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Illustration on the Senate's utility in Obama's nuclear initiatives by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Sen. Corker’s nuclear blunder

Sen. Bob Corker has a problem. As Bill Gertz reported in his “Inside the Ring” column, Mr. Corker, Tennessee Republican and chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, objects to President Obama’s intention to seek a evade the need for Senate “ratification” of the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty (CTBT) by seeking its approval by the United Nations Security Council.

Illustration on the high stakes of international chess by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Like pawns on the chessboard

Those who lived through the decades-long Cold War between the old Soviet Union and the United States will remember that everyone seemed to take everything from the Olympics to international chess tournaments as part of the struggle. Chess is once again emerging as a point of controversy as we move toward what some fear could degenerate into yet another Cold War.

Two pro-democracy foundations launched by U.S. billionaire businessman George Soros have been officially banned by the Russian government. (Associated Press)

Soros’ Catholic useful idiots

A most remarkable set of documents was coughed up recently by WikiLeaks. George Soros’ Open Society Policy Center, it turns out, made donations to two faith-based organizations to the tune of $650,000. Initially, this might cause one to think that perhaps Mr. Soros has finally gotten religion. But, no.

In this photo released by Xinhua News Agency, a rescue helicopter and vessel take past in an emergency rescue drill held on the South China Sea near Fenghuang island in Sanya, southern China's Hainan Province, Aug. 23, 2016. The drill aims at enhancing the emergency response capabilities of maritime rescue teams. (Guo Cheng/Xinhua via AP)

China’s Underwater Great Wall

The stakes in the South China Sea (SCS) are apparently reaching down to the murky depths of this contentious waterway as Beijing readies its undersea surveillance network to consolidate its presence in the region.

Alexis de Tocqueville

Helping those who help themselves in Baton Rouge

- The Washington Times

America is a remarkable country, and sometimes it takes a disaster to remind us of how remarkable it is. The millions who indulge a little self-pity over having to choose between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton should look to Baton Rouge for another view.

Illustration on financing the rebuild of the U.S. military by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

How to rebuild U.S. military might

In order to rebuild the U.S. military the next president is going to have to do the following things with the economy. The next administration must design a growth plan that will allow the U.S. economy to expand at a 3 percent to 6 percent rate per year. Only Donald Trump’s plan has the opportunity to do this. It can be accomplished by the following these important actions:

Illustration on the destructive effects of the $15 minimum wage by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

More casualties in the Fight for $15

Wegmans grocery has “essentially” pulled out of a major planned expansion in Washington, D.C. It was reported last week that the decision factored in the city’s newly passed $15 minimum wage and other potential forthcoming labor mandates.

This Nov. 11, 2014, file photo shows the U.S. Capitol Building illuminated by the setting sun on the National Mall in Washington. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

Breaking through the Washington gridlock

Elections in a democracy are by their nature unpredictable. However, it is as clear as day that whoever becomes the 45th president of the United States will be staring at a full plate of international crises, an economy that is growing slower than anticipated, and a generally dysfunctional and hostile relationship between Republicans and Democrats on and off Capitol Hill.

Illustration on Petraeus and a White House pardon by M. Ryder/Tribune Content Agency

A pardon for Petraeus

Was something missing when, earlier this month, the White House announced that President Obama used his constitutional prerogative to put 214 convicts back on the street? Yes, we didn’t see a pardon for the person many Americans believe is the greatest general of his generation, David Petraeus.

Illustration on China as the chief supply source for heroin and methamphetamine pushed in the U.S. by Mexican drug cartels by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

The China connection

The trail of poison that led to the death of rock star Prince and thousands of other Americans begins in China, which President Obama will visit on Sept. 2. According the State Department’s 2016 Narcotics Strategy Report, “China has become a hub for illicit drug consumption, drug and precursor chemical trafficking, and money laundering activities.”

Dwight D. Eisenhower, 34th president of the United States, had high favorability numbers throughout his time in office. (White house)

Not liking this Ike

You’d think a national monument honoring President Dwight Eisenhower would be a can’t-miss proposition. Unfortunately, the proposed design by architect Frank Gehry to honor the man who guided the Allies to victory in World War II is shaping up to be a failure.

U.S. Presidency for Sale Illustration by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

The push proceeds toward oligarchy

Forget for a moment the pressing question of who is going to win this year’s presidential election. Think instead about a broader question emanating from this campaign year: Is American political power flowing inexorably to an entrenched oligarchy that is becoming increasingly impervious to popular sentiment?

Following the Reagan road

Donald Trump’s first quest for the presidency in a number of ways can be compared to the first foray into national politics of another revered Republican who similarly first was seeking the presidency: Ronald Reagan.

