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President Trump listens as Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi speaks during a meeting in the Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington. In an eventful week of politics, Mr. Trump will need to restore his credibility so he can handle the next crisis, says Matt Mackowiak. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

President Trump will need to rebuild his credibility for the next crisis

While President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee held up superbly under long days of confirmation hearings questioning, and the administration and the House GOP leadership furiously worked to assemble votes for the Obamacare replacement bill, the scene at Monday’s House Intelligence Committee hearing verged on the truly incredible.

Illustration on the Class of '21 by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

The Class of ‘21, in hot pursuit of their Brave New World

The college Class of ‘21 is racing with caught breath and trembling fingers to check their email, pick up their snail mail, and steel themselves to read those college acceptance and rejection letters. Many schools have already dispatched congrats and regrets to thousands of applicants, and the Ivies still have a week to go before they put their letters in the mail.

Illegal Voter Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

From Free State to sanctuary state

- The Washington Times

Maryland is quite a place. The state’s voters elected a Republican governor in 2014, but control remains in the hands of the same “progressives” who enjoy veto-proof majorities in both houses of the legislature on most issues. They vote as if former Gov. and presidential wannabe Martin O’Malley is still ruling the roost in Annapolis.

Henry Sanchez, 18, is one of the students charged with rape. (Associated Press)

Maryland’s ‘safe’ environment

A rough translation of Maryland’s state motto is “Strong Deeds, Gentle Words.” In the case of a 14-year-old girl who was recently raped and sodomized in a restroom at Rockville High School by two males students, both immigrants, one facing a deportation hearing, that motto in practice has been reversed.

Illustration on the confirmation of Neil Gorsuch by M. Ryder/Tribune Content Agency

When politicians judge jurists

I have spent this past week watching the Senate Judiciary Committee interrogating U.S. Circuit Judge Neil Gorsuch. Judge Gorsuch is President Trump’s nominee to fill the vacancy on the U.S. Supreme Court.

Military Buildup House of Cards Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

The dangers of loose talk about winning wars

On several occasions, President Trump has exclaimed that America would start “winning” its wars again. Although these seemingly sensible announcements had a pleasing resonance among the many, it overlooked the obligations of serious strategic analysis.

Supreme Court Justice nominee Neil Gorsuch testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, March 22, 2017, during his confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Democrats’ blinkered look at Gorsuch

There was a remarkable exchange between Sen. Dianne Feinstein, ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, and Judge Neil Gorsuch, President Trump’s nominee to replace Justice Scalia on the Supreme Court, during Tuesday’s confirmation hearing.

Illustration on Kim's North Korea by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Trump’s pivot to North Korea

America can do anything but America can’t do everything, at least not within a four-year time frame. That suggests that the American president — any American president — needs to prioritize.

Illustration of Chuck Brunie by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Chuck Brunie, an investor exemplar

What are more important to the health of an intellectual movement, writers and academics or investors and philanthropists? That thought occurred to me when I was informed of the death of Chuck Brunie, the former longtime chairman of the board of the Manhattan Institute and the chairman emeritus of The American Spectator.

Illustration on the sixty vote threshold rule in the Senate by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

The pernicious no-debate filibuster

As habitually practiced since only the mid-1990s, by doing absolutely nothing, with almost no accountability accruing to them (using the “no-debate stealth filibuster”), the minority in the U.S. Senate can easily — and nearly always — either stop every legislative effort from even coming to the floor, or far more insidiously, sabotage it.

White House press secretary Sean Spicer speaks to the media during the daily press briefing at the White House, Tuesday, March 21, 2017, in Washington. Spicer discussed healthcare, immigration, and other topics. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Fake legal standing

The Hawaii federal court’s recent nationwide block of President Trump’s new executive order on immigration is troubling. The court’s decision turns on its head the important requirement that persons have legitimate “standing” to invoke the power of the federal courts.

Unanswered Questions in the Mideast Conflicts Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

A slippery slope in Iraq and Syria

The good news is various forces are attacking ISIS (the Islamic State) and its control of territory is weakening. But as it does, historical adversaries are converging on the battlefield and American troops are standing between them in ever-increasing numbers. What began as limited airstrikes has become an American ground presence. Changes begun in the previous administration continue in the current one.

Energy Industry Red Tape Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Declaring energy independence

The United States is about to reach a major energy milestone. A new government report predicts that the nation is on track to become a net energy exporter within the decade.

President Donald Trump speaks at the National Republican Congressional Committee March Dinner at the National Building Museum, Tuesday, March 21, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik) ** FILE **

The Trump budget and Big Bird

The liberal fainting couch continues to get a workout. Since President Trump announced his budget last week, the poor liberal base has been pummeled with hysterical headlines announcing Mr. Trump’s desire to destroy the Meals on Wheels program. Once he’s done with that, he’ll murder Big Bird. And then after that, the evil and depraved genius has figured out how to completely eradicate all the “arts” in America.

