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The North Korean war scare


Illustration on U.S./Saudi cooperation by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Resetting U.S.-Saudi relations


Illustration on the GOP and the Federal budget by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Republican budget woes



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Here comes the judge

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Illustration on Trump's impact on elitism in culture and government by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

The decline and fall of the American elite

Outraged New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman recently compared President Trump's victory to disasters in American history that killed and wounded thousands such as the Pearl Harbor surprise bombing and the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting with House and Senate leadership, Wednesday, March 1, 2017, in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Trump reinvents himself

For Republicans who have been concerned that President Trump has not been specific about his policies and about where he wants to take the country, Tuesday night's address to Congress and the nation was a welcome relief. For liberals, however, it was a problem precisely because he offered specifics.

Illustration on the climate change debate by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

A new EPA approach for Pruitt

Former Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy wanted the United States to set an example for the world on climate change.

"La La Land" producer Jordan Horowitz, left, presenter Warren Beatty, center, and host Jimmy Kimmel right, look at an envelope announcing "Moonlight" as best picture at the Oscars on Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. It was originally announced mistakenly that "La La Land" was the winner. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

Why the liberal establishment is collapsing

I didn't watch the Academy Awards, but I sure enjoyed them -- via Twitter. The collection of world-famous and super-rich liberals and leftists had one job, and they failed. The spectacular screwup of announcing the wrong winner for Best Picture wasn't even the issue, or about one person making a mistake. Mistakes are made all the time.

A hotel room's bathroom is pictured at Trump Tower in downtown Vancouver, Canada, Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2017, during the grand opening. (Jonathan Hayward/The Canadian Press via AP)

Looking to score at handball

As I find myself happily on the far side of middle age, I had assumed that I was now exempt from at least some of the cultural battles roaring through American society. How wrong I was. Recently I found myself, despite my utter insouciance to gender politics, of a sudden, hauled onto the battlefield. This notwithstanding that I am a full-bodied adult male, somewhat advanced in years. Let me explain.

FILE - In this Nov. 4, 2015 file photo, a worker monitors coal being carried along conveyor ramps at a coal mine near Ordos in northern China's Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region. According to official data released Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2017, China's consumption of coal fell in 2016 for a third year in a row as the world's top polluter has emerged as a leader in efforts to tackle climate change. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein, File)

The phony 'social cost of carbon'

The "social cost of carbon" (SCC) is the foundation for numerous Obama-era energy policies, regulations and programs. Under complex SCC metrics, agencies calculate the "hidden costs" of carbon-dioxide emissions associated with fossil fuel use, assigning a dollar value to each ton of carbon dioxide emitted by power plants, factories, homes, vehicles and other sources.

Oscar Al Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

The trouble with Oscar

It was the greatest Oscar moment since they gave the golden statue to Al Gore, the Greatest Ham of All Time. (Idle thought: Should they change the name of the cold-cut company to "Gore's Head?") The irony of that wondrous occasion had been made even more delicious by the title of his mock-u-mentary: "An Inconvenient Truth." But Sunday night's epic snafu topped even that, the botched Best Picture Award quickly blamed on an accounting firm that had somehow misunderstood the import of "May I have the envelope please?"

Broken NATO Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Trump's NATO shake-up

Western political and media elites reacted with horror to President Trump's repeated statements that NATO is "obsolete" during the 2016 electoral campaign. They have also reacted with skepticism to more recent efforts by senior administration officials to affirm the U.S. commitment to NATO while pressing America's allies to do more for their own defense.

Illustration on the limitations of Saudi Arabian society by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

No more apologies for the West

Intellectuals of the left and those influenced by them judge the United States and certain European nations as uniquely guilty of imperialism, colonialism, racism, sexism, xenophobia, homophobia, Islamophobia -- the list goes on.

Illustration on North Korea strategies by Linas GArsys/The Washington Times

Engaging with a belligerent North Korea

At a time when the leader of North Korea is widely accused of ordering the murder of his half-brother, it is understandable that some in the Trump administration might want to keep their distance. But the decision announced a few days ago to cancel planned unofficial Track 1.5 talks in New York with the Pyongyang regime was a mistake. As someone who has participated in both formal Six Party negotiations and Track 1.5 talks, I can attest to the value of candid discussions with North Korea.

How presidents have responded when disaster strikes

Tevi Troy, CEO of the American Health Policy Institute and former deputy secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and White House aide, tells us he "spent most of the first decade of the 21st century working in the executive branch of the U.S. government dealing with disasters."

Illustration on the inner workings of reporters by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Toward better relations with the press

Before becoming a newspaper columnist I was a broadcast news reporter for local TV stations and occasionally appeared on the NBC radio and television networks. I have some experience at being on the receiving end of hostilities directed at the media.

Illustration of Qassem Suleymani by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

The Crimes of Qassem

He might not be a household name in America — at least, not yet. But throughout the Middle East, Qassem Suleymani makes the righteous and the innocent tremble.

Illustration on President Trump's "disruptive" approach to governance by William Brown/Tribune Content Agency

Rebooting the new Trump presidency

President Trump is off to the rockiest start of any modern president. He faces remarkably well-organized opposition from liberal activists, who refuse to accept the outcome of the election, but his biggest problems are bad management, staffing and questionable strategic decisions at the White House.

Illustration on funding the border wall with seized illegal cash by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Ready billions for the wall

Sometimes the obvious just needs to be said. Official Washington is bellyaching about the cost of President Trump's "wall," intended to protect the Southwest border. Some put the cost at more than $20 billion. So be it. Beyond contraband and illegal immigrants coming north, something goes south: cash. Simply put, these illicit proceeds, counted in the tens of billions, would easily pay for the wall — time to say so.

President Trump (Associated Press)

No hot date for the Nerd Prom

- The Washington Times

Guess who's not coming to dinner, and probably a good thing, too. Neither Donald Trump nor the not so loyal opposition can be trusted to sup together without sharp elbows, sneers and insults. Before the second bottle of wine is uncorked, the hard rolls (and most years the rolls are really hard) would be flying across the tables.

A New Jersey State Police cruiser leaves Trump National Golf Club, Friday, Nov. 18, 2016, in Bedminster, N.J. President-elect Donald Trump is expected to arrive at the golf club on Friday. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

Criminal civil forfeiture

Living in a free society brings benefits, but also responsibilities. One of the most important is keeping an eye on government. You never know when lawmakers will try to do something bad — or something that seems good initially, then goes spectacularly wrong.

Failure to Maintain the Oroville Dam Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Hype-driven disasters

It can be dangerous to believe one's own or others' hype. A couple of weeks ago, 180,000 people living downstream from the nation's highest dam, the Oroville Dam in California, had to be evacuated because the dam's main and emergency spillways were damaged due to heavy rainfall and runoff.

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