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Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at a rally Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2016, in Melbourne, Fla. (AP Photo/John Locher)

Voting for growth

Voters must shake up Washington if they want a more prosperous future.

FILE - In this Saturday, Aug. 13, 2016 file photo, a soldier from the 1st Battalion of the Iraqi Special Operations Forces listens to an address by his commander after a training exercise to prepare for the operation to re-take Mosul from Islamic State militants, in Baghdad, Iraq. The disparate groups that make up Iraq's security forces are converging on the city of Mosul, lining up for a battle on the historic plains of northern Iraq that is likely to be decisive in the war against the Islamic State group(AP Photo/Maya Alleruzzo, File)

What to do when a ‘narrative war’ fails

Apologies to White House spokesman Josh Earnest, who this week claimed we are in a “narrative war” with the Islamic State, or ISIS, but here’s the only narrative that the current crop of jihadists will understand: “When I am president of the United States, I will be eager and able to unleash on you history’s biggest, baddest collection of warriors, and should you choose to oppose them on the battlefield, they will kill you and break your stuff. Guaranteed.”

Illustration on Hillary Clinton's bellicose attitude by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

When the Donald is the dove

It’s interesting when a longtime Democrat and long-ago speechwriter for John and Robert Kennedy declares he will vote for Donald Trump. That’s what Adam Walinsky did in Politico Magazine the other day. It’s even more interesting when hostile Democrats rush to defend Hillary Clinton from Mr. Walinsky’s attack, as Peter Beinart did in an article in The Atlantic calling Mr. Walinsky’s piece an “absurd and dishonest essay.”

Egg Shell Helmet Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Inmates’ defective work

A scathing report of a joint investigation by the Justice Department’s Inspector General and the Defense Criminal Investigative Service found that the Bureau of Prisons’ Federal Prison Industries (FPI) produced more than 100,000 combat helmets that were defective and would “likely cause serious injury or death to the wearer.”

Fresh Start Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

The human face of overcriminalization

A young man from a low-income family sells small amounts of marijuana when real opportunity eludes him. He’s arrested and incarcerated several times. After being convicted and serving his sentence, he leaves prison with a record that will follow him for the rest of his life.

Illustration on the Colombia peace accord and cocaine exportation by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Purchasing peace with cocaine?

Ninety-five percent of the cocaine sold on the streets of the United States today comes from Columbia. What’s more, the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, the State Department and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime all agree that the cultivation of coca, the plant used for making cocaine, is surging again in Colombia

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Goats in the White House

- The Washington Times

It’s the conceit of every age that it’s uniquely entitled to all the superlatives: it’s the best, the worst, the biggest, the smallest. Nothing before was anything like the present age, nor is it possible that anything in the future will surpass it.

Illustration on the potential political rift presented by the upcoming election by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

When an election produces a political realignment

What do the election years 1800, 1828, 1860, 1896, 1932 and 1980 have in political common? They are usually described as “critical” or “realigning” elections by historians who argue they produced a significant realignment in our political system.

President Barack Obama speaks at the 2016 White House Tribal Nations Conference held in the Mellon Auditorium in Washington, Monday, Sept. 26, 2016. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Another useless Iraq surge

Pessimists and cynics are annoying, mostly because events prove them to be right far more often than they are proven wrong. Sometimes pessimism is the necessary result of an examination of history.

Illustration on new moves toward animal liberation by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Food for thought about animal liberation

Peter Singer, Princeton professor and author of the book “Animal Liberation,” will be taking his radical views center stage at the upcoming “The Future of Food” event in Washington, D.C. Hosted by the extremist Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), the choice of Mr. Singer to keynote the event offers a peek at just how out of touch animal liberation activists are: While Mr. Singer is against eating animals, he’s OK with the idea of having sex with them.

