WASHINGTON -- As Barack Obama's presidency takes a backseat to the psychodrama known as the 2016 election, historians, speculators and revisionists are busy writing his presidential epitaph.
It didn't surprise me it was him. Although such had never crossed my mind, it was, of course, just the kind of thing he would do.
After much deliberation and soul searching, I have decided that I have no choice: I need to sue Chase Elliott.
Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled against lower courts in Foster v. Chatman, finding Georgia prosecutors purposely used what are known as "preemptive strikes" to keep every single possible black juror off a jury in the 1986 trial against Timothy Tyrone Foster, then 18.
WASHINGTON -- If Donald Trump prefers combatants who aren't captured, as he once mocked John McCain, he apparently doesn't believe in taking prisoners, either.
Memorial Day weekend marks the unofficial start of summer. Contrast this with the official start of hurricane season just a week away. The 2016 Atlantic hurricane season is expected to be the most active since 2012, according to a forecast released by The Weather Company, an IBM business. It's predicting 14 named storms, eight hurricanes and three major hurricanes will occur during the coming season.
The papers this week had big stories about Donald Trump speaking to the National Rifle Association convention and accepting their endorsement. Among his promises to the NRA was his vow to eliminate gun-free zones in schools on his first day in office.
I have two large flags I will be displaying this week. Pretty pieces of cloth, indeed, few things are more beautiful than the flag of this country, but the threads which form them and hold them together are threads which run through me, connect me and keep me somewhat centered.
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- On rare occasions, Americans coalesce around a common cause, usually following some calamity -- a terrorist attack, a natural disaster or, say, during a presidential election.
The honorable Zell Miller of Young Harris, Ga., was raised by a remarkable mountain woman. Folks around those parts called her "Miss Birdie" while her son, a man who would grow up to influence Southern and national politics in a tremendous way, would always call her "Mama."
Right outside of Camden is a farm which plays home, restaurant, store, bed and breakfast and community learning center. Old McCaskill's Farm is quite the destination. The farm is home to just about every farm animal you can think of, and of course the McCaskill family too.
It is very, very weird to be 51 and single in the second decade of the 21st century.
WASHINGTON -- You could say it all depends on how you define "lie." Or, perhaps, it's hell to have a public record.
In working on the next changing exhibit at the archives, I have had to research the Battle of Hobkirk Hill pretty extensively. I am the first one to admit I never specifically studied the Revolutionary War or the Civil War, though there were specialized courses on them in graduate school. It just wasn't "my thing." But upon learning the principal player in the next exhibit, John Bartlam, was reported by the South Carolina militia after the Revolution as a Loyalist who "died" before 1783, I had to track that part of his story down.
Last week in Charleston, a large mural of Rev. Clementa Pinckney was unveiled. It was done by 28-year-old Columbia artist Tripp Barnes. It is big and colorful and covers the whole outside wall of a building on St. Phillips Street, a few blocks from my house and from Emanuel AME Church.
CLEVELAND -- Imitation may be the highest form of flattery, but plagiarism, not so much.
After the school year ends and the dust settles, it's always fun and gratifying for me to look at the accomplishments of our students ...
As the years of Mama's life grew long into the shadows of age, she managed to squeeze every bit of good out of growing ...
WASHINGTON -- Nice, France.
And with those famous words from the old Underdog cartoon show, I bid you all a fond adieu.
I met the guy -- seems just like yesterday -- one day when I was home from the Lowcountry visiting the office. I think I had met ...
WASHINGTON -- Horror. Shock. Disbelief. Numbness. Grief. Anger. And terrible sadness.
The despair in their eyes haunts me still. The dullness of emotion, the deadness of spirit shall remain forever embedded in my memory.
I was talking with Darlington (S.C.) County Treasurer Belinda Copeland last week and we were having a bit of fun over some of the ...
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