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Trump throws away his momentum for peanuts

WASHINGTON - Last week, President Trump delivered a State of the Union address that won the approval of 75 percent of viewers, including 43 percent of Democrats. Normally, presidents try to ride the wave from a successful State of the Union as long … more

Hillary just can’t let go of ‘What Happened’

WASHINGTON - She can't let go. She can't stop talking about what happened. She wrote an entire book about it. Now she's telling people in other countries about why she should have won. In India last weekend, she told an audience that she won in … more

The eternal lure of nationalism, identity

In a surprise overtime victory in the finals of the Olympic men's hockey tournament, the Russians defeated Germany, 4-3. But the Russians were not permitted to have their national anthem played or flag raised, due to a past doping scandal. So, … more

SCANA strategy: Risky quick fix or permanent solution?

Editor's note: This column originally ran in the Wednesday edition of the Post and Courier. It is easy to understand why SCE&G electric customers are frustrated and angry about the abandoned V.C. Summer nuclear expansion project. Nine rate … more

SCANA needs to sell assets to pay off its nuclear debt

SCANA's board of directors has historically announced their first-quarter dividend payment to shareholders each year on or about Feb. 20. This means that in about a week, they will probably announce plans to funnel to their shareholders 78 percent … more

8 ways the Legislature can make South Carolina better this session

Editor's note: This column originally ran in the Sunday edition of The State. COLUMBIA - For more than two decades, The State's editorial board has started each year with an editorial laying out the things the Legislature most needed to do in the … more

Gentry liberals own the Democratic party

Amid the brouhahas about the Nunes memo and immigration, an item from Greg Hinz of Crain's Chicago Business caught my eye. Demographers crunching census data estimate that Chicago's black population fell to 842,000, while its white non-Hispanic … more

Don't believe offshore drilling advocates' hype and scams

Editor's note: This column originally ran in the Feb. 15 edition of the Post and Courier. I have listened to most pro-oil and gas exploration and drilling arguments and find them to be hype or just plain scams probably created by public relations … more

Professor is wrong about seismic testing

Editor's note: This originally ran as a letter to The State editorial board on Dec. 14. Ben Gregg is executive director of the S.C. Wildlife Federation in Columbia. COLUMBIA - As the federal government considers giving permits for oil and gas … more

Will automation kill our jobs?

A recent article in The Guardian dons the foreboding title "Robots will destroy our jobs - and we're not ready for it." The article claims, "For every job created by robotic automation, several more will be eliminated entirely. ... This disruption … more

Too many wars. Too many enemies.

If Turkey is not bluffing, U.S. troops in Manbij, Syria, could be under fire by week's end and NATO engulfed in the worst crisis in its history. Turkish President Erdogan said Friday his troops will cleanse Manbij of Kurdish fighters, alongside … more

Constitutional ignorance - perhaps contempt

Hillary Clinton blamed the Electoral College for her stunning defeat in the 2016 presidential election in her latest memoirs, "What Happened?" Some have claimed that the Electoral College is one of the most dangerous institutions in American … more

Let's limit spending

Some people have called for a balanced budget amendment to our Constitution as a means of reining in a big-spending Congress. That's a misguided vision, for the simple reason that in any real economic sense, as opposed to an accounting sense, the … more

'Weakening' libel laws is not the right tactic - for anyone

Editor's note: This column was originally posted on Jan. 11 on the Newseum Institute's website, Making it easier to sue people for libel is not a good idea - for our democracy in general, and even for President Trump and … more
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