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Illustration on the stagnation of the Democrat party by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

The late, great Democratic Party

This week the Democrats officially coronate the battered Hillary Clinton as the torch bearer for the party. She has slouched to the finish line. She is tired and the country is tired of her. Sorry, Democrats, no do-overs. You’re stuck with her.

EPA Smog Test on Humans Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

The EPA’s secret whitewash

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is trying to use the prestigious National Academy of Sciences (NAS) to cover-up the agency’s illegal science experiments on humans.

No Troops to Poland Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Obama must not send troops to Poland

This month, the Obama administration announced it would send 1,000 troops to Poland on a regular rotation as part of ongoing efforts to shore up the North Atlantic Treaty Organization’s (NATO’s) Eastern flank. These American troops, said President Obama, will “serve shoulder to shoulder with Polish soldiers” to help out one of our country’s “most committed and important allies.”

Sheldon Adelson. (Associated Press)

Now it’s time to pay for the fun

- The Washington Times

Money is not the mother’s milk of politics, as the bundler’s cliche goes, but homemade vanilla ice cream, rich and creamy. Donald Trump hasn’t been getting any. Not much and not lately, anyway.

Saudi Handgun Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

The myth of Saudi support for terrorism

Last Friday, the infamous “28 pages” from the 2002 Congressional Joint Inquiry into the 9/11 attacks were declassified. For years, this final section of the report was kept from the public, which led some to believe that it contained evidence that the Saudi Arabian government was behind the attacks, either indirectly by financing al Qaeda or directly by providing support to the actual terrorists on the planes.

Illustration of Ted Cruz as Brutus by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Ted Cruz writes a political suicide note

- The Washington Times

Cleveland — As Charles Krauthammer put it, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz wrote “the longest suicide note in U.S. History,” and it was a disjointed, contradictory one that revealed a deeply conflicted and narcissistic man. A principled stand for the party and country? Hardly.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry speaks during a press conference with Britain's Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson at the Foreign Office in London, Tuesday, July 19, 2016. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth, pool)

The nightmarish results of Muslim outreach

When President Obama entered office, he dreamed that his hope-and-change messaging and his references to his familial Islamic roots would win over the Muslim world. The soon-to-be Nobel Peace Prize laureate would make the United States liked in the Middle East. Then terrorism would decrease.

Iran Missile Factory Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Obama’s Iran delusions

July 14 was the first anniversary of President Obama’s nuclear agreement with Iran. Because the agreement renders our intelligence community deaf and blind to Iran’s nuclear weapons program, the new report from a German intelligence agency that Iran is violating the deal comes as no surprise.

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton addresses the The National Education Association (NEA) Representative Assembly in Washington, Tuesday, July 5, 2016. (AP Photo/Molly Riley)

Apple polishing on the stump

Hillary Clinton took pandering to a new level when she addressed delegates to the National Education Association’s (NEA) convention on July 5.

Illustration on the loss of fighting spirit in the U.S. armed forces by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

‘Don’t give up the ship’

The recent release of the investigative report on the “surrender” of two U.S. Navy heavily armed, 48-foot Riverine Coastal Patrol Boats in the North Arabian Sea on Jan. 12 to slightly smaller, armed Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps Navy center-console fishing-type boats was more than an embarrassment for the Navy.

Illustration on Trump's acceptance speech by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

The speech Donald Trump should give tonight to win it all

- The Washington Times

Tonight in Cleveland, Donald Trump will accept the Republican nomination for president of the United States. His ascent is the most astonishing political story of our lifetimes, and he achieved it with breathtaking fearlessness, cleverness, wit and smarts. Most importantly, he had from the start an extraordinary sixth sense of the anger, betrayal and anxiety roiling voters and driving their desire to smash the existing order.

Erdogan and the Brotherhood Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

The jihadis in France, the Islamists in Turkey

Streets ran red with blood in both France and Turkey last week. A terrorist atrocity and an attempted coup are quite different events. But underlying both is this question: How are the most dynamic forces within the Islamic world shaping the 21st century?

Anti-EU Movement Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Europe’s challenge after Brexit

New surveys released this week by Britain’s EEF manufacturers’ organization and by PricewaterhouseCoopers predict that the United Kingdom’s June 23 vote to leave the European Union will result in economic slowdown. That may or may not prove true.

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Eli Weisel by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Mourning with a message

We weep for Eli Wiesel in his life. We mourn the loss of a man who lived the future in his past, fate and fame fused and burned permanently into the memory of a civilization that inflicted great suffering.

Illustration on environmental activists' interference in Colorado energy extraction by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

A Rocky Mountain assault on property rights

If an anti-fracking fringe group gets its way, property rights could become a fond memory in Colorado. If its scheme catches on, these fundamental rights could become endangered far more widely.

Brexit naysayers' voting snobbery

The British voting public may not be as sophisticated as some 'Brexit' naysayers would like, but they are smart enough to know that they don't like what the European Union has done to their country. They exercised their right to vote to leave it. As Clifford D. May notes in "Rule Britannia" (Web, June 28): "That's called Democracy. Is there a preferable alternative?"

Don't 'move on' from Benghazi

Like millions of others nationwide, I have followed our nation's Middle East foreign policy under President Obama. And as a former U.S. multinational peacekeeper to Beirut, I am disgusted that party politics have ruined the need for our elected to release a bipartisan, post- Benghazi-terrorist-attack review. Conducting a review in the divisive unhelpful way which both parties did not only insults the sacrifices and lost lives of my comrades and their families, but mocks our collective national intelligence as well.

