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Illustration of Vladimir Putin by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Putin's playthings

About a year ago, Donald Trump Jr. met with a mysterious Russian lawyer, Natalia Veselnitskaya. Mr. Trump Jr. was purportedly eager to receive information that could damage Hillary Clinton's 2016 presidential campaign.

Buying Other People's Contraception Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

When insurance becomes a method of taxation

Gail Collins writes in The New York Times that "While Ivanka has been making mewling noises about working moms, the Trump White House has appointed people to major health care policy jobs who don't appear to believe in contraception."

Illustration on government overspending by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Porking out with your money

Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW), a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization working to eliminate governmental waste and fraud, just released its "2017 Congressional Pig Book," an annual publication highlighting wasteful government spending that should embarrass each and every member of Congress.

This undated file photo shows writer George Orwell, author of "1984." (AP Photo, File)

Weaponizing language and communication

Fake news has become known for being a false story, gossip or even lies promulgated by the legacy media. We know what our news media establishment often delivers is nothing more than opinion masquerading as news. That in itself is a huge problem. We're all learning about how to recognize it and how seriously to take it, if at all.

Illustration on the efficacy of a border wall in stopping heroin flow to the U.S. by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

To stop the heroin, build the wall

There has been significant focus of late on "America's 50-state epidemic" -- opioid addiction. Many reasons have been advanced for this problem. One is that legally prescribed opioids can lead to heroin abuse. Another is that economic downturns lead to increased drug abuse. As the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has stated: "Heroin use has increased across the U.S. among men and women, most age groups, and all income levels."

Iran Non-Treaty Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Subverting the role of the treaty in American diplomacy

It is ironic that the contemporary discussion concerning American diplomacy should focus on the Paris Climate Accord. Students of history will appreciate that in 1778 that the first grand diplomatic debate of our country, the Treaty of Amity and Commerce, centered on France and is considered the first cornerstone treaty in American history.

William Maclay Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

How the title of 'president' came to be

Thursday is the 280th anniversary of the birth of William Maclay, not exactly a household word, even in the homes of historians. He has a singular claim to fame, namely, as a senator in the first Congress under the Constitution meeting in 1789.

Illustration on the dire results of nuclear proliferation by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

The proliferation problem from hell

On the surface, Iran and North Korea could hardly be more different. The former is a Middle Eastern theocracy, its ideology based on a bellicose reading of Islamic scripture. The latter is Asian and atheist, its ideology, Juche, loosely rooted in Stalinism. But scratch the surface, and you'll find significant similarities.

How Trump's opponents aid the Russians

In his recent Warsaw address, President Trump challenged our allies and Americans to defend Western Civilization. This requires courage and significant commitments of resources for defense, the instruments of soft power and diplomacy. However, it also requires better self-discipline in our domestic affairs, lest we give aid and comfort to our enemies.

Left Wing University Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

When institutions drift left

I have recently been reminded of one of my earliest conclusions about the American left. I arrived at that conclusion when what we now call the left was relatively civilized. We called it, in those days, American liberalism, but even then it was fla fla.

Onwards with the Iranian Resistance: Regime change within reach (cover, July 18, 2017)

Compliant but dangerous Iran

Last Friday marked the second anniversary of an agreement on the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), better known as the Iran nuclear deal. I was a critic of the deal at the time, and I continue to be alarmed by Iran's aggression on the world stage.

Un-American court demands Rowan County quit praying

- The Washington Times

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit ruled 10-5 that Rowan County, North Carolina, commissioners couldn't open their government sessions with prayer. What a travesty for America, the country English writer and philosopher Gilbert Keith "G.K." Chesterton once referred to as "the only nation in the world that is founded on a creed," a creed that "clearly names the Creator as the ultimate authority.'

Harry S Truman. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

What to do with the narcissist's children

- The Washington Times

Pity the poor presidents. It's not enough for presidents to deal with enemies foreign and domestic, conduct warfare with Congress and dispense lollipops. Sometimes they have to deal with "help" from sons, daughters, brothers, in-laws and other hangers-on to the bully furniture at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

China Steel Dumping Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Putting American steelworkers first

As President Trump returns from his first G20 summit in Hamburg, Germany, we are reminded that some countries do not want to see America grow stronger and be a beacon for freedom around the globe. During his historic inauguration speech while speaking about the decline of American industry, Mr. Trump made clear that "this American carnage stops right here and stops right now." It's clear that the carnage that has taken place in U.S. industries such as steel and aluminum needs to come to an end. As Mr. Trump has said repeatedly, we need to "buy American and hire American."

Illustration on Trump's direct communication with the American people through his Twitter messages by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

President Trump's tweets

I admit, I'm a real fan of President Trump's tweets. It's an uncensored, uninhibited and direct way for him to react and communicate "his take" on daily events. Even though his lawyers may cringe and wish he wouldn't tweet, it has changed -- forever -- the "natural order of things" in Washington D.C., a city forever in love with itself.

Illustration on the fallacious 1992 report claiming a 19 percent minimum wage increase in New Jersey raised the rate of fast food employment in that state by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

When minimum wage surveys are flawed and misleading

It was "fake news" before anyone was familiar with the term: The claim that a 19 percent minimum wage increase in New Jersey in 1992 caused an increase in fast food employment compared to neighboring Pennsylvania.

Voters Registered in Perpetuity Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Tracing the range of voter fraud

The media came unhinged over President Trump's Advisory Commission on Voter Integrity. CNN falsely claimed that 44 states had stonewalled requests for voter data, when only 14 had done so. Media outlets screamed "voter intimidation!" Their fury suggests that Mr. Trump is onto something really big.

Gilbert Public Schools in Arizona is defending its decision to place pro-abstinence, anti-abortion stickers in its biology textbooks, following complaints from pro-choice parents. (Twitter/@suzanne_young)

What's up and what's down in American culture

Say you want to know which direction the numbers in the U.S. are heading when it comes to welfare dependency. Or you're curious about the divorce rate, or how bad teen drug use is. Or you're wondering about unemployment or what the high-school graduation rate is.

Loss of Freedom Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

When legal protections begin to disappear

Do you mainly fear government or feel protected by it? The American Founders wrote a Constitution and designed a system of government that sharply limited the powers of the state --because they understood that the greatest danger to the liberty of the people was the necessary evil of government.

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