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Constitutional Change in Turkey Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

What Turkey’s referendum reveals

The outcome of the Turkish vote on constitutional changes, notwithstanding lingering allegations of fraud, represents further evidence of a crumbling global status quo.

Catching Illegal Voters Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Protecting the right to vote

A jury of 10 women and two men in Tarrant County, Texas, found Rosa Ortega guilty of voting illegally and sentenced her to eight years in jail.

Illustration on the Trump dollar by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Donald Trump’s dollar

President Donald Trump’s assertion this week that the “dollar is getting too strong” led to a sharp decline in the value of the greenback.

Illustration on the true intent of the Muslim Brotherhood by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Earning its terrorist designation

In an April 11 Brookings Institution report titled “Is the Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist organization?” senior fellow Shadi Hamid states that the Trump administration’s proposed designation of the Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist group “could have significant consequences for the U.S., the Middle East, and the world.”

Bill O'Reilly (Associated Press)

The high price of Fox hunting

- The Washington Times

The famous bimbo eruptions are back (as if they had ever really gone away), and for once Bubba appears to be in the clear. No new accusations of rude behavior have been lodged against him.

Illustration on a poll-driven view of America by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Misleading polls and fake news

Newscasts continue to be filled with references to polling numbers that suggest President Trump and his policies are deeply unpopular, and that the American people overwhelmingly oppose the actions taken by America’s 45th president during his first 100 days in office.

The Non-biodegradable Plastic Bottle Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

How an overreaching FTC attacks the environment

The proliferation of plastic on land and in our oceans — plastic that can take hundreds of years to biodegrade — is among the most serious environmental issues in the world. As a consumer, wouldn’t you want to know about a plastic bottle that biodegraded in significantly less time?

Illustration on Trump's first 100 days by William Brown/Tribune Content Agency

The president’s ongoing challenges

The Trump administration is still in the throes of getting its foreign policy act together, expressing conflicting messages on Russia, Syria and other troubles abroad as it nears the 100th day of his presidency.

Theresa May (The Washington Times illustration)

With unexpected crackle and snap, Theresa May becomes Theresa Will

Prime Minister Theresa May is giving herself a new identity. Suddenly she’s no longer “Theresa Maybe,” showing her mettle by moving toward Margaret Thatcher’s politics of the bold and unexpected. She still has a way to go to transform that mettle into the steel of the Iron Lady, but she may be on her way.

North Korean school girls react upon seeing their photograph being taken as they walk along Mirae Scientists Street on Wednesday, April 19, 2017, in Pyongyang, North Korea. Tensions have spiked in recent weeks over North Korea's advancing nuclear technology and missile arsenal. But in Pyongyang, where war would mean untold horrors, few people seem to care much at all. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)

What next with North Korea?

There was a moment at Press Secretary Sean Spicer’s White House briefing Monday that was significant. Asked by a reporter about North Korea’s missile launch last weekend, Mr. Spicer said the administration was aware of the launch and that “it failed.” End of story. Next question, please.

A woman collecting money for charity stands next to a quote written on an information board at Tower Hill underground train station, written in defiance of the previous day's attack in London, Thursday, in this March 23, 2017, file photo. On Wednesday, a man went on a deadly rampage, first driving a car into pedestrians then stabbing a police officer to death before being fatally shot by police within Parliament's grounds in London. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham) ** FILE **

Charity keeps America free

- The Washington Times

President Donald Trump’s senior advisers, deep in the weeds of tax reform, are reportedly looking at ways to save the middle class by placing more financial responsibilities on the shoulders of the wealthy — and part of the plan being discussed is to limit the level of deductions charitable organizations can take. This is the wrong way to go.

Emergence of Redneck Porn Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Redneck porn

The 20th century gave us a good many new literary genres. Modernism, Futurism, Dadaism. Later on there was Post-modernism, Structuralism, Deconstruction. And now there’s a new literary genre: Redneck Porn.

Illustration on progressivism and government by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Apocalyptic liberalism

Shortly after the 2008 election, President Obama’s soon-to-be chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel, infamously declared, “You never let a serious crisis go to waste.”

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People watch a TV news program showing a file image of the USS Carl Vinson aircraft carrier at Seoul Railway Station in Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday, April 12, 2017. North Korea's parliament convened Tuesday amid heightened tensions on the divided peninsula, with the United States and South Korea conducting their biggest-ever military exercises and the USS Carl Vinson aircraft carrier heading to the area in a show of American strength. The signs read "The USS Carl Vinson aircraft carrier changes route". (AP Photo/Ahn Yooung-joon)

Calculating the threat from North Korea

"The land of the morning calm" is anything but that. The ancient Korean name for the divided peninsula is belied by the tension simmering for nearly 70 years, enlivened with frequent bursts of cross-border invective and sometimes violence.

Illegals' crime rate 100 percent

This week Attorney General Jeff Sessions directed 94 U.S. attorneys to enforce human-smuggling laws, as well as identity-theft-related and Social-Security-related fraud. (The chief actuary of the Social Security Administration has said that some 75 percent of working illegal aliens use false Social Security numbers).

People with Asian community organizations from Chicago hold signs to protest after Sunday's confrontation where David Dao, 69, of Elizabethtown, Ky., was removed from a United Airlines airplane by Chicago airport police at O'Hare International Airport, during rally near United's counter at the airport's Terminal 1 in Chicago on Tuesday, April 11, 2017. (Chris Sweda/Chicago Tribune via AP)

United's passenger flap sparks foreign fury

- The Washington Times

United Airlines, already under the gun from angry social media posters who saw its security-guard ousting of a passenger as an uncalled-for manhandling, is now facing fury from Vietnam. Why? Turns out, the guy who was dragged down the aisle, David Dao, was not from China, as initially assumed.

