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The worst agreement in U.S. diplomatic history

The devil is not in the details. It's in the entire conception of the Iran deal, animated by President Barack Obama's fantastical belief that he, uniquely, could achieve detente with a fanatical Islamist regime whose foundational purpose is to cleanse the Middle. . .

A salute to those who made our nation great

I salute ... the editor of a colonial newspaper who shut down his paper rather than pay the Stamp Act tax of 1765; his last edition proclaimed liberty as "the greatest blessing human beings can enjoy"and taxation without representation as being "fettered with the...

150 years later, we're still debating Confederate flag

One of the fondest memories of my early childhood is being rocked to sleep in the arms of my Great-Great-Aunt Margaret McClanahan Shelver as she sung to me. Her voice was sweet and loving. She treated me like the child she never had. My "Nana," as I called her,. . .

A modern version of 'massive resistance'?

James Burns: A salute to those who made our nation great. After the Supreme Court's historic 1954 ruling in Brown v. Board of Education, Southern politicians adopted a strategy that became known as "massive resistance." It doomed the South to a losing ba. . .

Lucky to be free

Independence Day means a lot of different things to a lot of different people. Few use the day to reflect on the freedoms we enjoy and take for granted each day. It's a shame that many only view Independence Day as a paid holiday off work, a day to grill burgers. . .

Obama delivers a speech for history

"This whole week," said President Barack Obama, "I've been reflecting on this idea of grace." That was the turning point of Friday's eulogy for Clementa Pinckney, the Charleston, S.C. minister who was, with eight of his congregants, murdered by a racist terrorist. . .

Gay marriage, Obamacare show where GOP stands

Every word written in the vast collection of judicial opuses in the gay-marriage and Obamacare decisions last Thursday and Friday were penned by the Supreme Court's five bitterly divided Republican justices. The four Democrats — two appointed by Bill Clinton and. . .

Same-sex marriage only the beginning

"Now this is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning." What Winston Churchill said in 1942 following a British military victory in North Africa might also be said about Friday's narrow 5-4 decision by the. . .

These divided states

Last Monday, Gov. Asa Hutchinson decided to end Arkansas' participation in the state's current end-of-the-year Common Core PARCC exam, despite the fact that the State Board of Education had voted to do the opposite. It was only the fourth biggest story of the. . .

The GOP’s view from under the sand

If you're old enough to recall how the landslide election of Lyndon Johnson over the hapless Barry Goldwater supposedly spelled the end of the Republican Party, or how Ronald Reagan's election amounted to a revolution that put the Democratic party on the mat until. . .

Dealing with mentally ill criminals costs state heavily

Attorneys for Dylann Roof, accused of murdering nine people on June 17 at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, S.C., will at least consider a plea of insanity for their client. The case against him is rock solid, and he is a despicable young man without a defense. . .