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Illustration on the difficulties surrounding the use of police force by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Policing, St. Louis and the rule of law

Protesters, this time in St. Louis, have once again rioted following the acquittal of a white police officer for the 2011 shooting of a black drug dealer during a high-speed car chase. The officer, charged with murder, was acquitted after a lengthy investigation and bench trial.

Illustration by Henry Payne/Universal Press Syndicate

The political price tag on Miss America's tiara

Forty years ago, I helped black girls become more accepted as the "girl next door" as a Miss America contestant. After seeing this year's pageant, I fear a Pandora's box of politics has been opened. It risks making an institution that has helped empower women for almost 100 years irrelevant and further polarize our society.

American Spectator Banner Still Flying Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Celebrity editors flee magazines they leave in literary ruins

On the occasion of my 50th anniversary of founding and editing The American Spectator, I feel moved to reflect on the parlous condition of the magazine business. We celebrated our anniversary just last night, and naturally I composed my reflections before the event. What makes this column something more than an occasion for indulgence is that the sickly condition of magazines is, of a sudden, a hot news item.

President Donald Trump up the steps of Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base in Md., Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2017, where he is heading to New York. Trump will meet with major GOP donors for a private dinner in New York as part of a fundraising effort for the Republican National Committee. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Delegitimizing 'deplorables'

The hate group resolution, passed by both Houses unanimously on Sept. 11 and signed by President Trump three days later, rejects "White nationalism, White supremacy, and neo-Nazism as hateful expressions of intolerance." It directs the president and his administration"to speak out against hate groups that espouse racism, extremism, xenophobia, anti-Semitism, and White supremacy."

Illustration on the evil triangle of Latin American anti-American forces by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Latin America's socialist-Islamist-narco-terrorist alliance

At the U.N. last week, President Trump had harsh words for the "socialist dictatorship" that has impoverished Venezuela. He railed against "Islamist extremism" and "radical Islamic terrorism," the former a supremacist ideology, the latter a weapon being used to mass-murder Muslims, Christians Yazidis, Jews and Hindus. He took note, too, of the threat posed by "international criminal networks" that "traffic drugs, weapons, people."

Kim Jong-un Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Eyeball to eyeball

President Trump's tough talk on North Korea during his recent U.N. speech was appropriate in explaining the American position strongly to a world body not known for decisive action. Hopefully, it also served to reassure our regional allies -- particularly Japan and South Korea -- of Mr. Trump's continued support for our alliances with both nations. The question now is: Where do we go from here?

Illustration on disarming nuclear North Korea by Linas Garsy/The Washington Times

Disarming nuclear North Korea

Contrary to prevailing wisdom, there are realistic military options for disarming North Korea's nuclear threat.

This Aug. 21, 2017, file photo shows members of the Cleveland Browns kneeling during the national anthem before an NFL preseason football game between the New York Giants and the Cleveland Browns in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Ron Schwane, file)

NFL politics, a test for the media -- and a solution

- The Washington Times

If NFL players have a right to on-field free expressions of speech, then that means pro-life players can take a knee during the playing of the national anthem to show solidarity with all the babies who could have been, save for America's legal rubber-stamp of abortion.

In this Sept. 22, 2017, photo President Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally in Huntsville, Ala. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson) ** FILE **

A tax cut for all Americans

When you hear the phrase "corporate tax cut," what do you picture? Middle-class workers, or Uncle Moneybags, the character from the Monopoly board game?

Democrat Thumb on the Scale Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Fuzzy polls that trash Trump

- The Washington Times

How soon they forget. Heartened by a stream of poll data suggesting that the public is less than enamored with his performance as president, Donald Trump's critics who've been taken in by polls before seem to think they have the man on the ropes.

Illustration on the development of technology and political campaigning by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Turning up the heat on America's electioneering

Last year's election signaled a change in American politics equal to that of the 1960s. The channel for this change was the medium -- or rather, media -- through which politics now flows. This change in media has brought an evolution in America's method of communication, and transformed politics as well. The nation can extol it or lament it, but cannot escape it.

Illustration on the broken ideology of Socialism by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

If oppression could inspire happiness

It is a fair bet that Sen. Bernie Sanders (and most of his followers), unlike tens of millions of others, never read George Orwell's "Animal Farm" or Friedrich von Hayek's "The Road to Serfdom." Why do so many embrace a system -- socialism -- that has always failed, whether it was a form of state socialism or the various utopian communities started in the United States and Europe over the last couple of hundred years?

The Al Gore Twister Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Alarmism in climate reporting

In the wake of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, many members of the media and the political left have been quick to pin the blame for these storms on climate change. While there is no question that the hurricanes have wreaked havoc across many communities, including in my home state of Texas, these severe storms are not indicative of a climate trend -- despite what the clickbait masters would have us believe.

Illustration on the Vietnam War     The Washington Times

The Vietnam War revisited

Filmmakers Ken Burns and Lynn Novick have performed a vital public service in making their documentary "The Vietnam War" for the Public Broadcasting Service. Given the division that war caused in America, it is a pretty fair chronicling of the way things were a half-century ago. The film brought back a lot of mostly bad memories to people of my generation.

Members of the Oakland Raiders take a knee while others stand during the national anthem. (Associated Press)

Once upon a knee at the old ball game

- The Washington Times

There's a lunatic in Asia credibly threatening the world with a hydrogen bomb. Congress can't pull itself together to do anything. But enough of that. We're all obsessed now with what a few tubby athletes think about the flag, the national anthem and the country others have shed blood and lives to defend and protect.

Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen closes her notebook after answering questions during a news conference following the Federal Open Market Committee meeting in Washington, Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

The Federal Reserve's handwringing over low inflation

The Federal Reserve has been absolutely flummoxed that inflation has stayed so low for so long. Gasoline prices and headline inflation may be getting a temporary jolt from Harvey, but core inflation -- consumer prices less energy and food costs -- remains well below the Fed's official target of 2 percent.

Justin Kandor Causing Trouble in New Hampshire Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Some New Hampshire candor about Jason Kander

Let America Vote founder Jason Kander is a smirking menace. The former Missouri secretary of state wants to come to New Hampshire, cast aspersions on our elections, and use his wokeness as a springboard to bigger things.

Illustration on CIA use of drones by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

The CIA's drones fly into a storm

The Central Intelligence Agency's authority to use lethal force is usually discussed only in the quietest corners of the intelligence community. These authorities are usually implemented pursuant to carefully-prescribed top-secret "presidential determinations" that authorize specific actions.

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