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Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May speaks during a press conference inside 10 Downing Street in London, Thursday, Nov. 15, 2018. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham, Pool)

The politicians are having it tough in Old Blighty, too

- The Washington Times

Britain and the envious Europeans are discovering that breaking up is hard to do, particularly when the Europeans want to keep the house, the car, the bank account and give up only the kids. The particulars of the deal were written by the British themselves, so you might not understand why any of them wouldn’t like it.

Illustration on investment in the Indo-Pacific region by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

‘Win-win or winner take all?’

Vice President Mike Pence’s visit to the Indo-Pacific this week casts a spotlight on a region increasingly vital to global security and prosperity. State-based and private investors are investing vast amounts to build infrastructure and advance economic growth. For the emerging economies of the Indo-Pacific to realize their full potential, they must avoid economic traps.

The dome of St. Peter's Basilica is partially engulfed in the fog behind statues of saints adorning the colonnade designed by 16th century Italian sculptor and architect Gian Lorenzo Bernini, in St. Peter's Square, at the Vatican, Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2018. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

The shame of the Catholic Church

One doesn’t have to be Roman Catholic or even Christian to recognize the great good the Catholic Church has done. America would be worse off were it not its pro-life stance and numerous acts of charity.

Illustration on rules for civil discourse by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Maybe we could use a civic Hippocratic oath

Amob of protesters associated with the radical left-wing group Antifa swarmed the private residence of Fox News host Tucker Carlson on the night of Nov. 7. They yelled, “Tucker Carlson, we will fight! We know where you sleep at night!” The mob’s apparent aim was to catch Mr. Carlson’s family inside and so terrify them that he might temper his conservative views. Only Mr. Carlson’s wife was home at the time. She locked herself in a pantry and called police.

Illustration on China's designs on the world by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

The war with China

The United States has been at war with China since at least 1947-49, when Chiang Kai-shek, his extended family and the Chinese Nationalist regime were air and boatlifted from mainland China to Taiwan, this after Mao Zedong’s Communist forces prevailed against Chiang’s Nationalists. During the Korean War (1950-53), large scale military combat between U.S. and Chinese forces actually took place; however, since then the war has largely been an economic one, and the Chinese have beaten the United States badly.

Protecting American Energy Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Benefitting from a diverse energy sector

President Trump and the administration have long vowed to revive America as the world’s leading energy producer. To fulfill this promise — as well as unofficial campaign promises — the administration announced in June that it planned to bail out coal and nuclear power plants at risk of being shuttered under the guise of national security, claiming saving these plants would bolster “grid resilience” and promote American “energy dominance.”

President Donald Trump points to his ear and says "Did I hear the word bipartisan?" as he announces his support for H. R. 5682, the "First Step Act" as bipartisan legislation during a speech in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2018, which would reform America's prison system. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

The silver lining of the midterms

Although Democrats gained ground everywhere but the Senate, President Trump won the midterm. While doubly counterintuitive — that opponents could advance and someone not on the ballot prevail — Democrats not only failed to knock Mr. Trump out in 2018, but set him up for 2020. Democrats won enough to make themselves relevant, but in doing so, also making a perfect contrast for the president.

Bring Asia Bibi to America

Eight years ago this month, Asia Bibi, a Pakistani Christian, was prosecuted, convicted and sentenced to be hanged on the charge of blasphemy. She has spent the years since on death row. Now, Pakistan’s Supreme Court has overturned her conviction on grounds of insufficient evidence. So this sad story turns out to have a happy ending, right? C’mon, you knew it wasn’t going to be that simple.

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For some time now, I have wondered to myself what the leftists' real goal is as they work to divide the nation, corrupt our youth, destroy our institutions and revel in their criminal behavior to steal elections.

Billy Idol shows caravan how it's done

- The Washington Times

Billy Idol, U.K.-born rocker of the '80's, became a U.S. citizen this week -- holding a tiny American flag as he took the Naturalization Oath of Allegiance. Holding the American flag. Swearing allegiance to America. Caravan-ers, are you paying attention?

Resist more 'Californication'

A.J. Rice did a nice synopsis of the political peril facing Republicans in Virginia, but I disagree that Northern Virginians "vote their interests" ("The 'Californication' of Virginia," Web, Nov. 13).

Left forgets Golden Rule

The Golden Rule tells us, "Do unto others as you woud have them do unto you." Given the Democrats' finding of now Associate Justice Kavanaugh guilty of abusing women before any real facts were in, let us see what they want done to them.

'Everybody counts or nobody counts'

In Michael Connelly's crime thriller "The Late Show," he introduced us to a new character, Renee Ballard, an attractive, 30-ish dedicated and smart Los Angeles detective who was working the night shift.

CNN's Jim Acosta walks into federal court in Washington, Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2018, to attend a hearing on legal challenge against President Donald Trump's administration. Trump's administration contends it has "broad discretion" to regulate press access to the White House as it fends off a legal challenge from CNN and other outlets over the revocation of Acosta's "hard pass." (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Restoring trust in the press

Reporting the news is difficult and expensive. Grandstanding is more fun and everyone has an opinion. That's why reporters were once taught, often by a stern taskmaster, to leave opining to the columnists and the editorial page, and save their opinions for after work in the bar across the street. This particular affliction — grandstanding rather than reporting, advocacy rather than observing and distilling those observations before passing them on to press and tube, is the affliction of the modern media. And why not? Talking is cheaper than reporting.

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton listens to question from Jeffrey Goldberg, editor in chief of The Atlantic, during The Atlantic Festival, Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Hillary Clinton, Mike Tyson two of a kind

The Wall Street Journal published an op-ed this past week co-authored by Mark Penn, a former adviser to both Bill and Hillary Clinton. The column tells us that Hillary will indeed run again for President again in 2020 and that a new version, referred to as Hillary 4.0, will crush a field of Democrats on her way to again securing the party's nomination and apparently finally taking her rightful place in history as America's first woman president.

Mark Levin on Fox News.

Mark Levin: The Indispensable One

- The Washington Times

This week Mark Levin was officially inducted into the National Radio Hall of Fame, and one wonders what took so long. His induction was presented by fellow Hall of Famers Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity, and the three figures comprise what can accurately be described as the talk radio "Mount Rushmore."

Special counsel Robert Mueller departs after a meeting on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File) ** FILE **

Trump tweets what we're all thinking: Mueller investigation 'total mess'

- The Washington Times

President Donald Trump, in characteristic President Donald Trump fashion, took to Twitter to give voice to his latest opinion on the ongoing -- never-ending, it would seem -- special counsel investigation of Russia collusion being conducted by Robert Mueller, and said: "The inner workings ... are a total mess." Well, that's just well said.

Michael Avenatti leaves the Los Angeles Police Department Pacific Division after posting bail for a felony domestic violence charge, Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2018. (AP Photo/Michael Owen Baker)

Michael Avenatti's arrest a good test for due process

- The Washington Times

Social media has gone into overdrive over the news Michael Avenatti, the anti-President Donald Trump trash-talking attorney for porn star Stormy Daniels, was arrested for domestic abuse. But conservatives, at least, ought to save the crowing and mocking and celebrating for behind-the-scenes, at least for the time being.