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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.”

Illustration on the end of al Jazeera by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Does Al Jazeera deserve to die?

The Gulf Cooperation Council comprises six nations, all of them Arab, Muslim, ruled by royals, and fabulously wealthy thanks to vast reserves of petroleum. With so much in common, you might expect they’d be best friends forever. In recent weeks, however, the emir of Qatar, Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, has been the odd monarch out.

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.

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.

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 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.”

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.

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Wisconsin-based Three Square Market will soon offer its employees the option of having microchips implanted under their skin. The technology will work in tandem with computers, allow employees to pay for food, and open doors. (KSTP-TV ABC-5 Wisconsin screenshot)

Human microchips -- coming to Wisconsin company near you

- The Washington Times

A Wisconsin company is asking employees if they want to get a microchip implanted in their hands, in the space between the thumb and forefinger. Welcome to the next era -- a creepier, more intrusive, less private era where the lines between constitutional and not grow fuzzy and the opportunity for unintended consequences to grow seems unlimited.

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

Trump's right: It's a sewer, not a swamp

- The Washington Times

President Donald Trump tweeted in the lead-up to Jared Kushner's widely waited for Senate-Russia testimony that it's not a swamp he's trying to drain. It's a sewer. And yes indeed, that description is much more apt.

Illustration on government run Health Care by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

The fake 'health care' debate

Confucius, who lived so long ago that famine, not obesity, menaced public health, supposedly observed that "the first step to wisdom is to call things by their proper name." If so, then angry congressional town hall meetings and serial legislative impasses are not really about health care, let alone reform.

FILE - IN this Dec. 2, 2009, file photo, the Total Port Arthur refinery is shown in Port Arthur, Texas. Federal lawsuits against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency were filed claiming the agency has failed to correct Texas air pollution control permits with loopholes that make state enforcement rare. The suits filed Thursday, July 20, 2017, by the nonprofit Washington, D.C.-based Environmental Integrity Project, target permits for the largest integrated petrochemical factory in the U.S., three refineries near the Houston Ship Channel including the largest petroleum refinery in the U.S. and a coal-fired power plant east of Dallas. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)

Peddlers of junk science

For America's 207 million coffee drinkers, this month's "latest study" brought a venti-sized serving of good news: A healthy dose of coffee leads to a longer life.

Righting the Ship of Security Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

A plan to save Social Security

It is no secret that what the major media seem to care most about is radically different from what concerns average Americans. While the inside-the-Beltway crowd continues to focus on alleged collusion between President Trump and Russia, real concerns like the future of Social Security are ignored.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of N.Y. and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of Calif. lead Congressional Democrats to a news conference to unveil their new agenda, Monday, July 24, 2017, in Berryville, Va. House and Senate Democrats are offering a retooled message and populist agenda, promising to working Americans "someone has your back."  (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

Americans: Optimistic no more?

"The present is getting better. The future, not at all." So begins a recent New York Times article about a Pew study that shows the public adopting a rather dim outlook. "Even as more Americans say the economy is improving, a clear majority remain fearful about their children's financial prospects," it continues.

Sudan Corruption Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

A necessary delay for easing of Sudan sanctions

The announcement last week by the Trump administration that it is delaying the Obama administration's order to ease sanctions on Sudan was a welcome decision. The three-month delay is not long enough to give the Sudanese the impression that we are not serious about this matter, but will be long enough to complete the needed and ongoing review of that government's adherence to the requirements of sanctions-easing.

Illustration on crony capitalism by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Crony capitalism against the real thing

For the past decade, a strange migration of a couple of thousand people from all over the world to Las Vegas takes place -- in the middle of July. They come -- at least most -- not to gamble and certainly not for the weather where the normal daytime temperature is a 100-plus degrees, but to participate in an event called FreedomFest.

Kurdistan Partnership Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

A strategic U.S. partner in Kurdistan

This year is the 25th anniversary of the election of the first Parliament and government of the Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KRI). Thanks to the safe haven that the United States and its European allies created in 1991 to protect the displaced Kurdish population from Baghdad's brutal attacks, the Kurds turned a crisis into an opportunity to build a forward-looking nation with democratic aspirations.

Recalling the small, plain woman with the upper hand

If I had read this admirable study by John Pfordresher, a professor of English at Georgetown University, of the enormous amount of lived experience Charlotte Bronte put into her novelistic Magnum Opus "Jane Eyre" even a few months ago, I would have thought it a little bit superfluous. After all, more than any other novel I have read, it strikes one with such immediate force, inducing a visceral reaction, an immediate empathy with the eponymous heroine.

President Donald Trump looks over the crowd of scouts as Energy Secretary Rick Perry, left, uses his phone at the 2017 National Boy Scout Jamboree at the Summit in Glen Jean, W.Va., Monday, July 24, 2017. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

Angling with a taste for Trump

Guilt casts a wide shadow in an interconnected world. As special counsel Robert Mueller expands his investigation to ever wider circles of the relationship, as it might be, between the Trump presidential campaign and all things Russian, the list of those falling under official suspicion grows longer.

Oregon abortion push beyond pale

Of all the life-threatening medical maladies a government could mandate others pay for, Oregon dictated that procured abortions be provided for all ("Oregon House Democrats pass bill providing free abortions for all, including illegal aliens," Web, July 2). The desperation and insecurity of those who propose that abortion is a choice couldn't be any clearer.

A billboard welcomes Pope Francis, at St. Mark's Cathedral in Cairo, Egypt, Thursday, April 27, 2017. On Friday, Francis is scheduled to begin a two-day pilgrimage to Egypt aimed at lifting the spirits of Christians in the Middle East, whose numbers have rapidly dwindled in recent decades due to war, displacement and emigration. The visit will include a meeting with Egypt's president and the Grand Imam of Al-Azhar as well as a Mass in a stadium on the outskirts of Cairo. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)

The war against the Christians

Persecution of Christians continues in certain parts of the world, mostly in the Middle East and throughout South and Southeast Asia, but it rarely gets much attention even in the Western media. Even many churchmen in the West turn a blind eye.

Trudeau is the terrorists' useful idiot

The West is in a worldwide war with terrorism and has been for many years ("The travesty of rewarding a terrorist," Web, July 23). A global battle such as this is not just a "domestic squabble," as stated by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

Guns for defense only

Like civilians, law-enforcement officers possess deadly weapons only to defend themselves or others ("Timeline of Justine Damond shooting," Web, July 21). Questionable killings by police officers, such as the Damond shooting earlier this month in Minneapolis, require that police academies and any implicit "warrior" culture to be examined. Only combatants under the laws of war may legally initiate killing, and even then they may only kill armed enemy combatants, never civilians.