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Illustration on the questions over further action in Syria by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

A sudden Syrian stumbling block

Up until about a week ago, we saw the beginnings of the new "America First" approach to national security that Donald Trump had promised during the campaign and which had helped win him the presidency. In Syria, cooperation with Russia had begun to target the Islamic State, al Qaeda, and other embodiments of "radical Islamic terrorism," which President Trump has sworn to destroy.

Revisionist History in Lithuania Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Surmounting Lithuania's Holocaust past

Since its independence from the Soviet Union, an arduous and painful process in itself, Lithuania has gone to great lengths to take its place among the democracies of Europe. Securing both NATO and European Union membership are included in the tangible acts the nation has taken on the road to obtaining its place in the current world order.

Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch listens as President Donald Trump speaks in the Rose Garden of the White House White House in Washington, Monday, April 10, 2017, before a public swearing-in ceremony for Gorsuch. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

A moral victory, but a strategic defeat

With Neil Gorsuch's nomination for the Supreme Court, liberals accepted moral victory in exchange for strategic defeat. They forced a fight they could not win and thereby surrendered a better chance of victory later. In contrast to limited rewards from moral victories, liberals will discover that returns on strategic defeats are anything but limited.

In this Sept. 28, 2016, file photo, dozens of anti-Trump protesters, left, and Trump supporters argue as they gather outside the Bolingbrook Country Club, where then-presidential candidate Donald Trump was attending a fundraiser In Bolingbrook, Ill. (Antonio Perez/Chicago Tribune via AP)

Sounding the alarm on Sanders-Perez road trip

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Sen. Bernie Sanders, of "Yes, I'm a Proud Socialist" fame, and newly seated Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez have teamed for a 50-state tour to rally the grassroots to come on down and vote, come next election. The GOP would be folly to fail to take note.

Congress' Failure to Do Its Job Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Falling down on the legislative job

The administrative state began in earnest 130 years ago with the creation of the Interstate Commerce Commission in 1883, which was a major power giveaway by Congress to an independent agency.

FILE - In this May 25, 2011, file photo, a man walks past a sign for a Carl's Jr. restaurant in San Bruno, Calif. The fast food chain released an advertisement on March 29, 2017, suggesting it intends to ditch its racy advertising in an effort to focus on its food. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)

Basing pay policy on unique exceptions is foolish

Last week, Fight for $15 protesters engaged in yet another round of coordinated restaurant protests in major cities across the country. The group gets no points for originality.

Illustration on Taiwan's readiness in defense against the communist mainland by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Secure Taiwan, secure peace in Asia

Even if not by design, President Trump made a clear demonstration of American resolve by striking Syria as Chinese President Xi Jinping arrived for his April 6 meeting at Mar-a-Lago. Mr. Trump can further demonstrate U.S. resolve by moving quickly to strengthen the defense of Taiwan, a strategy that has successfully prevented war on the Taiwan Strait for more than 65 years.

Woodrow Wilson and WWI Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

The foul fruits of Woodrow Wilson

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As a college undergraduate some decades ago, I was assigned an essay on the three most evil men of the 20th century. Adolf Hitler, Vladimir Lenin, Joseph Stalin and Mao Zedong were obvious choices, and most of my fellow students chose from that group. I agreed on Hitler and Lenin, but felt that Stalin and Mao were just additional manifestations of the evil Lenin embodied. My third choice was Woodrow Wilson, which upset my professor at the time, but which I stand by today.

Migrants watch French officials tour  a makeshift camp set outside Calais, France, Tuesday Feb. 23, 2016. People fleeing conflict and poverty in Africa, the Mideast and Asia are facing an evening deadline to move out of the camp in the French port of Calais that has become a flashpoint in Europe's migrant crisis. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)

No friend of the poor

When you're a conservative, you have to develop a thick skin. You get used to hearing how heartless you are. How devoid of compassion.

Worldwide Persecution of Christians Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

The growing persecution of Christians

The world has a disturbing way of moving past its most glaring and persistent crises, but Hussam cannot move on, because he and his family are stuck in a refugee camp.

Illustration on the dangers of "peace in the Middle East" by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

The Middle East's siren call

In Greek mythology, sirens were beautiful creatures that lured sailors to their doom with their hypnotic voices. In Homer's epic "The Odyssey," ships came to ruin on jagged reefs, following siren song, the pull of the beautiful voices so strong that the hero Odysseus, in order not to succumb, commanded that his crew lash him to the mast of his ship, and not untie him, until they were in safe waters.

Budget Pies Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Facing the budget

Each year legislators sharpen their knives, consider key constituent needs and meet to pass a budget. This year isn't very different except that when the Republicans could not unify to replace Obamacare, unexpected questions about the party emerged.

Illustration on the healthcare provider/insurance crisis by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Health care's burning platform

There are two ways to achieve success. The best way is to make the right choice. A second way is to avoid the wrong choice. Washington avoided disaster by withdrawing the hastily constructed, ill-conceived American Health Care Act (AHCA).

With Neil Gorsuch confirmed to the Supreme Court Friday, President Trump now turns his attention to over 100 other lower court vacancies. (Associated Press)

Cleaning up the swamp

Less than three months into the Trump administration, the grand battle over the size, scope and purpose of the federal government is beginning.

Illustration on government policies that keep the poor poor by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

How government makes the poor poorer

For all the obsession in Washington and in college faculty lounges over income inequality, why isn't there more outrage over government policies that exacerbate the problem? There are hundreds of programs that make the poor, poorer and increase poverty in America. Many of them were exposed last week by my colleagues at the Heritage Foundation forum on this very topic.

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif. is pursued by reporters as he leaves Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, April 6, 2017, after a meeting with House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy of Calif. Nunes will temporarily step side from the panel's investigation of Russian meddling in the election because of the complaints. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Devin Nunes should've said, 'Bite me'

- The Washington Times

So Rep. Devin Nunes stepped away from his leading role of his House Intelligence Committee's investigation of Russia's meddling in America's 2016 election. How nice. He's taking one for the team. But he should've announced this instead: Bite me.

Illustration on EPA deception by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

The EPA lied -- nobody died

A controversy that first appeared in these pages five years ago, came to an end last week. The National Academy of Sciences (NAS) concluded that human experiments with air pollutants conducted by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) were not dangerous — meaning EPA has been lying to the public and Congress for years about the extreme danger of the "pollutants" in question.

Illustration on examining the science examining climate change by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

The changing world of climate change

For decades, climate science has been rolling along conforming to the mantra that man is manufacturing a planet in peril. Apparently to some, living comfortably in the modern world is sending us into ever-increasing climate catastrophe.

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