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Illustration on the Senate's utility in Obama's nuclear initiatives by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Sen. Corker’s nuclear blunder

Sen. Bob Corker has a problem. As Bill Gertz reported in his “Inside the Ring” column, Mr. Corker, Tennessee Republican and chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, objects to President Obama’s intention to seek a evade the need for Senate “ratification” of the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty (CTBT) by seeking its approval by the United Nations Security Council.

Illustration on the high stakes of international chess by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Like pawns on the chessboard

Those who lived through the decades-long Cold War between the old Soviet Union and the United States will remember that everyone seemed to take everything from the Olympics to international chess tournaments as part of the struggle. Chess is once again emerging as a point of controversy as we move toward what some fear could degenerate into yet another Cold War.

Two pro-democracy foundations launched by U.S. billionaire businessman George Soros have been officially banned by the Russian government. (Associated Press)

Soros’ Catholic useful idiots

A most remarkable set of documents was coughed up recently by WikiLeaks. George Soros’ Open Society Policy Center, it turns out, made donations to two faith-based organizations to the tune of $650,000. Initially, this might cause one to think that perhaps Mr. Soros has finally gotten religion. But, no.

In this photo released by Xinhua News Agency, a rescue helicopter and vessel take past in an emergency rescue drill held on the South China Sea near Fenghuang island in Sanya, southern China's Hainan Province, Aug. 23, 2016. The drill aims at enhancing the emergency response capabilities of maritime rescue teams. (Guo Cheng/Xinhua via AP)

China’s Underwater Great Wall

The stakes in the South China Sea (SCS) are apparently reaching down to the murky depths of this contentious waterway as Beijing readies its undersea surveillance network to consolidate its presence in the region.

Alexis de Tocqueville

Helping those who help themselves in Baton Rouge

- The Washington Times

America is a remarkable country, and sometimes it takes a disaster to remind us of how remarkable it is. The millions who indulge a little self-pity over having to choose between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton should look to Baton Rouge for another view.

Illustration on financing the rebuild of the U.S. military by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

How to rebuild U.S. military might

In order to rebuild the U.S. military the next president is going to have to do the following things with the economy. The next administration must design a growth plan that will allow the U.S. economy to expand at a 3 percent to 6 percent rate per year. Only Donald Trump’s plan has the opportunity to do this. It can be accomplished by the following these important actions:

Illustration on the destructive effects of the $15 minimum wage by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

More casualties in the Fight for $15

Wegmans grocery has “essentially” pulled out of a major planned expansion in Washington, D.C. It was reported last week that the decision factored in the city’s newly passed $15 minimum wage and other potential forthcoming labor mandates.

This Nov. 11, 2014, file photo shows the U.S. Capitol Building illuminated by the setting sun on the National Mall in Washington. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

Breaking through the Washington gridlock

Elections in a democracy are by their nature unpredictable. However, it is as clear as day that whoever becomes the 45th president of the United States will be staring at a full plate of international crises, an economy that is growing slower than anticipated, and a generally dysfunctional and hostile relationship between Republicans and Democrats on and off Capitol Hill.

Illustration on Petraeus and a White House pardon by M. Ryder/Tribune Content Agency

A pardon for Petraeus

Was something missing when, earlier this month, the White House announced that President Obama used his constitutional prerogative to put 214 convicts back on the street? Yes, we didn’t see a pardon for the person many Americans believe is the greatest general of his generation, David Petraeus.

Illustration on China as the chief supply source for heroin and methamphetamine pushed in the U.S. by Mexican drug cartels by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

The China connection

The trail of poison that led to the death of rock star Prince and thousands of other Americans begins in China, which President Obama will visit on Sept. 2. According the State Department’s 2016 Narcotics Strategy Report, “China has become a hub for illicit drug consumption, drug and precursor chemical trafficking, and money laundering activities.”

Dwight D. Eisenhower, 34th president of the United States, had high favorability numbers throughout his time in office. (White house)

Not liking this Ike

You’d think a national monument honoring President Dwight Eisenhower would be a can’t-miss proposition. Unfortunately, the proposed design by architect Frank Gehry to honor the man who guided the Allies to victory in World War II is shaping up to be a failure.

U.S. Presidency for Sale Illustration by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

The push proceeds toward oligarchy

Forget for a moment the pressing question of who is going to win this year’s presidential election. Think instead about a broader question emanating from this campaign year: Is American political power flowing inexorably to an entrenched oligarchy that is becoming increasingly impervious to popular sentiment?

Following the Reagan road

Donald Trump’s first quest for the presidency in a number of ways can be compared to the first foray into national politics of another revered Republican who similarly first was seeking the presidency: Ronald Reagan.

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Sheriff David Clarke Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Hard truths about inner-city dysfunction

Growing up, I watched a lot of Westerns. In addition to the cowboy hero, the town sheriff was almost always a model of integrity. He stood for law and order against bank robbers, cattle rustlers and horse thieves all trying to disrupt the peace.

Mideast Dilemma Facing Trump Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Missing nuances in Middle East policy

Donald Trump's recent foreign policy speech identified Israel as "America's greatest ally," yet his expressed proposals for dealing with the Islamic State (ISIS) suggest otherwise.

