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Rep. Steve Cohen said if Russian authorities had known Tamerlan Tsarnaev had traveled to Dagestan last year they might have tried to kill him. (Associated Press)

Congressman Steve Cohen’s Wasted Freedom

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In this era of mob rule, a fellow like Rep. Steve Cohen might want to keep a sharp eye out for crowds of people with buckets of tar and garbage bags full of white feathers. Back home in Tennessee, he might also want to keep an eye out for any crowds carrying a rail. As in “the thing on which they might run him out of town.”

The Christian Light Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Living in revolutionary times

Over the weekend, in addition to being in the World Cup soccer final against tiny Croatia, France got to celebrate Bastille Day, which commemorates the July 14, 1789, storming of the infamous Paris prison.

Melting the Ice Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Why ICE must not be abolished

Kate Steinle was shot and killed on a San Francisco pier three years ago this month. Her death came at the hands of an illegal alien who had been previously deported five times and was a convicted felon. It also ignited a national discussion about sanctuary city policies that is still going. Unfortunately, Democrats’ new proposal to abolish the department of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is moving the immigration debate in an unhealthy direction.

Illustration on the Chevron decision and it's legal implications by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Judge Kavanaugh and the ‘Chevron deference’

Plan on following the fight over President Trump’s nomination to the Supreme Court of D.C. Circuit Court Judge Brett Kavanaugh? If so, then make sure you brush up on so-called Chevron deference. Despite Judge Kavanaugh’s superb qualifications, the Chevron doctrine likely will play a significant role in the bruising battle ahead because of the role it has played in facilitating the expansion of the administrative state.

Illustration on the Disney/Fox merger      The Washington Times

A victory for American consumers

As the assistant attorney general in charge of the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, I am compelled to respond to The New York Times editorial board’s baseless contention that it is “harder and harder to believe” that antitrust enforcement decisions are based on facts and law rather than politics. This view relies on a fundamental misunderstanding of merger review and mischaracterizes the recent AT&T-Time Warner and Disney-Fox enforcement actions.

Illustration on politics and the current Supreme Court situation by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Supreme success, but there’s a brawl ahead

One of my colleagues in the writing trade often reminds me that the ancient folk wisdom, “nothing succeeds like success,” is misleading. Success is fragile, “and it’s more accurate to say that nothing recedes like success.”

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U.S. President Donald Trump boards Air Force One when departing from Glasgow, Scotland, on his way to Helsinki, Finland, Sunday, July 15, 2018 on the eve of his meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

The summer of our malcontents

Gershwin got it right: "Summertime, and the livin' is easy, the fish are jumpin' and the cotton is high." It's the season for sitting on the bank of the creek with a fishing pole and letting life come to you. But sometimes those fish aren't biting, and the flies and mosquitos are. The dog days are soon upon us, and the grumblers will be wondering where to get a peaceful, easy feelin'. It's the summer of our malcontents.

Gohmert had to act as media

Why is it that I had to find out from Rep. Louie Gohmert, Texas Republican — and not the media — about former FBI agent Peter Strzok's adultery ("Rep. Gohmert to Strzok: How many times did you lie to your wife about Lisa Page?" Web, July 12)? Is it because the media was embarrassed that it did not mention this?

FBI, DOJ don't deserve roles

Disgraced FBI agent Peter Strzok's congressional testimony revealed inherent bias, mendacity and corruption within the FBI's Counterintelligence Division ("Trump says after Strzok hearing that 'rigged' Mueller probe is hurting U.S. relations with Russia," Web, July 13). Mr. Strzok proclaimed that the vulgar and partisan messages with his mistress Lisa Page via FBI smartphones could never create biased investigations. He testified, "And the suggestion that I, in some dark chamber somewhere in the FBI, would somehow cast aside all of these procedures, all of these safeguards, and somehow be able to do this is astounding to me. It simply couldn't happen." Yet Mr. Strzok conveniently omitted that these "safeguards" included the former FBI Director James Comey, the now-fired Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe, the demoted DOJ official Bruce Ohr and of course, the now-resigned FBI girlfriend-attorney Lisa Page. These people were the checks and balances to which Mr. Strzok alluded. This all suggests something rotten in the Counterintelligence Division.

A macabre and entertaining romp with poison

Last autumn, the Renwick Gallery boasted a record number of visitors to its exhibit "Murder is Her Hobby: Frances Glessner Lee and the Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Death." I can imagine those same morbid souls who enjoyed the exhibit are going to also thoroughly relish the macabre and entertaining romp through "The Royal Art of Poison" by Eleanor Herman.

President Donald Trump, center, with from left, Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Costa and Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, pose during a group photo of NATO heads of state and government at Park Cinquantenaire in Brussels, Belgium, on Wednesday, July 11, 2018. NATO leaders gathered in Brussels Wednesday for a two-day summit to discuss Russia, Iraq and their mission in Afghanistan.(AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

NATO gets an earful

President Trump knows how to make a point by showing up late for a meeting. He arrived 30 minutes late Thursday at a session of the NATO summit, missed scheduled meetings with two world leaders, and talked to reporters for an unscheduled 35 minutes and then flew off to London for greater opportunities for tardiness.