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Shore up U.S. infrastructure

It speaks volumes about our nation's misplaced priorities that we've spent $60 billion on Iraq's infrastructure reconstruction and $100 billion on Afghanistan's infrastructure reconstruction — more than what was spent on post-World-War-II reconstruction of Germany ($35 billion in today's dollars). Yet here in America we have no such a plan in place to rebuild our own infrastructure.

A man polishes the sign for The New York Times at the company's headquarters, July 18, 2013, in New York. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan) ** FILE **

Anatomy of a 'fake news' story

President Trump rails against "fake news." But just what is this so-called fake news, exactly? Let's take an in-depth look at one piece that — in my opinion — perfectly exemplifies fake news.

This Nov. 19, 2015, file photo shows Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey being interviewed on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. Dorsey says the company isn't biased against Republicans or Democrats and is working on ways to ensure that debate is healthier on its platform. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

Abortion is not a 'business'

- The Washington Times

It's a tad tinny-eared for 180 or so leading company executives to get together and sign a letter in The New York Times to say America's emerging abortion protections for the unborn are "bad for business." Yes? It's sort of in the vein of saying border laws were bad for Pablo Escobar's business.

In a Feb. 12, 2014, file photo, Rep. Steve Hurst, R-Munford, watches the discussion on the House floor in the Alabama Statehouse in Montgomery, Ala. Alabama lawmakers have approved legislation that would require certain sex offenders to be chemically castrated before being released on parole. The Alabama bill, sponsored by Mr. Hurst, would require sex offenders whose crimes involved children younger than 13 to receive the medication before being released from prison on parole. They would then be required to continue the medication until a judge decided they could stop. (Mickey Welsh/Montgomery Advertiser via AP)

Alabama stands tall for the child with new castration law

- The Washington Times

Alabama's Republican governor, Kay Ivey, just signed into law a measure that allows the state to chemically castrate certain child sex offenders as a condition of their paroles. As imagined, the American Civil Liberties Union is aghast. But this is a good thing. The message is: Children matter.

A man looks at badges with anti-Trump messages, on sale in central London, during a protest against the state visit of President Donald Trump, Tuesday, June 4, 2019. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

Impeach Trump at civil peril

- The Washington Times

Democrats have set their 2020 course on Impeach Trump, Prosecute Trump, and frankly, this is how it's going to be the next several months. But this road, at its farthest point, doesn't end well. There is no way President Donald Trump's base will stand quietly as Democrats sacrifice all that's law and order for political gains.

Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant, right, is consoled by Drake as he walks off the court after sustaining an injury during first half basketball action in Game 5 of the NBA Finals against Toronto Raptors in Toronto, Monday, June 10, 2019. (Chris Young/The Canadian Press via AP) **FILE**

Golden State won, but both teams lost Game 5

- Associated Press

It's almost unimaginable: an NBA Finals game where neither team felt like celebrating afterward. That was the bizarre reality on Monday night, after the Warriors staved off elimination by rallying in the final moments to beat the Raptors and send this series back to Oracle Arena for Game 6 - on a night when Kevin Durant's season came to an end.

In this Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017 photo, an undercover sheriff's deputy talks to a man who pulled over to talk with her in Compton, Calif., a city some 15 miles south of Los Angeles.  (AP Photo/Reed Saxon) **FILE**

Sex, lies and idiocy

- The Washington Times

The D.C. Council is pondering legislation that would decriminalize prostitution. If passed, there might still be prostitutes walking K Street and other D.C. corridors popular to the sex trade. D.C. lawmakers say their legislative intent is take create a safe working environment for, well, sex workers by removing criminal penalties and reducing their vulnerability to exploitation and violence.

President Donald Trump speaks on the South Lawn at the White House, Monday, June 10, 2019, in Washington as he honors Team Penske for the 2019 Indianapolis 500 win. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Why the deal with Mexico is a good one

- The Washington Times

It's not easy being a Democrat, and it's even more difficult to be a leader in the party, a speaker of the House or the leader of the minority in the Senate. It's true that hard times can make a monkey eat red pepper, as the ancient wisdom goes, but Democratic hard times are encouraging a rare run on red pepper.

Turning the Screws on Mexico Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Fear, corruption and opportunity

Never underestimate fear of financial loss as a motivator. Last week in this column, I argued that the threat to place tariffs on Mexican goods was a bad idea because there are less risky and destructive ways to deal with the immigration problem on the U.S. southern border. As of this writing, it now appears that the president's bold gamble has paid off — despite the reservations of us timid economists.

President Donald Trump speaks on the South Lawn at the White House, Monday, June 10, 2019, in Washington as he honors Team Penske for the 2019 Indianapolis 500 win. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Praying (or not) for the president

Only the most partisan person would begrudge prayers for the president of the United States, but a recent visit by President Trump to the mega McLean Bible Church in Virginia has rubbed some congregants the wrong way.

Illustration on visions for the Middle East by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Competing visions for the future of the Middle East

There are two competing visions for the future of the Middle East — one that empowers and supports leaders that are responsive to the demands of their people and another that uses intimidation, imprisonment and patronage to maintain an unstable status quo.

How Trump is the statesman on immigration reform

America needs skilled immigrants but competes badly with other industrialized nations facing similar challenges. President Trump is championing reforms to help fix that.

Illustration on transgender concerns by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Transwomen are just transwomen, not women

The push for trans-rights may have just pushed too far. Persuading Americans that a person identifying as the opposite sex is the opposite sex ultimately will only convince those willing to call a lie the truth.

Trump gets results

With the threat of tariffs just days away, Mexico finally agreed to help stem the flow of illegal immigrants travelling through their country to get to our southern border. The results President Trump gets are amazing. He's been a superior leader compared to at least the past four presidents.

Don't let 'Big Tech' in

The promise of Big Tech was utopian, but the reality is dystopian ("Big Tech unites Democrats, Republicans behind anti-trust crackdown," Web, June 4). The utopian promise was of a world of friends and 'likes' but the dystopian reality is a world of censorship, mind control, Big-Brother-controlled searches, the sale of private information and rule by outraged mobs.

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