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The Democrats’ ‘dossier’

The recent intelligence report on Russian interference in the election concluded that the Russian government was behind the hacking and release of Democratic emails. The assumed purpose of these activities was an effort to support the candidacy of Donald Trump, even though the report acknowledged that the Russian government believed Hillary Clinton was likely to win the election anyway.

Texas Power Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

The power of Rick Perry

As former energy secretaries in a Republican and Democratic administration, we can say with complete confidence that President-elect Donald Trump has made an excellent choice in nominating Rick Perry to be secretary of energy. From our perspective, Mr. Perry has precisely the background, skill set and vision needed to effectively oversee the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and guide the nation’s energy strategies.

Prospects for the EPA Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Pruitt is right for the EPA

Of all the ways the outgoing Obama administration has waged war on the private sector, nothing has been as deeply felt as the economically harmful actions taken by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer speaks at a recent news conference Monday, May 23, 2016, regarding a new ordinance for the city regarding drugs in San Diego.  Faulconer's low-key style has gone down well with voters after the high drama of a predecessor who resigned and pleaded guilty to a felony for harassing women. The Republican leader is a heavy favorite to win a second term as mayor of the nation's eighth-largest city. (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi)

Making America’s cities great again

The historic, controversial presidential election of 2016 is now behind us. The people decided. Now comes the hard part, governing. As usually happens after a presidential campaign, serious, talented individuals come forth to help. There is something magical about contributing to a new federal administration, a chance to effect change across America.

FILE - In this May 10, 2016, file photo, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un waves at parade participants at the Kim Il Sung Square in Pyongyang, North Korea. North Korea is marking Kim Jong Un's birthday Sunday, Jan. 8, 2017 in a decidedly low-key manner. Though the young leader's birthday is well-known throughout the country, it has yet to be celebrated with the kind of adulatory festivities that accompany the birthdays of his late grandfather and father. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E, File)

China’s boost to North Korean nukes

Allowing North Korea to make consistent progress toward the fielding of a nuclear-armed intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) capable of reaching most American cities can be considered President Obama’s most serious failure in national security and non-proliferation.

Washington’s chance to reform the status quo

The United States is a great nation, but we face many serious challenges that need to be addressed. Two key ones relate to the need to ensure fiscal sustainability and achieve government transformation. As a recognized expert in these areas, I have several thoughts that I believe President-elect Donald Trump needs to consider.

Obama’s betrayal of the Cuban people

I couldn’t have imagined that President Obama could do any more harm to the Cuban people before he left office, but I was wrong. With only a week left in his presidency he announced that the long-standing policy of accepting Cubans that flee the Communist island of Cuba by sea — the policy known as “wet feet, dry feet” — would change.

U.N. Deal Deniers Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

That parting shot at Israel

According to well-established sources in Egyptian Intelligence Services, a Palestinian Authority (PA) delegation met in Washington D.C. with officials from the outgoing Obama administration for secret talks. Secretary of State John Kerry and National Security Adviser Susan Rice were present.

Elephant With Two Pyramids Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

A plea for ‘tart reform’

There’s an elephant in the middle of the emergency room, but we’re too busy arguing about Obamacare to see him.

Rep. Keith Ellison (Associated Press)

Democrats wasting time hating Donald Trump

- The Washington Times

Democrats who confuse hating Donald Trump with Mom and apple pie as the all-American recipe to win elections are blowing their chances, such as they are, for the 2018 midterm elections. If you’re a Democrat it’s never too soon to fret and stew about the prospects.

Lobbying Trump Illustration by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Lobbying in the age of Trump

A conservative wit once said that if you want to know who runs Washington, you should look under “association” in the Washington phone book. The line gets a good laugh, but it’s unfair — which may be why it gets the laugh. And it’s particularly unfair to small businesses and companies employing forgotten middle-class workers.

Religious Freedom Problems in Turkey Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Turkey’s wavering support for religious freedom

I walked into the Ankara airport on Dec. 20, after a long day of eye-opening meetings, to the news on CNN International — the Russian ambassador to Turkey had just been shot. Our U.S. ambassador to Turkey, John Bass, a career diplomat who expertly navigated our previous 24 hours of intensive meetings, was standing next to me. He calmly pulled out his cellphone and started making calls.

