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President of the Iraq's self-governing Kurdish region Nechirvan Barzani speaks to the media after a meeting with French President Emmanuel Macron at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France, Wednesday, July 10, 2019. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)

A victory for Kurdistan’s minorities

Nechirvan Barzani was recently sworn in as Kurdistan’s new president, and already he is a beacon of light, spreading peace, toleration and harmony throughout the region.

U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., left, joined at right by U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., responds to base remarks by President Donald Trump after he called for four Democratic congresswomen of color to go back to their "broken" countries, as he exploited the nation's glaring racial divisions once again for political gain, during a news conference at the Capitol in Washington, Monday, July 15, 2019. All four congresswomen are American citizens and three of the four were born in the U.S. Omar is the first Somali-American in Congress. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Calling ‘the squad’ to account

A very educational series of events occurred in the last couple of weeks illustrating the nature of political maneuvering at the national level. In this case, the Democrats are on the losing end, having been played expertly by President Donald Trump.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo listens during a Cabinet meeting in the Cabinet Room of the White House, Tuesday, July 16, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Getting human rights right

At the State Department, human rights have generally been a not-so-high priority. The big kahunas tend to focus on war and peace, allies and adversaries, national security and global economics.

The sun rises behind an American flag posted outside of Petrunik's Kitchen, Door and Moore store at the old Eureka Department store in Windber, Pa., Wednesday, July 10, 2019. (Todd Berkey/The Tribune-Democrat via AP)

Socialists are the enemy — and that’s not racist to say

- The Washington Times

Much ado has been made over President Donald Trump’s recent tweets telling “‘Progressive’ Democrat Congresswomen” — that is to say, socialists — to exit America, stage right. But the president’s message is valid. Simply put: Socialists — which is what Democrats have become — don’t belong in America’s government.

Space shuttle Endeavour clears the launch pad at Cape Canaveral, Fla., on Monday, May 16, 2011.  (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

Why investing in space must be a priority

The United States remains the only nation to have landed humans on the moon and returned them safely to Earth. It is among the greatest achievements in the history of the human race.

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Rep. Christopher H. Smith, New Jersey Republican. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

Pentagon's weaponized ticks wouldn't be worst military secret

- The Washington Times

Rep. Christopher Smith added an amendment to a defense bill ordering the Pentagon to admit whether it experimented with ticks for biological weaponry, and if those experiments contributed to the massive Lyme disease explosion. If true -- it wouldn't be the worst secret experimentation conducted by the U.S. government.

Squad's selective reading skills

The country has been lied to yet again by the Trump-hating Democrats regarding what the president tweeted about the four congresswomen, Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, Rashida Tlaib of Michigan and Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts (now known as "The Squad," or better yet "The Hit Squad Against Democracy").

GOP, stop undermining Trump

In 2016, President Trump helped Republicans get House and Senate majorities. In 2018, he helped them keep the Senate majority. Yet the splinter groups of Republicans did not keep their promises to repeal and replace Obamacare. They have not fully supported Mr. Trump's appropriate withdrawals from the flawed Paris climate agreement and the Iran nuclear deal, neither of which was passed by the Senate.

From left, Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., and Rep. Ayanna Pressley, D-Mass., respond to remarks by President Donald Trump after his call for the four Democratic congresswomen to go back to their "broken" countries, during a news conference at the Capitol in Washington, Monday, July 15, 2019. All are American citizens and three of the four were born in the U.S. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

'Squad?' Squanderers is more like it

- The Washington Times

Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rashida Tlaib, Ayanna Pressley and Ilhan Omar have managed to ball their socialist viewpoints into a cute and college-y sounding name, branding themselves the cute-sounding "squad." But at root, they're socialists -- and that makes them, automatically and by logical extension, squanderers.

The USS Constitution passes in front of the Boston skyline, Friday, Oct. 20, 2017, in Boston. The newly refurbished ship, nicknamed Old Ironsides, took its first spin since October 2014 to celebrate the 220th anniversary of the iconic vessel's maiden voyage. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer) ** FILE **

Boston's Christian flag problem

- The Washington Times

Boston is being sued over barring a group, Camp Constitution, from flying its Christian flag as part of the city's recent Constitution Day celebrations. Think about that for a moment. Wasn't Boston at the forefront of Americans' fight for independence from Britain -- a fight that was based largely on the quest for religious freedom? For specifically, Christian religious freedom? My, how times have changed.

U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., speaks as, from left, Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., and Rep. Ayanna Pressley, D-Mass., listen during a news conference at the Capitol in Washington, Monday, July 15, 2019. President Donald Trump on Monday intensified his incendiary comments about the four Democratic congresswomen of color, urging them to get out if they don't like things going on in America. They fired back at what they called his "xenophobic bigoted remarks" and said it was time for impeachment. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Tweets and trivia in the Squad Room

Politics is sometimes a lot like high school, with its surfeit of backbiting, goofy, mean occasionally clever nicknames, and scrambling for popularity, but the latest cannonading of tweets and trivia between President Trump and "the Squad" is taking metaphor a bridge too far. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's feud with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and her ladies, and now with the president, is a serious breach of how the government is supposed to work. The exchange demonstrates just how juvenile things have become on Capitol Hill.

Trump at a crossroads

One must feel for former special counsel Robert Mueller. He appointed all partisans (who had conflicts of interest) to take over. And to think — he was just a step away from running the FBI. That is evidence of how our top national agencies can become corrupt.