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Protestors gather near the Legislative Council in Hong Kong, Wednesday, June 12, 2019. Thousands of protesters blocked entry to Hong Kong's government headquarters Wednesday, delaying a legislative session on a proposed extradition bill that has heightened fears over greater Chinese control and erosion of civil liberties in the semiautonomous territory. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

Resistance in Hong Kong

Hong Kong is the pebble in China's shoe. The Beijing government didn't try to swallow Hong Kong whole when the British gave up the ghost, and the colony, in 1997. The Beijing government, which seems to have a low opinion of its constituents, promotes the line that Chinese people are incapable of democratic government and they are not capable of the rule of law and consequently are not due the liberties and freedoms common in the West.

Bernie's 'Misery for All'

Bernie Sanders said "the failures of 'unfettered capitalism' are evident if Americans look for them." ("Bernie Sanders evokes FDR, says democratic socialism's time has come," Web June 12). He pointed to the life expectancy of a man in McDowell County, West Virginia, at 64 years, compared with a man in affluent Fairfax County, Virginia, at 82 years. "While poor and working families struggle economically and often lack adequate health care, their life expectancy is declining for the first time in modern American history."

Faith in American society and its protection under the law

Looking for the perfect Father's Day gift? A welcome addition to your summer reading list? A timely inspiration to dig deeper in your faith? "On Faith: Lessons from an American Believer" fits all three bills.

Angry left made own bed

When elites in Western Europe and here at home wrested control of academia, government bureaucracies and centers of "enlightened" culture, they employed tactics of identity politics and intersectionality to divide and conquer the philistines among us — all the time preserving the perquisites of the new ruling order ("Why are the Western middle classes so angry?" Web, June 12). Instead of extolling guideposts of promotion at the gaming table of American life (academic study and a nose-to-the-grindstone ethic along with personal discipline, obeying the law and delaying instant gratification), virtue-signaling elites instruct hoi polloi that pale male croupiers load the dice and stack the deck to rig the process. In other words, the race starts at the finish line for the favored, notwithstanding the expense of trillions of dollars in a failed effort to eliminate poverty and elevate the disadvantaged with policies of busing and affirmative action.

Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, shakes hands with his Moldovan counterpart Igor Dodon during a meeting at the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2019. (Maxim Shemetov/Pool Photo via AP) **FILE**

Putin not interested in fighting corruption in Moldova

For a media that has been obsessed with the narrative of Russian collusion in the U.S. for three years, and which has made Russian President Vladimir Putin out to be the Antichrist, it's interesting to see the Western press now spinning the narrative that the Kremlin in this case wants to "fight corruption" by backing the ACUM-Socialist coalition and allegedly '"does not want to interfere" in Moldova's affairs.

Illustration on the coming effects of the budget deficit by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

The persistence of wasteful federal spending

The political battles raging across the federal government seem to be consumed by trade wars, immigration and of course impeachment. Those issues will run their course in due time, but there is a much bigger problem that seems to be attracting little if any attention here at the highest levels of government.

Illustration on merit-based immigration policies by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Why Congress must address this merit-based immigration reform idea

A few weeks ago, I was in New York City and saw the majestic Hudson Yards real estate development. This is the largest private real estate development in the whole nation that was built over a rail yard. You really need to see it the next time you are in New York to appreciate how amazing this combination of residences, office buildings, a mall and a 16-story-high structure of connected staircases called "The Vessel" that provides a great view of the Hudson River. This project would not exist today, but for the EB-5 investor visa program.

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