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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

Nothing wrong with a census question about citizenship

WASHINGTON - The Trump administration is being sued over its plans to include a question about citizenship in the 2020 Census, which California Attorney General Xavier Becerra (D) says "is not just a bad idea - it is illegal." No, it's not. There … more

Our time-tested parties are not about to fall apart

Some days, the Republican Party seems on the verge of splitting up. Its congressional majorities couldn't produce a health care bill and passed an omnibus spending bill its president regretted signing. Prominent never-Trumpers call for the creation … more

Is Trump assembling a war cabinet for an attack on Iran?

The last man standing between the U.S. and war with Iran may be a four-star general affectionately known to his Marines as "Mad Dog." Gen. James Mattis, the secretary of defense, appears to be the last man in the Situation Room who believes the … 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

How ignorant we are about future events

Here's a question for you: In 1950, would it have been possible for anyone to know all of the goods and services that we would have at our disposal 50 years later? For example, who would have thought that we'd have cellphones, Bluetooth technology, … more

Bethune is making history - again

More than six decades after her death, May 18, 1955, Sumter County native Mary Jane McLeod Bethune is making history, again. The Florida Legislature recently passed, and its governor signed into law, legislation providing that a statue in the … more

Prison deaths are piling up in S.C. - does anybody care?

Editor's note: This column was originally published in the March 24 edition of The Post and Courier. The South Carolina Department of Corrections website is a wealth of information: You can track the inmate population over almost a half century. … more

Will deep state break Trump?

"It is becoming more obvious with each passing day that the men and the movement that broke Lyndon Johnson's authority in 1968 are out to break Richard Nixon," wrote David Broder on Oct. 8, 1969. "The likelihood is great that they will succeed … more

Newsprint tariffs would affect all of us

There are two things you need to know about newspapers. Newspapers are important to community life and democracy. Always have been. We at the National Newspaper Association think it is important for all sorts of newspapers to survive for the sake … more

Why conservative Christians sticking with the president

WASHINGTON - As "60 Minutes" prepares to air its interview with adult-film actress Stormy Daniels, conservative Christians are being accused of hypocrisy. How can so-called "values voters" continue to stand with President Trump despite revelations … more

Women against free speech?

Sometimes, for those of us who are constantly reading statistics and poll results, something that you didn't expect to see stands out - a number that makes you think the future will not be what you have been expecting. My latest sighting of such … more

Liberals don't hate America; conservatives aren't racists

WASHINGTON - I'm a rock-ribbed conservative who wants Republicans to keep control of Congress. But I'm not unhappy that Republican state Rep. Rick Saccone appears to have lost the special election in Pennsylvania's 18th Congressional … more

Leave South Carolina coast out of oil mix

This originally appeared as an editorial in The Charleston Post and Courier. South Carolina apparently meets all the criteria for an exemption from President Donald Trump's ill-advised offshore oil drilling program. Just consider the recent … more

Did Putin order Salisbury hit?

Britain has yet to identify the assassin who tried to murder the double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter, Yulia, in Salisbury, England. But Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson knows who ordered the hit. "We think it overwhelmingly likely that … more
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