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Illustration on imprisoned felons on the voter rolls by Alexander hunter/The Washington Times

The ACLU’s army of ex-cons

Not content with filing nuisance lawsuits all over the country, most of them aimed at thwarting the Trump administration, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is plunging into local political campaigns.

Illustration on Trump's potential effect on economic growth by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Moving toward 3 percent growth

President Trump’s economic team paints a rosier picture about what his policies could accomplish than the economics profession is willing to endorse.

Illustration on Iran's threat to an independent Kurdistan by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

An independent Kurdistan

In order to assist the creation of a Shia Crescent from the Persian Gulf to the Mediterranean Sea, the question remains: Is Iran working to thwart the creation of an independent Kurdistan? Are they working together with Syria in order to further this strategic goal? According to an Iraqi source, Iran is working to thwart the creation of an independent Kurdistan by trying to instigate a civil war among the Kurds by supporting groups opposed to Masoud Barzani. They are doing this because they perceive Kurdish autonomy in Northern Iraq to be a threat and they view the internal divisions among the Kurds to be the most effective way to destroy the dream of an independent Kurdistan for the Kurds presently are not united.

Product of Venezuela Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Cry for me, Venezuela

I often say only half-jokingly to students on college campuses who are all in with Bernie Sanders that if they think socialism is such a wonderful economic model: how about a one-way ticket to Caracas?

Higher Temperature Readings Equal More Money Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Degrading Earth’s future climate

Best practice in science is achieved through a minimum of two critical conditions: humility and perspective. If humility and perspective are ignored, science suffers.

President Donald Trump smiles as he listens to Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos, speak during a news conference in the East Room of the White House, Thursday, May 18, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Destroying Donald Trump is all that matters in the newsrooms of the mainstream media

- The Washington Times

Now anything goes. All restraints are loosened, all self-discipline trashed. There’s no cure or even treatment for Trump Derangement Syndrome, a disease as wild and as swiftly lethal as anything imported from the Ebola River valley of the dark continent. The rules and taboos that once guided even the sleaziest excuse for a newspaper no longer apply.

Illustration on the crisis in Venezuela by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Venezuela’s self-made crisis

Time is running out for Venezuela, a nation of 31 million with perhaps the world’s largest proved reserves of crude oil. The consequences of its descent for its neighbors and for the United States, whether into dictatorship, civil war, or bloody chaos, demand an immediate response — well beyond the call for dialogue, partial targeted sanctions, and resolutions.

The Swamp is Winning Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Why swamp fever must be cured

The accusations in the media against President Donald Trump are reaching hysterical levels. This has also been labeled “Trump Derangement Syndrome,” and is characterized by a reporter’s firm belief (shared by many Democratic politicians and Hillary Clinton supporters) that Mr. Trump is illegitimately occupying the Oval Office, is not fit for presidential duty, and must be ousted one way or another.

Coordinated Preemptive Korea Attack Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Forging a strategy for North Korea

If one consults the great strategists of the human experience such as Karl Von Clausewitz, Sun Tzu, or B.H. Liddell Hart the goal of strategy never changes: it is the application of power in order to attain a clear objective, which in the case for grand strategy could be multi-generational.

Illustration on Trump administration difficulties by Donna Grethen/Tribune Content Agency

The Comey memo

When the news broke this week that President Trump had passed highly classified information to the Russian foreign minister at a White House meeting, administration officials said the story was “false.”

U.N. Secretary General Antonio Guterres, center, addresses the European Parliament, while EU Parliament president Antonio Tajani leaves in Strasbourg, eastern France, Wednesday, May 17, 2017. (AP Photo/Jean-Francois Badias)

EU deepens its own crisis with attacks on Hungary, Poland

The European Parliament has condemned Hungary for human rights issues and a breakdown of the rule of law. Brussels is now threatening all-out financial war against both Hungary and Poland, among others, for alleged human rights abuses and anti-democratic policies and actions. But with conservative governments insisting on their sovereign right to protect their borders and preserve their national identities, Europe is headed for an existential crisis from which it may not recover in its current form.

