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Cal Thomas

Cal Thomas is one of the most widely syndicated political columnists in America. Based in Washington, he is a wide-ranging social commentator, not a "beltway insider," who supports traditional conservative values and the American "can-do spirit." He'll take on virtually any topic, from the decline of the family to growing terrorism worldwide.

A columnist for 30 years, his latest book is "What Works: Common Sense Solutions for a Stronger America." Readers may email Mr. Thomas at

Articles by Cal Thomas

Christmas Illustration by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

The familiarity of Christmas

Familiarity doesn't always breed contempt. Not if it's a familiarity with Christmas. Published December 21, 2016

In this Oct. 18, 2011, file photo, traffic passes the New York Times building, in New York. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

Faking the news

Mainstream media are suddenly concerned about "fake news." It used to be that phony stories were easy to spot. They usually focused on space aliens or mysterious creatures found wandering deep in the woods. My personal favorite in this genre was a 1992 "story" in the supermarket tabloid Weekly World News that claimed the bones of Adam and Eve had been discovered in Colorado. Published December 14, 2016

Vice President-elect Mike Pence speaks at the Indiana Governor's Luncheon for Scouting in Indianapolis, Monday, Dec. 12, 2016. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

Pence on the Trump mandate

When Mike Pence becomes the 48th vice president of the United States next month, he will take on the role of a political lobbyist for Donald Trump's activist agenda. Published December 12, 2016

Illustration on Donald Trump, Israel and Middle East Peace by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

U.S.-Israel relations on the mend

The consensus in Israel is that the relationship between the Jewish state and the United States is going to improve in a Trump administration, says former Israeli ambassador to the U.S., Zalman Shoval. Published December 7, 2016

Illustration on the Pearl harbor attack by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Remembering Pearl Harbor at 75

Only five of the 335 men who survived the unprovoked attack that sunk the USS Arizona on Dec. 7, 1941 remain alive. Donald Stratton, 94, is one of them. He has added to the historical knowledge of that day and the beginning of America's entry into World War II in a new book, "All the Gallant Men: The First Memoir by a USS Arizona Survivor." Published December 5, 2016

Former U.N. Ambassador John Bolton. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

For secretary of state: John Bolton

President-elect Donald Trump is reportedly considering seriously at least two men for the critical position of secretary of state. One, former presidential candidate Mitt Romney, has divided the Trump team between those who think it is a good idea and those who think Mr. Romney's severe criticism of Mr. Trump during the campaign disqualifies him. Published November 30, 2016

Illustration on the Castor era by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

The left's love affair with Fidel Castro

In a statement following the death of Cuban dictator Fidel Castro, President Obama spoke of "the countless ways in which [Castro] altered the course of individual lives, families, and of the Cuban nation." Published November 28, 2016

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. Published November 23, 2016

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." Published November 21, 2016

Crybaby Diapered Democrats Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Deal with it

Three years ago when Republicans were battling President Obama over the debt ceiling and a government shutdown, the president said, "You don't like a particular policy or a particular president? Then argue for your position. Go out there and win an election." Published November 16, 2016

Illustration on the Left's attempts to adulterate a Trump presidency by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Advising the president-elect

It didn't take long. Journalists, editorial writers and columnists who hate Donald Trump and consistently opposed his election are now advising him what not to do. Published November 14, 2016

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks to a campaign rally, Monday, Nov. 7, 2016, in Manchester, N.H. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

Ever Trump

As a former "Never Trump-er," I have been interested in others who have converted, however reluctantly, if not into Trump supporters, then pragmatic accepters of Donald Trump against Hillary Clinton. Call us ever-Trump-ers. Published November 7, 2016

Illustration on Trump's final campaign speech by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

The final speech Trump should make

If Donald Trump wants to win this election and thwart the attempt by the corrupt Clintons to acquire the White House again, he must close the deal with persuadable voters in a nationally televised address. Published November 2, 2016

Illustration on the revealed corruption in the Hillary camp by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

October demise?

I love definitions because they help focus the mind. Published October 31, 2016

Donald Trump speaking at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

Trump's 'contract'

Last Saturday, Donald Trump delivered a speech in Gettysburg, Pa., that he should have given much earlier in the campaign, minus the usual threats against women who have accused him of sexual assault. Published October 26, 2016

Election Season Dirty Tricks Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Dirty tricks: Then and now

Students of the Watergate era (or those old enough to have lived through it) will recall the "dirty tricks" played by Richard Nixon's henchmen, most notably Donald Segretti. Mr. Segretti, who was hired by Nixon's deputy assistant, Dwight Chapin, was tasked with smearing Democrats, including 1972 presidential candidate Sen. Edmund Muskie of Maine. Published October 24, 2016

Millennials Clueless to Communism Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

The Bernie Sanders effect

Many millennials are OK with socialism, even communism, according to a YouGov poll commissioned by the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation. Published October 19, 2016

Illustration on Hillary's coverup efforts by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Corruption and collusion

Modern journalists have little in common with those I was privileged to know when I was a copyboy at NBC News in Washington in the '60s. Published October 17, 2016