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Illustration on a possible North Korean EMP attack by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

The other North Korean threat

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NSA Spying on the Entire Population of the U.S.A. Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

What if some spies are bad guys?

What if the federal government captures in real time the contents of every telephone call, email and text message and all the fiber-optic data generated by every person and entity in the United States 24/7/365? What if this mass surveillance was never authorized by any federal law?

Illustration on summertime in the age of selfies by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Fish are jumpin' and the cotton is high

"Summertime, when the livin' is easy." George Gershwin's haunting melody and DuBose Heyward's tender lyrics once floated over the mood of summer, coaxing us all to reverie. But that was when vacationers lay on the beach under a lazy old sun, concentrating on important things, like grains of sand seeping through their toes, and watching the currents of salty waves ebb and flow before rippling back to the vasty deep.

Illustration on the growth of government by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

The danger posed by the growing administrative state

Talk of the "deep state" is much in the air these days. To some, the deep state refers to what they see as a conspiratorial intelligence community leaking secrets. To others, the deep state refers to what they see as an out-of-control bureaucracy out to bury — or at least trump — President Trump's initiatives.

President Trump embraced a Republican-sponsored bill last week that would trim the broad range of family relationships that qualify for immigration and inject a government screen for needed skills and English proficiency into employer immigration. (Associated Press/File)

Wars and rumors of wars

One month after the election, President-elect Donald Trump made a "victory tour" of states that had helped deliver his surprise win.

Illustration on the American melting pot by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

This American melting pot

The startling 2016 presidential election weakened the notion of tribal identity rather than a shared American identity. And it may have begun a return to the old idea of unhyphenated Americans.

China Intercession with North Korea Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Defusing North Korea's nuclear threat

On April 23, 2003, China, at the request of the U.S., hosted three party talks with North Korea and the U.S. Early that month, when bilateral relations with North Korea were tense, Secretary of State Colin Powell asked China to intercede with North Korea to convene direct talks between the U.S. and North Korea. China complied and got North Korea to the negotiation table.

FILE - In this July 31, 2017, file photo, President Donald Trump in the East Room of the White House. Trump signed on Aug. 2, what he called a "seriously flawed" bill imposing new sanctions on Russia, pressured by his Republican Party not to move on his own toward a warmer relationship with Moscow in light of Russian actions.(AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

'Go West, Mr. President, go West'

Since Donald Trump has been president, he has not been west of Cedar Rapids, Iowa. No visits to California, Texas, Oklahoma, Colorado, Alaska, Hawaii, Washington, the Dakotas, or anywhere between. However, 92 of his 306 successful electoral votes came from this region.

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, center, looks at the watch of Bureau of Internal Revenue Commissioner Caesar R. Dulay, right, as Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea watch them during the 113th Founding Anniversary of the Bureau of Internal Revenue in metropolitan Manila, Wednesday, Aug. 2, 2017. The tough-talking Duterte briefly lashed out at North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in a speech before local revenue collectors Wednesday. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

The road to reality in Pyongyang

The road to reality in Pyongyang leads through Beijing, and it's a road with many potholes. China doesn't want chaos in North Korea, but neither does it want to give up the means to profit from that chaos. Nevertheless, North Korea's second intercontinental ballistics missile launch last week caught the attention of the five countries with a stake in a stable Korean peninsula.

President Trump embraced a Republican-sponsored bill last week that would trim the broad range of family relationships that qualify for immigration and inject a government screen for needed skills and English proficiency into employer immigration. (Associated Press/File)

A good start on immigration reform

Why enact a law or write an executive order to reform a broken immigration system when a poem will do? President Trump endorsed new immigration legislation Wednesday, moving to a merit-based system, and it was greeted with predictable cries and squeals from advocates of open borders.

Perhaps an early step toward a no-joke candidacy

The title, in case you didn't notice, is intended to make us laugh -- or more likely, to chuckle, typical of much of the faux self-deprecating show-biz humor that runs through this book -- a combination of memoir, political manual and party-line position papers.

A health care fit for everyone?

The best solution to Obamacare is to repeal it and not replace it. Get government out of health care and let the free market take care of things. But we all know that will never happen, because once you give someone something for nothing, you have a problem taking it away.

Make students employable again

There has been much talk about the student-loan crisis. There is indeed a crisis, with nearly $1.5 trillion owed. Many of the students who have taken out these loans are not able to repay because they have 'gifted' themselves with degrees in various fashionable fields of so-called 'studies,' fields with no hope of leading to employment in the students' chosen (counselor-suggested) avocation. The solution to this problem is obvious but not easy.

Talk radio kingpin Rush Limbaugh regularly dissects media trickery for his listeners, from "fake news" to Trump bashing. (Rush Limbaugh) ** FILE **

No, MSNBC, Limbaugh is not to blame for Trump

- The Washington Times

Joy Reid, MSNBC's hostess with the mostest on all things race-baiting -- who, for example, recently expressed reserved and "delicate" hope for Rep. Steve Scalise's gun wound recovery because of his record "on race" -- blamed voter racism and anger, fueled by talk show powerhouse Rush Limbaugh, for the rise of President Donald Trump. As if conservatives are cattle and can't think for themselves.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions accompanied by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, left, speaks at a news conference to announce an international cybercrime enforcement action at the Department of Justice, Thursday, July 20, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Trump, Justice to tackle affirmative action against whites

- The Washington Times

President Donald Trump's Department of Justice is reportedly poised to launch some civil rights investigations, and perhaps lawsuits, against those colleges and universities that discriminate against applicants based on skin color -- and hold on, it's not what you think.

White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci was forced out of his position just hours after President Trump swore in John F. Kelly as chief of staff. (Associated Press/File)

The compulsion to confess

Lots of talk about language this week. Anthony Scaramucci, the ousted pick for White House communications director, was removed, apparently, for a variety of reasons, the most public being a vulgarity-laced conversation with a reporter.

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