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BOOK REVIEW: 'Why Meadow Died'

A sick person killed 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland last year. Conventional wisdom is that enacting various gun control laws, including banning assault weapons, is the solution to school shootings.

Students change classes at the Thurgood Marshall Academy Public Charter High School in the Anacostia neighborhood of Washington on Wednesday. (J.M. Eddins/The Washington Times)

It's the charter children, stupid, not the buildings

- The Washington Times

What's equally bad is that the District is breaking both the spirit and the letter of the law when it closes a traditional public school and then forces charter schools to apply to occupy it, as if the children who would attend the school are, here again, foreigners.

FILE - In this June 5, 2019 file photo, Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, and Chinese President Xi Jinping exchange documents during a signing ceremony following their talks in the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia. From nukes to huge food aid shipments to a shared skepticism about the United States, Chinese President Xi and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un will have a long list of topics to discuss when Xi heads north Thursday, June 20. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko, Pool, File)

U.S. should worry as Russia-China ties heat up

Russia's Defense Ministry has announced the Chinese People's Liberation Army will join Russia and six other nations for Tsentr 2019, a massive, five-day military exercise involving over 100,000 troops that starts Monday.

FILE - In this Dec. 13, 2018 file photo, national security adviser John Bolton unveils the Trump Administration's Africa Strategy at the Heritage Foundation in Washington.  (AP Photo/Cliff Owen, File)

Democrats hated Bolton until Trump fired him

- The Washington Times

It was March 2018 and Sen. Chris Murphy, Connecticut Democrat, was deeply disturbed. President Trump had just announced that John R. Bolton would serve as his third appointed national security adviser and Mr. Murphy, a thoroughgoing dove, was alarmed.

Illustration on Trump outlasting Xi by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Could Trump outlive Xi?

This week's news that the John Bolton era as President Trump's national security adviser has ended seems to be a step toward calming tensions in the Middle East. That is, at least, what oil markets told us as crude prices dropped almost a full dollar in the immediate aftermath of the announcement.

Fire Bucket Choice Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Why military build-up, or war, isn't a solution to economic woes

"Never let a serious crisis go to waste," a political adage in its most recent iteration attributed to former White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emmanuel, long predated the Obama administration and will continue as long as politics exists.

A view of an economic and political precedent for 2019 and 2020

"The sky is falling," the left yelled with smiles on their faces. "Look everyone, the economy only added 130,000 new jobs last month -- down from 164,000 the prior month -- and that proves that a recession is on the way!" Yes, typically a slowdown in hiring indicates a slowing economy. But not so fast.

'Lincoln's Spies' (book jacket)

BOOK REVIEW: 'Lincoln's Spies'

In Mr. Waller's "Lincoln's Spies: Their Secret War to Save a Nation," readers learn about the Civil War's military intelligence officers, counter-intelligence officers, secret agents and informants.

in this Sunday, April 28, 2019, file photo, Afghan National Army soldiers stand guard at a checkpoint on the Jalalabad-Kabul road, on the outskirts of Kabul, Afghanistan. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul) ** FILE **

Declaring war would keep us in peace

- The Washington Times

If America declared war, America would never be at war. Well, maybe not never. But hardly ever. If Congress didn't cede its constitutional authority to declare war to the president, and to the president's influencing powers, we'd at least have clarity on the conflicts we currently face, and know when to get in, when to get out.

People wave banners depicting Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May, during a protest march in support of the National Health Service (NHS), as winter conditions are thought to have put severe strain on health services, in London Saturday Feb. 3, 2018.  The Government is urged to provide funds for beds and staff to ease the problems facing the NHS medical services. (Yui Mok/PA via AP)

When government runs health care

"When would you like to schedule your knee replacement surgery?" asked my American doctor before I left for Ireland? I gave him a date that works for me (I'm calling it the result of an old basketball injury, not advancing age.) His office scheduled it for that date.

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