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Lawyers, witches, broomsticks, and the swamp

- The Washington Times

There's new news that Robert Mueller has expanded his investigation again into Whatever, and has empaneled a grand jury to indict someone once he and his team of expensive lawyers can find someone to indict.

Kurdish Self-governance Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

When governance is a must, not a luxury

Whether a gamble or a calculated move, the Kurds will head to the polls on Sept. 25 to choose between independence and staying in Iraq. That a vote for statehood will win is a certainty. The Kurds see the stars aligned for the next push toward independence — the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) has been an island of stability in a turbulent region, its Peshmerga have defended the region from ISIS and protected minorities, and it can generate revenue through oil exports.

Obama Constituents at State Department Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Anti-Israel rhetoric from the State Department

Secretary Rex Tillerson's State Department's recently-published "Country Reports on Terrorism 2016" is highly critical of Israel. Its anti-Israel rhetoric is as hostile as that of the Obama administration. Is that what President Trump thinks, or does Mr. Tillerson have his own Middle East agenda?

Illustration on economic lethargy by Mark Weber/Tribune Content Agency

The economy's continuing lethargy

President Trump touts the economy every now and then, taking credit for the stock market's record rise, and the few job deals he's negotiated. But a closer look at reality reveals a much gloomier picture.

Illustration on the need to defeat Islamist ideology in Afghanistan by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Stymied in Afghanistan

About two weeks ago, President Trump's national security team finally presented their long-awaited strategy for Afghanistan. Defense Secretary James Mattis, National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster and the rest of the National Security Council's "principals committee" briefed the president on their new strategy.

GOP losing adherents

The Republican Party and I are done. My friends and I are haggling over whether to un-register ourselves and totally opt out of the system or just sit on the sidelines until hell freezes over and the Republican Party supports its elected president. Absent a change of heart to support the president as the leader of the Party, I am resolved.

Support your president

The recent headlines regarding Republicans backing off support of President Donald Trump are as wrong as the actions of the anti-Trump Republicans themselves. Senators John McCain, Lindsey Graham, Jeff Flake and Mike Lee tried to derail Mr. Trump's nomination at the Republican Convention. Meesrs. McCain, Flake and Graham were part of the 'gang of four' that joined with Democrats to pass the Senate immigration-reform bill against the will of the majority of Republicans.

Resisting the blue pencil

James Lankford, the Republican senator from Oklahoma, was rightly incensed Monday by an ABC News online headline that "Jeff Sessions addresses 'anti-LGBT hate group' but DOJ won't release his remarks."James Lankford, the Republican senator from Oklahoma, was rightly incensed Monday by an ABC News online headline that "Jeff Sessions addresses 'anti-LGBT hate group' but DOJ won't release his remarks."

FILE - In this Thursday, June 8, 2017, file photo, former FBI director James Comey speaks during a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on Capitol Hill, in Washington. Comey has a book deal. Flatiron Books told The Associated Press on Wednesday, Aug. 2, that Comey will write about everything from allegations of ties between Russia and Donald Trump's presidential campaign to the bureau's investigation into Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)

James Comey's literary apology

James Comey has good reason to despise Donald Trump. He would hardly be human if he doesn't. The president cashiered him without ceremony, and nobody likes to hear "you're fired!" Now the director of the FBI until he was sacked has a book contract, and he's in the dilemma similar to that of Zsa Zsa Gabor's seventh husband. He knew what was expected of him on their wedding night, but despaired of making it fresh and surprising.

President Donald Trump arrives in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, Thursday, Aug. 3, 2017, for a Veterans Affairs Department "telehealth" event. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

White House -- again with the leaks

- The Washington Times

President Donald Trump, in a heated phone call with Mexico President Enrique Pena Nieto, demanded the down-south leader stop saying publicly his government wouldn't pay for the border wall. How do we know that? Leaks. More White House leaks.

From left, Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., and Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., speak to reporters at the Capitol as the Republican-controlled Senate unable to fulfill their political promise to repeal and replace "Obamacare" because of opposition and wavering within the GOP ranks, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, July 27, 2017. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

RINOs, right on cue, blast Trump-backed immigration curbs

- The Washington Times

President Donald Trump gave his White House seal of approval to a bill that would cut immigration by half and impose a merit-based standard that those coming to this country would have to meet in order to gain entry. And right on cue, here come the Republican naysayers. The RINOs have entered the room.

In this March 7, 2017, file photo, rowers paddle along the Charles River past the Harvard College campus in Cambridge, Mass. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)

Iran's ties to U.S. universities -- an infiltration to fear

- The Washington Times

Rep. Dan Donovan wants the feds to look into some curious grants given to the likes of Columbia, Harvard and Princeton that came from a foundation with a pro-Iran, anti-Israel slant. This is an investigation that should definitely go forth, and the sooner, the far better.

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