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Obama’s self-revealing final act

Barack Obama did not go out quietly. His unquiet final acts were, in part, overshadowed by a successor who refused to come in quietly and, in part, by Obama’s own endless, sentimental farewell tour. But there was nothing nostalgic or sentimental about Obama’s last acts. Two of them were simply shocking.

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Relax and give Trump a chance

My wife and I welcomed Mike and Debbie for dinner at our California home Tuesday night. Our longtime friends are not alarmists, and they are not liberal Democrats. They are in fact the sort of genuine “moderate middle” voter that most consultants would die to have in a focus group: smart, caring, connected in their community, successful parents and employers.

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What happened to the honeymoon?

The shortest honeymoon on record is officially over. Normally, newly elected presidents enjoy a wave of goodwill that allows them to fly high at least through their first 100 days. Donald Trump has not yet been sworn in and the honeymoon has already come and gone.

David Lauderdale

MLK’s hopes and dreams an old SC story

Martin Luther King Jr. visited Beaufort County five times to plan the road ahead and assess the battles just won. He did it where freedom began a century earlier in the Reconstruction experiments that President Barack Obama proclaimed last week.

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Bannon vs. Trump

It’s becoming clear that for the next few years U.S. foreign policy will be shaped by the struggle among Republican regulars, populist ethno-nationalists and the forces of perpetual chaos unleashed by President-elect Donald Trump’s attention span.

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Former Ringling Bros. circus clown, of Beaufort, a man of many talents

In 1970, Beaufort resident Conrad Hartz traveled the country performing as a clown in the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circus. Hooked on performance since he was a child in Ridgeland — where his father owned a movie theater he frequented constantly — Hartz, now 70, has never stopped entertaining. He's a ventriloquist as well as a marionette performer. The former Marine and Vietnam veteran has been entertaining at the Irish Festival in Savannah for 20 years. He performed for us Jan. 19, 2017.
Josh Mitelman Staff video
Former Ringling Bros. circus clown, of Beaufort, a man of many talents 1:25

Former Ringling Bros. circus clown, of Beaufort, a man of many talents

A new bedroom, a new bathroom and four Atlanta Hawks. What wheelchair? 2:52

A new bedroom, a new bathroom and four Atlanta Hawks. What wheelchair?

Pamela Cohen on Hurricane Matthew 0:42

Pamela Cohen on Hurricane Matthew

'A tree has come down and cut (your house) in half. ... It's still a shock.' 0:46

'A tree has come down and cut (your house) in half. ... It's still a shock.'

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