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Educational fraud at every level continues

Earlier this month, the 2017 National Assessment of Educational Progress, aka The Nation's Report Card, was released. It's not a pretty story. Only 37 percent of 12th-graders tested proficient or better in reading, and only 25 percent did so in … more

Collusion by Obama administration, anyone?

As the likelihood that the Trump campaign colluded with Russia seems headed toward zero, the likelihood of proof of a different form of collusion seems headed upward toward certainty. The Russia collusion charge had some initial credibility … more

Let's restore hope to our prison system after gang war

Editor's note: Georgetown attorney and Sumter native Ed Bell is president of the Charleston School of Law. The bloody melee that left seven prisoners dead and 22 wounded last week in Bishopville wasn't a riot. Inmates at Lee Correctional … more

A gobbler in the wind

It was cold, and the wind was blowing in waves across the big field carpeted in red sour weed. I could see the ground blind just over the crest of the field, in the edge of the pines. There were no turkeys in the field, and I was hopeful that none … more

Why Republicans won't benefit from the GOP tax cut law in midterms

Editor's note: Archie Parnell is a tax attorney and a Democrat running for Congress in South Carolina's 5th Congressional District. We're past April 15 tax day again - actually April 17 this mid-term election year - and Republicans will try to … more

Here's why authoritarian right is rising

A fortnight ago, Viktor Orban and his Fidesz Party won enough seats in the Hungarian parliament to rewrite his country's constitution. To progressives across the West, this was disturbing news. For the bete noire of Orban's campaign was … more

The Senate must confirm Pompeo

WASHINGTON - For the first time in the history of the republic, it appears increasingly likely that a majority of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee will vote against the president's nominee for secretary of state. If this happens, it would be a … more

Prison violence out of control

Editor's note: This first appeared as an editorial in The Charleston Post and Courier. It's easy for prisoners to be out of sight, out of mind, until an explosion of violence like the tragedy at Lee Correctional Institution that left seven … more

Haley's 'confusion' sheds light on Trump-Russia mystery

Editor's note: This column originally ran in the April 18 edition of The Washington Post. "With all due respect, I don't get confused." These eight words from Nikki Haley, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, will go down as among the … more

Thank You, Mrs. Bush

Editor's note: This column was written in 2012 about former First Lady Barbara Bush, who died on Tuesday at her home in Houston at 92. My brother Matt died of AIDS 26 years ago today, passing away in his bed in my parents' home in Houston. It … more

Analysis shows no need to expand offshore drilling

Editor's note: This column originally ran in the April 15 edition of The Post and Courier. This Friday marks the eighth anniversary of the tragic Deepwater Horizon disaster, yet rather than learn from past mistakes, the Trump administration is … more

Is Trump now a prisoner of the War Party?

"Ten days ago, President Trump was saying 'the United States should withdraw from Syria.' We convinced him it was necessary to stay." Thus boasted French President Emmanuel Macron on Saturday, adding, "We convinced him it was necessary to stay … more

A mayor's most important job

When World War II ended, Washington, D.C.'s population was about 900,000; today it's about 700,000. In 1950, Baltimore's population was almost 950,000; today it's around 614,000. Detroit's 1950 population was close to 1.85 million; today it's down … more
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