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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.

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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.

Law Enforcement at the Border Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Immigration reform must start with border enforcement

As a veteran border patrol officer, I can say without any reservations that our immigration system is completely dysfunctional. Immigrants permitted to come to the United States have a cumbersome and expensive time doing so. Those who aren’t permitted to enter waltz across the border by the tens of thousands, and those not allowed to remain here elude deportations, even after committing serious crimes against our citizens.

Palestinian Hamas supporters hold up their hands while chanting Islamic slogans as masked members from the Izzedine al-Qassam Brigades, a military wing of Hamas, march with their weapons on vehicles during a rally a long the street of Rafah refugee camp, Gaza Strip, Sunday, Aug. 21, 2016. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)

The next round of Hamas vs. Israel

Words can bewitch. Soon, the seemingly benign phrase “cycle of violence,” will be applied once again to the Hamas-Israel conflict. The linguistic effect of this application will be to equate terrorism and counterterrorism, further blurring the always-essential distinction between international crime and international law enforcement.

Elmar Abdullayev, 55, stands at a gates of his home hit by shelling in a village of Gapinli, in Terter region of Azerbaijan on Tuesday, April 5, 2016. Azerbaijan and separatist forces in Nagorno-Karabakhk on Tuesday agreed on a cease-fire starting noon local time following three days of the heaviest fighting in the disputed region since 1994, the Azeri defense ministry announced. Gapanli, a village south of Terter, has been one of the hardest hit. Houses bear the marks of the recent shelling; metal doors are riddled with shrapnel, power lines are cut down, craters are seen in the yards. (AP Photo/ Hicran Babayev)

An ‘unfrozen’ conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh

Recently, one of Vladimir Putin’s foreign policy functionaries made another outrageous statement on the status of the Azerbaijani region of Nagorno-Karabakh. Evgeniy Satanovsky, the head of Russian Institute of the Near East, visited the separatist region (in contravention of international law) in mid-June and declared: “As I understand it, the issue that Karabakh is part of Azerbaijan, in terms of military logic and from the standpoint of practical politics is completely closed.”

Safety of Chromium-6 Levels in North Carolina Illustration by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Exaggerating chromium risks

Constant claims, counterclaims and accusations about coal ash contaminating surface and underground water are making North Carolinians feel like they’re watching a fast-paced tennis match. Even people with chemistry degrees must feel bewildered by assertions that parts per million or billion of chromium-6 may cause cancer.

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Illustration on the electoral impact of a "silent majority" by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

The great silent majority may surprise Trump, Clinton and us all

- The Washington Times

Every four years like clockwork, the two major presidential nominees present their competing visions for the future of the country. This year, however, those visions are so starkly different as to be nearly irreconcilable. They may, in fact, indicate a breach far deeper and more searing than previously thought.

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks at a rally at Abraham Lincoln High School, in Des Moines, Iowa, Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2016. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Those 'old, tired ideas'

Reacting to Donald Trump's speech Monday to the Detroit Economic Club, Hillary Clinton said her Republican opponent tried to "make his old, tired ideas sound new." As opposed to her old, tired ideas of higher taxes on the wealthy with government as redistributor.

BOOK REVIEW: 'Chance Developments'

It is Sister Flora's first day in the world outside the walls of the convent where she has lived for 10 years, and she has cheerful plans to spend the money she inherited from her uncle and to find a husband.

Illustration on the questionable safety of imported Canadian drugs by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Danger in drugs from Canada

When it comes to health care reform, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump have something in common -- and it's dangerously wrong. They support drug importation "from Canada." It's a sound-bite solution that won't offer lower prices but will result in a public health calamity.

Hillary Short Circuit Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Hillary Clinton 'short-circuited'

When former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was asked last week if she has misled the American people on the issue of her failure to safeguard state secrets contained in her emails, she told my Fox News colleague, Chris Wallace, that the FBI had exonerated her. When pressed by Mr. Wallace, she argued that FBI Director James Comey said that her answers to the American people were truthful.

Illustration on identity politics and American cultural/political division by Linas GArsys/The Washington Times

When identity politics trump everything

Identity politics, which threatens to suffocate the body politic as the nation stumbles toward an election, takes a slice of a person's background, magnifies it as a perception of personality as if it lends significance to the whole person. Hyphenating Americans didn't start with blacks; there's an ancient tradition of Irish-Americans, Italian-Americans and Anglo-Americans and others separated by that persistent hyphen.

New York City Police Commissioner William Bratton. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen, File)

A new top cop for New York City

A policeman's lot, as Gilbert and Sullivan reminded us, is not a happy one, and the lot of New York City may not be a happy one, either, in the wake of the departure of William Bratton as the police commissioner.

Stand up to Putin

Russia's full-scale war on NATO's eastern front is of major relevance to America and both its major political parties. Russia has killed more than 8,000 Ukrainians, seized Crimea, Donbas, part of Georgia and more. The mainstream media and some Americans are ignoring Vladimir Putin's war on NATO's eastern front, and this is hard to excuse.

Milk undeserving of ship honor

Whenever I wonder what else can the Obama administration do to shock the senses, it does not fail me. As I read in Monday's Washington Times, a new low has been reached: A Navy ship is being named for polarizing gay-rights icon Harvey Milk ("Ray Mabus bypasses war heroes, names Navy ship for gay rights icon Harvey Milk," Web, Aug. 7).

Illustration on CAIR's behavior and background by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

CAIR's cries of 'Islamophobia'

A vast "Islamophobia network" is busy marginalizing Muslim Americans. At least that's what the Council on American Islamic Relations wants you to believe.

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally at Crown Arena, Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2016, in Fayetteville, N.C. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Anyone for real talk about real issues?

For one brief moment this week it looked possible, if not exactly probable, that the presidential campaign of 2016 might focus on real issues of actual concern to Americans, after all. Donald Trump delivered a speech outlining an economic plan he says would get the millions of Americans left behind in recent years back to work, lighten the tax burden on the middle class with Reagan-like tax cuts and double the annual GDP growth rate.

In this Sept. 22, 2009, file photo, members of the U.S. Army's 1st Infantry Division fall in for a re-deployment ceremony upon return from Iraq to Fort Riley, Kan. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner, File)

Improving infantry survival

Just as candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump enter the home stretch of the 2016 presidential campaign, the U.S. Air Force is expected to proudly announce, after nearly 15 years of trying, that their new super fighter jet, the F-35 is certified for active service.

Illustration on unfrozen assets and restitution to Iran's victims by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

What does America owe Iran?

An unmarked cargo plane filled with $400 million in cash lands in Tehran. Four American hostages held by Iran's rulers are set free. These revelations have sparked two controversies.

Illustration on the first death attributable to Hillary Clinton's unsecured server by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

The first casualty of Hillary Clinton's server

Exactly how damaging the classified information is that was discovered on Hillary Clinton's server became clear this weekend when the Iranian government executed an alleged spy. He had been mentioned in at least one email from an aide to Hillary, which called him "our friend."

Illustration on the need for details in Trump's economic proposals by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Trump's economic prescription

Donald Trump said much in his recent speech at the Detroit Economic Club to inspire confidence that he can resurrect the American economy and lead a great nation.