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Roy Moore. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

No country for the squeamish of any age

- The Washington Times

America’s the greatest land of all, but it’s no country for sexually squeamish men, or women either, who are old enough to remember when dignity, decency and decorum were in season.

Illustration on port security by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

When port security is compromised

We have recently seen evidence of how our national security was compromised by the Obama administration’s approval of the Uranium One deal that gave Russia 20 percent of our uranium reserves. We are now learning more about the serious security compromise at Port Canaveral and its adjacent military infrastructure.

Illustration on access to good education by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Ensuring equal access to education

The mission of the Office for Civil Rights of the U.S. Department of Education is “to ensure equal access to education and to promote educational excellence through vigorous enforcement of civil rights in our nation’s schools.”

House Cleaning at the CFPB Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Protecting consumers from fraud and abuse

Following Richard Cordray’s resignation as director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), the smart money is betting that President Trump will appoint Mick Mulvaney, head of the Office of Management and Budget, as acting director until a permanent replacement can be found. This would be a good move, as Director Mulvaney is known for his no-nonsense approach — and there is a lot of nonsense to be sorted out at the CFPB.

Chinese President Xi Jinping, center, and Vietnam Communist Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong, right, wave during a welcoming ceremony at the presidential palace in Hanoi, Vietnam Sunday, Nov. 12, 2017. (Hoang Dinh Nam/Pool Photo via AP)

The double-edged sword of China

A few weeks ago, Chinese President Xi Jinping offered a Soviet-style five-year plan for China’s progress at the Communist Party Congress in Beijing. Despite his talk of global cooperation, the themes were familiar socialist boilerplate about Chinese economic and military superiority to come.

Illustration on 529 savings accounts by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Giving families a helping hand with educational expenses

Putting four children through college would be a challenge for most families. Certainly it is for Jenny Clark and her husband, Michael, but they have made saving for their children’s college educations a priority.

Illustration on King Josiah hearing the reading of the law    The Washington Times

Rediscovering the Bible lost in America

There’s an Old Testament story that bears striking resemblance to what’s going on today in America. It’s the story of King Josiah finding the lost Book of the Law.

Former President Bill Clinton speaks at a gathering in Little Rock, Ark., on Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017, marking 25 years since his election. He and his wife Hillary Clinton appeared before about 2,600 people at the event in the Statehouse Convention Center. (AP Photo/Kelly P. Kissel)

The liberal ruse of feminism

Charlie Rose, formerly of PBS and CBS. Glenn Thrush of The New York Times. The collapse of the liberal establishment Masters of the Universe continues. Yet for some reason, the Democratic and liberal establishment think now is the time to condemn … Bill Clinton.

American Negotiations with North Korea Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Encouraging signs following Trump’s visit to Seoul

I was part of a small fact-finding delegation to South Korea immediately after President Trump’s Nov. 7-8 visit. The message we received in Seoul was universal: President Trump’s visit was a success; his presentation at the National Assembly was well-received. To a person, all were appreciative of the president’s comments, juxtaposing a vibrant liberal democracy in the South and an authoritarian and capricious regime in the North.

Volunteers tie the wooden cross that was carried through the streets of Etna, Pa., a Pittsburgh suburb, to the larger cross in the cemetery where their annual "Drama of The Cross," service was done on Good Friday, Friday, April 18, 2014. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic) ** FILE **

America on fire, as love for God cools

- The Washington Times

America was built on Judeo-Christian principles, steered into existence by Founding Fathers who believed — yes, even the less religious ones — that this republic could not survive absent a moral, virtuous people. My, how wise the founders. That was then. This is now: Roy Moore. Al Franken.

Illustration on cybersecurity by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Closing the cyber skills gap

In the digitally integrated world we live in today, it’s nearly impossible to function successfully in any industry without making cybersecurity staffing a priority. No matter the size, no matter the sector, businesses all across the country are in growing need of professionals who specialize in cybersecurity.

Illustration of Bill and Hillary Clinton by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

A tale of two cultures

“Prospect of New Special Counsel Rattles Justice” was the scary front-page headline on a recent, worried edition of The Washington Post. The faux fuss was caused by Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ suggestion that after weighing recommendations from senior prosecutors, he might appoint a special counsel to investigate Hillary Clinton’s role in the Uranium One deal.

Map of Armenia, Azerbaijan, Nagorno Karabakh

Losing the moral compass over Nagorno-Karabakh

When it comes to American foreign aid, it is often the message — rather than the dollar figure — that matters. A textbook case is Nagorno-Karabakh, the internationally recognized Azerbaijani territory, illegally occupied by Armenia.

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Illustration by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Do-it-yourself terrorism

Terrorism exists in many forms and with many motivations. However, terrorism as a weapon of the instruments of radical Islam is the best organized and directed of all such deadly groups in the modern era.

In this photo taken with light reflections on a pot German Chancellor Angela Merkel attends the weekly cabinet meeting of the German government at the chancellery in Berlin, Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)

Frau Merkel's migraine

The reckoning is at hand for Angela Merkel in Germany. None of the political parties came close to winning a majority in the September voting, and trying to put together a workable coalition has given Frau Merkel — and Europe — a headache the size of a continent.

Judiciary Committee members, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, left, talks with racking member Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on nominations on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

'Packing' the judiciary

When what goes around comes around, only the quick and nimble escape a painful smackdown. The Democrats in California have had remarkable success over the years packing the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals with judges who have small appreciation for the Constitution as it was written, and now that may be changing.

A family's extravagant togetherness

In "Seven Days of Us" the Birch family spend Christmas holed up in their country house in Norfolk. It's Emma's childhood home and she loves it. Her husband Andrew is less enthusiastic. He's used to going there for Christmas because she insists, but not for seven days, and not without the relief of other company and visits to shops and pubs and friends.

Presidency is not God

Former Vice President Joe Biden recently told Oprah Winfrey that in the last presidential election cycle he wasn't ready for the office. He asked, in quite biblical-sounding terms, "[W]as I prepared to be able to give my whole heart, my whole soul and all my attention to the endeavor? I knew I wasn't." In Mathew 22 Christ tells us, "You shall love the Lord your God with all of your heart, with all of your soul, and with all of your mind."

Congress not upholding oaths

When congressional GOP members were elected in 2016, the entire Republican Party celebrated. Yet now these same people are considered traitors by many. Is that a little harsh? Readers can decide for themselves. I looked up the Merriam-Webster definition of a traitor, and here it is: "One who betrays another's trust or is false to an obligation or duty." I think that says it all.

Illustration on Thanksgiving by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

'Gathering together to ask the Lord's blessing'

We gather together" are the three little words that set the theme for family and friends joining in the celebration of Thanksgiving. The words that follow -- "to ask the Lord's blessing" -- are not from an American hymn, but from the gratitude of an unknown author set to 16th century Dutch music. The lyrics put down roots in America as a unifier, and were particularly popular during World War II when our enemies were recognized as "wicked oppressors" and the nation was united against evil.

Illustration on being thankful for President Trump by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Can Trump-haters be thankful for him?

Any other Republican president but Donald Trump might expect to get at least some credit for the mostly positive direction in which the country is headed. Unfortunately, the Trump-haters prefer to focus on his, shall I say, unusual personality, rather than results. So let's put personality aside and consider what has happened in his first 10 months in office.