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Trig Dommer, 4, of Sioux Falls, checks out the voting booth next to his mom Naomi Dommer as she fills out her ballot during the South Dakota Primary Election, Tuesday, June 7, 2016, at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Sioux Falls, S.D. (Joe Ahlquist/Argus Leader via AP)

A suspicious wind in the rigging

- The Washington Times

There’s no such thing as voter fraud, as the Democrats and right-thinking press mavens have been telling us for weeks, but some curious things are happening out there in flyover country. Some of the assurances that all is well on the old ship of state have been caught in what looks suspiciously like the rigging.

Illustration for the 130th anniversary of the dedication of the Statue of Liberty                The Washington Times

A monumental gift

Today is the 130th anniversary of the dedication of the Statue of Liberty, a national monument that most Americans simply associate as a gift of the French people to honor the working of the two nations together during the American Revolution.

The Hillary Effect on Women Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Hillary Clinton’s problem with women

Two weeks before the election, Hillary Clinton appears on track to win the presidency and become the first female commander in chief. She can credit her surge in the polls this last month to women — primarily her opponent’s offensive comments unearthed from a decade ago and the various accusations that have suddenly surfaced and have dominated the media.

Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton greets supporters following a "Get out the vote," rally at Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park, Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2016 in downtown Tampa, Fla. (Loren Elliot/Tampa Bay Times via AP)

Hillary’s anti-transparency bargain

President Obama recently condemned the Republican Party, claiming that its “central principle” is to suppress voting. But, while his administration piously pledges to protect voting rights, it has almost guaranteed that Americans will be blindfolded on Election Day. While the Justice Department will deploy election monitors at polls in 25 states, no one watched Uncle Sam.

Illustration on NATO fiscal responsibility by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

A threadbare alliance

Historians and political scientists commonly describe the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) as the most effective military alliance in contemporary history. It was the bond between the United States and Western Europe that helped contribute to the decline and eventual collapse of the Soviet Union.

Illustration on the 2016 campaign by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Why Donald Trump is still the safer choice

America is a two-party system and after party conventions select the nominees, we have two choices and only two choices. Both nominees have demonstrated serious character flaws. The current spotlight is on lewd, vulgar comments from Donald Trump that cannot be defended. Nevertheless, his words could never be used to justify a vote for Hillary Clinton and her leftist agenda.

Donald Trump arrives at a Trump rally at Sanford Orlando International Airport in Sanford, Fla., Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2016. Trump is pledging to bolster the government's investment in the space program, a boon to the Space Coast of Florida. (Stephen M. Dowell/Orlando Sentinel via AP)

The staying power of populism

Despite evidence from the 2016 presidential campaign, doubts dominate about populism’s ability to win America’s ultimate prize. “It can’t happen here” is as wrong as the political establishment’s misreading of the populist movement itself. Populism’s history here and abroad argues a populist triumph could eventually occur — if not this November, then soon.

Missile Attack Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Iran’s proxy missile attacks

The recent missile attacks attributed to Yemeni Houthi rebels, with assistance from the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) and Hezbollah, demonstrate Iran’s classic use of proxies to promote its political agenda. The Houthi rebels denied any involvement in the missile attacks.

Illustration on non-voters by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

In defense of the nonvoter

Between now and Nov. 8, Americans will be inundated with good-intentioned public service announcements urging them to take the time to vote. And to buttress that argument, statistics about the usual low turnout rate — about 60 percent or so — will suggest that this American trend is somehow illustrative of a major defect in the body politic.

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Illustration on Hillary's coverup efforts by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Corruption and collusion

Modern journalists have little in common with those I was privileged to know when I was a copyboy at NBC News in Washington in the '60s.

BOOK REVIEW: 'Imperfect Union'

The ghastliness of Gettysburg, the culminating battle of the Civil War, has been reduced to the ultimate horror of a 19-year-old soldier dying in a "puddle of his own blood" in this stark and wrenching war book.

FILE-In this Oct. 26, 2015, file photo, right to die advocates rally outside the New Mexico Supreme Court in Santa Fe, N.M., after a lawyer asked justices to allow terminally-ill patients to end their lives. In a 5-0 opinion issued Thursday, June 30, 2016, the high court overturned a previous district court decision that doctors could not be prosecuted under the state's assisted suicide law, which classifies helping with suicide as a fourth-degree felony. (AP Photo/Russell Contreras, File)

Dying in the District

As the D.C. Council takes up the issue of "death with dignity" this week, it is time to frame the topic correctly. Pending legislation would allow consenting doctors to help terminally ill District residents hasten the end their lives and provide another option for those who are out of options.

Wall Street Backing Hillary Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

A left-hand turn on Wall Street

I recently received even more confirmation about a topic on which I often speak -- the idea that the lack of leadership has more than permeated corporate America, but is also driving executives of major corporations to look at their leadership responsibilities through the prism of their ideology.

