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Globalists and nationalists: Who owns the world's future?

Robert Bartley, the late editorial page editor of The Wall Street Journal, was a free-trade zealot who for decades championed a five-word amendment to the Constitution: "There shall be open borders." Bartley accepted what the erasure of America's … more

Does the pope believe in hell?

"Pope Declares No Hell?" So ran the riveting headline on the Drudge Report of Holy Thursday. Drudge quoted this exchange, published in La Repubblica, between Pope Francis and his atheist friend, journalist Eugenio Scalfari. Scalfari: "What … more

If Sen. Warren is a Native American, then I'm Chinese

It's not exactly breaking news that Donald Trump can be petty. That he can be needlessly vindictive. That he can sound like a kid in fifth grade when he puts down opponents with dopey, demeaning names like Crazy Bernie (Sanders) and Jeff Flakey and … more

It's not the job of Cabinet officials to be a 'check' on Trump

WASHINGTON - In the wake of President Trump's decision to appoint John Bolton as his national security adviser and Mike Pompeo as secretary of state, a consistent criticism has emerged: Trump will no longer have any "adult" supervision in the … more

The fatal delusions of Western man

"We got China wrong. Now what?" ran the headline over the column in The Washington Post. "Remember how American engagement with China was going to make that communist backwater more like the democratic, capitalist West?" asked Charles Lane in his … more

Trump needs to be clear about one thing in meeting with Kim

WASHINGTON - With the nomination and likely confirmation of Mike Pompeo as secretary of state, President Trump will soon have a trusted adviser who can prepare him for his upcoming summit with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un. Pompeo's first job is … more

Speaker Ryan follows the lead of Speaker Reed

One hundred nineteen years ago, Speaker of the House Thomas B. Reed announced that he was, after 22 years of service, resigning from Congress. Reed had been one of the most effective speakers ever. Barbara Tuchman's account, in "The Proud Tower," of … more

Most residents in S.C. want Dominion-SCANA deal

Editor's note: This column originally ran in the Sunday edition of The State. A majority of S.C. residents want Virginia-based Dominion Energy to buy troubled SCANA, according to the most recent Winthrop Poll. That deal, Dominion promises, … more

Immigration lies, hypocrisy

President Donald Trump reportedly asked why the U.S. is "having all these people from shithole countries come here." I think he could have used better language, but it's a question that should be asked and answered. I have a few questions for my … more

S.C. students outshine their leaders with call to action on gun violence

Editor's note: This column originally ran in the March 17 edition of The Post and Courier. Turns out it's a left-wing notion that kids deserve to not be murdered at school. At least according to Gov. Henry McMaster and his challenger for the … more

Facebook shouldn't be 'too big to fail'

The 2008 financial crisis made the phrase "too big to fail" a part of common parlance. Until now, it's been used mainly to describe financial institutions that have become so vital to our system that their collapse could take down the larger … more

What newspapers do, why they exist and why you should care

Editor's note: This column originally ran in the Jan. 28 edition of the Greenwood Index-Journal. Sunshine Week, a time set aside by the media (newspapers, more so) nationally to highlight the importance of and need for transparency in government, … more

Eschewing euphemisms frames immigration Trump's way

He who frames the issue tends to determine the outcome of the election. That's an old political consultant's rule, and its application has never been more apt than in the Senate Democrats' failed government shutdown over immigration policy. Issue … more

GOP's ace in the hole

If history is any indication, Republicans could be in for a nasty November. The party of first-term presidents almost always loses House seats in the midterm elections - and having an especially controversial and polarizing president in the White … more
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