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No party for old white men

For Nancy Pelosi, 78, Steny Hoyer, 79, and Joe Biden, 75, the primary results from New York's 14th congressional district are a fire bell in the night. All may be swept away in the coming revolution. That is the message of the crushing defeat of … more

Amending the agenda

I was in Mount Pleasant recently. It had been years since I had driven north of Shem Creek on Coleman Boulevard. My drive north in search of lunch put into context the Save Shem Creek movement and the desire of many residents to slow development in … more

USC is improving African-American enrollment and graduation rates

COLUMBIA - The University of South Carolina is providing tremendous opportunities for African-American and other minority students in South Carolina, resulting in surging enrollment and graduation rates. African-American freshmen enrollment rose … more

Shame on Google for treating U.S. military as evil

WASHINGTON - Giving in to pressure from its workforce, Google recently announced that it is pulling out of Project Maven, a groundbreaking Pentagon program to harness artificial intelligence to sift through and interpret video imagery from drones. … more

Ruling misses point on chambers of commerce, taxpayers' dollars

Throughout the separate but equal branches of American governance, full transparency typically is a value more in policy than in practice. For every legislator, executive or jurist who may truly support open government and public access to … more

Our military families face education challenges

Thousands of military service members will soon be undergoing the all-too-familiar ritual of receiving their orders to move to a different region of the country as part of a permanent change of station. PCS orders, which peak around now, trigger … more

Supreme Court's 'Bartleby' decision

"I would prefer not to." That was the invariable reply of the title character of Herman Melville's 1853 story "Bartleby, the Scrivener," when asked by his employer to perform a task. It's also a phrase you might use to describe the opinion of the … more

A gobbler in the wind

It was cold, and the wind was blowing in waves across the big field carpeted in red sour weed. I could see the ground blind just over the crest of the field, in the edge of the pines. There were no turkeys in the field, and I was hopeful that none … more

Making hay from horse sense

WASHINGTON - When Donald Trump said, "I could stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot somebody, and I wouldn't lose voters," it's a good thing he didn't say horses. The stampede would have been swift and ugly. I should know. In a … more

Are Bibi and Bolton in wheel house now?

Brushing aside the anguished pleas of our NATO allies, President Trump Tuesday contemptuously trashed the Iranian nuclear deal and reimposed sanctions. Prime Minister Theresa May of Great Britain, President Emmanuel Macron of France and German … more

Danger of authoritarianism may come from center, not the right

"Across Europe and North America, centrists are the least supportive of democracy, the least committed to its institutions and the most supportive of authoritarianism." So wrote political researcher David Adler in The New York Times after analyzing … more

On immigration, Democrats give Trump the upper hand - again

WASHINGTON - Democrats just can't help themselves. They were winning the battle over family separations at the southern border. Americans of all political persuasions were horrified by the images of children in cages separated from their parents. … more

Margulies cartoon - May 15

Blankenship momentum real or not?

In the final days before the West Virginia primary, breathless media coverage suggested that businessman Don Blankenship was gaining ground rapidly and had a real shot at winning the Republican Senate nomination. ABC News quoted a "national … more

Why Republicans won't benefit from the GOP tax cut law in midterms

Editor's note: Archie Parnell is a tax attorney and a Democrat running for Congress in South Carolina's 5th Congressional District. We're past April 15 tax day again - actually April 17 this mid-term election year - and Republicans will try to … more

Here's why authoritarian right is rising

A fortnight ago, Viktor Orban and his Fidesz Party won enough seats in the Hungarian parliament to rewrite his country's constitution. To progressives across the West, this was disturbing news. For the bete noire of Orban's campaign was … more
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