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Illustration on Trump's Afghanistan challenge by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Trump eyes Afghanistan

Over the past two weeks National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster and Defense Secretary James Mattis have taken quiet trips to Afghanistan. They are the president’s eyes on the war our military has been fighting for almost 16 years.

Sign Post of Things to Come Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Why capitalism will prevail

President Trump may be backing off his threats to scuttle NATO and NAFTA, but the institutions the West put in place after World War II to foster common security and prosperity are fast becoming profoundly less relevant.

FILE - In this April 15, 2017, file photo, demonstrators participate in a march and rally in New York to demand President Donald Trump release his tax returns. New York Democrats have hatched a plan in Albany to get a look at President Donald Trump's tax records by crafting a piece of specific legislation that does everything but mention him by name. The bill in New York's Legislature would require the state to release five years of state tax information for any president or vice president who files a New York state return. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)

‘All you need is growth’

As sure as the cuckoo clock chimes at midnight, the left is bloviating that the Trump tax plan will “blow a $5 trillion hole in the deficit.” Many of the people complaining loudest were in the Obama administration and helped preside over a $9 trillion tidal wave of new debt. Now they are fiscally chaste. Sure.

Illustration on Health care as a right by Donna Grethen/Tribune Content Agency

Why health care is not a ‘right’

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”

Demonstrators sharing opposing views argue during a rally Thursday, April 27, 2017, in Berkeley, Calif. Demonstrators gathered near the University of California, Berkeley campus amid a strong police presence and rallied to show support for free speech and condemn the views of Ann Coulter and her supporters. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Spooked by the power of words, words, words

- The Washington Times

The only thing anyone is allowed to hear on campus is a slogan. Thinking is so 20th century (and early 20th century at that). The adults paid to be in charge have retreated to a safe place, where never is heard an encouraging word and the skies are cloudy all day.

Illustration on fixing the net neutrality law by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Controlling the nation’s internet

Do you remember the last time you had an issue with your internet connection and the federal government cheerfully helped you resolve it? Me neither. Yet the same federal government who spent $2 billion on a website that was more likely to dish out electric shocks than work properly is now literally in control of our nation’s internet, under the false rubric of promoting “net neutrality.”

Immoral Illegal Drugs Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Why buying illegal drugs is immoral

Purchasing illegal drugs is an immoral act, regardless of where one stands in the legalization debate. When drugs are legally prohibited, criminal organizations assume control of production and distribution, making violence inherent in the process. Drug proceeds are used to fund criminal and terrorist organizations, enabling them to murder innocent people, attack police and military, bleed our tax dollars, and destroy the rule of law.

Illustration on gun control debate by Donna Grethen/Tribune Content Agency

Challenging inaccurate information about guns

When you receive glowing media attention and have hundreds of millions of dollars to spend, you don’t really have to debate. Michael Bloomberg just announced last week that he would be putting $25 million into next year’s House and Senate races. From 2013 to 2016, he donated $48 million toward congressional races. By contrast, the NRA contributed a measly $2.1 million. And Mr. Bloomberg spent about 85 percent more on lobbying, more on television advertising, and much more for state and local political races.

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

How Hillary doomed her ‘inevitable presidency’

While we’re examining the accomplishments of Donald Trump’s first 100 days — putting his man on the U.S. Supreme Court is the biggie — Hillary Clinton is getting the once-over (and the second and third) for all the reasons why she’s not the first woman to preside over her own first 100 days in the Oval Office.

Illustration on the Trump White House decision to broaden media access by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Talking right

President Trump did something Monday I have long advocated. He met with a small group of conservative journalists, pundits and radio talk show hosts. I was among them.

This May 23, 2016, file photo, shows the northernmost boundary of the proposed Bears Ears region, along the Colorado River, in southeastern Utah. Western Democrats are pressuring President Donald Trump not to rescind land protections put in place by President Barack Obama, including Utah's Bears Ears National Monument. Obama infuriated Utah Republicans when he created the monument on 1.3 million acres of land that is sacred to Native Americans. (Francisco Kjolseth/The Salt Lake Tribune via AP, File)

Go, Trump, go — pare back the national monuments

- The Washington Times

President Donald Trump is taking aim at some of Barack Obama’s national monuments, as well as at designations made by other presidents. And this is great news. Terrific news. When it comes to the country’s national monuments, this White House’s attitude should be one of slash and burn — not conserve and preserve.

Illustration on the dangerous complications of the Obama/Iran nuke deal by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Tangled in Obama’s Iran nuclear trap

On April 18, the State Department certified Iran to be in compliance with its commitments under the Iran nuclear deal (Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, or JCPOA). As France’s iconic foreign minister, the Marquis de Talleyrand, once reportedly said: “This was worse than a crime; it was a mistake.”

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FILE - In this Jan. 18, 2017 file photo, President Barack Obama speaks during a  news conference in the briefing room of the White House in Washington. Former President Barack Obama will speak Monday, April 24, 2017, in Chicago with young community leaders and organizers in an event at the University of Chicago, where his presidential library is planned. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)

Obama heads to Chicago to agitate against Trump

- The Washington Times

Steel yourselves. Barack Obama's about to emerge from the shadows -- and first stop, University of Chicago. Make no mistake about it. This is about teaching the upcoming generation, loud as it already is about all topics that offend, to get even louder, even Leftist Prouder, and to -- here's the gist -- use that Leftist Loud and Proud persona to tackle the problem of President Donald Trump.

