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Who lost the world Bush 41 left behind?

George H.W. Bush was America's closer. Called in to pitch the final innings of the Cold War, Bush 41 presided masterfully over the fall of the Berlin Wall, the unification of Germany, the liberation of 100 million Eastern Europeans and the … more

Will Dem rebels dethrone Pelosi for speaker?

After adding at least 37 seats and taking control of the House by running on change, congressional Democrats appear to be about to elect as their future leaders three of the oldest faces in the party. Nancy Pelosi of California and Steny Hoyer of … more

Kavanaugh debacle cost the Democrats taking the Senate

WASHINGTON - Brett Kavanaugh must have been smiling as the returns came in on Election Day, because it is now clear that the Democrats' campaign to destroy him will go down as a massive blunder. It failed to keep Kavanaugh off the court. It cost … more

What Trump needs to do to avoid being a 1-term president

WASHINGTON - President Trump did defy history in the 2018 midterm elections. While his predecessor, Barack Obama, lost 63 House seats and six Senate seats in his first midterms, Trump held the GOP's House losses to just over half of that and … more

Relief is yet to come after midterms

WASHINGTON - It wasn't a blue trickle, but nor was it a tsunami. Rather, the midterm elections brought a gentle, purplish wave of mostly center-leaning Democrats whose profiles suggest a welcome infusion of professionalism and balance to a … more

Think things are bad now? They were lots worse in 1919

The hundredth anniversary of the Armistice that ended the fighting of World War I in Europe came and went with surprisingly little notice last Nov. 11. Commemoration was muted for a conflict that took the lives of some 15 million to 19 million … more

Brexit vote shows how direct democracy can be dangerous

"In my country the people can do as they like, although it often happens that they don't like what they have done." - Winston Churchill, 1946 LONDON - During the Second World War, as U.S. power was eclipsing Britain's, Harold Macmillan, a … more

South Carolina against the tides

CAMDEN - Tom Mullikin is that guy - you know, the one who finishes Christmas dinner, then takes off to scale Mount Everest, conducting business by satellite phone to check progress on his plan to build an ocean reef upon his return. Yes, a … more

Work continues on Sumter School District excellence

Editor's note: The Rev. Ralph Canty, elected the chairman of Sumter School District Board of Trustees on Monday, wrote this statement to the board after being named chairman. Over the course of this district's emergence, we have come full circle. … more

What a changing climate means for government

Democrats were for a wall before they were against it

WASHINGTON - On Saturday, the current government shutdown became the longest in American history. But it has already hit another historic milestone: It is, by far and away, the stupidest government shutdown in American history. In 2019, the … more

Trump is ready to deal. Are Democrats?

WASHINGTON - When Donald Trump first took office, many conservatives' greatest fear was that he would be too quick to cut deals with the Democrats. He had previously been a Democrat and had staked out heterodox positions on everything from spending … more

Republicans should study Colorado's change in tint

DENVER - Social scientists, say Colorado boosters, have plausible metrics identifying their state as the happiest and healthiest state, the former quality perhaps producing the latter. Or the other way around. Or maybe the tangle of causation cannot … more
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