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An expensive lesson for conservatives

- The Washington Times

The more the culture bounds out of control, the more the wary have to take care with the company they keep. This applies to media that will print anything in pursuit of “clicks” and “hits,” and to well-meaning organizations about whom they invite to tutor their true believers.

No deal for a two-state solution

“The president is committed to peace. That’s as far as I want to go on that,” said President Trump’s press secretary, Sean Spicer, on Feb. 3 in answer to a reporter’s inquiry regarding the Trump administration’s position on the “two-state solution” for peace between the Palestinians and Israelis. Will Mr. Trump push the two-state paradigm, like George W. Bush and Barack Obama before him, or will the White House realize that this idea is a dangerous fantasy like the irrational Iran nuclear deal?

Retirement Planning Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Investing for the long term

Ordinary investors can’t be blamed for hesitancy about stocks with market indexes trading near record levels and President Trump’s radical, sometimes quixotic ideas creating so much uncertainty. Yet patience and a diversified portfolio remain the best long-term investment strategy.

FILE - This 2015 file photo provided by the Bloomington Normal Airport Authority shows a damaged wing of a Cirrus SR22 single-engine plane at the Central Illinois Regional Airport in Bloomington, Ill. Once seen as a luxury of the corporate world, private planes are becoming increasingly common at U.S. colleges and universities as schools try to attract athletes, raise money and reward coaches with jet-set vacations. Iowa State University President Steven Leath, a pilot, acknowledged last year that he used a school plane for trips that mixed personal and university business, a practice that came to light after he damaged the aircraft in a hard landing. (Bloomington Normal Airport Authority via AP, File)

TripAdvisor’s Stockholm Syndrome

Despite producing huge amounts of value for society, businesses are among the most vilified institutions in America.

Illustration on the drawbacks of Obamacare risk pools by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

How to lower Obamacare premiums

The Affordable Care Act is in a “death spiral,” warns Aetna CEO Mark Bertolini. Premiums have doubled since the end of 2013, and yet insurers are rapidly exiting the individual market, leaving consumers in many parts of the nation at risk of having no coverage.

Illustration on plans to defeat radical Islam by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Defeating radical Islam

Who is the enemy? It’s been over 15 years since Sept. 11, 2001, and this fundamental question still rattles around. Prominent answers have included evildoers, violent extremists, terrorists, Muslims, and Islamists.

Congressman Matt Cartwright speaks during a rally held at the Lackawanna County Courthouse in Scranton Pa., Sunday Feb. 19, 2017, to focus on protecting Affordable Care Act, Medicare and Medicaid. (Jason Farmer/The Times & Tribune via AP)

Congress must stop death by decree

At the first meeting of the Trump Leadership Council — an advisory group consisting of top CEOs from major companies — President Donald Trump asked these business leaders what was their biggest problem. I expected the answer to be America’s anti-growth tax system.

Increasing Cyber Vandalism Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

The cyberhacking to come

If you thought the 2016 presidential election was an orgy of cyber hacking of Hillary Clinton’s private email server, of the Democratic Party computers being trawled through, and of fake news stories about Donald Trump’s hijinks in Russia, you are right. But you ain’t seen nothing yet.

Illustration on choice in health care by Donna Grethen/Tribune Content Agency

How the market can fix health care

Republicans agree that Obamacare has failed and must be repealed. But they can’t agree on the replacement “plan.”

Illustration on economic and technological ties between America and Israel by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

The U.S.-Israel economic bond

Much of the talk around President Trump’s meeting this week with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the White House surrounds the political and security relationship between the two countries. That is important. But it is only part of the story. Despite having a tiny population of eight million people, Israel is playing a crucial role in helping to power the U.S. economy for the next generation.

California Claim Jumpers Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Why California’s mining ban is against the law

If you ask a rural Westerner how he feels about federal lands, the response will likely contain plenty of four-letter words. For decades, decisions made by faraway bureaucrats to restrict the productive uses of these lands have significantly affected nearby property owners and local economies, creating a constant source of conflict.

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The Russia conundrum

Donald Trump’s presidency is in deep trouble. After nearly four weeks in office, he has yet to finish filling his administration’s top posts, and Congress is about to conduct an investigation into his ties to Russia.

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The coming test of Donald Trump

- The Washington Times

Donald Trump is about to get a tough test of his presidential leadership, with no true-or-false or multiple-choice questions. Every new president gets the test, usually administered by international creeps and bad guys. There's no fudging the answers. Reality is the teacher, grading on a steep curve, and presidents pass or fail. There's no soft grading.

FILE - In this Jan. 28, 2017, file photo, U.S. President Donald Trump speaks on the phone with Prime Minister of Australia Malcolm Turnbull in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington. For decades, Australia and the U.S. have enjoyed the coziest of relationships, collaborating on everything from military and intelligence to diplomacy and trade. Yet an irritable tweet President Donald Trump fired off about Australia and a dramatic report of an angry phone call between the nations' leaders proves that the new commander in chief has changed the playing field for even America's staunchest allies. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

The Australian mess-up?

- The Washington Times

The mainstream media erupted Wednesday night after a Washington Post report said President Trump had a heated exchange with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull.

Comedian Sarah Silverman speaks during the first day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia , Monday, July 25, 2016. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) ** FILE **

What exactly is the resistance?

- The Washington Times

Rather than regrouping and concentrating on reconnecting in areas of the country where President Obama won twice but Hillary Clinton lost, it seems like the left is doubling down on crazy.

Illegals, refugees cost us billions

The news media has been making much of the recent protests against President Trump's refugee-entrance suspension and deportation of illegals. Yet refugees and illegals are costing American citizens billions of dollars a year in welfare, education and health benefits. Do citizens have a choice in contributing to these benefits? No, we are being forced to pay them via taxes and inflation of the dollar by the central bank, which causes prices to rise and is a form of tax.

President Donald Trump pauses during a ceremony in Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2017, for the swearing in ceremony of Rex Tillerson as Secretary of State. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Deliberate confusion over immigration

The immigration issue has become the Gordian knot of our time. It really isn't that complicated, but advocates of uncontrolled borders are more interested in turning up the heat than turning on the light. They're relentlessly dishonest. They're trying to paint the Trump presidency as a movement of Neanderthals intent on reversing "progressive" gains.

Supreme Court Justice nominee Neil Gorsuch, center arrives for a meeting with Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., on Capitol Hill, Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2017 in Washington. Former Sen. Kelly Ayotte from New Hampshire walks with Gorsuch at left. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

The Gorsuch nomination

Presidents only occasionally hit home runs. In their league, curve balls simply vanish over the plate, fast balls come in with blinding speed, and sliders escape even a presidential slugger's eye.

Trump refugee move has precedent

Our friends on the political left continue to show their incredible hypocrisy. While claiming to support women and immigrants, they are more than a little critical of our first lady, who is both. President Trump has promised to do his best to keep the United States and all of her people safe and secure. Therefore it is reasonable for him to declare that no strangers will enter our country until we are sure they mean us no harm.

John Jay         From the painting by Gilbert Stuart

When Supreme Court justices lacked prestige

Sparring over the appointment to fill a vacancy in the Supreme Court may have a lot of Washington drama, as illustrated by President Trump's nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch, but in the old days, the high court was not anything to get excited about.

Illustration on immigration questions by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

The immigration conundrum

This past weekend, we all saw massive public outrage in major cities throughout the country. It was directed at the Jan. 27 issuance of an executive order, signed by President Trump, addressing immigration. With the executive order, the president ordered the suspension of entry of all refugees to the United States for 120 days, as well as anyone from Syria for an indefinite period and anyone from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen for 90 days.

Illustration on the Trump order temporarily barring immigrants from seven nations with Islamic terrorist activity by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

When the truth is 'twisted by knaves'

It's hard to "keep your head when all about you are losing theirs," as Rudyard Kipling reminded us in his poem of simple homilies that every school child once put to memory. It's all about holding your own counsel, thinking hard, using your brain, and keeping your cool when bombarded with the fashions and whims of others. Kipling, a Nobel laureate of the late 19th century, was banished from the modern canon, naturally, as terminally politically incorrect.

Illustration on the peace process in Colombia by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

The ignoble act of a Nobel Laureate

This week in Bogota, Colombian President Juan Manual Santos is hosting the World Summit of Nobel Peace Prize Laureates. Mr. Santos was awarded the 2016 Prize for negotiating an end to the 50-year conflict with the left-wing rebel movement Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), which claimed an estimated 200,000 lives and displaced roughly 5 million people.

Where spies plied their trade in Washington

Let us show a bit of civic pride, if you please. As a center for spies and espionage, Washington and environs are the equal -- or better -- of such renowned cloak-and-dagger meccas as Vienna or Istanbul.

President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden walk through the Crypt of the Capitol in Washington, Friday, Jan. 20, 2017, for Donald Trump's inauguration ceremony. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, Pool)

Was Obama's clemency applied fairly?

President Obama granted clemency to more people than any president in 64 years as part of his 2014 Clemency Initiative for drug offenders, according to the Pew Research Center. This initiative resulted in an unprecedented 35,544 petitions to the Office of the Pardon Attorney (OPA), which vets applications for clemency. Before leaving office, Mr. Obama granted 1,927 of these requests.

Illustration on undoing the effects of Obama's administration by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

When normalcy is revolution

By 2008, America was politically split nearly 50/50 as it had been in 2000 and 2004. The Democrats took a gamble and nominated Barack Obama, who became the first young, Northern, liberal president since John F. Kennedy narrowly won in 1960.

Illustration on the current wave of protests by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

The left's narrative

Just days into the Trump administration, the left's narrative is clear. First, it was that Donald Trump is an "illegitimate" president because he didn't win the popular vote, claims about "voter fraud" notwithstanding.

Supreme Court Justice nominee, Neil Gorsuch, center, is joined by Vice President Mike Pence, right, as they meet with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky. on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2017. Last year, Senate Republicans, led by McConnell, blocked a confirmation hearing for Judge Merrick Garland, President Barack Obama's pick for the vacancy left by the death of Justice Antonin Scalia who died in February 2016. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

What social epidemiology means for U.S. foreign policy

If one relies on Alexis de Tocqueville's "Democracy In America," the great strength of the United States in the 19th century was its mediating structure that maintained social equilibrium. By that, Tocqueville meant the family, the church, the schools and the alliances -- institutions that created coherence and solidarity without reliance on government.

White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon listens at right as President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting on cyber security in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2017. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

How Trump strengthens national security

You think you may know what the big news has been for the past few days, and in part, you'd be right. President Trump signed an executive order strengthening our national security by establishing a limited moratorium on travel to the United States from seven failed and/or state sponsors of terrorism.