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Black education: A glimmer of hope from Florida

In reference to efforts to teach black children, the president of the St. Petersburg, Florida, chapter of the NAACP, Maria Scruggs, said: "The (school) district has shown they just can't do it. ... Now it's time for the community to step in." That's … more

No, this is not JFK's Democratic Party

Speaker Nancy Pelosi's House has more women, persons of color and LGBT members than any House in history - and fewer white males. And Thursday, the day Rashida Tlaib was sworn in, her hand on a Quran, our first Palestinian-American congresswoman … 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

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

Today's Germany is the best Germany the world has seen

BERLIN - In one of contemporary history's intriguing caroms, European politics just now is a story of how one decision by a pastor's dutiful daughter has made life miserable for a vicar's dutiful daughter. Two of the world's most important … more

Trump and the Post: Whose side is Mitt on?

If there is a more anti-Trump organ in the American establishment than The Washington Post, it does not readily come to mind. Hence, in choosing to send his op-ed attack on President Donald Trump to the Post, Mitt Romney was collaborating with an … more

If it bleeds it leads - especially if it's about the president

Bad news is built into the DNA of journalism. Reporters don't cover the bank that didn't get robbed or the plane that didn't crash. Tornadoes and earthquakes and hurricanes make page one. Sunny days don't. But we all know that most banks don't … more

The 10 worst things Trump did in 2018

WASHINGTON - In his second year in office, President Trump did many positive things, and I offered my list of the 10 best things Trump did in 2018. But he also did a lot of bad things that ranged from cringeworthy to catastrophic. Here are the 10 … more

What a changing climate means for government

Deployments are needed to prevent unknowable threats

The numbers are small, the terrain unfamiliar, the cast of characters chaotic and the clash of interest hard to decipher. Nevertheless, President Donald Trump's sudden, perhaps impulsive decision to withdraw 2,000 American military personnel from … more

The worst enemy of black people

Malcolm X was a Muslim minister and human rights activist. Born in 1925, he met his death at the hands of an assassin in 1965. Malcolm X was a courageous advocate for black civil rights, but unlike Martin Luther King, he was not that forgiving of … more

S.C. prisons improving since deadly riot but not fast enough

Despite inmates intentionally overflowing toilets to flood cells where locked-down prisoners also ate their meals, South Carolina prisons have come a long way since the deadly April 15 riot at Lee Correctional Institution in Bishopville. Clearly, … more

Send Islamic State fighters held in Syria to Guantanamo Bay

WASHINGTON - President Trump's decision to withdraw all U.S. forces from Syria is already having unintended consequences. The U.S. departure could lead to the release of 1,100 Islamic State fighters now held in detention camps in northeastern Syria … more

Fertility rate in U.S. is headed to all-time low

In 1957, 4.3 million babies were born in the United States. In 2017, 60 years later, the number was 3,853,472. That's an 11 percent decline, in a nation whose population has nearly doubled over those six decades. And though there are a few days left … more
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