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The churls and their denial and grief

- The Washington Times

Life is not fair to losers, or the critics of Donald Trump, and the way he won the presidency. He just won’t stand still and give the rotten eggs a chance to hit their mark.

Illustration on the promotion of U.S. trade by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Trump’s nationalism will preserve international stability

Economists and foreign policy experts fear Donald Trump’s economic nationalism will disrupt the global institutions that have fostered international economic cooperation and security for seven decades and instigate chaos.

The selection of Betsy DeVos to run the Department of Education was likely an easy call for President-elect Donald Trump, who during the campaign regularly championed school choice and the charter school movement, giving a nod to school choice when announcing his pick. (Associated Press)

The administration billionaires

President-elect Donald Trump and his Cabinet nominees won’t be in office until next month, but the stock market is already showing bullish signs of better days ahead under his pro-growth, tax reform agenda.

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.

Illustration of John Bolton by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

‘The man with the bushy moustache’

President-elect Donald Trump would be best served by selecting a secretary of State who understands the national security challenges our country faces, can literally “hit the ground running,” has a proven track record of successful negotiations, and most importantly, not only protects but projects the greatest attributes about America’s ideals of freedom and democracy.

Illustration on clueless, know-nothing spinning events in the Obama administration by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

27-year-old know-nothings

Many think as a society we have slipped past the line defining our ability to discern reality from political spin. On the other hand, we are generations of conditioned consumers who have been subjected to the most sophisticated ad campaigns ever imagined. In short, if there is or has ever been a way to sell something, we have heard or seen it.

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.

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.

Dutch Canary Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

The canary in the free speech coal mine

A safety practice used in the early days of coal mining involved the use of canaries. Since these birds were susceptible to the ill effects of deadly toxic gas exposure before humans, caged canaries brought into the mines were closely monitored as an early warning system of lurking danger.

Sally Abrahamsen (right), of Pompano Beach, Fla., holds a Glock 42 pistol while shopping for a gun at the National Armory gun store and gun range in Pompano Beach on Jan. 5, 2016. At left is salesperson T.J. O'Reilly. (Associated Press) **FILE**

Armed and alive

Sunrise, Fla.: A burglar was fatally shot Monday after breaking into a home in the 4300 block of Northwest 103rd Terrace in Sunrise, authorities said. Police said the suspect was taken to Broward Health Medical Center, where he later died.

Illustration on Trump's enthusiasm for India by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

A ‘big fan’ of India waits in the wings

As the dust settles on the most divisive and rancorous election campaign in American history, India, like the rest of the world, is coming to terms with Republican Donald Trump as the next president of the world’s most powerful country.

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.

Illustration on the problematic Zumwalt class destroyer by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

The Navy’s Zumwalt problem

Some problems in life are so big they defy summary, maybe even resolution. Still, they are important. On the list go societal differences about religion, politics, and now the U.S. Navy’s Zumwalt-class destroyer.

Donald Trump (Associated Press) ** FILE **

The melting of campus snowflakes

- The Washington Times

Academic freedom, once so popular in the faculty lounges, appears to be optional on many campuses where college presidents wilt under the first squeals of snowflakes.

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Illustration on Obama's pardons by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

A pre-emptive presidential pardon?

With pardons perhaps his only lasting legacy, will President Obama add to it for the Clintons? When the election ended, the Clintons' investigation problems did not. Adding insult to November's injury, the Clintons still face FBI investigations with potentially serious legal consequences.

U.S. President Barack Obama pauses while answers question during his news conference at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) in Lima, Peru, Sunday, Nov. 20, 2016. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Obama's legacy rhetoric belies scandal-scarred presidency

A president on his way out of town, like a dinner guest who frets the next morning that he talked too much and stayed too long, is obsessed with how he'll be remembered. As the days dwindle down to a precious few, he spends his time bolstering his image and polishing what he imagines will be his "legacy."

Healing the Shield Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Reloading U.S. military credibility

As has been seen over the last eight years, diplomacy that results in capitulation is not very effective. The key underlying factor for successful diplomacy is not just having a clear understanding of our vital strategic objectives, but also the military credibility to achieve those objectives as necessary.

BOOK REVIEW: 'Black Widow'

They called her Bladebitch, the dark-haired surgeon now standing in the dock accused of murdering her husband. Waiting for her trial to begin, she knows her reputation as the kind of doctor whose version of tact was to tell a late patient awaiting surgery that delay might improve his chances of a successful procedure.

