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In defiance of science

For years, the left has claimed to be the party of science, while casting religious conservatives as ignorant, superstitious louts.

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., hoists Kassidy Durham, 7, who lives in Durham, N.C., where her mother works for McDonald's, as Democrats as House Democrats approved legislation to raise the federal minimum wage for the first time in a decade _ to $15 an hour, at the Capitol in Washington, Thursday, July 18, 2019. The bill is expected to fail in the Republican-controlled Senate. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

When the government meddles in wages

If your wallet has felt a little fatter recently, you’re not alone. After a decade or so of stagnation, Americans’ wages are finally starting to grow, and not a moment too soon. As of this spring, wages were growing at about 3.4 percent year over year — the highest rate in more than a decade. The grim post-Great Recession slog is finally over.

FILE - In this June 9, 2010 file photo, U.S. President Barack Obama makes a statement about Iran in the Diplomatic Reception Room of the White House in Washington. Iran threatened Wednesday, May 8, 2019, to resume higher enrichment of uranium in 60 days if world powers fail to negotiate new terms for its 2015 nuclear deal, an agreement that capped over a decade of hostility between Tehran and the West over its atomic program. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)

When it comes to the economy, Democrats live in an alternative reality

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders appeared on “Meet the Press” this weekend and railed against the U.S. economy, stating it “continues to favor the people who have the wealth and the power, while all over this country people are working two or three jobs.”

President Donald Trump speaks with reporters on the South Lawn of the White House before departing, Wednesday, July 17, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

America, love it or leave it (again)

The phrase “America, Love It or Leave It” has a pedigree dating back at least to the McCarthy era. In the ‘70s, the phrase was employed again against those protesting America’s involvement in the Vietnam War.

In this Monday, July 15, 2019, file photo, U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn, second from left, speaks, as U.S. Reps., from left, Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich.,Ayanna Pressley, D-Mass., and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., listen, during a news conference at the Capitol in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

The limits of free speech

During the past week, President Donald Trump excited two bitter public controversies by sending and publishing two highly inappropriate and offensively incendiary tweets.

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NBC's Dave Gregory (right) and Andrea Mitchell chat in the spin room during the Republican Candidates Debate at the University of South Florida in Tampa, Fla., Monday, Jan. 23, 2012. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times) ** FILE **

MSNBC mouth denies AOC socialist, says it's 'opposition research'

- The Washington Times

Andrea Mitchell of MSNBC fame said during a recent television sit-down with a couple guests that calling the likes of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez a socialist was patently untrue -- that it was simply "opposition research" garbage from conservatives and Republicans and President Donald Trump's supporters and base. Come again?

After a confrontation between authorities and protestors, police use pepper spray as multiple groups, including Rose City Antifa, the Proud Boys and others protest in downtown Portland, Ore., on Saturday, June 29, 2019. In social media posts later in the day, police declared the situation to be a civil disturbance and warned participants faced arrest. (Dave Killen/The Oregonian via AP)

Antifa is most definitely 'a terrorist organization'

- The Washington Times

Sens. Ted Cruz and Bill Cassidy introduced a resolution to formally label antifa a domestic terrorist organization and saying, in follow-up written remarks, that the group "must be stopped," that its members are fascists "protected by liberal privilege," and that it's high time elected officials stepped in and did something. Agreed.

In this March 2, 2017, file photo, Tucker Carlson, host of "Tucker Carlson Tonight," poses for photos in a Fox News Channel studio, in New York. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

Tucker Carlson, Berkeley's idea of a 'white supremacist goblin'

- The Washington Times

Berkeley City Council member Rigel Robinson turned down an invitation to talk about the renaming of manholes as "maintenance holes" on Fox News with Tucker Carlson, calling the host a "white supremacist goblin" and a "racist" and a bunch of other stuff. It's always a good thing when crazy people denounce you.

Pruden irreplaceable

What devastating news to read that Wesley Pruden passed away this week ("Washington Times editor, columnist Wesley Pruden dies at 83 after remarkable six-decade career," Web, July 18). Mr. Pruden may have been a "newspaperman," but he was also an extraordinary wordsmith. I read all of his columns beginning in 1982 and ending on Tuesday with his marvelous "The four noisy horseladies of the Apocalypse." There was never a Pruden column that didn't make me laugh, introduce me to a new word or explain an issue without politically weaponizing it!

'Squad' should get to work

There is a saying in the African-American community: "Don't start none, won't be none" ("The four noisy horseladies of the Apocalypse," Web, July 15). These four congresswomen — Reps. Ocasio-Cortez, Tlaib, Pressley and Omar — have been accusing everyone of racism ever since they were sworn in, even calling Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi a racist.

Condemn, remove anti-U.S. reps

Make no mistake: Reps. Ocasio-Cortez, Omar, Tlaib and Pressley are indeed anti-American, pro-Islamist cheerleaders of those who wish us and our allies death and destruction. Ms. Omar's televised gushing praise and pride in al Qaeda cannot be written off as anything but what it was: A show of hate to America, an undisguised wink of thanks to terrorists and spit in the eye of those lost on Sept 11, 2001.

"Layover" by David Bell

BOOK REVIEW: 'Layover'

Describing his life at the beginning of "Layover," Joshua Fields says, "I didn't connect with people I passed on my travels. We transacted things. Business. Commerce. Money."

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").