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What newspapers do, why they exist and why you should care

Editor's note: This column originally ran in the Jan. 28 edition of the Greenwood Index-Journal. Sunshine Week, a time set aside by the media (newspapers, more so) nationally to highlight the importance of and need for transparency in government, … more

Why is agency pushing students into bubble tests they can't pass?

Editor's note: This column originally ran in the Monday edition of The State. COLUMBIA - A few months ago, the S.C. Education Oversight Committee approved an accountability system that to call flawed would be generous. The new system is highly … more

'Popular' Putin hates the competition

Not once during his 18 years in power has Vladimir Putin faced off against a genuine challenger. His original competitor in the race for the Kremlin, Yevgeny Primakov - like him, a former prime minister and official in the Soviet KGB, though much … more

In a Trump hunt, beware perjury trap

Asked if he would agree to be interviewed by Robert Mueller's team, President Donald Trump told the White House press corps, "I would love to do it ... as soon as possible. ... under oath, absolutely.'' On hearing this, the special counsel's … more

Is president nuts? How about psychiatrists who think so?

It's been a while now since the president's doctor said that while Mr. Trump could stand to lose a few pounds, he's in "excellent" health. He's got a good heart rate, good blood pressure levels - and when it comes to his cognitive abilities, he's … more

Eschewing euphemisms frames immigration Trump's way

He who frames the issue tends to determine the outcome of the election. That's an old political consultant's rule, and its application has never been more apt than in the Senate Democrats' failed government shutdown over immigration policy. Issue … more

Lawmakers should reject Dominion's 'Trojan horse' deal

Editor's note: This column was originally published in the Jan. 18 edition of The Post and Courier. The saga of South Carolina's nuclear plant financial meltdown continues. The latest installment features Virginia-based Dominion Energy with an … more

We don't need bad law about libel, slander

President Donald Trump said, "We are going to take a strong look at our country's libel laws so that when somebody says something that is false and defamatory about someone, that person will have meaningful recourse in our courts." The president was … more

Is democracy on the way down?

"The Western democratic system is hailed by the developed world as near perfect and the most superior political system to run a country,'' mocked China's official news agency. "However, what's happening in the United States today will make more … more

A U.S.-Turkish clash in Syria for dominance?

The war for dominance in the Middle East, following the crushing of ISIS, appears about to commence in Syria - with NATO allies America and Turkey on opposing sides. Turkey is moving armor and troops south to Syria's border enclave of Afrin, … more

Offshore drilling and war on environment

Editor's note: This column originally ran in the Post and Courier on Saturday. It's rare to see bipartisan agreement on much of anything these days. But an array of Republican and Democratic governors of states on the East and West coasts have … more

President Nobama might be quite a change for U.S.

Trump is commonsensically undoing, piece by piece, the main components of Obama's legacy. Donald Trump continues to baffle. Never Trump Republicans still struggle to square the circle of quietly agreeing so far with most of his policies, as they … more

Trump has free speech rights to blast press

Two U.S. senators recently weighed in with grandstanding shots at President Trump. The first was Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona, who slammed Trump before a nearly empty U.S. Senate chamber on Wednesday, comparing him to Russian dictator Joseph … more

There's a tough road ahead for Trump in year 2

As we reach, gingerly, the anniversary of Donald Trump's inauguration as president, none of the disasters feared by critics has come to pass. The economy has turned at least mildly upward rather than plummet to depression. The executive branch has … more

What 'Dreamer' fight is really about

Editor's note: This column was originally published in the Sunday edition of the LA Times. The loud fight over what will happen to America's "Dreamers" isn't what it seems. For both sides, it's a fig leaf used to mask their true intentions. In … more

Mr. President, stop attacking the free press

Editor's note: John McCain, a Republican, represents Arizona in the U.S. Senate. This column originally ran in The Washington Post on Jan. 16. After leaving office, President Ronald Reagan created the Ronald Reagan Freedom Award to recognize … more

Constitutional ignorance - perhaps contempt

Hillary Clinton blamed the Electoral College for her stunning defeat in the 2016 presidential election in her latest memoirs, "What Happened?" Some have claimed that the Electoral College is one of the most dangerous institutions in American … more

'Weakening' libel laws is not the right tactic - for anyone

Editor's note: This column was originally posted on Jan. 11 on the Newseum Institute's website, Making it easier to sue people for libel is not a good idea - for our democracy in general, and even for President Trump and … more

Timely financial reporting vital for public institutions

Editor's note: This column originally ran in the South Strand News on Jan. 11. Each October, many state agencies - including public colleges and universities - are required to submit to me their financial statements for the previous fiscal year. … more

Little Rocket Man wins the round

After a year in which he tested a hydrogen bomb and an ICBM, threatened to destroy the United States and called President Trump "a dotard,'' Kim Jong Un, at the gracious invitation of the president of South Korea, will be sending a skating team to … more
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