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No dice, BLM, Michael Brown was not innocent

- The Washington Times

A new documentary -- and remember, that word's been used in recent years to prove Al Gore right on climate change and Michael Moore similarly correct, that capitalism is racist -- purports to prove Michael Brown, the 18-year-old black man whose story sparked a militant national movement called Hands Up, Don't Shoot, was innocent of the crime that led to his killing.

President Donald Trump speaks in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, Friday, March 10, 2017, during a meeting on healthcare. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Russia: Hey, we met with Hillary's peeps, too

- The Washington Times

This, from Vladimir Putin's spokesman to CNN "GPS" host Fareed Zakaria, in a recent interview: "[Russia's ambassador met with] people working in think tanks advising Hillary or advising people working for Hillary."

Sen. John McCain, R-Az., places his hand over his heart, while Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin watches, after he addressed the House Veterans' Affairs Committee on Department of Veterans Affairs community care program, on Captiol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, March 7, 2017. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

John McCain, will you ever be Republican?

- The Washington Times

Sen. John McCain, the go-to guy for mainstream media members who need a Republican voice in order to claim balance and non-bias in their stories, took to CNN over the weekend to offer up some criticisms of President Donald Trump.

Chart to accompany Moore article of March 13, 2017

Why America must not go 'green'

If you listen to the media narrative on climate change and "clean energy," you'd think that the rest of the world has moved smartly and seamlessly toward 21st-century green energy, while the U.S. is the high-polluting laggard that just won't get with the program to save the planet.

Illustration on new coal technology by Linas GArsys/The Washington Times

Protecting the coal industry

Wyoming is proudly coal country. It is also a proud coal laboratory, developing advanced technologies for the nation and the world. As such, we are encouraged to hear Energy Secretary Rick Perry tout carbon capture technologies, following on President Trump's pledge to help protect our nation's vital coal industry.

Investing in Homeownership Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Taking the homeownership plunge

Whether to rent or buy a home is one of the toughest choices for young people and new arrivals to Washington or any city face these days. A recent study, published by the real estate website trulia.com, indicates most families should take the plunge.

THAAD Missiles Deploy to Hawaii Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Departure North Korea, destination Hawaii

Hidden in the Hawaiian Island experience of aloha, sandy beaches and volcanic mountains is the linchpin of America's Western defense. Prior to World War II and the attack on Pearl Harbor Hawaii was seen as the geographical sweet spot of the Pacific, key to protecting shipping lanes and much of the world's economy. After the fateful sneak attack on Dec. 7, 1941 it became even clearer; Hawaii was a paramount defense location for America's security our enemies were intent on taking out.

How the JFK assassination film became one family's albatross

For more than 50 years, the assassination of President John F. Kennedy has weighed heavily on those who lived through that somber time. In "Twenty-Six Seconds: A Personal History of the Zapruder Film," Alexandra Zapruder recounts how her grandfather, Abraham Zapruder, filmed the Kennedy assassination with his movie camera and how the film affected the nation and became an albatross to her family.

Not so paranoid after all

The latest WikiLeaks dump tells us that the CIA, everyone's favorite assemblage of spooks, can commandeer our televisions and smartphones in order to spy on us — and if discovered make the culprit appear to be not the CIA but an obese 14-year-old transgender individual in Eastern Europe ("WikiLeaks outs CIA for turning smartphones, TVs into spy cameras and audio bugs," Web, March 7).

Will GOP go the way of Democrats?

In the past few months, the party in power was thrown out and the GOP gained control of all branches of the federal government. Since the election, the Democrats, now the minority party, have been doing little more than calling the president a liar.

Arizona park open, safe to all

I wish to correct outdated information that Ian Smith included in his March 7 opinion piece "When illegals overrun U.S. national parks." Since September 2014, the public has been able to visit any area and trail in Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument and be as safe there as anywhere in America, thanks to the good work and cooperation between the National Park Service and the U.S. Border Patrol.

U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer holds up photos of anti-terrorism airport security dogs as he criticizes President Donald Trump Sunday, March 12, 2017, over proposed cuts to the Transportation Security Administration and Coast Guard that the New York Democrat says would put New York at risk, at Schumer's office in New York. The Democrat accused Trump's administration of seeking to slash important funding to free up money to fund a wall at the Mexican border. (AP Photo/Julie Walker)

Bring in the clowns

The confirmation hearings for Rod J. Rosenstein, nominated to be the deputy U.S. attorney general, have descended from the grand act of political theater promised by Sen. Chuck Schumer, the leader of the Democratic minority in the Senate, to a clown show.

More days without a woman

One clear indication of what The Washington Post calls the "harder-edged" ideology of the women who marched in Washington on "A Day Without a Woman," were the demands for rescinding what they call "the global gag rule."

President Trump on Feb. 28 at his first address to a joint session of Congress. (Associated Press/File)

President Trump's 50 embattled days toward American greatness

It's worth reflecting for one horrifying moment on how, instead of joyously marching toward freedom, we would be 50 days into a forced march toward a very different destination had Hillary Clinton won the presidency. Consider how far we have already come toward greatness in liberty compared with what we would be facing had the election turned out differently.