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Sheldon Adelson. (Associated Press)

Now it’s time to pay for the fun

- The Washington Times

Money is not the mother’s milk of politics, as the bundler’s cliche goes, but homemade vanilla ice cream, rich and creamy. Donald Trump hasn’t been getting any. Not much and not lately, anyway.

Saudi Handgun Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

The myth of Saudi support for terrorism

Last Friday, the infamous “28 pages” from the 2002 Congressional Joint Inquiry into the 9/11 attacks were declassified. For years, this final section of the report was kept from the public, which led some to believe that it contained evidence that the Saudi Arabian government was behind the attacks, either indirectly by financing al Qaeda or directly by providing support to the actual terrorists on the planes.

Illustration of Ted Cruz as Brutus by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Ted Cruz writes a political suicide note

- The Washington Times

Cleveland — As Charles Krauthammer put it, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz wrote “the longest suicide note in U.S. History,” and it was a disjointed, contradictory one that revealed a deeply conflicted and narcissistic man. A principled stand for the party and country? Hardly.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry speaks during a press conference with Britain's Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson at the Foreign Office in London, Tuesday, July 19, 2016. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth, pool)

The nightmarish results of Muslim outreach

When President Obama entered office, he dreamed that his hope-and-change messaging and his references to his familial Islamic roots would win over the Muslim world. The soon-to-be Nobel Peace Prize laureate would make the United States liked in the Middle East. Then terrorism would decrease.

Iran Missile Factory Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Obama’s Iran delusions

July 14 was the first anniversary of President Obama’s nuclear agreement with Iran. Because the agreement renders our intelligence community deaf and blind to Iran’s nuclear weapons program, the new report from a German intelligence agency that Iran is violating the deal comes as no surprise.

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton addresses the The National Education Association (NEA) Representative Assembly in Washington, Tuesday, July 5, 2016. (AP Photo/Molly Riley)

Apple polishing on the stump

Hillary Clinton took pandering to a new level when she addressed delegates to the National Education Association’s (NEA) convention on July 5.

Illustration on the loss of fighting spirit in the U.S. armed forces by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

‘Don’t give up the ship’

The recent release of the investigative report on the “surrender” of two U.S. Navy heavily armed, 48-foot Riverine Coastal Patrol Boats in the North Arabian Sea on Jan. 12 to slightly smaller, armed Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps Navy center-console fishing-type boats was more than an embarrassment for the Navy.

Illustration on Trump's acceptance speech by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

The speech Donald Trump should give tonight to win it all

- The Washington Times

Tonight in Cleveland, Donald Trump will accept the Republican nomination for president of the United States. His ascent is the most astonishing political story of our lifetimes, and he achieved it with breathtaking fearlessness, cleverness, wit and smarts. Most importantly, he had from the start an extraordinary sixth sense of the anger, betrayal and anxiety roiling voters and driving their desire to smash the existing order.

Erdogan and the Brotherhood Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

The jihadis in France, the Islamists in Turkey

Streets ran red with blood in both France and Turkey last week. A terrorist atrocity and an attempted coup are quite different events. But underlying both is this question: How are the most dynamic forces within the Islamic world shaping the 21st century?

Anti-EU Movement Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Europe’s challenge after Brexit

New surveys released this week by Britain’s EEF manufacturers’ organization and by PricewaterhouseCoopers predict that the United Kingdom’s June 23 vote to leave the European Union will result in economic slowdown. That may or may not prove true.

Election Day Turnout for Trump Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

A Patrick Henry moment

In his column, “The election to terrify us all,” Wesley Pruden warns, “This might be remembered as the year when they gave an election and nobody came. The millions stayed home, the champagne went uncorked, and everybody lived in semi-misery ever after.”

Shia, Sunni and Christian Iraqis pray together in Baghdad at the site of the July 6 truck bombing, the worst such attack since 2003. Associated Press photo

Iraqis united by atrocity

The hell of jihadi terrorism is burning in the hearts of Iraqi citizens even weeks after the worst-ever terror bombing in Baghdad on July 3. The death count is now well above 300, including 172 people whose corpses could only be identified by DNA tests.

Illustration on the relationship between honor killings an Islamist terrorism by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

‘Honor killings’ and Islamic terrorism

The world is in chaos, as Islamic violence is setting the tone with terrorism. Whether it be Orlando or Nice or the Bavarian train slasher, we’re all told it was a “lone wolf” transformed into a monster by “radicalization,” one of the left’s favorite fabricated explanations.

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President Barack Obama listens to Polish President Andrzej Duda offering condolences before making statements following their meeting at PGE National Stadium in Warsaw, Poland, Friday, July 8, 2016. Obama is in Warsaw to attend the NATO Summit. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Obama's legacy of race

Americans elected their first black president eight years ago with Great Expectations, the greatest among them that that the election of a president with a brown face would improve race relations. In fact, it was this "hope" that was the most attractive qualification of Barack Obama. But hope, as he has demonstrated, is not a strategy.

Attorney General Loretta Lynch speaks about recent shootings, Friday, July 8, 2016, at the Justice Department Washington. Lynch called for peace and calm in the wake of the attack on police officers in Dallas, saying that violence is never the answer. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Sacrificing the innocent (maybe)

Caesar's wife was just born too soon. She paid the price of someone else's hanky-panky, actually someone else's attempted hanky-panky. Had she been born a millennium or two later she would have fit right in to a time and place where everything goes.

