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This March 27, 2019, file photo, shows the European Parliament during a plenary session in Strasbourg, eastern France. The Parliament discusses the conclusions of the 21-22 March EU summit, including Brexit, with European Council President Donald Tusk and Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker. (AP Photo/Jean-Francois Badias, File)

Freeports or free crime?

How tax-exempt warehouses contribute to some EUR800 billion laundered each year globally and why they are a threat to our national security.

With the presidential seal on the wall behind him, President Barack Obama gestures as he speaks in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building, on the White House campus in Washington, Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2012, about how middle class Americans would see their taxes go up if Congress fails to act to extend the middle class tax cuts. The president said he believes that members of both parties can reach a framework on a debt-cutting deal before Christmas. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Barack Obama was 'an evil president'

The left doesn't want to admit it, however, the more time goes by, the more we need to realize that Barack Obama was an evil president. I say this because it is clear Mr. Obama attempted to destroy the one thing that separates America from most of the world and provides for its overwhelming success -- the rule of law.

Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, shakes hands with his Venezuelan counterpart Nicolas Maduro during their meeting at the Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018. (Maxim Shemetov/Pool Photo via AP) ** FILE **

Russia is the real target of Trump's tough take on Venezuela

While Washington obsesses over the Russia-Trump collusion/obstruction narrative being endlessly bandied about by the media and the Democratic Party (even after the misfire of the Mueller Report's big gun for the left), the real story of the U.S.-Russia relationship -- and that of President Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin -- is playing out this week in far away Venezuela.

Illustration on the impact of debt on the national economy by Nancy Ohanian/Tribune Content Agency

The debt is not going away; it's getting worse

I was glad to hear the president of the United States mention our national debt in a tweet this week regarding the Federal Reserve Bank of the United States and interest rate policy. His point was that if the Fed were to lower short term rates, and restart quantitative easing (in banana republics they call this printing money), then our economy would explode even higher and the debt to GDP ratio would not look that bad.

French President Emmanuel Macron, 2nd right, Chinese President Xi Jinping, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, left, hold a press conference at the Elysee presidential palace in Paris, Tuesday, March 26, 2019. Xi Jinping is meeting with the leaders of France, Germany and the European Commission, as European countries seek to boost relations with China while also putting pressure over its trade practices. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus, Pool) **FILE**

Capitalism a loser as Europeans huddle with China's Xi

It's worth examining what happened when German Chancellor Angela Merkel, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and French President Emmanuel Macron welcomed visiting Chinese President Xi Jinping to discuss what was billed as "global governance."

Web crackdown leaves ordinary Russians on edge

Over the last several years, many laws have been passed which restrict personal freedom. Campaigns against "extremism" have been used to stifle speech the Kremlin doesn't like. There are too many Russians in jail charged with posting something offensive on Facebook or other social media outlets.

The Texas state flag files outside the Huawei Technologies Ltd. business location in Plano, Texas, Thursday, March 7, 2019. The Chinese tech giant is challenging a U.S. law that would limit its American sales of telecom equipment on security grounds as the company steps up efforts to preserve its access to global markets for next-generation communications. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

China learns how to use our courts for its own ends

It looks like China has been tuning in faithfully to the Trump-Russia Show over the last two years, especially the episode about illegal immigration. You know -- the one where the judicial branch of government prevents the commander-in-chief from actually ensuring the national security of the United States.