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Federal Land Grab Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Grinding westerners under the federal boot

The federal government owns an estimated one-third of all the land in the United States. But this is only a rough estimate, because even the federal government does not actually know how much land it controls.

Illustration on the contrasting media coverage of Hillary and Trump by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

The apoplectic liberals

- The Washington Times

Is it journalistic malpractice to quote each side of the argument and leave it to readers to draw their own conclusions?

A study in nuclear contrast

Astudy in contrast: North Korea is killing itself to get an atomic bomb; Kazakhstan is rich because it gave its nukes away.

Charlotte police encountering protesters earlier in the week.           Associated Press photo

A riot that dares not speak its name

- The Washington Times

Charlotte is the conversation we’re getting about race in America, with rioting, death and looting, encouraged by the noise of the mob, the purple rhetoric of certain newspapers, bloody mayhem on the television screen, and encouragement, no doubt unintended, by the president of the United States. It’s a carnival out there, but not much conversation.

Illustration on two possible economic futures by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Liars, statistics and politics

This presidential season Americans have been treated to the usual outrageous campaign promises and extraordinary candidate alibis about past transgressions, but those pale in comparison to claims about gains in family incomes served up by the Obama administration last week.

Fifteen years after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks 2,976 American flags were displayed in memory of each person who died. Families of the victims say they have waited long enough and want legislation granting them the right to sue Saudi officials who they say are culprits. (Associated Press)

Americanism over transnationalism

Throughout this presidential campaign we’ve heard many liberals and neoconservatives carp against the nationalism espoused by Donald Trump and condemn how nationalism continues to resonate among tens of millions of regular Americans. Elitists and media messengers likewise express horror when Mr. Trump announces that in all matters, be they domestic or foreign, his policy and attitude will be “America first.”

Illustration on Obama's exit before the consequences by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

War clouds are gathering

This summer, President Obama was often golfing. Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump were promising to let the world be. The end of summer seemed sleepy, the world relatively calm.

FILE - In this Jan. 19, 2016 file photo, handguns are displayed at the Smith & Wesson booth at the Shooting, Hunting and Outdoor Trade Show in Las Vegas. Nearly two-thirds of Americans expressed support for stricter gun laws, according to an Associated Press-GfK poll released Saturday, July 23, 2016. A majority of poll respondents oppose banning handguns. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)

Why millennials are skeptical of gun control

For the mediaocracy and pundit class, determining the opinions of millennials on all sorts of topics is the great 21st-century parlor game. And it seems that nothing confuses them more — or upsets them, for that matter — than when forced to confront millennial attitudes about guns.

Illustration on Obama Cabinet members violations of the Hatch Act by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Partisan politics in the Cabinet

The Obama administration repeatedly allows senior officials to unlawfully meddle in politics without being held accountable. In just the latest incident, Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Julian Castro in July was found to have violated a law designed to ensure that federal officials work on behalf of all Americans, not their political party.

Oklahoma Justice Reform Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Modernizing the justice system

As governor of Oklahoma, I’ve seen first-hand the profound impact incarceration has had on our families, children, communities and state.

Friendly Octopus Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Old friends and presidential politics

Sitting at a bar on the outskirts of Pittsburgh before a reunion party for the class of 1959 of a nearby suburban high school, I heard the same thing from two people entering the restaurant: “Um, these people are really old. Are you sure we’re at the right reunion?”

Red Tape Attack on Coatings Industry Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Rolling out the red tape

Here’s one thing everyone can agree on: Federal regulatory and international tax policy implications can be as exciting as, well, watching paint dry.

Illustration on 800 persons being granted citizenship rather than deportation by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

The U.S. immigration system in chaos

Germans proving they’re not sheeple are rejecting their mass-immigration-promoting ruling party in elections. The U.S. immigration system, in chaos, “mistakenly” gives citizenship to 800 immigrants ordered deported. Two foreign-born Islamists go on terror rampages in the United States.

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Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton pauses while speaking at a rally at Johnson C. Smith University, in Charlotte, N.C., Thursday, Sept. 8, 2016. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

How Hillary Clinton's economic plan won't work

What makes America an economically ingenious place is the competitive federalism model set forth by our Founding Fathers. They established our nation as the world's largest ever free trade zone in which 50 states competing for jobs and people with varying economic and fiscal policies.

U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran, R-Miss. **FILE (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

A Washington fish story

The catfish is a tasty critter that long ago outlived a less than glorious reputation. The Native American catfish is a sluggard that lives in the bayous and rivers of the Deep South, eager to suck up whatever moves among the tin cans, bottles and accumulated trash on the bottom of the stream (and not to be confused with "catfish" who swim through the internet in pursuit of gamier prey).

