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Can America ever come together again?

If ex-CIA Director John Brennan did to Andrew Jackson what he did to Donald Trump, he would have lost a lot more than his security clearance. He would have been challenged to a duel and shot. "Trump's ... performance in Helsinki," Brennan had … more

A smear, pure and simple

WASHINGTON - Senate Democrats seeking to derail Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh's Supreme Court nomination knew they had a problem. In other prominent cases of the #MeToo era, multiple victims had come forward to corroborate each other's stories and … more

The huge stakes of today's confrontations

Today is shaping up to be the Trump presidency's "Gunfight at O.K. Corral." Today, the fates of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, and much else, may be decided. The New York Times report that … more

Would war with Iran doom Trump?

A war with Iran would define, consume and potentially destroy the Trump presidency but exhilarate the neocon never-Trumpers who most despise the man. Why, then, is President Donald Trump toying with such an idea? Looking back at Afghanistan, … more

Clinton campaign sought dirt on Trump from Russian officials. Where's outrage?

WASHINGTON - All of Washington is waiting with bated breath to find out whether the Mueller investigation will provide evidence proving that the Trump campaign colluded with Russia. So far, "Exhibit A" against President Trump is the meeting Donald … more

In Tennessee Senate race, a pistol-packing Republican vs. an oatmeal Democrat

NASHVILLE - The easternmost bit of Tennessee is east of Atlanta, the westernmost bit is west of New Orleans, and all of this horizontal state is the epicenter of 2018 politics. Its U.S. Senate race will reveal whether, for Republicans, fealty to the … more

Some ideas to think about

Poverty is no mystery, and it's easily avoidable. The poverty line that the Census Bureau used in 2016 for a single person was an income of $12,486 that year. For a two-person household, it was $16,072, and for a four-person household, it was … more

We need to work together to tackle S.C. opioid crisis

The Charleston County Medical Society wrote an op-ed that was published Aug. 13 in The Post and Courier. I appreciate the group engaging in this discussion, and I want to offer some additional thoughts, mainly focused on long-term sustainable … more

Will tribalism in the end trump democracy?

On July 19, the Knesset voted to change the nation's Basic Law. Israel was declared to be, now and forever, the nation-state and national home of the Jewish people. Hebrew is to be the state language. Angry reactions, not only among Israeli … more

More support for local journalism is needed now

The tragic loss of five journalists rips at the very core of our democracy. Journalists are parts of the fabric holding our country together. They report on elected officials - holding those people accountable. They cover diverse communities that … more

Rep. Smith is a leader for families in Sumter and S.C.

More than 17,000 children across South Carolina were abused or neglected last year - most at the hands of their own parents. The cost to each child's physical and emotional development is incalculable. Children in Sumter are no exception. Last … more
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