President Donald Trump speaks on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, April 19, 2017, during a ceremony where he honored the Super Bowl Champion New England Patriots for their Super Bowl LI victory. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

The New York Times admits wrongdoing? Why, yes -- yes indeed

- The Washington Times

Did The New York Times just admit wrongdoing? Why yes, yes indeed, the newspaper, through its sports editor, sent an email to The Washington Post taking responsibility for a recent tweet that appeared to show how much the New England Patriots hated President Donald Trump in comparison to Barack Obama -- only the tweet was highly inaccurate.

Scientists go all woman-ey and gear for anti-Trump protests

- The Washington Times

Scientists -- and granted, that term is used most loosely in this context -- have taken a page from the leftist woman's playbook on How to Defeat Donald Trump in Six Easy Protest Steps and, upset at the president's climate change views, scheduled some mean marches for the streets of Washington, D.C.

Far-right leader and candidate for the presidential election Marine Le Pen speaks in Paris, Friday, April 21, 2017, one day after the attack that killed one police officer and wounded three other people. Le Pen campaigns against immigration and Islamic fundamentalism. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)

Paris terror shows Marine Le Pen, like Trump, is right

- The Washington Times

A terror attack in Paris -- now there's a phrase we've been seeing quite a bit of in recent times -- could be the final straw for France citizens, the one that drives Marine Le Pen across the finish line. Why? She's right. France needs quick border control and a halt to immigration.

Illustration on Trump's first 100 days by William Brown/Tribune Content Agency

The president's ongoing challenges

The Trump administration is still in the throes of getting its foreign policy act together, expressing conflicting messages on Russia, Syria and other troubles abroad as it nears the 100th day of his presidency.

The Non-biodegradable Plastic Bottle Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

How an overreaching FTC attacks the environment

The proliferation of plastic on land and in our oceans -- plastic that can take hundreds of years to biodegrade -- is among the most serious environmental issues in the world. As a consumer, wouldn't you want to know about a plastic bottle that biodegraded in significantly less time?

Bill O'Reilly (Associated Press)

The high price of Fox hunting

- The Washington Times

The famous bimbo eruptions are back (as if they had ever really gone away), and for once Bubba appears to be in the clear. No new accusations of rude behavior have been lodged against him.

Illustration on a poll-driven view of America by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Misleading polls and fake news

Newscasts continue to be filled with references to polling numbers that suggest President Trump and his policies are deeply unpopular, and that the American people overwhelmingly oppose the actions taken by America's 45th president during his first 100 days in office.

A spy in the right place at the right moment

Alexsi is a creation of and for the world of Joseph Stalin at its most terrifying. A practiced thief at 16 years old, he is captured by the communist NKVD, the law enforcement agency of the Soviet Union, and becomes a secret agent who is also a trained killer.

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan wears cufflinks depicting the Maryland state flag as he signs a bill during a bill signing ceremony following the state's legislative session at the Maryland State House in Annapolis, Md., Tuesday, April 11, 2017. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Confusion in the marketplace

The Maryland legislature has just sent a bill to Gov. Larry Hogan that will, if he signs it, sow confusion in the state's generic drug marketplace and subject consumers to considerable harm. It's bad economics laced with a large dose of politics that begs him to pull out his veto pen and limber up his writing hand.

Dr. Jumana Nagarwala (henryford.com)

Genital mutilation takes a hit

A Michigan physician was charged this week with the ritual mutilation of the genitals of two sisters, one 6 and the other 7 years old, revealing a sordid -- and illegal -- practice in certain Muslim communities that has put up to 500,000 young American girls at risk of this barbaric mutilation.

GOP good at splitting own vote

The crowded field in Georgia's 6th Congressional District election (11 Republicans vs. one Democrat) poses the question of whether Georgians are aware of the perils of splitting the vote within their own party. They came very close to snatching defeat out of the jaws of victory. Either they are very young voters or they have forgotten history.

U.S. airlines must up service game

I read with great interest "Trump signs executive order for 'buy-American, hire-American' policy" (Web, April 18). Last week I flew on American Airlines from Philipsburg in St. Maarten to Charlotte, North Carolina. To the passengers' surprise, there was no in-flight media entertainment on the flight, which lasted four hours and 16 minutes.

Eat real food, not carbs

Ever hear the one about the medical professional who proclaimed that 80 percent of what medical doctors do is not backed by double-blind, randomized, controlled trials? Unfortunately, it's no joke. For the uninitiated, these trials are the best way to demonstrate cause and effect. The implication: Medical quackery is alive and well in your doctor's office. Medical mistakes are the third leading cause of death.

Mike Huckabee hates Comcast, too

- The Washington Times

Apparently, having a "former presidential candidate" or "former governor" next to your name doesn't get you any better Comcast cable service than the average no-name Joe. Just ask Mike Huckabee.