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The supreme battle before us

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Yet again, the truth outed

WASHINGTON -- Shakespeare long ago wrote that "truth will out," meaning that what's true -- by virtue of its basis in fact and logic -- eventually will conquer the lie.

Sometimes truth is so eager to be heard that it slips past the speaker's tongue without his conscious cooperation.

Enter acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney. On ...Read more

Is Trump's tail wagging Erdogan?

WASHINGTON -- So let me get this straight: President Trump ordered the removal of American troops from northern Syria, knowing that Turkey would invade, seize and occupy Kurd-occupied land.

But now, after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan did just that, killing Kurds who had been U.S. allies in the fight against the Islamic State, Trump is...Read more

The malevolent aura of Donald J. Trump

COLUMBIA, S.C. -- As the world seems consumed by all things Ukraine, it's time once again to dust off the ever-popular, evergreen headline: Rudy, Rudy, Rudy.

As in, what happened to the nation's mayor, Rudy Giuliani? He held so much promise. He was the prosecutor and leader who cleaned up New York City. He was the man of the hour after the 9/11...Read more

China won't die laughing

WASHINGTON -- Dictators. Always so humorous.

Take China's communist officialdom. You've probably heard about the "South Park" episode last week that the Chinese government didn't find amusing. And the fake apology from the comedy show's creators, Trey Parker and Matt Stone.

No? Well, then, you must live in China, where free speech isn't ...Read more

Quids and quos gone wild

WASHINGTON -- It's fair to say at this juncture that America's Quid and Ukraine's Quo have been caught in bed together.

The fevered search for a damning quid pro quo since the White House released a readout of Donald Trump's July 25 telephone call to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky -- in which Trump requested an investigation into Joe ...Read more

Democrats, show me the message

WASHINGTON -- We long ago established that Donald Trump is a bad guy. We've multiple times said, "This is it. They've got to get rid of him." So what's so new and awful that the president of the United States must now be impeached?

Maybe a lot; maybe not so much.

The Department of Justice has already determined that Trump, in soliciting...Read more

The other victim of the Kavanaugh saga

WASHINGTON -- Every good story needs a hero, and the saga of Brett Kavanaugh's rise to the Supreme Court has provided one: Leland Keyser.

She also became a victim when her longtime friend, Christine Blasey Ford, decided to hit refresh on a decades-old high school incident that apparently only Ford remembers.

Keyser is the other female student ...Read more

Times oversight is inexcusable

WASHINGTON -- The recent fiasco at The New York Times, which last weekend published the latest uncorroborated sexual-assault accusation against Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, was a monument to hearsay and a travesty of journalistic ethics.

The story, since modified to include crucial information, was an adapted excerpt from a book -- "...Read more

Trump won -- again

WASHINGTON -- Watching the Democratic presidential debate Thursday night left one clear impression: Donald Trump won.

Please don't shoot the messenger. My left index finger recoiled a bit as it reached for the "T" on the keyboard. But it's true for this reason: Democrats are too earnest. They care too much. They're too smart. They know too much...Read more

Through Mark Sanford's looking glass

CHARLESTON, S.C. -- Once upon a time, Mark Sanford might have been a contender, but there's too much water under the bridges that stretch from this city of steeples to his erstwhile home on Sullivan's Island.

The disgraced former South Carolina governor and congressman announced Sunday that he's running against Donald Trump for the 2020 ...Read more

Waiting for Dorian

CAMDEN, S.C. -- For the Eastern Seaboard, Dorian has become the Godot of hurricanes.

Barely moving after hovering over the Bahamas for what seemed an eternity, the former Category 5 storm has occupied weather watchers and coastal observers for several days now. It has potentially forever altered the topography and shape of some Bahamian islands...Read more

The Old South gets a new college president

CHARLESTON, S.C. -- From a childhood laboring in China's cotton and wheat fields to the presidency of the College of Charleston, Andrew Hsu's story is anything but ordinary.

His extraordinary vision for the college, including the addition of a top-notch engineering school, speaks to shifting demographics, job markets and the need for greater ...Read more

A world on fire

WASHINGTON -- A question for this moment: If the Earth's lungs were on fire and the doctor refused to treat it, would there be cause for a third-party intervention?

This is a rhetorical query for now, but it surely nags the conscience of an outraged international community as the Amazon rainforest is ablaze in Brazil and at least two other ...Read more

The shaming of America

WASHINGTON -- One of the everlasting social forces in directing human behavior -- shame -- has become part of the 2020 presidential race.

And one of the most shameful things in these times is to be thought or labeled a racist. As it should be, if true.

Thus, some Democrats and others hoping to defeat President Trump have begun a campaign of ...Read more

Red flags don't come much brighter in Dixie

COLUMBIA, S.C. -- As the entire nation reeled from the mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton, South Carolinians were met with news that a local teen had made violent, racist videos and threatened to shoot up his high school.

Red flags don't come much brighter.

In conversations across the state the past few days -- on social media and around ...Read more

A tale of Zorro and Little St. Jeff's

WASHINGTON -- The more we learn, the more Jeffrey Epstein resembles an evil comic book character for the developmentally arrested intellectual -- the charming-but-lurid mastermind with a plot to take over the world by impregnating scores of women on a remote desert estate.

Last Wednesday, The New York Times reported that the financier/convicted...Read more

Donald Trump's rhetoric could exacerbate a race war

CHARLESTON, S.C. -- The idea of a race war has long animated white supremacists, who seem to think that such a conflict would result in a white victory, whatever that would mean.

Dylann Roof -- the white man-boy who murdered nine black parishioners during Bible study at Mother Emanuel AME Church here four summers ago -- entertained such an idea...Read more

A waste of Mueller's time

WASHINGTON -- The picture that spoke far more words than former special counsel Robert Mueller uttered during last week's hearings was taken by renowned photographer David Hume Kennerly.

The close-up of Mueller's face was a portrait of rare depth, the sort one is more likely to find on a Leonardo da Vinci canvas with all its shadows, hollows ...Read more

Plant a tree, hug a bee

WASHINGTON -- Sometimes big problems can be solved simply.

At the moment, our biggest problem -- climate change -- can be ended by simply planting trees. OK, so a trillion trees, according to a Swiss study published earlier this month in the journal Science. But how hard is that, really?

An equally serious and related problem is ...Read more


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