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Letter: Merrill, Bingham drop out of house speaker race, endorse Lucas to succeed Harrell

COLUMBIA - Two candidates running to succeed House Speaker Bobby Harrell for the House's top post are dropping out to endorse Rep. Jay Lucas for the position, according to a letter expected to be sent to members of the House on Tuesday.




America's long-term test against terror

President Barack Obama showed last week at the United Nations that he is facing hard realities in the strife-torn Middle East. But as he steers the nation into another war - one that likely will last beyond his remaining months in office - greater clarity is needed.

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