debate

Understandable disincentives against public town halls include safety concerns, disillusioned constituents and publicity risks. However, refusal to engage with constituents weakens our democracy. Perhaps our senators avoid public town halls to protect their interests. But can they truly represent us while refusing to hear our voices?

Op-Ed

Trump, lies, and the Peace Corps

Several times each week, Americans are pressed with an odd question – how did we come to this? Who would have thought it possible, for example, that when the presidents of the United States and Russia give conflicting accounts of their joint discussions, most of us would assume that a murderous, dictatorial KGB operative was closer to the truth. Even Republicans seemed to wince: “It’s certainly conceivable Putin is lying, but we know Trump lies constantly – all day, every day, whether he needs to or not, he’s done it his whole life.” So my money, the theory goes, is on the Russian.

Op-Ed

The GOP wants to deny your day in court

For some reason, though, the idea of giving consumers the choice to participate in a court of law – a right enshrined in the Seventh Amendment – leaves some GOP legislators quaking in their loafers.

Letters to the Editor

7/21 Letters: Are party lines more important than representatives to Sens. Tillis and Burr?

Regarding “2 more GOP senators oppose health bill, killing it for now” (July 18): Thanks are due to U.S. Sens. Mike Lee, R-Utah, and Jerry Moran, R-Kan., for not supporting the passage of the GOP health care reform legislation that was roundly criticized by physician groups, medical insurers and hospitals as potentially disastrous for the country. With so many of their Republican colleagues in the Senate apparently ready to vote for this bill regardless of its many flaws, I have to wonder if North Carolina Sens. Richard Burr and Thom Tillis were at the ready to support it as well.

Letters to the Editor

7/21 Letters: ‘More government support needed’ in guaranteeing affordable housing

Many thanks to the excellent column “The poor are pawns in the real estate chess game of the rich” (July 10) about the disappearance of affordable housing for the poor and elderly in Raleigh, including the disgraceful eviction of old people from the Sir Walter Raleigh hotel. Some other cities, Seattle for one, are working with developers to provide housing for low- and moderate-income people. Raleigh must do the same.

Politics & Government

Millennials of color snubbed Hillary Clinton — and they have no regrets

“They” are millennials of color who either didn’t vote or voted third party. And for Cornell Belcher, the president of Brilliant Corners Research & Strategies, who was the pollster for the Democratic National Committee under then-Chairman Howard Dean and for both of Barack Obama’s campaigns for the White House, this makes them the new swing voters the Democratic Party should be trying to win over. And ‘you’re damn right, I don’t have any loyalty to Democrats,’ said one participant in a Fort Lauderdale focus group.

Videos

After his meeting with President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia at the Group of 20 summit, President Trump sent mixed messages about Russia's meddling in the 2016 presidential election. 2:09

After his meeting with President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia at the Group of 20 summit, President Trump sent mixed messages about Russia's meddling in the 2016 presidential election.

Trump Team Has Frequently Claimed 'No Contact' With Russia' 1:46

Trump Team Has Frequently Claimed 'No Contact' With Russia'

Donald Trump Jr. releases Russia emails 1:33

Donald Trump Jr. releases Russia emails

Sarah Huckabee Sanders on Trump tweet attacking Mika Brzezinski: 'What about the constant attacks that he receives?' 1:26

Sarah Huckabee Sanders on Trump tweet attacking Mika Brzezinski: 'What about the constant attacks that he receives?'