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Classified Dossier Illustration by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

The Democrats’ ‘dossier’

The recent intelligence report on Russian interference in the election concluded that the Russian government was behind the hacking and release of Democratic emails. The assumed purpose of these activities was an effort to support the candidacy of Donald Trump, even though the report acknowledged that the Russian government believed Hillary Clinton was likely to win the election anyway.

Texas Power Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

The power of Rick Perry

As former energy secretaries in a Republican and Democratic administration, we can say with complete confidence that President-elect Donald Trump has made an excellent choice in nominating Rick Perry to be secretary of energy. From our perspective, Mr. Perry has precisely the background, skill set and vision needed to effectively oversee the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and guide the nation’s energy strategies.

Prospects for the EPA Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Pruitt is right for the EPA

Of all the ways the outgoing Obama administration has waged war on the private sector, nothing has been as deeply felt as the economically harmful actions taken by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer speaks at a recent news conference Monday, May 23, 2016, regarding a new ordinance for the city regarding drugs in San Diego.  Faulconer's low-key style has gone down well with voters after the high drama of a predecessor who resigned and pleaded guilty to a felony for harassing women. The Republican leader is a heavy favorite to win a second term as mayor of the nation's eighth-largest city. (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi)

Making America’s cities great again

The historic, controversial presidential election of 2016 is now behind us. The people decided. Now comes the hard part, governing. As usually happens after a presidential campaign, serious, talented individuals come forth to help. There is something magical about contributing to a new federal administration, a chance to effect change across America.

FILE - In this May 10, 2016, file photo, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un waves at parade participants at the Kim Il Sung Square in Pyongyang, North Korea. North Korea is marking Kim Jong Un's birthday Sunday, Jan. 8, 2017 in a decidedly low-key manner. Though the young leader's birthday is well-known throughout the country, it has yet to be celebrated with the kind of adulatory festivities that accompany the birthdays of his late grandfather and father. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E, File)

China’s boost to North Korean nukes

Allowing North Korea to make consistent progress toward the fielding of a nuclear-armed intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) capable of reaching most American cities can be considered President Obama’s most serious failure in national security and non-proliferation.

Washington’s chance to reform the status quo

The United States is a great nation, but we face many serious challenges that need to be addressed. Two key ones relate to the need to ensure fiscal sustainability and achieve government transformation. As a recognized expert in these areas, I have several thoughts that I believe President-elect Donald Trump needs to consider.

Obama’s betrayal of the Cuban people

I couldn’t have imagined that President Obama could do any more harm to the Cuban people before he left office, but I was wrong. With only a week left in his presidency he announced that the long-standing policy of accepting Cubans that flee the Communist island of Cuba by sea — the policy known as “wet feet, dry feet” — would change.

U.N. Deal Deniers Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

That parting shot at Israel

According to well-established sources in Egyptian Intelligence Services, a Palestinian Authority (PA) delegation met in Washington D.C. with officials from the outgoing Obama administration for secret talks. Secretary of State John Kerry and National Security Adviser Susan Rice were present.

Elephant With Two Pyramids Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

A plea for ‘tart reform’

There’s an elephant in the middle of the emergency room, but we’re too busy arguing about Obamacare to see him.

Rep. Keith Ellison (Associated Press)

Democrats wasting time hating Donald Trump

- The Washington Times

Democrats who confuse hating Donald Trump with Mom and apple pie as the all-American recipe to win elections are blowing their chances, such as they are, for the 2018 midterm elections. If you’re a Democrat it’s never too soon to fret and stew about the prospects.

Lobbying Trump Illustration by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Lobbying in the age of Trump

A conservative wit once said that if you want to know who runs Washington, you should look under “association” in the Washington phone book. The line gets a good laugh, but it’s unfair — which may be why it gets the laugh. And it’s particularly unfair to small businesses and companies employing forgotten middle-class workers.

Religious Freedom Problems in Turkey Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Turkey’s wavering support for religious freedom

I walked into the Ankara airport on Dec. 20, after a long day of eye-opening meetings, to the news on CNN International — the Russian ambassador to Turkey had just been shot. Our U.S. ambassador to Turkey, John Bass, a career diplomat who expertly navigated our previous 24 hours of intensive meetings, was standing next to me. He calmly pulled out his cellphone and started making calls.

FILE - In this Nov. 6, 2013 file photo, animal rights activist and co-founder of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) Ingrid Newkirk lies on a mock barbecue stand as a sign of protest in Mumbai, celebrating World Vegan Month, a month long celebration of a health, environment- and animal-friendly vegan diet. PETA turns 35 years old in 2015, is the largest animal rights group in world with 3 million members, and has done a lot with a little sex, shock and celebrity.(AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool, File)

Is veganism a mental disorder?

Contrary to the national and local debates we have about securing the border, anchor babies and sanctuary cities, the Swiss have a different system to determine who stays and who goes. Your neighbors get to vote on your citizenship. It’s a policy that at a minimum should promote politeness.

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In this Jan. 15, 2015 file photo, Gov. Peter Shumlin delivers his budget address at the Statehouse in Montpelier, Vt. (AP Photo/Andy Duback, file)

The Russians invaded Vermont -- not!

- The Washington Times

It's beginning to feel like the mainstream media has Russian hysteria -- which in itself is funny, given most in the press openly mocked 2012 Republican nominee Mitt Romney a mere four years ago for saying Russia was the greatest geopolitical threat to the U.S.

