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The killer wind from Hurricane Donald

- The Washington Times

They said it couldn’t be done, and even if it could, Donald Trump wouldn’t be the man to do it. But a fresh wind from somewhere is blowing through the jungle where the timid, the fearful and the politically correct cower in the shade of the no-no tree.

Illustration on government regulatory obstacles to infrastructure construction by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

The national infrastructure dilemma

President-elect Donald Trump has proposed as one of his legislative priorities a $1 trillion national infrastructure program (“Trump’s infrastructure program,” Nov. 28).

Illustration on Boeing's coming future under a Trump administration by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

The art of the Boeing deal

- The Washington Times

Consider President-elect Donald Trump’s tweet threatening to cancel Boeing’s contract for Air Force One the first a shot across the bow in an upcoming battle with the aerospace company.

Illustration on Saudi Arabia's growing troubles by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Saudi Arabia’s uncertainties

OPEC member’s decision last week to cut oil output won’t help Saudi Arabia in the long term. The kingdom problems run far deeper and even at $50 a barrel, it will face a large deficit requiring more borrowing and subsidies cuts that will bring more pain on a population accustomed to easy life.

FILE - In this Nov. 19, 2016 file photo, President-elect Donald Trump walks with CKE Restaurants CEO Andy Puzder from Trump National Golf Club Bedminster clubhouse in Bedminster, N.J. Trump is expected to add another wealthy business person and elite donor to his Cabinet, with fast food executive Andrew Puzder as Labor secretary. In the background is Vice President-elect Mike Pence. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

A pro-jobs Labor Secretary

Andy Puzder knows what works and doesn’t work in the real marketplace for labor.

In this Sunday, Nov. 13, 2016, photo, a U.S. Customs and Border Patrol agents pass a section of border wall in Hidalgo, Texas. The idea of a concrete wall spanning the entire 1,954-mile southwest frontier collides head-on with multiple realities, like a looping Rio Grande, fierce local resistance, and cost. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

Taking back the border

Donald Trump may have shocked the world when he was elected president of the United States, but Latino voters proved to be an even bigger surprise. Election Day exit polling showed that Mr. Trump gained 2 percent more Latino voters than Mitt Romney did in 2012, winning a total 29 percent of 13 million Latino voters.

Illustration on the Obama legacy by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Time

Assessing the Obama legacy

In his 2016 State of the Union address, President Obama summarized his achievements. That same night, the White House issued a press release touting Mr. Obama’s accomplishments.

Choose Your Fuel at the Pump Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Rethinking the ethanol standard

President-elect Donald Trump cruised to victory promising to get rid of the mandate to buy health insurance. While he’s at it, how about getting rid of the mandate to buy ethanol?

Chattering Filibuster Teeth Unhinged Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Disabling Senate filibuster abuse

Voters might justifiably assume that having now gained control of Congress and the White House, Republicans have complete power to enact all campaign promises in the last election. But without changes to the filibuster, Senate minority Democrats can still block Republican reforms.

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.

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House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of Calif., speaks to reporters following the House Democratic Caucus elections on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016, for House leadership positions. Rep. Tim Ryan, D-Ohio, challenged Pelosi, but lost, 134-63. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Still out of step

"I have a special spring in my step today," Rep. Nancy Pelosi exulted on being re-elected leader of the Democratic minority, "because this opportunity is a special one, to lead the House Democrats, bring everyone together as we go forward."

Students mill about The Ohio State University student union Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016, as a message board covered in community reactions stands in the main hall following an attack at on campus the previous day,  in Columbus, Ohio. Investigators are looking into whether a car-and-knife attack at Ohio State University that injured several people was an act of terror by a student who had once criticized the media for its portrayal of Muslims. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

Terrorism too close to home

On Monday, almost a dozen students were ambushed and injured by a self-radicalized, ISIS inspired terrorist. We've seen these types of attacks before, where gun-free zones have served as attack sites for those who wished to commit violent crimes or acts of terror against innocent people.

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.