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Klobuchar could break Minnesota’s presidential losing streak in 2020

WASHINGTON — Surely the silliest aspirant for the Democrats’ 2020 presidential nomination is already known: “Beto,” aka Robert Francis, O’Rourke is a skateboarding … more

Who's to blame? Weak leaders, weak institutions, weak voters?

In the wake of the off-year elections, conservative analyst Yuval Levin saw no winners. "It is the weakness of all sides, and the strength of none, that shapes this moment." You can see what he means. Donald Trump hasn't gotten everything he … more

Thank you to Lee board for hard work, commitment

Editor's note: This letter to the editor from a student in Lee County School District was written in recognition of School Board Member Appreciation Month. Thank you to board for hard work, commitment I would like to thank you for all the … more

Why do people like Lindsey Graham come to Congress?

WASHINGTON - Back in the day, small rural airports had textile windsocks, simple and empty things that indicated which way the wind was blowing. The ubiquitous Sen. Lindsey Graham has become a political windsock, and as such he - more than the … more

The Green New Deal means giant tax increases

WASHINGTON - Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's now infamous talking points on the Green New Deal are the most unintentionally honest explanation of the neo-socialism now gripping the Democratic Party. Too honest, apparently. After her office sent the … more

Chief Justice Roberts is wrong. We do have Obama judges and Trump judges.

WASHINGTON - For someone trying to demonstrate that the judiciary is not political, getting into a political fight with the president sure is a funny way to do it. After President Trump called a judge who ruled against him an "Obama judge," Chief … more

Trump shows leadership while Democrats pander to resistance

WASHINGTON - Last week, Democratic Sen. Mark Warner of Virginia offered President Trump some advice on how to end the current border wall standoff. "Always try to find a solution in which both sides come out ahead," Warner told the president. It's … more

Are the Saudi princes true friends?

The 633-word statement of President Donald Trump on the Saudi royals' role in the grisly murder of Washington Post contributor Jamal Khashoggi is a remarkable document, not only for its ice-cold candor. The president re-raises a question that has … more

Doctors are here to stay in talking about prevention of gun violence

Last month, doctors across the country opposed the National Rifle Association stance that they shouldn't be a part of the national gun violence conversation, telling us to "stay in your lane." Conversations on social media and in the news were quick … more

American politics' great divide does have some crossover

One of the more striking political developments of the last few years has been the partisan sorting of American voters. It used to be that both the Republican and Democratic parties covered some ideological ground. Now, it's so habitual for … more

How American democracy is losing the world

If Donald Trump told Michael Cohen to pay hush money to Stormy Daniels about a one-night stand a decade ago, that, says Jerome Nadler, incoming chair of House Judiciary, would be an "impeachable offense." This tells you what social media, cable … more

Thank you to Hines for help, going above and beyond

My family and I would very much like to thank Hines Furniture Company for their gracious help. Recently, we needed to get a La-Z-Boy lift chair for my husband. We have been customers at Hines here in Sumter for many years, but this store did not … more

People can be racists no matter their own race

How appropriate would it be for a major publicly held American company to hire a person with a history of having publicly made the following statements and many others like them? (In the interest of brevity, I shall list only four.) "The world could … more

What lies behind malaise of the West?

Is it coincidence or contagion, this malady that seems to have suddenly induced paralysis in the leading nations of the West? With lawyer-fixer Michael Cohen's confession that he colluded with Donald Trump in making hush money payoffs to Stormy … more

PAYNE CARTOON - NOV. 27

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

Sacrificing Northam will not be enough

"Once that picture with the blackface and the Klansman came out, there is no way you can continue to be the governor of the commonwealth of Virginia." So decreed Terry McAuliffe, insisting on the death penalty with no reprieve for his friend and … more

The U.S.' political center is up for grabs. Trump just made a play for it.

WASHINGTON - With Democrats embracing neo-socialist policies to eliminate private health insurance and fossil fuels, America's political center is up for grabs. In his State of the Union address Tuesday night, President Trump made a concerted - if … more
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