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Demonstrators sharing opposing views argue during a rally Thursday, April 27, 2017, in Berkeley, Calif. Demonstrators gathered near the University of California, Berkeley campus amid a strong police presence and rallied to show support for free speech and condemn the views of Ann Coulter and her supporters. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Spooked by the power of words, words, words

- The Washington Times

The only thing anyone is allowed to hear on campus is a slogan. Thinking is so 20th century (and early 20th century at that). The adults paid to be in charge have retreated to a safe place, where never is heard an encouraging word and the skies are cloudy all day.

Illustration on fixing the net neutrality law by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Controlling the nation’s internet

Do you remember the last time you had an issue with your internet connection and the federal government cheerfully helped you resolve it? Me neither. Yet the same federal government who spent $2 billion on a website that was more likely to dish out electric shocks than work properly is now literally in control of our nation’s internet, under the false rubric of promoting “net neutrality.”

Immoral Illegal Drugs Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Why buying illegal drugs is immoral

Purchasing illegal drugs is an immoral act, regardless of where one stands in the legalization debate. When drugs are legally prohibited, criminal organizations assume control of production and distribution, making violence inherent in the process. Drug proceeds are used to fund criminal and terrorist organizations, enabling them to murder innocent people, attack police and military, bleed our tax dollars, and destroy the rule of law.

Illustration on gun control debate by Donna Grethen/Tribune Content Agency

Challenging inaccurate information about guns

When you receive glowing media attention and have hundreds of millions of dollars to spend, you don’t really have to debate. Michael Bloomberg just announced last week that he would be putting $25 million into next year’s House and Senate races. From 2013 to 2016, he donated $48 million toward congressional races. By contrast, the NRA contributed a measly $2.1 million. And Mr. Bloomberg spent about 85 percent more on lobbying, more on television advertising, and much more for state and local political races.

Illustration on the Clinton campaign by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

How Hillary doomed her ‘inevitable presidency’

While we’re examining the accomplishments of Donald Trump’s first 100 days — putting his man on the U.S. Supreme Court is the biggie — Hillary Clinton is getting the once-over (and the second and third) for all the reasons why she’s not the first woman to preside over her own first 100 days in the Oval Office.

Illustration on the Trump White House decision to broaden media access by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Talking right

President Trump did something Monday I have long advocated. He met with a small group of conservative journalists, pundits and radio talk show hosts. I was among them.

This May 23, 2016, file photo, shows the northernmost boundary of the proposed Bears Ears region, along the Colorado River, in southeastern Utah. Western Democrats are pressuring President Donald Trump not to rescind land protections put in place by President Barack Obama, including Utah's Bears Ears National Monument. Obama infuriated Utah Republicans when he created the monument on 1.3 million acres of land that is sacred to Native Americans. (Francisco Kjolseth/The Salt Lake Tribune via AP, File)

Go, Trump, go — pare back the national monuments

- The Washington Times

President Donald Trump is taking aim at some of Barack Obama’s national monuments, as well as at designations made by other presidents. And this is great news. Terrific news. When it comes to the country’s national monuments, this White House’s attitude should be one of slash and burn — not conserve and preserve.

Illustration on the dangerous complications of the Obama/Iran nuke deal by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Tangled in Obama’s Iran nuclear trap

On April 18, the State Department certified Iran to be in compliance with its commitments under the Iran nuclear deal (Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, or JCPOA). As France’s iconic foreign minister, the Marquis de Talleyrand, once reportedly said: “This was worse than a crime; it was a mistake.”

Illustration on the sources of Trump's ideas by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

The anatomy of a Trump decision

When Donald Trump’s Florida lawyer Paul Rampell first proposed turning the future president’s Mar-a-Lago estate into a private club, Mr. Trump pronounced the idea “dumb.” Over the next month, Messrs. Rampell and Trump argued back and forth about the idea until Mr. Trump finally agreed with Mr. Rampell.

DAY 40 - In this Feb. 28, 2017, file photo, President Donald Trump, flanked by Vice President Mike Pence and House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wis., gestures on Capitol Hill in Washington, before his address to a joint session of Congress. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, file)

Ending the threats of a government shutdown

We are looking at another potential federal government shutdown this week. The high drama over passing a budget, passing spending bills under regular order, and the lifting of the debt ceiling has gone on for far too many years.

Illustration on a possible replay of 1927 for the Democrat party in 2020 by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Will 2020 be another 1972 for Democrats?

The year 1968 was a tumultuous one that saw the assassinations of rival candidate Sen. Robert F. Kennedy and civil rights icon Martin Luther King Jr. Lyndon Johnson’s unpopular lame-duck Democratic administration imploded due to massive protests against the Vietnam War.

Democrats can’t chart their way forward in this wilderness

Like most minority parties that lose the White House, the Democratic Party is without a national leader. Their legislative caucuses in the House and Senate have elected leadership, but the party itself has several elected officials fighting to lead it into the future, all with an eye toward 2020. And the party’s most visible figures aren’t exactly fresh faces.

