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The killer wind from Hurricane Donald

- The Washington Times

They said it couldn’t be done, and even if it could, Donald Trump wouldn’t be the man to do it. But a fresh wind from somewhere is blowing through the jungle where the timid, the fearful and the politically correct cower in the shade of the no-no tree.

Illustration on government regulatory obstacles to infrastructure construction by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

The national infrastructure dilemma

President-elect Donald Trump has proposed as one of his legislative priorities a $1 trillion national infrastructure program (“Trump’s infrastructure program,” Nov. 28).

Illustration on Boeing's coming future under a Trump administration by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

The art of the Boeing deal

- The Washington Times

Consider President-elect Donald Trump’s tweet threatening to cancel Boeing’s contract for Air Force One the first a shot across the bow in an upcoming battle with the aerospace company.

Illustration on Saudi Arabia's growing troubles by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Saudi Arabia’s uncertainties

OPEC member’s decision last week to cut oil output won’t help Saudi Arabia in the long term. The kingdom problems run far deeper and even at $50 a barrel, it will face a large deficit requiring more borrowing and subsidies cuts that will bring more pain on a population accustomed to easy life.

FILE - In this Nov. 19, 2016 file photo, President-elect Donald Trump walks with CKE Restaurants CEO Andy Puzder from Trump National Golf Club Bedminster clubhouse in Bedminster, N.J. Trump is expected to add another wealthy business person and elite donor to his Cabinet, with fast food executive Andrew Puzder as Labor secretary. In the background is Vice President-elect Mike Pence. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

A pro-jobs Labor Secretary

Andy Puzder knows what works and doesn’t work in the real marketplace for labor.

In this Sunday, Nov. 13, 2016, photo, a U.S. Customs and Border Patrol agents pass a section of border wall in Hidalgo, Texas. The idea of a concrete wall spanning the entire 1,954-mile southwest frontier collides head-on with multiple realities, like a looping Rio Grande, fierce local resistance, and cost. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

Taking back the border

Donald Trump may have shocked the world when he was elected president of the United States, but Latino voters proved to be an even bigger surprise. Election Day exit polling showed that Mr. Trump gained 2 percent more Latino voters than Mitt Romney did in 2012, winning a total 29 percent of 13 million Latino voters.

Illustration on the Obama legacy by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Time

Assessing the Obama legacy

In his 2016 State of the Union address, President Obama summarized his achievements. That same night, the White House issued a press release touting Mr. Obama’s accomplishments.

Choose Your Fuel at the Pump Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Rethinking the ethanol standard

President-elect Donald Trump cruised to victory promising to get rid of the mandate to buy health insurance. While he’s at it, how about getting rid of the mandate to buy ethanol?

Chattering Filibuster Teeth Unhinged Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Disabling Senate filibuster abuse

Voters might justifiably assume that having now gained control of Congress and the White House, Republicans have complete power to enact all campaign promises in the last election. But without changes to the filibuster, Senate minority Democrats can still block Republican reforms.

Europe's Recent Elections Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Europe’s epochal elections

“The novelty and magnitude of Europe’s predicament make it difficult to understand, tempting to overlook, and nearly impossible to predict. Europe marches us all into terra incognita.” That’s how I closed an article 10 years ago on the topic of Islam’s future in Europe.

The key to engaging with Hispanics

I was reminded this week of 1980, when my father — who was the founder of a national organization representing the interests of Hispanic business owners — got involved with the presidential election in order to support Ronald Reagan.

Illustration on drug use in America by M. Ryder/Tribune Content Agency

How to end America’s drug crisis

As President Trump prepares to confront multiple crises, including national security, foreign policy, and immigration, another crisis looms. It kills tens of thousands of young Americans annually, inflicting unparalleled suffering on American families.

Illustration on matching tax cuts with cuts in government spending by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

A model for making tax cuts work

Before President-elect Donald Trump has fully fleshed out his policy agenda, House Republicans are already planning to slam through Congress their own program of repealing Obamacare, repealing regulations Barack Obama issued in the last 60 legislative days of his administration, and enacting substantial tax cuts.

Hirohito Flag Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

The incomplete legacy of Pearl Harbor

After 75 years, there are still so many stories about the attack on Pearl Harbor by the Japanese on Dec. 7, 1941, including the tragic loss of more than 2,300 American servicemen, the destruction of 18 ships, the loss of over 150 aircraft and even the element of surprise on that Sunday morning.

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Living it up post-White House

It was disappointing to learn of President Obama's decision to live in Washington after his eight-year term expires in January 2017. Mr. President, may I offer Lexington, Kentucky as an alternative?

George Washington (Image: The White House) ** FILE **

George Washington's Thanksgiving Proclamation

Whereas it is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and humbly to implore His protection and favor; and -- whereas both Houses of Congress have, by their joint committee, requested me "to recommend to the people of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer, to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many and signal favors of Almighty God, especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness":

Illustration on the out of luck billionaires on the American Left by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

A wasted political environment

It's right out of "Brewster's Millions." A rich guy quickly blows through $174 million and in the end, walks away with nothing to show for it. That's the strange but true story of hedge fund billionaire-turned green activist Tom Steyer.

