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Defending religious liberty

I write with a deep and growing concern about the future of religious liberty in the United States.

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Why Pence makes sense

Whenever I talk to conservatives across the country about the presidential election, a common refrain is that they find Donald Trump refreshing in many ways. They like that he eschews political correctness and promises to stand up for ordinary Americans against the elites.

SM-3 Missile Defense Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Defending against the growing missile threat

Both Iran and North Korea are rogue nations developing and testing new missile technologies at an alarming rate. Iran threatens U.S. forces and has missile technology to carry out those threats. North Korea has successfully tested missiles that can be fired from submarines and is threatening to use them.

Illustration on expanding health care choices for veterans by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Remodeling veterans’ health care for the 21st century

From 2007 to 2009, I served as undersecretary for health in the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Overseeing the Veterans Health Administration (VHA), I often saw the best of what our nation offers veterans recovering from the wounds of war in a system staffed by committed health professionals devoted to providing quality care.

Fethullah Gulen     The Washington Times

A Gulen factor in Turkey’s turmoil?

As the dust settles in Turkey following the bloodiest coup in recent history, questions continue to surface about who was behind the recent uprising. In the midst of the unfolding drama, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan accused rival Fethullah Gulen of being behind the putsch.

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A vivid symbol of scandal

Democrats gathered for their convention in Philadelphia know Hillary Clinton did not escape her latest bout with scandal unscathed. While Hillary once more remained one step ahead of the law, she is several steps behind the public. She could not have picked a worse time for her latest foray into the ethical morass.

North Korea Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho talks to a reporter after a break during the 23rd Asean Regional meeting in Vientiane, Laos, Tuesday, July 26, 2016. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)

Disappointment with China

China’s reaction to the decision of the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague that there was no evidence that China had exercised exclusive control over the waters or resources historically in the South China Sea was disappointing but expected.

Illustration on the Democratic National Convention by Tim Brinton

Chaos at the Democratic National Convention

Cleveland versus Philadelphia. So many predicted a cataclysmic disaster for the Republicans during their convention. Yet, it ended up being an organized, well-run event showcasing the reformation of the Republican Party and propelling Donald Trump to the biggest post-convention bounce for either party since 2000.

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A sad tale of two disposable veeps

- The Washington Times

A governor is always a good choice for a vice president. He (or she) has learned how to run an administration, how to work with a cranky legislature and understands staying close to the people who elected him. There’s no Praetorian guard to keep him separated from the people.

Illustration on the history of the Democratic Party convention by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Unconventional Democrats

It’s Democratic convention time, and while this year’s shindig may not be anything to write home about, the confabs in the old days were knock-down, drag-out affairs. For example, it took nine ballots to nominate James K. Polk in 1844; 49 for Franklin Pierce in 1852, 17 for James Buchanan in 1856, and 22 for Horatio Seymour in 1868.

Illustration on leveraging U.S. visas against China's territorial aggression in the South China Sea by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Reversing China’s South China Sea grab

The South China Sea (SCS) is currently the focus of a dispute between the People’s Republic of China (PRC), Taiwan, the Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia and Brunei. The PRC has preemptively deployed military personnel and equipment to enforce their claims to a trumped-up, self-identified but unrecognized “nine-dash line,” an imagined boundary that is inconsistent with international law and commonly accepted international behavior.

Illustration on all terrain powered wheelchairs for veterans by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Wheelchairs for veterans

Many Americans are familiar with the military creed of never leaving a fallen comrade behind, a commitment that has served as the real-life inspiration for Hollywood movies chronicling daring rescue operations under impossible odds of injured or captured service members.

In-Activist Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

How to defeat activists

This month, Congress passed a bill requiring all genetically improved foods to be labeled. But it’s essentially meaningless. Genetically improved foods are just as safe as the veggies in a backyard garden, and virtually all foods — organic or not — have been genetically improved at some point in their history.

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Protesters hold signs during a Black Lives Matter movement protest at Lykes Gaslight Park in downtown Tampa, Fla., Monday, July 11, 2016. (Octavio Jones/Tampa Bay Times via AP)

Charging 'racism' in order to distract

Last year I warned my radio audience that the summer of 2016 would be a summer of race riots. They would be violent. The riots would ostensibly be a reaction to a particular event, but that would be a pretext. The real issue, of course, would be the upcoming presidential election.

In Ukraine, corruption on rise

James A. Lyons' "A 'culture of impunity'" (Web, 10 July) made me remember the American playwright Arthur Miller, who two days after his wedding reportedly found out that his new wife, Marilyn Monroe, was a drug user. Perhaps because of Monroe's immersion in the Hollywood culture of addiction impunity, Joe DiMaggio divorced her. Now, two years after Ukraine's pro-E.U. Maidan revolution, something similar is happening to the West.

President Barack Obama speaks about the events in Dallas at the beginning of his news conference at PGE National Stadium in Warsaw, Poland, Saturday, July 9, 2016. Obama is in Warsaw attending the NATO Summit. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Iran's nuclear deception

Anniversaries are usually celebrations of happy times, but not every milestone is worth celebrating. Thursday marks one year since Iran sealed its nuclear deal with the P5+1 world powers, and evidence is emerging that the Islamic republic is still working on its weapons of mass destruction.

