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Illustration on the success of Trumponomics in red states by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Where Trumponomics is working

One reason the two of us were so confident that President Trump’s economic policies would be positive for workers, the economy and the stock market, is that we’ve seen first-hand these policies work in the states. Many liberal economists have been insisting that Mr. Trump’s promise of a 3 or 4 percent growth is a fantasy and that 2 percent growth is the best we can do.

Modest Growth Rate Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

The tax cut reality

As Republicans balance competing interests to craft a tax cut, both Democrats and the Trump administration are making outrageous claims.

Making Pyramid Schemes Illegal Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Keeping shady business practices at bay

Scams affect us all. As Nebraska’s attorney general from 2003-2015, one of my key priorities was safeguarding against scams. In 2010, I helped Nebraska’s Legislature pass a model law to protect consumers from pyramid schemes. Similar laws have now been adopted in 21 states.

Roger Goodell. (Associated Press)

The NFL owners with a playbook of their own

- The Washington Times

The owners of the National Football League finally came up with a playbook of their own. Beset by players who want to be political commentators who work from their knees, and by angry fans who only want to watch a football game without insult to the country they love, the owners consulted their playbook and think they can run out the clock.

Illustration on the clique of dictators by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Defeating the dictators’ clique

A dictators’ clique of China, Russia, Iran and North Korea threatens democracies everywhere. They are more dangerous than any past dictators because they have or are about to have nuclear weapons and the means to deliver them. The best way for peace-loving nations to oppose these dictators is through a global coalition centered on the United States and Europe. The U.S. and European democracies led coalitions that defeated dictators in the World War I, World War II and the Cold War. They can do it again.

Illustration on police and minorities by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Deadly Democratic cities

After a speech in Middletown, Pennsylvania, this week, President Trump sat for an interview with Fox News’ Sean Hannity. No doubt it was friendly territory. For the president, Mr. Hannity’s questions were underhand softballs tossed down the center of the plate, and the replies were vintage Trump.

Illustration on the strategic importance of an independent Kurdistan by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Toward an independent Kurdistan

The autonomous Kurdistan region of northern Iraq held a referendum on independence on Sept. 25. It was overwhelmingly approved. This referendum, not surprisingly however, has precipitously raised tensions not only with Iraq but also with Turkey, Syria and Iran, all of which have large — and restive — Kurdish minorities.

Illustration on the growing accusations against men as a group for sexual misconduct by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Young men’s lives matter, too

Everybody despises Harvey. Usually by this time in the public pursuit of a villain the scoundrel begins to attract a little undeserved sympathy. Not this time. The accusers keep on coming, with the passion of Emile Zola famously accusing the French government of hounding Alfred Dreyfus — “J’ accuse!” — only because he was a Jew.

It's All About the Votes Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

The Trump-McConnell detente

That was some chaotic scene in the White House Rose Garden Monday. After lunch with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, President Trump assured combative reporters and the country that the two are getting along just fine, in spite of the Senate’s failure to repeal and replace Obamacare and an uncertain future over tax reform, the other Republican signature issue party members promised to get done.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell watches from the sidelines before an NFL football game between the Minnesota Vikings and Green Bay Packers in Minneapolis, Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017. (AP Photo/Bruce Kluckhohn)

NFL missed golden opportunity

- The Washington Times

Commissioner Roger Goodell emerged from a meeting with NFL players and owners and announced, indirectly, that it was still A-OK to kneel for the national anthem. “We did not ask for that,” he said, in answer to a question about whether the league would demand players stand. And in so doing, the NFL has missed a golden opportunity to soothe and calm tensions.

Illustration on Mitch McConnell by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

More than just a swamp dweller

- The Washington Times

Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell is regarded by most conservatives and Republicans outside Washington as the embodiment of all that’s wrong with Washington. A recent Harvard study found him the least popular of all nationally known political figures and a group of my fellow conservatives told him in an open letter that as far as they’re concerned, he is “the swamp.”

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Jimmy Carter -- gasp! -- defends Donald Trump

- The Washington Times

Jimmy Carter -- yes, that Jimmy Carter, the Habitat for Humanity hammering former president who could never be confused, by any stretch of the imagination, as the slightest bit conservative -- actually offered up words of defense for Donald Trump. Check the skies for flying pigs.