Mexico's President Enrique Pena Nieto, top left, pauses while speaking to the press, at the end of a press conference where he announced measures intended to protect journalists, in Mexico City, Wednesday, May 17, 2017. Pena said he is taking actions to halt slayings of journalists, without giving specifics, and promised more resources to help those under threat. Past measures have been ineffective in stopping the bloodshed among the country's media workers. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)

When the press plays ‘gotcha,’ nobody wins

It’s a difficult time to be proud of everything about America. The president is vilified from all sides (some criticism deserved, some not), and what’s difficult to defend is the democratic process as we’ve used it to produce both the likes of Donald Trump and the press that rushes like lemmings to judgment.

Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon talks, during First Minister's Questions at the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh, Thursday May 11, 2017. Britain will hold a general election on June 8. (Jane Barlow/PA via AP)

The big hack attack and the NHS

The ransomware cyberattack that wormed its way into at least 74 countries recently exposed new vulnerabilities in the United Kingdom’s National Health Service (NHS), as if it weren’t vulnerable enough.

Illustration on the challenge of Middle East peace negotiations by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Five steps toward achieving Middle East peace

Donald Trump’s decision to visit Saudi Arabia during his first overseas trip as president creates the perfect opportunity for his administration to take positive steps toward addressing five key needs in the region.

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United States former President Barack Obama waves as he leaves his hotel, in Milan, Monday, May 8, 2017. Obama, who is Italy for a two-day visit to participate at the "Seeds&Chips - Global Food Innovation" summit, is also meeting former Italian premier Matteo Renzi and representatives of the local business community. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)

Obama awarded for 'courageous' kill of free market

- The Washington Times

Barack Obama, the guy who's no longer president, gave a campaign-type, rally-the-troops speech a few hours ago -- while accepting an award for "politically courageous leadership," no less -- aimed at making President Donald Trump's life more difficult. He didn't put it that way; it was implied.

Blank Democrat Ballot Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Why Democrats keep losing elections

Hillary Clinton recently asserted she was cheated from victory in the final weeks of the presidential campaign by Jim Comey's decision to reopen the FBI investigation into her emails and Russian interference. This is terribly sad because it encourages congressional Democrats to continue denying the legitimacy of President Trump and obstructing efforts to improve health care, reform taxes and improve economic opportunity for all Americans.

Illustration on the FCC airwaves auction by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Something for cellphone users to celebrate

There's an old adage that government never keeps up with the pace of technology and innovation — a refrain I heard time and again when I served in Congress. But with the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) incentive auction officially coming to a close, the FCC, the American taxpayer and cellphone users across the country have reason to celebrate.

Middle East Peace Dove Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Why a Middle East peace deal is difficult

President Trump is intent on achieving the Middle East peace deal that President Obama sorely wanted as the linchpin of his legacy, and warmly welcomed Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas to the White House with praise for his new peace partner.

Illustration on the unfairness of paying for preexisting conditions by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

America's sickly health insurance system

I'm beginning to wonder whether anyone in Washington or in the media has the slightest clue what insurance is? Here is a standard dictionary definition of the term: "Insurance -- A promise of compensation for specific potential future losses in exchange for a periodic payment. Insurance is designed to protect the financial well-being of an individual, company or other entity in the case of unexpected loss."

Coming of age in a blue-collar French town

- The Washington Times

After the first round of French elections on April 23, Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen advanced to a head-to-head runoff. For many French people, this is a crucial political moment -- a viable, though unlikely, path to the presidency for the far-right National Front, which has made significant advances in the economically depressed, blue-collar regions of France where factory layoffs and widespread unemployment plague small villages. And it's precisely in this environment that Edouard Louis' novel "The End of Eddy" takes place.

MoneyGram merger on up-and-up

Your recently published editorial, "A Wary Eye on China (Web, May 1) repeats false and baseless allegations about Ant Financial's proposed merger with MoneyGram. Ant Financial is a private, entrepreneurial global technology company dedicated to serving underbanked consumers globally. This transformational combination will grow MoneyGram's business and create jobs in America.

Trump must battle BAT

As a delegate, member of the Asian Pacific American Advisory Committee to Trump for President, and ardent supporter of President Trump, I'm enthused by his bold vision for a simplified, yet pro-growth tax-reform plan. But he must not allow his proposal to become poisoned in Congress by a Border Adjustment Tax (BAT).