President Barack Obama and Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton wave following a campaign event at the Charlotte Convention Center in Charlotte, N.C., Tuesday, July 5, 2016. Obama is spending the afternoon campaigning for Clinton. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

'Indicting' Hillary

It's probably true, as a courthouse wisecrack first put it many years ago, that even a mediocre prosecutor can persuade a grand jury to indict a ham sandwich. Loretta Lynch, the nation's top prosecutor, now has the whole ham in front of her, and by one imaginative reading the FBI has all but dared her to proceed against Hillary Clinton.

FILE - In this Sunday, June 12, 2016 file photo, law enforcement officials work at the Pulse gay nightclub in Orlando, Fla., following the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history. More police departments are exploring technology that would allow 911 emergency dispatchers to receive text messages from people who need help. When gunshots rang out at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando in June, patrons hid from the gunman and frantically texted relatives to call 911 because Orlando doesn't have 911 texting. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara, File)

Moving against gun violence

Rep. Tim Murphy of Pennsylvania, the only licensed psychologist in the House of Representatives, has worked for three years to win bipartisan votes for his "Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act." He was asked by the House Republican leadership to examine the nation's mental-health system and recommend reforms that could prevent or make less likely mass shootings by the dangerously mentally ill.

A man talks on his mobile phone in the Marina Bay financial district of Singapore on Tuesday, July 5, 2016. Singapore, which is about the size of New York City, has a population of more than 5 million and its economy relies mainly on finance, tourism and manufacturing. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)

A chance to jar the regulatory ostriches

Between House Speaker Paul Ryan's regulatory reform task force report and Financial Services Committee Chairman Jeb Hensarling's Financial Choice Act (both released in June), regulatory reform is suddenly getting the attention it deserves.

Illustration on Clarence Thomas by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Clarence Thomas, an original

This week marks 25 years since President George H.W. Bush named Clarence Thomas to the U.S. Supreme Court, inaugurating a tenure marked by unwavering commitment to principled originalism.

New book examines end of Soviet era -- and future

"Freedom had materialized out of thin air," writes Nobel Laureate Svetlana Alexievich of the 1991 collapse of the Soviet Union. "Everyone was intoxicated by it, but no one had really been prepared . We'd be just like everyone else. We thought that this time, we'd finally get it right."

Illustration on the backlash to enforced diversity through uncontrolled immigration by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Hillary's 'zombie theory' of immigration

Greg Ip of The Wall Street Journal had a provocative piece in the paper last week in which he debunks the myth -- as myth it surely is -- that economic considerations drive most of the opposition to the country's immigration policies. The current backlash against immigration, suggests Mr. Ip, "has less to do with jobs and wages and more to do with concerns about national identity and control of borders."

Officers leave after a ceremony to hand over the security of the Rio 2016 Olympics to the National Force, at the Olympic Park in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Tuesday, July 5, 2016. With the Olympics set to start on Aug. 5, the games and the city have been overshadowed by security threats, violence, the Zika virus and a national political corruption scandal. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)

Security begins at home

There are few issues all Americans agree on -- but one issue that unites both Democrats and Republicans is an acknowledgment that terrorism is the top threat facing the United States.

Ban Assault Bottles Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Why no beef with John Barleycorn?

In the wake of the Pulse nightclub tragedy in Orlando, Florida, numerous media pundits and concerned Americans have called for new, strict gun regulations, including expanded background checks and bans on gun sales made to anyone on the federal government's "No-Fly List" or from the "Selectee List" of people who have been flagged for extra security at airports.

Illustration on federal agencies weapons purchases by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Firepower for the feds?

On Wednesday, the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform convenes a hearing with the Bureau of Prisons and other agencies regarding their inventory and accounting practices for firearms and ammunition. We salute their efforts.

Change school hiring policy

A 22-year-old former teacher's aide in Glenarden, Md., has been indicted on child abuse, sex offense and child pornography charges ("PG County grand jury indicts ex-school aide on 270 counts including child porn, sex abuse," Web, June 29). The principal of the elementary school at which this took place (who is, by the way, currently on paid leave) "says she didn't follow up or alert local authorities when parents and teachers voiced suspicions about his behavior." Why?

Far left needs reality check

It is perfectly clear that President Obama believes Islamists who kill in the name of Islam and in accordance with the Koran, the hadiths and Shariah are part of a religious movement that is basically good. It is also perfectly clear that a large number of U.S. citizens, mainly of the far left and liberal strain, believe the same thing, and in this regard they are severely misguided and part of the nation's dive into a death pit of radical Islamic killing and intolerance.

Covering up for Hillary

All the obfuscation in the world delivered with all the sincerity she can muster will not obscure the deception in which Hillary Clinton engaged as the death of four Americans in Benghazi became known ("Beware of the supreme maestro of shameless cover-ups," Web, June 28). As always with the Clinton carnival and the Democratic Party, it is politics above truth.

FILE - In this June 13, 2016 file photo, flags fly at half-staff around the Washington Monument at daybreak in Washington, by order of President Obama, the day after more than four dozen people were killed  in the Orlando, Fla., nightclub shootings. As the nation marks Independence Day on Monday, lowering the flag remains a visible, immediate way to pay tribute in hours of tragedy, but flag buffs have noted that the honor has been extended more widely over time, and they and other Americans have questioned whether the country has lowered the bar on the lowering the flag.  (AP Photo/J. David Ake, File)

The blame game on steroids

It's getting ever more difficult to live a right-side-up life in a world turned upside down. Despite trying to do the right thing, offering their prayers and comfort to the friends and families of the dead at Orlando, Christians are now being told to take back their prayers because they're the people responsible for the massacre.