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S.C. schools need tougher reading, writing standards

In 2015, South Carolina adopted new standards in English language arts (ELA) after making the decision to "un-adopt" the Common Core. In doing so, the state was well within its rights. But South Carolina also has a responsibility to make sure its … more

To op-ed writer: If you can't serve honorably, don't serve

WASHINGTON - The "deep state" exists after all. But it turns out that deep state is not made up of the permanent bureaucracy, shadowy intelligence officials or even Obama administration holdovers; rather it is made up of President Trump's own senior … more

Confirmation hearing is all a partisan show

WASHINGTON - If you missed Day One of Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court hearing, just try to imagine a mud-wrestling contest attended by banshees howling at the referee. Between senators interrupting the all-wise-and-patient Judiciary Committee … more

Balance sheet of the forever war

"It is time for this war in Afghanistan to end," said Gen. John Nicholson in Kabul on his retirement Sunday after a fourth tour of duty and 31 months as commander of U.S. and NATO forces. Labor Day brought news that another U.S. serviceman had … more

Trump's good policies do not excuse behavior toward McCain

WASHINGTON - Since the founding of our republic, there have been precisely 1,974 members of the United States Senate. John McCain is only the eighth senator who was not also president or vice president to lie in state in the rotunda of the Capitol - … more

Final queries for Judge Kavanaugh

WASHINGTON - Four decades ago, New York Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan, an intellectual Democrat, observed with amazement and regret that Republicans had become the party of ideas. Today, many of America's most interesting arguments divide … more

South Africa should adopt Mandela's principles

South Africa has been thrown into the news because of President Donald Trump's recent tweet that he instructed his secretary of state to "closely study" alleged land seizures from white farmers in South Africa. Earlier this year, a land … more

A cancer on the papacy?

This summer, the sex scandal that has bedeviled the Catholic Church went critical. First came the stunning revelation that Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, former Archbishop of Washington and friend to presidents, had for decades been a … more

Russia, China causing climate change

As the left ramps up its blame game accusing President Donald Trump of undermining efforts to mitigate climate change, some core facts are useful to consider: - The United States is rapidly decreasing its carbon emissions, largely due to market … more

McCain: Warm remembrances of roads not taken or abandoned

Warm remembrances of Sen. John McCain have been filling the political air since his death last weekend. They'll continue through the memorial service in Phoenix, his funeral Saturday at Washington National Cathedral and his interment at the Naval … more

Impeachment is just a liberal fantasy

WASHINGTON - Michael Cohen's decision to plead guilty for making hush-money payments on Donald Trump's behalf has raised the prospect that if Democrats take control of Congress, they might try to impeach the president over a matter completely … more

Suddenly I understand how the Reformation happened

WASHINGTON - For the first time, I understand how the Reformation happened. Reading the stunning letter from Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano - in which the former papal nuncio says he had personally informed Pope Francis five years ago about the … more

Contrary to media coverage, most Americans aren't that into politics

For many obsessed with politics, the upcoming midterm elections are perceived as a fight between good and evil that will determine the fate of the nation. In the narrative framed by true believers and much media coverage, it's a fight between those … more

We hate you, so we loved McCain

Editor's note: This commentary first appeared in The Morning Call, a publication of The Political Forum. Just over three years ago, we wrote a piece explaining how the political establishment - the Democrats and the media, in particular - had … more
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