Hillary Clinton will be honored with Planned Parenthood's "Champion of the Century Award" at an event in New York City on May 2, 2017. (Twitter, Planned Parenthood) ** FILE **

Hillary Clinton's revenge tour and Nikki Haley's ascent

Hillary Clinton has emerged from the woods determining that her election loss is everyone's fault but her own. But even more surprising was that Donald Trump colluding with the Russians was suddenly no longer the main culprit; no, now it was hatred of women that fueled her loss. But this was no ordinary misogyny, it was the fault of women in particular who apparently hate other women. Or something.

Illustration on tax time by Paul Tong/Tribune Content Agency

Tortuous tales of 1040 taxes

If you're about to spend some eight to 22 hours to prepare your federal income tax Form 1040 (that's the range the Internal Revenue Service and experts estimate) before the April 18 deadline, well, good luck. Remember what genius Albert Einstein said: "The hardest thing in the world to understand is the income tax." And if you need more solace from the past to sustain you in the task, here's a smorgasbord of famous and not-so-famous insights.

Illustration on stopping anti-Semitism by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Stopping anti-Semitic bigotry

Historically, Americans' response to hate speech has been more speech. The focus has been on defeating bigotry in the marketplace of ideas and to leave government out of the struggle. This model has guided the approaches of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) and other human and civil rights nongovernmental organizations.

Illustration on President Trump's non-ideological motives for acting in Syria by Alexandr Hunter/The Washington Times

A non-ideological president

It looks like former Obama administration National Security Adviser Susan Rice will get a reprieve. With all the hullabaloo from last week's military action by President Trump in Syria's -- do we call it Syria's civil war or a massacre? -- it now appears Ms. Rice's mishandling of surveillance is going to subside from the headlines temporarily. Well, her mishandling of surveillance on the Trump team can wait. What Mr. Trump did last week in public was historic. He changed his mind.

Illustration on the questions over further action in Syria by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

A sudden Syrian stumbling block

Up until about a week ago, we saw the beginnings of the new "America First" approach to national security that Donald Trump had promised during the campaign and which had helped win him the presidency. In Syria, cooperation with Russia had begun to target the Islamic State, al Qaeda, and other embodiments of "radical Islamic terrorism," which President Trump has sworn to destroy.

Revisionist History in Lithuania Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Surmounting Lithuania's Holocaust past

Since its independence from the Soviet Union, an arduous and painful process in itself, Lithuania has gone to great lengths to take its place among the democracies of Europe. Securing both NATO and European Union membership are included in the tangible acts the nation has taken on the road to obtaining its place in the current world order.

Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch listens as President Donald Trump speaks in the Rose Garden of the White House White House in Washington, Monday, April 10, 2017, before a public swearing-in ceremony for Gorsuch. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

A moral victory, but a strategic defeat

With Neil Gorsuch's nomination for the Supreme Court, liberals accepted moral victory in exchange for strategic defeat. They forced a fight they could not win and thereby surrendered a better chance of victory later. In contrast to limited rewards from moral victories, liberals will discover that returns on strategic defeats are anything but limited.

Dawning of the 'Age of Aquariums'

You can see it in aquariums. Anyone who has kept tropical fish knows that in a large, "mixed" tank where several varieties are thrown together, the newly "integrated" fish tend to resegregate as quickly as possible and as thoroughly as space and opportunity permit. Zebra fish hang out with other zebra fish, guppies cluster with fellow guppies, bottom feeders continue to feed on the bottom and "kissing gouramis" only kiss each other.

Trump like all the rest

Donald Trump promised us prosperity and security, but now has us on the brink of war with Russia, China, North Korea and Iran. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson claims that the United States is ready to use its military to punish any massacre of civilians anywhere in the world. The U.S. military recently killed more than 200 civilians in a bombing raid on Iraq March 17, which is approximately twice the number of people killed by the April 4 Syrian airstrike. President Trump suspects the attack in Syria was chemical, but it may have been a toxic gas cloud created by the destruction of a chemical-weapons manufacturing facility controlled by rebel forces. There is no hard proof that Syrian leader Bashar Assad is responsible for using chemical weapons.

Seek charges against Syria, Russia

The Russians are very advanced in their ability to wage war in nuclear, biological and chemical environments. The Syrian air force likely possesses similar capabilities, possibly in older, Soviet versions. Substantial decontamination facilities are probably present near the chemical-weapons storage areas, as well as the flight line.

FILE - In this July 8, 2015, file photo, United Airlines and United Express planes prepare to takeoff at George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston. After a man is dragged off a United Express flight on Sunday, April 9, 2017, United Airlines becomes the butt of jokes online and on late-night TV. Travel and public-relations experts say United has fumbled the situation from the start, but its impossible to know if the damage is temporary or lasting. Air travelers are drawn to the cheapest price no matter the name on the plane. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, FIle)

The unfriendly skies

One man's misery can be another man's meat, and business-school students looking for a lesson in how not to turn a manageable crisis into an uncontrolled public-relations catastrophe will owe United Airlines a debt for years to come.

FILE - In this April 22, 2015 file photo, a member of the Baltimore Police Department stands guard outside of the department's Western District police station as men hold their hands up in protest during a march for Freddie Gray in Baltimore. In a city that became emblematic of police abuse, excessive force and callous treatment of young black men, Baltimore's mayor and commissioner say they are eager and ready to change not only the culture of law enforcement, but the practice. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

The violent legacy of Freddie Gray

Healing is preferable to hurting but much harder to achieve. That's the lesson in Baltimore two years after the death of Freddie Gray, whose death in police custody set off riots and mayhem. Faced with a choice between escalating crime and aggressive policing, the city has spurned the advice of the Trump administration and stuck with a strategy that promises more pain and heartbreak.