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U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a press conference after a summit of heads of state and government at NATO headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, Thursday, July 12, 2018. NATO leaders gather in Brussels for a two-day summit. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)

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Riding the roller coaster stock market

Holiday parties are fun for economists when the stock market is up and calm — then we are regaled with stories of savvy picks and personal triumphs. When equities head south along the pattern of a rat seeking out of a maze, folks irritably ask -- professor, what's wrong?

Illustration on Russian threats to European security by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

The Russian threat to European security

National elections are seven weeks away and Moldova is frankly at a crossroads. One path will take us backward, back into the bosom of a failing, corrupt Russia run by Vladimir Putin and his henchmen. Socialism has failed, politically, economically and socially; we cannot go back. The other path surges us forward — with Democratic government, transparency, free markets, jobs, economic growth and a seat at the global table that will benefit all Moldovans.

Illustration on government and the banking industry by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Escapes from death's door

In the New Year, former Comptroller of the Currency John Dugan will take the reins as Citi's chairman. The appointment underscores regulators' outsized role in the banking industry and to Citi in particular. In "Borrowed Time: Two Centuries of Booms and Busts at Citi," Wall Street Journal assistant editor James Freeman and George Washington visiting law professor Vern McKinley vividly recount its story as a political bank intertwined with and dependent on the state for much of its history.

Specialist Matthew Greiner works at his post on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, Friday, Dec. 28, 2018. U.S. stocks wavered between small gains and losses Friday, struggling to maintain the momentum from a two-day winning streak following a week of volatile trading. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

How Trump can gain from woe on Wall Street

Attacking President Trump's policies for hurting Wall Street may help him with Main Street. Searching for any club with which to beat the president, the establishment media has suddenly seized on the stock market's slide. This complete reversal of their earlier charge, that Mr. Trump's policies were plutocracy personified, threatens Democrats' favored line of attack for 2020.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., a key member of the Banking Committee, expresses her opposition to a move in the Senate to pass legislation that would roll back some of the safeguards Congress put into place after a financial crisis rocked the nation's economy ten years ago, during a news conference at the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, March 6, 2018. Warren, who ran for office in the aftermath of the great recession in 2008, serves as ranking member of the Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Protection. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Pocahontas in pursuit of the White House

The Iowa caucuses, Round One in the quadrennial exercise leading to the election of a president, are still a year away, but Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts delivered a fix this week for Democrats who can't wait to get started on the considerable task of deposing Donald Trump.

How presidents led the nation to war

A distinguished historian who has written 10 outstanding books perhaps can be excused for a single outrageous sentence that leaves a reader shaking his head in disbelief.

MAD not enough

It is remarkable that 35 years after President Reagan's introduction of a non-nuclear-defense program (SDI) commentary writers should still be arguing over the concept of space-based interceptors. In "Return of the MAD men" (Web, Dec. 27) Peter Vincent Pry criticizes Jim Miller and Frank Rose for their recent article "Bad idea Space-Based Interceptors and Space-Based Directed Energy Systems."

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Witches, Presbyterians and the Booger Man

- The Washington Times

The Booger Man's gonna get you if you don't watch out. That's the media's message in the finding that at last there are more witches and wiccans than Presbyterians out there, waiting to pounce.

Resolved: To speak English

"Why can't the English teach their children how to speak?" asked Professor Henry Higgins in the musical "My Fair Lady." It's a good question for Americans, especially millennials.

Christopher Columbus. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

Genocide, slavery and immigration

My New Year's wish for the coming year is for more of my fellow Americans and others to learn some basic history and try to get a grip on reality. Someone who writes for The New York Times under the name of Michelle Alexander wrote a column published last week, "Who Deserves Citizenship?"

Leaving Afghanistan Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

A satisfactory end state for Afghanistan

Getting into Afghanistan is easy; getting out with your head and body attached to each other is another matter. Three U.S. presidents have wrestled with that problem. However, none has been able to successfully define what a satisfactory end state in Afghanistan should look like.

Illustration on the terrorist mind by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Foreign terrains and twisted minds

In response to President Trump's recent announcement that he was pulling troops out of Syria — and possibly Afghanistan — the Washington foreign policy establishment has responded with predictable hysteria.

FILE - In this April 27, 2018 file photo a sign reads "Because education matters, #redfored" as thousands of teachers and supporters begin their rally from the amphitheater at Civic Center Park in Denver. Teachers have been making their mark in the U.S. midterm elections, running in what may be unprecedented numbers and empowered by the successful #RedForEd protests for higher teacher pay and increased school spending.  (Dougal Brownlie/The Gazette via AP, File)

Civic engagement by the civic illiterates

Montgomery County, Maryland, is expected to go "all in" next year on a new policy encouraging "civic engagement" by high school students, allowing them to take several days off each year to participate in political activities and causes.

Government Motors Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

The government and General Motors

They should have known better. When General Motors recently announced it would close several plants in the United States and lay off roughly 14,000 workers, everybody screamed — perhaps especially the liberals who supported GM's bailout with more than $65 billion in taxpayer dollars and the installation of a government-selected board of directors and management.

NFL on way out?

The sorry state of the Redskins organization always seems to find a way to get even worse. It's hard to understand the Dan Snyder-Bruce Allen relationship unless you believe that marriage is made in heaven. These two masterminds live by a code: If it's broke, don't fix it.

Monty Python and the sunken ship

In 1841, the British explorer Sir John Franklin set a course for the Arctic with two ships, the HMS Terror and HMS Erebus. The expedition was considered lost until 2014, when the Erebus (which Franklin had sailed in) was discovered in Queen Maud Gulf in Nunavut, Canada.

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