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In this Monday, Feb. 16, 2015, file photo, a man is comforted by others as he mourns over Egyptian Coptic Christians who were captured in Libya and killed by militants affiliated with the Islamic State group, outside of the Virgin Mary church in the village of el-Aour, near Minya, 220 kilometers (135 miles) south of Cairo, Egypt. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar, File)

Ramadan’s here — let the killing begin

- The Washington Times

It’s Ramadan, and for followers of Islam the world over, the monthlong celebration of their prophet’s unveiling of the Koran means fasting, spiritual introspection — and apparently, murder, mayhem and bloody attacks against infidels. That’s not polite to say, of course. But it can’t help but be noticed.

France's President Emmanuel Macron. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

The easy riders take a fall at the summit

- The Washington Times

With not much going on at the G-7 summit, and everyone waiting for Donald Trump to say whether he would abandon one of his most fervent campaign promises, social media could turn its attention to the trifling, the piddling and the picayune. People magazine might not have been there, but Bloomberg News got the skinny:

Chart to accompany Rahn article of May 30, 2017

Wrong questions, wrong measures

Which portion of government spending provides little or no value? The president just released his budget proposal, and the predictable chorus of complaints immediately began from those who want more spending for “whatever.”

Illustration on the federal government's sad history regarding the hiring of veterans by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

A history of excluding veterans

As The Washington Times reported earlier this month, the U.S. Office of Special Counsel, a government watchdog, found that the Obama Justice Department had discriminated against veterans by canceling job announcements and then rewriting position descriptions to exclude veterans, presumably to hire the candidate they originally wanted.

President Donald Trump, center, talks with Jane Horton, right, at the Memorial Amphitheater in Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va., Monday, May 29, 2017, after speaking at a Memorial Day ceremony. Horton's husband Army Spc. Christopher Horton, was killed in Afghanistan in 2011. Also in attendance is White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

‘America First’ — certified

On Inauguration Day, President Trump declared: “From this day forward, it’s going to be only America first.” Since then, he has repeatedly committed to “delivering for the American worker” — the working-class voter who propelled him to the White House.

Illustration on Memorial Day by M. Ryder/Tribune Content Agency

Showing America’s gratitude

Orderly rows of white headstones line national cemeteries throughout our country. Each bears a name and behind that is a story of sacrifice. Today, a grateful nation remembers, but there is more we can do.

Illustration on remembering the sacrifices of U.S. Special Operators by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Why special operators’ families must be remembered

Memorial Day is set aside for us to remember those who have fallen in defense of our country. This year’s observance should remind us that too many of us pay too little attention to the war that erupted on 9/11 in which Americans are still fighting, and sometimes dying, in many places around the world.

President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump walk from Marine One across the South Lawn to the White House in Washington, Saturday, May 27, 2017, as they return from Sigonella, Italy. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

No, Trump didn’t cause Obamacare to fail

It’s finally official. Obamacare is a public policy flop of epic proportions. That’s the only possible conclusion from the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas City announcement last week that it will drop out of many markets in Kansas and Missouri.

Karen Clarkson, of Fairbanks, Alaska, kneels and cries at the grave of her son U.S. Army Sergeant Joel Clarkson on Memorial Day at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va., Monday, May 28, 2012. (Rod Lamkey Jr/The Washington Times)

The bitter history of Memorial Day

It used to be called Decoration Day and was observed on May 30. Today it’s commonly known as Memorial Day and is celebrated on the last Monday in May, mostly to give Americans a long weekend. But it used to be a solemn remembrance of the nation’s war dead — by decorating graves with spring flowers.

Former US President Barack Obama is awarded the German Media Prize 2016 in Baden-Baden, Germany, Thursday, May 25, 2017.(AP Photo/Michael Probst)

The latest news from the president in exile

- The Washington Times

The government in exile — the real one, according to the media — has had a busy week at home and abroad. “President Obama” has given up leading from behind and presumes now to lead from overseas. His secretary of state has a new mission, as missionary to the safe places where snowflakes fall.

