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Why we must require “crisis pregnancy centers” to be transparent

Imagine you receive the devastating news that you have cancer. Quickly, you need to find a doctor and care team that you can trust completely. You've heard some ads for a comprehensive, compassionate cancer center and make an appointment.

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No way to educate our kids

Proposals to militarize public schools are not the answer A little over three decades ago, one of America’s great political philosophers, Dr. Seuss, authored a masterful takedown of the Cold War and the madness that it inspired in political leaders – both East and West.

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ICE is terrorizing our kids: Report shines a light on the impact immigration enforcement is having on children

There are a lot of compelling reasons to be deeply concerned about ICE – the federal immigration agency that’s acting more and more like a rogue national police force. From the midnight raids to the lack of due process afforded detained individuals to the downright cruel and inhumane destruction of families...

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After the #March4OurLives: The policies that are most likely to make our schools and students safer

Thousands of people participated in Saturday’s March for Our Lives Raleigh to demand common sense gun reform, advocate for full funding for the student support services desperately needed in our schools and, notably, to register voters.

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When runaway government spending really is a big problem (and one important thing we could do about it)

If anyone ever really bought into the hoary political myth that all Republicans hate big government spending, deficits and debt and that all Democrats love them, you’d think the presidency of Donald Trump would have laid that idea to rest once and for all. After all, as expert after expert has testified in recent months, future deficits and debt have been mushrooming under Trump.

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Monday numbers – A closer look at this past Saturday’s Earth Hour

1 – The number of hours that millions of people across the globe took action by turning off non-essential electric lights this past Saturday during “Earth Hour,” an event designed to call attention to the devastating impact that climate change is inflicting on the planet...

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What excuse makers just don’t get about the #MeToo reality

Recently I was having dinner with friends and the topic of sexual violence came up. One-by-one we went around the table recounting the first time we remembered feeling unsafe because of our gender. Each and every one of us had a story to tell. For most, our first #MeToo moment predated even our first kiss.

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Senator Burr must allow an examination of would-be CIA chief’s torture connections

Ordinary Americans – those of us not allowed to know the secrets of high-level espionage work – at this point find it hard to judge accurately the accomplishments of Gina Haspel as she climbed through the ranks of the Central Intelligence Agency. President Trump, in nominating Haspel to head the agency where she now is deputy director, of course painted her in glowing colors.

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Why North Carolina must say “no” to school district secession

Though they are sometimes dressed up in prettified language about “freedom” and “choice” and “market forces,” the main items at the heart of the conservative agenda on public education really haven’t changed much over the last several decades since the U.S. Supreme Court issued its landmark ruling in Brown v. Board of Education. When one really gets down to brass tacks, three principal and closely intertwined objectives stand out...

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Each win matters: Public education advocates reflect on a year of struggle to solve the class size crisis

In the aftermath of recent action by state lawmakers to back down from their previously enacted unfunded mandate to shrink K-3 class sizes, education policy advocate Sarah Montgomery of the North Carolina Justice Center asked some of the parents and teachers who spoke up on the issue to share their reflections on a hard-fought victory.

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Trump tariffs are penny-wise pound foolish

Penny-wise, pound-foolish. So declared a disappointed English lord in response to his heir’s poor financial judgement. Though coined 500 years ago somewhere else entirely, the phrase still means the same thing today in 21st century America—don’t save small amounts of money on something if it’s going to cost you a whole lot more later on.

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The most important political battle of 2018 continues to fly under the radar

U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos gave another embarrassing and cringe-inducing media interview this past weekend. As veteran political reporter Chris Cilizza of CNN explained in a post entitled “Betsy DeVos' trainwreck interview on 60 Minutes,” the conversation produced several remarkable moments in which the Amway heiress by marriage was clearly in way over her head on everything from the Parkland shooting to school “choice” to sexual assaults on college campuses.

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