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A new beginning for Ukraine

Newly-inaugurated Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky set the standard when he called for "a strong, powerful, free Ukraine, which is not the younger sister of Russia, which is not a corrupt partner of Europe, but our independent Ukraine." This pledge and a unique background led Mr. Zelensky to an election victory over then-incumbent President Petro Poroshenko.

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An impossible situation in Afghanistan

In Afghanistan, America is stuck between a rock and a hard place. U.S. envoy Zalmay Khalilzad is currently on a 17-day world tour, trying to shore up support for peace talks with the Taliban. Despite all of the challenges of peace negotiations, he has inspired some hope that nearly four decades of fighting might actually end (Afghanistan has been embroiled in civil war since the Soviet occupation of the 1980s).

This photo made available by the U.S. National Archives shows a portion of the United States Constitution with Articles V-VII. For the past two centuries, constitutional amendments have originated in Congress, where they need the support of two-thirds of both houses, and then the approval of at least three-quarters of the states. But under a never-used second prong of Article V, amendments can originate in the states. (National Archives via AP)

Trashing the Constitution again

While the eyes of the political and media classes were on President Donald Trump as he commemorated the 75th anniversary of D-Day in the United Kingdom and in France last week, and then as we all watched for progress in the tariff war Mr. Trump started with Mexico, the Department of Justice was quietly trying to persuade a federal judge in Chicago to abandon first principles with respect to citizenship and sentencing.

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., speaks during the 2019 California Democratic Party State Organizing Convention in San Francisco, Saturday, June 1, 2019. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

A close and complex 2020 election

Expect 2020's presidential race to be very close. Behind that simple pronouncement, growing political complexities are reshaping presidential outcomes. Long-term historical trends are reversing and promise near-term political and policy consequences.

Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks during a town hall meeting, Tuesday, June 11, 2019, in Ottumwa, Iowa. (AP Photo/Matthew Putney)

The flip-flopper in chief

Joe Biden has held a consistent, if consistently incoherent, position on abortion for decades. Singing from the same hymnal as many other Roman Catholic Democrats, the onetime U.S. senator for Delaware and vice president of the United States, professes that for religious reasons he is "personally" opposed to abortion. Yet — and here's the twist — he does not want to prohibit the procedure. "My position is that I am personally opposed to abortion, but I don't think I have a right to impose my view on the rest of society," he put it in his memoir, "Promises to Keep," in 2007.

What about Hillary?

I liken the massive abuse of power by the Democrats going after President Trump in the media to someone throwing fake blood in the water where sharks swarm. Like spoiled-rotten little children, they tug at Mama Pelosi's skirt, screaming, "impeach Trump!" and Mrs. Pelosi just pats them on the head.

Revealing the foundations of the Republic

"This book's primary purpose is not to tell readers what to think about this or that particular problem or policy," writes George F. Will, Pulitzer-Prize winning commentator, Washington Post columnist, author of 15 books and Chicago Cubs fan. "Rather, the purpose is to suggest how to think about the enduring questions concerning the proper scope and actual competence of government.

Adapt or die

The Washington Times front-page story on journalism groups going to Congress is precious ("Journalists call on Congress to save them from Google, Facebook," Web, June 11). Where were all these concerned groups when the large "newspaper" groups started buying up the little weeklies and putting those hardworking locals out of jobs?

Illustration on nationalism by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Why Trump's brand of nationalism works

Donald Trump strutted on the European stage last week and, it seems to me, put in a boffo performance. He wore white tie and tails. He charmed Queen Elizabeth. He gave the heroes of Normandy what may be, sadly, their final curtain call.

Political Weapon Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Misplaced enthusiasm for sending Trump to jail

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi told her fellow Democrats last week that she doesn't want President Trump "impeached," she wants him "in prison." She hopes to beat the president of the United States in his bid for re-election, have a new Democratic president indict and convict him for real or imagined crimes, and celebrate as he's hauled off to a federal correctional institution.

Illustration on increased American longevity by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

The lessons of obituaries

A recent New York Times obituary page prompted a handful of mortuary thoughts. No surprise there, of course: I've been a faithful consumer of newspaper obituaries since the early 1960s, have written a few in my professional life and have long since noted the steady convergence of my own stage in life with the ages of the deceased.

Illustration on cutting military medicine by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Undermining a national treasure

It's quite rewarding and refreshing to see those who are serving and who have served in uniform be recognized by their fellow citizens with a "Thank you for your service." But at the same time, it's most disheartening when our political leaders utter thanks to service members and their families but then turn around and snatch benefits that have been promised to them.

Squeezing Free Market Drugs Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

How socialist price controls will harm American patients

The Trump administration is planning to propose one of the biggest changes to Medicare in decades. The draft rule aims to reduce government spending by linking Medicare drug reimbursement rates to the rates in more than a dozen other Western countries that use price controls to hold down pharmaceutical spending.

Illustration on Guatemala and the U.S. State Department by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Silence on the harm to Guatemala and U.S. interests

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has deployed personnel to Guatemala to stop human smuggling and better understand the root causes of irregular migration. They need not go so far. A 15-minute drive to the Department of State would put DHS at the core of the problem.

Former White House counsel John Dean looks around the hearing room upon arrival for a House Judiciary Committee hearing on the Mueller Report, Monday, June 10, 2019. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

A ghost with nothing to say

Some memories, especially painful ones, have the power to bring the past back to life with the clarity of a pointed dagger. That's why House Democrats dusted off the figure of John Dean, the Watergate whistle-blower, and set him before the American public. In their relentless campaign to destroy Donald Trump and his presidency, they reckoned that Mr. Dean would demonstrate a link between the Donald and Tricky Dick. In the event it was a bridge to nowhere. The novelist Thomas Wolfe said it best: "You can't go home again."

Illegals not above law, either

Numerous Democrats, from Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, to Rep. Jerrold Nadler, chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, to Rep. Hakeem Jefferies, chairman of the Democratic Caucus in the House, have all used the same, tired line: "No one is above the law." They specifically like to use this phrase when referring to President Trump and Attorney General William Barr, as it relates to the Mueller report, and the Democrats' ongoing investigations.

Love's labors are lost in a funny, poignant Washington novel

Washington is not a town that lends itself to love stories. Scandals and divorces, yes. But romances? Forget about it, particularly in the case of driven young singles pursuing careers in politics, lobbying and public policy. There's no shortage of lust in the nation's capital, as even a cursory glance at the daily papers reveals; there just isn't a whole lot of love out there. This is especially true of love affairs across party lines. In the over-the-top era of zealous Trumpophiles and paranoid Trumpophobes, left is left, right is right, and ne'er the twain shall meet. But it didn't all start in 2016 with The Donald and Hillary Dearest.

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