Magazine August 19, 2013, Issue

Carolina Comeback

(AP /Gerry Broome)
Why voters in the Tar Heel State turned right

Ever since Pat McCrory became North Carolina’s first Republican governor in 20 years, a stream of media coverage has portrayed the Tar Heel State as “the Wisconsin of 2013,” to quote the headline of a recent Atlantic article. The New York Times weighed in with a factually challenged editorial that described North Carolina’s rightward turn on taxes, spending, public assistance, capital punishment, and other issues with terms such as “grotesque,” “cruel,” and “demolition derby.” Separately, Times columnist Paul Krugman savaged the state’s decision to trim unemployment-insurance benefits — part of a plan to speed up repayment of a $2.6 billion

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Carolina Comeback

Ever since Pat McCrory became North Carolina’s first Republican governor in 20 years, a stream of media coverage has portrayed the Tar Heel State as “the Wisconsin of 2013,” to ...

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Sins and Commandments in Language I was thinking that I was the only one bothered by the all-encompassing use of “inappropriate” to avoid an honest confession of sin. Even my pastor, ...
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The Week

‐ We’re traditionalists on sex scandals: They ought to include sex. ‐ In July, President Obama gave another in his long series of speeches that constitute “a pivot” to the economy. ...
Athwart

Rahs and Rah-Nots

Michael Shulan, creative director of the 9/11 Memorial Museum, said he almost didn’t include the famous photo of firefighters raising the flag because it was too “rah-rah.” One “rah” is ...
The Long View

The Al-Irshad Group

Transcript from the Al Jazeera Political Talk Show The Al-Irshad Group: Sunday, August 4, 2013 Host Al-Irshad: “Issue One! Weiner-riffic! In the aftermath of a series of degrading and degenerate scandals ...
Politics & Policy

Poetry

NO VOODOO No mystical sixth sense do I possess. I hardly handle normal senses well. No vision have I ever had of Hell. Jesus does not drop in at my address. My life has been ...

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