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A refugee from the 1930s

 
Robert Samuelson

By Robert Samuelson   Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, a leading candidate for the Democratic nomination for president, is a man from the 1930s. If you didn’t believe that before, you certainly should believe it now. Sanders last week gave a powerful speech at George Washington University defending his identity as a “democratic socialist” and endorsing…

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The gift of laughter and a father’s legacy

 
Kathleen Parker

By Kathleen Parker    My father died with a smile on his face. But, of course, he would. A few days earlier, as his wife, my sister and I gathered around his bed in the intensive care unit, I said, “I’ll bet he’s thinking right now, ‘I wish these broads would go away and leave…

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The fate of Japan — and everyone else

 
Robert Samuelson

By Robert Samuelson   If you want a peek at the future, try looking at Japan. It’s a sobering exercise. Here’s how economist Timothy Taylor, managing editor of the Journal of Economic Perspectives, describes the country’s outlook: “[Japan] is facing a situation of a declining population and workforce, and the share of the population that…

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Rapists’ rights defy reason

 
Kathleen Parker

By Kathleen Parker    In Alabama, where a new law denies abortion to women even in cases of incest or rape, a rapist may still pursue custody rights of a child conceived during his assault. I’ll give you a moment to digest that sentence. It gets worse. In a recent case, a young woman in…

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The Democrats’ fairy-tale campaigns

 
Robert Samuelson

By Robert Samuelson   “And so, my fellow Americans: ask not what your country can do for you — ask what you can do for your country.” John F. Kennedy’s inaugural speech, Jan. 20, 1961 WASHINGTON — Watching the Democrats’ presidential campaigns, it’s hard not to be struck by the huge gap that has opened…

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Terminate abortion, please

 
Kathleen Parker

By Kathleen Parker   The abortion issue is more divisive than ever, thanks to extreme anti-abortion legislation recently passed in some states and, lately, to Democratic presidential candidates seemingly vying to be the most pro-choicest. The newest controversy swirls around the 1976 Hyde Amendment, named after the late Rep. Henry Hyde, R-Ill., which forbids the…

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The little-known number at the root of S.C.’s biggest problem

 

By Richard Eckstrom S.C. Comptroller   Seven and a quarter percent. That’s the official “assumed rate of return” for South Carolina’s retiree pension system. In other words, state officials tell us the system should expect to earn 7.25 percent on its assets for decades to come. It’s a safe bet that most folks have never…

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The nastiness of Trump’s Mexico tariffs

 
Robert Samuelson

By Robert Samuelson   President Trump’s latest foray into trade policy is notable for its economic recklessness (it could tip Mexico into a recession, followed perhaps by the United States), its gratuitous insults of a close ally (Mexico) and its rank opportunism (it would shift power to the White House from Congress). For anyone who…

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Swamp things storm the palace

 
Kathleen Parker

By Kathleen Parker   If there was “great love all around” during President Trump’s state visit to the United Kingdom, as he tweeted Monday, the participants royal and decidedly otherwise were deceptively discreet. From the coverage, one might have thought that Madame Tussauds had teamed up with George Lucas to create a charade parade of…

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A living eulogy for Ollie Oops

 
Kathleen Parker

By Kathleen Parker   CAMDEN, S.C. — Eulogies, it has always seemed to me, are best delivered while the subject is living and can enjoy hearing the best version of him- or herself. Thus, today’s column is dedicated to Ollie the Blind Poodle, also affectionately known as Ollie Oops. A toy poodle born blind, Ollie…

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