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The status quo survives in France, but in ruins

- The Washington Times

The French easily embrace contradiction and chaos. It’s what makes their politics work: “Plus ca change, plus c’est la meme chose,” and they said it first: “The more things change, the more they stay the same.” The Sunday national election in France proved it again.

Unrest in Venezuela Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Venezuela’s coming civil war

- The Washington Times

As American public attention has been focusing on terror attacks in Paris, the crisis in Syria and the nuclear-armed lunatic running North Korea, Venezuela to our south is about to explode into violence and civil war with incalculable consequences in our own hemisphere.

Ivanka Trump, listens as her father President Donald Trump, talks via a video conference to astronauts on the International Space Station, Monday, April 24, 2017, from the Oval Office of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

100 days of the GOP eating its own

- The Washington Times

It’s rounding on 100 days of the President Donald Trump administration — and surprise, surprise, it’s not just Democrats who are pointing wild fingers at the White House for this and that, for what have you and what not. criticizing, condemning and generally crying about how things are progressing. It’s Republicans, almost as much.

Illustration on the consequences of questioning current conventional wisdom by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Shut up and go away

Columbia University, from which I have a degree, has set aside rooms where straight white males — like me — are told they are unwelcome. How should I respond to their annual fund drives?

Illustration on the recent Paris terror attack and the French national elections by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

The police vs. the PC police

As is almost always the case, signs of trouble preceded the latest shooting in Paris, which left one police officer dead and wounded two bystanders before police killed the gunman, later identified as French national Karim Cheurfi, a known criminal with a long, violent record. ISIS claimed to be behind the attack. According to police, a note praising ISIS fell out of Cheurfi’s pocket when he fell.

Better-educated Immigrants Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

One-upping Donald Trump’s crackdown on immigration

President Trump’s crackdown on immigrants committing crimes and employers abusing H-1B visas to replace qualified Americans with low-wage foreign workers may be welcome. However, those fall far short of the comprehensive reform needed to better align immigration policy with the needs of the country.

FILE - In this March 22, 2017, file photo, Antonio Reyes of Brownsville, Texas, stands by the U.S.-Mexico border fence near his home. Reyes said he's seen people scale the border fence that bisects his backyard and jump down in seconds. Sometimes they carry bales of what appear to be drugs. A higher wall is "still not going to stop them," he said. "They'll shotput it or whatever they have to do." (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd, File)

Protecting our southern border with U.S. mariners

As chairman of the Coast Guard and Maritime Subcommittee in the House of Representatives, I am proud to be an unwavering defender of the Jones Act — a critical U.S. national security law that requires vessels moving from one U.S. port to another must be U.S.-built and U.S.-crewed.

Illustration on CUFI by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

A boost for U.S.-Israeli ties

“An unidentified guest uses a Trump Hotel branded umbrella as she walks into the West Wing of the White House,” read the caption of an Associated Press photo in the Washington Examiner picturing an attractive young woman whose face is becoming increasingly familiar in Washington political circles.

Constitutional Change in Turkey Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

What Turkey’s referendum reveals

The outcome of the Turkish vote on constitutional changes, notwithstanding lingering allegations of fraud, represents further evidence of a crumbling global status quo.

Catching Illegal Voters Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Protecting the right to vote

A jury of 10 women and two men in Tarrant County, Texas, found Rosa Ortega guilty of voting illegally and sentenced her to eight years in jail.

Illustration on the Trump dollar by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Donald Trump’s dollar

President Donald Trump’s assertion this week that the “dollar is getting too strong” led to a sharp decline in the value of the greenback.

Illustration on the true intent of the Muslim Brotherhood by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Earning its terrorist designation

In an April 11 Brookings Institution report titled “Is the Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist organization?” senior fellow Shadi Hamid states that the Trump administration’s proposed designation of the Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist group “could have significant consequences for the U.S., the Middle East, and the world.”

Bill O'Reilly (Associated Press)

The high price of Fox hunting

- The Washington Times

The famous bimbo eruptions are back (as if they had ever really gone away), and for once Bubba appears to be in the clear. No new accusations of rude behavior have been lodged against him.

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Tina Brown, founder of the Women in the World Summit, speaks during the event at Lincoln Center in New York, Thursday, April 6, 2017. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

Tina Brown laments Hillary treated like 'Typhoid Mary'

- The Washington Times

Tina Brown, one of the leading voices behind the Women of the World Summit that just wrapped in New York City, said Hillary Clinton was right -- she was a victim of misogyny during the recent presidential election. And she said that the misogyny was so intense, Clinton was practically turned into a Typhoid Mary on the campaign trail. Well, we're already in Stupid Land, might as well look around a while.

In this Tuesday, March 28, 2017, photo, U.S. Border Patrol agents carry bales of marijuana they found along the highway near Ryan, Texas, about 20 miles from the U.S.-Mexico border. One agent said, "They (the smugglers) just leave it and come back another day. It's going to be sad when they come back for it." Drug interdiction is a core mission for the Border Patrol. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)

Fed agent arrests of foreigners spike

- The Washington Times

Sixty-one percent of the arrests made by feds in fiscal 2014 involved "non-U.S. citizens," according to a new Pew Research Center study. And the left says America doesn't have a border problem?

