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Illustration on the current mixed feelings over our national heritage by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Beautiful for a patriot’s dream

Approaching the first Fourth of July in the time of Trump, a holiday Americans also call “Independence Day,” it’s hard to find much independent thinking. Polarized rages and rants follow red and blue patterns of division, deepening the fragmentation of national unity and making patriotic pride suspect. Verbal fireworks are today’s “bombs bursting in air.”

Illustration on the latest Supreme Court decisions by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Two wins for Trump

The Supreme Court’s decision to allow portions of President Trump’s travel ban to proceed is a much-needed victory for the administration. The high court ruled that those “who lack any bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the United States” could be denied entry into the U.S. The ban targets those from six majority-Muslim countries, halting entry until “extreme vetting” can be conducted.

Persecution of Christians Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Evangelicals, the last holdouts on gay marriage line

- The Washington Times

Resistance and opposition to same-sex marriage has been crumbling among Americans — save for one specific segment of society that’s proving the last wall to even wider acceptance: Evangelicals. Standing strong on the side of scripture on this point is going to prove lonely, not to mention intense.

Illustration on the unwise course of Democrats in their attacks on President Trump by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

The progressive boomerang

The progressive strategy of investigating President Trump nonstop for Russian collusion or obstruction of justice or witness tampering so far has produced no substantial evidence of wrongdoing.

North Korea Dilemma Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

North Korea’s wake-up call

The horrific death of Otto Warmbier should be a wake-up call to the United States and China that we are failing terribly with North Korea. Kim Jong-un appears indifferent to the death of this young American held hostage in Pyongyang and with the continued detention of three Americans.

Climate-friendly Midwest Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

A state-based response to climate change

Rapid environmental change is a significant global challenge with wide-reaching impacts to national security, business continuity and global health. Even as the White House withdraws the United States from the Paris Accords, the effects of climate change are already being felt today in our local communities.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., confers with Sen. Mazie Hirono, D-Hawaii, left, before the start of a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing at the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, June 20, 2017. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Have you heard? Warren has another regulatory overreach idea

Consider, as an important case study, Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s drive to regulate personal hearing aids, known as PSAPs (personal sound amplification products). Her legislative vehicle is the Federal Drug Administration reauthorization bill, which needs to pass in the next couple months. The bill would impose new FDA regulations on existing PSAPs, preempting state laws and regulations that have been on the books for decades.

Illustration on dealing with the rise of violent Shariaists in the U.S. after the demise of the ISIS caliphate by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Fending off ISIS and Shariah

Do I detect a note of desperation in how some of my fellow Americans discuss how to treat terrorism, specifically the Islamic State, or ISIS? ISIS has grown from a small group of brutes back in President Obama’s time committing various heinous crimes into a small army consisting of a few thousand, perhaps tens of thousands committing heinous crimes.

Illustration on the thought of Michael Lind by Linus Garsys/The Washington Times

A new role for America

If you’re puzzled by the swirl of geopolitical forces besetting the globe, and the debates unleashed by that swirl as to the nature of the world we will inherit or should inherit, then you must read Michael Lind’s cover article in the current issue of The National Interest.

Democrats New Hobby Horse Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Democrats’ sudden concern for election integrity

When the Democratic Party and its deep-state allies’ favorite anti-Trump columnist begins to sour on the promise of a Russian collusion probe, it is time to start looking for a consolation prize. Based on the overnight interest in all things voting security, they seem to have found a new hobby horse.

Intrusive Government Data Collection Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

A Supreme Court call on the third party doctrine

This week, constitutional law experts and the law enforcement community were abuzz after the U.S. Supreme Court added Carpenter v. United States to its docket, a case that could reshape government data collection and the Fourth Amendment in the internet Age.

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Joy Behar of "The View" likened Sarah Palin's visit to the The White House to the War of 1812 during a broadcast on Friday, April 21, 2017. (ABC screenshot)

Joy Behar's juvenile obsession with Trumps' sex lives

- The Washington Times

Joy Behar's biggest claim to fame is as a comedian -- we get that. But poking fun of the president's and first lady's sex life? Come on. That's just tasteless, tactless, juvenile, grasping at relevancy, gasping for attention and -- and, well, stupid.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., steps out of the West Wing to speak with the media after he and other Senate Republicans had a meeting with President Donald Trump at the White House, Tuesday, June 27, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Republicans need to get it together on Obamacare

- The Washington Times

Republicans in the Senate have delayed a vote on reform and replacement of the Democrat-owned disaster known as Obamacare. They seriously need to get it together on this and pass something -- even if that something is not a final, perfected plan. Voters will not forget this failure.

