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Ron Wyden (Associated Press)

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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Legal Now and Still Illegal Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Another fine regulatory mess

If you are in business and the government will not allow you to open a bank account, what do you do? Thirty years ago, almost anyone could walk into a bank and open a bank account with no questions asked.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

The debt to Mitch McConnell

No other consideration drove conservatives to Donald Trump like the prospect of a U.S. Supreme Court dedicated to preserving the Constitution as it was written and honored for centuries. The Donald promised to appoint judges in the mold of the late Antonin Scalia to the seat vacated by Mr. Scalia's death.

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, left, accompanied by her husband former President Bill Clinton, right, and her daughter Chelsea Clinton, center, speaks in New York, Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2016, where she conceded her defeat to Republican Donald Trump after the hard-fought presidential election.  (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Counting up the losers

The No. 1 loser this year was Hillary Clinton, of course, but we might shed a tear for the man who stocked his warehouse with women's pants suits in all colors and sizes, expecting millions of women to make a run on the most unflattering ladies' garment dreamed up since Eve discarded her fig leaf for a bearskin.

The people check the president

I often agree whole-heartedly with Deborah Simmons' pieces in The Washington Times, but I offer a correction to her Nov. 17 piece, "Back to American Civics 101" (Web). In her effort to educate, she writes that "the president governs, Congress checks the president and the U.S. Supreme Court checks both."

Nuclear policy needs Europe

Robert Monroe's op-ed, "Before the next mushroom cloud" (Nov. 17), highlights the dangers of nuclear proliferation and calls for the incoming Trump administration to take a lead within the United Nations to overcome the danger.

Pacifying Democrats' Distress Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Foolish vows of vengeance

In the wake of Donald Trump's election, the mood on the losing side has ranged from somber mourning to hysterics, plus some furious vows to avenge Hillary Clinton's loss.

President-elect Donald Trump, left, and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie shake hands after a meeting at Trump National Golf Club Bedminster clubhouse, Sunday, Nov. 20, 2016, in Bedminster, N.J., after meeting. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Transformational transitions

Presidential transitions smooth the way for the peaceful transfer of power that has always characterized our democracy. When a transition passes power within a political party it changes little but the names on the door. Even when power passes between the Democrats and Republicans a transition isn't necessarily transformational.

Illustration on free trade in light of China by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Getting free trade right

Globalization is inevitable and nothing about the presidential campaign changed that.

U.S. Navy Losing its Moorings Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Securing the Navy

One has to wonder what is going on inside the U.S. Navy. A recent survey of U.S. Navy personnel delivered sobering news to out-going Obama Navy leadership. In arresting phrases, the September 2016 survey found that sailors are "increasingly unhappy with lengthy deployments, high operational tempo, and calls to reduce pay and benefits," and not interested in being pawns on a political correctness chessboard.

Illustration on U.S. response to China's belligerence by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

The greatest challenge to Trump

Thanks to eight years of feeble presidential leadership defined by buzzwords like "leading from behind," "don't do stupid stuff" and "red lines" that our enemies can cross at will, president-elect Donald Trump inherits an America that appears in retreat combined with a world that seems set ablaze.

Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala. speaks to media at Trump Tower, Thursday, Nov. 17, 2016, in New York. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

The left attacks Jeff Sessions on his past, but excuses Keith Ellison

- The Washington Times

President-elect Donald Trump has nominated Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions as attorney general. Expect the left to use Mr. Sessions' past statements on race as ammunition against him, while ignoring his record since then. Also expect those same people to make the argument that Rep. Keith Ellison's controversial past statements are a non-sequitur in his bid to become chairman of the Democratic National Committee.