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Illustration on the cultural importance of Shakespeare and his play, 'Julius Caesar'              The Washington Times

Donald Trump Julius Caesar mockery reduces Shakespeare

Whether the famous dead Roman is a look-alike for Donald Trump, with a blond comb-over and a long red tie, a cool black dude in a tailored suit suggesting Barack Obama, or a 1930s Orson Welles with a Sam Browne belt resembling Benito Mussolini, the character has captured the imagination of public and players since Shakespeare wrote it more than four centuries ago.

Illustration on the fiscal plight of Puerto Rico by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

A sinking feeling in Puerto Rico

The Commonwealth of Puerto Rico is drowning. The island, so popular with tourists, is $123 billion in debt. That’s more debt than the $18 billion bankruptcy filed by the city of Detroit in 2013. In May, San Juan declared a form of bankruptcy after creditors filed lawsuits demanding their money. A federal district judge appointed by Chief Justice John Roberts will handle the case.

Illustration on german passivity by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Beyond German pacifism

“The Germans are either at your feet or at your throat,” wrote the Roman historian Tacitus 2,000 years ago. Sadly, that axiom is not just ancient history. In the last century, Germany started two world wars, caused the death and suffering of tens of millions, and was responsible for the unspeakable horror of the Holocaust.

President Donald Trump speaks during a rally, Wednesday, June 21, 2017, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Trump and his generals

Donald Trump earned respect from the Washington establishment for appointing three of the nation’s most accomplished generals to direct his national security policy: James Mattis (secretary of defense), H.R. McMaster (national security adviser) and John Kelly (secretary of homeland security).

Sponsor of Terror Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

How Qatar threatens peace

Qatar, a small oil- and gas-rich nation in the Arabian Peninsula, has been boycotted by its neighbors, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt. Other nations, including Libya, Maldives, Mauritania, Jordan, Djibouti and Senegal, also have commenced severe diplomatic measures against Qatar.

Illustration of American consul Raymond Geist              The Washington Times

A disingenuous handling of the Jewish refugee issue in ‘Genius’

Albert Einstein was one of the greatest scientists of all time. His contributions to physics revolutionized our understanding of the universe. The current television series based on his life is appropriately titled “Genius.” But did he also help facilitate a mass rescue of Jews from Germany?

In this file photo taken Aug. 31, 2015, a cow grazes at Hickory Hill Milk in Edgefield, S.C. (Susan Ardis/The State via AP)

The fallacy of ‘unhealthy competition’

Just when you thought liberals were focusing only on destroying our government, there is now ample evidence that fellow travelers have been working diligently to destroy the ideas and dreams of our young people.

Illustration on Chinese encroachment on South America by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

China’s encroachment into Latin America

China’s June 14 poaching of Panama, helping it to switch diplomatic relations from Taiwan to China, belies a growing campaign by Beijing to seek greater economic and strategic influence in Latin America at the expense of the United States.

Illustration on the virtues of Kurdish independence by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

The case for Kurdish independence

On Sept. 25, Kurdistan will hold a referendum for independence. For a number of reasons, the United States should welcome this development and support the referendum.

Illustration on the 100th anniversary of the Bolshevik Revolution by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

The tragic Bolshevik legacy, 100 years on

This year marks 100 years since the Bolshevik Revolution took place in Russia. That year, the centuries-old czardom of Russia and the brief liberal democracy that replaced it collapsed and was soon replaced by the Soviet Union, the world’s first stable communist state.

FILE - This June 7, 2017, file photo, Jodie Ferguson leaves flowers at a small memorial for the victims of a fatal shooting in Sandy, Utah. Sandy Police Chief Kevin Thacker spoke at a news conference Tuesday, June 20, 2017, after questions were raised about whether police missed chances to help victim Memorez Rackley when she reported her ex-boyfriend was threatening her and her children. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)

Making sense of senseless shooting

There are events that force a “time out.” One just occurred. Pausing to think about it, is worth the time.

Illustration on the history of the Department of Justice by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

A tortuous start for Justice

If you think the Department of Justice is grabbing the headlines these days, on June 22, 1870, the news was even bigger. Congress seemingly remedied the federal government’s legal shortcomings that day when it created the department.

In this image from Senate Television video, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., pauses as he speaks Wednesday, June 14, 2017, on the Senate floor at the Capitol in Washington, about the shooting at the Republican congressional baseball practice. Sanders says the man authorities identified as opening fire on the practice had apparently volunteered on his presidential campaign.  Sanders says in a statement: "I am sickened by this despicable act." (Senate Television via AP)

Bern victims pile up in Democratic Party

- The Washington Times

If the anti-Trump fever the media keeps telling us all about cannot break through in Georgia’s 6th District, then it truly is nothing but a phantom that exists nowhere but in the minds of media elites hysterically trying to will President Trump out of existence.

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Media Matters founder and chairman David Brock is recovering from a heart attack he suffered Tuesday in Washington, D.C. (Twitter/@davidbrockdc)

Left's brag of successful 'resistance' a bit misplaced

- The Washington Times

David Brock, leftists extraordinaire and one of Hillary Clinton's biggest fans, said the left's summer of "resistance" against all-things-President Donald Trump, all-things-Republican, is moving along with great success. Except the example he cited actually shows how the "resistance" movement is floundering and failing.

Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman

Wonder Woman flies to a safe space

Finding a safe space, where never is heard a discouraging word and the skies are not cloudy all day, obviously has a wide appeal. Safe spaces were born on the campus, to accommodate "snowflakes," the sensitive, fearful and fragile folk who imagine themselves unique and demand to be treated that way.