Illustration on the current plague of heroin use by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Drug deaths in flyover country

Anne Arundel County, Maryland is an outer suburb of Washington and Baltimore. Formerly, the County Police had a billboard outside their headquarters in Millersville that listed the dead and injured in county auto accidents on a year-to-date basis. The billboard is still there but now it reads "Anne Arundel County Heroin Overdose Awareness." As of late August, the overdoses were 536 and the "Lives Lost" were 78, year-to-date.

Don't sit on the sidelines this election

Donald Trump was not my first choice for Republican presidential candidate. He was not even my 10th choice. I have made the decision not to vote for him. But the current Democratic administration has left our country and the world worse off than we were eight years ago.

Cyber Security Threat Against Elections Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

It matters who counts the votes

The statement, "The people who cast the votes decide nothing. The people who count the votes decide everything" is usually attributed to the late Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin. Whoever said it, that thought is probably in the mind of Russian President Vladimir Putin as November 8 approaches.

BOOK REVIEW: 'August 1914: France, the Great War and a Month that Changed the World Forever'

More than half a century ago, American historian Barbara Tuchman wrote "The Guns of August," which won her kudos from President Kennedy on. Such micro history was less common in those days, although there is no arguing with the pivotal nature of that eponymous month, which although less than a decade and a half into the 20th century, spawned the multitudinous horrors which made that epoch one of the bloodiest ever.

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton waves after leaving an apartment building Sunday, Sept. 11, 2016, in New York. Clinton's campaign said the Democratic presidential nominee left the 9/11 anniversary ceremony in New York early after feeling "overheated." (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

No more coasting

Hillary Clinton, who once thought she could coast down Pennsylvania Avenue to the White House, has a new view and a new strategy. She has to remind everyone that Donald Trump is mean, egotistical, and nuts, and persuade them that he shouldn't be allowed anywhere near the Oval Office and all those knobs, switches and buttons that could dispatch half the world to dark oblivion.

Zap Zika

Why spray dangerous chemicals to kill mosquitoes? The chemicals might harm humans or other animals. My hometown was close to swamps. My community sprayed to control mosquitoes. But that did not seem to work. The mosquito problem finally went away when everyone in the neighborhood got a bug zapper.

Right to prosper

The National Right to Work Committee has called attention to the fact that right-to-work states enjoy a higher standard of living than do non-right-to-work states. Independent studies show that families in right-to-work states have, on average, greater after-tax income and purchasing power than families living in non-right-to-work states.

Convince Clinton on Iran

While I believe we should vote for Independent presidential candidate Evan McMullin, we should nevertheless make a suggestion to Hillary Clinton in the event she becomes president.

Deporting Illegal Immigrants Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Interfering with immigration laws

- The Washington Times

"Since 2013 alone, the Obama administration has allowed 300,000 criminal aliens to return back into United States communities. These are individuals encountered or identified by ICE, but who were not detained or processed for deportation because it wouldn't have been politically correct."

Capitol Hill staffer Tonya Williams of Washington, D.C. plays with her newborn pug on the east side of the U.S. Capitol Building, Washington, D.C., Tuesday, July 29, 2014. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

Quackery by the lame ducks

Conservatives are rightly apprehensive about the prospect of yet another lame-duck congressional session after the November elections. Republican and Democratic leaders are said to be conspiring to punt on budget, economic and social policy decisions until after voters have cast their ballots.

The Idaho Correctional Center is shown south of Boise, Idaho, operated by Corrections Corporation of America.  (AP Photo/Charlie Litchfield, File)

Fixing what's wrong in prison

Nearly everyone — Republicans and Democrats, liberals and conservatives — has concluded that the nation's criminal justice system is not working. But nobody has figured out how to fix it, or even to summon the energy to try. The government locks up many who shouldn't be in prison, does little to prepare them to re-enter society when they get out and everyone wonders why so many freed prisoners return to the Big House.

Criminal Justice Reform in Pennsylvania Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Where a humane correctional system thrives

While dozens of states across the country have moved forward with bipartisan-supported criminal justice reforms, Pennsylvania holds a unique place in this effort as the birthplace of the movement.

Nancy Pelosi (Associated Press)

The Clinton campaign's plea for Republican mercy

- The Washington Times

Nancy Pelosi, trying to choke back panic as the presidential race tightens and concern grows over Hillary Clinton's obviously fragile health, has appealed to Paul Ryan's sense of gallantry. The little lady needs a little help. She begs him not to "let" his party use anything damaging to the Democrats that turns up in emails hacked from Democratic email servers. And no talk about Hillary's health either.