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Most Republicans are overlooking the amusing degree of hypocrisy in the decision to fill the U.S. Supreme Court vacancy at the end of a presidential term.

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If it wasn’t obvious before, The New York Times has made it painstakingly clear why Donald Trump has repeatedly defied longtime precedent and refused to release his federal income tax returns: They paint a much different image of the real estate tycoon than the one Trump has carefully tried …

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When the branches of government — or just members within the same branch — are in conflict in Mississippi, it can create some odd legal arrangements.

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This was not the way that Mike Leach and Lane Kiffin, the flamboyant head football coaches for Mississippi’s two Southeastern Conference schools, expected to make their debuts.

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There are bits and pieces of good news to report in Mississippi’s efforts to contain the coronavirus. While no one can claim the battle is won — there are still too many infections and deaths reported each day — it’s definitely fair to say things are better than they were this summer.

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Is it possible to have too many choices, too many options? The entertainment world seems determined to test that question.

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For all their crawfishing now about when it’s appropriate in a presidential term to fill a vacancy on the U.S. Supreme Court, no one captures the shamelessness of the Republican majority in the Senate more than South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham.

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Every so often a peek at the future comes along that seems hard to believe but ultimately makes sense. That was the case with a story in The Washington Post about oil giant BP’s latest steps in adding the production of “clean energy” to its portfolio.

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Saturday brought out a little more than 200 runners and walkers — many from the Greenwood area and some traveling from out of town — to the 40th annual 300 Oaks Road Race.

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When Burl Cain was hired as Mississippi’s corrections commissioner earlier this year, the former Louisiana prison warden pledged to turn around the state penitentiary at Parchman.

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It was a testimony of her tenacity that Ruth Bader Ginsburg was able to hang on as long as she did on the U.S. Supreme Court.

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Mississippi’s state auditor, Shad White, has performed admirably as the watchdog of the people’s money in the two years he’s been in the job.

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As recently as Sunday, the weather forecast for Mississippi looked grim. The tropical storm that became Hurricane Sally appeared poised to travel right up the middle of the state.

President Trump on Tuesday hosted the prime minister of Israel and the foreign ministers of two Arab nations in the Persian Gulf for a ceremony in which the three countries formally established diplomatic and economic ties.

As of Tuesday night, it appeared that Mississippi will not be hit as hard by Hurricane Sally as once feared and that neighboring Alabama’s Gulf Coast will take the biggest blow.

When Congress earlier this year enacted several trillion dollars worth of COVID-19 relief funding, it wanted to be sure the money got spent quickly.

The COVID-19 pandemic has provided a glut of statistics, but here’s a surprising one: Public school retirements are down in Mississippi.

It’s too early to tell how Chris Graham will perform as head of Mississippi’s Department of Revenue.

In a column printed this past week in the Commonwealth, former Mississippi Gov. Ronnie Musgrove joined the chorus of voices advocating for the state to expand Medicaid.

Public schools in Mississippi and elsewhere in the nation were relieved last spring from the obligation to administer standardized tests to gauge how much their students had learned over the past year.

Of the 17 people in Louisiana who were directly or indirectly killed by Hurricane Laura, eight died as a result of carbon monoxide poisoning.

Democrats want the U.S. Census Bureau to keep counting past September. They say stopping any sooner will produce a larger undercount than normal of the nation’s population.

By now, everyone is familiar with the routine. Someone shows one or more symptoms of the coronavirus and gets tested. In due time, often several days, they receive a result showing either positive or negative. If they’re infected, it means two weeks of quarantine.

A few thoughts on last week’s magazine report that President Trump has described soldiers who were injured or killed in war as “losers,” and even wondered aloud to the father of a slain Marine why anyone would volunteer to serve in the military.

America’s attraction to illegal drugs seems as strong as ever. A story in a recent issue of Bloomberg Businessweek magazine makes it painfully clear that American businesses are playing a role in this dependence.

Although Attorney General Lynn Fitch and her staff made the right call to drop the prosecution of Curtis Flowers if the evidence didn’t support another trial, the timing of the public release of their decision was suspicious.

It’s regrettable that a state judge had to implement a precaution that the Mississippi Legislature should have ordered to keep Election Day from becoming a potentially lethal occasion.

Mississippi’s flag commission made the right choice when it settled on the banner that it has recommended to become the next state flag.