Illustration on gratitude for a new start by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Gratitude for a second chance for this exceptional nation

- The Washington Times

There are two particularly quintessential American holidays: Independence Day, when we celebrate our declaration of independence from the British, which began the most successful experiment in human liberty ever conducted. And Thanksgiving, when we offer appreciation for the wondrous blessings in our individual lives and in the life of the nation.

Living it up post-White House

It was disappointing to learn of President Obama's decision to live in Washington after his eight-year term expires in January 2017. Mr. President, may I offer Lexington, Kentucky as an alternative?

George Washington (Image: The White House) ** FILE **

George Washington's Thanksgiving Proclamation

Whereas it is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and humbly to implore His protection and favor; and -- whereas both Houses of Congress have, by their joint committee, requested me "to recommend to the people of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer, to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many and signal favors of Almighty God, especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness":

Illustration on the out of luck billionaires on the American Left by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

A wasted political environment

It's right out of "Brewster's Millions." A rich guy quickly blows through $174 million and in the end, walks away with nothing to show for it. That's the strange but true story of hedge fund billionaire-turned green activist Tom Steyer.

Illustration on the value of trade schools and vocational education by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Ending Washington's war on trade schools

President-elect Donald Trump's stunning victory on election night has sent shock waves through the higher education community. While campuses are coping with post-election protests, Mr. Trump's pledge to expand technical and vocational education can end Washington's war on trade schools and provide new avenues for practical skills education. It's a powerful first step for both the skilled labor force and the middle class.

A member of the Secret Service Uniformed Division with a K-9 walks along the perimeter fence along Pennsylvania Avenue outside the White House in Washington, Sept. 22, 2014. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

What if the government is not worth thanking?

What if on Thanksgiving Day there is more to be fearful about than there is to be thankful for? What if our political season from hell is not over but merely transformed? What if the election season through which we all just suffered is a portent of things to come?

The Broadway cast of 'Hamilton' breaks the fourth wall for Mike Pence

'That's what Freedom sounds like'

We gather together to ask the Lord's blessing, to hasten and chasten our will to partake of turkey and the fruits of the field as we imagine the pilgrims did at their first Thanksgiving in 1621. We actually know little of their menu and it may not please the traditionalists or the squeamish to learn that the early settlers were also keen on dining on swan, crane and even eagle.

KT McFarland Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

'Hamilton,' Trump and diversity

President-elect Donald Trump says Brandon Victor Dixon, the actor who currently plays Aaron Burr in the Broadway musical "Hamilton," should apologize for his tacky lecturing of Vice-President-elect Mike Pence about diversity and the "fear" of people like himself, an African-American, about a Trump-Pence administration.

The First Thanksgiving, 1621 by J.L.G. Ferris

Thanksgiving's tightrope through time

It's good that Thanksgiving evolved into a national holiday a long time ago, for the odds would be against it in today's political environment. Just reflect for a moment: Of all the major holidays (excluding the religious ones, such as Christmas, which predated America's settlement), Thanksgiving is the only one with a religious base.

BOOK REVIEW: 'Exposure'

The female tradition of novels about war and its aftermath differs from the more familiar male tradition. Women writers don't focus on soldiers and battlefields or spies and moles and checkpoints, but on the people left at home to deal with food shortages, and with bombs and sudden deaths.

Illustration on the recent behavior of the cast of Hamilton by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

'Hamilton' cast airing grievances to Mike Pence was rude, wrongheaded

Thanksgiving is a wonderful holiday originally celebrating a good harvest, and then when a first national Thanksgiving was declared in 1789, Gen. George Washington proclaimed it "as a day of public thanksgiving and prayer to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many and signal favours of Almighty God."

Illustration on the financial inequity among member nations in support of NATO by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

NATO's threadbare security blanket

During the presidential campaign, then-candidate Donald Trump claimed that the United States pays "a totally disproportionate share of NATO" and that there are "countries in NATO that are getting a free ride." NATO itself concedes that "U.S. defense expenditure effectively represents 73 percent of the defense spending of the Alliance as a whole."

American River Ganges, Thomas Nast. Harpers Weekly September 30, 1871.

Distinguishing between disagreement and bigotry

I am a Roman Catholic, and I study education for a living. Knowing that, you may think that I view the anti-Catholicism that runs through a lot of American history -- much of which played out in education -- as pure bigotry. You would be wrong.