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My daughter Thea, a cellist, is spending the summer in Montgomery, Ala. She was thrilled to land a job there playing in the orchestra at Montgomery’s Shakespeare festival.

I’ve written a couple of posts already about why all the international calls for a cease-fire in Gaza haven’t yet borne fruit – it’s mainly because the two sides doing the fighting have irreconcilable goals and are under little domestic pressure to stop – but is there any scenario in which the bloodshed, at least this round of it, could end without an internationally negotiated cease-fire?

It would be hard to get out in front of some members of Congress in trash-talking their own herd. Yet on Wednesday, four Democratic and four Republican senators standing together in front of TV cameras had something unalloyed to say for themselves: “There may be hope for us yet,” Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., told reporters at a news conference announcing the introduction of a truly bipartisan campus sexual assault bill.

From Venessa Harrison, president of External Affairs, AT&T-North Carolina: AT&T’s decision to bring our ultra high-speed broadband here will pave the way for the next round of innovation, economic growth and job creation.

So in S.C. gravity is only a theory, not a fact?

“Given your background on Republican political campaigns, why would you take a job working for green energy?” I endured this question for several months after accepting a position as the Director of Government Affairs for the North Carolina Sustainable Energy Association. My answer always went something like “By green, you must mean the billions of investment dollars being attracted to North Carolina by entrepreneurs who are developing clean energy projects.”

Trains are notoriously hard to slow down – even when we need them to. North Carolina’s solar subsidies, some of the most generous in the nation, are sort of like a runaway train that just keeps moving forward. Maybe now is the time to tap the brakes.

South Carolina – where evolution and a round Earth are taught as theories.

Cover your eyes and hide the kids: A Republican is talking poverty.

From A. Bradley Ives, Assistant Secretary for Natural Resources, N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources, in response to “Private rental of public parks? No” (Our View, July 30) and Kevin Siers’ July 29 editorial cartoon:

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