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Illustration on the need for Arab states to deal with Islamist terror by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

A harsh message worth sending

Just when everyone here was deep in preoccupation with partisan fantasy over whether Donald Trump should be impeached or removed by the 25th Amendment, the president changed the subject. Presidents can do that.

Illustration on Saudia Arabian duplicity by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Saudi Arabia’s duplicity

Trusting Saudi Arabia to combat terrorists and extremists and “drive them out,” as President Trump called on the kingdom and other Arab and Muslim nations to do in his Riyadh speech, is akin to forging an alliance with the Ku Klux Klan to combat racism and anti-Semitism.

Protesters from labor and other progressive groups fill the rotunda of the state Capitol in St. Paul, Minn., on Wednesday, May 24, 2017, to demand that Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton veto the bills that passed before the Minnesota Legislature's special session bogged down earlier in the day. (AP Photo/Steve Karnowski)

The dirty secret behind big labor’s decline

- The Washington Times

My father was a toolmaker and union organizer who, for many years, headed the Rockford, Ill. Labor Council while my mother was serving five terms as head of the Women’s Auxiliary of the United Auto Workers. Dad worked as a machinist and my mother as a waitress and clerk in a local jewelry store until my dad retired and joined a couple of buddies to buy a bar.

Cutting Taxes Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

A rare chance to boost small businesses

Among the many lessons our current leadership should learn from Ronald Reagan’s effective governance are his initiatives to revitalize the American economy. Most relevant today is remembering President Reagan’s tax cuts and corporate tax reform of 1986 enacted with bipartisan support that produced sustained economic growth.

FILE - In this Saturday, May 20, 2017 file photo, President Donald Trump holds a sword and sways with traditional dancers during a welcome ceremony at Murabba Palace, in Riyadh. Trump and his entourage were treated to a traditional all-male Saudi sword dance. Standing shoulder-to-shoulder with the Saudi king, Trump swayed side to side and briefly joined the groove. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

Trump’s vision for the Middle East

President Trump arrived in the Arabian desert hoping to realign the politics of the Middle East in the aftermath of a failed Obama policy. For eight years, President Obama tilted in the direction of Iran, believing that the influence of the Shia could balance Sunni dominance.

Illustration on biometric screening security measures by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Integrating biometrics into visitor screening

The horrible attack in Manchester, coupled with the recent release of the Department of Homeland Security’s Visa Overstay Report, should again force us to ask the question, are we doing everything we can to properly vet those seeking to come to the United States?

The Media Research Center has cited some of the worst "impeachment" talk featured on broadcast and cable networks. (Media Research Center image)

Inside the Beltway: Gauging the worst of the ‘impeachment’ chatter

- The Washington Times

The liberal news media’s unprecedented outcry against President Trump continues, and it constantly mutates. Whether Americans pay attention to all this chatter remains to be seen. Some of the remarks are worse than others, however. Geoffrey Dickens, deputy research director for the Media Research Center, pored over news footage from the last three weeks to determine the best of the worst of the commentary. Or maybe that should be the worst of the worst.

People cry after a vigil in Albert Square, Manchester, England, Tuesday May 23, 2017, the day after the suicide attack at an Ariana Grande concert that left 22 people dead as it ended on Monday night. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)

Another lesson from Manchester

After the horrific carnage unleashed by the terrorist attack in Manchester, England, some of the reactions were inexplicable. We’re used to jihadis celebrating the horror of mass murder, but it’s still perplexing to hear Western leaders and media reissue their bizarre insistence that we need to get used to the sick and depraved.

Illustration of Roger Ailes    The Washington Times

Roger Ailes’ exit, stage right

A major threat to the predominance of the Kultursmog in these United States passed away last week, but he had succeeded in what he set out to do, namely: to damage the left in America beyond any hope of recovery. Not many people recognize this, but it is nonetheless true.

Illustration on Turkish security attacks on American protesters in Washington, DC by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

When armed thugs come to town

Two times in two years, Turkish President Reycep Tayyip Erdogan visited our nation’s capital, and two times in two years his armed thugs attacked peaceful people on our streets. This time, his people sent nine Americans to the hospital.

Illustration on the benefits of biofuel by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Cultivating homegrown energy solutions

With all the publicity around fracking, it’s easy to assume that America’s own domestic oil production is more than enough to fuel a growing economy. It certainly helps. But there’s no magic bullet that will ensure long-term American energy security.

