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Sen. Chuck Grassley. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

The march of the September Surprises

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Everyone knew a September Surprise was coming. Supreme Court appointments are a big deal. The Republicans are determined to get an “originalist” justice, one who honors the Constitution as written by the Founding Fathers, subject to amendments duly adopted.

FILE - In this Dec. 26, 2016 file photo, a currency exchange bureau owner counts U.S. dollars in downtown Tehran, Iran. Iran's Central Bank has allowed money exchange offices across the country to resume work after a ban imposed in March 2018 amid the country's economic troubles. The bank's governor, Abdolnasser Hemmati, told sate TV late on Sunday, Aug 5, 2018, that "money exchangers are allowed to sell and buy foreign currencies." (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi, File)

Property rights and pricing

Many problems exist because the activity is mispriced and/or the key decision makers lack the proper incentives. Argentina is going through another financial crisis which occurs almost like clockwork every few years.

Illustration on making tax cuts permanent by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Upgrading to Tax Reform 2.0

As I’ve noted in a couple of recent columns, Americans from all walks of life have reason to be grateful for last year’s tax cuts. They’ve proved to be quite a boon.

House Speaker Paul D. Ryan cheered "the revitalization of our appropriations process," but appropriations bills that increase nonessential spending only exacerbate the nation's crushing debt burden. (Associated Press/File)

‘Minibus’ bills miss opportunity to cut spending and regulations

House Speaker Paul D. Ryan cheered the passage of a package of three spending bills as “the revitalization of our appropriations process.” The Wisconsin Republican also opined: “Funding the government is one of Congress’ most basic responsibilities, and this conference report is a strong first act.”

President Donald Trump speaks during a Congressional Medal of Honor Society reception in the East Room of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

D.C. swamp still reeling from Hurricane Donald

- The Washington Times

President Trump, it has been reported in all seriousness, is a hateful, racist conspiracy theorist hellbent on ridiculing the deaths of some 3,000 Puerto Ricans reportedly killed by the double hurricanes that blasted the island territory last year.

Illustration on a constitutional power struggle by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

A struggle for supremacy

The most powerful evidence that federal judges have eclipsed the other branches of government is the circus surrounding President Trump’s nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court. This should not be as big a deal as it is.

Illustration on a U.S. military base in Poland by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Poland wants a U.S. military base

Ever since Russia invaded Georgia a decade ago, the world has known the Kremlin will use its military to expand its influence.

Illustration on the conscience at work in even athiests by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

‘There is a God and your anger proves it’

Recent headlines prove once again a simple fact that is as obvious as the sunrise: Contrary to popular belief, and flying in the face of multiple denials, liberals and progressives alike actually do believe in God. In fact, those on the cultural left such as the ladies on “The View,” or the talking heads on MSNBC, prove their “biblical faith” as persistently and aggressively as anyone, and they do so every day.

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In this Dec. 2, 2016, file photo, U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minn., listens during a forum on the future of the Democratic Party, in Denver. On Sunday, Aug. 12, 2018, Ellison denied an allegation from an ex-girlfriend that he had once dragged her off a bed while screaming obscenities at her. The allegation came just days before a Tuesday primary in which the Democrat is among several running for state attorney general. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)

Keith Ellison domestic abuse accuser sends Dems much-needed smackdown

- The Washington Times

The Democrats may think they're about to sink their shark teeth deep into Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh, via an out-of-left-field sexual assault allegation from a woman, Christine Blasey Ford, touting a decades-old high school party story. But here's a "hey you guys" moment from none other than the woman who accused Keith Ellison of -- get this -- domestic abuse. And who has supporting statements and medical records to prove it.

GOP can pull off midterms

Republican pollsters predict difficult midterm election problems for Republican candidates — because, they say, although people like President Trump's economy, they don't like Mr. Trump.

FILE - In this Jan. 15, 2017 file photo, U.S Secretary of State John Kerry speaks with the media after attending the Mideast peace conference in Paris. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo unloaded Friday, Sept. 14, 2018 on his Obama-era predecessor John Kerry for "actively undermining" U.S. policy on Iran by meeting several times recently with the Iranian foreign minister, who was his main interlocutor in the Iran nuclear deal negotiations. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, Pool, File)

Colluding with Iran

Defiance and dirty dealing from an enemy is expected, collusion with an enemy to reinforce its effrontery is not. Thanks to John Kerry, President Trump will face an extra formidable Iran when patience meets effrontery next week at the United Nations. The former U.S. secretary of State is conducting shadow diplomacy designed to foil the president's aims in dialing back Iran's nuclear ambitions. Mr. Kerry had his chance to quell the Islamic republic's threats, and blew it. He only delayed dealing effectively with them. His continued attempts in overtime only weaken America.

'Green' folly

Stephen Moore paints a grim picture of the costs to the poor and middle class of wind and solar energy ("How solar and wind mandates tax the poor and middle class," Web, Sept. 16). But the hidden cost multipliers for solar and wind (so-called "renewables") are many, many times worse than what he describes.

Revisiting Israel's founding document

The year 2017 marked the centenary of the Balfour Declaration, one of the most famous -- and to its opponents, most infamous -- promises ever issued by a colonial power to a people seeking to reclaim its nationhood in its ancient land, in this case, the Jewish people's historical connection to the land of Israel.

Former Attorney General Eric Holder addresses the Human Rights Campaign National Dinner in Washington, D.C., Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

Eric Holder, back with an anti-Trump bluster

- The Washington Times

Eric Holder came forward at a recent Human Rights Campaign dinner to say, shock of all shocks, President Donald Trump is a fear-mongering disaster who's busily selling so-called patriotic lines to like-minded bigots as part of a desperate political ploy to keep ahold of his White House power. Yawn. This is Holder's whole schtick

Brett M. Kavanaugh, Supreme Court nominee, and a fellow Georgetown Preparatory School student, "corralled" Christine Blasey Ford in a bedroom at a party in the early 1980s and tried to sexually assault her, she told The Washington Post. (Associated Press/File)

Brett Kavanaugh getting raked over high school coals

- The Washington Times

Democrats have scored a big one with their latest on Brett Kavanaugh, going all the way back to high school to give voice to a female who's weighing in, mid-#MeToo movement time, no less, with some scathing accusations that the Supreme Court nominee, in his teen years, once pinned her to a bed at a party.