U.S. Sen. Joni Ernst and U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson speak as the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee held a field hearing titled, “From Crop to Craft Beer: Federal Regulation’s Impact on America’s Food and Agriculture” at the Grand River Center in Dubuque on Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2016. (Mike Burley/Telegraph Herald via AP)

Rescuing broadband from government interference

Since late 2014, the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) quest for power to shape the Internet's future has gone into overdrive. Government interventionism puts at risk the entrepreneurial environment in which the commercial Internet emerged and on which it still depends. Fortunately, a decision by a federal appeals court halted one of the FCC's most audacious overreaches to date.

In this Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2016, file photo, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally in West Bend, Wis. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)

A #NeverTrumper surrenders

- The Washington Times

One by one, the #NeverTrumpers will fall, as they realize the only two people who have a shot at winning the White House are GOP nominee Donald Trump or his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton.

Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump chats during a campaign stop at the Milwaukee County War Memorial Center in Milwaukee, Wisc., Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2016. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Manufacturing a Trump loss

No doubt you have noticed the unified messaging strategy between the Democrats and the Legacy Media, wherein GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump has already lost the election. It's an amazing revelation that in mid-August one of the candidates has already been declared a losing loser of -- what is it now -- 49 of the 50 states?

Donald Trump said that with interest rates so low, "this is the time to borrow" in order to pay for more than $500 billion in infrastructure he wants to build. (Associated Press)

Consensus in a bubble

Throwing rocks at the newspapers and television networks, however much many of them deserve to take a big one squarely on the snout, is a fool's game. Never pick an argument, as the saying goes, with a man who buys ink by the barrel.

'Experts' wrong on Trump

I certainly hope the 50 so-called security "experts" who signed a recent anti-Trump letter, as well any other Republicans who refuse to support Donald Trump for the presidency, are labeled what they are — RHINOS — and issued their marching orders from the party forthwith ("Anti-Trump letter reveals jittery band of GOP establishment power brokers," Aug. 14). I agree totally with Mr. Trump that these are the people who participated in and contributed to the total mess now existing in the Middle East.

FILE - In this Dec. 10, 2015 file photo, President Barack Obama signs the "Every Student Succeeds Act," a major education law setting U.S. public schools on a new course of accountability, in Washington. The lazy days of summer are ending for millions of children as they grab their backpacks, pencils and notebooks and return to the classroom for a new school year. No more staying up late during the week. Farewell to sleeping in. And, hello homework!  (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

Breaks for the undeserving

President Obama wants to be every felon's best friend. Whether locked up at Guantanamo Bay or a federal penitentiary somewhere across the America, every prisoner can hope that he, too, will escape the Big House. Mercy and clemency is the hope of every prisoner, and some deserve it, but not everyone to whom the president shows such mercy is likely to walk straight on the narrow from now on. Americans who live in a gated community or a big house with a platoon of armed guards are at no risk to suffer the consequences. The rest of us are.

The enemy within

Every significant action and decision made by President Obama and his secretaries have been made in favor of Islamists. Case in point: The withdrawal of all U.S. troops from Iraq, which created a disastrous vacuum for Islamists to occupy.

Illustration on the Catholic mission to protect life by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

A new front in the abortion wars

It is difficult to understand why Fordham ethics professor Charles Camosy would take to the pages of Crux -- a Catholic news website that is funded by the Knights of Columbus -- to attack a pro-life speech recently given at the annual convention of the Knights of Columbus by Carl Anderson, the leader of the Knights of Columbus.

Black Lives Matter Movement is Morally Corrupt Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

What Black Lives Matter proponents don't understand

In thinking about Black Lives Matter, let's start by admitting the obvious: There surely are some racially bigoted police officers in America. But no organization of human beings is perfect, because none of us is perfect. So how are we and our organizations to be judged: by those who act morally in caring about others and promoting their welfare, or by those who act immorally in harming others and holding them back? This is a vitally important question.

Trump's Immigration Policy Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Building a better Muslim visa policy

The discussion began last December, when Donald Trump called for "a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country's representatives can figure out what is going on." This proclamation aroused so much opposition that Mr. Trump changed his position -- several times, in fact. Where do things stand now on this supremely contentious issue and what can we expect were he elected president?

Illustration on the furtherance of human rights by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Tracking freedom's enemies

If I were to ask an intelligent person like you what happened in the 20th century, or the 19th or the 18th, you could probably sum up the most significant developments. But if I asked you what is happening in the 21st century, how would you reply?

Tracing the rich history of the Olympics

David Goldblatt examines the stories, surprises, struggles and successes in "The Games: A Global History of the Olympics." With dashes of history, politics, ethnicity and popular culture, the well-respected sportswriter-author shows us how far the Olympics have come, and what the games' future might hold.

The first air conditioning unit used to cool the U.S. House of Representatives      The Washington Times

A legacy of hot air

This is the time of year that tries men's souls in the District of Columbia -- when the summer patriot hopes that the town's heat wave won't spring eternal. But it appears that August will set more records for the capital city.

Illustration on the need for Hillary to rest by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Pause the campaign, Hillary needs a rest

This political campaign has already become too long and too arduous for the campaigners and the voters alike. Dare I say it? Politics as practiced in America is in danger of becoming a health hazard.