The Second Jacksonian Revolution Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

When ‘deplorables’ took back their country

The 1829 inauguration of Andrew Jackson ranks as the most raucous in American history. Presidents in those days traditionally held open house for the general public after being sworn in, but no one anticipated that hordes of Jackson’s rough-and-tumble supporters would descend on the nation’s capital for the big day or that they would troupe over to the White House following his inaugural address to shake his hand and guzzle free booze.

Growing the American Economy Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

How to jump-start the economy

As the presidential debates get underway, we hope that the moderators set personalities aside and spend some quality time asking questions of both candidates about their plans to grow the American economy.

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump waves to the crowd during a rally in Roanoke, Va., Saturday, Sept. 24, 2016. Trump faces Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton in the first of three debates Monday.  (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

Terrorism, refugees and Donald Trump

Hilary Clinton’s refugee plan is an open invitation for Radical Islam’s unyielding nature to run roughshod over American culture.

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The lessons of 9/11 not learned

On Sunday, we observed the 15th anniversary of Sept. 11, the deadliest day in United States history. It is said that those who do not learn from history are destined to repeat it. So what have we learned?

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton pauses while speaking at a rally at Johnson C. Smith University, in Charlotte, N.C., Thursday, Sept. 8, 2016. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

How Hillary Clinton's economic plan won't work

What makes America an economically ingenious place is the competitive federalism model set forth by our Founding Fathers. They established our nation as the world's largest ever free trade zone in which 50 states competing for jobs and people with varying economic and fiscal policies.

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A Washington fish story

The catfish is a tasty critter that long ago outlived a less than glorious reputation. The Native American catfish is a sluggard that lives in the bayous and rivers of the Deep South, eager to suck up whatever moves among the tin cans, bottles and accumulated trash on the bottom of the stream (and not to be confused with "catfish" who swim through the internet in pursuit of gamier prey).

Illustration on the current plague of heroin use by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Drug deaths in flyover country

Anne Arundel County, Maryland is an outer suburb of Washington and Baltimore. Formerly, the County Police had a billboard outside their headquarters in Millersville that listed the dead and injured in county auto accidents on a year-to-date basis. The billboard is still there but now it reads "Anne Arundel County Heroin Overdose Awareness." As of late August, the overdoses were 536 and the "Lives Lost" were 78, year-to-date.

Don't sit on the sidelines this election

Donald Trump was not my first choice for Republican presidential candidate. He was not even my 10th choice. I have made the decision not to vote for him. But the current Democratic administration has left our country and the world worse off than we were eight years ago.

Cyber Security Threat Against Elections Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

It matters who counts the votes

The statement, "The people who cast the votes decide nothing. The people who count the votes decide everything" is usually attributed to the late Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin. Whoever said it, that thought is probably in the mind of Russian President Vladimir Putin as November 8 approaches.

BOOK REVIEW: 'August 1914: France, the Great War and a Month that Changed the World Forever'

More than half a century ago, American historian Barbara Tuchman wrote "The Guns of August," which won her kudos from President Kennedy on. Such micro history was less common in those days, although there is no arguing with the pivotal nature of that eponymous month, which although less than a decade and a half into the 20th century, spawned the multitudinous horrors which made that epoch one of the bloodiest ever.

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton waves after leaving an apartment building Sunday, Sept. 11, 2016, in New York. Clinton's campaign said the Democratic presidential nominee left the 9/11 anniversary ceremony in New York early after feeling "overheated." (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

No more coasting

Hillary Clinton, who once thought she could coast down Pennsylvania Avenue to the White House, has a new view and a new strategy. She has to remind everyone that Donald Trump is mean, egotistical, and nuts, and persuade them that he shouldn't be allowed anywhere near the Oval Office and all those knobs, switches and buttons that could dispatch half the world to dark oblivion.

Zap Zika

Why spray dangerous chemicals to kill mosquitoes? The chemicals might harm humans or other animals. My hometown was close to swamps. My community sprayed to control mosquitoes. But that did not seem to work. The mosquito problem finally went away when everyone in the neighborhood got a bug zapper.