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Offshore drilling and war on environment

Editor's note: This column originally ran in the Post and Courier on Saturday. It's rare to see bipartisan agreement on much of anything these days. But an array of Republican and Democratic governors of states on the East and West coasts have … more

Sunlight for gas tax expenditures

Toward the middle of each March, open-government advocates observe "Sunshine Week." It's used to raise awareness of the dangers of closed-door government and the importance of so-called "sunshine laws." Sunshine laws, such as the S.C. Freedom of … more

Nothing wrong with a census question about citizenship

WASHINGTON - The Trump administration is being sued over its plans to include a question about citizenship in the 2020 Census, which California Attorney General Xavier Becerra (D) says "is not just a bad idea - it is illegal." No, it's not. There … more

Has the War Party hooked President Trump?

With his Sunday tweet that Bashar Assad, "Animal Assad," ordered a gas attack on Syrian civilians, and Vladimir Putin was morally complicit in the atrocity, President Donald Trump just painted himself and us into a corner. "Many dead, including … more

Black political power means zilch for economic progress

It's often thought to be beyond question that black political power is necessary for economic power and enhanced socio-economic welfare. That's an idea that lends itself to testing and analysis. Between 1970 and 2012, the number of black elected … more

Trump's speech nailed it. Let's see what he does now.

WASHINGTON - When President Trump delivered his first State of the Union address Tuesday night, he faced a critical challenge. Despite a year of achievements - including historic tax and regulatory reform, confirmation of conservative judges, … more

Prison violence out of control

Editor's note: This first appeared as an editorial in The Charleston Post and Courier. It's easy for prisoners to be out of sight, out of mind, until an explosion of violence like the tragedy at Lee Correctional Institution that left seven … more

Sumter Mayor: Citizens have role in public safety

At a recent City Council meeting, Police Chief Russell Roark reviewed the most recent crime statistics for our city. Under his leadership of an outstanding group of men and women, crime has come down almost 25 percent over the last seven years. … more

Appreciating our 18th president

This Presidents' Day, I've been reading Ron Chernow's excellent new book on Ulysses S. Grant. Grant is an interesting choice for Chernow, who is best known for biographies of figures like George Washington and Alexander Hamilton, legendary … more

Haley's 'confusion' sheds light on Trump-Russia mystery

Editor's note: This column originally ran in the April 18 edition of The Washington Post. "With all due respect, I don't get confused." These eight words from Nikki Haley, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, will go down as among the … more

Nunes duels the deep state

That memo worked up in the Intel Committee of Chairman Devin Nunes may not have sunk the Mueller investigation, but from the sound of the secondary explosions, this torpedo was no dud. The critical charge: To persuade a FISA court to issue a … more

FBI's scandalous attempt to block the Nunes memo

WASHINGTON - Washington is debating the significance of the memo released by House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes, but this much should not be debatable: The effort by the FBI to prevent its release was scandalous. The ostensible … more

Should we try to protect kids or confiscate guns?

In days gone by, a massacre of students like the atrocity at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School would have brought us together. But like so many atrocities before it, this mass murder is tearing us apart. The perpetrator, the sick and evil … more

Is U.S. being sucked into Syria's war?

Candidate Donald Trump may have promised to extricate us from Middle East wars, once ISIS and al-Qaida were routed, yet events and people seem to be conspiring to keep us endlessly enmeshed. Friday night, a drone, apparently modeled on a U.S. … more
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