New in the News & Observer (Raleigh)
Rep. Justin Amash made his exit on Monday from the conservative House Freedom Caucus, just weeks after breaking rank and calling for Congress to undergo impeachment proceedings against President Trump. The highly influential clique within the House was formed in 2015 to consolidate conservative and libertarian oriented Republicans against GOP leadership under then Speaker John Boehner. Today its founding members are more powerful than ever in Washington, and North Carolina’s own Rep. Mark Meadows has been the chairman since 2017. Amash was right to step away from the Freedom Caucus, which has betrayed its mission of promoting open, accountable and limited government.