Drew Finley
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First Amendment will change under Gorsuch
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Now that Neil Gorsuch is officially a Justice of the Supreme Court, it’s worth considering in a concrete way what his presence might mean for the future of American law.

April 20, 2017
NC K-3 classroom mandate poses problems
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Public education in North Carolina is at a crossroads.

April 13, 2017
SCOTUS ruling on intellectual disability is monumental
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Many groups are overlooked in the American political context and the intellectually disabled are certainly no exception.

April 7, 2017
Privacy must be upheld over business interests
Opinion · By

While most of the action in American politics this past week had to do with either Judge Gorsuch’s confirmation hearing or the debacle in Congress concerning healthcare, one piece of legislation that failed to attract major attention was a resolution to repeal an Obama-era law that provides internet privacy protections for consumers.

March 30, 2017
Trump’s proposed budget is irresponsible
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A president proposing a budget which has virtually no hope of passing in Congress has been a defining feature of American politics since the Reagan era.

March 23, 2017
Action needs to be taken on gerrymandering
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As a political issue, gerrymandering is the equivalent of your Uncle Rick wearing a bathrobe in a roomful of Brooks Brothers suits.

March 16, 2017
Pruitt will likely roll back the EPA agenda
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This past Friday, Feb. 17, former Oklahoma attorney general Scott Pruitt was sworn in as head of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) by Associate Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito.

February 24, 2017
Raid in Yemen raises many troubling questions
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Amid the confusion and frenzy of President Trump’s recent executive order, which barred U.S. entrance to scores of immigrants and refugees alike, one recent event in American politics that failed to attract any sustained attention was the American raid in Yemen.

February 16, 2017
Students voice opinions on SCOTUS nominee
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Judge Neil Gorsuch is one of the most accomplished and respected legal minds on the federal bench.

February 10, 2017
Public education needs support for success
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In recent weeks, the nomination of Betsy DeVos for the position of Secretary of Education has received considerable attention from news media, politicians and ordinary American citizens.

February 3, 2017
Plans for DOJ should consider current events
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The United States Department of Justice (DOJ) has existed since the aftermath of the Civil War.

January 27, 2017
Trump should reconsider Secretary of HUD
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In recent days, President-elect Trump’s cabinet nominations have received lots of attention from political leaders on all sides of the aisle and beyond.

January 20, 2017
Trump should not disdain intelligence agencies
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The common claim that the 2016 presidential election is in many ways unprecedented doesn’t attract as much attention as it once did.

January 12, 2017
Immigrants must be treated with respect
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The future of America’s immigrants is more uncertain than it has ever been in recent years.

December 8, 2016
The U.S. should not back Assad’s regime
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Ever since the Arab Spring, the extreme and now seemingly intractable conflict in Syria has gone from bad to worse.

December 3, 2016
North Carolina must change its political standard
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Now is the time for a reckoning in North Carolina and across the U.S.

November 17, 2016
“Greatness” needs to be redefined post-election
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Americans in today’s society cannot agree in any significant way on a definition of the word “greatness” as it relates to our politics.

November 10, 2016
Americans harbor basic misconceptions about Middle East
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The incisive journalist Scott Anderson paid a visit to Wake Forest on Oct. 26 to discuss his landmark narrative for the “New York Times Magazine” entitled “Fractured Lands: How the Arab World Came Apart.”

November 3, 2016
Voters should not ignore judiciary elections
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In any election in which we choose who our next commander-in-chief will be, it can be easy for voters to only focus on the choices for president, and they often do that at the expense of devoting their attention to other key down-ballot races.

October 28, 2016
Great political leaders must be made by the people
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Claiming that our political elites are no longer fit to serve us has practically become a trite statement with very little meaning.

October 19, 2016
Congress should not override the 9/11 Bill veto
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Last week, Congress overrode a bill that President Obama had previously vetoed. The legislation deals with 9/11 victims’ families having the ability to sue Saudi Arabia in a U.S. court for damages related to the events of Sept. 11, 2001.

October 6, 2016
House Bill 2 should be repealed for the right reasons
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North Carolina’s House Bill 2 has become one of the most divisive pieces of legislation that the state’s General Assembly has passed in recent history.

September 29, 2016
Noonan speech was refreshing yet challenging
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Peggy Noonan offered insightful commentary on recent politics but said little about moving forward.

September 15, 2016
We must reject radical individualism
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The notion that our political language has lost its meaning and substance is not a new one.

September 8, 2016
Voting rights are also civil rights
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Fifty-five years ago, Rep. John Lewis (D-GA) and a group of Freedom Riders who were traveling through the South were accosted in a Montgomery Greyhound bus station and subsequently beaten over the head repeatedly with Coca-Cola crates.

September 1, 2016