Political Debate - DC Debate - Washington Times
Skip to content

Opinion

Featured Articles

Safety of Chromium-6 Levels in North Carolina Illustration by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Exaggerating chromium risks

Constant claims, counterclaims and accusations about coal ash contaminating surface and underground water are making North Carolinians feel like they’re watching a fast-paced tennis match. Even people with chemistry degrees must feel bewildered by assertions that parts per million or billion of chromium-6 may cause cancer.

Growing the Movement with Hate Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Black Lives Matter’s hypocritical anti-Semitism

In its new platform, Black Lives Matter (BLM) has, despite the total lack of relevance to its own agenda or interests, thrown whatever heft it has behind the anti-Semitic movement to Boycott, Divest, and Sanction (BDS) Israel. In doing so, it is inarguably contributing to the campaign to “other” the world’s only Jewish state and, with it, the Jews themselves.

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe (Associated Press)

Virginia’s McAuliffe is for losers

All the fuss about Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe trying to restore voting rights to felons who have served their sentences is just fuss, nothing more. To be sure, it appears at first glance that the chief executive of the Old Dominion is really concerned about civil rights for the downtrodden.

Terrorists Present in the U.S. Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

No plan to stop foreign-born terrorists

For decades, foreign-born Islamic terrorists have been exploiting our immigration system. Almost every type of immigration has been exploited by terrorists, from temporary legal immigration to illegal immigration to humanitarian immigration.

Overheated concern about July’s warmth

Mainstream media report that July was the “hottest” month since 1880 (or as CNN wrongly reported, “ever”). And future Julys will only become hotter.

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks in Scranton, Pa. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

For sale, the most brazen president money can buy

- The Washington Times

It’s coming clear now why Hillary Clinton wanted her own email server, free from oversight by anyone, and why she resisted so ferociously enabling anyone from getting even a hint to what she was hiding. Her presidency, if there is one, has been sold, and a new batch of emails pried out of the government by Judicial Watch reveals the going rate for Hillary.

Gen. Jack Vessey Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

A soldier’s soldier

Until he died last week at 94, former Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. John W. Vessey Jr. was a living memorial to an earlier America — where God and country were not seen as contradictions, where faith formed the bedrock of personal and national character.

Defining alcohol consumption down

With summer vacation drawing to a close, many parents are eager to pop a bottle of bubbly in celebration.

Russian President Vladimir Putin. **File (Alexei Nikolsky/Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

Imperial dreams

Historically, the West has faced an existential threat from both the Persian and Russian empires. The Persian Empire was fueled by the expansionist dreams of Darius and Xerxes, foiled only by the heroism of the Greeks, led by men like Themistocles.

Illustration on Republican support for Hillary Clinton over Donald Trump by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

What Republican turncoats forget

I asked a successful businessman the other day what he thought about Donald Trump. He turned his thumb down. Wow. Are you going to vote for Hillary? I asked with trepidation. “Of course not,” he replied almost insulted by the question. “I understand the concept of a binary decision.”

Illustration on the virtues of coal bed methane energy by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Good news for the energy industry

While the price of oil may be beginning to climb up a bit these days, we hope it has at least seen the bottom. The devastating effect of oil prices on cities, companies and workers cannot be overstated. The energy industry needs some good news. And they may found it. Coal bed methane (CBM) is a clean and renewable energy source that most people have never heard of.

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton talks with students as she tours classrooms at John Marshall High School in Cleveland, Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2016, before participating in a campaign event. Standing behind Clinton at right is Eric Gordon, Chief Executive Officer, Cleveland Metropolitan School District, and David Quolke, President, Cleveland Teachers Union, second from right. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Awaiting a second ‘Dear Hillary’ letter

One constant in the education world over the past 25 years has been the periodic release of reports warning that American workers will be unable to compete in the global economy unless education becomes a seamless web of government-managed workforce preparation. Think Common Core State Standards (CCSS), most recently.

President Barack Obama is seated in the presidential vehicle as his motorcade leaves after playing a round of golf at Farm Neck Golf Course in Oak Bluffs, Mass., on Martha's Vineyard, Thursday, Aug. 18, 2016. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

The humiliation of a president

- The Washington Times

“We do not pay ransom. We didn’t here, and we won’t in the future.” Barack Obama might like to have that one back this morning, to stick a pin in the moving finger that writes. But the finger done writ, and it won’t come back to cancel a single line of the president’s fatuous fib that the United States didn’t pay $400 million to ransom four hostages taken by the president’s friends in Tehran.

