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Donald Trump, the unstoppable force of nature — maybe

- The Washington Times

The dogs bark, the flies scatter, the gasbags at the conventions send enormous clouds of toxic waste to hover over Cleveland and Philadelphia that won’t dissipate until Labor Day, and the caravan moves on. Election Day approaches, and rarely have so many been so disappointed with the choice before us.

Fathers Absent from "Black Lives Matter" Movement Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Black Lives Matter’s real agenda

Unless you have been “off the grid” for a while, you have heard a lot in the news about Black Lives Matter. This “movement” has gotten a lot of press and some notable praise from celebrities and politicians, including positive mentions from President Obama. But I suspect that most people, including many who have tweeted #blacklivesmatter, have not visited its website.

Illustration on Hillary Clinton's position in support of the Democratic base by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Hillary Clinton’s mixed messages

- The Washington Times

Black Lives Matter, Black Panthers, Occupy Wall Street, Socialists, Communists, those who want to strip God from their party platform, LGBTQ activists, Planned Parenthood, Hispanics, white-working class union workers, Wall Street, and climate-change mongers, all have a place in the Democratic Party.

Illustration on the relationship between Pakistani government corruption and the rise of Islamist violence by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

How religious extremists thrive

As Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton spar over security and foreign aid, those of us living in Pakistan wonder how we ended up in the rearview mirror of the debate. American taxpayers spend billions of dollars per year in Pakistan — a nuclear state with religious extremists baying at the door — and next door in Afghanistan, where the Taliban are ensconced.

Church and State Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Defending religious liberty

I write with a deep and growing concern about the future of religious liberty in the United States.

Mike Pence, Conservative Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Why Pence makes sense

Whenever I talk to conservatives across the country about the presidential election, a common refrain is that they find Donald Trump refreshing in many ways. They like that he eschews political correctness and promises to stand up for ordinary Americans against the elites.

SM-3 Missile Defense Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Defending against the growing missile threat

Both Iran and North Korea are rogue nations developing and testing new missile technologies at an alarming rate. Iran threatens U.S. forces and has missile technology to carry out those threats. North Korea has successfully tested missiles that can be fired from submarines and is threatening to use them.

Illustration on expanding health care choices for veterans by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Remodeling veterans’ health care for the 21st century

From 2007 to 2009, I served as undersecretary for health in the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Overseeing the Veterans Health Administration (VHA), I often saw the best of what our nation offers veterans recovering from the wounds of war in a system staffed by committed health professionals devoted to providing quality care.

Fethullah Gulen     The Washington Times

A Gulen factor in Turkey’s turmoil?

As the dust settles in Turkey following the bloodiest coup in recent history, questions continue to surface about who was behind the recent uprising. In the midst of the unfolding drama, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan accused rival Fethullah Gulen of being behind the putsch.

Clinton Scandals Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

A vivid symbol of scandal

Democrats gathered for their convention in Philadelphia know Hillary Clinton did not escape her latest bout with scandal unscathed. While Hillary once more remained one step ahead of the law, she is several steps behind the public. She could not have picked a worse time for her latest foray into the ethical morass.

North Korea Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho talks to a reporter after a break during the 23rd Asean Regional meeting in Vientiane, Laos, Tuesday, July 26, 2016. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)

Disappointment with China

China’s reaction to the decision of the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague that there was no evidence that China had exercised exclusive control over the waters or resources historically in the South China Sea was disappointing but expected.

Illustration on the Democratic National Convention by Tim Brinton

Chaos at the Democratic National Convention

Cleveland versus Philadelphia. So many predicted a cataclysmic disaster for the Republicans during their convention. Yet, it ended up being an organized, well-run event showcasing the reformation of the Republican Party and propelling Donald Trump to the biggest post-convention bounce for either party since 2000.

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Illustration on transgender mental health in the military by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Chelsea Manning and transgender suicide rates

Within days of the Obama administration announcement of the repeal of the ban on transgender soldiers serving openly in the military, Chelsea Manning, the transgender soldier who was convicted of leaking more than 750,000 classified and unclassified documents to WikiLeaks, tried to commit suicide in her cell at Fort Leavenworth's prison.

President Barack Obama during a memorial service at the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center with the families of the fallen police officers, Tuesday, July 12, 2016, in Dallas. Five police officers were killed and several injured during a shooting in downtown Dallas last Thursday night. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

President Obama's lecture in Dallas

President Obama flew to Dallas Tuesday to heal broken hearts, and did what he does best — break hearts into smaller pieces. He used the occasion of a memorial service, with the broken families and heartsick friends of the five slain Dallas police officers sitting before him, to offer only his lecture to white folks to repent of their sins.

