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Protesters listen to speakers at a demonstration against a proposed ban of transgendered people in the military in the Castro District, Wednesday, July 26, 2017, in San Francisco. Demonstrators flocked to a plaza named for San Francisco gay-rights icon Harvey Milk to protest President Donald Trumps abrupt ban on transgender troops in the military. (AP Photo/Olga R. Rodriguez)

Another burden for Willie and Joe

- The Washington Times

The Army and the other military services can do a lot of things, and never flinch when the nation calls. Now, Donald Trump to the contrary notwithstanding, the services have been “tasked” to make women and transgendered people feel better about their place in society. Isn’t that what an army’s for?

Illustration on the prospect of dealing with tax reform by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

The challenge of lowering taxes

Republican leaders are anxious to pivot from health care to tax reform but their optimism is misplaced.

Illustration on Liberian Independence Day and its history by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

‘It was the love of liberty that brought us here’

“It was the love of liberty that brought us here.” So runs Liberia’s national motto — a country founded by freed slaves, which declared its independence on July 26, 1847, 170 years ago. It was thus that Liberia became the first republic in Africa — one born under the principles of freedom and democracy.

The Attempt to Ban Dog Walking in Bay Area Parks Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Why this dog rule must be rescinded

Last week, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke announced that one of his top priorities is to expand recreational access to public lands and waters. He should start this quest in the San Francisco Bay Area, where National Park Service staff are trying to push through a controversial rule to cut one of the most popular recreation activities in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area — dog walking.

Russian President Vladimir Putin answers questions during a news conference after his talks with and Finnish President Sauli Niinisto in Savonlinna, Eastern Finland, on Thursday, July 27, 2017. President Putin pays a working visit to Finland to discuss bilateral and international issues with his Finnish counterpart and to commemorate Finland's 100-year independence. (Mikhail Klimentyev, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

Conservatives shouldn’t be Putin’s ‘useful idiots’

I have been hearing a lot of comments lately from conservatives that Russia is not our enemy, that President Vladimir Putin is a great guy, a strong leader who loves his country and is simply standing up to the globalist European Union. Mr. Putin and Russia, I’m told, are standing up for Christianity and providing security for Christians from Islamist extremists.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of N.Y., leads fellow Democratic Senators to meet supporters outside the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, July 25, 2017, after the Senate voted to start debating Republican legislation to tear down much of the Obama health care law. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Democrats’ ‘better deal’ is a raw deal

Theodore Roosevelt offered Americans a “Square Deal.” His fifth cousin, Franklin D. Roosevelt, gave us “The New Deal.” Modern Democrats, who have lost election after election, are now offering the country “A Better Deal.”

Passengers embark on a Princeton Branch New Jersey Transit train after a service disruption due to a lack of train engineers to operate it, Tuesday, July 18, 2017, in Princeton, N.J. The train is also known as the Dinky, as the train runs only a 2.7-mile route from Princeton Junction station in West Windsor, N.J., to Princeton University. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens) ** FILE**

Princeton on the prowl to emasculate men

- The Washington Times

Princeton University just announced a new position, the “Interpersonal Violence Clinician and Men’s Engagement Manager.” They’re seeking qualified candidates now. The best will be the man who most acts like a woman.

Hacking the Vote Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Maintaining vigilance against election hackers

This week, hackers from across the globe are gathering in Las Vegas at the annual DEF CON conference for an exercise ripped straight from news headlines — trying to hack U.S. election systems. It’s a unique exercise that has raised a lot of eyebrows in the election community. For me, it’s yet another moment to focus on the topic of election system security and the need for constant vigilance.

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman    Associated Press photo

The Iran dilemma of the Saudi crown prince

The starting point for any policy that the new crown prince of Saudi Arabia, Mohammed bin Salman, adopts toward the Islamic Republic of Iran is to understand two basic facts.

Illustration on the president's struggles with Attorney General Jeff Sessions and his Justice Department by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

An unnecessary clash between Trump and Sessions

During the past two weeks, President Trump has made no secret of his unhappiness at the management of the Department of Justice (DOJ) under Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Actually, Mr. Trump seems most agitated at the growing parts of the Justice Department that are not under Mr. Sessions’ management.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, left, joined by Secretary of Health and Human Services Tom Price, speaks to media aboard Air Force One, Monday, July 24, 2017, in Andrews Air Force Base, Md., en route to the 2017 National Scout Jamboree in Glen Jean, W.Va. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

‘Conform or else’: Democrats bully conservative women, minorities

On Monday, the Democrats were really excited about their new slogan, “A Better Deal: Better Skills, Better Jobs, Better Wages.” Widely ridiculed for being idiotic, here’s a slogan they could have chosen, which is much more honest about the current liberal agenda: “A Bully’s Deal: If You Ever Think For Yourself and Don’t Conform, We’ll Ruin Your Life.”

