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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

In celebration of our propositional nation

On this July Fourth, with the recent opening of Sumter's Temple Sinai Jewish History Center, we are reminded of a letter that George Washington wrote to a Jewish congregation in Newport, Rhode Island, in 1790. In this letter, Washington assured … more

No party for old white men

For Nancy Pelosi, 78, Steny Hoyer, 79, and Joe Biden, 75, the primary results from New York's 14th congressional district are a fire bell in the night. All may be swept away in the coming revolution. That is the message of the crushing defeat of … more

USC is improving African-American enrollment and graduation rates

COLUMBIA - The University of South Carolina is providing tremendous opportunities for African-American and other minority students in South Carolina, resulting in surging enrollment and graduation rates. African-American freshmen enrollment rose … more

We can't rely on public officials to surrender information

Guilford County commissioners voted this year to move all public notices required by state law from local newspapers and their websites to the county's website. Four companies that publish newspapers in the county recently filed suit to have the … more

Congrats, Trump voters. You've been vindicated.

WASHINGTON - For those conservatives who voted for Donald Trump because of the Supreme Court, congratulations: You've been vindicated. Had Hillary Clinton won the 2016 election, she would have replaced the late conservative Justice Antonin Scalia … more
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