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President-elect Donald Trump, left, and his wife Melania Trump arrive to the "Make America Great Again Welcome Concert" at the Lincoln Memorial, Thursday, Jan. 19, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

A hearty last laugh for the Donald

- The Washington Times

Donald Trump’s greatest contribution to America will be his stripping the media, particularly the overpaid and undereducated television media, of its last pretense to fairness and objectivity.

Russian President Vladimir Putin takes part in the launching ceremony of Bovanenkovo-Ukhta 2 gas pipeline and the Zapolyarye-Purpe and Kuyumba-Taishet oil pipelines via video link in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2017. (Alexei Druzhinin/Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

The Trump-Putin friendship

As President-elect Donald Trump prepares to take office today, yet another nominee in his forthcoming Cabinet is staking out sharp differences with his views on foreign policy.

Classified Dossier Illustration by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

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.

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Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., left, and Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., testify on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017, at the second day of a confirmation hearing for Attorney General-designate, Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., before the Senate Judiciary Committee. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

The bigotry of the high-minded

Only the terminally high-minded are qualified to break precedents, and Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey is qualified, at least in his own mind, to break hoary Senate tradition to testify against a colleague up for a presidential appointment.

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.

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.

Tillerson a strong pick

- Associated Press

After all the negatives about Donald Trump's secretary of state nominee Rex Tillerson, the Senate Foreign Senate Committee hearing was refreshing ("Rex Tillerson takes tough line on Russian hacking in tense hearing," Web, Jan. 11). Mr. Tillerson effectively responded to questions using his common sense, knowledge, diplomacy and world business experience.

BOOK REVIEW: 'Hag-Seed'

What fun. A play within a play within a novel. The Hogarth Press has commissioned a series of novels retelling some of Shakespeare's best-known plays by well-known authors. Jeannette Winterson's "The Gap of Time" ("A Winter's Tale") was the first, followed by "Shylock is My Name" ("The Merchant of Venice") by Howard Jacobson, and Anne Tyler's "Vinegar Girl" ("The Taming of the Shrew").

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.

Hollywood still in own bubble

Cal Thomas reflects what most Americans think of Hollywood elites telling us folks in the real world what idiots we are for voting for Donald Trump ("Meryl Streep behaves as if elected to office," Web, Jan. 11). It will take a greater suspension of disbelief for me to see a movie featuring Meryl Streep or any other blathering liberal 'luminary' in film. Like Mr. Thomas, I prefer to watch the movies I choose from the luxury of my living room sofa.

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.

In this Sept. 1, 2015, file photo, from left, Brad Steinle, Liz Sullivan and Jim Steinle, the brother, mother and father of Kate Steinle who was shot to death on a pier, listen to their attorneys speak during a news conference on the steps of City Hall in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg, File)

Justice for the slain innocents

If Tomas Martinez-Maldonado isn't the poster child for Kate's Law, he should be. He's enmeshed in the toils of the law now to answer the charge that he brutally raped a 13-year-old girl on a Greyhound bus in Kansas last September.

Defense Secretary-designate James Mattis testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017, at his confirmation hearing before the Senate Armed Services Committee.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Choosing two of America's finest leaders

The media often caricatures rather than analyzes its subjects. Marine generals, especially those with colorful nicknames, are often pigeonholed as overly aggressive and less than analytical when facing complex situations.

Agencies not unanimous on hacking

"Trust, but verify" is an old Russian proverb famously quoted by President Ronald Reagan. However, the time for trust is past. Should we trust the Iranian government when it embraces taqiyya (lying to deceive "unbelievers")? Should we trust the Russian government when it annexes Crimea and invades Ukraine? The new normal for our time is "Don't trust, and verify if possible."

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

Trump's 'intelligence' file

Anything anyone can make up about Donald Trump goes. That's the "moral" of the latest speculation about the sins of the Donald, his chief sin being that he defeated Hillary Clinton and the Democrats in November.Anything anyone can make up about Donald Trump goes. That's the "moral" of the latest speculation about the sins of the Donald, his chief sin being that he defeated Hillary Clinton and the Democrats in November.

President Obama told NBC News on Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2017, that it was "not clear" that President-elect Donald Trump ever believed he would win the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election. (NBC News screenshot)

Obama's long goodbye

"Parting is such sweet sorrow," says Juliet to Romeo in Shakespeare's telling of it. And so it is, but Barack Obama's impending departure from the national stage does not necessarily pierce the heart in the same way. Many Americans prefer the message of Dan Hicks and His Hot Licks: "How can I miss you when you won't go away?"

Fixing the U.S. State Department Illustration by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

An urgent State Department makeover

Donald Trump and prospective Secretary of State Rex Tillerson have their work cut out for them. Forget the diplomatic challenges from Russia, China, Europe, ISIS and others. Look beyond the confirmation hearings. Look internally -- at the State Department itself.

Ice sculptures are silhouetted against the sky at an ice sculpture festival on Poklonnaya Hill in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017. The temperature rose to minus - 10 C (F 14) after a cold spell in Moscow. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)

Russia policy requires long view

Political transition in the old Soviet Union was ugly. Vladimir Lenin's death was assisted by doctors controlled by Josef Stalin who could hardly wait for his turn at the helm, Stalin's death was reportedly the result of secret police chief Laventy Beria's poisoning of him or withholding medical care, and Beria himself was, in turn, executed at Nikita Khrushchev's insistence.

Hate Crime Status Undefined Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

The politicization of hate crime legislation

Last week in Chicago, a white special-needs teenager was held captive by four black youths. The victim was bound, gagged, tortured, forced to drink toilet water, partially scalped, and subject to racially and politically motivated verbal abuse. The perpetrators streamed portions of their violent savagery on Facebook.

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks at a reception celebrating the completion of the U.S. Diplomacy Center Pavilion at the State Department in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017. (AP Photo/Sait Serkan Gurbuz)

Hillary's server continues to haunt her

The criminal investigation of Hillary Clinton is back front and center now that the FBI has released proof that her failure to safeguard state secrets caused the secrets to fall into the hands of foreign governments, some of which wish the United States ill.