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Frank Hill has a trivia question: Of the more than 3,000 individuals who have graduated from UNC Chapel Hill over the past 60 years as Morehead-Cain Scholars, how many have run for governorships or national office in the United States?

What I remember most about the day I asked a black friend how to warn my son about the police was the way he stumbled forward out of his chair and pointed his finger at me, making sure I heard each and every word he had to say.

We have reached a difficult place in American history: in our lifetimes, our politics have never been constantly more divided over the last 100 years. At the center of that divide is a petty form of conflict built around self-important individuals and groups and their leading ideologues, played out in mass media as a constant barrage of left versus right, blue versus red.

Sanford got $108K; McCrory got $171K; Cannon got 4 years! Doesn’t seem quite fair.

“Facebook revealed that Ebola was the most popular Facebook topic in the U.S. this year, with the World Cup coming in sixth. So welcome to America, where even Ebola is more popular than soccer.”

“This will revolutionize education!”

The lone wolf is the new national nightmare, dramatized and amplified this week by the hostage-taking attack in Sydney, Australia. But there are two kinds of lone wolves – the crazy and the evil – and the distinction is important.

The incoming Congress will be more hostile to gun regulation than its do-nothing predecessor, ensuring that criminals and crazy people continue to have easy access to firearms. Likewise, legal remedies are a distant hope. Families of first-grade students killed in Newtown have filed a wrongful-death lawsuit against the manufacturer, Bushmaster Firearms International, along with the distributor and seller of the gun used in the killings. It is unlikely to succeed, in part because Congress voted in 2005 to protect gun manufacturers from liability.

Kim Jong Un – world’s most powerful film critic.

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