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Tax Cutm Legislation Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Tax reform for the real world

There is an old adage that entrepreneurs often find to be true, and that is that things take three times as long and cost three times as you much as you thought. The Republicans claim they are going to get tax reform done this year — but this is not going to happen unless they do two necessary things.

People visit the Supreme Court in Washington, Monday, June 26, 2017, as justices issued their final rulings for the term, in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Religious rights rest in clutches of the Supreme Court

- The Washington Times

The Supreme Court of the United States agreed this week to consider whether a Denver baker violated the constitutional and civil rights of a gay couple by refusing to sell the two guys a wedding cake. Let’s hope the court sides with religious freedom on this, not special rights.

Illustration on duplication in government programs by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Unhealthy acts

Is there anyone who can point to the “Affordable Care Act” (aka Obamacare) and credibly claim it is accomplishing the goals set for it seven years ago?

Illustration on energy week by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Paving the path to U.S. energy dominance

This week, the Trump administration is hosting “Energy Week” to discuss with state, tribal, business and labor leaders how we can pave the path forward toward U.S. energy dominance.

In this Tuesday, May 23, 2017, photo, Hannah Waring, left, a student at Loudoun Valley High School, and Abby McDonough, a student at Liberty University, work in the strawberry stand at Wegmeyer Farms in Hamilton, Va. Waring and McDonough are working at Wegmeyer Farms for the summer. Summer jobs are vanishing as U.S. teens spend more time in school and face competition from older workers. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

A summer bummer for young job-seekers

On July 1, 17 states and localities will make a difficult youth summer job market even worse by raising their starter wages. These raises follow the 42 separate wage hikes that took place on New Year’s Day.

Illustration on the history of American secret operations by Alexander hunter/The Washington Times

A constant craving for intelligence

This summer marks the 40th anniversary of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, one of the first achievements of Democratic House Speaker Thomas “Tip” O’Neill in his newly elected post in 1977.

Witch Hunt Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

An investigation in search of a crime

How is this for a strategy? Concoct a conspiracy to explain an unexpected election loss, put a cloud over the head of the elected president and his agenda, drag out an investigation for months, stir up hopes of impeachment, and then charge obstruction of justice when the subject of the mudslinging attempts to clear his name.

Illustration on the decline of the FBI by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Why the FBI is hard to trust

- The Washington Times

Can anyone with a modicum of common sense trust the Federal Bureau of investigation? The answer to that question is a resounding “no.” The claim that the FBI strives to be above politics is today and has always been absurd.

ACLU Legal and Policy director Rebecca Robertson talks during a news conference held by opponents of a "bathroom bill" at the Texas State Capitol, Wednesday, April 19, 2017, in Austin, Texas. The Texas House is considering a bill that's different than one that sparked outcry when it cleared the state Senate last month. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

The ACLU goes hunting in Montana

In a 1981 speech before the California Peace Officers Assn., former Attorney General Ed Meese referred to the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) as a “criminals’ lobby.”

Illustration on the need to deplot THAAD by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

The folly of putting protection on ice

North Korea rarely misses an opportunity to threaten or provoke us. It does so most often with the launching of one or more ballistic missiles accompanied by a harangue that the missiles would soon be launched at us armed with nuclear weapons.

Illustration on the real situation of Cuba by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Why the new Cuba policy misses the mark

President Donald Trump announced his Cuba policy in Miami last week. I commend him for many of his efforts. He unveiled a replacement policy for the disastrous Cuba policy President Obama put into place. The highlight of Mr. Obama’s policy was lifting an economic embargo that was placed after the Communist revolution of Fidel Castro brought the world to the brink of nuclear war with the Missile Crisis in 1962.

The Illinois Shop of Horrors Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

The Banana Republic of Illinois

The media has hyper-obsessed over the Kansas tax hike this year and has sold this as a repudiation of “supply side economics.” But the real story in the states has been the catastrophic effects of “tax and spend” fiscal policy in Illinois.

George McGovern. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

The party’s over and no place to call home

- The Washington Times

That’s the dilemma of the Democrats, forlorn, despondent and walking in circles like the goose hit on the head with a long-handled wooden spoon. They’re asking questions for which there are no happy answers in the wake of their fourth straight loss in a round of special elections.

Illustration of Anne Morgan by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Anne Morgan, an American Hero

The United States was finally in “the war to end all wars.” France had been ravaged since the summer of 1914. Villages and towns were obliterated. Women and children went hungry and homeless as the armies wrestled in futile combat in mud, blood and indescribable filth and disease. The British lost 20,000 dead in a single day at the Battle of the Somme.

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A photo of James Hodgkinson from his JTH Inspections business webpage.

James Hodgkinson, Scalise shooting suspect: 'Time to Destroy Trump & Co.'

- The Washington Times

James T. Hodgkinson, the 66-year-old man who was taken into custody by police for the shooting at the Alexandria baseball field where Republicans practiced -- and where House Minority Whip Steve Scalise was hit by gunfire and injured -- was an Illinois resident who hates President Donald Trump and loves socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders. President Trump said the suspect has since died.

In this May 17, 2017, photo, Majority Whip Rep. Steve Scalise, R-La., speaks with the media on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Steve Scalise shooting smells of partisan hit on GOP

- The Washington Times

Republican Whip Steve Scalise was shot during a charity baseball practice in Alexandria, along with two Capitol Hill police and reportedly, an aide. And moments before the shooting started, a man by the field asked Rep. Ron DeSantis, Florida Republican, if those practicing were Republicans or Democrats. Coincidence?

