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Illustration emphasizing U.S./ Azerbaijani cooperation by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Why Trump must engage Azerbaijan

As President Trump and his foreign policy team focus on the challenges posed by North Korea's reckless nuclear ambition, Russia's increasing belligerent stance, China's patient but determined quest for hegemony in Asia, and a resurgent Taliban in Afghanistan, we should not ignore one of America's most steadfast and reliable allies: Azerbaijan.

Susan Melton is comforted by James Warren Melton as she takes her seat before her son Sonny Melton's funeral at Big Sandy High School, Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2017,  in Big Sandy, Tenn. Melton, a registered nurse, died protecting his wife during the Las Vegas shooting massacre.  (Morgan Timms /The Jackson Sun via AP)

Revering life after Las Vegas

In the aftermath of the most deadly massacre in American history a friend asks: "Why would God allow a man to wreak so much carnage?" And the enormous violence clearly weakened my friend's belief in God. It should not have weakened his belief in God. Who else or what other agent is around to take the place of the Uncaused Cause?

The Tarnished Image of Harvey Weinstein Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Hollywood's dishonest campus rape panic

For all of its flaws and fabrications, "The Hunting Ground," Harvey Weinstein's activist documentary film about sexual assault on college campuses, finally succeeded in helping to actually identify a real predator -- the filmmaker himself.

Securing Taiwan, saving America

Forget Graham Allison's oversold volume on the so-called Thucydides Trap. If you want to read one essential China policy book this year that offers some hope that your children need not be condemned to a century of wars with China, then read "The Chinese Invasion Threat" by Ian Easton, a research fellow with the Project 2049 Institute.

President Trump spent much time before his election criticizing former President Barack Obama for spending what he said was too much time away from the White House on golf courses, and using taxpayer moneys to fund such excursions. However, once in office, Mr. Trump has made many similar golf outings. (Associated Press photographs)

Trump plays golf, shoots 73. Haters go crazy.

Kim Jong-il, the late supreme leader of North Korea, was one heckuva golfer. He only played once, in 1994, and he reportedly shot a 38-under-par round on the country's only golf course, including 11 holes-in-one (although some reports say he only had five). That's right: Par was 72; he shot a 34. His worst score all round long was a birdie.

Tax Cuts Growing the Economy Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Stuck on stupendous mistakes

What do you call someone who keeps making the same mistake over and over and fails to learn from others who have made a similar mistake? If one doesn't know history and basic math, and the fact that people adjust their behavior on the basis of incentives, then one should not prove ignorance by commenting on the likely effects of tax changes.

Illustration on Taiwan's national day by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

An unhappy birthday for Taiwan

Tuesday is Taiwan's national day (known as Double Ten Day), commemorating the Wuchang Uprising, which led to the establishment of the Republic of China (ROC) in 1912. The Republic of China on Taiwan is the true heir to Sun Yat-sen's revolution.

Possible Dreamer Solution Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

A 'Dreamer' solution based on the rule of law

After faith and family, my country is most important. I am an American by choice, arriving here in 1969, $5,000 in debt. India was my motherland; America became my Karma-land, the provider of opportunity and systems that sustained me through the rigors of higher education, career, raising a family and serving the community. I love them both, but in the end I am an American.

Illustration on the impact of the Bonus Army riots by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

'Justified in his course'

Washington tends to make history in its corridors, not in its streets. One consequential exception is said to be the Bonus Army fiasco of 1932, during which President Herbert Hoover loosed federal troops on unarmed, unemployed war veterans and their families as they demonstrated peacefully in the nation's capital.

In this June 26, 2017, file photo, The Supreme Court is seen in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) ** FILE **

Clarity for the Clean Water Act

The U.S. Supreme Court hears oral arguments Wednesday on proper federal court review of a dramatic overreach of federal environmental permitting.

Illustration of Harvey Weinstein by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Why criticize Harvey Weinstein

Ancient wisdom from a Higher Authority, which is available to anyone who takes the time to consider it, was provided to constrain people like Harvey Weinstein from acts he has been accused of committing.

Barry Goldwater campaigning in 1964     Associated Press photo

Having fun with diagnosing the Donald

- The Washington Times

Witch doctors are not necessarily more skilled than psychiatrists and psychologists, but they're sometimes harder on the pocketbook. A group of "mental-health professionals" have offered to resolve the Donald Trump "problem" for free. In the learned and precise professional language of their trade, they think he's "nuts."

Conservatism betrayed

"How the Right Lost Its Mind" is an important work. Any serious-minded citizen, no matter of what political persuasion, will benefit from reading it and carefully contemplating the powerful message of its thoughtful, solidly conservative author.

Illustration on sixties precursors to current violence by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Old divisions, renewed violence

Virginia Tech, Newtown, San Bernardino, Orlando, Las Vegas ... a roll call of carnage so familiar that we can almost repeat it in our sleep. We read the number of dead and wounded. But these are really tragedies beyond reckoning, as the tears of loved ones wash upon the shores of illimitable grief.

Kennedy's Unopened Door Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Ken Burns, JFK and the unopened door

As a Vietnam veteran, I was reluctant to push the Ken Burns Vietnam documentary film button. Would it be little more than painful propaganda? This apprehension was only half right. It's not propaganda. Every American should see it.

Interfering with Foreign Policy Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Foreign policy and opportunistic lawsuits

Navigating the shoals of foreign policy is hard at the best times, especially in the Middle East. It becomes impossible if the courts grab hold of the steering wheel. Yet that is the prospect in a case shortly being considered by the Supreme Court.

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