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Illustration on Trump and the minority vote by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Trump’s play for the minority vote

Donald Trump recently asked minority voters like me, “What the hell do you have to lose [by voting for me]?” This question was part of the presidential nominee’s week-long pitch to minority voters. Mr. Trump spent the entire week highlighting failures by liberals to improve inner cities, and offered a brighter future under his administration.

Illustration on ISIS and the Palestinians by Linas GArsys/The Washington Times

Like peas in a pod: ISIS and Palestinians

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s assertion that a 14-year-old Islamic State suicide bomber detonated explosives at a wedding in southern Turkey, killing 54 people including 31 children, is currently in question. What is not in question is that ISIS’ use of children as suicide bombers is surging. The day following the wedding bombing, a 13-year-old ISIS suicide bomber was captured in Kirkuk before he could kill.

Illustration on Mother Teresa and saving unborn lives by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Canonizing Mother Teresa for her exaltation of life

“Please don’t kill the child. I want the child. Please give me the child. I am willing to accept any child who would be aborted and to give that child to a married couple who will love the child and be loved by the child.”

A woman plays with a child at an abandoned hospital wing, which is used as a makeshift shelter for about 150 Syrian refugees in Athens, Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2016. Over 59,000 people remain stranded in the country, most in army-built camps on the mainland and about 7,800 refugees are receiving hotel vouchers or live in vacant apartments. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)

Washington’s refugee hypocrisy

August is American’s big vacation month, especially for Capitol Hill workers. With Congress away, lobbyists, lawyers and other elites head for tony beach areas where they can mingle with their peers. President Obama was on Martha’s Vineyard playing golf with NBA superstars even though a growing number in the national media urged him to visit flood-ravaged Louisiana.

Illustration on the Senate's utility in Obama's nuclear initiatives by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Sen. Corker’s nuclear blunder

Sen. Bob Corker has a problem. As Bill Gertz reported in his “Inside the Ring” column, Mr. Corker, Tennessee Republican and chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, objects to President Obama’s intention to seek a evade the need for Senate “ratification” of the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty (CTBT) by seeking its approval by the United Nations Security Council.

Illustration on the high stakes of international chess by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Like pawns on the chessboard

Those who lived through the decades-long Cold War between the old Soviet Union and the United States will remember that everyone seemed to take everything from the Olympics to international chess tournaments as part of the struggle. Chess is once again emerging as a point of controversy as we move toward what some fear could degenerate into yet another Cold War.

Two pro-democracy foundations launched by U.S. billionaire businessman George Soros have been officially banned by the Russian government. (Associated Press)

Soros’ Catholic useful idiots

A most remarkable set of documents was coughed up recently by WikiLeaks. George Soros’ Open Society Policy Center, it turns out, made donations to two faith-based organizations to the tune of $650,000. Initially, this might cause one to think that perhaps Mr. Soros has finally gotten religion. But, no.

In this photo released by Xinhua News Agency, a rescue helicopter and vessel take past in an emergency rescue drill held on the South China Sea near Fenghuang island in Sanya, southern China's Hainan Province, Aug. 23, 2016. The drill aims at enhancing the emergency response capabilities of maritime rescue teams. (Guo Cheng/Xinhua via AP)

China’s Underwater Great Wall

The stakes in the South China Sea (SCS) are apparently reaching down to the murky depths of this contentious waterway as Beijing readies its undersea surveillance network to consolidate its presence in the region.

Alexis de Tocqueville

Helping those who help themselves in Baton Rouge

- The Washington Times

America is a remarkable country, and sometimes it takes a disaster to remind us of how remarkable it is. The millions who indulge a little self-pity over having to choose between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton should look to Baton Rouge for another view.

Illustration on financing the rebuild of the U.S. military by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

How to rebuild U.S. military might

In order to rebuild the U.S. military the next president is going to have to do the following things with the economy. The next administration must design a growth plan that will allow the U.S. economy to expand at a 3 percent to 6 percent rate per year. Only Donald Trump’s plan has the opportunity to do this. It can be accomplished by the following these important actions:

Illustration on the destructive effects of the $15 minimum wage by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

More casualties in the Fight for $15

Wegmans grocery has “essentially” pulled out of a major planned expansion in Washington, D.C. It was reported last week that the decision factored in the city’s newly passed $15 minimum wage and other potential forthcoming labor mandates.

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Hillary Clinton appears in Puerto Rico during a recent campaign event. (Associated Press photo)

The threat to peace and security

Most Americans, according to the polls, think radical Islam is the greatest threat to America's peace and stability. It's the economy, too, as Mr. Stupid is forever trying to learn, but you can't enjoy a good job and a strong economy if you're dead at the hands of a religious fanatic.

Tax code hurts majority

Al Capone and John Gotti must be turning over in their graves. The difference in the their criminal enterprises and the criminal enterprises of "philanthropic" foundations such as the Clinton Foundation is that Capone and Gotti were rank amateurs in hiding their ill-gotten gains.