A capital chance for change

Congressmen love recess almost as much as the kids do, and no one knows for sure what either Congress or the kids will do when the bell finally rings and they return to their seats. With the opening of the 115th Congress, there's high anticipation that Congress will settle down to conduct the nation's business like adults.

Assistant U.S. Attorney General Tom Perez announces a civil rights unit to be based in Birmingham, Ala., on Tuesday. The unit will be responsible for prosecutions and lawsuits. (Associated Press)

A race to the bottom

Once they get over their post-election pout (and even if they can't, and don't), the Democrats must choose a new chairman of the Democratic National Committee. The two top contenders, Rep. Keith Ellison of Minnesota and Secretary of Labor Tom Perez, represent that great distinction without a difference.

Punishing children for fathers' sins

I am a retired Department of Justice lawyer, a former judge's law clerk and a with-honors law-school graduate. I am not your ordinary crackpot. I want to call attention to the last paragraph in Article III of our Constitution. It bans "corruption of blood," prohibiting the punishment of children in case their parents are convicted of treason.

Vindictive down to the wire

President Obama is doing dirty tricks by trying to thwart President-elect Donald Trump's promised agenda even before Mr. Trump is sworn in on Jan. 20. For instance, Mr. Obama recently banned all offshore oil drilling in an attempt to hurt Mr. Trump's promise to America that he will use all forms of energy to get the United States energy-independent.

BOOK REVIEW: 'Kenneth Clark: Life, Art and Civilisation'

Kenneth Clark (1903-1983) thought of himself as a writer, which indeed he was, producing numerous fine works of art history ranging from Rembrandt to the Italian Renaissance to the nude and two of the best 20th-century British autobiographies, "Another Part of the Wood" and "The Other Half."

A season of new hope

Samuel Johnson famously said that a second marriage is a triumph of hope over experience. Each ballot cast in November by a middle-class working man or woman in America, especially an unemployed working-class man or woman, and most especially an unemployed worker in Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin in yet another presidential election might also be seen as a triumph of hope over experience.

Losing our Sowell

We've heard a lot lately about how 2016 was such an awful year. Usually that thought is prompted by the death of a beloved celebrity, and there's no question that we lost some talented people.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu chairs a weekly cabinet meeting, in Jerusalem, Sunday, Jan. 1, 2017. (Gali Tibbon/Pool photo via AP)

Kerry's two-faced solution

In his recent speech excoriating Israel for refusing to commit suicide by allowing a sworn enemy to have a state adjoining the Jewish state, Secretary of State John Kerry claimed the U.S. government "did not draft or originate" the U.N. resolution critical of Israeli "settlements."

Defunding Useless Institutions Illustration by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Now to defund wasteful global institutions

A positive side effect of President Obama's duplicity with the anti-Israeli United Nations vote was the attention it brought to what the U.N. is actually doing and how it is wasting taxpayer dollars and undermining liberty.

Criswell Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

A Criswellian view of 2016

Who would have thought that the Nate Silvers, Larry Sabatos and Chris Matthewses of the world, as respected as they are as political analysts, could ever achieve a level of prophetic punditry rivaling that of Jeron Konig?

It's a 'Wanda-ful' life

In 2017, America will likely have a new leader in movie theaters.

In this May 15, 2013, file photo, President Barack Obama sits with Attorney General Eric Holder during the 32nd annual the National Peace Officers Memorial Service on Capitol Hill in Washington. Obama has announced plans to improve Democrats down-ballot fortunes once he leaves office. He is launching an initiative with former Attorney General Eric Holder aimed at making Democratic gains when states redraw legislative district lines following the 2020 census. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

The Obama years stumble to a cheesy climax

- The Washington Times

Everyone only thought the interregnum between presidents was "the natural transition," an orderly march to the beat of neither knives, nor guns or even stones. It's the way Americans have conducted themselves since George Washington turned the house key over to John Adams.

The Old Soviet Union Illustration by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Confusing Putin with the old Soviet threat

- The Washington Times

We seem prepared to believe any evil of Vladimir Putin's Russia, which has with its second-rate military establishment and failing economy somehow morphed in the minds of many Americans into a greater threat than the old Soviet Union.

Gen. James N. Mattis,  President-elect Donald Trump's nominee for defense secretary. (Associated Press photographs)

Pentagon pick Mattis no champion of a green military

Environmental advocates have branded retired Marine Gen. James Mattis as the "lone green hope" among the nominees announced thus far by President-elect Donald Trump. They pin their hopes on Gen. Mattis' 2003 plea that Navy researchers "unleash" the Marine Corps "from the tether of fuel." However, his motivation to seek alternative energy probably had nothing to do with the debate over climate change.

Foreign Investment in U.S. Infrastructure Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Creating jobs and upgrading infrastructure

The year 2016 has been a year of change, and very often not in the direction most pundits had predicted. The United States has proved no exception. Regardless of this, however, the U.S. economy's fundamental needs have not changed.

A Trump Arms Race Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Donald Trump's new arms race

For the next four years (and probably eight) the media will proclaim everything Donald Trump says and does to be proof positive that he's incompetent or insane and probably both. While Mr. Trump apparently enjoys riling up the media, his statements usually make sense and have considerable impact domestically and internationally.