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Kyle Kashuv, survivor of the Stoneman Douglas High School shooting, speaks at the National Rifle Association Institute for Legislative Action Leadership Forum in Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Friday, April 26, 2019. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

Harvard's takedown of a little kid

- The Washington Times

Harvard, in a move that's supposed to be seen as predicated on principle, told Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting survivor Kyle Kashuv, 18, that sorry, due to your use of the N-word when you were 16, your admissions' ticket has been yanked. Hmm. Monkey see, monkey do. Monkey thinks Harvard's full of poo.

Democratic presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke speaks during the Iowa Democratic Party's Hall of Fame Celebration, Sunday, June 9, 2019, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Beto O'Rourke blows Jake Tapper interview

- The Washington Times

In the course of just a couple minutes on CNN, struggling Democratic presidential hopeful Beto O'Rourke went from "umm, I don't know" to "umm, yes, I think so" to "hmm, no, nope, not at all" on an issue that, in this point in the game, he ought to have a stand. It's like host Jake Tapper was his position whisperer or something.

FILE - In this July 17, 2016 file photo, former Labor Secretary Elaine Chao and her husband, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., check out the stage during preparation for the Republican National Convention inside Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland. President-elect Donald Trump has picked Elaine Chao to become transportation secretary, according to a Trump source.  (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Squeals at the trough

Elaine Chao, the secretary of Transportation, is one of the most accomplished members of President Trump's administration. She has led two Cabinet agencies, been a sub-cabinet official, a leader of an influential think tank, and a vital force for the cheerful conservatism grounded in the hard work and traditional values that made Ronald Reagan so popular with so many Americans.

Help eradicate poverty

I would like to see Congress pass a new program into law to replace the former Aid to Families with Dependent Children program, which was passed under President Franklin Roosevelt in 1935 and abolished in 1996. Ever since the program's abolition, there has been a large increase in the number of people (especially children) living in extreme poverty (meaning living on less than $2 per day) and deep poverty (meaning at a level half that of the official poverty line).

Remember Tiananmen Square

The June 4 and June 5 anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre has come and gone. I remember when these events were going on, and thought that the world would stand up to the Chinese dictatorship. No one stood up. I remember that President Clinton gave China "most favored nation" trade status after the massacre. Now there are people in Hong Kong protesting. Maybe it will take a "Hong Kong massacre" for the "democratic" countries of the world to do something. As a supporter of democracy, I think that the government of the United States should oppose, not appease, all dictatorships.

Challenging the 'unfettered power' of prosecutors

Although I'm not sure it delivers on the promise of its subtitle, this is nonetheless a most important book, because it takes a critical look at several important problems that have been swept under the national rug for far too long. Chief among these problems is the overarching, and over-reaching, power of American prosecutors, especially on the statewide level, which has led -- directly, says the author -- to the problem of mass incarceration.

Hear older immigration cases first

President Trump deserves kudos for the recent agreement with Mexico. He appears to have at last found a means of working around an obtuse, obstinate and obstructive Congress and outlaw judges who thwart any real attempts to address illegal immigration.

Migrants wave as they disembark at Hay Wharf, Pieta, Malta, Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2019. The 49 rescued migrants who were stranded at sea since last month were brought to Malta and then distributed among eight European Union countries. The deal, announced by Maltese Prime Minister Joseph Muscat, breaks a stalemate that began after 32 were rescued by a German aid group's vessel on Dec. 22. The other 17 were rescued on Dec. 29 by a different aid boat. Both Italy and Malta have refused to let private rescue ships bring migrants to their shores. (AP Photo/Rene Rossignaud)

Malta is punching above its weight

I sat down yesterday in New York City with Ian Borg, the minister for Transport, Infrastructure and Capital Projects for the island nation of Malta. Mr. Borg was in the city for meetings and graciously offered his time to discuss serious issues affecting the Mediterranean, such as migration and organized crime.

In June, we recognize National Men's Health Month and Father's Day.

The commitment of fatherhood

Some words fit hand in glove, like "fatherhood" and "commitment." Both carry considerable weight -- responsibility, sacrifice, obligation and dedication.

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