A Jaw-Dropping NC Governor’s Race Has Begun!

Anti-Gay? Anti-Science? Antisemitic? Run for Governor of North Carolina!

Frank Bruni

Reflections on the mess (and magic) of politics and life.

Mr. Bruni is a contributing Opinion writer who was on the staff of The Times for more than 25 years.

Robinson’s book is a hot seller at his preaching gigs.

The 2024 governor’s race in North Carolina just got underway. You care.

Not because this state is the nation’s ninth most populous, though that’s reason enough. But because what happens here is a referendum on how low Republicans will sink and how far they can nonetheless get.

Attorney General Josh Stein of North Carolina announced his candidacy last week. At present he’s the likeliest Democratic nominee

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Gwynne Dyer & Tom Ricks: Two Outside Experts on Ukraine’s New Tanks and Modern Warmaking

Ukraine: Will Western tanks bring victory?

Gwynne Dyer is a UK-based Canadian journalist and historian who writes about international affairs.

OPINION: On Tuesday they reset the Doomsday Clock to 90 seconds before midnight. How did they know that Germany would agree to give Leopard 2 tanks to Ukraine on Wednesday?

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Breaking from Evangelical Quakerism/Christian Nationalism: Two Survivors’ Stories

 

How Southern California helped birth white Christian nationalism

Part memoir, part history of Southern California’s formative role in the rise of the religious right, Bradley Onishi’s new book traces his growing estrangement from the faith he once zealously championed.

“Preparing for War: The Extremist History of White Christian Nationalism and What Comes Next

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Justice Triumphs! I Sued Apple — I Won! (Sort of)

It’s true.

I joined in a 2019 class action lawsuit against Apple. The suit alleged that Apple charged me and a few (thousand?) others for file storage on its iCloud servers. But Apple didn’t actually store my stuff on their iCloud servers, because it didn’t have enough of them. So it jobbed out the storage and didn’t tell us.

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Good News: Guinea Worm Disease Is Almost Eradicated

[Note: Forty three years after leaving the White House, Jimmy Carter & the Carter Center are still achieving mostly unheralded landmarks of positive change.]

The Guardian — Wed 25 Jan 2023

Guinea worm disease could be second ever human illness to be eradicated

As cases fall, the condition that once affected millions of people in Africa and Asia could also be the first to be wiped out without medicines

Lizzy Davies 

The number of cases of a painful and debilitating tropical illness fell last year to a record low, fuelling hopes that it will soon become the second human disease in history to be eradicated.

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