FILE - In this Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2015 file photo, the 24th Boeing 787 airplane purchased by Qatar Airways is photographed, during a delivery ceremony in Everett, Wash. FIFA has signed up Qatar Airways as a sponsor through 2022 when the World Cup is staged in the Gulf nation. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)

The unfriendly skies

America's airlines have their faults, but they can't be accused of discrimination. All passengers are treated the same, reduced to cargo, and the beauty part is that the cargo is self-loaded.

FILE - In this Feb. 2, 2017, file photo, President Donald Trump, flanked by then-Commerce Secretary-designate Wilbur Ross, left, and Harley Davidson President and CEO Matt Levatich, talks to media before a lunch meeting with Harley Davidson executives and union representatives in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington. Trump says labor unions have an open door to his White House, but so far, he is holding it a little more ajar for some organizations than others. Trump has put out the welcome mat for the nations construction trades, with whom hes had relationships during decades of building office towers and hotels. Also invited in have been auto, steel and coal workers who backed him during the 2016 election. But theres been no White House invitation for other unions representing the nations sprawling _ but shrinking _ pool of 14.6 million workers who collectively bargain with employers in the labor movement. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

A first bite of an apple

The eagerly anticipated presidential executive order to make it easier for churches and pastors to participate in election campaigns falls short of what many religious conservatives, many of whom supported Donald Trump for president, hoped for. Mr. Trump signed it with considerable Rose Garden ruffles and flourishes, but many of his friends called it "disappointingly vague" or at best "just the first bite at the apple, not the last."

What President Trump must do about South Korea's presidential elections

As North Korea continued dangerous provocations -- firing missiles, preparing for its 6th nuclear test, and threatening to carry out a nuclear attack against the U.S. with an ICBM -- President Trump declared that the failed policy of "strategic patience" is over, and vowed to exert on the North expanded and continued pressure until the regime accepts denuclearization. He also pushed China, so far with considerable success, to influence the North to back down with its nuclear program.

FILE - In this Nov. 6, 2016 file photo, then-Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks at Mt Airy Church of God In Christ in Philadelphia. President Donald Trump on Thursday, May 4, 2017, signed a new executive order aimed at weakening the enforcement of a law that bars churches and tax-exempt groups from endorsing political candidates. A look at the law in question, known as the Johnson Amendment. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)

Hillary's 'Onward Together' resistance group smells like scandal

- The Washington Times

Hillary Clinton, after a six-month break from public life, is emerging to head up a resistance group, "Onward Together," aimed entirely at taking out President Donald Trump's policies and bringing down the Republican agenda. It smells like a watchdogger's dream. Can you say "Clinton Foundation, Deja Vu?"

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky. pauses while meeting with reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, May 2, 2017, following a policy luncheon. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Senate better not stall on Obamacare

- The Washington Times

Sen. Ted Cruz warned Americans the Obamacare reform passed through the House might not have such a quick and easy journey through the Senate. Why? Because senators hold their seats for six years, not two, like legislators. Cruz didn't say that -- but it's implied.

Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen delivers a speech during a visit at Zuoying Naval base in Kaohsiung, southern Taiwan, Tuesday, March 21, 2017. (AP Photo/ Chiang Ying-ying) ** FILE **

Taiwan's global health commitment deserves inclusion in WHA

In late April, the Republic of China (Taiwan) and the United States jointly convened a special four-day public health workshop in Taipei focusing on ways to fight mosquito-borne infectious diseases. It was organized under the Global Cooperation and Training Framework, a Taiwan-U.S. effort launched in June 2015 for strengthening bilateral collaboration on regional and international issues, including health. For Taiwan, this workshop was a perfect example of how it has expanded its expertise and its role in responding to international health crises.

Illustration on the pitfalls of a generic approach to treating hearing loss by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Why politics and science don't mix

When lawmakers make policy that affects the lives of American citizens, it should always be in favor of the solution supported by research and the scientific community, not by convenience or, say, the personal timetable of a member of "The Resistance."