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President-elect Donald Trump, left, and his wife Melania Trump arrive to the "Make America Great Again Welcome Concert" at the Lincoln Memorial, Thursday, Jan. 19, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

A hearty last laugh for the Donald

- The Washington Times

Donald Trump’s greatest contribution to America will be his stripping the media, particularly the overpaid and undereducated television media, of its last pretense to fairness and objectivity.

Russian President Vladimir Putin takes part in the launching ceremony of Bovanenkovo-Ukhta 2 gas pipeline and the Zapolyarye-Purpe and Kuyumba-Taishet oil pipelines via video link in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2017. (Alexei Druzhinin/Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

The Trump-Putin friendship

As President-elect Donald Trump prepares to take office today, yet another nominee in his forthcoming Cabinet is staking out sharp differences with his views on foreign policy.

Classified Dossier Illustration by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

The Democrats’ ‘dossier’

The recent intelligence report on Russian interference in the election concluded that the Russian government was behind the hacking and release of Democratic emails. The assumed purpose of these activities was an effort to support the candidacy of Donald Trump, even though the report acknowledged that the Russian government believed Hillary Clinton was likely to win the election anyway.

Texas Power Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

The power of Rick Perry

As former energy secretaries in a Republican and Democratic administration, we can say with complete confidence that President-elect Donald Trump has made an excellent choice in nominating Rick Perry to be secretary of energy. From our perspective, Mr. Perry has precisely the background, skill set and vision needed to effectively oversee the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and guide the nation’s energy strategies.

Prospects for the EPA Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Pruitt is right for the EPA

Of all the ways the outgoing Obama administration has waged war on the private sector, nothing has been as deeply felt as the economically harmful actions taken by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer speaks at a recent news conference Monday, May 23, 2016, regarding a new ordinance for the city regarding drugs in San Diego.  Faulconer's low-key style has gone down well with voters after the high drama of a predecessor who resigned and pleaded guilty to a felony for harassing women. The Republican leader is a heavy favorite to win a second term as mayor of the nation's eighth-largest city. (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi)

Making America’s cities great again

The historic, controversial presidential election of 2016 is now behind us. The people decided. Now comes the hard part, governing. As usually happens after a presidential campaign, serious, talented individuals come forth to help. There is something magical about contributing to a new federal administration, a chance to effect change across America.

FILE - In this May 10, 2016, file photo, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un waves at parade participants at the Kim Il Sung Square in Pyongyang, North Korea. North Korea is marking Kim Jong Un's birthday Sunday, Jan. 8, 2017 in a decidedly low-key manner. Though the young leader's birthday is well-known throughout the country, it has yet to be celebrated with the kind of adulatory festivities that accompany the birthdays of his late grandfather and father. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E, File)

China’s boost to North Korean nukes

Allowing North Korea to make consistent progress toward the fielding of a nuclear-armed intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) capable of reaching most American cities can be considered President Obama’s most serious failure in national security and non-proliferation.

Washington’s chance to reform the status quo

The United States is a great nation, but we face many serious challenges that need to be addressed. Two key ones relate to the need to ensure fiscal sustainability and achieve government transformation. As a recognized expert in these areas, I have several thoughts that I believe President-elect Donald Trump needs to consider.

Obama’s betrayal of the Cuban people

I couldn’t have imagined that President Obama could do any more harm to the Cuban people before he left office, but I was wrong. With only a week left in his presidency he announced that the long-standing policy of accepting Cubans that flee the Communist island of Cuba by sea — the policy known as “wet feet, dry feet” — would change.

U.N. Deal Deniers Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

That parting shot at Israel

According to well-established sources in Egyptian Intelligence Services, a Palestinian Authority (PA) delegation met in Washington D.C. with officials from the outgoing Obama administration for secret talks. Secretary of State John Kerry and National Security Adviser Susan Rice were present.

Elephant With Two Pyramids Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

A plea for ‘tart reform’

There’s an elephant in the middle of the emergency room, but we’re too busy arguing about Obamacare to see him.

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FILE - In this Sept. 22, 2014, file photo, a member of the Secret Service Uniformed Division with a K-9 walks along the perimeter fence along Pennsylvania Avenue outside the White House in Washington. An Army veteran who got over the White House fence and inside the executive mansion before being stopped is about to be sentenced. Omar Gonzalez is scheduled to appear in federal court in Washington for a sentencing hearing Tuesday. Gonzalez's lawyer is asking a judge to sentence him to time served and says he deserves leniency because of his Army service. Prosecutors are asking that Gonzalez spend nearly two years in prison. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

A president for a day (maybe)

David Rice Atchison was a president (if that's what he was) that the sorehead Democrats, stewing in the sour juices of contempt and frustration, could love. Atchison might, or might not, have been president for a day but he's a footnote to history that almost nobody remembers.

House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wis. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

A candidate for the ax

Donald Trump promises change on a scale seldom seen in Washington. Whether his campaign to "Make America great again" succeeds depends a great deal on whether he can bend the bureaucratic institutions that make up the federal government to his will.

Moldovan President Igor Dodon attends a joint news conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin in the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017. Moldova's new president, who is visiting Russia on his first trip abroad, is voicing hope for rebuilding "strategic" ties with Moscow. (Sergei Ilnitsky/Pool Photo via AP)

While elites fiddle, Russia advances in East Europe

Not many Americans can locate Moldova, a tiny former Soviet republic with a mostly ethnic Romanian population bordered by Ukraine and Romania, on a map. Even fewer could tell you that Moldova was once part of Romania and won its independence with the fall of the Soviet Union, only to have Russia carve out a separatist ethnic Russian enclave called Transdniester, complete with Russian troops and recognized as independent only by the Kremlin.

BOOK REVIEW: 'Burning Bright'

He calls the marauding bear Mr. Gritz and the bear would probably like to call him dinner. The woman who rescues him is an expert with a bow and arrow and her father is known as the Yeti.

Wasting time, resource availability

As a geologist who spent years exploring for hard minerals, I believe we must ask ourselves what would happen if our sources of non-fuel mineral commodities -- the necessary ingredients of most manufactured products -- were cut off.

Policy end good for Cubans

Mr. Antonio Bened bemoans the repeal of the "wet feet, dry feet" immigration policy by President Obama ("Obama's betrayal of the Cuban people," Web, Jan. 17). Said policy puts Cubans who reach U.S. soil on a fast track to permanent residency. He and I disagree on this issue.