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A Trump doctrine for Singapore and beyond

After Pyongyang railed this week that the U.S.-South Korean Max Thunder military drills were a rehearsal for an invasion of the North, and imperiled the Singapore summit, the Pentagon dialed them back. The B-52 exercises alongside F-22 stealth … more

Trump's historic gamble on Kim giving up nukes

President Donald Trump appears to belong to what might be called the Benjamin Disraeli school of diplomacy. The British prime minister once counseled, "Everyone likes flattery; and when you come to Royalty you should lay it on with a … more

Krauthammer, a diagnostician of public discontents

WASHINGTON - When he was asked how to become a columnist, Charles Krauthammer would say, with characteristic drollery, "First, you go to medical school." He did, with psychiatry as his specialty because, he said with characteristic felicity, it … more

Supreme Court's big blow against voter fraud will be game changer

The 5-4 Supreme Court decision upholding an Ohio law that uses "special procedures" to remove invalid voter registrations from the rolls is a huge victory for election integrity. It opens the door to curtailing drastically the too-frequent use of … more

The Southern Poverty Law Center has lost all credibility

WASHINGTON - After years of smearing good people with false charges of bigotry, the Southern Poverty Law Center has finally been held to account. A former Islamic radical named Maajid Nawaz sued the center for including him in its bogus "Field Guide … more

The Senate must confirm Pompeo

WASHINGTON - For the first time in the history of the republic, it appears increasingly likely that a majority of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee will vote against the president's nominee for secretary of state. If this happens, it would be a … more

Trump isn't the 1st president to cozy up to Putin

WASHINGTON - The definition of insanity is doing the same thing again and again and expecting to get a different result, which is one of the many reasons President Trump's news conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin seemed so insane. Trump … more

Boys and Girls State teens provide reasons for optimism for our state

Each year, hundreds of South Carolina high schoolers get a close-up lesson in how government works as part of the Palmetto Boys State and Palmetto Girls State programs. Sponsored nationally by the American Legion, Boys State and Girls State are … more

If we use solar, why should utilities charge us for electricity we don't use?

COLUMBIA - I wrote an email [April 11] with the subject line, "a dark day for solar in S.C." That is the most concise way to express my disappointment and frustration around Tuesday's actions in the S.C. House. [April 10], the House voted to undo … more

Block cell signals to prevent future prison violence

Here in South Carolina, the wireless carriers have had quite a successful and profitable week. From news accounts, the pre-paid minutes and data that carriers sell to providers of anonymous, pre-paid phones have been used by gangs to spread deadly … more

Killing solar bill was just part of utilities' anti-clean energy strategy

COLUMBIA - By now, you've probably heard that Duke Energy and SCE&G launched a surprise attack in the 11th hour against solar energy in the House and killed a pro-jobs, pro-customer solar bill. What you might not have heard is that killing the … more

Will the odd couple - AMLO and Trump - narrow the U.S.-Mexico gap?

Will NAFTA survive? Mexico elected as president longtime NAFTA critic Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (always called "AMLO") by a wide margin. He promptly had a cordial telephone conversation with longtime NAFTA critic President Donald Trump, who … more

North Korea is acting up because Trump has it cornered

WASHINGTON - North Korea's recent temper tantrum over U.S.-South Korean military exercises and its threat to pull out of its upcoming summit with President Trump are signs that Trump's North Korea strategy is working. Over the past several … more

The never-Trump conservatives are never coming back

With never-Trump conservatives bailing on the GOP and crying out for the Party of Pelosi to save us, some painful truths need to be restated. The Republican Party of Bush I and II, of Bob Dole and John McCain, is history. It's not coming back. … more
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