Illustration on the value of trade schools and vocational education by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Ending Washington's war on trade schools

President-elect Donald Trump's stunning victory on election night has sent shock waves through the higher education community. While campuses are coping with post-election protests, Mr. Trump's pledge to expand technical and vocational education can end Washington's war on trade schools and provide new avenues for practical skills education. It's a powerful first step for both the skilled labor force and the middle class.

A member of the Secret Service Uniformed Division with a K-9 walks along the perimeter fence along Pennsylvania Avenue outside the White House in Washington, Sept. 22, 2014. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

What if the government is not worth thanking?

What if on Thanksgiving Day there is more to be fearful about than there is to be thankful for? What if our political season from hell is not over but merely transformed? What if the election season through which we all just suffered is a portent of things to come?

The Broadway cast of 'Hamilton' breaks the fourth wall for Mike Pence

'That's what Freedom sounds like'

We gather together to ask the Lord's blessing, to hasten and chasten our will to partake of turkey and the fruits of the field as we imagine the pilgrims did at their first Thanksgiving in 1621. We actually know little of their menu and it may not please the traditionalists or the squeamish to learn that the early settlers were also keen on dining on swan, crane and even eagle.

KT McFarland Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

'Hamilton,' Trump and diversity

President-elect Donald Trump says Brandon Victor Dixon, the actor who currently plays Aaron Burr in the Broadway musical "Hamilton," should apologize for his tacky lecturing of Vice-President-elect Mike Pence about diversity and the "fear" of people like himself, an African-American, about a Trump-Pence administration.

The First Thanksgiving, 1621 by J.L.G. Ferris

Thanksgiving's tightrope through time

It's good that Thanksgiving evolved into a national holiday a long time ago, for the odds would be against it in today's political environment. Just reflect for a moment: Of all the major holidays (excluding the religious ones, such as Christmas, which predated America's settlement), Thanksgiving is the only one with a religious base.

BOOK REVIEW: 'Exposure'

The female tradition of novels about war and its aftermath differs from the more familiar male tradition. Women writers don't focus on soldiers and battlefields or spies and moles and checkpoints, but on the people left at home to deal with food shortages, and with bombs and sudden deaths.

Illustration on the recent behavior of the cast of Hamilton by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

'Hamilton' cast airing grievances to Mike Pence was rude, wrongheaded

Thanksgiving is a wonderful holiday originally celebrating a good harvest, and then when a first national Thanksgiving was declared in 1789, Gen. George Washington proclaimed it "as a day of public thanksgiving and prayer to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many and signal favours of Almighty God."

Illustration on the financial inequity among member nations in support of NATO by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

NATO's threadbare security blanket

During the presidential campaign, then-candidate Donald Trump claimed that the United States pays "a totally disproportionate share of NATO" and that there are "countries in NATO that are getting a free ride." NATO itself concedes that "U.S. defense expenditure effectively represents 73 percent of the defense spending of the Alliance as a whole."

American River Ganges, Thomas Nast. Harpers Weekly September 30, 1871.

Distinguishing between disagreement and bigotry

I am a Roman Catholic, and I study education for a living. Knowing that, you may think that I view the anti-Catholicism that runs through a lot of American history -- much of which played out in education -- as pure bigotry. You would be wrong.

Illustration on secessionist sentiments following the 2016 election by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Superfluous secessionist nonsense

The People's Democratic Republic of Oregon. That has a kind of ring to it, don't you think? The reason this phrase has crystalized in my mind: Just after it was confirmed that Donald Trump had defeated Hillary Clinton, a petition was submitted for a ballot initiative to have Oregon secede from these United States.

BOOK REVIEW: 'The Other Mitford: Pamela's Story'

The eponymous Mitford who is the subject of this hybrid memoir/autobiography is an unusual sort of odd woman out in a group of six sisters, but in this family, being the ordinary or regular one, makes her stand out. Her nickname Woman connotes her cozy, domestic qualities, general air of benevolence and serene beauty, a cuckoo in a nest of vipers.

Media executive Steve Bannon, who came on board as Donald Trump's campaign CEO in August, had never before managed a 50-state operation. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

Bannon rising

History is not standing still. It did not stop with the Clinton era, which is now finally over. At least history did not stop for America. America is moving along and at a rapid pace. For the Clintonistas and their millennial acolytes, however, I guess America did stop.

First too fast, now too slow

Donald Trump has been President-elect Trump for 15 days now. That's more than two weeks. Prior to his victory, he assembled his transition team, with some mid-stride adjustments. For more than two months now, these people have been working diligently to review the background and credentials of potential cabinet and lower-level presidential appointments.

Ivy League Trophy Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Trumping the ivy walls

After parallel careers in the military and higher education, I believe our recent campus unrest reflects a lethal combination of bad parenting and leftist indoctrination thinly disguised as teaching.