FILE - In this Nov. 6, 2013 file photo, animal rights activist and co-founder of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) Ingrid Newkirk lies on a mock barbecue stand as a sign of protest in Mumbai, celebrating World Vegan Month, a month long celebration of a health, environment- and animal-friendly vegan diet. PETA turns 35 years old in 2015, is the largest animal rights group in world with 3 million members, and has done a lot with a little sex, shock and celebrity.(AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool, File)

Is veganism a mental disorder?

Contrary to the national and local debates we have about securing the border, anchor babies and sanctuary cities, the Swiss have a different system to determine who stays and who goes. Your neighbors get to vote on your citizenship. It’s a policy that at a minimum should promote politeness.

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FILE - In this May 6, 2013, file photo, a wind turbine farm stands near Glenrock, Wyo. Renewable energy developers say they are hopeful about the future despite President-elect Donald Trump's promise to bring coal mining jobs back. In recent years, huge solar and wind farms have sprouted up on public desert land in the Western United States buoyed by generous federal tax credits. (AP Photo/Matt Young, File)

'Green cronyism' has no place in energy policy

Science magazine recently published a commentary from noted climatologist and "clean" energy expert Barack Obama. His considered opinion: the momentum of the green energy revolution is too strong for the Trump administration to reverse.

We are a republic

Running from the discredited and self-incriminating name of "liberals" to big-government, oppressive "Progressives," the Democrats' rebranding should prompt Republicans to correct their own language.

President Barack Obama pauses as he speaks at McCormick Place in Chicago, Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017, giving his presidential farewell address. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

Obama's legacy of bad racial feeling

George Washington established the precedent of the farewell address. Not every president has something to say as he leaves the White House. Those who do, or think they do, usually indulge mostly in self-congratulations. Some indulge self-delusion.

Fake news from the intelligence agencies

The news stories about the alleged Russian interference in the 2016 election won't end this week, this month or this year. That narrative is just a new version of the "Bush was selected, not elected" meme from the 2000 election.

VAT border adjustments unfair

Stephen Moore's op-ed, "The case for a border adjustable tax system" (Web, Jan. 8), is a juxtaposition to President-elect Donald Trump's pledge to negotiate and reverse the unfair trade practices of other countries.

Build bridges, not walls

I appreciate President-elect Trump's sentiment of wanting to make America great again. Part of that legacy is for America not only to be generous to its own people, but also to the rest of the world. To build a wall will not bring a solution.

BOOK REVIEW: 'Evelyn Waugh: A Life Revisited'

Evelyn Waugh is one of those writers whose works it is delightful to read, but whom it is usually awful to read about. Which of course leads to the inevitable question: how could someone so nasty create characters and situations which are filled with humor, wisdom, and insight? In short, how could so much sweetness and light be distilled out of so acrid a personality?

President Barack Obama pauses as he speaks during his farewell address at McCormick Place in Chicago, Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Czechoslovakia redux

Amidst concern over Sunday's international conference in Paris and the ensuing meeting of the United Nations on Tuesday, there is an increasing fear the leading powers will again take action against Israel.

Obama Justice Department Corruption Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Restoring justice

Eric Holder and Loretta E. Lynch have been perhaps the most flagrant partisans ever to hold the office of attorney general.

Republican presidential candidate, Donald Trump smiles during a CNN town hall with Anderson Cooper in the historic Riverside Theatre, Tuesday, March 29, 2016, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

CNN learns a hard lesson

Whatever else Donald Trump may be, he's a new kind of politician. He's not afraid of the press. He doesn't drop to the fetal position, cowering as if pleading for a little mercy, when The New York Times or The Washington Post -- or CNN News -- cries boo!

Trump's billionaire dealmakers

With Donald Trump, the nation is about to embark on a bold experiment in government management. To guide the economy, he has selected billionaire dealmakers and folks with marketing expertise and shunned seasoned policy experts.

The Benefits of Criminal Justice Reform Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

How the states can show the way

While the nation is still waiting to see if Congress will take up criminal justice reform, states have been quietly getting the job done. A new Urban Institute report shows that states participating in the Justice Reinvestment Initiative (JRI) have saved over a billion dollars thus far through smart reforms to sentencing laws, pretrial practices, and prison release policies. Moreover, this has enhanced public safety.