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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.

Trump, the Rough Rider Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Trump and the Rough Rider’s conservation ethos

President-elect Donald Trump said in December that he will honor the legacy of Theodore Roosevelt and “conserve and protect our natural resources for the next generation.” Moving quickly to back it up, he nominated Montana Rep. Ryan Zinke as his secretary of interior.

Stickers for voters are seen on a table at a polling station Tuesday, April 26, 2016 in Wayne, Pa. Attention is shifting from a well-worn campaign trail to the voting booths as Pennsylvanians cast ballots Tuesday on presidential primary contests, including the first competitive Republican primary in decades, and races for Congress and state offices. (AP Photo/Jacqueline Larma)

Reversing a dangerous power grab

Being an informed citizen means keeping up with the news, however tricky it may be to find reliable sources. But sometimes even that’s not enough. It’s easy to get distracted by the latest shouting match and miss some important item that slips by almost unnoticed.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Global Strategy and the New President Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

How global risks will test the new administration

Donald Trump assumes the presidency of the United States amid an era of global disorder unseen in decades. New challenges to former American preeminence in Europe, the Middle East and the Pacific Rim are boldly ventured by Russia, Iran and China with near impunity.

Political Target Illustration by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

A petulant attack against Rex Tillerson

- The Washington Times

Sen. Marco Rubio took to the Senate floor on Wednesday to grandstand against President-elect Donald Trump’s choice for secretary of State, former Exxon Mobile CEO Rex Tillerson.

Parents Choosing Education Alternatives Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

The power of school choice

Fifteen years ago, a new Republican president entered the White House heady with talk about revolutionizing K-12 education in America.

President-elect Donald Trump speaks during a news conference in the lobby of Trump Tower in New York, Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Cracks in his campaign promises

Republicans moved quickly this week toward confirming President-elect Donald Trump’s Cabinet nominations, as widening cracks began appearing in some of his major campaign promises.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin meets with Moscow State University rector Viktor Sadovnichy in the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017. (Alexei Druzhinin/Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

Defending national security, when convenient

A main refrain from Democrats these days (and the scraggly band of Never Trumpers, apparently now led by Sen. John McCain) remains how the Russians "hacked the election." Observers understand this is meant to delegitimize the election of Donald Trump, but what it also exposes is the rank hypocrisy of crusty and desperate political operatives and federal bureaucrats.

A lemon of a law

Why should it take more than a day to repeal Obamacare? "We the People" have been clamoring for its removal for seven long years. Could it be that Congress, the Supreme Court and the Obama administration and its aides are not required to participate in it, while the rest of us are forced?

Not much to miss about Obama

Thankfully a new president will be sworn in on Jan. 20. The soon-to-be-former president, elected under the pretense of "hope and change," will move on to shamefully make undeserved millions of dollars. His tenure was wrought with bigotry, lies, pettiness, party politics, blame, vindictiveness and self-serving decisions.

Attorney General-designate, Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017, at his confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Attacking with popguns

The Democrats took their best shots Tuesday at Sen. Jeff Sessions, the president-elect's nominee for U.S. attorney general, and demonstrated only that it's difficult for a gang that can't shoot straight to do much damage with popguns that only fire blanks.

"Fake news - a total political witch hunt!" President-elect Donald Trump tweeted in screaming all-capital letters. (Associated Press)

A change of hope

Tempus fugits without much month-to-month change. February is a lot like January, August a lot like July. But the pace of change quickens, and overnight everything old seems new again. The 2016 presidential election was a sudden and breathtaking upheaval of wishes and dreams as Americans divided themselves between those who want, or think they want, a fundamentally transformed United States, and those who yearn to "make America great again." These opposing emotions of disappointment and expectation collide to promise a jarring ride through 2017.

Neither a gentleman nor a proletarian

Nothing succeeds like excess. Karl Marx -- and the ill-defined, shape-shifting "ism" bearing his name -- have achieved immortality in spite of the flawed nature of the man and the dismal failure of the "ism" wherever it has come to power, usually at gunpoint.

