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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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A truthful tale told without politics

Weary of being hit over the head with political righteousness, self-centered virtue, and glib judgments delivered left and right with arrogance and self-satisfaction? Tired of hearing about "us" versus "them," the nobles against the deplorables? Sick of being encouraged to sneer at "the other," whether Democrat or Republican, liberal or conservative, capitalist or socialist, anyone who disagrees with you on just about anything and is eager to tell you about it?

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Decision time on Brexit

To Brexit, or not to Brexit, that is the question (apologies to Shakespeare). The answer to whether the U.K. will pull out of the European Union as a majority of voters favored in a 2016 referendum will be decided this month. Maybe.

Illustration on remembering 2018 by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

'Actually, 2018 was a pretty good year'

The year 2018 will be deplored by pundits as a bad year of more unpredictable Donald Trump, headlined by wild stock market gyrations, the melodramas of the Robert Mueller investigation and the musical-chair tenures of officials in the Trump administration.

Illustration on the climate-change debate by Nancy Ohanian/Tribune Content Agency

The overblown and misleading issue of global warming

Very often, when I talk to the public or the media about global warming (a low-frequency positive trend in global temperature in the last 120 years or so), they ask me the unfortunate question if I "believe" in global warming. And I say "unfortunate" because when we are dealing with a scientific problem "believing" has no place. In science, we either prove or disprove. We "believe" only when we cannot possibly prove a truth. For example, we may "believe" in reincarnation or an afterlife but we cannot prove either.

More black conservatives needed

It is my belief that illegal immigration affects African-Americans the most of any demographic. The House has 45 African-American representatives, none of whom supports President Trump's border wall. Of the 45 representatives, two are Republicans, Will Hurd and Mia Love. But as of today the Republicans will only have Will Hurd alone, who won by 1 percent of the votes. Mia Love lost her seat to Ben McAdams.

In this April 4, 2018 photo, a U.S-backed Syrian Manbij Military Council soldier, left, speaks with a U.S. soldier, at a U.S. position near the tense front line with Turkish-backed fighters, in Manbij town, north Syria. President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw troops from Syria has rattled Washington's Kurdish allies, who are its most reliable partner in Syria and among the most effective ground forces battling the Islamic State group. Kurds in northern Syria said commanders and fighters met into the night, discussing their response to the surprise announcement Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2018. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)

A lesson learned (maybe)

With American troops and military installations spread on all continents, the importance of a mere 2,000 troops in Syria would seem Lilliputian. But from world media over the past few days, you might think it's as crucial as the withdrawal from Saigon in the previous century.

Admit probe failure already

Two recent stories, "Dossier fails the test of time; Trump-Russia collusion claims now called 'likely false'" (Web, Dec. 30) and "'Real Justice Department' veteran emerges as Mueller's top courtroom adversary" (Web, Jan. 1) are onto something in covering challenges to original Trump-Russia "collusion" claims.

Identifying terrorism to thwart it

The threat of terrorism is a paramount national security concern to governments and their citizens worldwide. Numerous books are published on the nature of terrorism and the components of counterterrorism to defeat the terrorist threat, but few stand out as exemplary and indispensable for understanding these issues. Henry Prunckun's and Troy Whitford's "Terrorism and Counterterrorism: A Comprehensive Introduction to Actors and Actions" is one of those books. Mr. Prunckun is a former senior level counterterrorism analyst in the Australian government and a research criminologist in policing and security studies at Charles Stuart University, where Mr. Whitford is also a lecturer.

The innovation that creates the drugs of the future and is the pharmaceutical industry's bedrock is at risk. (Associated Press/File)

Double jeopardy on patents discourages drug innovation

There may be precious few legislative areas where bipartisan consensus can be achieved: Congress and the White House need to find a way to reopen the government, infrastructure is most often mentioned as an area of potential agreement, and reducing drug prices through legislative action is a shared goal of congressional Democrats and President Trump.

FILE- In this May 1, 2018, file photo, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg makes the keynote speech at F8, Facebook's developer conference in San Jose, Calif. The British Parliament has released some 250 pages worth of documents that show Facebook considered charging developers for data access. The documents show internal discussions about linking data to revenue. "There's a big question on where we get the revenue from," Zuckerberg said in one email. "Do we make it easy for devs to use our payments/ad network but not require them? Do we require them? Do we just charge a rev share directly and let devs who use them get a credit against what they owe us? It's not at all clear to me here that we have a model that will actually make us the revenue we want at scale." (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)

For access to China, Saudi Arabia, U.S. firms will have to pay a steep price

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In 2002, a Chinese dissident named Wang Xiaoning was arrested because of an article he posted online. Mr. Wang had called, courageously, for democratic reforms — but had done so anonymously. He was arrested only because California-based Yahoo assisted the Chinese government in determining who had posted the piece. (Users of Yahoo's Bronze Age-style email service may be shocked the company actually had this technical capability.) Mr. Wang ended up serving 10 years in prison.

Protesters cheer at the Women's March on Washington during the first full day of Donald Trump's presidency, Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/John Minchillo) ** FILE **

The train wreck called the 'Women's March'

For outside observers, the slow-motion train wreck of the "Women's March" movement is a fascinating turn of events. It began like all leftist disasters begin -- the hijacking of an organic effort. The Women's March, which still has a national and some local marches and rallies planned on Jan. 19, has become about identity politics, the antithesis of advancing women's rights, and the impact is finally being felt.

Illustration on Democrat hopes for the 2020 presidential race by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

'Who will take on President Trump?'

Have you followed the press in 2018? Apparently most members of the press do not like our president, Donald J. Trump. Many of them think he is a tyrant in the making. Others think he is stupid and a tyrant in the making. They believe he is likely to be beaten in 2020.

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