Illustration on the undermining of the Trump administration by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Loyalty matters

Donald Trump won the presidency because of a key sector of votes in traditionally Democratic states -- votes based primarily on the dramatic economic decline in these industrial-manufacturing regions. In short, the election was another confirmation that, absent a perceived and immediate catastrophe of some kind, most people, quite understandably, vote their economic interests and concerns -- i.e., jobs, jobs and jobs.

Creating the Wealth of Capitalism Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

The economy of mass prosperity

After proposing $1 trillion investment into infrastructure, the Trump administration is harnessing the brainpower of renowned experts to unlock the insoluble problem of how many jobs will be created for each billion dollars of spending. While stressing the obvious, the administration is missing the important point.

Illustration on leaks from the NSA by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Once in a while, a good leak

Last weekend, the FBI arrested an employee of a corporation in Augusta, Ga., that had a contract with the National Security Agency (NSA) and charged her with espionage. Espionage occurs when someone who has been entrusted to safeguard state secrets fails to do so. In this case, the government alleges that the person to whom state secrets had been entrusted is 25-year-old Reality Leigh Winner, who had a top-secret national security clearance.

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Connecting the Higher Education Act to jobs

In a first-of-its-kind effort, the nation's Career Education Colleges and Universities (CECU) recently unveiled a set of landmark proposals to modernize and directly connect the Higher Education Act to jobs. We are at a pivotal time as the Higher Education Act is positioned as the nation's workforce investment program, and it is imperative that our policies are best prepared to meet the challenges of tomorrow.

Joy Miller of Boulder, Colo., holds up a placard during a protest against the polices of President Donald Trump Saturday, June 3, 2017, in downtown Denver. More than 300 people were on hand for the anti-Trump rally, which featured speakers calling for resistance to the administration. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

What is a republic, and how do we keep it?

In one of the great, old, possibly apocryphal stories told about the drafting of the United States Constitution, one of the framers, the venerated Benjamin Franklin, as he exited the deliberations of the 1787 Convention, was asked about the new charter.

James Comey. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

Recounting the facts about Comey

Since before President Trump was even inaugurated, the mainstream media has been on a mission to distort, discredit and delegitimize his presidency. On matters big and small, they have lied and misrepresented the president's statements and actions, and now they've found a new hero: disgruntled former FBI Director James Comey.

How a demagogue shaped world history for the worst

In the spring of 1917, the German spy service sensed a sure-fire means of persuading Russia to make a separate peace and exit the Great War. Czar Nicholas II had abdicated in the face of mass protests that swept the streets of Petrograd, the then-capital, and signs of war-weariness were increasingly evident.

Ike's son unlikely to like

In his op-ed on the National Eisenhower Memorial, former Sen. Bob Dole suggests that John S.D. Eisenhower, the late president's son, would have been proud to attend the opening of the memorial were he alive to see it ("Honoring a general and a president," Web, June 4).

Comey furor just election payback

It's high time we sought some grounded perspective on the James Comey situation. Per the omnibus clause of 18 U.S.C. 1503, "whoever corruptly or by threats or force, or by any threatening letter or communication, influences, obstructs, or impedes, or endeavors to influence, obstruct, or impede, the due administration of justice, shall be (guilty of an offense)." It has been crystal-clear and inarguable that Hillary Clinton and many members of her team committed multiple crimes of obstruction of justice relating to her email server and other matters. And what about the airplane meeting of Bill Clinton and Attorney General Loretta Lynch just one week before Mr. Comey's July 5 press conference?

In this combination photo, President Donald Trump, left, appears in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington on May 10, 2017, and FBI Director James Comey appears at a news conference in Washington on June 30, 2014.  Comey is making his first public comments since being fired by President Donald Trump and, according to his prepared remarks, will talk about the president's efforts put the investigation behind him. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, left, and Susan Walsh, File)

Mr. Comey's big day

America will be all ears when James Comey opens up Thursday about his conversations with President Trump and allegations that the Russians interfered with the 2016 election. Whatever he says, the Never-Trumpers will nod that their worst suspicions have been confirmed, that the commander in chief is a Manchurian candidate with a thing for Russia. Perhaps Mr. Comey will persuade everyone that there is, after all, a "there" there. So far there's no fire, no smoke, only a vapor produced by heavy breathing.

London Mayor Saqiq Khan faces a flurry of questions during an appearance on "Good Morning Britain," June 6, 2017. ("Good Morning Britain" screenshot)

A 'decapitation' roils Britain on election eve

Britain finally votes on Thursday, and Theresa May and the Conservatives, who expected to win a landslide when the prime minister called this "snap election" six weeks ago, are expected to stumble across the finish line 5 points ahead of the Labor Party.

D.C. residents are asking for D.C. Attorney General Karl Racine to investigate charges against the mayor. (Associated Press)

Paging D.C. Attorney General Karl Racine

- The Washington Times

People acting on behalf of Muriel Bowser during her successful run for mayor in 2014 broke the law. Within months, in 2015, people working on behalf of Brandon Todd, her successor to fill her Ward 4 seat on the D.C. Council, did the same.

Eric Holder slammed for 'Fast and Furious' obstruction

- The Washington Times

The House Oversight Committee let loose with a scathing assessment of Eric Holder in a recent report, accusing the Barack Obama-era attorney general of outright misleading Congress on its investigation of the "Fast and Furious" gun-running scandal.