In this Sept. 28, 2016, file photo, dozens of anti-Trump protesters, left, and Trump supporters argue as they gather outside the Bolingbrook Country Club, where then-presidential candidate Donald Trump was attending a fundraiser In Bolingbrook, Ill. (Antonio Perez/Chicago Tribune via AP)

Sounding the alarm on Sanders-Perez road trip

- The Washington Times

Sen. Bernie Sanders, of "Yes, I'm a Proud Socialist" fame, and newly seated Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez have teamed for a 50-state tour to rally the grassroots to come on down and vote, come next election. The GOP would be folly to fail to take note.

Congress' Failure to Do Its Job Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Falling down on the legislative job

The administrative state began in earnest 130 years ago with the creation of the Interstate Commerce Commission in 1883, which was a major power giveaway by Congress to an independent agency.

FILE - In this May 25, 2011, file photo, a man walks past a sign for a Carl's Jr. restaurant in San Bruno, Calif. The fast food chain released an advertisement on March 29, 2017, suggesting it intends to ditch its racy advertising in an effort to focus on its food. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)

Basing pay policy on unique exceptions is foolish

Last week, Fight for $15 protesters engaged in yet another round of coordinated restaurant protests in major cities across the country. The group gets no points for originality.

Illustration on Taiwan's readiness in defense against the communist mainland by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Secure Taiwan, secure peace in Asia

Even if not by design, President Trump made a clear demonstration of American resolve by striking Syria as Chinese President Xi Jinping arrived for his April 6 meeting at Mar-a-Lago. Mr. Trump can further demonstrate U.S. resolve by moving quickly to strengthen the defense of Taiwan, a strategy that has successfully prevented war on the Taiwan Strait for more than 65 years.

Woodrow Wilson and WWI Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

The foul fruits of Woodrow Wilson

- The Washington Times

As a college undergraduate some decades ago, I was assigned an essay on the three most evil men of the 20th century. Adolf Hitler, Vladimir Lenin, Joseph Stalin and Mao Zedong were obvious choices, and most of my fellow students chose from that group. I agreed on Hitler and Lenin, but felt that Stalin and Mao were just additional manifestations of the evil Lenin embodied. My third choice was Woodrow Wilson, which upset my professor at the time, but which I stand by today.

Migrants watch French officials tour  a makeshift camp set outside Calais, France, Tuesday Feb. 23, 2016. People fleeing conflict and poverty in Africa, the Mideast and Asia are facing an evening deadline to move out of the camp in the French port of Calais that has become a flashpoint in Europe's migrant crisis. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)

No friend of the poor

When you're a conservative, you have to develop a thick skin. You get used to hearing how heartless you are. How devoid of compassion.

Worldwide Persecution of Christians Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

The growing persecution of Christians

The world has a disturbing way of moving past its most glaring and persistent crises, but Hussam cannot move on, because he and his family are stuck in a refugee camp.

Illustration on the dangers of "peace in the Middle East" by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

The Middle East's siren call

In Greek mythology, sirens were beautiful creatures that lured sailors to their doom with their hypnotic voices. In Homer's epic "The Odyssey," ships came to ruin on jagged reefs, following siren song, the pull of the beautiful voices so strong that the hero Odysseus, in order not to succumb, commanded that his crew lash him to the mast of his ship, and not untie him, until they were in safe waters.

Life of a complex and consequential president

John A. Farrell, author of two well-received biographies -- one of Clarence Darrow, the other of Tip O'Neill -- has written a compact but comprehensive one-volume biography of perhaps the most complex and consequential president in our nation's recent history. After five years of work, the result is impressive -- strongly written, deeply researched and rich in anecdote.

President Trump decided that inaction against Syria posed far greater risk to the U.S. than action. (Associated Press/File)

A bad week for a rogue

Action speaks louder than red lines. Accepting the mantle of the leader of the free world, Donald Trump has just done what Barack Obama vowed to do, and never did. The sight of Syrian civilians massacred in a chemical weapons attack prompted President Trump to punish the Assad regime in the name of humanity. Next for a reckoning are Syria's more formidable protectors, Russia and Iran, which have drawn their own red lines. Fresh to the world stage, the dealmaker has put unruly powers on notice that he is as likely to strike a target as a bargain.

President Donald Trump watches as Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy administers the judicial oath to Judge Neil Gorsuch during a re-enactment in the Rose Garden of the White House, Monday, April 10, 2017, in Washington. Gorsuch's wife Marie Louise hold a bible at center. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

An early test of the Gorsuch court

The fireworks over the elevation of Neil Gorsuch to the U.S. Supreme Court — he was sworn in Monday as the ninth justice — overshadowed a perversion of the law by the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago that could offer an early indication of the tilt of the newly restored Supreme Court.

Question presidents' words

This year is the 100-year anniversary of U.S. entry into World War I. We must never forget this war. As war ravaged Europe, President Woodrow Wilson publicly adopted neutrality -- while secretly supplying Great Britain with weapons. Wilson knew the Lusitania was hauling weapons to Great Britain and using civilians as cover. The Germans were aware, too, that the United States was secretly arming the Allies, and thus targeted U.S. ships, leading to America's involvement in the war.

Foreign aid pays dividends

Throughout his campaign Donald Trump said the United States spends too much money helping other countries, and he vowed to change that. Budget director Mick Mulvaney reiterated that stance in a St. Patrick's Day presser. But how much do we really spend on foreign aid?