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 'IF: The Untold Story of Kipling's American Years' (book jacket)

BOOK REVIEW: 'IF: The Untold Story of Kipling's American Years'

In addition to Ian Fleming's James Bond novels, I read many other spy thrillers and I watched spy stories on TV and at the movies. But it was as a pre-teen in the 1950s that I read my first great spy story, which was Rudyard Kipling's "Kim."

FILE - In this Aug. 20, 2019, file photo, Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., speaks to a reporter after a mental health roundtable discussion in Manchester, N.H. Gillibrand says she's dropping out of 2020 presidential race amid low polling, fundraising struggles. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola, File)

In both Democratic and Republican primaries, the phonies lose

- The Washington Times

Add "failed presidential candidate" to New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand's long and winding resume, which also already includes stints as "lawyer for Philip Morris," "gun rights advocate and opponent of illegal immigration," as well as "gun rights opponent and staunch proponent of the rights of illegal migrants."

Illustration on Brexit by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

The queen acts and Brexit gets interesting again

No one had ever heard of the phrase "proroguing Parliament" until a few months ago. To prorogue is not one of those verbs in daily use -- just imagine announcing, "I want to prorogue doing the dishes."

'Middle England' (book jacket)

BOOK REVIEW: 'Middle England'

On June 24, 2016, 48 percent of the voters in Britain's referendum on whether to leave the European Union (EU) were gobsmacked when they woke to discover that the other 52 percent had outvoted them.

Illustration on future of the economy by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Despite the yield curve, the sky isn't falling

Over the past week, the mainstream media has devoted considerable airtime and page-space to highlight the so-called "inverted yield curve" -- or a scenario in which earnings from short-term Treasury bonds surpass earnings of long-term ones. They argue this is proof of an imminent recession.

Illustration on Bernie Sanders and Socialism by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Why socialism, and why now?

The fresh celebrity "Squad" of newly elected identity-politics congresswomen -- Ilhan Omar, Minnesota Democrat, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, New York Democrat, Ayanna Pressley, Massachusetts Democrat, and Rashida Tlaib, Michigan Democrat -- often either claim to be socialists or embrace socialist ideas.

Illustration on the Taliban and ISIS by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

The Taliban's dilemma

Afghanistan has a foreign military presence that represents an existential threat to the Taliban -- an organization that purports to guard the country against all foreign influence. That threat is not the American-led NATO coalition.

Regulating e-cigarettes Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

FDA policy not stopping teens' access to e-cigarettes

Teen smoking has been a hot topic in Washington and across the country lately. As of July, 17 states have passed new laws increasing the legal smoking age from 18 to 21, with similar legislation currently being promoted by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

Vaping Illustration by Donna Grethen

The demonization of vaping

Despite the overwhelming evidence of the deadly danger of cigarette smoking, the government and media are now weirdly obsessing over one of the few proven tools to help smokers quit smoking.

Nickel Sickle Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

No more socialism for Native Americans

Elizabeth Warren set a higher bar for wooing the Native American vote by calling for $10 billion in spending to stimulate economic development, build infrastructure and restore tribal sovereignty.

Long Live Radio Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Radio, as strong as ever

Some in media circles are dismissing the relevance of the radio, projecting that music streaming services will ultimately bring about its demise.

Hong Kong illustration by Linas Garsys

Why Hong Kong has a right to self-determination

The other day, President Trump took it into his head to buy Greenland. That stirred outrage and anger. "Thankfully," said Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen, "the time where you buy and sell other countries and populations is over."

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