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Some Dems should hope for GOP unity on Kavanaugh

WASHINGTON - It is difficult to imagine any Republican senator opposing President Trump's nomination to the Supreme Court of Brett M. Kavanaugh, a judge with impeccable credentials, strong intellect and sterling character. If Republicans stay … more

Shooting ourselves in the foot

The Canadian government, lining the pockets of its dairy producers, imposes high tariffs on American dairy imports. That forces Canadians to pay higher prices for dairy products. For example, Canadians pay $5.24 for a 10.5-ounce block of cheddar. In … more

Republicans should know better on climate change

Candidates say silly things to us about climate change not because they're dumb, but because they think we're dumb. But we're not dumb, and they'll start saying smart things to us when we prove to them that we're ready to think. Consider the … more

Will the odd couple - AMLO and Trump - narrow the U.S.-Mexico gap?

Will NAFTA survive? Mexico elected as president longtime NAFTA critic Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (always called "AMLO") by a wide margin. He promptly had a cordial telephone conversation with longtime NAFTA critic President Donald Trump, who … more

The never-Trump conservatives are never coming back

With never-Trump conservatives bailing on the GOP and crying out for the Party of Pelosi to save us, some painful truths need to be restated. The Republican Party of Bush I and II, of Bob Dole and John McCain, is history. It's not coming back. … more

Democrats are powerless to block Trump's Supreme Court nominee

WASHINGTON - As President Trump prepares to announce his replacement for retiring Supreme Court Justice Anthony M. Kennedy, Democrats are desperate to block the president's nominee - but are powerless to so. They have no one to blame but themselves. … more

Support local news - it's crucial to our lives and our democracy

The murder of five people at the Capital Gazette in Annapolis was tragic. It was also a powerful reminder that local news organizations are the bedrock of engagement in a democratic republic. They inform citizens in local congressional districts, … more

The Democrats' contempt is going to reelect Trump

WASHINGTON - Democrats have a new theory for how they can win back Congress and the White House. Just like "soccer moms" helped put Bill Clinton in the Oval Office in 1996 and "NASCAR dads" helped George W. Bush win in 2004, Donald Trump, the theory … more

The day of reckoning is coming soon

The loons on the left and the persistent resistance just keeps rolling along, aided and abetted by its wholly owned subsidiary, the Democratic Party. What a lineup they have assembled: Maxine Waters and her regular hissy fits as she and Nancy … more

S.C. needs a road map toward a better future

It's no secret. South Carolina is bursting with promise. Our breathtaking natural beauty, low cost of living, friendly culture and hard-working people have led to rapid growth in recent years. But even as we celebrate all that's good about our … more

Trump administration seeks more time to reunite families

SAN DIEGO — The Trump administration asked a judge Friday for more time to reunite families who were separated at the border under its "zero-tolerance" policy to prosecute every person who … more

We've spent decades vilifying teachers. We're surprised we can't recruit more?

The State's recent series documented that South Carolina is facing thousands of vacant teaching jobs and very few young people willing to fill them. Statewide, there's been a 30 percent drop in college students seeking an education degree. No … more

College destruction of black students

Amy Wax, a University of Pennsylvania law professor, has come under attack and scathing criticism because she dared criticize the school's racial preferences program. In an interview with Brown University economist Glenn Loury, discussing … more

Justice Kennedy's 1st priority: The First Amendment

It became official just after lunchtime on Wednesday, just after the Supreme Court announced its final decisions of the term and went into recess. Justice Anthony Kennedy, the 104th person to serve on the court, is retiring, effective just after his … more

Declaring independence

Editor's note: In celebration of the Fourth of July, The Sumter Item presents "The Declaration of Independence of the Thirteen Colonies" for your holiday reading enjoyment. - - - In CONGRESS, July 4, 1776 The unanimous Declaration of the … more
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