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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

Reunion, 'Post' movie remind of newspapers' crucial purpose

Editor's note: This column originally ran on April 11 in Inkblots, Mississippi Press Association's blog. OLIVE BRANCH - This town used to be known only to me as the "last pit stop before Memphis." In the '70s, Olive Branch seemed little more … more

Strike was meant to project strength. It did the opposite.

WASHINGTON - In 2013, after Syrian dictator Bashar Assad crossed President Obama's red line and used chemical weapons on innocent civilians, a U.S. official told the Los Angeles Times that Obama's retaliatory strike would likely be "just muscular … more

Democrats need more than an anti-Trump platform to win

Editor's note: This column originally ran in the April 11 edition of The Post and Courier. One of the right's most common, and best, arguments for the Trump presidency is that it shattered the Republican Party's calcified agenda. Invested in a … more

Hair of the dog can have bad bite

I thought about writing a column last week about Easter but decided not to do so as it may have offended many readers. It was about a former Item editor who liked to hold Easter egg hunts for her friends in her yard. The thing is, the eggs she hid … more

Why North Korea will be watching what Trump does in Syria

WASHINGTON - President Trump's decision last year to launch 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles at a Syrian air base was intended to send the Assad regime a message that its use of chemical weapons would no longer be tolerated. But the strikes also had a … more

Speaker Ryan follows the lead of Speaker Reed

One hundred nineteen years ago, Speaker of the House Thomas B. Reed announced that he was, after 22 years of service, resigning from Congress. Reed had been one of the most effective speakers ever. Barbara Tuchman's account, in "The Proud Tower," of … more

Facebook shouldn't be 'too big to fail'

The 2008 financial crisis made the phrase "too big to fail" a part of common parlance. Until now, it's been used mainly to describe financial institutions that have become so vital to our system that their collapse could take down the larger … more

Republicans, Democrats just did something big together

Washington seems to be in the grip of hyperpartisan gridlock these days. Important bills are passed on party-line votes (when they are passed at all), and the investigative committees of Congress appear to be sideshows, unable to agree on basic … more

Has the War Party hooked President Trump?

With his Sunday tweet that Bashar Assad, "Animal Assad," ordered a gas attack on Syrian civilians, and Vladimir Putin was morally complicit in the atrocity, President Donald Trump just painted himself and us into a corner. "Many dead, including … more

Black political power means zilch for economic progress

It's often thought to be beyond question that black political power is necessary for economic power and enhanced socio-economic welfare. That's an idea that lends itself to testing and analysis. Between 1970 and 2012, the number of black elected … more
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