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The swamp strikes back

- The Washington Times

A lot of snakes and scorpions live with the alligators in the swamp, and there are even more dangerous monsters there. No swamp creature is deadlier than a Washington lawyer.

Illustration on the border wall and security by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Beyond the good news of the wall

Based upon President Trump’s promise to secure the U.S. Border with Mexico, illegal immigration plummeted during the first half of 2017. In the first three months of his presidency, illegal border crossings fell by nearly 75 percent from that of the previous year and represented a historic low in the modern history of the Border Patrol. What President Trump accomplished is nothing short of a miracle, but he can’t continue to do it alone. Border security is not the sole responsibility of the White House; it’s also the responsibility of Congress.

Turkey and NATO Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

NATO alliance helping dictators

President Trump found NATO wanting. Then true to form, he acted like a CEO, not a president, serving notice that things had to change, or else. The “or else” he left undefined, creating angst among politicians and policy elites who, sensing their own failures, chose to focus on his manners not his message. Mr. Trump’s poor political decorum notwithstanding, his policy judgment is right. NATO has to change.

Amazon Busts Through the Bricks and Mortar Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Embracing disruption and reinvention

In every age, civilizations embrace technologies that disrupt the status quo. Amazon and its internet brethren may be menacing to brick and mortar establishments but only because they make our lives richer and easier — and there is nothing new about engineers and entrepreneurs doing that.

FILE - In this Dec. 1, 2016, file photo, President-elect Donald Trump greets workers during a visit to the Carrier Corp. factory in Indianapolis. More than 300 Carrier Corp. workers were being laid off Thursday, July 20, 2017, from the company's Indianapolis factory as part of an outsourcing of jobs to Mexico that drew criticism last year from then-presidential candidate Donald Trump. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

The benefit of putting health care aside

“It ain’t over till it’s over,” Yogi Berra said in his famous aphorism about losing. And that may eventually apply to the Republicans’ failed attempt to “repeal and replace” President Obama’s Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as Obamacare.

President Donald Trump listens during a "Made in America," roundtable event in the East Room of the White House, Wednesday, July 19, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Trump facing most hostile press coverage in history

Over and over again, I, and many others, have stated that President Donald Trump has received the most hostile press coverage of any sitting president in U.S. history. Democrats laughed and claimed that former President Barack Obama was treated worse, but the facts don’t lie.

Illustration contrasting Trump supporters and opponents by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

The great American divide

You could call it the tale of two election reflections, two competing points of view, two American perceptions of out-of-focus reality. Two important liberal voices “looked back” this week at the November election to try to figure out how and why Donald Trump, whom “everybody” despised and “nobody” wanted to win, actually did.

Illustration on government overspending by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Porking out with your money

Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW), a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization working to eliminate governmental waste and fraud, just released its “2017 Congressional Pig Book,” an annual publication highlighting wasteful government spending that should embarrass each and every member of Congress.

The Capitol in Washington is quiet after lawmakers departed the for the Independence Day recess, Friday, June 30, 2017. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) ** FILE **

Republicans, thy name is mud

- The Washington Times

Republicans, as a party, are reeling at their most recent failure — an epic one — regarding repeal-replace Obamacare. Stumbling seems to be Republicans’ new mode of transportation. What’s insanely angering about it is they’re stumbling over their own roadblocks.

Illustration on the homicidal spirit behind police killings by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Why the war on cops is a war on all of us

As a writer, I’ve gone out on patrol with police officers, accompanied narcotics squads on drug raids, observed detectives investigating murders and other crimes, and I’ve interviewed police commanders and commissioners in station houses and police headquarters.

Illustration of Vladimir Putin by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Putin’s playthings

About a year ago, Donald Trump Jr. met with a mysterious Russian lawyer, Natalia Veselnitskaya. Mr. Trump Jr. was purportedly eager to receive information that could damage Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign.

Lawyers' Gift from the CFPB Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

A consumer bureau gift to trial lawyers

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), the arm of the government supposedly looking out for the interests of consumers, has trampled on consumers to deliver Christmas in July for the trial lawyers.

Illustration on the BNP and terrorism in Bangladesh by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Terrorism in Bangladesh under the guise of politics

The western media and several otherwise well-intentioned nongovernmental organizations routinely criticize Bangladesh for taking actions against leaders of the country’s main opposition party, the Bangladesh Nationalist Party, or BNP. They assume that accusing opposition party members with crimes is automatically undemocratic and undermines the rule of law.

This undated file photo shows writer George Orwell, author of "1984." (AP Photo, File)

Weaponizing language and communication

Fake news has become known for being a false story, gossip or even lies promulgated by the legacy media. We know what our news media establishment often delivers is nothing more than opinion masquerading as news. That in itself is a huge problem. We’re all learning about how to recognize it and how seriously to take it, if at all.