Erika Davidson sets up voting booths at the Panama City Beach Senior Center on Friday, Aug. 19, 2016, in Panama City Beach, Fla. (Heather Leiphart/News Herald via AP)

Leaving no voter behind

Democrats are poised to complement their celebration of diversity with an emphasis on indiscriminate inclusivity. Virginia voters on Nov. 8 might have unexpected company while they wait in line to perform their civic duty.

Dangerous Duterte

Controversial new Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has been hugely successful in combating drug dealers. Unfortunately the tactics he uses to do so are often highly illegal.

BOOK REVIEW: 'The Hapsburg Empire: A New History'

Visitors to present-day Vienna sometimes feel as if they have wandered into a vast, open-air museum, or perhaps a particularly well-managed theme park. With good reason.

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump meets with active and retired law enforcement at a Fraternal Order of Police lodge in Akron, Ohio, Monday, Aug. 22, 2016. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

The Donald Trump double standard

- The Washington Times

Democratic leaders and the mainstream media have long been the ones to highlight black struggles, but when Donald Trump makes those same points, he's ridiculed.

Gravesite of Main Stream Media Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

The legacy media meltdown over Donald Trump

The meltdown of the American legacy media is now complete. Conservatives are sadly aware of the decline of The New York Times, the supposed "newspaper of record," as the benchmark for legacy media in general.

FILE - In this Aug. 16, 2016 file photo, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks in Philadelphia. More than half the people outside the government who met with Hillary Clinton while she was secretary of state gave money, either personally or through companies or groups, to the Clinton Foundation. It's an extraordinary proportion indicating her possible ethics challenges if elected president.  (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

Honest lives matter

Virtue doesn't sell like it used to, and one variety in particular has been put on the back shelf. Billy Joel wasn't kidding when he sang, "Honesty is such a lonely word." Honesty only matters where truth is valued, and in the noisy cacophony of the digital age it's often difficult to recognize the genuine article. But it's still important to try.

Clinton emails must be exposed

The 15,000 new Clinton emails are on top of the 30,000 she released, which in turn are on top of the 33,000 she reported (if you believe her) and willfully deleted ("FBI found nearly 15,000 new Clinton emails, review likely to take months," Web, Aug. 22).

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe (Associated Press)

Virginia's McAuliffe is for losers

All the fuss about Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe trying to restore voting rights to felons who have served their sentences is just fuss, nothing more. To be sure, it appears at first glance that the chief executive of the Old Dominion is really concerned about civil rights for the downtrodden.

Terrorists Present in the U.S. Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

No plan to stop foreign-born terrorists

For decades, foreign-born Islamic terrorists have been exploiting our immigration system. Almost every type of immigration has been exploited by terrorists, from temporary legal immigration to illegal immigration to humanitarian immigration.

A student teacher in the second-grade classroom of teacher Susanne Diaz at Marcus Whitman Elementary School, goes over lessons with students, in Richland, Wash. (Ty Beaver/The Tri-City Herald via AP)

Saving the public schools

Teacher tenure sounds like a good idea, and maybe in the Republic of Utopia it would be. But in the real world it can invite abuse. A group of students and their parents, backed by several philanthropists in Silicon Valley, are challenging the California teacher tenure system.

Safety of Chromium-6 Levels in North Carolina Illustration by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Exaggerating chromium risks

Constant claims, counterclaims and accusations about coal ash contaminating surface and underground water are making North Carolinians feel like they're watching a fast-paced tennis match. Even people with chemistry degrees must feel bewildered by assertions that parts per million or billion of chromium-6 may cause cancer.

Growing the Movement with Hate Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Black Lives Matter's hypocritical anti-Semitism

In its new platform, Black Lives Matter (BLM) has, despite the total lack of relevance to its own agenda or interests, thrown whatever heft it has behind the anti-Semitic movement to Boycott, Divest, and Sanction (BDS) Israel. In doing so, it is inarguably contributing to the campaign to "other" the world's only Jewish state and, with it, the Jews themselves.

The Tactics of George Soros Illustration by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

The Soros smear effect

Washington is not an easy-going town. You come here to argue policy with the big boys -- you should expect some rough-and-tumble. But you also should expect clean fights -- no biting, no spitting, no hitting below the belt. Whatever else divides us, we all value free speech and edifying debate, right?

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is attempting to woo black voters, but GOP campaign veterans say his efforts are too little, too late. (Associated Press)

The media make history

This week I am going to do something unusual. I am going to enter into a conversation with another columnist. Doing so was not so unusual a few decades back. Bill Buckley and James Jackson Kilpatrick did it when provoked and it was always interesting. Yet today a columnist is a godlike figure.

BOOK REVIEW: 'Underground Airlines'

''If you would write a great novel, choose a great subject," an old aphorism declares. If you would write a great "what-if," choose an unspeakable alternative to historical fact. Thus "Underground Airlines" presumes that the Civil War never happened and slavery survives in America now.