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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.

Nobel Prize Illustration by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

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.

Classified Dossier Illustration by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

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.

Texas Power Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

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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President-elect Donald Trump, accompanied by Vice President-elect Mike Pence, speaks during a news conference in the lobby of Trump Tower in New York, Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Trump's 'intelligence' file

Anything anyone can make up about Donald Trump goes. That's the "moral" of the latest speculation about the sins of the Donald, his chief sin being that he defeated Hillary Clinton and the Democrats in November.Anything anyone can make up about Donald Trump goes. That's the "moral" of the latest speculation about the sins of the Donald, his chief sin being that he defeated Hillary Clinton and the Democrats in November.

President Obama told NBC News on Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2017, that it was "not clear" that President-elect Donald Trump ever believed he would win the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election. (NBC News screenshot)

Obama's long goodbye

"Parting is such sweet sorrow," says Juliet to Romeo in Shakespeare's telling of it. And so it is, but Barack Obama's impending departure from the national stage does not necessarily pierce the heart in the same way. Many Americans prefer the message of Dan Hicks and His Hot Licks: "How can I miss you when you won't go away?"

Fixing the U.S. State Department Illustration by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

An urgent State Department makeover

Donald Trump and prospective Secretary of State Rex Tillerson have their work cut out for them. Forget the diplomatic challenges from Russia, China, Europe, ISIS and others. Look beyond the confirmation hearings. Look internally -- at the State Department itself.

Ice sculptures are silhouetted against the sky at an ice sculpture festival on Poklonnaya Hill in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017. The temperature rose to minus - 10 C (F 14) after a cold spell in Moscow. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)

Russia policy requires long view

Political transition in the old Soviet Union was ugly. Vladimir Lenin's death was assisted by doctors controlled by Josef Stalin who could hardly wait for his turn at the helm, Stalin's death was reportedly the result of secret police chief Laventy Beria's poisoning of him or withholding medical care, and Beria himself was, in turn, executed at Nikita Khrushchev's insistence.

Hate Crime Status Undefined Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

The politicization of hate crime legislation

Last week in Chicago, a white special-needs teenager was held captive by four black youths. The victim was bound, gagged, tortured, forced to drink toilet water, partially scalped, and subject to racially and politically motivated verbal abuse. The perpetrators streamed portions of their violent savagery on Facebook.

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks at a reception celebrating the completion of the U.S. Diplomacy Center Pavilion at the State Department in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017. (AP Photo/Sait Serkan Gurbuz)

Hillary's server continues to haunt her

The criminal investigation of Hillary Clinton is back front and center now that the FBI has released proof that her failure to safeguard state secrets caused the secrets to fall into the hands of foreign governments, some of which wish the United States ill.

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Meryl Streep behaves as if elected to office

Meryl Streep has played many roles in her long career and holds the record for the most Academy Award nominations of any actor. Among her portrayals was British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. At the Golden Globe Awards Sunday night, Miss Streep behaved as if she actually had been elected to high office, entitling her to mount a high horse.

The ailing but tenacious WWII heroine

How does one respond when a formerly comfortable world is suddenly reduced to rubble? Consider the plight of Josefina Guerrero, a young Filipina married to a physician, happily raising a daughter in Manila.

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Pouring new whine in old battles

Women are angry, this time at Donald Trump. But they're mad about a lot of other things, too. They've come a long way, baby, but a lot of them don't like what they see over their shoulders as they look back into the future. I'm not talking about the women's march on Washington on the day after the Donald becomes the 45th president of all of us.

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Breaking up record cronyism

In fewer than two weeks, Donald Trump will be sworn in as the next president of the United States. Mr. Trump's election victory represents an unprecedented rejection of elitism and special interests seeking to use the system for their own benefit. By the early hours of Nov. 9 it was clear that America had enough.

Union supporters rally against Republican Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner's calls to change collective bargaining policies, in front of the Illinois State Capitol Wednesday, May 18, 2016, in Springfield, Ill. The march is organized by a coalition of labor groups called Illinois Working Together. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman)

The unsung heroes of Illinois

Perhaps the most long-lasting effect of the investigative work done by John Kraft and Kirk Allen with Edgar County Watchdogs isn't the more than 200 officials they've chased out of office, but the viral impact they've had.

President-elect Donald Trump speaks during a news conference in the lobby of Trump Tower in New York, Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017.  (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Trump gives a press conference for the ages

- The Washington Times

If pundits and the Washington elite think Donald Trump is going to change his tone or style going into the White House, they're sorely mistaken. He's accomplished too much to bow down to anybody. Including the press.

Russian President Vladimir Putin meets with Moscow State University rector Viktor Sadovnichy in the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017. (Alexei Druzhinin/Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

Defending national security, when convenient

A main refrain from Democrats these days (and the scraggly band of Never Trumpers, apparently now led by Sen. John McCain) remains how the Russians "hacked the election." Observers understand this is meant to delegitimize the election of Donald Trump, but what it also exposes is the rank hypocrisy of crusty and desperate political operatives and federal bureaucrats.

A lemon of a law

Why should it take more than a day to repeal Obamacare? "We the People" have been clamoring for its removal for seven long years. Could it be that Congress, the Supreme Court and the Obama administration and its aides are not required to participate in it, while the rest of us are forced?

Not much to miss about Obama

Thankfully a new president will be sworn in on Jan. 20. The soon-to-be-former president, elected under the pretense of "hope and change," will move on to shamefully make undeserved millions of dollars. His tenure was wrought with bigotry, lies, pettiness, party politics, blame, vindictiveness and self-serving decisions.

Attorney General-designate, Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017, at his confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Attacking with popguns

The Democrats took their best shots Tuesday at Sen. Jeff Sessions, the president-elect's nominee for U.S. attorney general, and demonstrated only that it's difficult for a gang that can't shoot straight to do much damage with popguns that only fire blanks.

"Fake news - a total political witch hunt!" President-elect Donald Trump tweeted in screaming all-capital letters. (Associated Press)

A change of hope

Tempus fugits without much month-to-month change. February is a lot like January, August a lot like July. But the pace of change quickens, and overnight everything old seems new again. The 2016 presidential election was a sudden and breathtaking upheaval of wishes and dreams as Americans divided themselves between those who want, or think they want, a fundamentally transformed United States, and those who yearn to "make America great again." These opposing emotions of disappointment and expectation collide to promise a jarring ride through 2017.

Neither a gentleman nor a proletarian

Nothing succeeds like excess. Karl Marx -- and the ill-defined, shape-shifting "ism" bearing his name -- have achieved immortality in spite of the flawed nature of the man and the dismal failure of the "ism" wherever it has come to power, usually at gunpoint.