Politicians itching for a fight

If I didn't know any better, I'd think major U.S. power players were itching to set Americans against each other. The actions I was brought up to believe were racist are today heralded by the president of our country as some kind of heroic theater. Two successive top attorneys have turned their backs on blatant illegal and racist activity while Americans have looked on in utter disbelief.

Selective outrage on shootings

How many times have we heard the Black Lives Matter movement protest the shootings that occur almost daily in Chicago? Approxmately zero. It appears to me that shootings of black people by other black people is acceptable to Black Lives Matter. The only time these protestors get upset is when a black person is shot by a white officer. This shows the hypocrisy of the Black Lives Matter movement.

President Barack Obama speaks about the events in Dallas at the beginning of his news conference at PGE National Stadium in Warsaw, Poland, Saturday, July 9, 2016. Obama is in Warsaw attending the NATO Summit. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Is NATO part of the solution or is it the problem?

The recent British decision to leave the European Union dealt a body blow to the smug globalist establishment that assumed from the beginning that it would never happen and are now predicting that Britain will collapse as a direct result of the foolishness of her voters rejecting their leadership and advice.

Illustration on transgender mental health in the military by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Chelsea Manning and transgender suicide rates

Within days of the Obama administration announcement of the repeal of the ban on transgender soldiers serving openly in the military, Chelsea Manning, the transgender soldier who was convicted of leaking more than 750,000 classified and unclassified documents to WikiLeaks, tried to commit suicide in her cell at Fort Leavenworth's prison.

President Barack Obama during a memorial service at the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center with the families of the fallen police officers, Tuesday, July 12, 2016, in Dallas. Five police officers were killed and several injured during a shooting in downtown Dallas last Thursday night. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

President Obama's lecture in Dallas

President Obama flew to Dallas Tuesday to heal broken hearts, and did what he does best — break hearts into smaller pieces. He used the occasion of a memorial service, with the broken families and heartsick friends of the five slain Dallas police officers sitting before him, to offer only his lecture to white folks to repent of their sins.

Illustration on school choice by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

'A Republic -- if you can keep it'

It is now plain to see that our government is being transformed from a lawful republic into a lawless monarchy. Yet, we may still be able to save it -- by motivating enough Americans to join forces to restore liberty and justice for all. This requires a bipartisan, cooperative effort among the American people and our public officials.

Illustration on the struggle to maintain liberty by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Leadership matters

After last week's protests over police practices, the mass killing of cops in Dallas, and usual efforts to take political advantage, it should be evident to every American that we face a crisis in public trust and accountability. The only solution is good, old-fashioned leadership by men and women of integrity and principle.

Illustration on Obama's devisive rhetoric by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Presidential blather in time of tragedy

Race is what you make of it. For me I have made race a part of what social scientists once called the "melting pot," by which they meant that differences of ethnicity and even of race were all melted down into one great variegated country called America.

BOOK REVIEW: 'Blood, Bone and Marrow: A Biography of Harry Crews'

Reading the novels of Harry Crews is akin to walking into the freak show at a third-tier Southern carnival. The author (who died at the age of 76 in 2012) had the knack of taking human sub-normality to unbelievable lows, making one wonder whether such persons actually exist outside the tortured bounds of his mind.

Illustration on the Iran Nuclear deal one year on by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Obama's Iran experiment

A hypothetical question: Suppose the Islamic State wanted to buy some American airplanes and promised not to use them to support terrorists. Would you be OK with that? I'm guessing not.

President Barack Obama heads to Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base in Md., Tuesday, July 12, 2016. Obama is traveling to Dallas to speak at an interfaith memorial service for the fallen police officers and members of the Dallas community. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Six shocking details from the Iran nuke deal

Most Americans know that Barack Obama's nuclear agreement with the Islamic Republic of Iran is bad, but few are aware that it's this bad. I explain why fully in my book "The Complete Infidel's Guide to Iran" -- and here are some of the deal's very worst aspects:

Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during an interview after a rally in Virginia Beach, Va., Monday, July 11, 2016. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

America needs a 'law and order' president

- The Washington Times

Donald Trump has a moment. After the horrific events in Louisiana, Minnesota and Texas, he can unify the nation by positioning himself as the "law and order" candidate -- the one man who can see what's happening in our inner-cities clearly and truthfully to best prescribe remedies.

President Barack Obama listens to Polish President Andrzej Duda offering condolences before making statements following their meeting at PGE National Stadium in Warsaw, Poland, Friday, July 8, 2016. Obama is in Warsaw to attend the NATO Summit. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Obama's legacy of race

Americans elected their first black president eight years ago with Great Expectations, the greatest among them that that the election of a president with a brown face would improve race relations. In fact, it was this "hope" that was the most attractive qualification of Barack Obama. But hope, as he has demonstrated, is not a strategy.