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Sen. Jiminy Cricket showed up at hearing

WASHINGTON - Republican Sen. Jeff Flake may have become a momentary hero for Democrats hoping to block Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, but Sen. Lindsey Graham has cinched the role as Jiminy Cricket of the U.S. Senate. Never one to shy away … more

Senate committee members should reflect on their own behavior

The "swamp" in Washington is getting deeper by the day. I have been watching the Kavanaugh hearings with utter disgust. Christine Ford has been treated with kid's gloves, while Brett Kavanaugh has been pummeled as if punched by a professional … more

Sumter is better because of Crawford's work, dedication

Two weeks ago I attended the funeral of Bruce A. Crawford Sr. He was one of the best police officers I ever worked with. We were partners in investigations back in the '80s. Bruce started law enforcement in the '70s. There were no computers, … more

Several committee members have never asked for investigations

Back in the late '60s, early '70s Dean Martin hosted celebrity roasts. One of the guest roasters was Red Buttons, whose act was to point out other members of the roast and state, "Never got a dinner." So, here are members of the Senate Judiciary … more

Prosecutor expertly picks apart the case against Kavanaugh during his hearing

WASHINGTON - The decision by Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Charles Grassley to have Arizona sex crimes prosecutor Rachel Mitchell question Christine Blasey Ford may well be remembered as a brilliant - and quite possibly pivotal - choice. No … more

Racial disparities in suspensions, expulsions of students

President Barack Obama's first education secretary, Arne Duncan, gave a speech on the 45th anniversary of "Bloody Sunday" at the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama, where, in 1965, state troopers beat and tear-gassed hundreds of peaceful civil … more

Conviction without proof isn't how this country works

About 20 years ago, I sat on a jury for an assault case. This guy on trial sure looked like he was involved in it ... and the prosecutor could not prove it because of lack of evidence. When we … more

Are Republicans born wimps, 'nice guys'?

Republican leaders are "a bunch of wimps," said Jerry Falwell Jr. Conservatives and Christians need to stop electing "nice guys." "The U.S. needs street fighters like Donald Trump at every level of government because the liberal fascists Dems … more

Fund is important for conservation, outdoor recreation

The Land and Water Conservation Fund is an important source of federal funding that has been used to protect the public spaces that South Carolinians care about. LWCF is funded by royalties on oil and gas drilling offshore, not taxpayer dollars, and … more

Teachers leave because we don't let them teach

"Imagine seeing a 200-pound student chase down one of your teachers and punch her in the face and break her glasses and continue to punch her." "'Standardized Test Scores.' Those three words head the list of reasons teachers like me give up their … more

How abortion polarized America

"Here's my question," tweets legal scholar Jeffrey A. Sachs, obviously in response to the controversy over Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. "What is the alternative reality where Roe was never decided, levels of partisan polarization are … more

Kavanaugh fights back at hearing

WASHINGTON - As the father of two daughters, I want them to live in a world where they are treated with respect and never experience sexual abuse - and if they ever do, they are taken seriously. As the father of two sons, I want them to live in a … more

President Trump should dump Rosenstein

Bob Woodward's new book, "Fear," and a review of President Donald Trump's record indicate that Trump sometimes swerves at the last minute, betraying his own good instincts and listening to insider advisers. Now is not the time to falter. Trump … more
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