Illustration on school choice by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

'A Republic -- if you can keep it'

It is now plain to see that our government is being transformed from a lawful republic into a lawless monarchy. Yet, we may still be able to save it -- by motivating enough Americans to join forces to restore liberty and justice for all. This requires a bipartisan, cooperative effort among the American people and our public officials.

Illustration on the struggle to maintain liberty by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Leadership matters

After last week's protests over police practices, the mass killing of cops in Dallas, and usual efforts to take political advantage, it should be evident to every American that we face a crisis in public trust and accountability. The only solution is good, old-fashioned leadership by men and women of integrity and principle.

Illustration on Obama's devisive rhetoric by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Presidential blather in time of tragedy

Race is what you make of it. For me I have made race a part of what social scientists once called the "melting pot," by which they meant that differences of ethnicity and even of race were all melted down into one great variegated country called America.

BOOK REVIEW: 'Blood, Bone and Marrow: A Biography of Harry Crews'

Reading the novels of Harry Crews is akin to walking into the freak show at a third-tier Southern carnival. The author (who died at the age of 76 in 2012) had the knack of taking human sub-normality to unbelievable lows, making one wonder whether such persons actually exist outside the tortured bounds of his mind.

Illustration on the Iran Nuclear deal one year on by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Obama's Iran experiment

A hypothetical question: Suppose the Islamic State wanted to buy some American airplanes and promised not to use them to support terrorists. Would you be OK with that? I'm guessing not.

President Barack Obama heads to Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base in Md., Tuesday, July 12, 2016. Obama is traveling to Dallas to speak at an interfaith memorial service for the fallen police officers and members of the Dallas community. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Six shocking details from the Iran nuke deal

Most Americans know that Barack Obama's nuclear agreement with the Islamic Republic of Iran is bad, but few are aware that it's this bad. I explain why fully in my book "The Complete Infidel's Guide to Iran" -- and here are some of the deal's very worst aspects:

Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during an interview after a rally in Virginia Beach, Va., Monday, July 11, 2016. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

America needs a 'law and order' president

- The Washington Times

Donald Trump has a moment. After the horrific events in Louisiana, Minnesota and Texas, he can unify the nation by positioning himself as the "law and order" candidate -- the one man who can see what's happening in our inner-cities clearly and truthfully to best prescribe remedies.

President Barack Obama listens to Polish President Andrzej Duda offering condolences before making statements following their meeting at PGE National Stadium in Warsaw, Poland, Friday, July 8, 2016. Obama is in Warsaw to attend the NATO Summit. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Obama's legacy of race

Americans elected their first black president eight years ago with Great Expectations, the greatest among them that that the election of a president with a brown face would improve race relations. In fact, it was this "hope" that was the most attractive qualification of Barack Obama. But hope, as he has demonstrated, is not a strategy.

Attorney General Loretta Lynch speaks about recent shootings, Friday, July 8, 2016, at the Justice Department Washington. Lynch called for peace and calm in the wake of the attack on police officers in Dallas, saying that violence is never the answer. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Sacrificing the innocent (maybe)

Caesar's wife was just born too soon. She paid the price of someone else's hanky-panky, actually someone else's attempted hanky-panky. Had she been born a millennium or two later she would have fit right in to a time and place where everything goes.

Miracles happen with our help

Opinion polls proclaim that a majority of Americans are distraught and disturbed about our nation's presumptive political leaders. Many also deeply despair the natural disasters, here in West Virginia and elsewhere. They mourn the divisive rhetoric and hate-filled violence that stalks the well-being of our families and our nation.

Press, supporters complicit

Many in the mainstream press have bent over backward to portray the "Black Lives Matter" movement in the most positive light possible -- despite the fact that they have chanted in unison "Pigs in a blanket; fry them like bacon," and "What do we want? Dead cops! When do we want them? Now!"

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A voice for strong principles

- The Washington Times

When a congressman or senator leaves Washington as Bill Armstrong did in 1990, it doesn't take long for the political class to move on as if he or she never existed.

Illustration on the relative state of the world by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

It's better than you think

It is the worst of times -- well no, not really. This past week we had shootings of police and shootings by police. The world economy and political situation is a mess. It is a time of crisis -- without an apparent Churchill, Thatcher or Reagan. Yet, in many ways, things have never been better.

BOOK REVIEW: 'Spanish-Israeli Relations, 1956-1992'

This is one of those books that not only sheds light on a too-much-ignored, perhaps even hidden, chapter in postwar international relations, but also on larger issues. The immediate question behind this intensively researched and analytical book is why it took nearly four decades after the establishment of the State of Israel for it to achieve full diplomatic relations with Spain -- in 1986.