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Helping those who help themselves in Baton Rouge

- The Washington Times

America is a remarkable country, and sometimes it takes a disaster to remind us of how remarkable it is. The millions who indulge a little self-pity over having to choose between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton should look to Baton Rouge for another view.

Illustration on financing the rebuild of the U.S. military by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

How to rebuild U.S. military might

In order to rebuild the U.S. military the next president is going to have to do the following things with the economy. The next administration must design a growth plan that will allow the U.S. economy to expand at a 3 percent to 6 percent rate per year. Only Donald Trump’s plan has the opportunity to do this. It can be accomplished by the following these important actions:

Illustration on the destructive effects of the $15 minimum wage by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

More casualties in the Fight for $15

Wegmans grocery has “essentially” pulled out of a major planned expansion in Washington, D.C. It was reported last week that the decision factored in the city’s newly passed $15 minimum wage and other potential forthcoming labor mandates.

This Nov. 11, 2014, file photo shows the U.S. Capitol Building illuminated by the setting sun on the National Mall in Washington. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

Breaking through the Washington gridlock

Elections in a democracy are by their nature unpredictable. However, it is as clear as day that whoever becomes the 45th president of the United States will be staring at a full plate of international crises, an economy that is growing slower than anticipated, and a generally dysfunctional and hostile relationship between Republicans and Democrats on and off Capitol Hill.

Illustration on Petraeus and a White House pardon by M. Ryder/Tribune Content Agency

A pardon for Petraeus

Was something missing when, earlier this month, the White House announced that President Obama used his constitutional prerogative to put 214 convicts back on the street? Yes, we didn’t see a pardon for the person many Americans believe is the greatest general of his generation, David Petraeus.

Illustration on China as the chief supply source for heroin and methamphetamine pushed in the U.S. by Mexican drug cartels by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

The China connection

The trail of poison that led to the death of rock star Prince and thousands of other Americans begins in China, which President Obama will visit on Sept. 2. According the State Department’s 2016 Narcotics Strategy Report, “China has become a hub for illicit drug consumption, drug and precursor chemical trafficking, and money laundering activities.”

Dwight D. Eisenhower, 34th president of the United States, had high favorability numbers throughout his time in office. (White house)

Not liking this Ike

You’d think a national monument honoring President Dwight Eisenhower would be a can’t-miss proposition. Unfortunately, the proposed design by architect Frank Gehry to honor the man who guided the Allies to victory in World War II is shaping up to be a failure.

U.S. Presidency for Sale Illustration by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

The push proceeds toward oligarchy

Forget for a moment the pressing question of who is going to win this year’s presidential election. Think instead about a broader question emanating from this campaign year: Is American political power flowing inexorably to an entrenched oligarchy that is becoming increasingly impervious to popular sentiment?

Following the Reagan road

Donald Trump’s first quest for the presidency in a number of ways can be compared to the first foray into national politics of another revered Republican who similarly first was seeking the presidency: Ronald Reagan.

Rosa Luxemburg (Associated Press)

Black Lives Matter and the endless war against the Jews

- The Washington Times

The man who controls the language controls the conversation, as George Orwell rightly observed. The word that the left is trying, with a certain success, to appropriate now is “genocide.” Genocide is what Hitler set out to do, to exterminate Europe’s Jews (and who knows where his evil ambition would have gone from there).

Federal Mismanagement of the Peanut Industry Illustration by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Politicians and peanut pilfering

The history of federal peanut policy is the perfect antidote to anyone who still believes that Congress could competently manage a lemonade stand. Federal spending for peanut subsidies will rise eight-fold between last year and next year — reaching almost a billion dollars and approaching the total value of the peanut harvest. This debacle is only the latest pratfall in a long history of horrendous federal mismanagement.

Hillary at the helm

- The Washington Times

”At long last,” she thinks. “My time has come. They’re now all here, fighting for me.”

Texas Bullet Train Project Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

How private enterprise drives the trains

Texans are turning the tables on how to pay for nationally critical infrastructure projects, leading the way with a high-speed train project that relies on the expertise of private entrepreneurs instead of government money.

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GOP, take back social media

The Republican Party cannot win the presidential election unless every single conservative leader, regional official, local politician, Trump-Pence surrogate, and Republcian voter take back social media — ASAP.

Clinton Foundation no charity

The annual Combined Federal Campaign is the equivalent of the United Way, enabling federal employees the opportunity to donate a portion of their salaries to a wide variety of charitable organizations. After reading Mercedes Schlapp's "Big joke: Hillary Clinton's scandals are no laughing matter" (Web, Aug. 25), I consulted the CFC's latest catalogue to see whether the Clinton Foundation was listed. It is not.

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump. **File (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)

The 1 percent economy

Is this really the best that the great American economic engine can do? Is this really morning in America, as Hillary touted in her speech last month to the Democratic National Convention (stealing that famous line from Ronald Reagan's 1984 campaign)?

FILE - In this Wednesday, May 13, 2015, file photo, Google's self-driving Lexus car drives along street during a demonstration at Google campus on  in Mountain View, Calif. As Google cars encounter more and more of the obstacles and conditions that befuddle human drivers, the autonomous vehicles are likely to cause more accidents, such as a recent low-speed collision with a bus. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar, File)

Taking a flyer on driverless cars

With more than 250 million vehicles clogging the American road, the joy of that open road is quickly giving way to the anguish of the gridlocked highway. The driverless car is supposed to unsnarl the backups and prevent thousands of traffic deaths caused by human error.

Illustrations on scandals in Hillary's past by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Where there's smoke there's fire

The prize quote of this incendiary political year may go to Hillary Clinton. In response to Donald Trump's charge that the Clintons set up a pay-for-play arrangement that granted big contributors access to Mrs. Clinton while she was secretary of State, Hillary Clinton said, "My work as secretary of State was not influenced by any outside forces. I made policy decisions based on what I thought was right to keep Americans safe and protect our interests abroad."

Illustration on wasteful taxation by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

A real loser of a tax

Would you be in favor of a tax that loses money for the government, and penalizes entrepreneurship, job creation and economic growth? Only muddy-brained or mean-spirited people would favor such a tax — yet many such people are found in the Internal Revenue Service and Congress. The tax that I am referring to is the capital gains tax, and even more specifically, the capital gains tax as it is applied to the sale of commodities.

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton's economic platform is expected to include familiar liberal tropes such as a call to raise the minimum wage, heavily taxing the superrich, investment in infrastructure and subsidizing college tuition. (Associated Press Photographs)

The student loan conundrum

- The Washington Times

The president's goal was to make student loans more accessible and give more kids the opportunity to go to college, and, to those ends, he achieved. However, there are always pesky unintended consequences.

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. **File  (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)

Hillary the conspiracy theorist

Politicians will say anything, but when Hillary Clinton took to the microphone last week in Reno to warn against a candidate who believes in paranoid conspiracy theories about the presidency, no one could figure out whether she was talking about Donald Trump or herself.

Huma Abedin, an aide to Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, talks on the floor of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, Tuesday, July 26, 2016. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

Fast and loose with secrets

Examples of the carelessness -- perhaps criminal carelessness -- of Hillary Clinton as secretary of State continue to leak from the thousands of emails just now coming to light. Some of the examples of carelessness are more, well, careless than others.