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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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FBI Director James Comey testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, July 7, 2016, before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee to explain his agency's recommendation to not prosecute Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton over her private email setup during her time as secretary of state. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Newspeak arrives in America

George Orwell recognized the seductive drift into a totalitarian society more than six decades ago. He predicted such a society would arrive with a new language he called "Newspeak." This would disguise truth with subtle elisions from word to word, concept to concept, in a simplistic fashion that would be easily propagated. The new language was to become the lingua franca by the year 1950, leading to a new tyranny that would descend by the year 1984.

Settle gun debate now

One of the arguments the National Rifle Association and Donald Trump keep raising against stricter gun control laws is this: If people in crowds had been allowed to carry weapons, the death toll in mass shootings (such as those in Paris, Orlando and now Dallas) would have been dramatically lower.

Trump would improve Supreme Court

Think about it: A vote for Hillary Clinton means a lifetime for the next socialist Supreme Court justices she appoints, and possibly four to eight years of Hillary, followed most likely by a President Elizabeth Warren.

BOOK REVIEW: 'Crisis of Character'

Despite its being ignored by the mainstream media, "Crisis of Character" is already a best-seller, driven by interviews and coverage in conservative outlets with the author relating his distressing experiences while serving in the Clinton White House as a U.S. Secret Service officer.

Illustration on the climate change industry's attack on Exxon by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

The Exxon shakedown

Liberal attorneys general from 17 states have put a big red bullseye on the chest of big oil. Their bizarre claim is that for years energy companies fraudulently covered up their knowledge that greenhouse gases from fossil fuels cause catastrophic climate change.

Illustration on Ukrainian corruption and Russian dominance by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

A 'culture of impunity'

With all the focus on the Middle East turmoil, Ukraine's importance to the West should not be overlooked. When Ukraine's pro-Russian President Viktor Yanukovych was ousted in 2014 by public protests sparked by his refusal to sign an association agreement with the European Union, he fled the country.

Say no to Clinton

Hillary Clinton should have her security clearance revoked. Her reckless negligence and poor judgment while secretary of state has endangered America's national security.

Incapabale of governance

The FBI's recommendation of no criminal indictment of Hillary Clinton in "Servergate," accompanied by its scathing indictment of Mrs. Clinton's professional leadership skills in the matter, backlights a very underreported aspect of the presidential campaign: Mrs. Clinton is flat-out incompetent.

Illustration questioning the efficacy of auto emissions testing by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Blowup at the bogus checkpoint

As I recently sat in a seemingly endless line of cars at the Maryland vehicle emissions checkpoint, the engine in my 1999 Ford suddenly growled, shuttered and conked out cold. Maybe this was karma for my decades of scoffing at harebrained government regulations?

Protesters march in New York's Times Square Thursday, July 7, 2016, in the wake of the shooting deaths of Philando Castile Wednesday night in Falcon Heights, Minn., after a traffic stop by St. Anthony police, and the death of Alton Sterling, who was shot by Baton Rouge police in Baton Rouge, La., while being detained earlier this week. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)

Tragedy in Baton Rouge

Ferguson. Baltimore. Minneapolis. Baton Rouge. What these cities, separated by thousands of miles of the American landscape, have in common is that they have become shorthand for police brutality, persuading many Americans that the nation's police are out of control.

CPUSA endorsement telling

The Communist Party (CPUSA) has been broadcasting its support for the Democratic Party and candidates Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders. However, for some reason, our media have failed to take notice. The liberal media writes about Donald Trump and support from white nationalists. So what gives?

President Barack Obama waves to media as he walks across the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, to board Marine One, Thursday, July 7, 2016, for the short trip to Andrews Air Force Base, Md., and to Warsaw, Poland to attend the 2016 NATO Summit. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Obama's Keystone contradiction

President Obama is all about free trade. He waxes eloquent about the rewards in the global marketplace and warns against protectionist notions that have sometimes dominated the 2016 presidential campaign.

Illustration on the FBI's finding in the Hillary email case by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Taking risks, telling lies

FBI Director James B. Comey used the softest word in the dictionary to criticize Hillary Clinton for sending top secret, classified information through her unsecured home computer system.

Illustration on a closer examination of Donald Trump by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Understanding Donald Trump

- The Washington Times

If you've ever been to one of Donald Trump's rallies, you know they're energizing. Thousands of people — some die-hard Trump supporters, others just curious to see the man — jam into an arena. More often than not, Mr. Trump arrives a bit late, but when he does it's dramatic. He buzzes the crowd with his Trump logo emblazoned helicopter or descends the stairs of his 747 airplane onto the podium.

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The lawbreaker 'too big to jail'

- The Washington Times

James Comey continues to supply the champagne at Hillary Clinton's headquarters, after making sure she wouldn't have to spend Election Night in a 5 by 7 jail cell. That wouldn't be big enough to accommodate her pants suits.

BOOK REVIEW: 'Mothering Sunday: A Romance'

Mothering Sunday is an ancient Church celebration that falls on the fourth Sunday of Lent. By that time in England, the daffodils are nodding and with a little luck the sun is shining, as they are in Graham Swift's latest novel, named after this holiday.

Illustration on the comparative trade threats of Mexico and China by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Trump's troubles with trade

Running for president on a protectionist platform, Donald Trump confronts tough challenges.