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Illustration on U.S. foreign aid by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Too many chefs stirring the foreign aid broth

Americans are generous people. Every year they voluntarily contribute tens of billions of dollars to charities and faith-based groups trying to help needy people around the world.

President Donald Trump participates in presenting the Presidents Cup to the United States team at the Jersey City Golf Club in Jersey City, N.J., Sunday, Oct. 1, 2017, after the United States team defeated the International team in the Presidents Cup for the 7th straight time. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Trump's tax cut: 'Show me the money'

The latest Trump tax cut plan would be a steroid injection for the U.S. economy. Bravo to the White House and congressional leaders for packaging the biggest pro-growth tax cut since Reagan.

Sen. Marco Rubio, Florida Republican. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

The crass politics of windy compassion

- The Washington Times

Those ill winds blowing out of the Caribbean are blowing somebody good, or at least there's somebody who thinks they're good. There's always profit in somebody else's misery.

Iran's Record on Human Rights Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Putting Iran's 'violence, bloodshed and chaos' in the spotlight

President Trump deserves credit for his first-ever address to the U.N. General Assembly last week. While his comments on Iran made many of the gathered world leaders and diplomats feel uneasy, his observations were actually spot on.

Illustration on military's relief work in Puerto Rico by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

The military role in Puerto Rico's recovery

President Trump is now in the process of dealing with the third major domestic national disaster to hit American territory during his young administration. That is as many as George W. Bush and Barack Obama faced in the 16 years of their combined presidencies.

Illustration on challenges to U.S. exporters by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Why U.S. exports have flatlined

Last month the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed the lower district court's ruling that none of the plaintiffs in the Crawford et al. v. United States Department of the Treasury lawsuit were suffering harm as a result of FATCA (Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act of 2010). Perhaps the justices should have been made aware of the recent Small Business Administration's report, "Small Businesses Key Players in International Trade." It clearly shows U.S. exports, once the fastest growing portion of the American economy, have flatlined since passage of FATCA. Why is this happening?

Donald Trump makes 'taking a knee' his top issue

Despite all the troubles America faces, at home and abroad, President Trump has made kneeling in protest while the national anthem is performed at NFL games his No. 1 issue.

Illustration on the left's use of the race card against Republicans by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

When Republicans concede that 'white supremacy' is a crisis

The Republicans approved last week's resolution against white supremacy unanimously. They must not have realized that in doing so they have undermined themselves on a host of other issues. If the premise of the resolution is correct, if white supremacy is a serious and widespread problem, then the conservative take on many policies is flat wrong.

Pope Francis blesses a pregnant woman during his weekly general audience, at the Vatican, Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2017.  (L'Osservatore Romano/Pool via AP)

Pope Francis, a man of thee not me

- The Washington Times

Pope Francis has once again trotted into political territory, calling on the masses to not just feed and clothe but also open border doors and shelter strangers from lands far and away. His words? European nations, all the developed nations, need to welcome more migrants. Well, isn't that special. Now what about Vatican City?

President Donald Trump reacts as he walks from Marine One across the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2017, as he returns from Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

The weird odyssey of Trump's travel bans

The weird odyssey of President Trump's travel bans continues. The original ban, signed as an executive order Jan. 27, barred absolutely all immigrants and refugees from seven predominantly Muslim countries. The countries had actually been chosen by the State Department of former President Obama. Mr. Obama never signed a ban, but Mr. Trump did.

A South Korean protester holds up a card during a rally to denounce the United States' policy against North Korea in front of U.S. Embassy in Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2017. North Korea's top diplomat said Monday that a weekend tweet by U.S. President Donald Trump was a "declaration of war" and North Korea has the right to retaliate by shooting down U.S. bombers, even in international airspace. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

Toward rapid upgrades of U.S. missile defenses

In our recent article, "Countering North Korea's nuclear blackmail," we argued for preparing to counter this threat -- emphasizing North Korea's explicit claim that an electromagnetic pulse (EMP) attack was among its "strategic goals."

They Killed the Goose Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Unnecessary roughness

If you like professional sports, a major reason -- perhaps the reason -- you attend games or watch them on TV, is that it helps you escape from whatever occupies your mind the rest of the week. You certainly don't want the issues of the day encroaching on your enjoyment.

Illustration on the Russian threat of influence over Azerbaijan by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

How Congress misreads the Caucasus

In its zeal to make foreign policy, a power entrusted by the Constitution to the executive branch, Congress may be making a serious error regarding American interests in the Caucasus. Recently Congress threatened to impose sanctions on Azerbaijan for its human rights shortcomings and authorized a small expenditure for demining in Nagorno-Karabakh.

Illustration on a naval quarantine of North Korea by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

A global naval quarantine of North Korea

"When an epidemic of physical disease starts to spread, the community approves and joins in a quarantine of the patients in order to protect the health of the community against the spread of the disease," wrote President Franklin Delano Roosevelt in his 1937 "Quarantine Speech." He was calling on "peace-loving nations" to oppose the fascist regimes' "epidemic of world lawlessness" with "positive endeavors to preserve peace." Today, North Korea's lawlessness has become the greatest threat to world peace since the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis. Now as then, a naval quarantine would be an endeavor to preserve peace.

National Guardsmen arrive at Barrio Obrero in Santurce to distribute water and food among those affected by the passage of Hurricane Maria, in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Sunday, Sept. 24, 2017. Puerto Rico's nonvoting representative in the U.S. Congress said Sunday that Hurricane Maria's destruction has set the island back decades, even as authorities worked to assess the extent of the damage. (AP Photo/Carlos Giusti)

Disappointed by good news from Puerto Rico

- The Washington Times

They're hoping for "deja vu all over again," as Yogi Berra might have said. Liberals looking for a silver bullet to take down a president they can't stand are hoping they've found it in the administration's response to Hurricane Maria. After all, they found one in President George W. Bush's perceived bungling of the Hurricane Katrina relief effort in 2005 and used it to almost terminally undermine his popularity.

Illustration on the decline of unity and harmony in America by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Welcome to the Divided States of America

Now we're "the Divided States of America." Or maybe the "Untied" States of America, with a suitable new slogan, "In Mammon We Trust." Tribalism trumps unity. Gone is the idealism of e pluribus unum, "out of many, one." The melting pot, which united us for so long by blending differences, is banished to the trash.

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