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You need to stop sending your kids to Ivy League schools.

When Barack Obama won the White House in 2008, he did so in an unusual way for a Democrat: As the candidate of the rich. He raised more in large-dollar donations than any of his rivals and raked in more cash from Wall Street than John McCain. In November, he won the upper class’ votes: By 52 percent to 46 percent, according to exit polls, Americans making more than $200,000 cast their ballots for Obama.

Last week, Gov. Pat McCrory savored one of the roles governors find sweetest – announcing a major new employer moving to the state. In this case, it was Sealed Air, a packaging company moving from New Jersey to Charlotte, bringing 1,300 jobs and promising to spend $58 million building a new campus in the city.

Just what I’ve always wanted! Louder commercials at Panthers games!

From a letter Friday from The Southern Environmental Law Center and several groups to N.C. Senate leader Phil Berger and N.C. House Speaker Thom Tillis: Following the Dan River coal ash spill in February, members of the legislature promised to provide a robust solution to North Carolina’s coal ash problems. Instead, the current legislation inexplicably attempts to weaken our State’s existing groundwater protection laws in favor of Duke Energy while allowing Duke to continue polluting State waters and putting our communities at risk.

In a place haunted by ghosts, on a thoroughfare of the damned, standing upon ground once watered by blood, Breanna Mitchell lifted a camera to take her own picture. She smiled a sunshine smile.

As the Cultural Life Task Force examined the future of the Charlotte region’s cultural community, it became clear that the Arts & Science Council is too much of an asset to discard simply for the sake of needed change.

On Wednesday afternoon, a flurry of phone calls and e-mails informed me that Sen. John Walsh, D-Mont., had apparently included – verbatim and without attribution – several pages of a 1998 paper of mine in a work he submitted to the U.S. Army War College. Walsh’s paper was one of the requirements for the master’s degree he received from the War College in 2007.

Talk-talk-talk. Poor Kerry’s getting the ol’ Iran-around.

The president’s demeanor is worrying a lot of people. From the immigration crisis on the Mexican border to the Islamic State rising in Mesopotamia, Barack Obama seems totally detached. When he does interrupt his endless rounds of golf, fundraising and photo ops, it’s for some affectless, mechanical, almost forced public statement.

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