Illustration on justice reform by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Out front on justice reform

Most of the discussion on justice reform efforts focuses on federal legislation. Indeed, several bills with bipartisan support in both the House and the Senate would aid in safely reducing the federal prison population and addressing the revolving door of incarceration. And while justice reform advocates are frustrated that these bills have yet to come to a vote, focusing all the attention on the Hill misses the forest for the trees.

Related Articles

In this photo taken on Aug. 18, 2016, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks to media as she meets with law enforcement leaders at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Hillary and treason

In a remarkably shameless appearance Sunday, Clinton campaign manager Robby Mook told ABC News that "real questions are being raised" about whether Donald Trump "is just a puppet for the Kremlin in this race." Young Mr. Mook, like many of his generation ignorant of the history of his country, should be in serious trouble.

BOOK REVIEW: 'Wear and Tear: The Threads of My Life'

If there was a more dysfunctional marriage than the one between British critic and enfant terrible Kenneth Tynan and American writer Elaine Dundy, you wouldn't want to know about it, let alone be caught up in its maelstrom.

Yin and Yang Sun Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Causing less harm by doing nothing

It has not only been a waste of money, it has done real harm. Some trillions of hard-earned taxpayer dollars have been spent to combat global warming over the last three decades. Has the expenditure of all of this money reduced global temperatures from where they would have otherwise been? No, at least not to a measurable degree.

Mickey Mouse Photo ID Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

To ID or not to ID?

Every election cycle we must endure challenges and allegations about fraud (conservatives) and discrimination (liberals) when it comes to voter ID laws. This year is no different.

An American flag flies in front of a new courthouse annex, built with recovery funds from Hurricane Rita, which hit nearly ten years ago, in Cameron, La., Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2015. A decade after Hurricane Rita, Cameron Parish in coastal, southwest Louisiana still bears the scars of her wrath. Thursday, Sept. 24, 2015 is the anniversary of Hurricane Rita.  (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Checking the national 'dashboard'

You know those polls where they ask people if the country is heading in the right direction? One problem with that question is that it lacks context or detail. What makes us say yes or no? It's generally a gut reaction that often has little to do with any actual evidence.

A big slush fund for the Clinton Foundation

- The Washington Times

Hillary Clinton, after learning there is a chance that hackers could release potentially embarrassing Clinton Foundation emails before the November elections, has announced that if she is elected president the foundation will no longer accept the foreign and corporate donations that have convinced all but her most loyal sycophants that she may well have been peddling influence to the highest bidder as secretary of State

Obama, Soros enabling enemies

I am a retired Air Force officer who on several occasions took the oath of my commission to defend the Constitution from our enemies, "both foreign and domestic." I am perplexed and frustrated that our government does not have the will to uphold and defend our Constitution from either domestic or foreign enemies.

Chancellor Angela Merkel reads documents during an election campaign for the regional elections in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania , scheduled for Sept. 4,  in Neustrelitz, Germany. (Bernd Wuestneck/dpa via AP)

Headaches accumulate for Merkel

Resentment of open-door immigration is growing across the Western nations, and Hillary Clinton will get no tips, hints or reassurance from Angela Merkel. The German chancellor has unique immigration headaches, and they arrived through an open door much like the one that Barack Obama wants to leave as his legacy and that Hillary promises to keep if she returns to the White House, this time as the president.

Trump must stay on-message to win

Maybe Donald Trump can pull this election out despite the fact that at times it seems so out of control and hopeless. There is no arguing the fact that Trump has a full complement of fierce enemies, including the Hillary Clinton campaign, the media, the #nevertrump followers and some organizations that should recognize we will be voting for the Supreme Court this election, but either had their feelings hurt by Trump or can't see the big picture.

Stickers for voters are seen on a table at a polling station Tuesday, April 26, 2016 in Wayne, Pa. Attention is shifting from a well-worn campaign trail to the voting booths as Pennsylvanians cast ballots Tuesday on presidential primary contests, including the first competitive Republican primary in decades, and races for Congress and state offices. (AP Photo/Jacqueline Larma)

No landslide in sight

It's only August, but if there's a conclusion that can be drawn already about the November elections it's that the voters seem in no mood to grant either Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton a landslide. The partisans are too evenly matched, and nobody's in love with either Democrat or Republican.

Illustration on socialism's assault on America's societal underpinnings by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

The reality of a pipe dream

Socialism is still in vogue, regardless of its sorry record all over the world for the last century. The Free Stuff Army is on the march, especially in the United States.