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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)

Going down the rabbit hole

Crimes without punishment in Argentina

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Leaving Afghanistan Behind Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Bringing the troops home

James "Jamie" Dean, a veteran of the Afghanistan war, diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) shortly after Thanksgiving, received orders to deploy to Iraq by New Year's Day.

Illustration on the nation's ideological divide by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Navigating the great divide

In the months after the election of Donald Trump, there was a mini-political movement in California to get the Golden State to secede from the Union.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani speaks as he submits next year's budget bill to parliament in Tehran, Iran, Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2018. The $47.5 billion budget is less than half of last year's, mainly due to the severe depreciation of the local currency following President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw from the 2015 nuclear deal and restore U.S. sanctions. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)

Redeeming Iran

No matter how intense, the heat of summer yields to the moderating breezes of its successor season. Brutal governments that scourge their own inevitably face movements that hold out the promise of liberation and peace. The passage of 40 years, time enough to span three generations, tests the ability of the suffering people of Iran to endure the inhumanity of their radical Islamic regime.

Tlaib, other scum disgrace office

Usually, a freshman Congress member is a little more reserved in their public comments. Not so for new Rep. Rashida Tlaib of Michigan, who isn't wasting any time picking a fight with the president ("Welcome to the 116th Congress, the 'impeach the motherf--' era," Web, Jan. 4). Ms. Tlaib's insane profanity last week kind of sums up the caliber of Democratic newbies.

Border walls shown to work

The experiences of other nations conclusively show that border walls are effective. The results in Israel and Hungary are dramatic. David Rubin, the former mayor of Israeli city Shiloh, said that when Israel erected a high-tech wall on its southern border, illegal immigration was completely eliminated. From 2010 and 2012, approximately 55,000 illegal immigrants entered Israel. Many perpetrated serious crimes, so the Israeli government built a wall near the Egyptian border. The wall was completed in 2016, and that year only 11 illegal immigrants entered Israel. After they raised the height of the wall an additional several feet in 2017 not one illegal made it through Israel's southern border.

A short-lived football league's flurry

In recent years, the National Football League (NFL) has been mired in numerous controversies, from players who kneel during the national anthem to the long-term health effects of concussions on players. In 1982, the challenge to the NFL was the emergence of the United States Football League (USFL).

A voter leaves his booth as election workers GayLee Erickson, left, and Debbie Redmond, second from left, confer at the Valley Bible Chalet, on election day, Tuesday Nov. 4, 2014, in Indian, Alaska, south of Anchorage.  First-term Democratic Sen. Mark Begich is facing a strong challenge from Republican former state Attorney General Dan Sullivan.  (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

New year, new chance to reclaim 'God-given'

- The Washington Times

It's 2019 and if this new year should bring anything, it's a national reclamation of what makes this country the absolute best in the world -- the notion that here, in America, individual rights are recognized as coming from God, not government. There's a resolution worth keeping, wouldn't you say?

In this Nov. 6, 2008, file photo, Rashida Tlaib, a Democrat, is photographed outside the Michigan Capitol in Lansing, Mich. (AP Photo/Al Goldis, File)

Welcome to the 116th Congress, the 'impeach the motherf--' era

- The Washington Times

Rep. Rashida Tlaib is Michigan's newest lawmaker on Capitol Hill, and because she's a Muslim woman raised in "southwest Detroit who didn't speak English," as she self-identified on Twitter, that makes her elevation to public office worthy of historic note. And then she crowed this, right after her swearing-in ceremony, about President Donald Trump: "Impeach the motherf--!"

Jimmy Carter. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

A lot of noise before the storm

- The Washington Times

Thursday was a strange day in Washington. There was the changing, not of the guard but of half of the Congress, and Nancy Pelosi and House Democrats acted as if she were Franklin D. Roosevelt (in drag) and it was 1932 and "happy days are here again."

Illustration on the problem of the bureaucratic state by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

The federal bureaucracy in check

Congress, despite many chances, has not been willing to take responsibility for checking "the administrative state," as the aggrandizing bureaucratic power of federal agencies has come to be known.

Illustration of Mitt Romney by William Brown/Tribune Content Agency

The president and a divided nation

When newly-elected Republican senators take their seats this week in the U.S. Senate, they are not expected to lay out their differences with the president of their own party.

Illustration on the dangers of U.S. factionalism by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Keeping America prosperous and safe

Thanks to the rural-urban divide, Democrats controlling the House and Republicans the Senate may be the new normal, but that will empower, not frustrate, presidents charged with keeping America prosperous and safe.

Fight Pelosi et al.

After listening to Rep. Nancy Pelosi and Sen. Chuck Schumer recently rant and rave over what they intend to do for the next two years in their quest to impeach our president, I couldn't help but to wonder whether they were born vindictive, anti-social malcontents or have had to work at it.

Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, waits to participate in a mock swearing-in ceremony in the Old Senate Chamber on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Jan. 3, 2019, as the 116th Congress begins. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik) ** FILE **

Romney for president, or something

Mitt Romney is nothing if not flexible, and he usually bends a little to the left. He has been in the public eye for decades, but he has served only four years in an elective office, as governor of Massachusetts. He has now been the junior senator from Utah for a day. His dearth of time in office hasn't been for lack of trying. He ran for the U.S. Senate from Massachusetts in 1994, governor of Massachusetts in 2002, president in 2008, president again in 2012, and finally for the Senate in Utah. Mr. Romney has either a profound determination to serve his country, or an ardent craving for the spotlight. Maybe it's a little of both.

Cartels thrive on border chaos

It's time to give our border control agents college credits for their resumes. How about three credit hours for day care support, three credit hours for medical care against infectious diseases and three credit hours for trying to provide security for America?

Standing out, with complications

This is a bad news-bad news review. First the first bad news: I didn't like it. And the second bad news? The author may never write again.

In this Dec. 1, 2018, photo, President Donald Trump, second from right, meets with China's President Xi Jinping, second from left, during their bilateral meeting at the G20 Summit, in Buenos Aires, Argentina. China promised Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018, to carry out a tariff cease-fire with Washington but gave no details that might help dispel confusion about what Presidents Xi and Trump agreed to in Argentina.(AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File) **FILE**

U.S. economic resilience spells Chinese model's doom

There is a historical truth about the American economy -- it is deep, wide, and resilient. Managed economies, or communism, by contrast, may work for a period of time, due to favorable economic winds. But eventually you have to pay the piper. It's a lesson that China is about to learn the hard way.

FBI agent Peter Strzok made a reference to an "insurance policy" in a message to his paramour, signaling it was to be used not to harm Donald Trump's campaign, but rather in case he won the presidency. (Associated Press/File)

The Steele dossier was planned as Hillary's insurance policy

- The Washington Times

It's been over a year since the highly damaging text messages between FBI agent Peter Strzok and his paramour, FBI lawyer Lisa Page, were revealed to the American public. The correspondence showed two senior Justice Department officials engaged in the most petty, vitriolic political diatribes while making decisions on the most sensitive investigations of the 2016 political season.

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