Miracles happen with our help

Opinion polls proclaim that a majority of Americans are distraught and disturbed about our nation's presumptive political leaders. Many also deeply despair the natural disasters, here in West Virginia and elsewhere. They mourn the divisive rhetoric and hate-filled violence that stalks the well-being of our families and our nation.

Press, supporters complicit

Many in the mainstream press have bent over backward to portray the "Black Lives Matter" movement in the most positive light possible -- despite the fact that they have chanted in unison "Pigs in a blanket; fry them like bacon," and "What do we want? Dead cops! When do we want them? Now!"

Sen. Bill Armstrong    The Washington Times

A voice for strong principles

- The Washington Times

When a congressman or senator leaves Washington as Bill Armstrong did in 1990, it doesn't take long for the political class to move on as if he or she never existed.

Illustration on the relative state of the world by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

It's better than you think

It is the worst of times -- well no, not really. This past week we had shootings of police and shootings by police. The world economy and political situation is a mess. It is a time of crisis -- without an apparent Churchill, Thatcher or Reagan. Yet, in many ways, things have never been better.

BOOK REVIEW: 'Spanish-Israeli Relations, 1956-1992'

This is one of those books that not only sheds light on a too-much-ignored, perhaps even hidden, chapter in postwar international relations, but also on larger issues. The immediate question behind this intensively researched and analytical book is why it took nearly four decades after the establishment of the State of Israel for it to achieve full diplomatic relations with Spain -- in 1986.

Illustration on racial harmony by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

The race narrative

In just the last few days, two African-American men were shot and killed by non-African-American police officers in Minnesota and Louisiana, and five non-African-American police officers were shot and killed in Dallas by an African-American man who declared he "wanted to kill white people, especially white officers." The gap in our racially divided country has never been wider.

This photo from Friday, July 31, 2015, provided by the Wildlife Conservation Society, shows three Juliana pigs on their debut at Brooklyn's Prospect Park Zoo in New York.  Juliana pigs are the smallest breed of miniature pig. They weigh no more than 65 pounds when full grown. (Julie Larsen Maher, Wildlife Conservation Society via AP)

When pigs sue

"People are animals, too," goes the refrain from animal rights activists trying to morally equate people and animals. "Animals are people, too," is what their lawyers now argue.

Illustration on Comey's decision on the Hillary Clinton investigation by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Why the FBI let Hillary Clinton off

A wide swath of Americans is outraged at FBI Director James Comey's decision not to prosecute Hillary Clinton for what seems an obvious violation of criminal law.

Chief Justice John Roberts. (Associated Press)

The election to terrify us all

- The Washington Times

This might be remembered as the year when they gave an election and nobody came. The millions stayed home, the champagne went uncorked, and everybody lived in semi-misery ever after.

Illustration on the meeting of urban and rural gun use by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Shooting as sport rather than crime

There exist two very distinct gun cultures in America. One is urban and often associated with gangs and drugs. The other is rural and often associated with hunting and sports shooting. The distinction is also largely one based on color: Urban gang culture is often black and brown, and rural hunting culture is mostly white.

Protesters participating in a Black Lives Matter rally march in Anaheim, Calif., Sunday, July 10, 2016. (Ana Venegas/The Orange County Register via AP)

Black Lives Matter provocation; cultural differences in resisting arrests

- The Washington Times

Just take a look at my profile picture -- I'm white girl who was born and raised in a small-town in upstate New York. Last week, during the Fourth of July weekend, I took my three boys to my hometown to watch a parade downtown -- it was kicked off by policeman in a police car with all their sirens and lights flashing -- to the delight of my 2- and 4-year-old boys.

Illustration on the FCC patchwork approach to private data categorization by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

When the regulators are at odds

We expect regulators, at least those within a single administration, to speak with a common voice. Hopefully, they agree on key principles and seek regulations that are finely tuned, based on expert judgments and carefully evaluated.

Illustration on Trump's pick for vice-president by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Trump's pick for vice president

While the vice presidency has been notoriously derided as inconsequential, Donald Trump's choice is anything but. Beyond being his biggest political decision since winning the nomination, it is one of the few political decisions this first-time candidate has ever made. It is also a major opportunity to capitalize on his advantage over Hillary Clinton with the substantial number of uncommitted voters who will decide November's outcome.

People surround a memorial in honor of the slain Dallas police officers in front of police headquarters, in Dallas, Saturday, July 9, 2016.  A peaceful protest, over the recent shootings of black men by police, turned violent Thursday night as gunman Micah Johnson shot at officers, killing several and injuring others.  (Ting Shen/The Dallas Morning News via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT; MAGS OUT; TV OUT; INTERNET USE BY AP MEMBERS ONLY; NO SALES

The lesson of Dallas

Some events speak with such loud clarity that no one, neither president nor preacher nor poet, can say anything to add to what everyone feels. President Obama, more eloquent than most, quickly exhausted adjectives speaking from Europe in the wake of the police massacre in Dallas. "Vicious, calculated, despicable and horrible" failed to adequately describe it.