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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.

The BuzzFeed website is displayed on an iPad held by an Associated Press staffer in Los Angeles on Sept. 1, 2015. (Associated Press) **FILE**

Gay liberals whiff on trying to bully Christians

An important paradigm shift seems to be happening. Case in point: Typical gay liberals decide to publicly bully Christians because of their faith. Bullies then expect all hell to break loose, with targeted Christians being frightened into either disavowing aspects of their faith or, more likely, their business or livelihood being destroyed after a campaign of public hate and derision.

Nancy Pelosi (Associated Press)

The revolt of the peasants gathers steam

- The Washington Times

The populist saber continues to cut the elites down to size. The elites, who think they know it all and are uniquely qualified to tell everyone else how to live, took another pasting Sunday in the Italian elections. Prime Minister Matteo Renzi felt so humiliated by voter rejection of his proposals for constitutional reform that he quit on the spot.

Illustration on Chinese industrial pollution by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Trump’s China challenge

President Donald Trump will reject one concept and embrace another as he confronts China on trade and pollution. He expressed skepticism for “the concept of global warming created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. industry noncompetitive.”

Illustration on keeping military strategy secret by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

From Churchill’s lips to Trump’s ears

In the third and final presidential debate, Republican nominee Donald Trump claimed that U.S. foreign policy regularly fails to engage “the element of surprise” when it comes to engaging the Islamic State, or ISIS. According to Mr. Trump, our enemies “have all left” the Iraqi city of Mosul because ISIS was given warning months in advance.

Trucking Delivers the Holidays Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Trucking delivers the holidays

Family gatherings with a delicious turkey on the table. Friends and communities joining together for holiday traditions. Stores and sidewalks bustling as we shop for presents to exchange with loved ones. Wreaths on doors and ornate decorations lighting up downtowns.

SEIU Local 1 union members protest for an increase in the minimum wage, Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016 at the Detroit Metropolitan Airport in Romulus, Mich. Fast-food restaurant and airport workers, as well as home and child-care workers rallied in cities including Chicago, Detroit, Houston, Los Angeles, Minneapolis and New York on Tuesday morning. In many cities the protesters blocked busy intersections. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

The Trump challenge to Big Labor

According to the nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics, labor unions spent more than $142 million on federal candidates, parties and outside spending trying to influence the 2016 election — more than double what they spent in 2008. Even this eye-popping figure is conservative, as it doesn’t include big spending on ballot measures and other tactics to boost voter turnout.

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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.

President Barack Obama presents the Presidential Medal of Freedom to actor Robert Redford during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House, Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2016, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Medals at a discount

The Presidential Medal of Freedom is the nation's highest civilian award, which more or less, sort of, makes it the civilian counterpart of the Medal of Honor. The Medal of Freedom was meant to be reserved, as John F. Kennedy put it in 1963, to recognize "an especially meritorious contribution to the security of national interests of the United States, world peace, cultural or other significant public and private endeavors."

Fishing North Korea Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Fishing on the Korean DMZ

The general, colonel and I waded into the Imjin River, on our side of the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ), the "no man's land" separating the Republic of Korea (ROK) and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK).

U.S. Navy Admiral Harry B Harris, third from left, United States Pacific Command to the Philippines Commander (USPACOM), escorted by Philippine Armed Forces Chief Gen. Hernando Iriberri, left, salutes the colors during welcoming ceremony at the armed forces headquarters at suburban Quezon city northeast of Manila, Philippines Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015. In the Armed Forces of the Philippines press statement, Admiral Harris is here for a two-day visit "to discuss bilateral security concerns with the Philippines and gain local perspective on the security situation in the area of the Pacific region where the Philippines is located." (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)

Restoring American arms

Leading from behind gets a president nowhere, and is little short of criminal folly. After eight years, the Obama doctrine of "leadership" has run its course and has left the American armed forces seriously depleted. President-elect Donald Trump has the needed clear-eyed view of the U.S. military as it is and what must be done to fix it. It won't be cheap, but losing a war isn't, either.