Illustration on Obama's Labor Board legacy by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Ending the Obama labor board majority

Elections have consequences, or at least they are supposed to. Unfortunately for the rights of independent workers who don’t want to associate with a labor union, more than 100 days have passed since Barack Obama left office, but the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) remains in the hands of an Obama majority intent on pushing the limits of Big Labor’s forced unionism powers. It doesn’t need to be that way.

Illustration on Confederate soldiers buried in Arlington Cemetery by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Memorial Day must honor all of America’s fallen

As president of the American Veterans Center, the organization that produces the National Memorial Day Parade in Washington D.C., I am sometimes questioned as to why we include Confederate reenactors in our timeline of American military history.

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Illustration on the need for a U.S. revamp of it's nuclear missile capability in a changed world by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Revamping America's nuclear posture

The nuclear weapons world has just changed for the fourth time. We're in a new world, and new policies and actions are required.

Illustration on Hillary Clinton's claim that Russian interference led to her defeat by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

The Russians have come

While contemplating the Democrats' agitated preoccupation with the Russians' intrusion into our 2016 presidential election, many thoughts occur. However, the salient thought for me, engendered by our Democratic friends' anti-Russian rhetoric, is that many years ago, during the early stages of the Cold War, the John Birch Society tried to warn us.

FILE - This May 14, 2017, file photo distributed by the North Korean government shows the "Hwasong-12," a new type of ballistic missile at an undisclosed location in North Korea. North Korea on Monday, May 15, 2017 boasted it successfully launched a new type of "medium long-range" ballistic rocket that can carry a heavy nuclear warhead, an escalation of its nuclear program. Independent journalists were not given access to cover the event depicted in this photo. (Korean Central News Agency/Korea News Service via AP, File)

Recognizing the threat from Latin America

Two weeks ago, federal and local government officials, law enforcement and first responders in Washington, D.C. and New York City participated in scheduled exercises, a simulation of a "complex coordinated terror attack." One scenario included a nuclear incident on a major U.S. metropolitan area. Some news outlets linked this effort to heightened concerns about North Korea. However, closer to home, more pertinent developments went virtually unnoticed.

Illustration of Emmanuel Macron by M. Ryder/Tribune Content Agency

Macron's narrow window for reforming France

Liberal internationalists heralded Emmanuel Macron's landslide in the French presidential election as a nearly decisive victory for their globalist vision over populist sentiments rippling through Europe and symbolized by Brexit and Donald Trump -- they shouldn't.

Kim Jong-un Missile Mouth Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

China plays the North Korea nuclear card

The provocative actions by North Korea over the past three months since President Trump took office should not come as a surprise. In his campaign for the presidency, candidate Donald Trump repeatedly criticized the Obama administration for failing to take stronger action against China's illegal actions in the South China Sea.

Over-Taxed Flag Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Cutting the drag of heavy corporate taxes

On Thursday, the House Ways and Means Committee will have a hearing examining how tax reform will grow our economy and create jobs.

Illustration on renewing border security by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Border security and immigration made simple

The nation-state is a relatively new idea -- scholars generally trace it back to the 17th century. It has its flaws, but has anyone come up with a better approach to world order? A nation-state enjoys sovereignty over its territory. Territories are separated by borders. Securing those borders may require barriers and controlled points of entry.

What collusion?

After months of investigations by the House, Senate and intelligence agencies, not a scintilla of evidence has surfaced that President Trump or his campaign staff colluded with Russia to win the presidential election. Still a daily cacophony of Democratic charges of collusion drowns the media. But even more remarkable is that no one has noticed the Brontosaurus in the room: Hillary Clinton said that if she were elected president she would proclaim a "no-fly zone" in Syria. That means the United States would shoot down Russian planes flying over Syria, a casus belli.

JAG not above law

I am puzzled about how retired Rear Adm. Patrick J. Lorge was coerced in 2015 by the-judge advocate general (JAG) of the Navy and her deputy (now the JAG). Rear Adm. Lorge claims they persuaded him "not to exonerate the sailor because it would be bad public relations for the Navy and hurt" his career ("Pentagon brass improperly interfered in Navy SEAL's sexual-assault case, retired admiral claims," Web, May 12). He was already scheduled to retire in 2015, so I do not see an effect on his Navy career unless they were talking about his post-retirement career or were threatening to have him retired as an O-7 instead of O-8.