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Clinton classification malfeasance

I am a former employee at the CIA, and since the topic is being so distorted by politicians I feel compelled to give the American public a better understanding of how classified material is handled in the intelligence community. Material is usually classified Confidential, Secret or Top Secret due to its content, but some material is automatically classified upon collection due to the collection method used.

BOOK REVIEW: 'By Honor Bound'

That U.S. Navy SEALs are extraordinary men is a given. They are extraordinarily trained, extraordinarily skilled, and extraordinarily tough and extraordinarily brave.

Obama's dangerous-immigrant ploy

Terror has struck close to home with an attempted beheading and stabbing of a couple in Roanoke, Virginia, on Aug. 20 ("FBI probing stabbing in Virginia where suspect shouted 'Allahu akbar,'" Web, Aug. 23). Although the FBI is aware of the perpetrator's recent attempt to join the Islamic State in Syria and his proclamation of "Allahu Akbar" as he committed his savage attack, they apparently cannot determine a motive for his actions.

Guido Tardive, of Mine Hill, N.J., a supporter of Republican Donald Trump for President, stands with his painted car Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2016, in Randolph, N.J. (AP Photo/Mel Evans) ** FILE **

Donald Trump's real supporters and Hillary Clinton's myth of the alt-right

- The Washington Times

Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton -- because she doesn't have a record to run on (unless you count her pay-to-play success with the Clinton Foundation) -- decided to attack her GOP rival Donald Trump as racist on Thursday, and perhaps even more disheartening, cast his supporters as white supremacists, neo-Nazi's as well.

Federal Mismanagement of the Peanut Industry Illustration by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Politicians and peanut pilfering

The history of federal peanut policy is the perfect antidote to anyone who still believes that Congress could competently manage a lemonade stand. Federal spending for peanut subsidies will rise eight-fold between last year and next year — reaching almost a billion dollars and approaching the total value of the peanut harvest. This debacle is only the latest pratfall in a long history of horrendous federal mismanagement.

Former New Mexico governor, Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson arrives to a cheering crowd of several hundred during a campaign rally Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016, in Concord, N.H. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)

Protest without a point

The successful presidential candidate has to assemble a coalition with others with overlapping but rarely identical desires and interests, which means his most ardent partisans naturally see him as imperfect and inconsistent. Voters, alas, rarely get to choose between a candidate they admire unreservedly and a candidate they don't like at all.

BOOK REVIEW: 'Peacock and Vine: On William Morris and Mariano Fortuny'

At the beginning of "Peacock and Vine," A.S. Byatt describes a visit to the Museo Fortuny in Venice. As she gloried in the watery aquamarine light of the city she writes, "I found I was thinking about the Englishman William Morris. I was using Morris ... to understand Fortuny."

Texas Bullet Train Project Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

How private enterprise drives the trains

Texans are turning the tables on how to pay for nationally critical infrastructure projects, leading the way with a high-speed train project that relies on the expertise of private entrepreneurs instead of government money.

Rosa Luxemburg (Associated Press)

Black Lives Matter and the endless war against the Jews

- The Washington Times

The man who controls the language controls the conversation, as George Orwell rightly observed. The word that the left is trying, with a certain success, to appropriate now is "genocide." Genocide is what Hitler set out to do, to exterminate Europe's Jews (and who knows where his evil ambition would have gone from there).

Russian President Vladimir Putin gestures as he speaks during an awarding ceremony for Russia's Olympians in Moscow's Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016. Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday attacked the ban on his country from the Rio de Janeiro Paralympics as immoral and inhumane. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)

The changing Scandinavian tune

There's nothing like a slap across the face, or a splash of icy water, to get a sleepyhead's instant attention. Finland, like Sweden, has prized its neutrality, often with a self-righteous smirk at the rest of the West. But reality has wiped the smirk away.

Fund missile defense system now

The simple fact that North Korea is developing nuclear weapons, no matter how far along it is in the process, calls into question how secure our country really is ("Fourth North Korean nuclear test shows need for harsh, sustained sanctions — not diplomacy," Web, Aug. 22).

'Petticoat politics' is still a dangerous game

Sexual politics is always a slippery game. Democrats are salivating at the possibility of winning the White House with Hillary Clinton. They're enamored of the wide female gender gap in her favor. (Nobody says very much about the male gender gap running the other way.)

Incentive to Press the Reset Button Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Vladimir Putin, Hillary Clinton and the guns of August

- The Washington Times

The guns of August -- a phrase first used to describe the outbreak of World War I -- is a real phenomenon. Maybe it's the heat, but there's something about the eighth month that seems to inspire armed conflict. Saddam Hussein invaded Kuwait in August 1990.