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Illustration on Pope Francis at a time of church crisis by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

The pope at a loss for words

Back in late August, Pope Francis declared that he would “not say a word” about a letter from a former Vatican envoy to Washington who claimed, among other things, that the pope had ignored sexual abuse charges made against Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, formerly archbishop of Washington.

Illustration on Saudi corruption by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Saudi Arabia, an arrogant ally

In the wake of an apparent assassination of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, President Trump is judiciously restrained but has already said that this was a possible “hit” by the Saudis. This incident also serves to raise the fundamental nature of the U.S.-Saudi relationship — and how it has been mishandled for decades by prior administrations.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

Playing percentages of the noble blood

- The Washington Times

There’s no law saying how much Indian blood a body has to have to have to qualify as an Indian, but it’s surely more than Elizabeth Warren’s blood-o-meter registers. Donald Trump is clearly entitled to keep his checkbook in his pocket. He doesn’t want to be an Indian giver, but he doesn’t want to be a sucker for a pretty face, either.

Illustration on oppression by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

‘Who rules you?’

All of us are subject to many thousands of federal, state, and local laws and regulations, many of which are needlessly oppressive. Who makes these rules, and who enforces them? And at what point are there so many rules that we are no longer free?

In this Dec. 16, 2015, file photo, professor Stephen Hawking listens to a news conference in London. The family of the late British physicist Stephen Hawking has opened a lottery for 1,000 tickets for a service of thanksgiving in his honor at Westminster Abbey. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein, File)

A.I. to take over world — or not: Whom to believe?

- The Washington Times

Stephen Hawking, world-renowned theoretical physicist and cosmologist, may have died in March but the warnings of his final book, published just this week, shout from beyond the grave as something like this: Watch out, humanity, artificially intelligent beings will soon rule. And ‘lest you laugh — Hawking was regarded by many as the smartest guy in the world.

‘Why vote for Democrats?’

Given what the Trump administration is saying are record achievements for a president at this stage in office, why would anyone consider voting for Democrats in the upcoming midterm elections?

Illustration of John Bolton by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

John Bolton goes to Azerbaijan

When U.S. National Security Advisor John Bolton tweeted that he will be visiting Azerbaijan on October 20 it could not have come sooner. This secular Muslim country of 9 million is one of America’s most reliable yet underappreciated allies on the world stage. Mr. Bolton should use his visit to this geopolitically significant country sandwiched between a dangerous Russia and adventurous Iran to reiterate Washington’s unwavering, strong and unabashed support for America’s ally of over 26 years.

Iranians Studying in the United States Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

‘America is not the enemy, the enemy is right here’

Ali Larijani, speaker of the Iranian parliament, has described the United States as a “threat to the entire world.” But his daughter Fatemeh Ardeshir-Larijani is safe in Ohio, where she recently completed the first year of her residency in internal medicine. In relative obscurity, she studies at the University Hospitals of Cleveland, which U.S. News & World Report has ranked among the nation’s best.

Illustration on the need for patent protection by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Making important patents worthless

A U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) judge recently did something extraordinary and virtually unprecedented. He found a patent valid and infringed, but recommended that there should be no remedy. This is an incredibly troubling development that should concern anyone who believes, as did the Framers of the U.S. Constitution, that patent rights are important for the advancement of the country.

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FILE - In this Dec. 15, 2014, file photo, Jamal Khashoggi, general manager of a new Arabic news channel, speaks during a news conference in Manama, Bahrain. Saudi Arabia is paying influential lobbyists, lawyers and public relations experts nearly $6 million a year to engage U.S. officials and promote the Middle East nation, even after several firms cut ties with the kingdom following the disappearance of journalist Khashoggi. (AP Photo/Hasan Jamali, File)

A murder for Halloween

Arabian justice has never been regarded in the West as a model, and it has not improved its reputation with the disappearance and likely death of Jamal Khashoggi in Saudi Arabia's consulate in Istanbul. The case has taken a remarkably grisly turn.

Warren a disgrace

As it turns out, Sen. Elizabeth Warren is everything President Trump says she is and more ("Trump won't pay $1 million bet on Elizabeth Warren's DNA test," Web, Oct. 15). The facts dictate that Mrs. Warren is no more Native American than I or 325.7 million other Americans.

Different rules for Bill Clinton

In her rationalization of his behavior, Hillary Clinton would still have us believe that President Bill Clinton should "absolutely not" have stepped down over the White House affair ("Hillary Clinton: #MeToo doesn't apply to Bill, Lewinsky was 'adult,'" Web, Oct 14).

In this Oct. 4, 2018, file photo, Rick Armstrong, left, Ryan Gosling and Mark Armstrong attend the "First Man" premiere at the National Air and Space Museum of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington. Gosling says that one of the biggest challenges of making the Neil Armstrong film was knowing that his sons were going to see it. Armstrong's sons Rick and Mark Armstrong were involved in the production at every step helping to shed light on their father. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP, File)

'First Man' -- no surprise here -- falls short of ticket sales

- The Washington Times

"First Man," the movie that was supposed to showcase the historical greatness of the first man to walk the moon, Neil Armstrong -- but that omitted the triumphant and patriotic planting of the flag of record from the very country that made this greatness possible, America -- has suffered a bit of a red face with its opening weekend ticket sales. Sales were projected at $21 million but came in short, at $16.5 million.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

Elizabeth Warren, the BoSox Bill Buckner pariah of politics

- The Washington Times

Elizabeth Warren, who took the puzzling step of announcing her DNA test results showing she was less Native American than most European Americans, has now come under fire from the Cherokee Nation. And how rightly so. Warren has become to politics what Bill Buckner has been to Red Sox fans for decades -- a pariah.