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When Joe Biden takes the oath of office as the nation’s 46th president today, he will face a dramatically different world than the one he saw as vice president four years ago.

South Carolina’s Senate has never been known as a reform-minded body. In fact, it was designed from the start to be conservative in the traditional sense of that word: resistant to change, any change, good or bad. And reforms are, by definition, changes. That resistance to change still preva…

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President-elect Joe Biden has promised to repair the strained relations between Europe and the United States, but he faces a difficult task. Friction between the European Union and the United States was growing before President Donald Trump took office and will not simply disappear when he i…

Last month, as the Northeast was bracing for its first big winter storm, and as parents, educators and soup makers the nation over were starting to weigh in on the suddenly urgent new question, the Greenville County School District did something so sensible that it’s hard to believe it came …

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The Monday night encounter between Upstate legislators and an activist group probably wouldn’t have attracted much attention a week earlier: just a bunch of disaffected voters venting to lawmakers over COVID restrictions, unspecified “corruption and non-integrity” in state and local governme…

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We’re glad to see S.C. Attorney General Alan Wilson repudiate his former deputy’s efforts to drum up attendance at the rally that spawned last week’s deadly insurrectionist assault on the U.S. Capitol, and to state in unequivocal terms that Joe Biden is the legitimate president-elect.

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In one of the largest corporate criminal settlements in U.S. history, the Justice Department last week slammed Boeing with more than $2.5 billion in fines and compensation, rightly criticizing the aviation giant for tragically choosing “profit over candor” in two plane crashes that killed 34…

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With S.C. House leaders pushing to negotiate the sale of Santee Cooper to NextEra and Senate leaders signaling that they might be interested in offloading the state-owned utility despite huge problems with the initial proposal, it’s good to see a handful of senators working to make sure we k…

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State legislators could stay busy this entire year dealing with nothing but the pandemic: deciding how to allocate limited state funding, how to revive the economy, how to make up for all the damage the pandemic has done to children, who should be required to be vaccinated — all alongside pr…

Charleston County government is not unlike a soap opera: Characters come and go and see their influence rise and fall over time, but many overarching story lines remain similar. So when council resumes its regular meetings next week with two new members, a new chair and vice chair and a plat…

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This is not who we are. This is not what we do. This is the stuff of banana republics, of third-world despots. America is the nation that for nearly two and a half centuries has accepted the peaceful transfer of power from one administration to the next. We have not merely accepted this; we have embraced it, even when we were deeply disappointed, even when we were certain that our fellow Americans had made a bad choice. Our nation’s experiment in self-governance has survived longer than any other precisely because it has at its very core this peaceful transfer of power.

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Thursday is the start of Restaurant Week South Carolina, an 11-day-long event designed to showcase many of the state’s greatest places to eat. And while the pandemic may understandably keep many of us from savoring the week as we normally might — by reserving a table and dining in — we still…

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The swearing-in of Kristin Graziano as Charleston County’s first new sheriff in more than three decades was a lowkey affair — as are most public events amid the pandemic — but there were encouraging signs that she has the temperament and skill to build new bridges between one of South Caroli…

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U.S. Rep. Nancy Mace made the right and honorable decision. Last week, the new 1st District representative announced that she will not join a small group of rebellious GOP lawmakers, including fellow South Carolina U.S. Reps. Jeff Duncan, Ralph Norman, Joe Wilson and William Timmons, in supp…

When The Citadel unveiled its new strategic plan last year, its authors were mindful that its success would hinge in large part on the school's finances; today, the military college clearly has a brighter future than ever thanks to the generous support of one of its successful graduates.

We welcome a federal appeals court decision that upholds the legality of requiring hospitals to publish the prices they charge patients for items and services. Hospitals had until Friday to start doing so or face a potential fine of $300 per day.

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Since The Post and Courier exposed poor living conditions inside Joseph Floyd Manor last spring — a grim reality later formally confirmed by a federal inspection — many have rallied to make improvements inside the publicly owned high-rise that is home to some of Charleston’s poorest and most…

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The proposal to send $2,000 stimulus payments to Americans appears to be dead for now. That is a good thing. The patently political and costly plan is a terribly inefficient way to spend federal money.

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It’s not enough to create new, safe infrastructure for pedestrians and cyclists. If it’s not maintained and treated with the same respect and consideration given to motorists, then walking and biking will remain a distinctly second-class way to get around.

The extended silence regarding the proper use of ketamine — which played a role in the October 2019 death of a Mount Pleasant man who was injected with it after resisting police officers — gives us little comfort that authorities are learning what they should to reduce the likelihood of futu…

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The first shot of the second wave of COVID-19 vaccinations in South Carolina came Monday at a nursing home in Greenville. Now the question becomes: How do we get enough Americans to take the shots so the nation soon reaches “herd immunity”? There is no single answer.

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A trip to the beach is among our greatest encounters with nature: There's excitement where waves lap onto the sands. Views of the vast expanse of ocean. The warmth of the sun and a gentle breeze.

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The outrage over Charleston City Councilman Harry Griffin’s involvement in a rally downtown that drew people who identified with the right-wing extremist group Proud Boys sparked condemnations from council colleagues and community members disappointed with the first-term councilman. That’s c…

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Christmas and New Year’s Eve typically rank among our most social holiday celebrations, and while the nation enters a promising phase in its fight against the COVID-19 pandemic with two vaccines in early stages of distribution, we simply can’t let down our guard as much as we might want to.

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SolarWinds is a Texas company that makes Orion, a software to manage complex information technology systems for businesses and governments, including defense contractors and agencies. And all were potentially harmed by a devastating hack allegedly perpetrated by Russian cyber spies. Does thi…

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The $900 billion pandemic relief bill that finally passed Congress Monday was long overdue for citizens and businesses that have suffered greatly through no fault of their own. But the help provided by the imperfect measure is scheduled to run out in early March and could have been better ta…

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Among the notable bills awaiting President Donald Trump’s signature during his last weeks in office is a welcome bipartisan measure to help strengthen partnerships between historically black colleges and universities and federal agencies. 

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Those most concerned about the health of our oceans and their inhabitants have grown increasingly alarmed about the accumulation of plastic pollutants, and a new report provides further evidence that they’re right. Last month, the conservation nonprofit Oceana released a troubling analysis o…

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