Author: Michelle Togut

Michelle Togut resides in North Carolina with her husband and pets. She has worked as an adjunct professor of history, contributor and writer, and small-firm attorney, among other things. These days, she's trying to sell real estate. For fun, she reads political blogs of all persuasions, practices yoga, drinks wine, hikes, reads, and volunteers for a local animal rescue.
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Lost in Translation: A Russian-American Love Story

They were born two months apart. He grew up in a three-room apartment in Leningrad during the Brezhnev era. She came of age in the stucco suburbs of sunny 1970s Southern California. How two people from opposite universes met, fell in love, and managed to stay married despite, or perhaps because of, their cultural differences.

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The Republican Takeover of North Carolina

Republicans may be floundering at the national level, but here in North Carolina the party is alive and well and intent on imposing its radical right agenda over considerable opposition. But can they retain their control over the state?

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Here Ladies: Have Some Cookies

In a rather bizarre and patronizing move, North Carolina governor Pat McCrory emerged from the governor’s mansion Tuesday night and personally offered a group of demonstrators from Planned Parenthood a plate of cookies.

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Friday Jukebox: Leonard Cohen’s Anthem

Ring the bells that still can ring Forget your perfect offering There is a crack, a crack, in everything That’s how the light gets in. That’s how the light gets in. (The video below...

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Dude–You’re Divorced!

Thank you Mark Sanford for returning to politics. We surely need the laughs. You’ve got to love his explanation as to why he entered his ex-wife’s house without permission in violation of their divorce...