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Illustration on the 2016 campaign by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Why Donald Trump is still the safer choice

America is a two-party system and after party conventions select the nominees, we have two choices and only two choices. Both nominees have demonstrated serious character flaws. The current spotlight is on lewd, vulgar comments from Donald Trump that cannot be defended. Nevertheless, his words could never be used to justify a vote for Hillary Clinton and her leftist agenda.

Donald Trump arrives at a Trump rally at Sanford Orlando International Airport in Sanford, Fla., Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2016. Trump is pledging to bolster the government's investment in the space program, a boon to the Space Coast of Florida. (Stephen M. Dowell/Orlando Sentinel via AP)

The staying power of populism

Despite evidence from the 2016 presidential campaign, doubts dominate about populism’s ability to win America’s ultimate prize. “It can’t happen here” is as wrong as the political establishment’s misreading of the populist movement itself. Populism’s history here and abroad argues a populist triumph could eventually occur — if not this November, then soon.

Missile Attack Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Iran’s proxy missile attacks

The recent missile attacks attributed to Yemeni Houthi rebels, with assistance from the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) and Hezbollah, demonstrate Iran’s classic use of proxies to promote its political agenda. The Houthi rebels denied any involvement in the missile attacks.

Illustration on non-voters by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

In defense of the nonvoter

Between now and Nov. 8, Americans will be inundated with good-intentioned public service announcements urging them to take the time to vote. And to buttress that argument, statistics about the usual low turnout rate — about 60 percent or so — will suggest that this American trend is somehow illustrative of a major defect in the body politic.

John Podsesta (Associated Press) ** FILE **

The coming media settlement with Hillary

- The Washington Times

There’s no one more repentant and eager to promise reform than the town drunk coming off a week at the bottom of a bottle. Some of “the top political reporters in the country,” as they think of themselves, will be soon looking for similar redemption.

The Tail Wagging the Middle East Dog Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Mistaking the cause of Middle East turmoil

President Obama might sandbag Israel in pursuit of something Palestinian leadership rejects — peace with the Jewish state. The blow reportedly may fall in the interregnum between the Nov. 8 election and the Jan. 20 inauguration of the next president.

Illustration on human trafficking and open borders by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

The other open-borders commodity

Some proponents of the current open borders policy also claim to be defenders of women’s rights. It is, therefore, supremely ironic that one unintended consequence of open borders is a substantial spike in sex trafficking of young girls. That’s the major takeaway of a trip to South Texas earlier this month.

Illustration on Hillary's support of partial birth abortion by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Reconsider ‘Never Trump’

While Democrats perpetually circle the wagons, Republicans engage a perpetual circular firing squad. The same holds true for many evangelicals. Democrats and secularists count on it.

Britney Corbett oversees a ninth-grade math at Washington Leadership Academy in Northeast D.C. The technology-focused high school charter, which opened its doors in August, teaches students the basics and how to write computer code and use drones. (Julia Porterfield/The Washington Times)

Black students matter

Money talks and the NAACP walks away from its mission to ensure educational equality for black kids.

The United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization logo is pictured on the entrance at UNESCO's headquarters in Paris, Monday Oct. 17, 2016. UNESCO's executive board has approved on Tuesday a resolution that Israel says denies the deep historic Jewish connection to holy sites in Jerusalem _ and that has angered Israel's government and many Jews around the world. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)

America’s missed UNESCO opportunity

If President Obama continues to prioritize his political legacy over the national security interests of the United States—which would be a secure and sovereign Israel—Congress at least should have the courage to lead this charge.

Illustration on the international dangers of a Clinton presidency by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Hillary, the violent humanitarian

After yet another meeting of diplomats failed to resolve the war in Syria, our ever-clueless secretary of state, John Kerry, said on October 15 that diplomacy would continue because of “the urgency of trying to find something that works other than military action.”

Justifying Ones Views on Abortion Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Hillary’s faith

“Secretary Clinton, I want to explore how far you believe the right to abortion goes,” asked Fox News Channel’s Chris Wallace, moderator for the third and final presidential debate. “You have been quoted as saying that the fetus has no constitutional rights. You also voted against a ban on late-term, partial-birth abortions. Why?”

Illustration on Hillary's contradictory positions by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Hillary, the hypocrite

In the modern history of American politics has there ever been a bigger hypocrite than Hillary Clinton? Her 30 years in politics has taught us clearly that Hillary lives by one set of rules and wants to impose different rules for everyone else.

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Wary of how the press treats Donald Trump, Republicans have the least amount of trust in the media, a Gallup poll finds. (Associated press)

Polls all over the place

Nobody's any longer paying serious attention to "the issues," unless the Donald's sex tape and Hillary's felonies and misdemeanors qualify as issues. Hillary naturally gets a pass, either because the media has decided that her crimes are old news or, more likely, trashy behavior is what everyone now expects from the Clintons. Besides, what's wrong with trashy behavior?

