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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

Syrian showdown is between Trump and the generals

With ISIS on the run in Syria, President Trump this week declared that he intends to make good on his promise to bring the troops home. "I want to get out. I want to bring our troops back home," said the president. We've gotten "nothing out of … more

National Volunteer Week starts April 15

"Celebrate Service" is the theme for National Volunteer Week 2018. That is exactly what Sumter Volunteers will be doing on Thursday, April 19, at our annual picnic at the Heath Pavilion. April 15-21 marks … more

Trump is threatening to repeat Obama's mistakes

WASHINGTON - During the 2016 campaign, Donald Trump excoriated President Barack Obama for "the way he got out of Iraq," which Trump said "was the founding of" the Islamic State. As president, Trump reiterated during a meeting with Iraq's prime … more

What George Wallace and Jerry Brown have in common

Who knows where George Wallace went after he left this life, but wherever he is, he must be smiling. He and the other segregationist governors of the Old South didn't want the federal government telling them how to live their lives. On June 11, … more

Trump should know about Haley's disloyalty

Nikki Haley has a history of, shall we say, “political flexibility,” not so dissimilar from her fellow S.C. neocon Lindsay Graham. Both are accomplished “press hounds” by … more

Genetics undercutting case for racial quotas

"I am worried," writes Harvard geneticist David Reich in The New York Times, "that well-meaning people who deny the possibility of substantial biological differences among human populations are digging themselves into an indefensible position, one … more
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