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Merkel starting to slip

The long years in charge of the European Union's economic and political powerhouse are showing in German Chancellor Angela Merkel's increasing lack of judgment at key moments Published June 1, 2017

President Donald Trump speaks about the shooting and explosion in Manila, Thursday, June 1, 2017, in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Getting to the bottom of Covfefe

Everyone wants to know what Donald Trump's "covfefe" tweet was about, and a few codebreakers think they have figured it out. White House sources, for the record, concede that it is indeed code, and the people the president wanted to reach know the code. Published June 1, 2017

So much for "unpatriotic" debt

For many years now the country has been leaning toward becoming the United States of Socialist America (USSA). The mainstream media and Democrats are criticizing President Trump's proposed budget, a genuine attempt at redirecting federal spending and balancing the budget in the long run. If Democrats or the mainstream media have offered proposals to accomplish those goals, I'm not aware of them. Published June 1, 2017

Where's the gratitude, Germany?

German Chancellor Angela Merkel is an embarrassment to the world. Her statement that the United States is no longer a reliable partner is a demonstration of both arrogance and ignorance, and just happened to coincide with the American celebration of Memorial Day, the remembrance of our fallen soldiers. For the record, Ms. Merkel, the United States experienced over 900,000 casualties defeating your country, Germany, in World Wars I and II. Your gratitude for our successful efforts to liberate Europe from Germany twice in the past 100 years is sadly lacking. Published May 31, 2017

Nuclear energy benefits U.S.

America's nuclear plants are critical to keeping carbon emissions low and are worth preserving, contrary to what William F. Shughart II argues in his recent op-ed ("Why nuclear power subsidies must end," Web, May 22). Published May 31, 2017

Russian President Vladimir Putin visits an exhibition about Russian emperor Peter the Great at the Grand Trianon after a working meeting with French President Emmanuel Macron at the Versailles Palace near Paris, France, Monday, May 29, 2017. (Etienne Laurent/Pool Photo via AP)

Mr. Putin takes up punditry

Vladimir Putin is not your ordinary commentator on American politics, though it's true that punditry is not what it was before the internet gave every blowhard with a laptop or a smartphone a platform on which to display his ignorance. Besides, the devil can quote Scripture, as the wise man said. Published May 31, 2017

In this May 4, 2017, file photo, President Donald Trump talks to House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wis. in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington after the House pushed through a health care bill. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

The promise to keep

President Trump usually prefers to blaze his own path through the thicket of global diplomacy — "globaloney" a wit once called it -- much to the dismay of the scented-handkerchief crowd. He softened his skepticism of NATO, and that's a good thing, and postponed a final decision on whether to keep his promise to withdraw the United States from the Paris treaty on global warming. He wanted to keep the good feelings intact at the G-7 summit. Published May 31, 2017

Year of The Donald

In China, 2017 is the Year of the Rooster. In our fair land, it is the year of The Donald and of turbulence. In the chaotic age of Donald Trump, it is tempting for some and irresistible for others like John Kasich to see the president as a real-life version of "Chance the gardener" (aka Chauncey Gardiner from the 1979 film "Being There"). Published May 30, 2017

Government's the problem

Last year, the day after Donald Trump became the presumptive Republican Party nominee for president, I left the Republican Party of Virginia to build the Constitution Party of Virginia. Now the Republican Party has betrayed not just conservatives but the American people in passing its own version of government-run health care. But make absolutely no mistake about it; the bill the House of Representatives passed does not repeal Obamacare. It only revises it.Last year, the day after Donald Trump became the presumptive Republican Party nominee for president, I left the Republican Party of Virginia to build the Constitution Party of Virginia. Published May 30, 2017

U.S. Sen. John McCain has a discussion after delivering a speech at the invitation of the United States Studies Centre in Sydney, Tuesday, May 30, 2017. In February, the Republican senator leaped to Australia's defense after President Donald Trump got into a heated discussion with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull over an Obama-era agreement on the resettlement of refugees. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)

A hero stumbles

John McCain has become a sad case. He was an authentic hero of the Vietnam War, entitled to the praise and gratitude of every American, including the gratitude of Donald Trump. The president was not only wrong, but scandalously wrong when he called the senator a "loser" for "allowing" himself to be captured when his fighter plane crashed into a lake in Hanoi. Published May 30, 2017

President Donald Trump speaks in the East Room of the White House in Washington on May 18, 2017. (Associated Press) **FILE**

