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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

SPD continues relationship-building, strives for excellence

The true value of the Sumter Police Department and the work of its officers isn't told in headlines. It's those stories that aren't often shared outside of the confines of the Law Enforcement Center that demonstrate the character and caliber of our … more

A bad idea on immigration policy for Salvadoran families

Editor's note: Gov. John Kasich co-authored a New York Times op-ed with Jeb Bush Jr. about finding compassionate solutions to our nation's immigration challenges without tearing families apart. Immigration has become one of the most polarizing … more

Is Wolff's 'Fire and Fury' fizzling?

The most disappointed people in America this past week must be those Trump execrators who opened their Amazon package only to find that the copy of "Fire and Fury'' they had ordered was subtitled "The Allied Bombing of Germany, 1942-1945.'' It's a … more

How merit-based college admissions became so unfair

WASHINGTON - During World War I, chemist James Conant was deeply involved in research on what was considered the worst imaginable weapon: poison gas. During World War II, as a science adviser to President Franklin Roosevelt, Conant was so central to … more

Yes, you can take Oprah seriously

Editor's note: This column originally ran in the Wednesday edition of the Post and Courier. If Hillary Clinton could deliver a political speech half as effectively as Oprah Winfrey, she might be president today. The actress, media mogul and … more

Bizarre stories and antics from campuses in 2017

A frequent point I have made in past columns has been about the educational travesty happening on many college campuses. Some people have labeled my observations and concerns as trivial, unimportant and cherry-picking. While the spring semester … more

What is America's mission now?

Informing Iran, "The U.S. is watching what you do,'' Amb. Nikki Haley called an emergency meeting Friday of the Security Council regarding the riots in Iran. The session left her and us looking ridiculous. France's ambassador tutored Haley that … more

Disastrous offshore oil policy

Editor's note: This editorial originally ran in the Jan. 5 edition of the Post and Courier. In one of the most ill-considered actions of the Trump administration, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke delivered Thursday on the president's promise to open … more

Attorney says Weeks is 'good lawyer,' Morris is a 'bad actor' to its students, employees

On Wednesday, the parties in the class-action lawsuit of Current and Former Students Vs. Morris College were scheduled to have a hearing at Sumter County Judicial Center before an at-large circuit court judge on a quashed - or stopped - subpoena … more

'Transparency' bill is anything but

There is a wolf in sheep's clothing working its way through our state Legislature. The bill purports to be a transparency bill, but it is anything but and it will hide how millions of taxpayer dollars are spent. The wording begins saying any … more

Say no to coastal drilling

At the end of 2016, residents up and down the Atlantic coast were breathing sighs of relief after successfully arguing to keep offshore drilling away from their beaches, tourism-dependent economies and their very ways of life. But this week, the … more

America needs a balanced-budget amendment more than ever

WASHINGTON - Today's political discord is less durable and dangerous than a consensus, one that unites the political class more than ideology divides it. The consensus is that, year in and year out, in good times and bad, Americans should be given … more

2010s look more like Trump's ideal America than Obama's

One of my favorite Christmastime presents is the Census Bureau's release of its annual population estimates for all of the states. Comparison of the April 1, 2010, Census Bureau enumerations and the June 30, 2017, estimates for the states shows how … more

Queen Carlson wins again with her leadership

WASHINGTON - If karma is a b----, justice is a beauty queen. After recent revelations that the CEO of the Miss America Organization and its pageant scriptwriter were talking trash about past winners, the board fired them both and installed … more
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