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A new role for America

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Jostling NATO's status quo

In politics and geopolitics, people tend to cling to the old ways of thinking like a drowning man in a stormy sea clings to a life preserver. Case in point: NATO.

Illustration on the origin of American constitutional rights by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

A double standard toward the divine

Liberal elected officials are free to invoke God in the public square. They do so regularly when attempting to gain support for a new federal program or, more recently, to stop Republican efforts to reform Obamacare.

Sirisena's Cabinet Reshuffle Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

A shuffle in Sri Lanka, not a shake-up

Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena announced a Cabinet reshuffle on May 22. This is the first Cabinet shakeup since Mr. Sirisena assumed the presidency in January 2015.

Illustration on the emerging "Trump Doctrine" by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

An emerging Trump Doctrine

President Trump's first foreign trip was path-breaking. Remarkably, he created buy-in from Muslim, Jewish and Christian leaders for a unified front against an "evil" that threatens every religion, radical Islamic terrorism. The moment was akin to Ronald Reagan's 1983 identification of Soviet Communism as "evil," delegitimized it and setting in motion his "roll-back" doctrine.

In this Monday, Feb. 16, 2015, file photo, a man is comforted by others as he mourns over Egyptian Coptic Christians who were captured in Libya and killed by militants affiliated with the Islamic State group, outside of the Virgin Mary church in the village of el-Aour, near Minya, 220 kilometers (135 miles) south of Cairo, Egypt. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar, File)

Ramadan's here -- let the killing begin

- The Washington Times

It's Ramadan, and for followers of Islam the world over, the monthlong celebration of their prophet's unveiling of the Koran means fasting, spiritual introspection -- and apparently, murder, mayhem and bloody attacks against infidels. That's not polite to say, of course. But it can't help but be noticed.

President Donald Trump, center, talks with Jane Horton, right, at the Memorial Amphitheater in Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va., Monday, May 29, 2017, after speaking at a Memorial Day ceremony. Horton's husband Army Spc. Christopher Horton, was killed in Afghanistan in 2011. Also in attendance is White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

'America First' -- certified

On Inauguration Day, President Trump declared: "From this day forward, it's going to be only America first." Since then, he has repeatedly committed to "delivering for the American worker" -- the working-class voter who propelled him to the White House.

Illustration on the federal government's sad history regarding the hiring of veterans by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

A history of excluding veterans

As The Washington Times reported earlier this month, the U.S. Office of Special Counsel, a government watchdog, found that the Obama Justice Department had discriminated against veterans by canceling job announcements and then rewriting position descriptions to exclude veterans, presumably to hire the candidate they originally wanted.

France's President Emmanuel Macron. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

The easy riders take a fall at the summit

- The Washington Times

With not much going on at the G-7 summit, and everyone waiting for Donald Trump to say whether he would abandon one of his most fervent campaign promises, social media could turn its attention to the trifling, the piddling and the picayune. People magazine might not have been there, but Bloomberg News got the skinny:

Chart to accompany Rahn article of May 30, 2017

Wrong questions, wrong measures

Which portion of government spending provides little or no value? The president just released his budget proposal, and the predictable chorus of complaints immediately began from those who want more spending for "whatever."

Illustration on Trump's changing positions on climate change by Donna Grethen/Tribune Content Agency

Why the Fairbanks Declaration must alarm conservatives

Imagine if Secretary of State Rex Tillerson were to have told the members of the Arctic Council meeting in Fairbanks, Alaska on May 11, "The United States does not support the hypothesis that our greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions are causing dangerous climate change. Consequently, while we welcome your input to our policymaking process, I must make it clear: we are ending U.S. government participation in all programs, domestic and international, aimed at climate change mitigation."

Ancient GOP Coin Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

How a free people gives up self-government

In 509 B.C. Romans drove out their king and instituted the world's first republic. And if you had asked a typical Roman citizen thereafter about the fate of that republic, he would have expressed the widely held sentiment that it would last forever. Romans, he would have argued, are passionately attached to our free institutions.

Karen Clarkson, of Fairbanks, Alaska, kneels and cries at the grave of her son U.S. Army Sergeant Joel Clarkson on Memorial Day at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va., Monday, May 28, 2012. (Rod Lamkey Jr/The Washington Times)

The bitter history of Memorial Day

It used to be called Decoration Day and was observed on May 30. Today it's commonly known as Memorial Day and is celebrated on the last Monday in May, mostly to give Americans a long weekend. But it used to be a solemn remembrance of the nation's war dead -- by decorating graves with spring flowers.

Illustration on remembering the sacrifices of U.S. Special Operators by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Why special operators' families must be remembered

Memorial Day is set aside for us to remember those who have fallen in defense of our country. This year's observance should remind us that too many of us pay too little attention to the war that erupted on 9/11 in which Americans are still fighting, and sometimes dying, in many places around the world.

President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump walk from Marine One across the South Lawn to the White House in Washington, Saturday, May 27, 2017, as they return from Sigonella, Italy. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

No, Trump didn't cause Obamacare to fail

It's finally official. Obamacare is a public policy flop of epic proportions. That's the only possible conclusion from the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas City announcement last week that it will drop out of many markets in Kansas and Missouri.

Illustration on Memorial Day by M. Ryder/Tribune Content Agency

Showing America's gratitude

Orderly rows of white headstones line national cemeteries throughout our country. Each bears a name and behind that is a story of sacrifice. Today, a grateful nation remembers, but there is more we can do.

People react while visiting the flower tributes at St Ann's square in central Manchester, England Friday May 26 2017. More than 20 people were killed in an explosion following a Ariana Grande concert at the Manchester Arena late Monday evening. (AP Photo/Rui Vieira)

The left's dangerous dance with terrorists

- The Washington Times

Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly went on national television recently and made this somewhat chilling remark: "If [Americans] knew what I knew about terrorism, [they'd] never leave the house in the morning." It's just that kind of frightening head thump on reality that makes one wonder: So why are so many leftists in this nation heck-bent on keeping borders open?

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