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From left, Democratic presidential candidates, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii, businessman Tom Steyer, Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., former Vice President Joe Biden, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg, entrepreneur Andrew Yang, former Texas Rep. Beto O'Rourke, Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., and former Housing Secretary Julian Castro stand on stage for a photo before a Democratic presidential primary debate hosted by CNN and The New York Times at Otterbein University, Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2019, in Westerville, Ohio. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

Democrats swing big at CNN's 'impeach Trump' softballs

- The Washington Times

At the fourth Democratic Party presidential debate in Ohio, moderator Cooper opened the floor with a softball question about impeachment -- after which he made clear all 12 on stage would have an opportunity to address. Play ball, he said. And play they did.

Air Force Academy graduates throw their caps into the air as F-16 jets from the Thunderbirds make a flyover, at the completion of the graduation ceremony for the class of  2015, at the U.S. Air Force Academy, in Colorado Springs, Colo., Thursday, May 28, 2015.  (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley) **FILE**

Losing their way, service academies put our security at risk

One couldn't help but be shocked by the lack of discipline, the lowering of standards, and the destruction of traditions that had held officer trainees in good standing for decades, if not centuries. The situation has not gotten any better, and, in many ways, it is getting worse.

Rep. Ilhan Omar (left), Minnesota Democrat, and Rep. Rashida Tlaib, Michigan Democrat, are members of "The Squad" with Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a New York Democrat who declared that the Palestinians have no choice but to riot over the supposed repression they face at the hands of the Israelis. (Associated Press/File)

Boycott backers have no right to visit Israel

History offers perspective on Thursday's dust-up over the Israeli government's refusal to allow two Democratic congresswomen, Rashida Tlaib of Michigan and Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, prominent BDS supporters both, to enter the country.

Eurasian economic delegates, from left, Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan, Belarusian Prime Minister Siarhiej Rumas, Kazakhstan Prime Minister Askar Mamin, Kyrgyz Prime Minister Mukhammedkalyi Abylgaziev, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev and Tigran Sargsyan, chairman of the Board of the Eurasian Economic Commission, as they pose for a photo prior to the Eurasian Economic Union Intergovernmental Council in Cholpon-Ata, Kyrgyzstan, Friday, Aug. 9, 2019. (Yekaterina Shtukina, Sputnik, Government Pool Photo via AP)

Kazakhstan working hard for foreign direct investment

The lifeblood of any developing economy is foreign direct investment (FDI). Nations need to attract outside capital to develop infrastructure and human resources, to spur economic growth in order to create better living conditions for their people. The process can be tricky, as governments grapple with legacy issues, like heavy state asset ownership, poor rule of law, corruption and misallocation of capital.

Communist party supporters carry a flag depicting Soviet Union founder Lenin during a May Day rally in St.Petersburg, Russia, Wednesday, May 1, 2019. (AP Photo/Dmitri Lovetsky) **FILE**

The socialist seduction poses dangers at home

This column is supposed to be about national security and geopolitics. But recent conversations reinforced the feeling I have had for some time regarding our security: The greatest threat the United States faces is from inside -- the scourge of socialism.

President Donald Trump, right, shakes hands with Russian President Vladimir Putin  during a bilateral meeting on the sidelines of the G-20 summit in Osaka, Japan, Friday, June 28, 2019. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh) **FILE**

Trump's realism opens up new possibilities with Russia

President Trump confirmed Thursday he and Russian President Vladimir Putin spoke by phone about the raging fires and about possible technical help the U.S. could offer. Moscow no doubt sees the Trump offer as the start of a pathway for better U.S.-Russia relations.

In this Dec. 15, 2014 photo, Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi speaks during a press conference in Manama, Bahrain. (AP Photo/Hasan Jamali, File)

Saudi think tank closes D.C. offices

The Arabia Foundation was a pro-Saudi think tank in Washington, known for communicating on issues important to the Kingdom to the American audience and their representatives. It abruptly closed this week, leading to speculation as to why.

Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, a close friend of President Trump's, addresses a gathering of a Free Iran conference on July 13, 2019, in Tiran, Albania. (Photo provided to The Washington Times courtesy of event organizers.)

Something changed this week in Albania

The People's Mujahadeen of Iran (PMOI/MEK) has been demonized for decades, due to an organized, effective disinformation campaign by Iranian intelligence, and the appeasement of the mullahs by American presidents since the Islamic Revolution during Jimmy Carter's tour at the White House.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel reacts during a news conference with Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen after a meeting at the chancellery in Berlin, Thursday, July 11, 2019. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)

Tell me again -- why are we defending Germany?

- The Washington Times

The Trump administration has been pushing our European allies to take a bigger role in Syria in the final campaign to mop up the last vestiges of the once-vaunted Islamic State caliphate. France and the United Kingdom have agreed to step up (modestly) their military presence in Syria to replace the departing Americans, reportedly down to around 400 troops.

Russian President Vladimir Putin is welcomed at the Chigi palace by Italian Premier Giuseppe Conte, in Rome, Thursday, July 4, 2019. Putin emphasized historically strong ties with Italy during a one-day visit to Rome that included a meeting with Pope Francis. (Alexei Druzhinin, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

Why Putin's pitch to Italy is attracting an audience

President Vladimir Putin paid a visit to Rome, not to take in the sights but in an attempt to burnish the special relationship between the two countries. The clear subtext of Mr. Putin's trip was an attempt to widen the splits in the European Union over sanctions against the Kremlin for its aggressive behavior in Crimea, eastern Ukraine and elsewhere.

Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman meets with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo at Al Salam Palace in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, Monday, June 24, 2019. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, Pool)

Saudi dissident: Kingdom's economy is faltering

We've spoken with Ali al-Ahmed from the Gulf Institute several times in the recent past and with tensions rising in the Middle East we thought it would be helpful to discuss the current positioning of Saudi Arabia in the Gulf, and surrounding area.

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