In this photo taken Dec. 21, 2016, the Trump International Hotel in Washington. A Pennsylvania man has been arrested at the Trump International Hotel in Washington after police say they found a rifle and handgun in his car. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Democrats -- 196 of them -- join to sue Trump on emoluments

- The Washington Times

Almost 200 Democrats in Congress have joined forced to announce they're filing a lawsuit against President Donald Trump over allegations he unlawfully profited from overseas governments. It's a play to see his tax returns under guise of the emoluments clause of the Constitution.

President Donald Trump smiles as he walks with his daughter Ivanka Trump across the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, June 13, 2017, before boarding Marine One helicopter for the trip to nearby Andrews Air Force Base. They are traveling to Milwaukee, to meet with people dealing with health care issues. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Trump and the liberal hate-fest

Almost six out of 10 American voters are angry and dissatisfied with how the media is covering politics, according to a new Quinnipiac poll. Someone has finally united us, and it's through rejection of the 24/7 media (read liberal) hate-fest of President Trump.

Illustration of James Comey by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

James Comey, the crack-up

I shall not beat around the bush. As readers of this column perhaps suspect, I have admired former FBI Director James Comey for most of his public career, beginning in 2013. That he is a friend of former FBI Director Robert Mueller makes me admire him even more. Mr. Mueller is a man of integrity and discretion. Mr. Mueller would not befriend a man of dubious character.

Illustration on Qatar's funding of terrorism by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

The Qatar ultimatum

In the aftermath of the terrorist atrocities of Sept. 11, 2001, President George W. Bush drew a line in the sand. "Every nation, in every region, now has a decision to make," he announced. "Either you are with us or you are with the terrorists." Since then, disappointingly if not surprisingly, more than a few nations have straddled that line, providing support to America and America's enemies alike.

Trump's Qatar moment

As the United States looks for ways to de-escalate the growing and dangerous dispute between Qatar and its neighbors Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE), two fundamental points have to inform the Trump foreign policy team.

President Donald Trump listens as his daughter, Ivanka Trump, speaks at a workforce development roundtable at Waukesha County Technical College in Pewaukee, Wis., Tuesday, June 13, 2017. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Trump's Middle East doctrine

President Trump's historic visit last month to Saudi Arabia, where he met with the heads of more than 50 mostly Sunni heads of state, dramatically marked the end of eight years of Barack Obama's appeasement of Iran. It signaled to all the Muslim leaders that the United States as the "strong horse" is back. There was no doubt in any of the Muslim leaders' minds that Mr. Trump is a man of action and a leader who will keep his word.

Detail of a 1917 Flag Day poster

Flag Day, 1917 like no other

"Never had there been such a Flag Day fete before, and it may be centuries before it occurs again, but the deed was accomplished, despite the setting. The President had spoken."

States Coming Apart Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Falling apart

On June 1, President Trump announced that the United States was withdrawing from the Paris Climate Agreement. His action drew predictable condemnation from our allies in the developed world.

Screwy Wedding Cake Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Closing time for the Episcopalians

The Episcopal Church must take immortality seriously. How else explain the amazing things it does that will certainly hasten its demise?

Kick anti-U.S. moochers off payroll

The culture war in America just gets worse by the day. That we have in government positions people such as Sen. Bernie Sanders, Vermont Democrat, and Patrick McCarthy, associate dean for library and information access at San Diego State University, is outrageous and unconstitutional. That these people foment a religious or political test for American citizens is outrageous and unconstitutional.

Tom Kalasho, founder and CEO of the National Organization of Iraqi Christians, gets emotional during a protest Monday, June 12, 2017 in Sterling Heights, Mich.  The arrests of dozens of Iraqi Christians in southeastern Michigan by U.S. immigration officials appear to be among the first roundups of people from Iraq who have long faced deportation, underscoring rising concerns in other immigrant communities.  (Todd McInturf/Detroit News via AP)  /Detroit News via AP)

Immigration policy by body count

Certain black-robed sentinels of the law have taken up the task of defending the nation from its enemies, declared and otherwise. This is a responsibility previously left to the president of the United States. If a wooden gavel is all that stands in the way of evildoers, Americans should be afraid, very afraid.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions is sworn-in on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, June 13, 2017, prior to testifying before the Senate Intelligence Committee hearing about his role in the firing of James Comey, his Russian contacts during the campaign and his decision to recuse from an investigation into possible ties between Moscow and associates of President Donald Trump. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Life in the dead end

The Democrats are addicted to cotton candy, and there's no scarcity of cotton candy on the Washington midway. But once someone bites into a cloud of cotton candy, the cloud dissolves in a flash, leaving only a splash of goo.

End 'sanctuary' for these mayors

If America wants to know whom the Democrats will tap for their roster of political hopefuls going forward, take a comprehensive look at the uber-liberal cache of "sanctuary city" mayors now running most U.S. cities and towns nationwide, including the current Democratic National Committee elites who were once mayors.

President Donald Trump speaks in the Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, June 13, 2017, before having lunch with Republican Senators. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Journalism is dead; whatever these guys are doing isn't journalism

None of the latest stories have anyone on the record making the accusations. Instead, the "news" sites that posted the stories -- Politico, the Daily Mail and the Guardian -- simply make the surprising claims and cite anonymous sources. The subjects of the anonymous slurs have no recourse whatsoever, no right to face their accusers, no way to fight back. The accusation streams out onto the internet, where it lives forever -- whether it's true or not.