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How Southern lynching gave birth to South Carolina's death penalty

COLUMBIA - The National Memorial for Peace and Justice opened last month in Montgomery, commemorating 4,400 confirmed lynchings in the United States between 1877 and 1950, and documenting lynching as a form of terrorism used to maintain white … more

Where's the outrage over Kerry's secret meetings for deal?

WASHINGTON - Democrats routinely express outrage over claims of collusion with a foreign power to undermine our democracy. So where is the outrage over revelations that former secretary of state John Kerry held not one but two secret meetings with … more

Blankenship momentum real or not?

In the final days before the West Virginia primary, breathless media coverage suggested that businessman Don Blankenship was gaining ground rapidly and had a real shot at winning the Republican Senate nomination. ABC News quoted a "national … more

Haspel is too qualified to pass up

WASHINGTON - It was one of the Clinton administration's biggest counterterrorism successes. Just weeks after al-Qaida terrorists trained by Iran blew up U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania in 1998, Gina Haspel's phone rang in the middle of the … more

How USC is working to keep the campus safe and mitigate risks

COLUMBIA - The safety and security of the University of South Carolina's students and campus community is paramount. A recent story within these pages highlighted that USC was the safest campus in South Carolina and the sixth-safest among 6,284 … more

Humane slaughter in U.S. is better option

CAMDEN - When Justify barreled across the finish line to win the rain-drenched Kentucky Derby on Saturday, he was notably clean - free of the mud that covered the faces of his 19 competitors. Justify won by two-and-a-half lengths. The chestnut … more

Before and after welfare handouts and dependency

Before the massive growth of our welfare state, private charity was the sole option for an individual or family facing insurmountable financial difficulties or other challenges. How do we know that? There is no history of Americans dying on the … 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

National Lynching Museum is open in Montgomery

An astonishing new museum has opened in Montgomery, Alabama, which provides evidence there were about 4,400 lynchings of African-Americans in 800 counties across the South from the Civil War up to the Civil Rights era. Officially, it is called … more

On North Korea, the president should refuse to take the bait

WASHINGTON - The prospect of winning the Nobel Peace Prize is understandably tantalizing for President Trump. After all the contempt he has faced from the political establishment, watching liberal heads explode at the suggestion by South Korean … more

Wolf served up raw sewage at press dinner

Saturday's White House Correspondents' Association dinner, billed as a celebration of the First Amendment and a tribute to journalists who "speak truth to power," has to be the worst advertisement in memory for our national press corps. Comedian … more

The dangerous case of Trump derangement syndrome

Isaac Newton's third law of motion states that for every action in nature, there is an equal and opposite reaction. It can operate in politics, too. For example, Harvard law professor Jack Goldsmith recently wrote, "It is part of Trump's evil genius … more
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