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Illustration on relations with Russia by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Why relations with Russia are taut and strained

Hope is hard to see in current U.S.-Russia relations. Talk abounds of a second Cold War. The phrase, however, misunderstands history. The way forward with Russia is complex, but worth the effort. Peace may emerge from shades of gray.

Illustration on Gina Haspel's role in damaging the CIA by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Fixing a weakened espionage brand

A group of former senior intelligence officials recently published a letter supporting Deputy CIA Director Gina Haspel as the nominee to be the next CIA director.

Illustration on infrastructure improvement by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Getting to a U.S. infrastructure renaissance

If we are going to double our level of infrastructure investment, from 1.3 percent of GDP to something close to 3 percent, then we are going to have to look to the benefits of that investment.

Obama Holdovers in the Justice Department Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Stalled at DOJ because of ‘reefer madness’

By October of President Obama’s first term, Tom Perez had been confirmed by the Senate as assistant attorney general for Civil Rights at the Justice Department.

Thinking Differently Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

A fresh wind in the Middle East

For decades Saudi leaders expressed in vituperative fashion an animus to the state of Israel as an illegal entity in what is assumed to be Arab land. While King Salman reaffirmed a steadfast position on the Palestinian issue and the legitimate rights of the Palestinian people to Jerusalem as their capital, he made an astonishing claim that the Jewish people have a right to a “nation state in at least part of their ancestral home.” On its face this may not seem as much, but based on commentary over the last 70 years this comment is extraordinary.

Illustration on copyright protection by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Copyrights and patents, piracy and theft

April 26 is World Intellectual Property Day — a day too little-noticed in most quarters but which shouldn’t be.

Illustration on tariffs and energy production by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

How the ‘America-First Offshore Energy Strategy’ could bottom out

President Trump has admirably prioritized America’s energy assets, declaring his administration’s goal of creating an era of American “energy dominance.” But as things stand today, the biggest obstacle to Mr. Trump’s vision is — spoiler alert — President Trump, thanks to his ill-conceived and hasty action to order a 25 percent tariff on imported steel products.

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