President-elect Donald Trump waves to the crowd as he leaves the New York Times building following a meeting, Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2016, in New York. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

Removing barriers to innovation

President-elect Donald Trump and his incoming administration have an unprecedented opportunity to set the stage for a sustained period of growth, increased productivity, a prosperous middle class and the transformation of the U.S. economy.

Mr. Trump's dance card

President-elect Donald Trump's critics keep auditioning things to worry about. The latest is the Trump transition, panned as chaotic, dysfunctional and late. Every time the elevator stops at ground floor at Trump Tower, the gaggle of impatient reporters duly note who steps off and who steps on.

Hollywood its own worst enemy

Hollywood, the land of (non-fat) milk and (free-range) honey, make-believe, mendacity, multi-million-dollar homes and PhD candidates in social issues, has any number of residents who, before the presidential election, vowed to self-deport should anyone other than Hillary Clinton win the election.

Anti-Trump protesters start their hike from Hemming Park to their announced destination at the offices of The Florida Times-Union newspaper, Saturday, Nov. 12, 2016, in Jacksonville, Fla. More than a hundred protesters gathered for a rally against President elect, Donald Trump, winning the presidential election in downtown Jacksonville. Tens of thousands of people marched in streets across the United States on Saturday, staging the fourth day of protests of Trump's surprise victory as president. (Bob Self/The Florida Times-Union via AP)

Consoling the inconsolable

First the Never Trumpers, now the Never Ever Trumpers. Once Donald Trump became the Republican Party's nominee for president last July, the Never Trumpers vowed they would not vote for him, and some say they actually stuck to their pledge.

Time to unite behind Trump

Donald J. Trump is the president-elect, and as expected the Democrats and liberals are doing their best to deter him from carrying out his campaign agenda. The organized protests, condemnation of his early nominees and the continued false accusations of racism will continue. All Republicans should be objective and supportive of Mr. Trump's nominees, even if some do not meet all their criteria.

Police officers check drivers at a sobriety checkpoint in Escondido, Calif., on Dec. 16, 2011. (Associated Press)

An ineffective drunk-driving law

Beginning this month, all Washington D.C. residents convicted of drunken driving will be required to install an Ignition Interlock Device (IID) in their vehicle. IIDs, which are in-car breathalyzers that prevent vehicles from starting if blood-alcohol is detected, have previously only been required for repeat offenders or those with a high-blood alcohol content (BAC).

Hands and Heart Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

'Black America Since MLK'

That race continues to be a major source of anxiety and division in America is an undeniable fact. While some politicians continue to use race to divide, Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. is trying again to bridge the gap in his latest Public Broadcasting Service documentary series "Black America Since MLK."

FILE - In this Dec. 15, 2014 file photo, the State Department is seen in Washington. Ahead of Sundays 15th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks, the State Department is reminding U.S. citizens about threats around the world and urging Americans to be vigilant about their personal security. (AP Photo/Luis M. Alvarez, File)

The end of nation-building

Secretary of State George Shultz famously asked future ambassadors a question before sending them out into the world. He would spin a globe, then ask them to point to their country.

**FILE** In this Oct. 2, 2007 photo, A.J. Bowen of Schupp's Line Construction, Inc. works on fiber-optic installation in Norton, Vt. The Federal Communications Commission on Tuesday will deliver to congress a sweeping proposal to overhaul U.S. broadband policy. (Associated Press)

A blueprint for Trump communications reform

During his campaign, Donald Trump consistently decried excessive, overly intrusive regulation, promising to reduce the government's regulatory reach, which grew so much during President Obama's two terms.

BOOK REVIEW: 'Bridge of Words: Esperanto and the Draam of a Universal Language'

Princeton English professor Esther Schor is the author of a biography of Emma Lazarus, best known for the words that adorn the Statue of Liberty. Here Ms. Schor exercises her biographical skills once again on a far less-famous figure, Ludovik Lazarus Zamenhof (1859-1917), who set himself the utopian task of constructing a universal language: