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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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Illustration on the carbon tax burden in Ireland by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

'What's the point of a carbon tax rebate?'

The Irish government is proposing rebates to a carbon tax it recently imposed to households that comply with what it considers "low-carbon lifestyles." The rebate, according to Prime Minister Leo Varadkar, might be in the form of a check, an increase in welfare benefits or a tax credit for people who live the way the government thinks they should.

Nancy Pelosi. (Associated Press)

A tear for the schoolmarm teaching civics to the House

- The Washington Times

A schoolmarm's lot, like that of a policeman's, is not a happy one, particularly if her lot is a roomful of noisy children whose ignorance is boundless and who have only a small ambition to do anything about it. Shed a bipartisan tear for Nancy Pelosi.

Syria Troop Removal Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Get out of Syria -- and Iraq, too

National Security Adviser John Bolton said in Israel over the weekend that the removal of U.S. troops from Syria is conditioned on defeating the remnants of the Islamic State. Mr. Bolton was likely soothing allies concerned about the pace of President Donald Trump's withdrawal plan. Otherwise, such a condition would commit the United States to an endless deployment as a combatant in someone else's civil war — and on behalf of an adversarial power, Iran.

Illustration on resubmitting presidential nominees to Congress by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

'Resubmit your nominees, Mr. President'

Over the course of the first nearly two years of the Trump administration, the president has filled the Executive Branch with approximately 400 qualified nominees through the Senate confirmation process. Unfortunately, hundreds of others remain in limbo.

Making sure the infrastructure is up to date

As policymakers return to Washington to start the 116th Congress, Democrats will be dictating the direction of the House for the first time in eight years. While they may be tempted to use their newfound subpoena powers to explore issues like the president's finances and Russian election interference, members will need to focus on policy if they plan to have any legislation signed into law.

Adelson Crony Capitalism Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

A crony capitalism crusade

President Trump's Department of Justice may soon release a reinterpretation of a 1961 law called the Wire Act that could effectively outlaw all online gambling in the United States.

FILE- This July 24, 2018, file photo shows a portion of the 1040 U.S. Individual Income Tax Return form for 2018 in New York. A new rule caps the state and local taxes you can deduct on your federal tax return. That could make more of your income taxable this year, but finding out if the cap affects you, pouncing on other tax breaks, bunching your charitable contributions and planning for a new tax world could help. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

It's the taxes, stupid

Prosperity is returning to U.S. communities that have been taking a licking, a reason for cheerful celebration as the new year begins. Recent figures show the economy is going gangbusters, but in some places Americans are simply going. Americans feeling the bite of greedy tax collectors are voting with their feet and migrating to states where they're more likely to find fortune.

Globalism would destroy U.S.

American politics has evolved over the years. Republican vs. Democrat, conservative vs. liberal, right vs. left. Today the stakes are much higher. It's more than a difference in philosophy to reach a common goal. The struggle is between those who are considering a world society with no borders, no countries and a single currency. For this to happen, America would have to no longer exist or else it would have to be in such disorder that it could no longer function as we know it.

Tinkering with the meaning of home

The title of Susan Conley's "Elsey Come Home" is bound to recall another: Thomas Wolfe's unnerving title from 1940 "You Can't Go Home Again."

Trump thrives on chaos

President Trump appears to be taking the advice of wise people in his pursuit of troop-level changes in Syria. He seeks protection for the Kurds from the Turks, to shut the door on Iran, and to combat increases in the Islamic State as many left-wingers and even some Republicans condemn him for the high turnover rate in his administration. It is my opinion that this is a healthy nature for his organization and that renewing and refreshing with new people who bring new energy as new challenges arise is a good thing. Mr. Trump is not afraid of organizational chaos or change, and he uses these as leverage to promote his agenda and meet his promises to America.

Pro-Brexit demonstrators wave flags and signs alongside anti-Brexit demonstrators, outside Parliament in London Monday Jan. 7, 2019. Parliament is expected to vote on Prime Minister Theresa May's Brexit withdrawal plan next week.  Monday January 7, 2019. (Yui Mok/PA via AP)

Negotiating a no-deal Brexit

In an ideal world, America's break with King George III's Britain would have been a clean, simple affair. We'd have announced our intention to leave, been told to suit ourselves and there's the door, and bang -- it would've been done.

A sign is posted on a gate blocking a parking lot to Land's End in San Francisco, Thursday, Jan. 3, 2019. Nonprofits, businesses and state governments across the country are paying bills and putting in volunteer hours in an uphill battle to keep national parks safe and clean for visitors as the partial U.S. government shutdown lingers. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

How about a taxpayer shutdown?

- The Washington Times

The federal government has been shut down for three weeks now and it is hard to find a single tax-paying, Average-Joe citizen who has been affected -- unless, of course, you happen to work for Uncle Sam.

Jerome Powell Effect on the Stock Market Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

The making of a recession

Nowadays recessions occur when policymakers do or say dumb things — the economy no longer has an internal clock akin to the changing of the seasons. Sadly, Fed Chairman Jerome Powell's mishandling of monetary policy and the president's tweets and other fits may be enough to send the economy tumbling.

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