Remembering the ill-fated dirigible

The 20th century history being filled with disasters, it is not surprising that we seem to be buffeted by one melancholy anniversary after another. But there are disasters and disasters, many of them like the terrible battles of World War I where hundreds of thousands died and were horribly wounded that dwarf the subject of this book.

Cadet Drew Borinstein, right, the valedictorian of the VMI Class of 2017, is congratulated after taking the oath of office as a Marine on Monday, May 15, 2017 in Lexington, Va.  In August, Borinstein's mother, brother and sister were killed in an airplane crash near Fredericksburg while on the way to watch him graduate from an officer training program. The tragedy followed the unexpected death of his father 16 months earlier. Borinstein soldiered on at VMI, completing his academic work with honors while preparing for the military.   (Stephanie Klein-Davis /The Roanoke Times via AP)  /The Roanoke Times via AP)

Sexual confusion in the colors

Patriotism is the old-fashioned path to celebrity. These days just acting out can punch the ticket to fame, if not fortune. Just ask Bradley Manning, aka Chelsea Manning, the American soldier who sold out his country, then his manhood -- not necessarily in that order — to WikiLeaks. He/she emerges from prison Wednesday through the intercession of Barack Obama, but the United States will pay the price for the treachery he/she flaunted if the military risks a repeat.

President Donald Trump watches Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan depart the White House in Washington, Tuesday, May 16, 2017. The White House defended Trump's disclosure of classified information to senior Russian officials as "wholly appropriate," as Trump tried to beat back criticism from fellow Republicans and calm international allies increasingly wary about sharing their secrets with the new president. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Settling the voter-fraud debate

President Trump made good last week on a promise to create a Presidential Commission on Election Integrity, and surely this was a promise kept that everyone could applaud. Who but cheats and frauds doesn't like clean elections? Who doesn't want his vote to count, and his vote not be canceled by someone ineligible to cast a ballot? This was something that would surely warm hearts at the Brennan Center for Justice and at the League of Women Voters.

President Donald Trump listens as Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan speaks in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, May 16, 2017. The White House on Tuesday defended President Donald Trump's disclosure of classified information to senior Russian officials as "wholly appropriate," as Trump tried to beat back criticism from fellow Republicans and calm international allies increasingly wary about sharing their secrets with the new president. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

How Russians helped Trump win the election is never explained

Hey, Media Matters, I'm talking to you! Help me out, here, willya'? Actually, I'll talk to anyone, listen to anyone. You'll find my email address at the bottom of this column, so hit me up. I'm asking -- no, begging -- you to write me and answer this one simple question: How did the Russians help Donald Trump become President Trump?!

Miss District of Columbia USA Kara McCullough, center, reacts with fellow contestants after she was crowned the new Miss USA during the Miss USA contest Sunday, May 14, 2017, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)

Miss USA changes tune, calls health care 'a right'

- The Washington Times

Well, that didn't last long, did it? Social media had been afire with news of the newest Miss USA, black Washington, D.C., representative Kara McCullough, and her conservative viewpoints -- most particularly, the one that went like this: Health care is not a right, but rather a privilege. Fast-forward a few short hours and her mantra now goes: Oops. My bad. I meant health care is indeed a right.

In this Feb. 5, 2016, file photo, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange speaks from the balcony of the Ecuadorean Embassy in London. Two media reports say U.S. prosecutors are preparing or closely considering charges against the anti-secrecy group WikiLeaks, including  Assange, for revealing sensitive government secrets. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth, File) **FILE**

Seth Rich, killed DNC staffer, emailed WikiLeaks? Ruh-roh

- The Washington Times

Rod Wheeler, a former homicide detective with the Washington, D.C., force -- whose face was made famous while serving as a television pundit during the O.J. Simpson trial -- offered up some interesting news about the recently murdered Democratic National Committee staffer Seth Rich that went like this: He was "absolutely" emailing WikiLeaks. Ruh-roh.