Illustration on the potential trouble her husband's sexual history may yet cause Hillary Clinton's political aspirations by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

And they call it puppy love

I am in jolly old London for a Spectator debate over America's presidential candidates, Donald Trump and What's Her Name. London is resplendent as ever, and my wife is patrolling my behavior lest I hazard our bank account by popping into Anderson & Sheppard to order another suit and seek psychiatric refreshment at this point in the election cycle.

Illustration on the Israeli/Palestinian conflict by M. Ryder/Tribune Content Agency

A final stab at resolving the Palestinian-Israeli conflict

You're probably familiar with the old story about the inebriated guy looking for his wallet at night under a streetlight -- not because that's where he dropped it but because what would be the point of poking around in the dark? This, in essence, has been the American approach to resolving the Palestinian-Israeli conflict for years.

History of Media Bias in America Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

America's tradition of media bias

Americans regularly decry media bias -- especially during elections. The truth, however, is that for the vast majority of American history, we have had biased media. The problem today is that it is so drastically one-sided that it is tipping election results.

In this June 28, 2016 photo, the Sheridan Press Child care provider Nancy Weaver holds Klayton Pearce as she keeps a toddler from pulling an object from a cubby hole at the Tongue River Child's Place in Ranchester, Wyo. Staff at the facility have been working with 4Kids on training as part of a pilot program. (Justin Sheely/Sheridan Press via AP)

It doesn't take a village

Raising children has never been more challenging. Just ask the new mother who drops off her crying six-week-old infant at a child care center, drying her tears, because she can't afford to stay home with her baby.

U.S. in the ISIS Crosshairs Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Hillary's Achilles' heel

Nov. 8 may very well go down in history as the day Americans signed our nation's death certificate. We the people need to understand what is at stake in the most important election in U.S. history

Illustration on the IRS under Hillary Clinton's presidency by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Hillary Clinton's IRS -- a sneak preview

Imagine: What if the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) singled out hundreds of grassroots citizens groups across the nation and subjected them to ill treatment because of their political beliefs and values, mainly in opposition to the president of the United States?

BOOK REVIEW: 'Girl: My Childhood and the Second World War'

Reading this searing account of a hydra-headedly horrible childhood endured by Polish-born Israeli children's writer Alona Frankel reminds one just how complex that loaded term "Holocaust survivor" is. Mrs. Frankel's devastatingly frank autobiography has been compared to "The Diary of Anne Frank" and to the writings of Primo Levi, but, of course, they both were inmates of Auschwitz, a fate avoided by the eponymous "Girl."

Don't make victims pay twice

As a Beirut-campaign combat veteran and Oklahoma City bombing rescue volunteer, I understand well the heavy emotional and financial toll that acts of terror take on victims and their loved ones.

Pre-election discourse just drivel

In these times, one might desire the national pre-election dialogue to focus on the wise defense of our nation, the marshalling of tax dollars to actually repair or rebuild our infrastructure, the strengthening of our borders and the overhauling of our education system, which is infested by teachers' unions and politically correct curricula.

A young boy tags along at a voting booth as early voting beings at the Hamilton County Board of Elections, Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2016, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

All voters matter

The Democrats, who imagine they have the franchise on ethics in politics, have argued for years that there's no such thing as voter fraud, and anyone who says that such wickedness exists is a racist in a small closet who ventures out from time to time to keep minority voters, i.e., blacks, from voting.

Hillary, Donald and the greater good

The 2016 presidential election season has not been kind to values voters. It's hard to imagine how America can recapture its place as "a shining city on hill" when most campaign coverage is about sex, lies and videotape. Values voters may be tempted to tune out in disgust and stay home on Election Day, but they have an obligation to weigh necessity against their wishes.

Illustration on the influence of Vladimir Putin on Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

The Russian enigma and the U.S. election

Does Vladimir Putin want Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump to win the presidency? Those supporting Hillary claim that Mr. Putin wants Mr. Trump to win, and they claim that is why WikiLeaks is putting out the Hillary emails and speeches.

Chinese Moving into the U.S. Film Industry Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Hollywood, Chinese-style

Joseph Stalin once said, "If I could control the medium of the American motion picture, I would need nothing else to convert the entire world to communism."

LBJ (Associated Press)

Could the Donald get lost in the rigging?

- The Washington Times

Donald Trump says the November election may be "rigged" against him, and nearly half the voters in one public-opinion poll agrees with him. Even more voters than that say they're not confident their votes will be accurately counted.

Education Savings Plans Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

A victory for school choice

Last week the Nevada Supreme Court issued its long-awaited decision on Education Savings Accounts, or ESAs, and upheld the law creating the ESA program. Parents, children and educational choice supporters across the nation have looked to Nevada as the new national leader in educational choice and opportunity.

Illustration on Hillary's coverup efforts by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Corruption and collusion

Modern journalists have little in common with those I was privileged to know when I was a copyboy at NBC News in Washington in the '60s.

BOOK REVIEW: 'Imperfect Union'

The ghastliness of Gettysburg, the culminating battle of the Civil War, has been reduced to the ultimate horror of a 19-year-old soldier dying in a "puddle of his own blood" in this stark and wrenching war book.