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Democratic presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg speaks at his early vote rally at Rocketown in Nashville, Tenn., Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2020. (George Walker IV/The Tennessean via AP)

Money matters

Mitt Romney, the Utah senator and former business executive, is merely “rich.” When the then-Massachusetts Republican ran for president against Barack Obama in 2012, he was estimated to be worth around $200 million. President Trump is also only “rich,” with a net worth somewhere in the $3 billion range, according to various estimates. Tom Steyer, the San Francisco hedge fund titan who is also running for president, is similarly situated, worth about $1.5 billion (yet he can’t seem to find a decent tie to buy for himself).

Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang takes a photograph with a member of the audience as he arrives at "Our Rights, Our Courts" forum New Hampshire Technical Institute's Concord Community College, Saturday, Feb. 8, 2020, in Concord, N.H. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

What Dems can learn from the Yang Gang

In the middle of all of the screaming and name calling, the Yang Gang, as they call themselves, are engaged in calm, thoughtful conversation about policy.

Honoring service members  illustration by Linas Garsys / The Washington Times

Cheeseheads honor service members in Hawaii

We live in the land of the free because of the brave. Bryon Alfred Dary was born on March 13, 1925, in the small town of Clinton, Wisconsin. Dary fought in Normandy on D-Day and received the Silver Star Citation for his actions on Omaha Beach.

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The enemy is us

Sometimes, reading the headlines, one would think America is being taken over by a foreign enemy. But turning on the news one sees that the enemy is not foreign.

Consequences of evaded reality

I was 16 in 1979 when Russia invaded Afghanistan. My father told me to avoid conscription at any cost, as my life in Afghanistan, unlike in Eastern Europe, wouldn't be worth an hour's purchase. In 1981 I joined St. Petersburg University, where a professor said not every country is "democracy material."

Spare a dime?

I appreciated Wendy Young's "Deeply flawed Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP) causes suffering at the U.S.-Mexico border" (Web, Feb. 8). However, the piece implies that the Americans are the bad guys. Wrong. How about offering a solution to the problem rather than pointing fingers?

President Donald Trump, right, shakes hands with Russian President Vladimir Putin during a bilateral meeting on the sidelines of the G-20 summit in Osaka, Japan, Friday, June 28, 2019. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Needed: U.S.-Russia collusion 2.0 in 2020

It would take desperation to find something heartening in the Russian portion of National Security Adviser Robert O'Brien's comments last week at the Meridian International Center, which were replete with the typical projections and inversions between us and them. But amid Washington's unhinged nonseriousness (President Trump selling Alaska to Russia as a bargaining chip, Rep. Adam Schiff?), a desperate grab for sanity is better than none at all.

'A Book Too Risky to Publish' (book cover)

BOOK REVIEW: 'A Book Too Risky to Publish'

If you can abort a book you don't have to burn it. That is what almost happened in the case of James R. Flynn's reasoned but impassioned defense of intellectual honesty and freedom in the university.

New U.S. Ambassador to Russia John Sullivan, center, poses after presenting his diplomatic credentials with Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov during a ceremony to receive credentials from newly appointed foreign ambassadors to Russia in Kremlin, in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2020. (Aleksey Nikolskyi, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

Time to start full scale U.S.-Russia dialogue

Now that President Trump has been acquitted after the three-year-long impeachment ordeal, some of us expect him to start this dialogue that he pledged to initiate during the past electoral campaign and kept repeating many times over without following up.

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., speaks to supporters at a primary night election rally in Manchester, N.H., Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

'Progressive' vs. 'more moderate'

The mainstream media would have us believe that the Democrats' presidential field is divided between "progressives" (a euphemism for ultraliberals) — Sens. Bernie Sanders of Vermont and Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts — and what they call the "more moderate" candidates — former Vice President Joe Biden; former Mayor Pete Buttigieg of South Bend, Ind.; and Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota.

In this March 14, 2019, file photo, Empire actor Jussie Smollett arrives at the Leighton Criminal Court Building for his hearing in Chicago. Smollett faces new charges for reporting an attack that Chicago authorities contend was staged to garner publicity, according to media reports Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020. The charges include disorderly conduct counts, according to the reports that cite unidentified sources.  (AP Photo/Matt Marton, File) **FILE**

Thus always to the hate-hoaxers

The story was the literal definition of incredible. Jussie Smollet, a C-list actor on a good day, claimed that last January, on a frigid Chicago night, he was assaulted at random by two people in one of the city's ritziest neighborhoods. The two strangers, white men both, threw a noose around the actor and poured "an unknown liquid" on him while shouting homophobic epithets and "this is MAGA country!" (Streeterville, Chicago, is not MAGA country.)

Popular vote constitutional

The headline "Virginia House approves bill to join National Popular Vote, to bypass Electoral College" (Web, Feb. 11) is misleading. The National Popular Vote Interstate Compact is not an "end run" on the U.S. Constitution, as is frequently claimed by its opponents.