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I was arrested for having nunchucks in N.Y. I'm glad the law was overturned.

WASHINGTON - I was arrested for having nunchucks in New York. I'm glad the law was overturned. When news broke last week that a federal judge had ruled a New York law banning possession of nunchucks unconstitutional, I felt vindicated. You see, … more

Christmas 2018: Not the worst of times

"Deck the halls with boughs of holly," goes the old Christmas carol. "'Tis the season to be jolly." Yet if there were a couplet less befitting the mood of this capital city, I am unaware of it. "The wheels are coming off" was a common commentary … more

Not every difference is a social injustice

Much is made about observed differences between sexes and among races. The nation's academic and legal elite try to sell us on the notion that men and women and people of all races should be proportionally represented in socio-economic … more

Will president hold firm on Syrian pullout?

"We have defeated ISIS in Syria, my only reason for being there," wrote President Donald Trump, as he ordered the withdrawal of all U.S. forces from Syria, stunning the U.S. foreign policy establishment. Trump overruled his secretaries of state … more

The Grinch has lost his mind

WASHINGTON - 'Tis not the season to be jolly, thanks to Donald Trump. His sudden, unilateral decision to withdraw troops from Syria, forcing the resignation of Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis - one of the last bulwarks against the president's … more

A third major political party is needed

Let's call it the American Party or the Peoples Party. The reason is that neither the Republican or the Democratic Parties represent voters/taxpayers. For example, (1) immigration and border security cannot … more

Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus

Editor's note: In keeping with many years' custom, we present the famous editorial "Is There a Santa Claus?" written by the editor of the New York Sun, Francis Pharcellus Church, in 1897. The question of the editor was asked by Virginia O'Hanlon. … more

A little darkroom magic with Sumter's Santa Claus

Santa Claus is the late Hubert Duvall Osteen, longtime editor/publisher/owner of The Sumter Item. He's holding the Wednesday, Dec. 24, 1952, edition of The Sumter Daily Item. The darkroom photo magic - done long before … more

Merry Christmas, Chreasters

WASHINGTON - Christmas remains wondrous, but it arrives at a difficult moment for Christianity in the United States. We still see Christmas trees strapped to the tops of cars, neighbors lighting up their homes and kids getting as excited as ever. … more

Political parties need to up their game and do better

Two weeks ago in this column, I asked what is to blame for the weakness of the heads of government here and in Western Europe: institutional failure, voter fecklessness, leaders' personal weaknesses or some combination of all three? This week, … more

The political landscape ahead

In the days following George H. W. Bush's death, it was impossible to ignore the mood that settled over much of the country: a yearning for the civility, dignity and inclusiveness that the former president represented. It was a form of bipartisan … more

Mueller probe could turn out to be a disaster for the Democrats

WASHINGTON - All of Washington is focused on the political peril President Trump faces from Robert Mueller's investigation. But the Mueller probe could very well turn out to be a disaster, not for Trump, but for the Democrats. The special counsel … more

Thoughts on Arizona's 2020 race

WASHINGTON - As resumes go, it's hard to fathom a better fit to fill John McCain's Senate seat than the nation's first female Air Force pilot to fly in combat - Rep. Martha McSally, R-Ariz. Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey apparently thought so, too. On … more

Can America fight two Cold Wars at once?

Kim Jong Un, angered by the newest U.S. sanctions, is warning that North Korea's commitment to denuclearization could be imperiled and we could be headed for "exchanges of fire." Iran, warns Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, is testing ballistic … more
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