RALEIGH — In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, our schools have gone in a variety of directions. Some public-school districts that shut down last spring have never reopened for in-person learning to any significant degree. Others have welcomed at least their younger students back to school,…

President-elect Joe Biden sent a risk-averse signal by choosing Tom Vilsack as his nominee for secretary of agriculture. Mr. Vilsack is a 70-year-old former Democratic governor of Iowa and has already done an eight-year stint as head of the Agriculture Department under President Barack Obama.

It’s that time of year again for predictions about the upcoming year. In my case, of course, these will be forecasts for the economy. Here are seven predictions I think have a reasonably good chance of happening in 2021.

What is going on in Falls, North Carolina? It is an insider’s question, but don’t be put off. I am going to explain and bring you into the fold.

Earlier this week, Gov. Roy Cooper once again stood in front of the television cameras to announce his latest plan to stem the rising tide of Covid-19 cases in the state. Cooper said he’s “shocked” that the daily new case numbers in North Carolina have risen to over 6,000 on some days, stati…

Despite the current spike in COVID-19 infections and deaths, there is good news on the not-so-distant horizon. Three effective vaccines are in the pipeline. Some North Carolinians — those battling coronavirus on the frontlines as well as those put at greatest risk by infection — will be vacc…

In science and philosophy, it’s called “Occam’s Razor:” the problem-solving principle that the simplest explanation is usually the right one.

In Las Vegas, Mike Bloomberg’s half-billion-dollar crapshoot was revealed as a load of, well, you know. Half a BILLION dollars! That’s what he will have spent before Super Tuesday, when he is first on any ballot. But even before then, his lavishly paid advisers had allowed him to participate…

Walt Disney was no stranger to adversity. He grew up in a large, itinerant family of modest means. His first film studio went bankrupt. But Disney never gave up. And he never stopped learning from his mistakes.

North Carolina’s unemployment rate averaged 3.9% during 2019. For economists, that rate signifies “full employment” (the nation is at full employment, too, and our state’s rate is not significantly different from the nation’s).

Who needs Russia, North Korea, Iran or any other members of the Hacksis of Evil to sabotage our elections? We’ve got Iowa. We don’t need the Republican Party to suppress the vote of Democrats; the Democrats are able to do the dirty work without any outside assistance, thank you very much. At…

The confusing jumble that was the 2020 Iowa caucuses proved to be a very public disaster for Hawkeye State Democrats, national party leaders and the campaign of former Vice President Joe Biden.

Last week, with Americans focused on President Trump’s impeachment trial, the coronavirus and the Iowa caucuses, the Trump administration announced it was adding six more countries to the list of those whose citizens face travel restrictions to the United States. The given reason was that th…