Go player Ke Jie, center, speaks at a press conference after playing a match against Google's artificial intelligence program, AlphaGo, during the Future of Go Summit in Wuzhen in eastern China's Zhejiang Province, Tuesday, May 23, 2017. Ke Jie, the world's top-ranked Go player, started a three-round showdown on Tuesday against AlphaGo, which beat a South Korean Go master in a five-round showdown last year. (AP Photo/Peng Peng)

The great crawl of China

The world has watched with amazement as China sprints toward its goal of becoming an advanced economy. Average annual gross domestic product (GDP) growth of 10 percent over the last 20 years has raised hundreds of millions of its citizens out of poverty and transformed China into an economic powerhouse.

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James B. Comey's firing will have immediate and long-term ramifications. (Associated Press)

As questions mount, the White House could use a few good answers

President Trump's decision to fire FBI Director James B. Comey has set in motion a series of events that present the most serious threat to his presidency yet. We can all speculate where we would be had Mr. Trump not decided to dismiss the FBI director, but the simple fact is that the White House has lost the ability to control where this story goes from here.

Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz. listens to a reporter's question before a policy luncheon on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, April 25, 2017. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

John McCain wildly proclaims 'Watergate' at Trump's door

- The Washington Times

Sen. John McCain, self-proclaimed Republican but not-so-secret Democrat, came out in full force against his own party's president, saying the many scandals rocking the White House lately are reaching "Watergate" proportions. Easy there, McCain. Let's reel back the rhetoric a bit and consider a more level-headed look at these so-called scandals.

In this Oct. 14, 2014, file photo, Kimberly Guilfoyle arrives at the New York special screening of "Fury," in New York. Fox News host Guilfoyle said in a Monday, May 15, 2017, interview with the Mercury News in San Jose, Calif., that she is in conversations with the Trump administration about replacing Sean Spicer as White House press secretary. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)

Kimberly Guilfoyle would be great

- The Washington Times

Fox News host, attorney and all-around blunt talker Kimberly Guilfoyle has been making the media rounds of late, suggesting personal interest in replacing Sean Spicer as White House press secretary. This would be a great move for the White House -- for President Donald Trump's defense team.

Illustration on the need for a U.S. revamp of it's nuclear missile capability in a changed world by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Revamping America's nuclear posture

The nuclear weapons world has just changed for the fourth time. We're in a new world, and new policies and actions are required.

Illustration on Hillary Clinton's claim that Russian interference led to her defeat by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

The Russians have come

While contemplating the Democrats' agitated preoccupation with the Russians' intrusion into our 2016 presidential election, many thoughts occur. However, the salient thought for me, engendered by our Democratic friends' anti-Russian rhetoric, is that many years ago, during the early stages of the Cold War, the John Birch Society tried to warn us.

FILE - This May 14, 2017, file photo distributed by the North Korean government shows the "Hwasong-12," a new type of ballistic missile at an undisclosed location in North Korea. North Korea on Monday, May 15, 2017 boasted it successfully launched a new type of "medium long-range" ballistic rocket that can carry a heavy nuclear warhead, an escalation of its nuclear program. Independent journalists were not given access to cover the event depicted in this photo. (Korean Central News Agency/Korea News Service via AP, File)

Recognizing the threat from Latin America

Two weeks ago, federal and local government officials, law enforcement and first responders in Washington, D.C. and New York City participated in scheduled exercises, a simulation of a "complex coordinated terror attack." One scenario included a nuclear incident on a major U.S. metropolitan area. Some news outlets linked this effort to heightened concerns about North Korea. However, closer to home, more pertinent developments went virtually unnoticed.

Illustration of Emmanuel Macron by M. Ryder/Tribune Content Agency

Macron's narrow window for reforming France

Liberal internationalists heralded Emmanuel Macron's landslide in the French presidential election as a nearly decisive victory for their globalist vision over populist sentiments rippling through Europe and symbolized by Brexit and Donald Trump -- they shouldn't.

Kim Jong-un Missile Mouth Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

China plays the North Korea nuclear card

The provocative actions by North Korea over the past three months since President Trump took office should not come as a surprise. In his campaign for the presidency, candidate Donald Trump repeatedly criticized the Obama administration for failing to take stronger action against China's illegal actions in the South China Sea.

