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With the nation headed in a positive direction, with the economy growing along with jobs at an all-time high and unemployment at an all-time low, it seems like happy days are here again. But not to the anti-Trump resistance movement led by the left, … more

Trump proving to be most fearlessly pro-life president in nation's history

WASHINGTON - President Trump's critics were apoplectic last week when the president referred to MS-13 gang members as "animals." Of course, no one should be dehumanized. Yet many of the same people expressing outrage that Trump would dehumanize … more

Obama administration's spying on Trump a departure from norms

"F.B.I. Used Informant to Investigate Russia Ties to Campaign, Not to Spy, as Trump Claims," read the headline on a lengthy New York Times story May 18. "The Justice Department used a suspected informant to probe whether Trump campaign aides were … more

Past versus present Americans and gun control

Having enjoyed my 82nd birthday, I am part of a group of about 50 million Americans who are 65 years of age or older. Those who are 90 or older were in school during the 1930s. My age cohort was in school during the 1940s. Baby boomers approaching … more

President Trump's Saudi policy gamble

Seventy-three years ago, Franklin D. Roosevelt, on his trip back from the Yalta conference with Winston Churchill and Josef Stalin, held his last meeting with foreign leaders, aboard the USS Quincy in the Suez Canal's Great Bitter Lake. One was with … more

Why we all must be wise stewards of our coast

As a man of faith, I feel called to honor the beauty of our coast as a way of showing respect for our Creator. As a former legislator, I feel a responsibility to stand against dirty and dangerous offshore drilling. And as a resident of the … more

Don't let SCANA kill our veterans' S.C. solar jobs

Over the next several weeks, six state legislators, including Sen. Sean Bennett, R-Summerville; Sen. Hugh Leatherman, R- Florence; and Sen. John Matthews, D-Bowman, are tasked with finalizing the state budget, which includes language to promote … more

Prison riot might have been worse if not for this man's influence

COLUMBIA - In 1995, the S.C. Department of Corrections - like many other prison systems across the country - was in the midst of record-setting growth. The prisons were already plagued by over-crowding and aging, insufficient infrastructure when … more

You can thank Republicans for your right to try clinical trials

WASHINGTON - Imagine the horror of learning you have a terminal illness for which science has not yet come up with a treatment. Now imagine receiving the same diagnosis and then learning a promising new treatment exists that could save your life - … more

Haspel is too qualified to pass up

WASHINGTON - It was one of the Clinton administration's biggest counterterrorism successes. Just weeks after al-Qaida terrorists trained by Iran blew up U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania in 1998, Gina Haspel's phone rang in the middle of the … more

Israel at 70: Bibi's troubled hour of power

For Bibi Netanyahu, Israel's longest-serving prime minister save only founding father David Ben-Gurion, it has been a week of triumph. Last Tuesday, President Donald Trump pulled the United States out of the Iran nuclear deal as Bibi had demanded. … more

How USC is working to keep the campus safe and mitigate risks

COLUMBIA - The safety and security of the University of South Carolina's students and campus community is paramount. A recent story within these pages highlighted that USC was the safest campus in South Carolina and the sixth-safest among 6,284 … more

My dear Charles

WASHINGTON - Charles Krauthammer, a man who has beaten unbelievable odds and overcome obstacles that would defeat most mortals, has finally encountered one foe over which he says he can't claim victory. In a note to readers Friday, he announced … more

Kirk cartoon - May 18, 2018

California results suggest blue wave has crested and ebbed

The nation is just past halftime in the 2018 primary election cycle. Twenty states - containing the majority, 228 of 435, of House districts - have held their primaries, and all but the three with runoffs have chosen their nominees. The latest … more
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