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Europe's Recent Elections Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Europe’s epochal elections

“The novelty and magnitude of Europe’s predicament make it difficult to understand, tempting to overlook, and nearly impossible to predict. Europe marches us all into terra incognita.” That’s how I closed an article 10 years ago on the topic of Islam’s future in Europe.

The key to engaging with Hispanics

I was reminded this week of 1980, when my father — who was the founder of a national organization representing the interests of Hispanic business owners — got involved with the presidential election in order to support Ronald Reagan.

Illustration on drug use in America by M. Ryder/Tribune Content Agency

How to end America’s drug crisis

As President Trump prepares to confront multiple crises, including national security, foreign policy, and immigration, another crisis looms. It kills tens of thousands of young Americans annually, inflicting unparalleled suffering on American families.

Illustration on matching tax cuts with cuts in government spending by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

A model for making tax cuts work

Before President-elect Donald Trump has fully fleshed out his policy agenda, House Republicans are already planning to slam through Congress their own program of repealing Obamacare, repealing regulations Barack Obama issued in the last 60 legislative days of his administration, and enacting substantial tax cuts.

Hirohito Flag Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

The incomplete legacy of Pearl Harbor

After 75 years, there are still so many stories about the attack on Pearl Harbor by the Japanese on Dec. 7, 1941, including the tragic loss of more than 2,300 American servicemen, the destruction of 18 ships, the loss of over 150 aircraft and even the element of surprise on that Sunday morning.

The BuzzFeed website is displayed on an iPad held by an Associated Press staffer in Los Angeles on Sept. 1, 2015. (Associated Press) **FILE**

Gay liberals whiff on trying to bully Christians

An important paradigm shift seems to be happening. Case in point: Typical gay liberals decide to publicly bully Christians because of their faith. Bullies then expect all hell to break loose, with targeted Christians being frightened into either disavowing aspects of their faith or, more likely, their business or livelihood being destroyed after a campaign of public hate and derision.

Nancy Pelosi (Associated Press)

The revolt of the peasants gathers steam

- The Washington Times

The populist saber continues to cut the elites down to size. The elites, who think they know it all and are uniquely qualified to tell everyone else how to live, took another pasting Sunday in the Italian elections. Prime Minister Matteo Renzi felt so humiliated by voter rejection of his proposals for constitutional reform that he quit on the spot.

Illustration on Chinese industrial pollution by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Trump’s China challenge

President Donald Trump will reject one concept and embrace another as he confronts China on trade and pollution. He expressed skepticism for “the concept of global warming created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. industry noncompetitive.”

Illustration on keeping military strategy secret by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

From Churchill’s lips to Trump’s ears

In the third and final presidential debate, Republican nominee Donald Trump claimed that U.S. foreign policy regularly fails to engage “the element of surprise” when it comes to engaging the Islamic State, or ISIS. According to Mr. Trump, our enemies “have all left” the Iraqi city of Mosul because ISIS was given warning months in advance.

Trucking Delivers the Holidays Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Trucking delivers the holidays

Family gatherings with a delicious turkey on the table. Friends and communities joining together for holiday traditions. Stores and sidewalks bustling as we shop for presents to exchange with loved ones. Wreaths on doors and ornate decorations lighting up downtowns.

SEIU Local 1 union members protest for an increase in the minimum wage, Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016 at the Detroit Metropolitan Airport in Romulus, Mich. Fast-food restaurant and airport workers, as well as home and child-care workers rallied in cities including Chicago, Detroit, Houston, Los Angeles, Minneapolis and New York on Tuesday morning. In many cities the protesters blocked busy intersections. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

The Trump challenge to Big Labor

According to the nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics, labor unions spent more than $142 million on federal candidates, parties and outside spending trying to influence the 2016 election — more than double what they spent in 2008. Even this eye-popping figure is conservative, as it doesn’t include big spending on ballot measures and other tactics to boost voter turnout.

Illustration on the Pearl Harbor attack by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Pearl Harbor, 75 years on

The 75th anniversary of the Imperial Japanese surprise attack on Pearl Harbor will soon be remembered again as a “Day of Infamy.” On Dec. 7, 1941, Japan launched over 350 aircraft from six carriers, flawlessly executing Adm. Isoroku Yamamoto’s strike plan “Z” and succeeded in crippling the U.S. Pacific Fleet.

Champion of 'Worst Former President' Competition Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Competing for the ‘worst former president’

Like an episode of “Survivor,” pitting one generation against another, former President Jimmy Carter is vying to retain the title of our worst and most pestiferous former president against the coming challenge by President Obama.

The "Climate Science" of Pope Francis Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Pope Francis and climate politics

Reuters reports, “Pope Francis urged national leaders on Monday to implement global environmental agreements without delay, a message that looked to be squarely aimed at U.S. President-elect Donald Trump.

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Egg on Gray Lady's face

Of all the reportage of the presidential brawl, none was more egregiously biased than that of The New York Times. The celebrated "Gray Lady" of newspapers was widely acclaimed as journalism's preeminently recognized standard bearer. But in the clash between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, the paper surrendered all pretentiousness of journalistic truthfulness and impartiality, as it went to extremes to not simply present the Democrats' position in the most admiring light but to actually become Mrs. Clinton's clarion mouthpiece.

