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President Trump’s declaration of a national emergency on the southern border raises lots of questions but has one clear purpose. As with the government shutdown in January, Mr. Trump has his eyes on the 2020 elections and is using the issue of border security to define a major difference bet…

Special counsel Robert Mueller is reported to be nearing completion of a report on his nearly two-year investigation into whether President Donald Trump colluded with the Russian government during his 2016 presidential campaign. To the fullest extent possible under law, that report should be…

Now that the U.S. Senate has reauthorized the Land and Water Conservation Fund, which has delivered nearly $300 million to South Carolina for land conservation and outdoor recreation over the past 50 years, the House needs to summon a similar bipartisan effort and follow suit.

Simply lifting the state’s self-imposed cap on solar energy production — arbitrarily set at 2 percent of a utility’s peak output — must be a legislative priority this year. It would save jobs, enable more homeowners to invest in rooftop top installations and, over the long run, help wean uti…

A year later, we know that the shooting that killed 17 students and faculty at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., really was different from the other mass shootings that all too frequently have claimed innocent American lives.

Finland just concluded a two-year experiment with universal basic income, an idea promoted by prominent figures on the right and left in U.S. politics as one answer to rising automation and the unequal distribution of income. The outcome predictably was a disappointment.

The Wall Street Journal reported Friday that the Defense Department is proceeding with plans to withdraw all American military personnel from Syria by the end of April despite the lack of a strategy for protecting our Syrian Kurd allies from Turkish attack. It is time to put the brakes on th…

After months of sleuthing, Berkeley County finally has determined the source of the noxious odor coming from its landfill. Better yet, officials also know what to do about it. That is welcome news to the long-suffering residents and business people near the sprawling site off of U.S. Highway 52.

Drug and alcohol abuse underpins a variety of crimes. By some estimates, a half to two-thirds of all incarcerated people in the United States have some sort of substance abuse problem. So it makes perfect sense for the Department of Corrections to partner with the Department of Alcohol and O…

Berkeley County needs to build a bigger jail or drastically reduce its number of inmates through reforms similar to those successfully undertaken in Charleston County. Ideally, officials should consider using both approaches to come up with the most cost-effective solution for taxpayers.

President Donald Trump’s announcement that he plans to meet Korea Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Vietnam this month is a clear and welcome attempt to regain momentum for negotiations on North Korean nuclear disarmament that have stalled since their first meeting last June.

It’s pretty warm for February, even by Charleston’s mild winter standards. But an otherwise welcome early taste of spring seems a good bit more sinister in light of the announcement from NASA on Wednesday that 2018 was the fourth hottest year on record.

Given the surprise opportunity to nominate a new president for the World Bank, President Donald Trump has made a good choice in David Malpass. The nominee, currently Undersecretary of the Treasury for International Affairs, affirms the administration’s thoughtfully critical but broadly suppo…

When President Donald Trump gave his first speech to a joint session of Congress shortly after his inauguration in 2017, many of us speculated that it might signal a shift toward a more traditionally “presidential” tenor after an unusually turbulent election.

At least 56 people -- many of them children -- in Washington have recently gotten sick with an extremely contagious, potentially deadly disease that was effectively eliminated in the United States nearly two decades ago.

The U.S. intelligence chiefs said last week that Iran apparently is complying with an agreement designed to halt or at least delay its nuclear weapons programs. Some media reports wrongly concluded that the intelligence agencies’ report contradicted President Donald Trump’s view that Iran wa…

Noticed an increase in unsolicited calls lately? You’re far from alone. The number of computer-dialed phone calls, whether from scammers, telemarketers or legitimate charities, rose 46 percent in 2018 to about 26.3 billion, according to the call-blocking app Hiya. And robocalls apparently ha…

South Carolina can and should help reduce animal abuse by requiring that anyone convicted of animal cruelty be banned from adopting a pet for at least five years.

The best way to keep a home from flooding is to build it outside of a floodplain. That’s not always an option in Charleston, however, where about 60 percent of the city lies at low enough elevation and close enough to water sources that the Federal Emergency Management Agency requires flood …

In the not-so-distant future, it’s possible that Mount Pleasant will reach “build out” — the point at which every developable piece of land in the town has been developed.

Is climate change responsible for the extreme cold snap gripping the upper Midwest? There’s no definitive answer yet but, yes, there is a relationship.

One of the capstone achievements of American Cold War diplomacy came close to crumbling Friday when the State Department announced that the United States has suspended its obligations under the Reagan-era treaty with the Soviet Union banning intermediate-range nuclear delivery vehicles in Eu…

The troubling information uncovered during the Statehouse corruption probe exposed a rogue political system, sparked overdue calls for ethics reform and gave South Carolinians even more reasons not to trust their government. It is critical that citizens are certain nothing important is burie…

Now that most Charleston-area municipalities near the coast have enacted bans on single-use plastic bags, it makes sense for Charleston County to pass a similar ban. Doing so would bring unincorporated areas into the fold, provide uniformity for businesses and expand critical protections to …

There is a welcome bipartisan development on Capitol Hill in the wake of the bruising and costly 35-day government shutdown. Sentiment is growing in both parties for a law that would prevent future closures. It is about time.

The nation’s longest and one of its costliest wars may be approaching an end, a promising prospect for war-weary Americans. But the Trump administration must be certain that any negotiated settlement does not leave Afghanistan and its people at the mercy of terrorist groups once U.S. troops leave.

Over the past few years, Charleston area officials have been working on the bigger picture of a bus rapid transit system that will eventually connect Summerville and downtown Charleston. Now it’s time to get into the specifics.

The number of pedestrians killed in the United States over the past decade or so — 49,340 between 2008 and 2017 — is about seven times higher than the number of Americans killed in the Afghanistan and Iraq wars combined.

For too many years, the answer to jail overcrowding was simple: Build bigger jails. But that outdated default solution unnecessarily burdens taxpayers and ignores longstanding systemic problems with incarceration.

South Carolina residents suffering from chronic pain, cancer-related wasting and nausea, glaucoma and dozens of other medical conditions should have legal access to medical marijuana regardless of what the state’s top law enforcement officials and doctors said Wednesday in an unusual news co…

Charleston Fire Chief Dan Curia made the right decision to quit dispatching firetrucks on all emergency calls, most of which are for medical services and ably handled by the county’s emergency medical technicians. The change is expected to save taxpayer money and help keep firefighters fresh…

President Donald Trump wisely yielded to the arithmetic of congressional opinion Friday and agreed to sign a bill reopening the government for three weeks without obtaining funds for his top border security priority, an extension of the existing walls between the United States and Mexico.

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled last summer that cellphone location information routinely collected by wireless service providers AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, T-Mobile and others cannot be shared with police unless a judge allows it. It was a sensible decision that struck a blow for digital privacy.

South Carolina thankfully got its most fire-prone school buses off the road by the start of this year, but to keep the school bus replacement program on track, the Legislature will need to come up with about $45 million this year.

The Food and Drug Administration set new records over the past two years in the approval of generic drugs to reduce the costs of drug treatment. But it has been slow to approve similar replacements for the new class of biologic drugs needed by numerous sufferers from autoimmune and other diseases.

The Savannah River Site’s mixed-oxide fuel plant is being mothballed, leaving the national laboratory with 34 metric tons of weapons-grade plutonium, and there’s little hope Congress will soon come up with funding to restart the Yucca Mountain disposal project in Nevada.

None of us can be completely sure what the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. would say if he were alive today. But it’s a safe bet that he would see America's advances as a mixed bag — with much more work to do.

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