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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 secessionist sentiments following the 2016 election by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Superfluous secessionist nonsense

The People's Democratic Republic of Oregon. That has a kind of ring to it, don't you think? The reason this phrase has crystalized in my mind: Just after it was confirmed that Donald Trump had defeated Hillary Clinton, a petition was submitted for a ballot initiative to have Oregon secede from these United States.

BOOK REVIEW: 'The Other Mitford: Pamela's Story'

The eponymous Mitford who is the subject of this hybrid memoir/autobiography is an unusual sort of odd woman out in a group of six sisters, but in this family, being the ordinary or regular one, makes her stand out. Her nickname Woman connotes her cozy, domestic qualities, general air of benevolence and serene beauty, a cuckoo in a nest of vipers.

Media executive Steve Bannon, who came on board as Donald Trump's campaign CEO in August, had never before managed a 50-state operation. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

Bannon rising

History is not standing still. It did not stop with the Clinton era, which is now finally over. At least history did not stop for America. America is moving along and at a rapid pace. For the Clintonistas and their millennial acolytes, however, I guess America did stop.

First too fast, now too slow

Donald Trump has been President-elect Trump for 15 days now. That's more than two weeks. Prior to his victory, he assembled his transition team, with some mid-stride adjustments. For more than two months now, these people have been working diligently to review the background and credentials of potential cabinet and lower-level presidential appointments.

Ivy League Trophy Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Trumping the ivy walls

After parallel careers in the military and higher education, I believe our recent campus unrest reflects a lethal combination of bad parenting and leftist indoctrination thinly disguised as teaching.

President Barack Obama presents the Presidential Medal of Freedom to actor Robert Redford during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House, Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2016, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Medals at a discount

The Presidential Medal of Freedom is the nation's highest civilian award, which more or less, sort of, makes it the civilian counterpart of the Medal of Honor. The Medal of Freedom was meant to be reserved, as John F. Kennedy put it in 1963, to recognize "an especially meritorious contribution to the security of national interests of the United States, world peace, cultural or other significant public and private endeavors."

Fishing North Korea Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Fishing on the Korean DMZ

The general, colonel and I waded into the Imjin River, on our side of the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ), the "no man's land" separating the Republic of Korea (ROK) and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK).

U.S. Navy Admiral Harry B Harris, third from left, United States Pacific Command to the Philippines Commander (USPACOM), escorted by Philippine Armed Forces Chief Gen. Hernando Iriberri, left, salutes the colors during welcoming ceremony at the armed forces headquarters at suburban Quezon city northeast of Manila, Philippines Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015. In the Armed Forces of the Philippines press statement, Admiral Harris is here for a two-day visit "to discuss bilateral security concerns with the Philippines and gain local perspective on the security situation in the area of the Pacific region where the Philippines is located." (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)

Restoring American arms

Leading from behind gets a president nowhere, and is little short of criminal folly. After eight years, the Obama doctrine of "leadership" has run its course and has left the American armed forces seriously depleted. President-elect Donald Trump has the needed clear-eyed view of the U.S. military as it is and what must be done to fix it. It won't be cheap, but losing a war isn't, either.

President-elect Donald Trump waves to the crowd as he leaves the New York Times building following a meeting, Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2016, in New York. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

Removing barriers to innovation

President-elect Donald Trump and his incoming administration have an unprecedented opportunity to set the stage for a sustained period of growth, increased productivity, a prosperous middle class and the transformation of the U.S. economy.

Mr. Trump's dance card

President-elect Donald Trump's critics keep auditioning things to worry about. The latest is the Trump transition, panned as chaotic, dysfunctional and late. Every time the elevator stops at ground floor at Trump Tower, the gaggle of impatient reporters duly note who steps off and who steps on.

Hollywood its own worst enemy

Hollywood, the land of (non-fat) milk and (free-range) honey, make-believe, mendacity, multi-million-dollar homes and PhD candidates in social issues, has any number of residents who, before the presidential election, vowed to self-deport should anyone other than Hillary Clinton win the election.

Anti-Trump protesters start their hike from Hemming Park to their announced destination at the offices of The Florida Times-Union newspaper, Saturday, Nov. 12, 2016, in Jacksonville, Fla. More than a hundred protesters gathered for a rally against President elect, Donald Trump, winning the presidential election in downtown Jacksonville. Tens of thousands of people marched in streets across the United States on Saturday, staging the fourth day of protests of Trump's surprise victory as president. (Bob Self/The Florida Times-Union via AP)

Consoling the inconsolable

First the Never Trumpers, now the Never Ever Trumpers. Once Donald Trump became the Republican Party's nominee for president last July, the Never Trumpers vowed they would not vote for him, and some say they actually stuck to their pledge.

Time to unite behind Trump

Donald J. Trump is the president-elect, and as expected the Democrats and liberals are doing their best to deter him from carrying out his campaign agenda. The organized protests, condemnation of his early nominees and the continued false accusations of racism will continue. All Republicans should be objective and supportive of Mr. Trump's nominees, even if some do not meet all their criteria.

Police officers check drivers at a sobriety checkpoint in Escondido, Calif., on Dec. 16, 2011. (Associated Press)

An ineffective drunk-driving law

Beginning this month, all Washington D.C. residents convicted of drunken driving will be required to install an Ignition Interlock Device (IID) in their vehicle. IIDs, which are in-car breathalyzers that prevent vehicles from starting if blood-alcohol is detected, have previously only been required for repeat offenders or those with a high-blood alcohol content (BAC).

Hands and Heart Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

'Black America Since MLK'

That race continues to be a major source of anxiety and division in America is an undeniable fact. While some politicians continue to use race to divide, Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. is trying again to bridge the gap in his latest Public Broadcasting Service documentary series "Black America Since MLK."

FILE - In this Dec. 15, 2014 file photo, the State Department is seen in Washington. Ahead of Sundays 15th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks, the State Department is reminding U.S. citizens about threats around the world and urging Americans to be vigilant about their personal security. (AP Photo/Luis M. Alvarez, File)

The end of nation-building

Secretary of State George Shultz famously asked future ambassadors a question before sending them out into the world. He would spin a globe, then ask them to point to their country.

**FILE** In this Oct. 2, 2007 photo, A.J. Bowen of Schupp's Line Construction, Inc. works on fiber-optic installation in Norton, Vt. The Federal Communications Commission on Tuesday will deliver to congress a sweeping proposal to overhaul U.S. broadband policy. (Associated Press)

A blueprint for Trump communications reform

During his campaign, Donald Trump consistently decried excessive, overly intrusive regulation, promising to reduce the government's regulatory reach, which grew so much during President Obama's two terms.

BOOK REVIEW: 'Bridge of Words: Esperanto and the Draam of a Universal Language'

Princeton English professor Esther Schor is the author of a biography of Emma Lazarus, best known for the words that adorn the Statue of Liberty. Here Ms. Schor exercises her biographical skills once again on a far less-famous figure, Ludovik Lazarus Zamenhof (1859-1917), who set himself the utopian task of constructing a universal language: