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Mainstream media are awash in a tsunami of trivia

- The Washington Times

The media is guilty of manifold sins, as God and everyone else know, but President Trump has misdiagnosed what’s wrong with the media. It’s not deliberate “fakery,” but a tsunami of too much news badly edited, if edited at all. We’re awash in information, much of it show-biz trivia that we don’t need.

Human Rights Emergency Illustration by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

It’s 1933 in South Africa

A rising radical politician promises that he will bring the majority of his population out of poverty and depression by getting rid of an unpopular minority and redistributing their ill-gotten gains among the poor and downtrodden. He openly threatens ethnic cleansing to what he claims is the criminal race that has systematically oppressed his people for centuries.

Syria Strategy Illustration by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

A joint strategy for Syria

The Trump-Putin summit came at a highly propitious time, with respect to the Syrian civil war that is now in its final stage. Statements by both leaders reflect not only a common understanding of the problems in Syria that lie ahead but the reality that this is an area where both leaders have been engaged with Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu on the need to ensure Israeli security as well as the refugee problem and a need to eliminate ISIS and other radical terrorists in the area.

The Problem with NATO Illustration by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

NATO’s challenge is Germany, not America

During the recent NATO summit meeting, a rumbustious Donald Trump tore off a thin scab of niceties to reveal a deep and old NATO wound — one that has predated President Trump by nearly 30 years and goes back to the end of the Cold War.

Border War Illustration by Linas Garsys /The Washington Times

America’s ‘war at home’

The knock-offs had names calculated to delight unwary consumers: Apple, Nike, Coach, Gucci and Louis Vuitton. But their real country of origin was China, the real importers were Mexican drug cartels and those alert federal agents worked for Immigration and Customs Enforcement, ICE.

Dianne Feinstein and 2018 Elections Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Anger in the Golden State

Last weekend, the executive board of the California Democratic Party voted to endorse Ms. Feinstein’s challenger, fellow Democratic State Sen. Kevin de Leon, in his bid to unseat the four-term incumbent (both Democrats advanced to the general election as the top-two finishers in California’s June “open” primary). The outcome wasn’t close Mr. de Leon received 65 percent to Ms. Feinstein’s mere 7 percent, with 28 percent opting for “no endorsement.”

FILE - In this Sunday, July 9, 2017 file photo, supporters of Kemal Kilicdaroglu, the leader of Turkey's main opposition Republican People's Party, hold Turkish flags in Istanbul, as they gather for a rally following their 425-kilometer (265-mile) 'March for Justice' from capital Ankara to Istanbul. Turkey declared a three-month state of emergency after a failed coup attempt in 2016, and has extended it seven times since then, but it is scheduled to end at midnight Wednesday July 18, 2018, though opposition leaders insists that new anti-terrorism laws are just as oppressive as the emergency powers they will replace. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis, File)

How U.S.-Turkey relations grow stronger

In the aftermath of the NATO Summit in Brussels, I have reflected on the importance of strong trans-Atlantic bonds and how this critical alliance has paved the way for economic growth which has benefitted both sides of the Atlantic. In an unstable world, we need strong trade alliances like the U.S.-Turkey one. We need a robust NATO as well.

Shrewd Card Player Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

In defense of Trump with Putin

As a trial judge in New Jersey during the Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush years, I spent much of my time trying to settle cases. This process involved bringing into my chambers the lawyers for the disputants and asking them in the absence of their adversaries to lay their cards on the table.

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Democrats need to chill, but science says they can't

- The Washington Times

If happiness had a political tag, conservative would be its name. A study in the Social Psychological and Personality Science found conservatives are happier than liberals and those those of right-leaning ideologies are far more likely than their left-leaning counterparts to grasp the "meaning of life." That explains a lot.

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Google's A.I. 'ethics principles' sound great, guarantee little

- The Washington Times

Google has put in place some ethical rules to guide its company's artificial intelligence pursuits. And the principles do show promise. But let's be clear: The devil remains in the details. It's one thing to lay out a path to walk, a wish-list to fulfill. It's another thing entirely to have the technological know-how to fulfill these goals.

Bees at risk

"Earth Talk: How can the public monitor pesticide levels?" (Web, July 10) highlighted the dangers to bees of the overuse of pesticides. Too often we are ignorant on the fragility of bee colonies and how our pesticide use affects them.

Too tired of trickery to care?

Is there any reason to believe that the evidence underpinning special counsel Robert Mueller's indictment of Russian government officials would be any more credible than the phony Steele dossier being used to justify the investigation into President Trump ("Mueller team meets with lawyers for Roger Stone associate Andrew Miller," Web, July 18)? Considering the intense pressure the Mueller team has been under to justify its open-ended investigation of this president, isn't it just a little curious that evidence has suddenly surfaced to indict someone — anyone — for election meddling?

President Donald Trump departs after signing an Executive Order that establishes a National Council for the American Worker during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House, Thursday, July 19, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

The slow dance to peace

Ours is not an age for reflection, patience and slow-dancing. Our age demands instant gratification. Sooner than that, if possible. Thus the slow-dancing in the latest exchange since the famous Singapore handshake, originating in a hand-carried letter to Pyongyang. The response came back in another hand-carried letter, with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo continuing as postman.

Healing loss, finding love on the road

- The Washington Times

Pival Sengupta, a recent widow from India, leads the narrative. Her authoritarian husband has died, and with new-found freedom she decides to travel to America in search of Rahi, her son who has disappeared under mysterious circumstances. Constrained by years of yielding to a dominant spouse who rejected Rahi when he disclosed he was gay, the First Class India USA Destination Vacation Tour Company offers Pival a way forward.

Former NFL player Terrell Owens arrives at the ESPY Awards at Microsoft Theater on Wednesday, July 18, 2018, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Willy Sanjuan/Invision/AP)

SNYDER: Even as a Hall of Famer, Owens in a class by himself

Terrell Owens is one of the greatest NFL receivers ever, period. He's also one of the strangest NFL players ever, period. The latter has no bearing on the former, or at least it shouldn't. But Owens continually proves he's in a class by himself, which will be the case during the Hall of Fame induction ceremony on Aug. 4.