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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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Trump has power to build wall

Our nation seems to be treading uncertain days. We have a president who campaigned and won promising to address the illegal immigrant issue on our southern border, yet Congress is defying him.

Get rid of Buck Act now

While Republicans promote themselves as the party of no taxes, the Democrats try to sell themselves as the party of the helping hand. Both parties are thieves of hard-working taxpayers. Neither party has ever met a tax it didn't love.

How one of Al Capone's 'boy wonders' lived and died

From the Prohibition era to the mid-1970s, Johnny Rosselli traveled first class through the nexus of Hollywood movies, Las Vegas gambling, shady business deals, secret government assassination plots and organized crime.

President Donald Trump attends a roundtable discussion on border security with local leaders, Friday Jan. 11, 2019, in the Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

'What constitutes a real national emergency'?

It turns out that national emergencies, at least in law, aren't terribly rare. More than 50 national emergencies have been declared by presidents since the National Emergencies Act became law in 1976. Of those, 31 remain active, ongoing "emergencies" today.

Hansjoerg Reick looks at a display of Oral-B Genius X smart toothbrushes at the Procter & Gamble booth before CES International, Monday, Jan. 7, 2019, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)

Technology in your toothbrush, telling you how to brush

- The Washington Times

If CES 2019 tells anything, it's a story of how technology is moving into every aspect of human life, from driving to securing home and possessions to parenting to -- brushing teeth. Some of the artificial intelligence serves as an apt demonstration of overkill.

Judge Amy Barrett. (Associated Press)

The graveyard ghouls and a lather of speculation

- The Washington Times

Not all ghouls live in the graveyard. Some of them are busy in the capital sunshine, making book on Ruth Bader Ginsburg's chances of returning to the U.S. Supreme Court and staying there to assist in the rendering of Donald Trump and his administration as dead as one of those graveyard ghouls.

Illustration on the positives and negatives of a physical barrier at the border by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Protecting America's national home

Immigration has been ingrained in the American consciousness from our earliest days, as many people left foreign lands to make a new life here. While President Trump did not invent the concept of making America great, his call for protecting that greatness stands in sharp contrast to those who see nothing special in our nation at all. But when you consider that so many have come together to make this place their home, a wall with a door that opens to those we want in not only makes sense, its purpose is clear.

Illustration on bipartisan protection of intellectual property by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Where bipartisan progress is possible

As the Democratic takeover of the House and divided government becomes official, Washington, D.C. seems as polarized as ever.

Southwest's Paper Airplane Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Herb Kelleher's 'customer-centric' company

An idea scribbled on the back of a cocktail napkin is part of the lore of several of the greatest ideas of mid-20th century America: the Laffer Curve, the automatic fire-hose nozzle, the Space Needle in Seattle. Important concepts, simply presented.

Illustration on President Trump's tenacious attitude by Nancy Ohanian/Tribune Content Agency

The president and the wall

Two years into his presidency, Donald Trump is still trying to convince Congress to cough up billions of hard-earned tax dollars to build his wall on the southern border with Mexico.

FILE - In this Dec. 27, 2018 file photo a grower at Loving Kindness Farms attends to a crop of young marijuana plants in Gardena, Calif. Gavin Newsom's new budget is a figure that says a lot about California's shaky legal marijuana market: the state is expecting a lot less cash coming in from cannabis taxes. The Democrat's proposed spending plan projects the state will bank $355 million in marijuana excise taxes by the end of June, roughly half of what was once expected after broad legal sales kicked off last year. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel, file)

Reefer madness

Everyone enjoys his bad habits, else they wouldn't be habits, but fortunately most of us have the sense to swear off the ones that cause lasting harm. The obvious danger of tobacco to health has pushed cigarette smoking to a record low. Sad to say, the use of marijuana is growing now that ambiguity over its legality is well advanced. Potheads are sometimes thought to be mellow folk, whose only bad habit is wearing out the sofa while lost in lethargic reveries about what they can't remember. Surprising to some, pothead behavior occasionally ranges into violence. Potheads should learn the underside of the drug before joining the high life.

A mystery and the precision of miracles

In my mind, the setting of Samantha Harvey's fourth novel, "The Western Wind" -- the village of Oakham, 1491 -- is rendered entirely in cinematic muted blues and grays. It is like those films of limited color, in which inescapability becomes the very palette of the universe.

Say bye-bye to BDS

Leave it to Sen. Chuck Schumer to try and improve his street creds with progressives by threatening Israel ("Senate Democrats back BDS anti-Israel movement with filibuster of Mideast partnership bill," Web, Jan. 8). American-Israeli interests should not be made into a partisan issue. Mr. Schumer is sending the wrong message to the new Congress.

Carlson wrong on 'market forces'

Fox News host Tucker Carlson recently used his platform to rail against market capitalism, claiming that "families are being crushed by market forces." While poverty certainly exists among American families, it is absurd to attribute it to markets.

Syria Troop Removal Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Winding down U.S. interventions in the Middle East

President Trump announced American forces will finally be pulled out of Syria. But Defense Secretary James Mattis disagreed with that decision enough to resign and the rest of the political elite -- people from Nancy Pelosi, to Hillary Clinton adviser Victoria Nuland, to Mitt Romney -- joined in to lambast the decision.

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