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Mike Pompeo. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

The Democratic terror of a miracle in North Korea

- The Washington Times

Trying to spark a new romance, or even arrange a weekend tryst, is not always easy. It’s impossible with the help of spectators eager to throw things, not orange blossoms but sticks and stones with sharp edges. But that’s how Washington tries to conduct diplomacy, circa 2018.

Illustration on Taiwan's contributions to world health by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Why Taiwan must be seated at the World Health Assembly

The constitution of the World Health Organization (WHO) notes that “the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of health is one of the fundamental rights of every human being without distinction of race, religion, political belief, economic or social condition.” Yet WHO withheld, as last year, an invitation for Taiwan’s participation in May as an observer in the annual World Health Assembly (WHA) in Geneva, Switzerland.

House Agriculture Committee Chairman Mike Conaway, R-Texas, joined at left by Vice Chairman Glenn Thompson, R-Pa., announces the new farm bill, officially known as the 2018 Agriculture and Nutrition Act, at a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, April 12, 2018. The bulk of the bill's spending goes toward funding SNAP, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Faith leaders skew Bible to oppose SNAP reform

- The Washington Times

Faith leaders are coming out in full force to oppose the Republican-sponsored Farm Bill released in the House that imposes stricter work requirements on those receiving food stamps. Do not be fooled by their so-called Christian arguments in opposition of this bill. Their arguments are neither Christian nor common sense.

The Birth of a New Economic Recovery Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

The optimists may be right

In January, Wall Street investors were optimistic tax cuts would sustain economic growth and the Trump bull market. As spring arrives, the world has proven decidedly more uncertain.

Illustration on the costs of Elon Musk's Space X by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

The crony capitalist in free market clothing

You might imagine that pro-capitalism, free-market folk like me would just love what Elon Musk has done in the past couple of decades but you’d be wrong. I enjoy his entrepreneurial spirit and success, founding company (zip2) after company (PayPal) after company (The Boring Co.) and turning them into properties worth billions and then moving along to the next new thing. Props and kudos to this son of South Africa and prototype for “Iron Man.” You got those parts right.

William Wachtel holds up a mock Social Security card of President-elect Donald Trump as he speaks to members of the media following a meeting with Trump at Trump Tower in New York, Monday, Jan. 16, 2017. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

A fresh start for a beleaguered agency

It seemed like it would never happen. But after more than five years, a formal nomination of a Social Security commissioner will finally be considered by the U.S. Senate. This is a long overdue development. The delay of a nomination, however, pales compared to the wait a million Americans continue to endure for a hearing that will decide if they will receive the Social Security disability benefits they earned while working.

President Donald Trump gestures during a news conference with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at Trump's private Mar-a-Lago club, Wednesday, April 18, 2018, in Palm Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Trump and the attorney-client privilege

A few weeks ago, President Trump was an outwardly happy man because of the utterance of one solitary word from the lips of special counsel Robert Mueller to one of Mr. Trump’s lawyers. The word that thrilled the president and his legal team was “subject.”

The Tarmac Meeting Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

The Clintons and the rule of law

Former Obama Attorney General Loretta Lynch, in a NBC interview last Monday, reopened a can of worms. In the interview, Ms. Lynch defended her private meeting with Bill Clinton back on June 27, 2016.

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"The Obamacare mandate was held by the Supreme Court to be tax. Whatever philosophical positions you may have had before that, that's the law of the land," said Sen. Tom Cotton, Arkansas Republican, who led the effort to undo the individual mandate. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

Obamacare repeal -- remember that? GOP doesn't

- The Washington Times

On Friday came this sad but true headline from The Hill: "GOP in retreat on ObamaCare." Another promise, another skate. Republicans, once the party of principle -- of law and Constitution and limited governance and conservatism of Founding Father ideals -- have simply morphed into red-tied Democrats.

In this Jan. 9, 2017, file photo, American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten speaks about education at the National Press Club in Washington. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen, File) ** FILE **

AFT teachers bully Wells Fargo on NRA -- citizens on 2nd Amendment

- The Washington Times

The American Federation of Teachers, an organization that popular thought would have in existence to press for teachers' rights in the classroom, has gone full blown political to tell Wells Fargo, in essence: Quit banking with the National Rifle Association. And since Wells Fargo won't, the AFT announced it's going to stop doing business with Wells Fargo.

Chinese President Xi Jinping talks with Executive Chairman of the World Economic Forum Klaus Schwab during their meeting at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing Monday, April 16, 2018. (Naohiko Hatta/Pool Photo via AP)

Good news from the front

President Trump invited hoots of ridicule from the elites from coast to coast (though not so much from the Great Lakes to the Gulf) when he said "trade wars are good, and easy to win." Nevertheless, with trade tensions bubbling between the United States and the People's Republic of China, the Trump administration has notched a couple of significant triumphs. That's a good thing, because a rebalancing of the Sino-American trade relationship is all to the good.

Include Taiwan in WHA

There is no reason for Taiwan to be excluded from the World Health Assembly, and 23 millions people in Taiwan should enjoy the same health rights as people everywhere else in the world.

A love of linearity, with time that is not

In the very first sentence, Leda, the girl in the title of Jana Casale's debut novel, says "I'd like to read Noam Chomsky." But this idea is but one impulse among the many that throng Leda's mind "scattering like any and all moments of her life."

GOP should defend Trump, party

Republican members of Congress claim that the media is their greatest enemy. It is possible, however, that an equal or more important foe is their unwillingness to defend themselves and President Trump.

Robert De Niro opens Tribeca with rips of Trump: 'Lowlife-in-chief'

- The Washington Times

Robert De Niro, who used to be an actor of considerable weight but now seems more a deliverer of public jabs at President Donald Trump, tipped his has-been hat once again at the recent Tribeca Film Festival press luncheon, calling out the commander-in-chief as a "lowlife-in-chief" -- and that was just his warmup.