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Split election result sends polarized politics toward 2020

The Republican president, considered a lightweight and an ignoramus by many in Washington, suffered a setback in the offyear elections, losing several seats and effective control in the House, while maintaining and perhaps strengthening his party in … 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

Nothing wrong with populist nationalism, American-style

WASHINGTON - When French President Emmanuel Macron denounced populist nationalism this week and called on world leaders to support institutions such as the United Nations that defend "the common good of the world," liberal elites cheered. The speech … more

Dealing with identity theft during the shutdown

WASHINGTON - I'm betraying no secrets by observing that the government shutdown provides a window of opportunity for identity and electronic theft. Trust me, the crooks already know this. And, unfortunately, so do I. Short story: I decided to … more

Crime does pay? Thoughts from a crime and courts reporter about S.C. inmates getting tablets to stream movies, call home

South Carolina Department of Corrections Director Bryan Stirling announced plans for a program to provide tablets for inmates so they can call family at cheaper rates and access pre-loaded … 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

Trump won the night. Schumer, Pelosi lost.

WASHINGTON - President Trump did something Tuesday night that he has rarely done since taking office: He used the presidential bully pulpit to reach beyond his hardcore base of supporters to make his case to the American people as a … more

A stalemate as Trump goes factual, Democrats illogical about the wall

The televised presidential address from the Oval Office, a staple of communication between the chief executive and the people in the second half of 20th century, has recently been in desuetude. Former President Barack Obama delivered only three such … more

Protect yourself, others against flu during National Influenza Vaccination Week

With the spirit of giving resting upon us during this holiday season, there is no better public gift you can give than providing flu vaccinations for yourself and your family. The annual flu vaccine is the single best way to protect yourself and … more

'Little speech' could be most eloquent about democracy in our U.S. history

On Nov. 19, 1863, at the dedication of a military cemetery at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, during the American Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln delivered one of the most memorable speeches in American history. In just 272 words, Lincoln brilliantly … more

Arial cartoon - Nov. 9

The enduring miracle of the American Constitution

This column is excerpted from Charles Krauthammer's forthcoming posthumous book, "The Point of It All." The book and column were edited by his son, Daniel Krauthammer. In October 1981, when Egyptian President Anwar Sadat was assassinated, the … more

Your vote Nov. 6 will show what is in your heart

When the citizens of Sumter County vote on Tuesday, Nov. 6, their vote will reveal what is truly in their hearts. Their vote will tell if they have a genuine concern for other people or if it's … more

No, Trump cannot end birthright citizenship

WASHINGTON - In an interview for "Axios on HBO," President Trump announced he will sign an executive order ending birthright citizenship. When challenged on the constitutionality of doing this by executive order, Trump replied: "You can … more

Davis' plans would open new opportunities for growth

I wanted to take the time out and write this letter on behalf of Colin Davis who is running for City Council Ward 5. I have known Colin for over 15 years and consider him to be a very honest, … more

Paradise lost

WASHINGTON - When polarity defines us, it's easy to lose sight of our common humanity. But all is not political, as nature increasingly reminds us. The fires in California that have destroyed lives, homes and towns - displacing thousands and … more

Thank you to Galiano for attention to issues in Sumter

I just wanted to say a big thank you to Bob Galiano, our local council representative, for all of his hard work in getting Terry Road in Sumter completely paved. It was a part dirt, part paved road, … more
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