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President can not initiate a war without congressional approval

America’s latest round of hostilities with Iran has sparked a renewed debate about the limits of executive power in war and foreign policy, and in so doing has exposed a dangerous philosophy on the neoconservative right: the notion that the president can initiate a war without congressional approval.

Lev Parnas, a Rudy Giuliani associate with ties to Ukraine, arrives for a bail hearing in federal court, Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2019 in New York. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan) ** FILE **

Lev Parnas, another Democratic impeachment dud

- The Washington Times

Much ado has been made by MSNBC and The New York Times and the left and the Democrats about the latest, newest, glitziest, golden boy hoped-for impeachment witness, former Rudy Giuliani business associate Lev Parnas. But this guy is a dud like all the rest.

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Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt.,, center, speaks as fellow candidates businessman Tom Steyer, from left, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., former Vice President Joe Biden, former South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg and Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn. listen, Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020, during a Democratic presidential primary debate hosted by CNN and the Des Moines Register in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Democrats take stage, wave bye-bye

- The Washington Times

When House Democratic managers tromp to the Senate Wednesday to caterwaul their contempt for President Trump, saddened onlookers will wonder this: Where's the Democratic Party we once knew, and to which some of us once belonged?

'Many Rivers to Cross' (book jacket)

BOOK REVIEW: 'Many Rivers to Cross'

Peter Robinson's fictional character Detective Superintendent Alan Banks has been the protagonist of a long series of popular crime novels, beginning with 1987's "Gallows View." Originally a detective working in London, Banks grew disillusioned with the big city and transferred to a fictional English town near Yorkshire called Eastvale.

Iranian boots on the ground (Illustration by Alexander Hunter for The Washington Times)

A little 2020 foresight, please

Not to add to apocalyptic associations with the year 2020, but we now find ourselves officially in the Year of the Rat, according to the Chinese calendar -- characterized by chaos. Thanks only to my obscure interest in the Balkans, sparked in 1999 by the shock that a war could be started by the world's superhero nation and my family's refuge from inhumanity, I learned the Serbian word for war: rat.

Forestry researcher Jhon Farfan carries saplings to replant a field damaged by illegal gold miners in Madre de Dios, Peru, on March 29, 2019. The rainforest is under increasing threat from illicit logging, mining and ranching. Farfan's job involves inspecting lands where the forest has already been lost to illegal mining spurred by the spike in gold prices following the 2008 global financial crash. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)

Can Russia be key in fighting climate change?

While U.S.-Russian relations keep sinking in a seemingly bottomless ditch, optimists aren't ready to give up and wonder whether there is anything to reverse or at least to stop this process before Armageddon.

Eminem calling for gun control akin to terrorist preaching on peace

- The Washington Times

Eminem, also known as one rap world's most violently, vulgar lyricists -- and whitest -- just dropped a surprise new album on the music community, accompanied by a video in which he makes a plea for gun control. It's hard to take seriously a guy who makes a living off selling violence as a form of art also calling for an end to violence.

Democrats owe us millions

Considering that I've heard many Democrats say they wanted more witnesses to see whether President Trump was hiding anything, I'm surprised that they haven't asked for a presidential colonoscopy, too. Nevertheless, I think the taxpayers of this country should be reimbursed by the Democratic Party for the full cost of the phony impeachment hearings that were based on nothing but hearsay, innuendo and unfounded accusations.

What of personal responsibility?

In "Cornel West warns against Bernie Sanders rivals' attempt to sow division" (Web, Jan. 16) writers Seth McLaughlin and David Sherfinski quote Adilka Pimentel, a Bernie Sanders supporter and Make the Road Action member, as follows: "We have been organizing to survive and organizing to live, but now we want to organize to transform society and transform our lives."