In this April 4, 2016, file photo, a large crowd of media and voting rights advocates listen as Arizona Secretary of State Michele Reagan speaks during a news conference after she certified the official canvass of the Arizona presidential primary election in Phoenix. New ID requirements. Unfamiliar or distant polling places. Names missing from the voter rolls. Those are just some of the challenges that could disrupt voting across the country through Election Day. While most elections have their share of glitches, experts worry conditions are ripe this year for trouble at the nations polling places. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File)

No, voter fraud isn't a myth: 10 cases where it's all too real

- The Washington Times

As Donald Trump takes on the Republican establishment, Democrats and the mainstream media, he's telling supporters they're fighting against a "rigged" system, rife with voter fraud and those eager to protect the status quo. The left, predictably, says this type of talk is "dangerous" to the integrity of our electoral system, and then glibly asks for Mr. Trump to prove his voter fraud allegations.

Syria, Russia the real threats to U.S.

We are not on the threshold of nuclear war with Russia because of a taped conversation Donald Trump had 11 years ago. Civilization itself is not under imminent threat because Mr. Trump pinched a beauty contestant on the behind in 1986. We face our current critical hour because a "former" Muslim named Barack Obama and a secretary of state with deep ties to the Muslim Brotherhood named Hillary Clinton orchestrated the so-called Arab Spring to overthrow the government of one Muslim nation after the other in order to create a caliphate of nations under the umbrella of the Brotherhood.

We can't afford another Democrat

Electing a Democrat to serve what would effectively be President Obama's third term would cause much worse things to come to pass than the funding of sanctuary cities and Planned Parenthood. And even if a Republican is elected president, a Democratic majority in the legislative branch will serve to undermine new policies.

I Prefer Trump Campaign Button Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Decision time at hand

The passionately courted undecided voter is beginning to wake up to the hard fact that soon he must make a choice. Will he stay home on election day, looking for the Prohibition or Vegetarian Party candidate, or swallow hard and choose between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. Many — most, if the polls are right — will ultimately vote with far less enthusiasm than they ever expected to do. There's a widely held view among politicians that most of the citizens have a realistic view of human nature and vote "against" rather than "for," and if that's true this is the year that proves it.

FILE - In this Oct. 14, 2016 file photo, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks to volunteers at a campaign office in Seattle. Hillary Clinton has a tight grip on the Electoral College majority need to be elected president of the U.S., and may very well be on her way to a big victory, and that's how some Republicans see it.  (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)

The vast left-wing media consensus

The WikiLeaks disclosures, coming now on a daily basis, are such interesting reading that agents of the Clinton campaign are working overtime to divert attention from them, particularly the revelations in the emails of the campaign manager, John Podesta. Hillary insists that the hacking of his email account was sponsored, directed or financed by Vladimir Putin, who in this telling even rewrote them to reflect badly on both Mr. Podesta and Hillary. There's no evidence of Russian connivance, just speculation.

Bad Health Hillary Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Guarding Hillary's health

Among all the recent WikiLeaks email dumps, perhaps the most important one of all has been overlooked by the mainstream media.

I Prefer Trump Campaign Button Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

The easy case for Donald Trump

Vote for Donald Trump? You've got to be kidding. It is difficult to argue with that sentiment. Still, "You've got to be kidding" is not a political program suitable for a self-governing people.

Illustration on the dangers of TPP by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

When think tanks pass bad trade deals

Congress has passed three of the worst trade deals in history — 1993's NAFTA, China's 2001 entry into the World Trade Organization, and the 2012 South Korean agreement. Each time, we were assured by the White House and elite globalist think tanks these deals would create thousands of jobs, increase wages, and strengthen our manufacturing base. Each time, the deals have hemorrhaged jobs, depressed wages, and ballooned America's trade deficit.

Aviation combat in World War I

Early in the history of military aviation, the Dutch aircraft designer and pilot Anthony Fokker famously remarked, "Every man who went aloft was marked for death, sooner or later, once his wheels had left the ground."

Illustration endorsing Donald Trump's candidacy by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

This consequential election

- The Washington Times

Former Secretary of Defense Don Rumsfeld once said that when a nation goes to war it must by necessity rely on "the army it has rather than the army it wishes it had." Anyone contemplating the political struggle in which the nation, the Republican Party and America's conservatives find themselves in today should think about those words because in a political campaign voters have a choice between not the candidates they might have wanted, but the candidates on the ballot.

Illustration on Trump's promises to reduce the burden of government by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Yes, I still support Donald Trump

I have been asked a dozen times by news reporters over the last week: Do you still support Donald Trump? The elites at The New York Times, Washington Post, and CNN would love to be able to add me and dozens more to the list of Republicans who have publicly denounced the Trump-Pence ticket.

FILE - In this Oct. 14, 2016 file photo, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks to volunteers at a campaign office in Seattle. Hillary Clinton has a tight grip on the Electoral College majority need to be elected president of the U.S., and may very well be on her way to a big victory, and that's how some Republicans see it.  (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)

The last real election

A Hillary Clinton presidency would bring many things, but one consequence is assured: a continued assault on our competitive, two-party political system.