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In this June 5, 2019, photo, Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., speaks at the RV/MH Hall of Fame and Museum in Elkhart, Ind. Bernie Sanders has fallen to second place in most polls in the weeks since Joe Biden entered the presidential race. But Warren is emerging as another threat to his appeal, thanks in part to her populist proposals that at time go further left than Sanders on his key issues. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

Here come the Democratic nobles on parade

- The Washington Times

The legion of Democrats who think they can take the measure of Donald Trump will go at it beginning Wednesday night, each trying to figure out a way to stand out in a crowd of mediocrities.

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A boost to global energy security

President Trump is correct to be concerned about the European Union’s over-reliance on natural gas imports from Russia. In the interest of Western energy security, it is important that the president’s foreign policy team elevate the building of the Trans-Caspian Pipeline (TCP) to the top of America’s foreign policy priorities.

Veteran Courts Program Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

A second chance for veterans

Veterans need a second chance at clean records for crimes committed with help from compassionate veteran judges and mentors.

Deborah Simmons

Lawmakers, not merely embattled Jack Evans, under fire

- The Washington Times

The D.C. Council is under fire and has some heavy lifting to do over the next 18 months, and for the first time since 1991, the voice of Jack Evans on fiscal affairs, redistricting matters and run-of-the-mill national Democratic Party priorities won’t be heard.

Supreme Court Justice Clarence argued last week in his opinion in Gamble v. United States that a judge's duty to interpret the Constitution trumps stare decisis, and if the courts got it wrong in the past, then they need to fix it rather than stick with incorrect precedent. (Associated Press/File)

Originalism meets bad precedent

When an irresistible force meets an immovable object, so the old song goes, “something’s gotta give.” So, when the force is an originalist view of judicial authority and the object is the doctrine of stare decisis, which one gives? Justice Clarence Thomas says it has to be stare decisis.

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When ‘equality’ means anything but normal

The conceit of our age is that we can alter reality at a whim. We’re really that smart and powerful. We not only can control the planet’s weather, but we can defy God’s essential design for life, reflected in nature and cultures trillions of times a day.

Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, March 6, 2019. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh) ** FILE **

Hawks rip Trump for keeping America at work, not war

- The Washington Times

First, take a deep breath. Now take a look at the Wall Street Journal. The otherwise fine newspaper editorially on Saturday blasted President Trump. For what? For not killing Iranians and blowing up Iranian targets to show how super our American power is.

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Congress dithering as usual

President Trump had given U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement the go-ahead to "legally" begin removing more than 1 million illegals in our country. Now, after approximately two-and-a-half years of "resist at all costs," House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has asked the president for more time. Mr. Trump, offering more consideration than he has been shown by the Democrats, has agreed. Offering a two-week delay, Congress now has a very short time to do what they could have done years ago.

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., speaks briefly with reporters at a bipartisan bill signing ceremony but delayed taking questions on Iran until later, at the Capitol in Washington, Friday, June 21, 2019. President Donald Trump said Friday the U.S. was "cocked and loaded" to retaliate against Iran for downing an unmanned American surveillance drone, but he canceled the strikes 10 minutes before they were to be launched. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Deporting the illegals

Tough words softened by gentle deeds are preferable to gentle words trampled by rough and reckless action. President Trump vows to begin deporting illegal immigrants by the millions, a campaign promise that helped elect him and may well do so again. He didn't invent the chaos on the border, but he is the first president to try to do something about it. The nation yearns for an equitable immigration system that enables the orderly entry of foreign nationals without infringing the rights of law-abiding Americans. There's nothing in the president's words or deeds that dash that wish.

Failure to respond a failure overall

Recently, the Iranian military shot down a high-altitude U.S. drone over international waters in the Straight of Hormuz. There was no proportionate response by the United States. Instead, President Trump called off an attack against the targets due to the potential for collateral damage. This move told us that killing people would not be a proportionate response to the shooting down of an unmanned U.S. drone. Yet I believe that a proportionate response was required to avoid future such Iranian attacks.

Recalling the compelling life of a true champion

Thousands of tourists flock to Philadelphia for the historic sites and other attractions, and many of them venture to the Philadelphia Art Museum's steps, where actor Sylvester Stone ran up them famously as the fictional boxer in the 1976 film "Rocky."

Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman meets with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo at Al Salam Palace in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, Monday, June 24, 2019. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, Pool)

Saudi dissident: Kingdom's economy is faltering

We've spoken with Ali al-Ahmed from the Gulf Institute several times in the recent past and with tensions rising in the Middle East we thought it would be helpful to discuss the current positioning of Saudi Arabia in the Gulf, and surrounding area.

Former Vice Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army Gen. Jack Keane, speaks to activists gathered at the State Department before a march to the White House to call for regime change in Iran, Friday, June 21, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Trump's 'strategic' Iran offense v. Obama's 'take our cash' deal

- The Washington Times

Retired military Gen. Jack Keane said on national television that President Donald Trump is to be commended for his past few days of foreign policy regarding Iran -- specifically, for heading up "the first administration in 39 years to be on the strategic offensive with the Iranians." That's quite a feat.