Over-Taxed Flag Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Cutting the drag of heavy corporate taxes

On Thursday, the House Ways and Means Committee will have a hearing examining how tax reform will grow our economy and create jobs.

Illustration on renewing border security by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Border security and immigration made simple

The nation-state is a relatively new idea -- scholars generally trace it back to the 17th century. It has its flaws, but has anyone come up with a better approach to world order? A nation-state enjoys sovereignty over its territory. Territories are separated by borders. Securing those borders may require barriers and controlled points of entry.

What collusion?

After months of investigations by the House, Senate and intelligence agencies, not a scintilla of evidence has surfaced that President Trump or his campaign staff colluded with Russia to win the presidential election. Still a daily cacophony of Democratic charges of collusion drowns the media. But even more remarkable is that no one has noticed the Brontosaurus in the room: Hillary Clinton said that if she were elected president she would proclaim a "no-fly zone" in Syria. That means the United States would shoot down Russian planes flying over Syria, a casus belli.

JAG not above law

I am puzzled about how retired Rear Adm. Patrick J. Lorge was coerced in 2015 by the-judge advocate general (JAG) of the Navy and her deputy (now the JAG). Rear Adm. Lorge claims they persuaded him "not to exonerate the sailor because it would be bad public relations for the Navy and hurt" his career ("Pentagon brass improperly interfered in Navy SEAL's sexual-assault case, retired admiral claims," Web, May 12). He was already scheduled to retire in 2015, so I do not see an effect on his Navy career unless they were talking about his post-retirement career or were threatening to have him retired as an O-7 instead of O-8.

Remembering the ill-fated dirigible

The 20th century history being filled with disasters, it is not surprising that we seem to be buffeted by one melancholy anniversary after another. But there are disasters and disasters, many of them like the terrible battles of World War I where hundreds of thousands died and were horribly wounded that dwarf the subject of this book.

Cadet Drew Borinstein, right, the valedictorian of the VMI Class of 2017, is congratulated after taking the oath of office as a Marine on Monday, May 15, 2017 in Lexington, Va.  In August, Borinstein's mother, brother and sister were killed in an airplane crash near Fredericksburg while on the way to watch him graduate from an officer training program. The tragedy followed the unexpected death of his father 16 months earlier. Borinstein soldiered on at VMI, completing his academic work with honors while preparing for the military.   (Stephanie Klein-Davis /The Roanoke Times via AP)  /The Roanoke Times via AP)

Sexual confusion in the colors

Patriotism is the old-fashioned path to celebrity. These days just acting out can punch the ticket to fame, if not fortune. Just ask Bradley Manning, aka Chelsea Manning, the American soldier who sold out his country, then his manhood -- not necessarily in that order — to WikiLeaks. He/she emerges from prison Wednesday through the intercession of Barack Obama, but the United States will pay the price for the treachery he/she flaunted if the military risks a repeat.

President Donald Trump watches Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan depart the White House in Washington, Tuesday, May 16, 2017. The White House defended Trump's disclosure of classified information to senior Russian officials as "wholly appropriate," as Trump tried to beat back criticism from fellow Republicans and calm international allies increasingly wary about sharing their secrets with the new president. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Settling the voter-fraud debate

President Trump made good last week on a promise to create a Presidential Commission on Election Integrity, and surely this was a promise kept that everyone could applaud. Who but cheats and frauds doesn't like clean elections? Who doesn't want his vote to count, and his vote not be canceled by someone ineligible to cast a ballot? This was something that would surely warm hearts at the Brennan Center for Justice and at the League of Women Voters.

President Donald Trump listens as Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan speaks in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, May 16, 2017. The White House on Tuesday defended President Donald Trump's disclosure of classified information to senior Russian officials as "wholly appropriate," as Trump tried to beat back criticism from fellow Republicans and calm international allies increasingly wary about sharing their secrets with the new president. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

How Russians helped Trump win the election is never explained

Hey, Media Matters, I'm talking to you! Help me out, here, willya'? Actually, I'll talk to anyone, listen to anyone. You'll find my email address at the bottom of this column, so hit me up. I'm asking -- no, begging -- you to write me and answer this one simple question: How did the Russians help Donald Trump become President Trump?!