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A boffo performance on the road

- The Washington Times

The Donald finally catches a break. His trip to the Middle East was planned weeks ago, long before the sacking of James Comey and the media transformation of the voluble sackee from goat to hero. The opportunity to get out of Dodge arrived just in time.

Chart to accompany Rahn article of May 23, 2017

Population death spiral

It is hard to succeed if everyone is leaving. Some of the former communist countries are suffering from a population death spiral, with double-digit population declines over the last 25 years, as can be seen in the enclosed table.

In this May 18, 1971 file photo, political consultant Roger Ailes, who died last week, is shown in his office in New York. From communications guru and TV producer to Chairman-CEO of Fox News Channel, Ailes' used a "fair and balanced" branding approach, targeted at viewers who believed other cable-news networks, and maybe even the media overall, displayed a liberal tilt from which Fox News delivered them with "unvarnished truth." Associated Press photo

The genius of Roger Ailes

Roger Ailes was no genius, not in the league of Stephen Hawking and Albert Einstein. The founding chairman of Fox News Channel, who died last week from complications after suffering a fall, understood and respected Middle America from whence he came.

Illustration on the notion of government subsidy of nuclear power by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Why nuclear power subsidies must end

Should utility bills and taxes be used to subsidize money-losing nuclear power plants so they can compete with renewable energy and low-cost natural gas?

Even the Walls have Ears Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

A conversation with Condoleezza Rice

On Wednesday, I sat down with former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to discuss her new book, “Democracy: Stories From the Long Road to Freedom.” The following transcript has been edited for length and clarity.

Un-Happy Meal From High Minimum Wage Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

How a CEO misapprehends the minimum wage

Last week, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg made headlines for her Mother’s Day post calling for a minimum wage increase. “It’s long past time,” she claimed, “to raise the federal minimum wage.”

Seth Conrad Rich, a DNC staffer, was killed in July near his home in the District of Columbia. (Image via Rich's LinkedIn profile.)

The strange case of Seth Rich

- The Washington Times

This is the unfortunate story of the killing of a young man named Seth Conrad Rich, a Nebraska-born and -reared young man whose death by two gunshots has resulted in conspiracy theories of the worst kind.

Illustration on imprisoned felons on the voter rolls by Alexander hunter/The Washington Times

The ACLU’s army of ex-cons

Not content with filing nuisance lawsuits all over the country, most of them aimed at thwarting the Trump administration, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is plunging into local political campaigns.

Illustration on Trump's potential effect on economic growth by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Moving toward 3 percent growth

President Trump’s economic team paints a rosier picture about what his policies could accomplish than the economics profession is willing to endorse.

Illustration on Iran's threat to an independent Kurdistan by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

An independent Kurdistan

In order to assist the creation of a Shia Crescent from the Persian Gulf to the Mediterranean Sea, the question remains: Is Iran working to thwart the creation of an independent Kurdistan? Are they working together with Syria in order to further this strategic goal? According to an Iraqi source, Iran is working to thwart the creation of an independent Kurdistan by trying to instigate a civil war among the Kurds by supporting groups opposed to Masoud Barzani. They are doing this because they perceive Kurdish autonomy in Northern Iraq to be a threat and they view the internal divisions among the Kurds to be the most effective way to destroy the dream of an independent Kurdistan for the Kurds presently are not united.

Product of Venezuela Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Cry for me, Venezuela

I often say only half-jokingly to students on college campuses who are all in with Bernie Sanders that if they think socialism is such a wonderful economic model: how about a one-way ticket to Caracas?

Higher Temperature Readings Equal More Money Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Degrading Earth’s future climate

Best practice in science is achieved through a minimum of two critical conditions: humility and perspective. If humility and perspective are ignored, science suffers.

President Donald Trump smiles as he listens to Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos, speak during a news conference in the East Room of the White House, Thursday, May 18, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Destroying Donald Trump is all that matters in the newsrooms of the mainstream media

- The Washington Times

Now anything goes. All restraints are loosened, all self-discipline trashed. There’s no cure or even treatment for Trump Derangement Syndrome, a disease as wild and as swiftly lethal as anything imported from the Ebola River valley of the dark continent. The rules and taboos that once guided even the sleaziest excuse for a newspaper no longer apply.

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Sessions' law and order memo likely to irk left

- The Washington Times

Attorney General Jeff Sessions, with one quick stroke of the pen, overturned some lax criminal policies of the previous Barack Obama administration -- the ones that said certain suspects ought to only be charged with minimum offenses. Get ready: The lawsuits from the left are sure to come.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky. signals a thumbs-up as he leaves the Senate chamber on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, April 6, 2017, after he led the GOP majority to change Senate rules and lower the vote threshold for Supreme Court nominees from 60 votes to a simple majority in order to advance Neil Gorsuch to a confirmation vote. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Mitch McConnell emerges from man cave!

- The Washington Times

Listen up! Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has emerged from his man cave to issue an Official Announcement -- an announcement of such epic importance that it's truly more a pronouncement -- and it's one that goes like this: Umm, you women over there. You all can come to the health care party, too.

Rep. Maxine Waters received a standing ovation before presenting the "Best Fight Against the System" award at the MTV Movie & TV Awards Sunday night. (MTV)

Maxine Waters, you're embarrassing yourself

- The Washington Times

Rep. Maxine Waters, who long ago abandoned any pretense at being a constitutionally minded member of Congress, is now rapidly moving into a realm of reality that doesn't even allow her to be a useful idiot for the Democrats.

