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Trump, unfiltered

Meryl Streep generated huge laughs from the assembled Golden Globe Award audience with her swipe at then-President-elect Donald Trump. Are we going to restore “civility, truth and kindness” to our culture by attacking her?

Education Secretary-designate Betsy DeVos testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017, at her confirmation hearing before the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Betsy DeVos and the right side of history

In the early 1990s, I was elected Jersey City’s first Republican mayor in almost a century by a narrow margin. But when I ran for re-election, in this only 6 percent Republican city, I won with 69 percent of the vote, brought in all nine of my city council candidates, and even won five of the city’s eight housing projects.

The American flag flies in front of the U.S. Capitol dome at sunset on Capitol Hill in Washington in this Nov. 18, 2016, file photo. The end of the 2016 presidential election is at hand. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, file)

Frittering away the funds

I have good news for lawmakers looking to purge wasteful spending from the federal budget: It’s a target-rich environment out there.

Trump’s $10 trillion stimulus plan

All of Washington seems to be in cardiac arrest over the news reports late last week that President Donald Trump is planning a budget with $10 trillion of budget cuts over the next decade.

The 45 percent tariff

President Trump’s proposed 45 percent tariff on Chinese imports could leverage significant changes in trade with the Middle Kingdom, but to succeed he must address Beijing more realistically than past presidents.

Preventing another Pearl Harbor

North Korea regularly threatens to turn the United States and neighboring states into “a sea of fire,” and reportedly has the capability now to launch nuclear weapons at targets in South Korea and Japan. In a televised address this New Year’s Day, North Korea’s eccentric leader, Kim Jong Un, claimed that preparations were nearly complete for testing an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) capable of striking the United States.

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Trump’s Nobel Peace Prize

History will judge whether former President Obama deserved the Nobel Peace Prize he was awarded shortly after being elected the 44th president of the United States. President Trump has the historic opportunity to truly earn this prestigious award by using his self-proclaimed mastery of deal-making to resolve one of the world’s intractable conflicts of the former Soviet Union; namely, the “frozen conflict” between Azerbaijan and Armenia over the territory of Nagorno-Karabakh.

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.

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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.

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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.

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Ben Carson as role model

During his Senate confirmation hearing, Dr. Ben Carson, secretary of housing and urban development-designate, told a story. He said his mother was a domestic who cleaned beautiful homes. One day she asked him if he would rather live in those nice houses or the house in which he and his brother lived in Detroit.

Stickers for voters are seen on a table at a polling station Tuesday, April 26, 2016 in Wayne, Pa. Attention is shifting from a well-worn campaign trail to the voting booths as Pennsylvanians cast ballots Tuesday on presidential primary contests, including the first competitive Republican primary in decades, and races for Congress and state offices. (AP Photo/Jacqueline Larma)

Reversing a dangerous power grab

Being an informed citizen means keeping up with the news, however tricky it may be to find reliable sources. But sometimes even that's not enough. It's easy to get distracted by the latest shouting match and miss some important item that slips by almost unnoticed.

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Turkey's wavering support for religious freedom

I walked into the Ankara airport on Dec. 20, after a long day of eye-opening meetings, to the news on CNN International -- the Russian ambassador to Turkey had just been shot. Our U.S. ambassador to Turkey, John Bass, a career diplomat who expertly navigated our previous 24 hours of intensive meetings, was standing next to me. He calmly pulled out his cellphone and started making calls.

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Trump and the Rough Rider's conservation ethos

President-elect Donald Trump said in December that he will honor the legacy of Theodore Roosevelt and "conserve and protect our natural resources for the next generation." Moving quickly to back it up, he nominated Montana Rep. Ryan Zinke as his secretary of interior.

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Lobbying in the age of Trump

A conservative wit once said that if you want to know who runs Washington, you should look under "association" in the Washington phone book. The line gets a good laugh, but it's unfair -- which may be why it gets the laugh. And it's particularly unfair to small businesses and companies employing forgotten middle-class workers.

FILE - In this May 6, 2013, file photo, a wind turbine farm stands near Glenrock, Wyo. Renewable energy developers say they are hopeful about the future despite President-elect Donald Trump's promise to bring coal mining jobs back. In recent years, huge solar and wind farms have sprouted up on public desert land in the Western United States buoyed by generous federal tax credits. (AP Photo/Matt Young, File)

'Green cronyism' has no place in energy policy

Science magazine recently published a commentary from noted climatologist and "clean" energy expert Barack Obama. His considered opinion: the momentum of the green energy revolution is too strong for the Trump administration to reverse.

We are a republic

Running from the discredited and self-incriminating name of "liberals" to big-government, oppressive "Progressives," the Democrats' rebranding should prompt Republicans to correct their own language.

President Barack Obama pauses as he speaks at McCormick Place in Chicago, Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017, giving his presidential farewell address. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

Obama's legacy of bad racial feeling

George Washington established the precedent of the farewell address. Not every president has something to say as he leaves the White House. Those who do, or think they do, usually indulge mostly in self-congratulations. Some indulge self-delusion.

Fake news from the intelligence agencies

The news stories about the alleged Russian interference in the 2016 election won't end this week, this month or this year. That narrative is just a new version of the "Bush was selected, not elected" meme from the 2000 election.

VAT border adjustments unfair

Stephen Moore's op-ed, "The case for a border adjustable tax system" (Web, Jan. 8), is a juxtaposition to President-elect Donald Trump's pledge to negotiate and reverse the unfair trade practices of other countries.

Build bridges, not walls

I appreciate President-elect Trump's sentiment of wanting to make America great again. Part of that legacy is for America not only to be generous to its own people, but also to the rest of the world. To build a wall will not bring a solution.

BOOK REVIEW: 'Evelyn Waugh: A Life Revisited'

Evelyn Waugh is one of those writers whose works it is delightful to read, but whom it is usually awful to read about. Which of course leads to the inevitable question: how could someone so nasty create characters and situations which are filled with humor, wisdom, and insight? In short, how could so much sweetness and light be distilled out of so acrid a personality?

President Barack Obama pauses as he speaks during his farewell address at McCormick Place in Chicago, Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Czechoslovakia redux

Amidst concern over Sunday's international conference in Paris and the ensuing meeting of the United Nations on Tuesday, there is an increasing fear the leading powers will again take action against Israel.

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Restoring justice

Eric Holder and Loretta E. Lynch have been perhaps the most flagrant partisans ever to hold the office of attorney general.

Republican presidential candidate, Donald Trump smiles during a CNN town hall with Anderson Cooper in the historic Riverside Theatre, Tuesday, March 29, 2016, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

CNN learns a hard lesson

Whatever else Donald Trump may be, he's a new kind of politician. He's not afraid of the press. He doesn't drop to the fetal position, cowering as if pleading for a little mercy, when The New York Times or The Washington Post -- or CNN News -- cries boo!