Justice Clarence Thomas and his wife Ginni

Weekend humor from Celia Rivenbark: Clarence & Ginni get grounded

BY: - December 2, 2023

Ginni Thomas: “Good morning your Honor! Why haven’t you packed yet? I thought Harlan said we were going to Rio this weekend. Why the long face?” Clarence Thomas: “Do you watch the news, Ginni? Do you not understand what has happened? They just announced the Supreme Court has adopted a Code of Ethics!” Ginni (confused): […]

Gov. Roy Cooper signs the state Medicaid expansion law while surrounded by supporters

Medicaid expansion will prove extremely valuable in the fight against cancer

BY: - December 1, 2023

December 1 is a monumental day for North Carolina. The Tar Heel State should feel a sense of pride and relief for the nearly 600,000 North Carolinians who are now eligible for affordable health insurance through Medicaid. We at the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) are thrilled to see this decade-long fight […]

two stacks of frequently banned books

Hands off our national myth, er, story – the dynamic driving anti-wokeness

BY: - November 30, 2023

Legitimacy and the fear of losing it. That’s at the root of efforts to whitewash teaching that would otherwise tell stark, uncomfortable truths about U.S. history and the impacts that linger today. I’m referring here to the legitimacy of American exceptionalism. There are many who demand homogeneity even on what we agree is our national […]


Sobering data on kids and social media

BY: - November 30, 2023

Learn more here: Anxiety and algorithms: NC policymakers examine how to rein in social media’s sway

a coal fired power plant

Climate grief and the stark choice that confronts us

BY: - November 28, 2023

If the five stages of grief are denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance, Americans can be found at all points along the continuum when it comes to global climate change and the environmental crisis that accompanies it. Like many who’ve contemplated a grim healthcare diagnosis that seems to belie of how they feel in the […]


Redistricting: Cracked and packed

BY: - November 27, 2023

Ron DeSantis speaks in front of a large American flag

Weekend humor from Celia Rivenbark: “Bootgate” has DeSantis looking like a heel

BY: - November 25, 2023

Did nobody tell Ron DeSantis we are living in the era of the “Short King”? Is there no Minister of Pop Culture in his presidential campaign organization to explain short men, for the past 18 months or so, are enjoying a moment? No need to (allegedly) wear elaborate lifts in your cowboy boots to appear […]