Mustering NATO

Perception can be reality, but sometimes perception is only perception. In the case of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, the growing menace of radical Islamic terror has focused attention on whether the alliance has the ability to defend its members, or whether when push comes to shove it can be shoved to the margin. NATO's response to President Trump's challenge will determine whether it can be depended on to defeat an enemy. Published May 30, 2017

Stop commenting on 'fake news'

The White House should institute a policy in which it does not respond to news stories or comments based on anonymous sources. Creating this rule would accomplish two goals. First, it would reduce the number of fake stories about the White House. White House denials often add credence to stories. If the White House does not comment on these stories, the reports will likely not gain much traction in the media. Consequently, news outlets would probably not run pieces because they would not be popular. Published May 29, 2017

Rescind "Dear Colleague" letter

Since President Trump's inauguration the Democratic left and their media allies have been landing nothing but punches on the Trump administration, putting it totally on the defensive and most recently on the ropes. The Democrats have made clear their intent to do nothing but continue to resist everything about the White House -- fake, fabricated or accurate. Published May 29, 2017

President Donald Trump applauds as he pauses during his speech at a Memorial Day ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery, Monday, May 29, 2017, in Arlington, Va. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

In pursuit of the Great White Whale

The Democrats are pinning a lot on the pursuit of the great white whale, the proof that Donald Trump colluded with the Russians to win the 2016 election. It's the pursuit, born of Trump Derangement Syndrome, on which all hope of winning elections next year and in the year 2020 thrives. Published May 29, 2017

Supporters watch as Republican candidate Greg Gianforte won the special election for the open Montana House of Representatives seat left vacant by Secretary of the Interior, Ryan Zinke, at the Hilton Garden Inn in Bozeman, Mont., Thursday night, May 15, 2017. Gianforte, a technology entrepreneur, defeated Democrat Rob Quist to continue the GOP's two-decade stronghold on the congressional seat.  (Rachel Leathe/Bozeman Daily Chronicle via AP)

In pursuit of the cigar

Close, but no cigar. Or, close only counts in horseshoes, and the Democrats are still looking for something better than a moral victory in special congressional elections. The Republicans keep winning the real thing, the latest last week in Montana. Published May 29, 2017

Trump budget commendable

In most parts of the country, there aren't loud, violent protests against President Trump and his policies. Rather, most Americans are rooting for Mr. Trump's success and hope he will continue to find the resolve to stand up to the "resistance." Most of all, there is great hope and optimism that the president will live up to his promises. Published May 28, 2017

Inclusion makes military stronger

I am disappointed by your decision to publish an opinion piece that blatantly disrespects brave Americans who proudly serve our nation in uniform. In a very specific attack on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender service members, Rebecca Hagelin, the author of "Peace through diversity?" (Web, May 21) ridiculously argues that embracing the diversity of our armed forces somehow harms military readiness. Such outrageous nonsense and disregard for the strength of our military and those who serve in it are beyond reprehensible. Published May 28, 2017

FILE - In this March 15, 1973 file photo, President Nixon tells a White House news conference that he will not allow his legal counsel, John Dean to testify on Capitol Hill in the Watergate investigation and challenged the Senate to test him in the Supreme Court. (AP Photo/Charles Tasnadi, File)

'Peace is the right memorial'

Memorial Day in America has traditionally been a time when we pay our respects to those who gave their lives, over a century ago, in a tragic civil war. In a broader sense, it has come to stand not only for the sacrifice of those who served in the War Between the States, but for all of those who have given their lives in arms since the birth of our nation. Published May 28, 2017

Fund service-year programs

America today faces a staggering reality: 5.5 million young adults are currently neither in school nor working. This is a gross underutilization of a vast pool of untapped talent and energy, resources that could be used to build communities across the nation and abroad. Service-year programs such as AmeriCorps, the Peace Corps and YouthBuild provide opportunities for Americans to gain workforce skills and provide creative solutions to address many issues that face communities today. As racial, economic, religious and political division is on the rise, this is not a time to cut funding to programs that help to build and strengthen communities. Instead it is time to support those initiatives so that all participants benefit. Published May 25, 2017

Save Venezuela

The international community must save the Venezuelan people from corrupt Nicolas Maduro's communist dictatorship. The free world and President Trump must help through sanctions and diplomacy to prevent total economic disaster and the massacre of Venezuelans by Cuban military and Venezuelan security forces. Published May 25, 2017