In this Dec. 7, 2016, file photo, AXS TV Chairman and Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban listens on Capitol Hill in Washington. Just seven months into the Trump presidency, Republicans and right-leaning independents have begun to contemplate the possibility of an organized bid to take down a sitting president from within.  (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

Mark Cuban: Make up your mind -- or shhh

- The Washington Times

Celebrity "Shark Tank" show's Mark Cuban said he is "seriously considering" running for the White House in 2020, Donald Trump be danged. Now there's a race that should be interesting to watch. If it ever happens, of course. Which is may, or may not, or could, or very well won't, apparently depending on the time of day, record of interview, and heat of the moment. In other words: Make up your mind already. Or shhhh.

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The myth of the happy hooker

The state has tried to eliminate, regulate and exploit the oldest profession for centuries, and no one has come up with a lasting formula. But now the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco has cleared the way for "prostitution activists" to proceed with a lawsuit in a lower court to overturn the California law banning the trade, and the suit may have constitutional consequences.

Participants in the annual Trick or Treat Main Street go from business to business for candy and other items during the evening Halloween celebration, Friday, Oct. 20, 2017, in Pittston, Pa. (Dave Scherbenco/The Citizens' Voice via AP)

Ghosts on the run

Having given the back of the hand to Christopher Columbus, the snowflakes have gone to work on another suspect holiday, this one the preserve of ghosts and goblins. Just when everyone thought it was safe to be dead, pious ire of the politically correct is turned toward the Eve of All Hallows.

Tracing Ukraine's travails

In a European continent torn by incessant warfare over the centuries, Ukraine deserves sympathy for its most-abused-state status. As the real estate adage holds, "Location is everything." And Ukraine has the misfortune to be snuggled against the southeast corner of Russia, historically its prime tormentor.

Kudos to Fields

I urge anyone who might have missed it in our nano-second news cycle to read Suzanne Fields' most timely column ("Young men's lives matter, too," Web, Oct. 18). In wonderful prose, Mrs. Fields masterfully integrates California Gov. Jerry Brown's recent veto of a bill that would have codified into California law the notorious "dear colleague" false campus rape hysteria of the Obama administration, the progressive feminist media's desire to keep Harvey Weinstein on the front page in order to convince all and sundry that every man really is a Harvey in sheep's clothing, and heaps praise on Education Secretary Betsy DeVos for her clear-sighted fairness and transparency.

Taxes don't curb consumption

Walk into an inner-city kindergarten and at least half of the kids you see are going to be fat, pre-Type-2 diabetics ("Thirst prevails again in Chicago." Web, Oct. 18). In fact, a number of these kids got set up for diabetes in the womb because their mothers were following the federal food guidelines. That's right, kids can develop insulin resistance before they are born. Inner cities are full of fat people, and even some of the skinny ones have fatty livers, fatty pancreases and eventually loss of blood-sugar control, then hyperinsulinemia.

Rep. Frederica Wilson, D-Fla., talks to reporters, Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017, in Miami Gardens, Fla. Wilson is standing by her statement that President Donald Trump told Myeshia Johnson, the widow of Sgt. La David Johnson killed in an ambush in Niger, that her husband "knew what he signed up for." In a Wednesday morning tweet, Trump said Wilson's description of the call was "fabricated." (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)

A clown in a cowboy hat

- The Washington Times

For the good of humanity -- not to mention the notion of self-governance in America -- this woman must be removed from public office.

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Nancy Pelosi, Chelsea Handler: How low can you go

- The Washington Times

How low can you go -- that's the line that comes to mind while reading of House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi's recent sit-down with Chelsea Handler. Yes, that Chelsea Handler -- the one who's known 'round comedy circles as never-too-busy-to-go-vulgar.

Former U.S. President George W. Bush speaks at a forum sponsored by the George W. Bush Institute in New York, Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

Bush, Obama, McCain, three peas in a cowards' pod

- The Washington Times

Once upon a time, there was a moral concept that taught if you had a problem with somebody, you went to that person directly and spoke of that matter in private -- you didn't throw darts at public walls. Then came Sen. John McCain. And in speedy order, then came George W. Bush and Barack Obama.