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Illustration on the development of North Korean nuclear weapons by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Mileposts on the road to a North Korean missile

Unless they are wasting a lot of the taxpayers' money, presumably the allied intelligence community knows a lot about Chinese-North Korean missile cooperation.

Reversing the rout in our readiness

With overall federal budget expanding steadily year after year, you'd think not one category of spending has had to suffer. Surely everything that can be funded has all the money it could want or need -- and then some.

Illustration on the CBO by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Notoriously inaccurate

The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) projected that 21 million people would be enrolled in the Obamacare insurance exchanges by 2016, back when the bill was voted on in 2010. The actual number turned out to be about 10 million -- the projection being off by more than 100 percent.

Pakistani Snakes Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Pakistan's long history of duplicity

The United States has many complex foreign relationships. Being the world's only superpower requires dealing with the good, the bad and the ugly of nation-states. The good are obvious.

Giving the early champions of individual freedom their due

Sen. Mike Lee of Utah, a former federal prosecutor who serves on several key Senate committees and chairs the Senate Steering Committee, is also author of "Our Lost Constitution: The Willful Subversion of America's Founding Document."

No 'right' to other people's money

It seems a day does not go by without liberal Democrats proclaiming everyone has a "right" to health care. Their vitriol runs on high octane anytime a proposal is made to bring about a more market-based, patient-friendly system. Changes, they always claim, infringe on this "right."

War prevented?

When the recent Trump-Putin meeting ran overtime, first lady Melania Trump, at the request of "U.S. officials," tried to break it up and failed. The two men enjoyed a full exchange of views. Perhaps this will be conducive to world peace.

FILE - In this Saturday, July 8, 2017, file photo, U.S. President Donald Trump, left, and Chinese President Xi Jinping arrive for a meeting on the sidelines of the G-20 Summit in Hamburg, Germany. The United States apologized for mistakenly describing Xi as the leader of Taiwan, China said Monday, July 10, 2017. Chinese scholars said the mistake shows a lack of competence in the White House that is not conducive to healthy U.S.-China relations. (Saul Loeb/Pool Photo via AP, File)

Resisting election integrity

One verity that all Americans, even in Washington, can agree on is that the integrity of elections is essential to the prosperity and survival of the republic. The point has been hammered home by an endless stream of charges that Russia interfered with the 2016 presidential election that put Donald Trump in the White House and sent Hillary Clinton into the wilderness.

Rwanda's President, Paul Kagame, center, Israel's President Reuven Rivlin right, and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu pose for a photo at the President's residence in Jerusalem, Monday, July 10, 2017. (AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner)

The one-state solution

For a half century, negotiating a relationship between the Jews of Israel and the Muslim and Christian Arabs of Palestine has been a major diplomatic preoccupation. But without finding the formula, reality is wiping away the concept of two states in the old British definition of Palestine.

U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham right, speaks during a press conference at the Resolute Support headquarters in Kabul, Afghanistan, Tuesday, July 4, 2017. Sen. Elizabeth Warren is seen left. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul) ** FILE **

Lindsey Graham bares anti-Trump teeth, blasts prez's 'dumbest idea'

- The Washington Times

Sen. Lindsey Graham bared some sharp teeth against President Donald Trump during a recent television news interview, calling out the commander-in-chief for his "dumbest idea" on working with Russia on cybersecurity. Why do Republicans -- make that, elitist, entrenched Republicans -- always have to jump to the forefront of criticizing and condemning this president on national TV?

Illustration on drone regulation by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Drones and federalism

Last week, drone industry executives told President Trump they needed more regulation, not less, before they could expand further -- a man-bites-dog story if ever there was one. But the answer isn't to keep waiting on Washington. It's to make use of one of our nation's founding principles: federalism.

Trump's Middle East Red Line Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

A new red line for Trump

In August 2012, President Obama declared a "red line" against Syrian use of chemical weapons. He said, "We have communicated in no uncertain terms with every player in the region that that's a red line for us and that there would be enormous consequences if we start seeing movement on the chemical weapons front or the use of chemical weapons."

Smiley Reactor Towers Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Why the Greens hate nuclear power

Let's stretch our imaginations for a moment and assume that the left is right that global warming will bring apocalyptic warming by the end of the century and that the only way to save the planet from extinction is to stop using fossil fuels right now. That will be a spectacular disruption to world economic prosperity because cheap fossil fuels account for about two-thirds of all electric power generation and at least 80 percent of transportation fuel.

Illustration on the relevance of the Ten Commandments by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

The separation of church and insanity

I've never met Michael Reed. But I believe he should be memorialized in a significant way. By smashing his car into the newly erected Ten Commandments monument at the Arkansas State Capitol building June 28, Michael became a kind of iconic symbol for millions of Americans now living in a post-Christian culture.