FILE- In this Dec. 15, 2016, file photo, Sarah Palin, political commentator and former governor of Alaska, walks on the sideline before an NFL football game between the Seattle Seahawks and the Los Angeles Rams in Seattle. Palin is accusing The New York Times of defamation over an editorial that linked one of her political action committee ads to the mass shooting that severely wounded then-Arizona Congressman Gabby Giffords, according to a lawsuit filed in Manhattan federal court on Tuesday, June 27, 2017. (AP Photo/Scott Eklund, File)

Sarah Palin strikes one for conservatives with suit against The New York Times

- The Washington Times

Sarah Palin, former Alaska governor and vice presidential candidate, kicked off a lawsuit against The New York Times, alleging the newspaper defamed her when its editorial board tied her to the 2011 shooting of Gabrielle Giffords. Good. The time to challenge leftist mudslinging masked as scholarly opinion and wrapped in a First Amendment bow has definitely arrived.

American Shared Experience Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

A country, not merely an idea

In his June 16 column in The New York Times, Bret Stephens suggested (with his tongue in cheek) that we deport all native-born Americans and replace them with immigrants, who are (he argues) smarter, harder working, more patriotic, more religious on average than those born here.

Illustration n the anti-semitism of the new liberal by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

The rise of inflexible progressivism

As a young man coming from a left-wing pedigree, I embraced a liberal agenda which included most notably, a belief in Israel as a bastion of socialism and democracy. In the 1950s, a good progressive was a good Zionist. Oh, how the world has changed. Now a progressive has moved 180 degrees to an anti-Zionist position. As one wag put it, the left is now the congenial home of anti-Zionism and anti-Semitism.

Right way and wrong way to pursue citizen power

Some years back, The New Yorker ran a cartoon showing a tour guide and his charges overlooking a ruined Mayan temple. Their civilization had died, the guide explains, after everyone became a motivational speaker and no further food was produced. We may be getting there ourselves.

FILE - In this June 22, 2017 file photo, Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine speaks amid a crush of reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington. Somewhere along the way, the Republican crusade to repeal "Obamacare" also turned into an effort to limit the future growth of Medicaid. That bit of mission creep is complicating prospects for the GOP, and could lead to deadlock.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

Saving Obamacare repeal, again

"Measure it twice and cut it once" is always better than "measure it once and cut it twice." That's Mitch McConnell's strategy for getting the health-care repeal and replace legislation through the U.S. Senate, and if it invites sneers from the Democrats and the pundits and other dealers in calumny, so what. Stitching together smart legislation is never easy. The Fourth of July is not a deadline.

Taiwan still tops freedom lists

Before we blame governments or any other third parties for social-media-account shutdowns, it is worth noting that social-media companies make decisions to remove content or disable accounts based on their own policies. The various causes for suspension may include violations of laws or community standards, abusive content, harassment or other misconduct.

'Indirect costs' hardly luxuries

In his June 19 op-ed on federal research spending ("The high overhead of scientific research"), House Science Committee Chairman Lamar Smith lays out reasonable premises but reaches faulty conclusions driven by questionable assertions. It's important to get this right because the health of the nation's research enterprise is at stake.

Former U.S. President Barack Obama, center, talks to his staff during his visit at Tirta Empul temple in Bali island, Indonesia, Tuesday, June 27, 2017. Obama and his family arrived last week on the resort island for a vacation in the country where he lived for several years as a child. (AP Photo/Firdia Lisnawati)

Obama's loyal ladies

Once the bloodhounds are unleashed, there's no telling where the trail will lead. Sometimes the scent of scandal circles back to where it started. Democrats may regret the day they pointed a finger at Donald Trump, insisting that he must have cheated to beat Hillary Clinton. Now two staunch Obama administration loyalists, Loretta Lynch, the former attorney general, and Susan Rice, who was Barack Obama's national-security adviser, can hear the baying of the hounds. The baying is getting louder.

In this Feb. 6, 2017 file photo, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg speaks at Stanford University in Stanford, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)

Ruth Bader Ginsburg, you must recuse

- The Washington Times

Dozens of House Republicans have penned a letter to Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, asking her to recuse from the case of President Donald Trump's travel ban. She should.