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Graham’s budget prediction: ‘A lot of Benghazis’

The Trump administration’s fiscal 2018 State Department budget proposal irresponsibly cuts diplomacy and diplomatic security in a way that could cause “a lot of Benghazis,” according to Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C, chairman of the Senate appropriations subcommittee on the State Department and foreign operations. He promised that Congress would reject the cuts.

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Manchester rises amid shattered innocence

Girls scream at concerts. They screamed for Frank Sinatra, for Elvis Presley, for the Beatles, for the Supremes, for Madonna, for Michael Jackson, for Prince, for Taylor Swift. Monday night, girls and their moms in Manchester, England, were screaming for Ariana Grande, a pop singer I’d never heard of until I saw the news alerts flashing on my computer.

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Open-carry law makes our job harder

Open carry law or not, when citizens see someone with a gun, they will call the police. When responding to “person with a gun” calls, officers have few details to help them determine an armed individual’s intent. An open-carry law means more people with guns, increasing the chance that we’ll make the wrong call.

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After 43 years, the legacy of Luns C. Richardson

Luns C. Richardson presided over his last commencement as president of Sumter’s Morris College earlier this month, ending 43 years of service. His tenure as one of the longest-serving presidents in country and his many accomplishments make him one of the most prolific educators in our nation’s history.

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Celebrating the rituals of spring

The inspiration will invariably come some warm May evening as I am standing in the lobby of a downtown hotel, and suddenly, a limousine sweeps up and disgorges these boys in crisp tuxes, these girls in sparkly dresses, looking handsome and gorgeous and startlingly adult as they seek the ballroom where the prom is being held.

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The laptop ban continues its mysterious run

There’s a lot we don’t know about what President Donald Trump told Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and whether national security was endangered. But one thing is for sure: The questionable U.S. policy of banning laptops on many flights is suddenly front and center once again.

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The guardrails can’t contain Donald Trump

The pleasant surprise of the First 100 Days is over. The Congress, the courts, the states, the media, the Cabinet were keeping Donald Trump within bounds. Then came the past two weeks. The country is now caught in the internal maelstrom that is the mind of Donald Trump. We are in the realm of the id. Chaos reigns. No guardrails can hold.

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Owning your own future

Political analysts will long debate over where Brexit, Trump and Le Pen came from. Many say income gaps. I’d say … not quite. I’d say income anxiety and the stress over what it now takes to secure and hold a good job.

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New sports fields not a good fit at Dreher

Dreher High School has proven for decades that it can deliver an excellent educational experience in its unique urban setting. But Dreher’s 21-acre site is not large enough or properly suited to accommodate a new sports field with its lights and bleachers and lighted tennis courts.

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Timber industry needs help to keep driving SC economy

As state legislators finalize the state budget, I worry that they might neglect to adequately support one of South Carolina’s economic engines, one that helps drive our manufacturing economy and simultaneously enhances our water resources, soil conservation, wildlife and recreation. That economic engine is the state’s forests, which cover more than two-thirds of the land area.

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Culture thrives when it’s all shook up

The hysteria against “appropriation” illustrates progressivism’s descent into authoritarianism leavened by philistinism. This “preening silliness” is by people oblivious to the fact that culture blending is central to the development of, well, everything.

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Mulvaney on Trump’s FY18 Budget: ‘Taxpayer first’

Director of the Office of Management and Budget Mick Mulvaney unveiled President Donald Trump’s FY18 Budget. “We looked at this budget through the eyes of the people who are actually paying the bill,” Mulvaney said. Mulvaney was the former South Carolina District 5 representative before taking his current job in the White House.
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