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The Obama administration’s big idea, proudly disclosed Thursday that “transgender individuals” — not to be confused with “men” and “women” — can now serve openly in the U.S. military services. This ends one of the last bans on service in the nation’s armed forces and opens a new chapter of men at arms. HMS Pinafore goes to war.

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What America can learn from Israel

Donald Trump, backtracking on an earlier statement about how guns in the Pulse nightclub in Orlando might have saved lives, said a club security guard ready with a pistol would’ve been “a beautiful thing.”

Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump will gather with friends such as Sarah Palin and foes such as Sen. Ben Sasse of Nebraska this weekend at the Western Conservative Summit, a rehearsal of sorts for the party's national convention. (Associated Press)

No Trump trade retreat

Donald Trump is peddling a long-held, left-wing, labor union trade policy that will hike consumer prices, kill jobs and further weaken our economy.

Illustration on Iran's empty condemnation of terrorism by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Iran’s empty condemnation of terrorism

About two days after an Orlando gunman carried out the worst mass shooting in U.S. history, the Iranian foreign ministry issued a statement purporting to decry the incident. Speaking via the state-run IRNA, a spokesperson said the Iranian regime “condemns” the attack “based on its principled policy of condemning terrorism and its strong will to seriously confront this evil phenomenon.”

Illustration on prospects for the post-EU British economy by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Britain’s economy, post-Brexit

This is no time to sell the United Kingdom short. Its economic and political institutions remain among the strongest in the world and should afford it considerable opportunity to negotiate new arrangements with the European Union.

Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama, left, welcomes the Albanian national soccer squad arriving in Tirana after failing to qualify to the next round at the EURO 2016 European Championship, Thursday, June 23, 2016.(AP Photo/Hektor Pustina)

An albatross in Albania?

In what is increasingly reminiscent of a John Le Carre novel, it seems that with each passing month there is a new chapter in a seemingly unending series of revelations of political intrigue and drama that are overwhelming the Republic of Albania.

Illustration on the Brexit outcome's effects on uncontrolled migration by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Rule Britannia

Whether you think the United Kingdom exiting the European Union is cause for alarm or celebration, you have to concede this: Britons engaged in an open, lively and mostly peaceful debate, they turned out in droves, they cast their votes freely and fairly and, by so doing, expressed their will and determined their future. That’s called democracy. Is there a preferable alternative?

Term Limits for Congress Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

The common sense of term limits

As our first president, George Washington knew that everything he did set a pattern for those who would follow. He served two terms in office, then stepped down. He declined all efforts to get him to stay.

Illustration on a proposal to create boards of directors to oversee Executive branch departments by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

A remedy for overregulation

If the 2016 presidential election has proved anything so far, it’s that millions of Americans know something is seriously wrong in Washington and they want it fixed. They’re right.

Jihad Magazines Collage by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

The original jihadists

They wave a menacing black banner, behead American hostages in slickly produced videos, entice hardened jihadis and thrill-seeking wannabes alike to their ranks, bust a border to establish a state and claim provinces from West Africa to Southeast Asia.

Illustration on Joyful Noise's fundraising for the Sanders campaign by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Joyful Noise unites ‘citizens for Sanders’

Throughout this year’s presidential primary, Sen. Bernie Sanders made support for tougher campaign finance laws a cornerstone of his (now presumably concluding) campaign. His website railed against the “political campaign finance system” as “corrupt,” and “the disastrous Citizens United Supreme Court decision” as “hing[ing] on the absurd notion that money is speech, [and] corporations are people.”

Illustration on the need to identify radical Islamic's impact on homosexuality by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Obama’s duty after Orlando

Americans witnessed evil once again as a radical Islamic gunman — who pledged allegiance to the Islamic State’s caliph — recently killed or wounded 102 people while they were enjoying “Latin Night” in a popular gay night club in Orlando. It was the deadliest attack on the lesbian, bisexual, gay and transgender (LBGT) community in American history.

