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A page from a Gutenberg Bible. (The Washington Times) ** FILE **

The wounded printed page strikes back

- The Washington Times

Fake news is everywhere, cluttering desktops, iPads, laptops, iPhones and all the other manifestations of the post-literate era when it’s just too much trouble to find a reliable read.

Ambassador Faith Whittlesey poses Nov. 16, 1985 in Geneva, Switzerland. Representative diplomatic official spokeswoman. (AP photo/Michele Euler)

Remembering Faith Ryan Whittlesey

Early in 1983, an attractive young woman I did not know grabbed my sleeve as I was leaving a meeting on Central America in the White House Cabinet Room. She stuck her card in my hand. It read, “Ambassador Faith Ryan Whittlesey, Assistant to the President for Public Liaison.” On the back she had penned, “Call me! You need my help.”

Illustration on examining the FISA court by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Questioning accountability on the secret court

Story after story comes out about the extent to which partisan politics played a key role in the Obama Department of Justice (DOJ), intelligence community and FBI during the 2016 presidential campaign. It’s especially so in the context of the Hillary Clinton email investigation, and the more recent suggestions of a “mole” or “spy” inside the Trump campaign.

Illustration on the effects of recent tax cuts by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Why liberals hate the Trump tax cut

Despite liberal hysterics, Republicans’ recent tax cut raised top earners’ share of America’s tax burden. This seemingly “squared circle” is simply due to a fact true before the legislation and even truer after: Middle- and upper-income earners shoulder the overwhelming tax load. Equally obvious: Even so large a share is not enough for an insatiable left.

Illustration on Russia's history of state breaking by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Russia’s love affair with state-breaking

In Russia’s long-term war against the West that includes the infiltration of domestic political systems, blackmail and the indirect influence of elected officials through “ethnic political organizations,” one of its most prized and enduring tactics is its exploitation of ethnoreligious rivalries and fissures within the states along its borders.

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Alexa? Why are you recording me, Alexa?

- The Washington Times

A husband in Oregon recently received a strange telephone call from his boss that went like this: Unplug your Alexa. You're being hacked. Except he wasn't being hacked. His Amazon Echo device had actually recorded conversations between the man and his wife, and then sent them along to the man's boss as audio file attachments.

Orajel is displayed for sale in a pharmacy in New York Wednesday, May 23, 2018. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is warning parents about potentially deadly risks of teething remedies that contain a numbing ingredient used in popular brands like Orajel. The agency on Wednesday said it wants manufacturers to stop selling products intended for babies and toddlers because the products contain a drug ingredient that can cause a rare but dangerous blood condition that interferes with normal breathing. (AP Photo/Stephanie Nano)

FDA's pitiful, politicized press to pull baby teething meds from market

- The Washington Times

The Food and Drug Administration issued parents some stern warnings about teething medicines for their babies, and simultaneously told manufacturers and retailers that if they didn't "voluntarily" stop selling the product to the tiny toddler demographic, they would face legal action from the feds. Voluntary compliance -- gotta love the federal definition of that, yes?

President Donald Trump listens during a meeting with South Korean President Moon Jae-In in the Oval Office of the White House, Tuesday, May 22, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

The president pulls the plug

Donald Trump was never going to win the Nobel Peace Prize, anyway. He demonstrated "the art of the deal" with his cancellation of the "summit" with Kim Jong-un, which North Korea had skillfully begun to portray as a triumph of its own statecraft. The president pulled the rug out from under Mr. Kim with a triumph of his own. We can all be thankful.

Reassign area codes

Most gang members wear clothing, have tattoos, flash hand signs and/or draw graffiti that identifies their gang affiliations. A large number of the tattoos and urban art contain the telephone area code identifying the gang's city, county or region of control. If telephone area codes within certain metropolitan locations were changed, gang tattoos, graffiti and hand signs would be rendered inaccurate, outdated and confusing.

USDA right on cat matter

Derek Hunter's op-ed on the U.S. Department of Agriculture's research involving cats contained misinformation and hyperbole that deserve a response ("Ending taxpayer-funded kitty cruelty," Web, May 22).

Compelling essays that make good beach reading

We are into the summer reading season: the time when we choose books to take to the beach or the lake, or to while away the misery of planes and airports. Publishers see this as a chance to promote feel-pretty-good family sagas or romances, or mysteries that nudge the inner detective rather than threaten anything more serious.

Qatar rates as a model of success in a troubled region

- The Washington Times

For many Americans, that phrase evokes images of violent confrontation and perpetual unrest. In places like Syria that may be accurate, but in reality, the Middle East is home to a wide variety of people and cultures -- including some that are world leaders in such fields as business, education and medicine.

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell tells reporters the NFL team owners have reached agreement on a new league policy that requires players to stand for the national anthem or remain in the locker room during the NFL owner's spring meeting Wednesday, May 23, 2018, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

Roger Goodell gets one right

- The Washington Times

Roger Goodell, NFL commissioner, has sparked some players' union backlash by announcing those who want to bend knees during this season's game-time playing of the national anthem may do so -- but from the locker room, not the field. But really, Goodell got it right. Finally.

Freddy Cuevas, left, and President Donald Trump listen as Evelyn Rodriguez speaks about the murder of her daughter by the MS-13 street gang during a roundtable on immigration policy at Morrelly Homeland Security Center, Wednesday, May 23, 2018, in Bethpage, N.Y. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Trump vows not to sign border bill without 'real wall'

- The Washington Times

President Donald Trump, speaking to Fox News' "Fox & Friends" co-host Brian Kilmeade in an exclusive interview, vowed border-related bills weaving through Congress that don't include provisions to fund and build a "real wall" won't meet with his approval, and ultimately, won't pass his White House desk. Take a memo, Democrats and soft-on-border-control Republicans.