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House Budget Committee  member Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla., questions Budget Director Mick Mulvaney on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, May 24, 2017, during the committee's hearing on President Donald Trump's fiscal 2018 federal budget. Fellow committee member Rep. Susan DelBene, D-Wash. is at left. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin) ** FILE **

Dems cry Islamophobia, as Wasserman Schultz's Pakistani IT guy arrested

- The Washington Times

Debbie Wasserman Schultz's top information technology guy, the Pakistani-born Imran Awan -- who was under investigation by the FBI for theft and cybersecurity-tied abuses -- was arrested at Dulles International Airport as he tried to flee the country. And now Democrats are rushing to defend him, saying he's the target of massive federal Islamophobia.

Illustration on the dangerous precedent of the Charlie Gard case by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

The lesson from poor little Charlie Gard

The sad news broke Monday that Charlie Gard's parents have given up the fight to save their 11-month-old baby's life. "The window of opportunity has been lost," due to time wasted in the parents' legal battles to save the child's life. "It's too late for Charlie," family attorney Grant Armstrong said. "The damage has been done."

Obama Plan to Usurp the Senate's Legislative Power Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Obama's Paris climate scheme revelation

The New York Times on Aug. 24, 2014, broke a major news story: "Obama pushing Climate Accord in Lieu of Treaty." It's a clumsy headline -- no one dared claim the Kyoto Protocol was anything other than a treaty requiring Senate ratification, and even the Grey Lady calls it the "Kyoto Accord."

Illustration on the carelessness of the IRS by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

A culture of carelessness and secrecy at the IRS

The IRS systematically loses and destroys important federal records. Even if you request a file from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) under the Freedom of Information Act, there's no guarantee the agency will make a serious attempt to find your documents.

Russian Insecurity Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

How the "Long Telegram" explains Putin's Russia

Russian experts, politicians and television's talking heads are constantly wondering whether Vladimir Putin's Russia is trying to reconstruct the old Soviet Union with its extended empire and aspirations, asking why else the country that gave up communism would invade Ukraine, threaten the Baltic states, interfere in Syria and even try to sabotage an American election.

FILE - In this July 17, 2016 file photo, then-Trump Campaign Chairman Paul Manafort talks to reporters on the floor of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland. The Senate Judiciary Committee has issued a subpoena to former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort seeking his testimony at a public hearing on Wednesday, July 26, 2017.  (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

Robert Mueller team shows history of crossing ethical lines

- The Washington Times

President Trump's advisers and defenders in trying to undermine former FBI Director Robert Mueller's investigation of the Trump campaign's alleged pre-election "collusion" with Vladimir Putin's Russia are pointing out that Mr. Mueller and another former FBI director, James Comey, are longtime buddies.

Rob Goldstone About to Get Busted Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Who is colluding with whom?

In the Russia-Trump imbroglio let us be clear. We are now months into it. A dozen or so culprits have been fingered, some being actually quite amusing. You will be seeing more of the fat British music promoter, Rob Goldstone, who has been photographed wearing a baseball hat emblazoned with a word denoting a type of female anatomy on it.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Kentucky Republican, hasn't said which alternative to Obamacare will lead the amendment process in the GOP's bill. (Associated Press)

Wasting away on Obamacare

The sad Obamacare saga continues, like a particularly weepy soap opera. The U.S. Senate voted Tuesday to open debate on the latest Republican attempt to repeal and replace, which was a procedural victory for the Republicans, and even that required the vice president to break a tie vote. Meanwhile, a badly broken health care system continues to leak dollars by the billions.

Current bill worse than status quo

The Better Care Reconciliation Act is a cruel proposal. It guts Medicaid, an insurance program on which 74 million Americans -- including many seniors living in nursing homes -- rely. Millions of others covered under the Affordable Care Act will be subject to new, skyrocketing premiums, higher co-pays and reduced coverage, if they can afford insurance at all.

Jail Abbas for incitement

With the recent murder of three Israelis, a father and two children, in their home, the toll from Palestinian terrorist attacks in the past few days has reached five. Instead of accepting responsibility, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas acts yet again as the aggrieved party after inciting his Palestinian-Arab terrorists to commit murder.

This June 6, 2013, file photo shows the National Security Administration (NSA) campus in Fort Meade, Md., where the U.S. Cyber Command is located. U.S. officials say the Trump administration, after months of delay, is finalizing plans to revamp the nation's military command for defensive and offensive cyber-operations. The plan would eventually split it from the intelligence-focused National Security Agency in hopes of intensifying America's ability to wage cyber war against the Islamic State group and other foes. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

Section 702 surveillance should not be extended until the Fourth Amendment is honored

Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act Amendments of 2008 (FAA) authorizes the government to seize and search the international communications of American citizens without probable cause or warrants in violation of the Fourth Amendment. Section 702 should not be extended beyond its current expiration date of December 31, 2017 unless Congress cures its constitutional infirmity.

President Donald Trump pauses as he participates in a joint news conference with French President Emmanuel Macron at the Elysee Palace in Paris, Thursday, July 13, 2017. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Psychiatrists agree: It's OK to smear Trump

- The Washington Times

A noted psychiatrists' association put out a memo to members to suggest it's quite OK for them to publicly comment on President Donald Trump's mental state -- the heck with a longstanding "Goldwater rule" prohibiting such opining. And the circle of sharks about Trump's White House grows wider.