With so many family gatherings this time of year, many of us notice that our siblings are turning into our parents, and some of our partners’ and friends’ kids are turning into their parents. That’s no illusion. As scientists have learned from “nature versus nurture” studies on twins and ado…

Secretaries of the interior have a sacred obligation to steward America’s public lands, tribal commitments, wildlife heritage and natural resources to ensure that they endure for future generations — responsibilities more important than ever in the face of cascading climate impacts.

During the holidays we can’t ignore the starvation taking place in war-torn Yemen. The U.N. World Food Program says 20 million Yemenis are in desperate need of food aid.

As we look back on 2018, the midterm elections will certainly be regarded as one of the year’s major events. A particularly noteworthy aspect was the record number of women voted into the 116th Congress.

Housing market softness in the back half of 2018 has investors and the public wondering how bad things might get. It’s understandable that people would be worried, considering that the last housing downturn led to the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression.

Our arguments over a wall at the U.S.-Mexico border encapsulate much of what’s wrong with American politics. The wall has become a much larger issue than it deserves to be, and the parties have been unable to make a deal over it that ought to be easy to make.

Do deficits matter? Clearly, the White House and a substantial number of congressional Republicans can’t decide. On one hand, they sound like cost-cutting deficit hawks when out on the stump or issuing tweets. But once the TV lights go off, they turn tables to support record spending and def…

This was arguably the worst week (so far) of President Donald Trump’s time in office. The incoming House speaker showed him up on national TV. He couldn’t get someone to replace John Kelly as White House chief of staff (though Mick Mulvaney agreed to take the job Friday). The president also …

Space is literally all around us, but it’s notoriously difficult to wrap our minds around it. Given the hundreds of billions of stars and planets that make up our galaxy alone, who can be blamed for a lack of cosmic perspective, even if NASA’s InSight explorer just landed on Mars to send som…

Future historians will reflect on our times and view them as an age in which people believed in magic. – Friedrich A. von Hayek

Under different circumstances, Ruth Petrie might have been relieved to accept the role of patient. In February, a respiratory virus inflicted enough damage to her already weak lungs to land the 57-year-old in the hospital.

Until recently, most Americans have understood that the biggest threats to their privacy came from their own government. The FBI can compel internet companies to provide it with almost anyone’s search history; the National Security Agency can tap into the backbone of the world’s fiber-optic …

Nick Ayers’ snub of President Donald Trump, rejecting his offer to become chief of staff, has stunned people who thought the 36-year-old, sharp-elbowed political operative would leap at the second most powerful job in Washington. But given the nature of the chief of staff’s position in the T…

I was ecstatic to read U.S. Sen. Tim Scott’s perspectives about the plight of heirs’ properties in the African-American community in the Post and Courier article titled, “SC land slipping away from families amid fragile claims and explosive growth.”

Let's imagine that President Trump gave a White House news conference in the nude. "As you can see," he might say, paraphrasing the semi-apocryphal quip Winston Churchill made when FDR accidentally encountered him emerging from a hot bath in the White House, disrobed. "I have nothing to hide…

The Patriots Point Development Authority last week canceled its agreements with the Medal of Honor Foundation. And Monday, S.C. Sen. Hugh Leatherman told the foundation’s chief executive to repay $5 million of state funding support “immediately.”

In 2018, California recorded its deadliest wildfire in state history. The combined intensity and duration of the Atlantic and eastern Pacific oceans’ tropical storms and hurricanes reached a new recorded high. A group of researchers reported that worldwide fossil-fuel-related carbon dioxide …

As much as I enjoy reading liberal newspaper columnists and listening to the high-minded rants of TV’s progressive pundits, I must admit I enjoy even more, lately, the lonely but persistent voices of true conservatives. Not the screechy, preachy “don’t take my gun” conservatives. The thought…

Noncompete agreements, once restricted to tech workers and high-level executives, have become commonplace among ordinary workers, including security guards, home health aides or hair stylists. If history is any guide, the spread of these contracts could have far-reaching negative implication…

A new voice has been added to the continuing debate on how to save the U.S. Postal Service, a perennial subject in Congress for more than a decade. A study commissioned by President Trump argues that essential mail services can be continued without further taxpayer subsidy only if the Postal…

North Charleston Fire Chief Greg Bulanow spoke with a lilt of understandable pride recently while delivering his department’s annual performance summary. It was a score sheet of 19,000 calls for “service” — properties protected, lives saved and professional training milestones met. Seventy-t…

One month ago, voters in three states — Idaho, Utah and Nebraska — bypassed their state governments and voted to expand Medicaid. Nevada citizens passed a measure that demanded a transition to 50 percent renewable energy by 2030. Arkansans gathered enough signatures and rallied enough voters…

French President Emmanuel Macron’s call for the creation of a “real European army” is a product of a perfect storm in which Paris’ long effort to break the European continent free of leadership from Washington has been boosted by President Donald Trump’s disdain for NATO and America’s Europe…

Recent revelations about billionaire sex offender Jeffrey Epstein’s sweetheart deal with government prosecutors — thanks to a cadre of all-star defense attorneys who basically treated underage accusers like throwaways — are the tip of the iceberg in a scandal of money, power, sex, corruption…

There is $6.3 million for the Charleston Area Convention & Visitors Bureau, $2.6 million for the Gaillard Center, $1 million for the RiverDogs ballpark, $2 million for the swimming pool of her dreams. And on and on.

We all get angry sometimes. But few activities make us as consistently or as alarmingly angry as driving a car, which nevertheless happens to be something most of us do almost every day.

Sometimes the future arrives in waves, advancing abruptly and then withdrawing. Recently, a Chinese researcher named He Jiankui announced that he had successfully altered the genetic code of a pair of twin girls born last month. He said that while they were still embryos, he had edited the b…

The Post and Courier’s recent “Minimally Adequate” series on public education offered a clear-eyed and comprehensive assessment of our state’s chronically underfunded and still-segregated public schools and included concrete suggestions for improvement.

The problem with American education is confined mainly to one group of students, the cognitively gifted. Among the most gifted students, SAT scores started falling in the mid-1960s, and the verbal scores have not recovered since. One reason is that disadvantaged students have been “in” and g…

Whenever stock prices rise or fall sharply, there is a natural instinct to ask what happened in the world to suddenly change perception of longer-term investors and shorter-term traders about the prospects for the economy.

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