Illustration on the Patriot Acts dangerous precedents by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

A lesson in the loss of liberty

- The Washington Times

It was 2001 not long after the twin towers had fallen and the nation's politicians were running scared. George W. Bush was in the White House and John Ashcroft was attorney general.

Illustration on the Trump firing by Paul Tong/Tribune Content Agency

Flames from the Comey firing

Sir Walter Scott's epic admonition, "Oh, what a web we weave when first we practice to deceive," perfectly describes the furor over President Trump's firing of FBI Director James Comey.

Illustration on the history of Mothers' Day by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

The long, hard road to Mother's Day

It took a long time before mothers in America got respect, especially in terms of an official Mother's Day. One of the university American history courses I taught on occasion was entitled "Women and Children Second," an interpretation in contrast to the widespread and often erroneous view that these two groups were given special concern ahead of their adult male counterparts.

Illustration on the continuing crisis in Afghanistan by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

A tie game in Afghanistan

It is spring in Afghanistan, the poppies are blooming, the Taliban are in the midst of its yearly spring offensive, and the annual Afghani policy review is underway in Washington.

Strange tales of money and mending fences

Readers know Richard Russo as a sharp and sympathetic observer of working-class characters. But "Trajectory" -- a collection of three short stories and a novella -- features a middle-class population with a high percentage of college teachers, a writer, a realtor, some film people and a couple of salesmen who probably moonlight as swindlers.

'Slick Willie' won't go away

If Hillary Clinton's excuse tour is wearing thin, it's because she learned from the best. Another losing Democratic presidential campaign means self-serving leaks from Bill Clinton, this time at his own wife's expense. The former president always manages an I-told-you-so moment to unsuccessful Democratic candidates.

Victim deserves apologies

On June 22, 2016, The Washington Times ran a scathing piece on racist, anti-refugee sentiment in Idaho ("Story of Syrian migrants gang-raping Idaho girl embellished by anti-refugee movement: Authorities," Web). The article was short on facts and made it seem that people were lying and making things up about poor, disenfranchised refugees purely out of hate. Yet the five-year-old girl in question wasn't just "touched." She was raped, pushed, slapped, punched and urinated on. The young boys who did it (ages 9, 10 and 14) laughed and danced around her as she lay there terrified. They even filmed the entire situation. It was only by the grace of God that an off-duty nurse wandered into the laundry room to stop this abuse.

In this Tuesday, May 9, 2017, photo, a Hanford Patrol officer blocks traffic on Route 4S that leads to 200 East Area, where an emergency has been declared at the Hanford nuclear weapons complex in southeastern Washington. The collapse of a tunnel containing radioactive waste at Hanford underscored what critics have long been saying: that the toxic remnants of the Cold War are being stored in haphazard and unsafe conditions, and time is running out to deal with the problem. (Colin Mulvany/The Spokesman-Review via AP)

When government waste is radioactive

Government waste is bad; radioactive government waste is badder. Billions of dollars were spent on a nuclear-waste repository in Nevada and it sits abandoned. President Trump should cut out the regulatory obstruction and redeem one of the most embarrassing boondoggles ever, the Yucca Mountain Nuclear Waste Repository.

Unrealistic minimum wages and maximum grief

The continuing increases in the minimum wage is curdling the cream in the coffee at many restaurants, and nowhere more than in New York City, the nation's top town for a variety of good eats. A $2 minimum wage increase to $11 became effective at the end of 2016, and the impact on restaurants, just now emerging, has been startling.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in talks on phone with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at the presidential Blue House in Seoul, South Korea, Thursday, May 11, 2017. Moon told Abe that their countries must not let their difficult histories hamper co-operation in dealing with North Korea's nuclear program. (Yonhap via AP)

Working with a Moon Jae-in government

After nine years of a conservative government, the South Korean people have elected a progressive Democratic Party president, Moon Jae-In.

Nancy Kohn, of Boston, holds a Donald Trump puppet and a placard during a May Day rally, Monday, May 1, 2017, in Chelsea, Mass. Thousands of people chanted, picketed and marched on cities across America on Monday as May Day demonstrations raged against President Donald Trump's immigration policies. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Insanity, as left calls for stalking GOP in streets, at home

- The Washington Times

A Huffington Post editor-at-large, reacting to President Donald Trump's firing of James Comey -- and apparently, to the continued existence of all-things conservative -- called on fellow leftist to take to the streets, follow Republicans where they eat, sleep and make merry, and basically set up protest camp.

In this Tuesday, May 2, 2017, photo, Amira Hassan, of Burnsville, Minn., plays in the waiting room at the specialty clinic at Children's Minnesota in Minneapolis. Hassan went to the hospital's clinic for a routine wellness check, but had to wear a mask to protect her from measles after an outbreak has sickened more than 30 children in Minnesota. The masks are just one precaution that hospitals are taking to try to control the spread of the disease, which is predominantly affecting Minnesota's Somali community. (AP Photo/Amy Forliti)

Measles in Minnesota: It's the borders, stupid

- The Washington Times

Minnesota is facing a bit of a measles crisis, with nearing 50 confirmed cases in the last four weeks -- a level that hasn't been seen in three decades or so. But the blame for this crisis is being wrongfully cast on anti-vaccination activists, and not on open border folk, where it more rightfully belongs.

Radio host Michael Savage. ** FILE **

Michael Savage advises Trump to lay low

- The Washington Times

Michael Savage, top-ranked talk-radio host in America, said President Donald Trump ought to lay low for a bit, back off the social media and keep a quieter profile because, frankly -- and these are Savage's words -- his "administration is in trouble." Good advice.