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Nothing 'peaceful' about murder

One would expect that, at some point in his daily security briefings during his more than 2,700 days in office, President Obama would have been informed of the tens of thousands of terrorist attacks that have taken place around the world during his tenure.

A Change of Mind Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Words, not weapons

Most people who have reached a certain age have changed their minds about something or someone that they firmly believed in the past. Many of the real conflicts in society, including hate-driven mass shootings, result from people who fail to acknowledge, even to themselves, that they could be wrong.

Illustration Gun Free Zone by Greg Groesch for The Washington Times

Logic-free zone

Rep. Stephen Lynch, a Massachusetts Democrat, recently disclosed that a congressional investigation has found at least 72 employees of the Department of Homeland Security listed on the U.S. terrorist watch list.

Illustration on the illicit de facto alliance with Iran by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

The compromising of America

Recently declassified U.S. documents have revealed shocking information on how President Jimmy Carter and his administration conducted secret meetings and communications with Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini and his entourage, thereby undercutting our longstanding ally and friend, the Shah of Iran and his loyal military.

Dummy Americans Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Clueless in the Capitol

Rep. Gwen Moore, a Wisconsin Democrat, has proposed legislation to force anyone claiming $150,000 in itemized deductions to submit a drug test to the federal government along with their tax return. No wonder approval of Congress is at its lowest level in history. When you treat government like a joke, you're going to get laughed at.

Illustration on Conservatives' need for strategies to reach American Millennials by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Rescuing the lost generations

Conservatives in particular have a penchant for viewing Millennials as overgrown adolescents: narcissistic, entitled, dimwitted, lazy and willing to expand their horizons only when it involves a trip to a cannabis store in Colorado.

Vote to bring back greatness

As a political independent I have a right and requirement to speak. I see a country with two large political parties squirming to either retain or achieve leadership. The Democrats have chosen as their presumptive leader a completely self-serving individual who has never shown any leadership qualities.

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton listens to a question during a panel discussion on national security, Wednesday, June 15, 2016, at the Virginia Air and Space Center in Hampton, Va. (AP Photo/Steve Helber) ** FILE **

Sloth in Foggy Bottom

Rome wasn't built in a day, but some marvelous work was done posthaste. Only 10 years was required to build the Colosseum, and Michelangelo painted the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel in four. Vision and ambition can defy the ticking of the clock and the passage of the years.

Compromise on gun control

Contrary to those who argue that gun control should not be the focus of the Orlando nightclub shootings, I believe that gun control is the overriding issue at play. We clearly have too much of it.

Illustration on Hillary Clinton's corrupt background by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

The lie that is Hillary

Many of us remember the classic line from the "Seinfeld" show, that "it's not a lie if you believe it." Applying that theme to the evolution of Hillary Rodham, then Hillary Rodham Clinton, and now just plain Hillary Clinton, here are the notable accomplishments of her "public service" career:

The curse of city streets

Henry Ford could never have imagined that the modest cars he put on the American road would one day grow into trucks. The sport-utility vehicle, the ubiquitous SUV, is big, comfortable and powerful. It's a family friend in the suburbs, where it can spread out as it grows wider, taller and heavier by the year.

American Support for the Kurds Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Why America should support the Syrian Kurds

With every beheading, crucifixion and execution, Judeo-Christian civilization is under assault. Nowhere is this more apparent than in the Middle East, where non-Muslims who encounter the rapid advance of the Islamic State face a cruel choice: confrontation, subjugation, or annihilation.

Omar Mateen appears to have been preparing for the Pulse nightclub attack since at least June 4, when he purchased one of the firearms used in the assault. (MySpace via Associated Press)

The terrorism blame game

In the year 64 AD, much of Rome was destroyed by a massive fire. An outraged populace blamed the Emperor Nero, who had wanted to rebuild the city his way. The historian Tacitus tells us what happened next: