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Trig Dommer, 4, of Sioux Falls, checks out the voting booth next to his mom Naomi Dommer as she fills out her ballot during the South Dakota Primary Election, Tuesday, June 7, 2016, at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Sioux Falls, S.D. (Joe Ahlquist/Argus Leader via AP)

A suspicious wind in the rigging

- The Washington Times

There’s no such thing as voter fraud, as the Democrats and right-thinking press mavens have been telling us for weeks, but some curious things are happening out there in flyover country. Some of the assurances that all is well on the old ship of state have been caught in what looks suspiciously like the rigging.

Illustration for the 130th anniversary of the dedication of the Statue of Liberty                The Washington Times

A monumental gift

Today is the 130th anniversary of the dedication of the Statue of Liberty, a national monument that most Americans simply associate as a gift of the French people to honor the working of the two nations together during the American Revolution.

The Hillary Effect on Women Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Hillary Clinton’s problem with women

Two weeks before the election, Hillary Clinton appears on track to win the presidency and become the first female commander in chief. She can credit her surge in the polls this last month to women — primarily her opponent’s offensive comments unearthed from a decade ago and the various accusations that have suddenly surfaced and have dominated the media.

Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton greets supporters following a "Get out the vote," rally at Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park, Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2016 in downtown Tampa, Fla. (Loren Elliot/Tampa Bay Times via AP)

Hillary’s anti-transparency bargain

President Obama recently condemned the Republican Party, claiming that its “central principle” is to suppress voting. But, while his administration piously pledges to protect voting rights, it has almost guaranteed that Americans will be blindfolded on Election Day. While the Justice Department will deploy election monitors at polls in 25 states, no one watched Uncle Sam.

Illustration on NATO fiscal responsibility by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

A threadbare alliance

Historians and political scientists commonly describe the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) as the most effective military alliance in contemporary history. It was the bond between the United States and Western Europe that helped contribute to the decline and eventual collapse of the Soviet Union.

Illustration on the 2016 campaign by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Why Donald Trump is still the safer choice

America is a two-party system and after party conventions select the nominees, we have two choices and only two choices. Both nominees have demonstrated serious character flaws. The current spotlight is on lewd, vulgar comments from Donald Trump that cannot be defended. Nevertheless, his words could never be used to justify a vote for Hillary Clinton and her leftist agenda.

Donald Trump arrives at a Trump rally at Sanford Orlando International Airport in Sanford, Fla., Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2016. Trump is pledging to bolster the government's investment in the space program, a boon to the Space Coast of Florida. (Stephen M. Dowell/Orlando Sentinel via AP)

The staying power of populism

Despite evidence from the 2016 presidential campaign, doubts dominate about populism’s ability to win America’s ultimate prize. “It can’t happen here” is as wrong as the political establishment’s misreading of the populist movement itself. Populism’s history here and abroad argues a populist triumph could eventually occur — if not this November, then soon.

Missile Attack Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Iran’s proxy missile attacks

The recent missile attacks attributed to Yemeni Houthi rebels, with assistance from the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) and Hezbollah, demonstrate Iran’s classic use of proxies to promote its political agenda. The Houthi rebels denied any involvement in the missile attacks.

Illustration on non-voters by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

In defense of the nonvoter

Between now and Nov. 8, Americans will be inundated with good-intentioned public service announcements urging them to take the time to vote. And to buttress that argument, statistics about the usual low turnout rate — about 60 percent or so — will suggest that this American trend is somehow illustrative of a major defect in the body politic.

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Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks at a rally at Miami Dade College in Miami, Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2016. (Mike Stocker/South Florida Sun-Sentinel via AP)

Hillary's tax reform deficit

In the second presidential debate, Hillary Clinton once again failed to mention one of the biggest problems facing America -- the fact that our businesses cannot compete with the rest of the world. Because the U.S. tax code has not been updated for three decades, American businesses today face the highest rates in the world and are subject to a complex system of double taxation.

