U.S. sanctions, tariffs and the threat of further punitive action created havoc in markets trading Russian, Iranian and Turkish currencies and equities last week, driving down prices and providing a vivid demonstration of the economic power of the dollar.

President Donald Trump is out on the hustings telling voters he is accomplishing great things. The economy is growing faster and creating more jobs but the deals with North Korea and the European Union he touts don’t ring true.

The U.S. military is extremely online. Most of the Twitter accounts for the armed forces’ branches boast followings in the millions, but that’s no surprise in a country whose military capabilities are national legend. What is surprising is the way these accounts choose to tweet, and the ange…

Facebook revealed on July 31 that it had discovered a 17-month-long influence campaign to sow political divisiveness on its network, an effort that bore the hallmarks of the Kremlin-connected Internet Research Agency. Two days later at the White House, the nation’s top national security offi…

Recently I have been disappointed at what I perceive to be a decided bias demonstrated by The Post and Courier against Katie Arrington: The flurry of letters denouncing her that have been printed, the columns condemning her, the slanted “news” stories with snarky asides that cast aspersions on her.

The editorial opinion expressed in the Aug. 12 Post and Courier titled “African American museum priceless” was correct in saying the museum will tell an important part of our nation’s history. However, the editor goes on to say the museum “... will stand on the site of Gadsden’s Wharf, where…

The Aug. 10 and 11 performances by Hootie and the Blowfish were magical. Set against a stage backdrop of Charleston’s “Rainbow Row,” Darius Rucker and the boys cranked out their classic hits with emotion and enthusiasm before capacity crowds at Volvo Car Stadium.

The world’s continued reliance on oil exports from the Persian Gulf, the long list of Iranian trouble-making in the Middle East and that country’s refusal to renegotiate worrisome aspects of the Obama nuclear deal all provide ample reasons for President Donald Trump’s decision to reimpose sa…

The estimated $10 million that backers of the Blue Zones Project want to spend on promoting healthier lifestyles in the Charleston area — and are apparently having a hard time raising — would be better spent on something more tangible, like establishing a free or low-cost medical clinic, exp…

Chinese President Xi Jinping and Russian President Vladimir Putin are right: A global leader in artificial intelligence will emerge, achieving enormous international clout and the power to dictate the rules governing AI. As Americans working in the technology industry, we disagree with those…

The Wall Street Journal recently served readers this slap-in-the-face headline: "You're Not as Smart as You Think." The piece was written by two psychologists, Christopher Chabris and Patrick Heck, detailing a new study they and another colleague published in PLOS One, in which they found th…

As a lifelong Republican I would like to rise to the letter writer's Aug. 8 challenge to defend Donald Trump from accusations of derangement, particularly from the 27 highly qualified psychologists who wrote a book to help the public understand his narcissism and related neuroses. Is it Dona…

The court decision leading to suspension of Charleston’s tour guide licensing requirements doesn’t have to be the end of the story.

I’m writing in regards to the July 31 article in which Katie Arrington was interviewed by Kasie Hunt. When asked if President Donald Trump’s alleged affair with a Playboy playmate bothered her, Arrington’s response was, “I’m not here to judge anybody; I’m not Jesus Christ.”

The Charleston Animal Society and its South of Broad supporters have been advocating for restrictions on the carriage industry such that they will be unable to operate their businesses. They claim it’s all for the horses. Really?

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If readers have been watching what is happening in Iran, it is apparent that the regime is about to topple. It should be noted that most of the protesters are under 35. They are educated and, believe it or not, admire the United States.

When state lawmakers balked at finishing the job, the Charleston Naval Complex Redevelopment Authority stepped in. Authority board members voted Tuesday to contribute $11 million to the International African American Museum, effectively completing the state’s funding commitment.

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Last September, we wrote that community members and local officials should work together to cut through the red tape and bring the Folly boat back after Tropical Storm Irma washed it off of its perch near Folly Road and crashed it into a nearby dock.

WASHINGTON — Scholars have already debated for decades, and will debate for centuries, the role U.S. policies — military, diplomatic, economic — played in bringing the Cold War to endgame and the Soviet Union to extinction. One milestone was Ronald Reagan’s 1983 Strategic Defense Initiative …

Google is proposing a new Faustian bargain with the Chinese government that isn’t just morally wrong; it’s also terrible for business. Experience has shown that American tech companies that sell their souls for access to the Chinese market also end up losing their shirts.

I’ve written thousands of words over the past few years on Charleston’s housing affordability crisis. It’s one of the region’s toughest problems. It’s also an illusion and a distraction from a bigger concern.

As a Charleston County Public Library employee, the recent Brian Hicks column, “The Internet defends public libraries. Everyone should,” hit home. To see only the fiscal bottom line, as did the New York professor, so sorely misses the mark.

Currently, it takes a 75 percent supermajority vote of the Charleston City Council to overturn a City Planning Commission decision. Our citizens could have no stronger control over the inevitable flood of hedge fund money fueling both good and bad growth in our city today. Unfortunately, Cou…

In one fell swoop, as the saying goes, the federal court in Charleston has delegitimized what has been considered a respected profession in Charleston since Elizabeth Jenkins Young became the first tour guide well over 50 years ago. Through a well-developed system of study, learning, testing…

Charleston has been repeatedly inundated by floods. Recent rains have put people’s homes underwater, and many of these same homes likely flooded in the storms of 2015, 2016 and 2017. Residents are increasingly frustrated and organizing to demand local action in a grassroots campaign called F…

Time is running out for special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into alleged collusion or conspiracy between Donald Trump’s presidential campaign and the Russian government in 2016, and the firing of FBI Director James Comey in 2017. He should wrap it up this month.

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Charleston’s economy depends on tourism. Tourists come here mostly because of the city’s rich and well-preserved history. And those tourists would presumably prefer to learn about that history from reasonably qualified, well-educated tour guides.

The delta smelt is a rather unimpressive fish that lives in the San Francisco estuary and measures about 3 inches long. Typically, its most menacing predators are larger, nonnative fish, such as the striped bass and largemouth bass.

A modern vision of conservation is one that uses federalism, public-private partnerships and market-based solutions to achieve sound stewardship. These approaches, combined with sensible regulations and the best available science, will achieve the greatest good in the longest term.

The physicians of the Charleston County Medical Society welcome the attention brought to the rising death rate from opioid overdoses. Concern over the loss of life and impact on our communities has reached the tipping point where action is needed and being demanded. Legislators have answered…

Regarding the Aug. 3 Brian Hicks column, “The internet defends libraries. Everyone should”: So much for a “bookish” college professor reading the wrong book on getting rid of physical libraries.

In response to the Aug. 8 letter to the editor titled “Speak up”:

The greatest immediate threat from global warming comes from stronger hurricanes, not rising seas. I recently paid $500 to FEMA to protect my home from flooding for a year, even though my house is 14 feet above sea level, not in a 100-year flood plain and survived the 27 inches of rain in a …

Charlestonians may have been surprised to see Bird electric scooters around town last Sunday, but let’s hope they return soon from their forced migration off the peninsula. Birds would make a fun and safe addition to the city’s transportation system.

While reading yet another of what has become a stream of racial and offensive tweets, I am reminded by an aphorism usually incorrectly attributed to Mark Twain or Abraham Lincoln:

A recent story about a York County grand jury signing off on 904 criminal indictments in a single day, triggering complaints they were rubber-stamping cases, deserves a closer look.

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