Gov. Tate Reeves said this week that he has no plans to pardon a woman who is serving a life prison sentence as a habitual offender after being caught with marijuana at a traffic stop.

Two of the biggest arguments to re-elect President Trump are that he built a great economy during his first term, and that handing the government over to socialist-minded Democrats would ruin the country.

Two things typically happen after a powerful storm makes landfall, as Hurricane Laura did last week near Lake Charles, Louisiana.

A wise political observation was offered up several years ago by former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour: “There’s no such thing as a bad short speech.”

No matter what the subject, the true believers — the zealots — always are the worst to deal with. That’s what happened this week in Washington, when a well-intentioned Black Lives Matter protest went crazily off the rails.

While the world desperately waits for a safe vaccine to be approved for COVID-19, it’s not too early to remind about another vaccine that can also save lives: the flu vaccine.

President Trump is understandably eager to report progress in finding effective treatments for the coronavirus. His re-election may depend on this work.

Give Mississippi’s flag commission credit. After weeding through a couple thousand public submissions, it narrowed the field to two fine choices to become the state’s new banner.

It was a mistake for Mississippi lawmakers not to substantially expand mail-in voting to accommodate the COVID-19 pandemic and reduce the potential for spreading the virus at polling places.

A year after federal agents conducted in Mississippi one of the largest workplace raids of illegal workers ever, not a single top executive at any of the seven chicken processing plants targeted has been charged.

Even as Mississippi moves toward adopting a new state flag, a group unhappy with the retirement of the racially divisive old one hasn’t given up getting it resurrected.

Traditions are hard to let go of, particularly in Mississippi where change comes slowly and resistance to outside pressure is deeply entrenched in the state’s psyche.

Kamala Harris showed brief glimpses of nervousness Wednesday night when she gave her acceptance speech as the Democratic nominee for vice president.

Some of the people who are organizing events for this week’s 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment are being too restrained about the landmark that gave women the right to vote.

One of the most obvious effects of the coronavirus is that it has, so far, killed more than 165,000 Americans. Here’s another effect that has received much less attention: Some researchers believe there will be 300,000 to 500,000 fewer babies born in 2021 than if the pandemic never occurred.

There are some areas where Mississippi can brag about being first: first to bottle Coca-Cola, first to host a heavyweight boxing championship, first to perform heart and lung transplants, first to produce Blacks to serve as U.S. secretary of agriculture and U.S. secretary of education.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, Mississippi has largely adopted the approach that people need to be given alternatives that make them comfortable as long as there is a virus raging that has killed more than 2,000 in this state and more than 170,000 nationwide.

Despite the adage that football is a religion in the South, we’d not describe it as “essential” in the way that Tate Reeves has.

The commission charged with recommending a new Mississippi flag for the November referendum has already done a lot of the heavy lifting.

An opinion column last week in the Los Angeles Times included these four sentences that should be interesting to readers of this newspaper, many of whom are senior citizens:

Don’t expect Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves to listen to Democratic politicians, current and former, about his and the state’s negligence in refusing to expand Medicaid to cover the working poor.

Analyzing Joe Biden’s “ambitious plan for tackling climate change” that the Democratic presidential candidate unveiled last month, The Washington Post said it showed how far the party has moved on the issue since the Barack Obama administration.

Carroll County should be ecstatic. After years of living in a broadband desert, most residents there are going to have a chance at internet service that’s not only fast, it’s going to be faster than what many of their urban counterparts have.

The “no mask, no time, no way” crowd is certainly mad at Tate Reeves, but the governor had no choice Tuesday when he ordered everyone who goes out in public to cover their faces.

Gov. Tate Reeves and his leading health adviser, Dr. Thomas Dobbs, are saying that if people will just behave for the next two weeks — that is, wear masks, social distance and not go to parties — Mississippi can turn the corner on COVID-19.

Anybody who paid attention to the recent debate over the Mississippi flag should enjoy looking at the 2,700 proposals that residents submitted for its replacement.

School boards don’t often have split votes. The 3-2 decision by the Greenwood Leflore Consolidated School District’s trustees to call off the football season — as well as other fall sports — shows what a tough call it was.

An Alabama senator who weighed in over the weekend on Mississippi’s prison crisis acknowledges he was prodded into it by a national group unhappy with Gov. Tate Reeves’ veto last month of a bill designed to reduce the state’s terribly high incarceration rate.