Saudi Accountability for September Eleven Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Ti

Bringing accountability for Sept. 11

On Sept. 28, the Senate and House of Representatives overwhelmingly voted to override President Obama's veto of the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act (JASTA), upholding the right of families of the victims of the Sept. 11 attacks to have their day in court.

If Mencken were alive and glaring

Oh, how H.L. Mencken would have loved this. The renowned Baltimore journalist who said that national political conventions and politicians were for "connoisseurs of the obscene" would have never guessed how obscene it could be. Not that he would have endorsed obscenity -- he was Victorian by upbringing -- but the spectacle of politicians sweating and strutting their stuff offered him endless sport.

Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

Hillary and the art of the dirty mouth

Cussin' and talkin' dirty is ugly stuff, ugliest of all in the mouths of women, who, despite everything the feminists can do to insist on equality (with a few caveats), are usually a little more refined than men. Most of them. Most of the time.

Illustration on the candidates's relative attitude to the U.S. Constitution by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

At stake: The Constitution

This election is about a lot of things, but it is fundamentally about the U.S. Constitution and whether federal judges will adhere to their oath to "faithfully and impartially discharge and perform all the duties incumbent upon me under the Constitution and laws of the United States," or dilute, attack and destroy our founding document.

Fixing the Justice System Illustration by on Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Making our justice system more equitable, humane and efficient

The problems at the heart of our criminal justice system now permeate every corner of our communities -- from the mother who is left behind to support her family alone to the returning citizen who has paid his debt to society but still can't find work.

BOOK REVIEW: 'Making the Unipolar Moment'

The classic symptom of bipolar disorder, also known as manic depression, is chronic mood swings. A bipolar personality bounces helplessly back and forth between what economist Alan Greenspan once called "irrational exuberance" and mindless, hopeless despair.

Trump campaign dead in water?

Watching last Sunday night's presidential debate, I couldn't help but think I was witnessing a 'dead man walking' — and not because of the lewd, disgusting comments Donald Trump made about women in 2005. For the second time in a row, Republican candidate Trump flunked the commander-in-chief test. Basically his answers about Russia, Aleppo and Syria in general not only were uninspiring, they were woefully underwhelming.

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally, Monday, Oct. 10, 2016, in Ambridge, Pa. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

The real 'P' word is policy, Stupid

Only the blind couldn't see this coming. Hillary Clinton's primary claim to the White House has always been about sex: "It's time for a woman in the White House." Her most loyal constituency is the feminist movement. She would need an October surprise that would play a female card with devastating consequences, to sway uncommitted women to seal her victory. She found the card, played it, and the election still hangs in the balance.

Don't vote for 'lesser evil'

In the republic of the United States of America, we elect local representatives to the legislative branch to vote their conscience on issues of national importance. Why? Because we cannot all be a part of every decision. Many of us are frustrated when those representatives politicize their votes in Washington, regardless of the reason.

In this Sept. 27, 2016 photo, Haitians make their way towards the border crossing in Tijuana, Mexico. U.S. officials say about 5,000 Haitians showed up at San Ysidro from October 2015 through late last month, and Immigration and Customs Enforcement Director Sarah Saldana said at a recent congressional hearing that officials told her on a trip to Central America that 40,000 more were on their way. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

When the border door is put ajar

The nation hardly faces the threat that Abraham Lincoln beheld when, referring to the angst over slavery, he said "a house divided against itself cannot stand." The survival of the union was at stake. But the front door to the union has been deliberately put open by President Obama, and that's danger enough.

Illustration on the internal failings of the foster care system by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

A challenge to Hillary's self-praise for foster care reform

During this election season, a lot of fuss has been made about "fact checking." I'm all for it. Over the years that I directed the Institute for Children, a think tank that focused on foster care and adoption policy, fact checking was one of the most important things the organization did.

Illustration on the candidates' past words and deeds at odd with their public faces by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

The heavy price of hypocrisy

Were you shocked when you heard Donald Trump's lewd comments? Were you shocked when Hillary Clinton, the leader of "destroy-the-women-victims-of-Bill-Clinton's bimbo eruptions" and a notorious potty mouth herself, said Mr. Trump was unqualified to be president?