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Let the sun shine on the public right to know

Editor's note: This editorial originally ran in the March 12 edition of The Times and Democrat. The First Amendment assures there will be no prohibition on press freedom, but it does not ensure that government must cooperate in any way with a … more

Democrats can take House, if they pick Lamb over Clinton

What if they held a special election and nobody won? That's more or less what happened in southwestern Pennsylvania, in the special election to fill the vacancy in Pennsylvania's 18th Congressional District. Democrat Conor Lamb narrowly defeated … more

Sunlight for gas tax expenditures

Toward the middle of each March, open-government advocates observe "Sunshine Week." It's used to raise awareness of the dangers of closed-door government and the importance of so-called "sunshine laws." Sunshine laws, such as the S.C. Freedom of … more

Tillerson's insubordination meant he had to go

WASHINGTON - There are many reasons Rex Tillerson's tenure as secretary of state was a failure, from his notorious isolation from his subordinates to his failure to help quickly staff the political appointment positions at State with competent … 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

Trump's steel and aluminum tariffs will create victims

There are a couple of important economic lessons that the American people should learn. I'm going to title one "the seen and unseen" and the other "narrow, well-defined, large benefits versus widely dispersed small costs." These lessons are … more

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

A war without an objective, 6,000 days in

"The war is over." - Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld in Afghanistan (April 2002) "I believe victory is closer than ever before." - Vice President Mike Pence in Afghanistan (December 2017) WASHINGTON - With metronomic regularity, … more

The bad business decisions that brought down Santee Cooper

Editor's note: This column originally ran in the March 9 edition of The Post and Courier. When Santee Cooper was created 84 years ago to generate electricity for rural South Carolina, making good business decisions was a priority. Over the … more

Babies with Down syndrome have a right to life

WASHINGTON - When Karen Gaffney's mother found out she would be born with Down syndrome, the doctor said Karen probably would not be able to tie her own shoes. Instead, as Karen explained in a moving and eloquent TEDx talk, she has become an … more

Perceived biases, attacks erode trust in press

Awarding a grade to a concept like press freedom might seem like an impossible task, but here at the First Amendment Center, we give it our best shot. In April of last year, we began compiling quarterly First Amendment report cards, relying on a … more

Media bias - just what a lot of Americans want

One of the great college basketball coaches in the history of the game, a very smart and successful fellow named Michael William Krzyzewski, better known as Coach K of Duke University, recently interviewed me on his satellite radio show about a wide … more

Trump on trade: Better than Smoot-Hawley?

Donald Trump's announcement that he is imposing tariffs on steel and aluminum imports from other countries has aroused little enthusiasm and much criticism. It evidently prompted the resignation of Gary Cohn as head of his National Economic … more
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