Every two weeks when I sit down to write this column, I gird myself to argue passionately for fairness and bipartisanship – for the simple reason that I don’t think our democratic republic can survive otherwise. And then like clockwork I’m forced to confront a new, worse than ever, political…
The rise of Donald Trump was shocking but it was not a one-off. The forces that brought him to power have parallels across democracies as fears about immigration, inward-looking nationalism and discontent over economic globalization push an ever-larger share of voters to the far right.
The Trump administration is considering rescinding a Dear Colleague Letter, sent to public school administrators nationwide in 2014, which provided guidelines regarding school discipline policies consistent with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act.
On Aug. 25, America lost a real hero and a true statesman. Sen. John McCain was a tough-as-nails patriot who put service to his country first in his life, as his father and grandfather had done before him. He endured 5 ½ years of torture in a prisoner of war camp, refusing to be released unt…
PAWLEYS ISLAND — Tuesday morning, I did what millions of people have done in hundreds of places for centuries. I picked the few favorite items that I could take with me before abandoning my home to the fates of an impending disaster.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The "deep state" exists after all. But it turns out that deep state is not made up of the permanent bureaucracy, shadowy intelligence officials, or even Obama administration holdovers; rather it is made up of President Trump's own senior appointees.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Journalist Bob Woodward's new book and an op-ed by an anonymous administration official portray President Trump as dangerously capricious and amoral, exhibiting textbook symptoms of narcissistic personality disorder and behaving in ways that suggest, to some, early signs o…
Does this sound like a threat to you? "Vote for CPST IV now or pay later?" This was the title of an editorial in the Sept. 2 edition. This sounds like government is going to get the money to do what it wants regardless of what you want.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — If you missed Day One of Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court hearing, just try to imagine a mud-wrestling contest attended by banshees howling at the referee.
On Sunday, John McCain was laid to rest in the US Naval Academy Cemetery. It’s the perfect place. He’s back home in the arms of his beloved Navy, away from the chaos of politics.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — President Trump's incoherence grows to keep pace with his desperation. These days he makes less sense than ever – a sign that this malignant presidency has entered a new, more dangerous phase.
The long-awaited grand jury investigation into clergy sexual abuse in Pennsylvania was recently released and detailed sexual abuse by over 300 Priests in Pennsylvania. Like many, I was in shock, but this really hit home for me because I grew up in a Catholic Church just outside of Pittsburgh…
Bob Ruddy sat at the monthly Aiken Republican Club luncheon Tuesday and, knowing I'm a sports guy, started asking me about my high school football predictions and my thoughts on how I'm doing.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — There's a reason why President Trump increasingly sounds like the mob boss in a cliche-ridden gangster film: That's basically what he is – and he must know how such movies usually end.
We are approaching the 55th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s famous "I Have a Dream" speech, delivered Aug. 28, 1963, in Washington, D.C.
At this unique moment in American history, liberals and conservatives have something in common: an abhorrence of government prosecutors run amok.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Aretha Franklin, who died Thursday at 76, was more than the undisputed "Queen of Soul." She was one of the most important musicians of our time, a genius who soared above genres and expectations to create music that will live forever.
I’ve always believed that if we could strip away all the anger and finger-pointing, we’d find that left and right are not all that far apart. By and large, we all want the same things for our nation; we disagree primarily on how to achieve them.
During the 2016 presidential election, Donald Trump famously proclaimed he would drain the swamp in Washington. But looking at the cast of characters he's surrounded himself with, it seems more like Trump invited all his carnivorous reptilian buddies to come drain their bladders in the swamp…
This is an exciting week at the University of South Carolina Aiken as we welcome students back to one of the South’s best universities, located in one of the South’s best small towns.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — No sooner had I ordered the 2011 book "Less Than Human" for a late-summer read than President Trump called Omarosa Manigault Newman a "dog" and a "lowlife." Those two slurs fit nicely into author David Livingstone Smith's philosophical study of man's capacity to inflict cr…
We look forward to it for months. Calendars have been cleared, reservations made and the anticipation in the house is so high, it vibrates like a chicken on meth strapped to a 30-year-old dryer set on spin. The Summer Vacation Trip is nigh. It’s a time-honored testament to all that is right …
Apple has become the first U.S. company in history to attain a trillion-dollar valuation. Here are a few thoughts about the relevance of this to our country today.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — It's a given that political candidates will target each other with as much oppositional propaganda as they can get away with. But with the Kremlin now playing a third-party shadow role in U.S. elections, the usual game seems to be shifting from bloodsport to cold war.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Look at the non-political news these days: Deadly wildfires burn out of control in parched California. Unusually heavy rains cause devastating floods in parts of Asia. A punishing heat wave kills scores in Japan, South Korea and normally temperate parts of Europe, pushing …
Last week, U.S. District of Columbia Judge John Bates ruled that the Trump administration must restart the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, because they have not provided sufficient rationale for terminating it.
If a liberal like Jesse Jackson went on CNN and accused my father of being a "known womanizer" like President Trump, conservatives across America would go off the rails.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Fox News host Tucker Carlson recently asked President Trump, "Why should my son go to Montenegro to defend it from attack?" It is a fair question – one that many Americans were asking following Trump's performance at the NATO summit – and it deserved a better answer than t…
WASHINGTON, D.C. — If President Trump's secretly taped conversation with attorney Michael Cohen reminds you of a crime boss and his consigliere, you're not alone. Trump's current lawyer and mouthpiece, Rudy Giuliani, evidently agrees.
It is rare these days in Washington to see bipartisan support for anything, let alone for a major issue with far reaching implications for the nation.
It was a tiny exchange in the Henry McMaster-John Warren debate that was remembered, if at all, for giving Mr. McMaster another laugh line.
To commemorate my 25th wedding anniversary this week to my husband, Jesse, I asked readers on Facebook to share their own secrets to a long happy marriage.
- Prince Edward visits Aiken, plays court tennis
- Florence brings some wind, rain to Aiken
- Florence gives Aiken County a wet weekend
- Prince Edward's visit to Aiken on Monday has been canceled
- Aiken woman charged with DUI in fatal collision on Augusta Road
- Highway Patrol is asking for help with information in Aiken County hit and run
- Aiken County car crash sends two to Augusta hospital with 'serious' injuries
- Authorities seek help finding wanted Aiken man
- Crime blotter for Sept. 16
- Report: Aiken's older population will continue to grow
- Battle in the Alley
- ADPS' Lt. Karl Odenthal Retires
- The Holistic and Wellness Fair
- Aiken County Animal Shelter pets for adoption for Sept. 14
- Most Wanted by Aiken County Sheriff's Office: Sept. 11
- Wildlife Appreciation 101, for Seniors
- Tenth Annual Prism Concert
- Aiken County Animal Shelter pets for adoption for Sept. 7
- Most Wanted by Aiken County Sheriff's Office: Sept. 18
- Aiken's Makin' opens as crowds flock to downtown