GOP should urge recounts, too

President-elect Trump and the GOP should be cheerful warriors regarding the Democratic recounts. In fact, they should join them by asking for recounts in Virginia, Colorado and New Hampshire, as well as any other state in which a Democratic win was remotely close.

Former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney talks with reporters after eating dinner with President-elect Donald Trump at Jean-Georges restaurant, Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016, in New York. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

The Romney infatuation

Every president deserves a Cabinet of his own choosing, barring extraordinary circumstances, and that includes President-elect Donald Trump. Every president, after all, is held responsible for the success or failure of his administration, and he by right is entitled to choose his team. But even the most powerful man in the world must be wary of mortally offending the people who fought hard and long to put him where he stands. He will need them to fight with him again.

A loaded missile launcher used by an armed group of men, not specified which group of rebels, at Syria's Quneitra border crossing between Syria and the Israeli-controlled Golan Heights, seen from the Israeli-controlled Golan Heights, Monday, Nov. 28, 2016. The Israeli military says it has carried out an air strike in Syria on a building used by Islamic State militants to attack Israeli forces. The overnight air strike Monday targeted an abandoned United Nations building that Israel says was used as a base by the militants. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)

Israel in the fire

Only fools play with matches. There's no scarcity of fools in the Middle East, and many of them are obsessed with playing with matches. Some may have warmed to the game with "arson intifada" in Israel. President Obama threatens to ignite a larger flame by endorsing a Palestinian state. Any number can play the arson intifada game.

Texas Border Security Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Quick fixes for border issues

Heroin deaths have crossed the 100 barrier as reported by the Police Department in Anne Arundel County, Md., on a billboard outside its headquarters in Millersville. At this rate, deaths may reach 120 by the end of the year. That would mean that 20 young residents of my county who are alive today will not live to see the New Year as a result of heroin and fentanyl illegally trafficked across the border into the United States from China and Mexico.

Illustration on Americans stopping Obama's agenda by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

The party of Obama and its bitter reckoning

- The Washington Times

Eight years ago, the Democratic Party gambled that a young, inexperienced but charismatic senator could deliver the presidency and with it, sustained national electoral success. They were half-right: They got the presidency but lost the country.

Former U.N. Ambassador John Bolton. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

For secretary of state: John Bolton

President-elect Donald Trump is reportedly considering seriously at least two men for the critical position of secretary of state. One, former presidential candidate Mitt Romney, has divided the Trump team between those who think it is a good idea and those who think Mr. Romney's severe criticism of Mr. Trump during the campaign disqualifies him.

Putting Off the Congo Elections Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

The dangers of a hasty Congo election

The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has been the target of criticism in recent weeks with editorials in major newspapers calling on our president to step down.

The campaign that doomed Hillary Clinton

That something extra is Sen. Bernie Sanders and the story he tells in the first 182 pages of his life, his career, the unique 2016 campaign, and what it may portend. The second half of the book, a staff-stuffed pastiche of campaign detritus, is highly skippable. But his account of the campaign, which brought out a new generation of voters and doomed Hillary Clinton, is well worth reading.

A selection of first ladies      The Washington Times

Discarding the idea of a first lady

The role of first lady is out of date, an anachronism and benign nepotism at best. At worst it's an unelected appendage to the president. In Trump time, when all assumptions are subject to revision, the time is right to think again about the ultimate "wife of."

Ashleigh Dickerson and her daughter Christian, 10, talk with temporary neighbor Daron Brose, in the hotel where they are now living, in Denham Springs, La., Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2016. Before the floods came, Ashleigh Dickersons family lived in a three-bedroom house on a private road with plenty of room for her young children to play. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Rules that wreck housing affordability

The White House recently released a report on housing affordability, pointing out that rental rates are rising faster than incomes in many cities, thanks to a lack of housing supply.

Illustration on the liberal plaudits for Fidel Castro by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

The liberal romance with Fidel Castro

There appears to be an awful lot of sympathy for the devil out there these days. The death of Fidel Castro, a mass murderer masquerading as a "president," exposed the bizarre romance liberals have with tyrants.

Castro was no deity

Perhaps nothing better illustrates the vast discrepancy between the promises of communism and its reality than the responses on display over the death of Cuban leader Fidel Castro ("Canadian PM Justin Trudeau hails Fidel Castro as 'remarkable leader,'" Web, Nov. 28).

BOOK REVIEW: 'Putin's Master Plan'

A day or so after Soviet Communism collapsed into a pile of rubble, I had a phone chat with a longtime pal, Herbert Romerstein, who knew -- and hated -- Communism with a fervor unsurpassed in Washington (or perhaps anywhere else).

Reform military promotion system

In addition to rebuilding America's military, President-elect Donald Trump and Congress should abolish our military's up-or-out promotion system, and reform the all-or-nothing retirement system. Currently, rank and pay grade in the military are synonymous.