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton gives an acceptance speech after accepting the Trailblazer Award during the LGBT Community Center Dinner at Cipriani Wall Street on Thursday, April 20, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Kevin Hagen) ** FILE **

The Democratic Party’s ‘Gong Show’

Finally, the Democrats admit it wasn’t the Russians, James B. Comey or sexism that brought Hillary Clinton down. We are now told by journalists, leading Democrats, and even a former Democratic presidential candidate, that it was the inept dysfunction of the party itself, Hillary, and her abused and frightened team that has reduced them all to irrelevant, vapid political busybodies.

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People's Climate March -- rally of the ridiculous

- The Washington Times

People's Climate March protesters, hating all things Trump, ought to shake up their messaging a bit. Instead of saying "Impeach Trump" in English, say "el process de destitucion Trump," or something like that, in Spanish instead. Get creative this time. Much more attention-grabbing.

President Donald Trump, accompanied by Vice President Mike Pence, left, speaks before signing an Executive Order on "Improving Accountability and Whistleblower Protection" at the Department of Veterans Affairs, Thursday, April 27, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

The first 100 days that Trump voters wanted

- The Washington Times

As the establishment media outlets parrot the message that President Trump has failed on nearly every front during his first 100 days in office, a new ABC News-Washington Post poll reminds us -- as if we need further reminding -- of the yawning chasm between Washington, D.C.'s ruling class and the everyday Americans who elected Mr. Trump.

President Donald Trump holds up an Executive Order on "Improving Accountability and Whistleblower Protection" after signing it at the Department of Veterans Affairs, Thursday, April 27, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Donald Trump's LOL moment: 'I thought it would be easier'

- The Washington Times

President Donald Trump, looking back on his first few months in office, said he misses his freedom, misses his private-sector life and misses the business work he says is easier to do than the presidency. Well, on the bright side: Only three years, eight months to go.

Ottawa Senators' Alex Burrows (14) and Boston Bruins' David Backes (42) fall to the ice in front of the Ottawa bench during the third period in Game 6 of a first-round NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoff series, Sunday, April 23, 2017, in Boston. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

Michael Mantenuto, 'Miracle' movie hockey star, found dead

- The Washington Times

This is a sad day for fans of the 2004 Disney "Miracle" movie about America's miraculous Olympic gold in the 1980 hockey games.One of the leading actors, Michael Mantenuto, they guy who played Jack O'Callahan -- the street-fight tough player with the broad Boston accent -- was found dead in his car. He was 35 years old.

Veterans listen as President Donald Trump speaks before signing an Executive Order on "Improving Accountability and Whistleblower Protection" at the Department of Veterans Affairs, Thursday, April 27, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Trump's bow to the people

The Antiquities Act of 1906 was a splendid idea. The Act was intended to give presidents limited authority — emphasis on the word "limited" — to designate unique and special landmarks, such as a natural arch, breathtaking mesas or an ancient cliff dwelling that deserves to be preserved for future generations. Certain presidents have abused this authority and seized millions of acres of private land for federal regulation. Barack Obama used the Act 27 times, more than any other president.

Put national security first

Since the Democrats do not want President Trump to fully fund his border security plan (or "the wall"), then the president and the Department of Justice should divert all funds from sanctuary cities and states to U.S. Customs and Border Protection for the funding of the southern-border security plan.

Defund killers of preborn

The Catholics for Choice full-page ad supporting taxpayer funding of Planned Parenthood, an organization which profits from killing the preborn and selling their organs, is misleading on several points (A5, April 26).

A federal police officer puts his machine gun on the edge of the bath in the Hamam Alil spa, south of Mosul, Iraq, Thursday April, 27, 2017. The spa reopened several months ago after the town was liberate from the Islamic State group. Many Iraqi soldiers visit the spa, located half an hour south of Mosul, in between fighting against the Islamic State group for relaxation. (AP Photo/Bram Janssen)

Pigs on patrol

The noble pig is the most maligned animal of forest and barnyard. The pig sometimes wallows in mud but since he doesn't sweat that's the only way he can keep cool when the weather turns warm (and then hot). Pigs actually make good pets. Pigs can be housebroken — not easily, but it can be done — and they're peaceable and friendly.

When impoverished Jamaica welcomed a flying clergyman

Kei Miller's "Augustown" describes what happens when an obnoxious and obtuse schoolmaster hacks off the dreadlocks of one of his little pupils Kaia. In tears Kaia runs to Ma Taffy, who is the matriarch of his family and a moral force in Augustown, an impoverished district of Kingston, Jamaica.

DAY 95 - In this April 24, 2017, file photo, President Donald Trump, accompanied by his daughter Ivanka Trump, talks via video conference with International Space Station Commander Peggy Whitson on the International Space Station from the Oval Office of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, file)

Ivanka Trump's uncomfortable embrace of refugees

- The Washington Times

Ivanka Trump, already under growing fire from some in the conservative camps who think she's exerting too much influence over dad Donald, is now calling for the White House to open doors to Syrian refugees. Conservatives and border control advocates are quite right to be concerned.