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The hidden fees of SpaceX

Illustration on China's dam building frenzy by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

China’s dam frenzy

FISA: A Rubber Stamp to Break the Law Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Institutionalizing Watergate

A supporter of President Donald Trump challenges police officers and a Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program during a rally outside the office of California Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein in Los Angeles, Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2018. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon) ** FILE **

Nightmare for Dreamers

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Redskins coach Jay Gruden talked up Colt McCoy this week in his autopsy of his team's 7-9 season. When asked how comfortable he would be with the 31-year-old McCoy as the starting quarterback, Gruden answered, "How comfortable? Colt McCoy has done an excellent job here. I've always been comfortable with Colt." (Associated Press)

LOVERRO: No Cousins? McCoy might be a wild card

The last time, the Redskins weren't quite honest with McCoy when the time came to change starting quarterbacks. But this time, if the Kirk Cousins era is truly coming to an end in Washington, they need to look no further for a replacement -- at least for next season -- than number 12.

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin, left, speaks with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg during a round table meeting of the NATO-Ukraine Commission at foreign ministers level at NATO headquarters in Brussels on Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2016. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)

Rampant political corruption harms Ukraine's people

- The Washington Times

One of the most problematic symptoms of Ukrainian corruption is the influence those with money and power have over the criminal justice system. After writing a series of articles on the subject and its implications for continued aid from the West, I'd like to highlight a chilling event that happened earlier this week which dramatically underscores my point.

Angela Merkel. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

Frau Merkel gets a lesson in free speech

- The Washington Times

Free speech, the driving principle of the American experiment in how free men govern themselves, is a principle that does not always travel well. Free speech requires constant defense and the careful attention of loving hands. Mere lip service won't do it.

Illustration on opioid addiction by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

The opioid crisis

Over 64,000 Americans died from drug overdoses in 2016 -- 21 percent more than 2015. The toll in 2017 is unknown, but is estimated to be higher still.

Illustration on judicial usurpation of the President's authority as Commander-in-Chief by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Usurping the president's constitutional authority

President Donald Trump, exercising his constitutional authority, announced in July, 2017 that transgender personnel will not be allowed to serve in our military; thereby, reversing an Obama policy of accepting them. President Barack Obama had set a deadline of July 1, 2017 to accept transgender personnel in the military.

Illustration on Iranian persecution of its Bahai minority by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Congress' Iran moment

Since the outbreak of anti-regime protests in Iran, President Trump has expressed his strong support for the Iranian people through a number of tweets. The U.S. Congress can also use these widespread demonstrations to send a strong and unified message of support to the Iranian people by passing House Resolution 274 with unanimous consent and with as many co-sponsors as possible.

Illustration on the contradiction between promises of border security and leaving DACA intact by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

The Dreamers' next act

President Trump has been flip-flopping lately on what should be done about illegal immigrants known as Dreamers who were brought here when they were infants or children by their undocumented parents.

A stock trader wears a Dow 25,000 hat, Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018, at the New York Stock Exchange. The Dow Jones industrial average closed above 25,000 points for the first time, just five weeks after its first close above 24,000. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

The market and the economy

A Dow 25,000 was the stuff of fevered fantasy, difficult for the most enthusiastic fan of Donald Trump to imagine on the eve of his inauguration. The Dow was bumping "only" 18,500 on Election Day 2016. But here we are, one year on, and a Dow 25,000 looks to be on the horizon.

Both parties are eyeing a meeting between President Trump and a bipartisan group of congressional negotiators this week as the chance to make progress on an immigration bill, but Democrats have grown increasingly strident in their complaints about the president's stance. (Associated Press/File)

Another ring for the circus

Washington is a circus with many rings. If you're bored with Robert Mueller's pursuit of Donald Trump's Russian friends, which doesn't appear to be going anywhere, there's always a new chapter in the president's verbal duel with Rocket Man in North Korea.

'Team' mentality wastes time

Today gives lesson to the warning of the Founding Fathers and George Washington's farewell address about the danger of factions (now known as political parties and caucuses). The Founders saw factions as oriented for dominance and power over other factions, which would result in public division, distraction from good governance and general public unhappiness.

When mother is a viper, and traditions are scorned

This is perhaps one of the most rare of the many books by Alexander McCall Smith in which his characters are not all well-meaning and kindly, and even more surprising he takes a swipe at the breed of feminists who despise men.

Trump Jr., Kushner bad for Trump

That the ubiquitous former Trump adviser Steve Bannon believes Donald Trump Jr. and Jared Kushner are idiots is hardly surprising. But they hardly redeem Bannon for his lack of character assessment in the Judge Roy Moore affair. Donald Trump Jr. and Kushner are silly, pompous nincompoops who are godsends to Saturday Night Live. They are a couple of empty Armani suits, overindulged by a president who should know better.

Illustration on problems with regulating the internet by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Why consumers won't be left unprotected

On Dec. 14, the Federal Communications Commission adopted its Restoring internet Freedom Order (RIF Order) repealing public utility-like regulations imposed on internet service providers in 2015 by the Obama administration FCC.

Illustration on the potential for Iranian popular revolt against the current regime by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Eruption in Iran

The revolution that transformed Iran in 1979 was a grand experiment. From that moment on, Iran would be ruled by an ayatollah, a man with deep knowledge of Shariah, Islamic law. He would be the "supreme leader," a euphemism for dictator. He would merit that authority because he would be regarded, literally, as God's "representative on Earth."

Illustration on the North Korea threat of EMP attack by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Assessing the nation's vulnerabilities

President Trump's Dec. 18, 2017 National Security Strategy identified a top priority need to counter vulnerabilities of our critical infrastructure to "existential threats" from "electromagnetic attacks." He should urgently counter the existential electromagnetic pulse (EMP) threat that Kim Jong-un has identified as a "strategic goal." Note the Great Leader recently threatened to use the "nuclear button on his desk."

FILE - In this Oct. 17, 2017, file photo Steve Bannon, former strategist for President Donald Trump, speaks at a campaign rally for Arizona Senate candidate Kelli Ward in Scottsdale, Ariz. Ward is running against incumbent Republican Jeff Flake in next year's GOP primary. Some Republican Party leaders warn that conservative candidates with problematic track records like Danny Tarkanian in Nevada or Ward cant win general election battles and will lead the GOP to lose seats in 2018.  (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

Are Bannon's Breitbart days numbered?

- The Washington Times

Following his criptic Tweet identifying Steve Bannon's new benfactor, enigmatic Chinese billionaire Guo Wengui, Matt Drudge followed up on Twitter with a personal and impassioned plea for a new direction at Breitbart News:

BOOK REVIEW: How Stalin treated his inner circle

What caused Joseph Stalin to become one of history's most notorious mass murders? Unlike Adolph Hitler, whose victims were anonymous Jews and other "undesirables" whom he did not know, Stalin's victims included persons from his inner circle, fellow leaders of the Soviet Communist party.

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