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Money In Politics

Fayetteville photo-op

Chris Kromm
President Bush came to Fort Bragg and Fayetteville on July 4. It's becoming something of a ritual: poll numbers sagging, fierce debate about the Iraq war erupting, fly into North Carolina's most famous military town for a round of cheerleading.

Who needs books?

Chris Kromm
Books and science -- not exactly sacred items in Washington these days. Unions representing 10,000 Environmental Protection Agency scientists -- over half the agency's workforce -- sent a letter to Congress last Thursday protesting the Bush administration's proposed 80 percent cut in the agency's library budget.

NC tax advice: support fair courts!

Chris Kromm
If you live in North Carolina and put off doing your taxes, here's a last-minute tip: check the box to have $3 of your taxes go to the Public Campaign Fund. It doesn't affect your tax bill, and it goes towards a great cause: getting private-interest money out of judicial elections in N.C., and replacing it with public financing.