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Trying again with secession

If at first you don't succeed, secede. That's the latest message from California, where the idea of breaking up with the United States is the current rage. With Donald Trump in the White House attempting to "make America great again," the idea of returning to an era of freedom, faith and family is as antithetical to the cool crowd as a blue-light special at Kmart. The farther the Left Coast travels down the road toward "Calexit," the harder the climb back into the good graces of Americans for whom California is not as cool as it once was.

Not even blood relatives came to their aid

It is nearly a century since Nicholas II, Czar of All the Russias until his abdication in March 1917, was murdered along with his wife, four daughters, hemophiliac son, his doctor and assorted servants in the cellar of a house in Ekaterinburg, a city east of the Ural mountains.

Illustration on Trump's positive impact on the economy by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

The Trump Economy

Well finally we are getting that "Summer of recovery." The July jobs report was a blockbuster — solid job gains across the economy, lowest unemployment rate in more than a decade, and a nice bump up in wages.

Resetting the foreign policy agenda

The Trump administration with a new chief of staff, Gen. John Kelly, has a unique opportunity to reset its agenda and fulfill its campaign promises. The firing of Anthony Scaramucci as White House communications director by the new chief of staff, was a step in the right direction. Clearly, the next order of business must be a purge of all Obama holdover "undercover agents" from not only the National Security Council (NSC) but from all government agencies.

Illustration on limiting health care by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Limiting health care by the numbers

When Sen. John McCain returned to Washington recently and stepped onto the Senate floor following a diagnosis of brain cancer, the affection and admiration from both sides of the aisle was clear. Expect this bipartisan goodwill to endure even following his controversial vote killing the "skinny repeal" of Obamacare.

Illustration on the history of the Purple Heart medal by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

How the Purple Heart came to be

When my brother returned from World War II with a Purple Heart decoration as a result of the wounds he sustained in fighting the Nazis in Germany, I was 8 years old. He let me show my friends the decoration and we were awestruck each time with the bright gold medallion. Writing about its origins now as an historian is a singular honor.

'War' on police a cry for justice

There is no war on cops ("Why the war on cops is a war on all of us," Web, July 19). There is no "guerrilla action" being taken against our country's police force by the political left. And there is no widespread campaign to paint all law-enforcement officers with the same brush. But there is criticism. And it's largely fair.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions, accompanied by, from left, National Counterintelligence and Security Center Director William Evanina, Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats, speaks during a news conference at the Justice Department in Washington, Friday, Aug. 4, 2017, on leaks of classified material threatening national security.  (AP Andrew Harnik)

A job for dedicated plumbers

Attorney General Jeff Sessions declared war, or at least a skirmish, on leakers last week, and it's about time. Leakers grow like weeds in Washington, and it was ever thus, but it's out of hand when The Washington Post prints leaked transcripts of the president's telephone conversations with foreign heads of state. Even Democrats say so, even if using the occasion to slip another needle into the president, or mock Mr. Sessions' motives.

**FILE** Chief Judge Royce Lamberth of the U.S. District Court in Washington is pictured May 1, 2008, during a ceremony where the title of chief judge for the U.S. District Court in Washington was passed from Judge Thomas F. Hogan to Lamberth at the federal courthouse in Washington. (Associated Press)

Two loud cheers for clean elections

You might think every good citizen would cheer attempts to protect the sanctity of the vote. Many good men and women have died for the right to vote, and we all owe it to them to protect what their sacrifice achieved for all.

Senate Foreign Relations Committee member Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., and other members of the committee arrive on Capitol Hill Washington, Wednesday, Aug. 2, 2017, for a closed-door meeting with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Defense Secretary James Mattis. Earlier, President Donald Trump signed a bill to impose new sanctions on Russia which passed Congress with overwhelming support. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Hunting RINOs is tough, but here's how you do it

- The Washington Times

President Donald Trump has ushered in a new age of politics, one that's not been seen since Ronald Reagan's day, that supporters see as putting people over pols, citizens over Capitol Hill. And boy, are the RINOs on edge about that. So oust 'em, some say. Trouble is it's easier said than done. Here's why. And here's how.

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