Egypt's entrepreneurs

Egypt's core asset and main engine of growth is its youth. Its total population of more than 92 million is characterized by a demographic youth bulge, with a young median age of 23.8 years, compared to 37.9 in United States and 46.8 in Germany.

Chopping Away at the Tax and Regulation Overload Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Rewriting Trump's to-do list

Republican leaders may think they're doing the Lord's work in attempting to repeal Obamacare, but many right-leaning political observers fear the party is locked into an uncertain and dangerous course, especially without a solid plan to replace it. Indeed, repeal and replace has become repeal and "Trust us, we'll devise something terrific in the months or years ahead."

The Disgrace of the CIA Illustration by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

The CIA disgrace

I grew up in the CIA. My father joined the clandestine side of the agency at its foundation, and I was born shortly after that. He spent his entire career at the agency, retiring as a station chief in Europe. He was a cold warrior, and the Russians were his adversaries. But he made a point of knowing something about his KGB counterparts, even to the point of playing tennis with one. He said he liked to get to know them.

Danger of Cyberwarfare Illustration by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Lost in cyberspace

- The Washington Times

Russia's hacking of the Democratic National Committee was mischievous. Did it change the outcome of the 2016 elections? No evidence suggests that and the intelligence community isn't claiming that.

Donald Trump (Associated Press)

Donald Trump's Whiggery

- The Washington Times

It has come to my attention that there are still conservatives out there who do not believe President-elect Donald Trump is a conventional conservative or even a conservative of any stripe whatsoever. Of course, I suspected him of being pretty much a conservative in 2013 when he spoke at our Robert L. Bartley Dinner, and I have been assiduously spreading the word ever since.

President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama board Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017. Obama is traveling to Chicago to deliver a farewell address, continuing a tradition established by the nation's first president more than two centuries ago. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

The Obamacare hustle

"It takes brass balls to sell real estate." So says Alec Baldwin, challenging the salesman of "exclusive" cold-sell real estate opportunities in "Glengarry Glen Ross." The same message apparently has been sent to politicians remarkably still pushing the virtues of Obamacare.

GOP Plan to Grow the Economy Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Introducing a 'better way'

Now that the dust has settled from the Nov. 8 elections, it's time for Washington to effectively govern.

Abortion still kills

"Kentucky lawmakers kick off session with three pro-life bills" (Web, Jan. 5) quotes Tamarri Wieder, director of external affairs at Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky, as saying, "Abortion did not just start happening after Roe v. Wade; women just stopped dying from them." This is not the case. Just check with the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, under the topic of abortion surveillance.

Democratic Party an ashen heap

It took eight years for Bill Clinton to rebuild the Democratic Party — and it took his wife and President Obama the exact amount of time to undo it. Hillary Clinton's only opportunity to be elected president was 2008, when her abrasiveness was her main obstacle.

Russian President Vladimir Putin listens during a meeting in the Moscow's Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, Monday, Jan. 9, 2017. (Alexei Druzhinin, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

The 2016 campaign continues

Faith, as the Bible teaches us, is the evidence of things not seen. Faith is the key to belief that surpasses all understanding, and now the secular intelligence chiefs tells us that trust is the key to understanding affairs of state, too. All the president's men, or at least some of them, have now spoken what they insist is the last word on the Russian hacking scandal, concluding that Vladimir Putin plotted to choose the 45th president of the United States. If the chiefs of spies were to explain how they know that, they would probably have to kill us.

President-elect Donald Trump listens to a reporters question at Trump Tower in New York, Monday, Jan. 9, 2017. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Making good on the promise

Donald Trump's signature campaign promise was to build a wall on the U.S.-Mexican border to take control of immigration to America. The promise was appealing to most Americans, because every nation in the world has the right to control who gets in, and how.