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Russian President Vladimir Putin reminded the West a couple of weeks ago, in effect, "We have weapons that you can't defend against." (Associated Press/File)

Tit for tat from Russia’s potential president for life

The most striking comment to come out of Russia since the election of Vladimir Putin to a fourth term Sunday just may have come from well-known firebrand, nationalist and perennial losing presidential candidate Vladimir Zhirinovsky, who declared that the presidential election this year would be Russia’s last.

Illustration on the positives of armed personnel protecting schools by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Guns, youth and misguided marches

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On Tuesday as Maryland’s governor, legislators and educational professionals were condemning the very idea that armed security should play a role in protecting the state’s students, an armed School Resource Officer at Great Mills High School in St. Mary’s County confronted and took down a student shooter when he opened fire on fellow students.

In this Dec. 15, 2017, file photo, former Secretary of State and presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks to the GirlsBuildLA Leadership Summit in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon) ** FILE **

A bitter Hillary Clinton strikes again

Hillary Clinton has not had a good week. In the aftermath of her trip to India and awful comments about Americans and women in particular, most of her allies and Democrats in general were explicit that it was time for her to leave the political arena. The shorter message from Democrats to Mrs. Clinton was “shut up and go away.”

Illustration on the upcoming meeting between President Trump and Kim Jong-un by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

A just resolution of the North Korean conflict

President Donald Trump’s bold decision to accept the invitation of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un for a meeting was unprecedented. Although this will be the first meeting of a sitting president with a North Korean leader, it follows a series of temporary successes the U.S. has had with North Korea during the past 25 years.

Illustration on Russian directed assassinations abroad by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Russian intelligence and the long arm of vengeance

Moscow has a long history of murdering enemies of the state in far-off places. Those cooperating with the West, especially in the realm of intelligence, have been targeted for assassination since before World War II.

Illustration on raising the age limit for gun ownership by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Throwing shade on the Second Amendment

Politically correct retailers are traveling down a road of discrimination by setting their own arbitrary age limits for purchasing guns. Since the horrible shooting last month in Parkland, Florida, age restrictions for purchasing the boogeyman of choice — the dreaded AR-15 — have been instituted. In some cases, retailers have announced that no guns of any kind will be sold to anyone under the age of 21.

Illustration on investigating FISA abuse by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Why Attorney General Sessions must act now, not later

Attorney General Jeff Sessions recently announced that he tasked the Department of Justice’s inspector general to investigate alleged abuses of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) by some DOJ and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) officials.

Thwarting pro-life pregnancy centers

Once again, the topics of abortion and free speech made an appearance before the U.S. Supreme Court at oral arguments Tuesday. This time, in National Institute of Family and Life Advocates v. Becerra, the court is considering a California law designed to thwart the efforts of pro-life pregnancy centers.

Andrew McCabe. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

A hero only to a lynch mob

- The Washington Times

Only a few days ago Andrew McCabe was nobody’s idea of a hero, except to James Comey and maybe Robert Mueller. They think Mr. McCabe, tarnished or not, cashiered or not as the deputy director of the FBI, purveyor of fibs, stretchers and lies with and without varnish, might still be useful to their campaign to bring down Donald Trump.

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Gun control's snaky sneak into omnibus

- The Washington Times

Lawmakers in the Republican-led Congress managed to sneak into the $1.3 trillion omnibus that's due for passage this week a measure that strengthens background checks on gun buyers. And what's worse -- what's the bigger 'diss to voters and the constitutional process -- is that the gun control provision is one and the same as a bill that previously stalled in Congress.

National security adviser H.R. McMaster waves as he walks into the West Wing of the White House in Washington, Friday, March 16, 2018. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Report: Capitol Hill Repubs sick and tired of White House leaks

- The Washington Times

Between the outrageous and dangerous leak revealing secret details of President Trump's telephone call with Vladimir Putin or Wednesday's flurry of leaks about the behind-the-scenes negotiations over the omnibus spending bill, it's clear that Chief of Staff John Kelly has not plugged the leaks in the West Wing.

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Stormy weather over the White House

It's difficult to have a reasonable conversation about sexual mores in the Age of Trump. We could start with the "Access Hollywood" tape, made in 2005 when Donald Trump was the star of a different kind of reality show than the one he's the star of now. His vulgar boasts about how to seduce women did not prevent his election as president.

Former President Barack Obama address the participants at a summit on climate change involving mayors from around the globe in Chicago, Dec. 5, 2017. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast) ** FILE **

On the run everywhere

The natives are restless everywhere, and they're frightening the elites. The political parties of the social democrats, and even the Socialists, are crumbling all across Europe. A new version of class war is shaping a new kind of politics, and the implications are worldwide.

Allow retailers freedom, too

"Throwing shade on the Second Amendment" (Web, March 20) takes retail companies to task for raising the age limit for gun purchasing and "imposing their own rules on who can buy a gun." It gives the example of "service members" who could "return from combat duty in Afghanistan to find [they] cannot buy a rifle to go hunting." But is there a U.S. law requiring that retailers must sell long guns to all people under 21? There is a law restricting the sale of handguns to all people under 21.

Walkout amendment-protected

Why does the teacher who gave a student a failing grade on a quiz given during the National Student Walkout believe the political event undermines our Constitution — when the First Amendment grants us free speech ("Calif. teacher defends lowering student's grade for participating in 'highly divisive' walkout," (Web, March 19)? The walkout should be compared to a fight for human and civil rights, not a basketball game. This teacher has missed a valuable opportunity to teach the students a lesson on how to advocate for themselves.

Recipes for disaster

When it comes to the American restaurant scene, we live in the best of times and the worst of times. Ingredient-wise, modern logistics and agriculture make America perhaps the most versatile and self-sufficient dining zone in the history of civilization.