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Illustration on Syrian strategic choices by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

A mission quandary in Syria

Almost two weeks ago, after yet another incident of a chlorine gas attack by Syria’s Assad regime, Defense Secretary James Mattis warned both Syria and its Russian ally that using gas weapons against civilians or on the battlefield was very unwise. Last week, U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley was more blunt, warning that America is “prepared to act if we must” to stop indiscriminate bombings of civilians by the Assad regime.

Illustration on the legal and commercial rights of generic drug manufacturers by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Big Pharma and its battle lines

It may be hard to believe, but some conservatives are arguing that any conservative who supports a measure before Congress called the CREATES Act that would allow generic drug makers under certain circumstances to go to court to get their competitors to play by the rules are ideological sellouts too willing to jump into bed with liberals and greedy trial lawyers.

Illustration on Rex Tillerson by Nancy Ohanian/Tribune Content Agency

The Tillerson exit, the Russian gambit

Fourteen months after he had become secretary of State, Rex Tillerson learned Tuesday that President Trump had fired him by sending out a public tweet.

How Hillary Clinton still misses the point

Woe are the Democrats. For generations now, they’ve been telling the American people that only they, and their cohort of liberals and leftists, understand and truly value women. Because of their special understanding of women, only they can be trusted to do what’s right politically for them, they tell us. Then came Hillary Clinton pulling the curtain back on that dangerously false narrative.

Illustration on Trump, Stormy Daniels and freedom of speech by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

President Trump and freedom of speech

When James Madison drafted the First Amendment — “Congress shall make no law abridging the freedom of speech” — he made sure to use the article “the” in front of the word “freedom.” What seemed normal to him and superfluous to moderns was actually a profound signal that has resonated for 227 years. The signal was that because the freedom of speech existed before the government that was formed to protect it came into existence, it does not have its origins in government.

President Donald Trump meets with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the Oval Office of the White House, Monday, March 5, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci) ** FILE **

America’s love affair with Israel grows under Trump

- The Washington Times

The left likes to try to sell the line that the Palestinian Authority loves the Israelis, welcomes peace and wants nothing more than a harmonious agreement that allows both peoples to live side-by-side, in perpetual prosperity — oh yes, and that President Donald Trump’s announced move of the U.S. Embassy to Israel from Tel Avid to Jerusalem kills that plan. But apparently, the line isn’t selling.

A welder fabricates a steel structure at an iron works facility in Ottawa, Ontario, Monday, March 5, 2018. United States President Donald Trump has lobbed a grenade of uncertainty onto the NAFTA negotiating table, suggesting that tariffs on Canadian and Mexican steel are now dependent on whether the countries agree to a new trade pact. (Sean Kilpatrick/The Canadian Press via AP)

U.S. trade relations

President Trump made his mark as a businessman prior to occupying the Oval Office and he often gives his sales pitch for America: The country is once again open for business.

Broward County Schools' Choice Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

The slow learners of Broward County

Broward County, Florida, is a nice progressive place with a Democratic School Board and a Democratic sheriff. The county was living the South Florida dream until Valentine’s Day, when a homicidal maniac broke into one of its high schools and slaughtered 17 of its students and faculty, one of whom was an unarmed security guard and assistant football coach.

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Concealed-carry for schools

I believe we should do everything possible to keep killers out of our schools. But even if our best efforts fail (and they will), we need a last line of defense to protect the children. That last defense, I believe, should be a concealed carry program (CCP). A few well-qualified volunteers (staff or teachers) would be authorized to carry concealed weapons following thorough background screenings and proper training. This training should include initial certifications on a firing range and recertification every six months so the volunteers would be able to react professionally in an emergency.

Finding and flipping witnesses

The point made by Mike Lawson, an excellent writer who knows his political chops, is that the key aspect of a case may be potential interference with what the witness remembers, or what he or she thinks they remember.

President Donald Trump speaks during the White House Opioid Summit in the East Room of the White House, Thursday, March 1, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Donald Trump's rocky anti-gun reelection road

- The Washington Times

President Donald Trump just announced plans to seek reelection in 2020, and as such, appointed digital guru Brad Parscale as his campaign chief. Well and good. But if Trump doesn't reel in his gun-control rhetoric, conservatives aren't going to back him for long.

In this Feb. 27, 2018 photo, White House Communications Director Hope Hicks, one of President Trump's closest aides and advisers, arrives to meet behind closed doors with the House Intelligence Committee, at the Capitol in Washington. Hicks, one of President Donald Trump's most loyal aides, is resigning. In a statement, the president praises Hicks for her work over the last three years. He says he "will miss having her by my side." The news comes a day after Hicks was interviewed for nine hours by the panel investigating Russia interference in the 2016 election and contact between Trump's campaign and Russia. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Hope Hicks and the truth of little white lies

- The Washington Times

Hope Hicks has more integrity and is far more honest than any of the lying politicians on the House "Intelligence" Committee who grilled her for nine hours this week about whether she has ever lied on behalf of her boss, the president of the United States.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, right, speaks with former Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University in Stanford, Calif., Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu) ** FILE **

Condoleezza Rice's brilliant defense of guns

- The Washington Times

Condoleezza Rice told the largely liberal panel and audience of "The View" on ABC that had it not been for guns, her family and her neighbors would've suffered even more during the segregated society that was in place in her youth in the South. Bam. That's it in a nutshell -- this is why founders saw fit to put in place a Second Amendment. It wasn't a right to hunt they were defending; it was a God-given right to protect one's self and one's family from harm. And specifically: from harm from the government.

Guns, Churchill and electoral politics

- The Washington Times

President Trump, who could go down as one of our best presidents ever but has to work a bit harder at it, picked a 2020 campaign manager on Tuesday. In virtually the next breath he holds a White House gun-violence session with lawmakers and manages to make eyes cross and eyebrows arch among tens of millions of staunch supporters.

The president Donald Trump could have been

- The Washington Times

The $64,000 question in Washington, still a lively speculation well into the second year of the Trump era, is whether Donald Trump with a little self-discipline could have accomplished more than he has, or whether a disciplined Donald could accomplish anything at all.

Illustration on denying nuclear dominance to North Korea by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

The denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula

North Korea's leader, Kim Jong-un, had a very good year in 2017. With 25 ballistic missiles launched, to include an Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) capable of reaching the whole of the continental U.S., and a reported successful test of a hydrogen bomb, it's obvious that Kim Jong-un was feeling good about the progress the North made with its nuclear and missile programs. No doubt this motivated Kim Jong-un to reach out to South Korea and accept an invitation to participate in the 2018 Winter Olympics.

Unable to Make the Cuts Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

The next financial crisis

With the economy humming along, it's easy to become cavalier about big federal deficits but when the next recession hits -- those could make it a lollapalooza.

The Murder of Seth Rich Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

More cover-up questions

With the clearly unethical and most likely criminal behavior of the upper management levels of the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) exposed by Chairman Devin Nunes of the House Intelligence Committee, there are two complementary areas that have been conveniently swept under the rug.

Illustration on the political struggle in the mid-term elections by Donna Grethen/Tribune Content Agency

The congressional sweepstakes

The liberal national news media have been predicting for months that Republicans will likely lose their Senate majority in this year's midterm elections, and suffer losses in the House, too.

Proposed gun fixes absurd

The two lessons learned from the tragedy in Parkland, Florida, are as follows: First, no tragedy is too horrendous for the opportunistic. Second, for every absurd panacea put forth to combat the intolerable, there's an opposite and equally absurd reaction.

Russian President Vladimir Putin is famous for his nostalgia for the Soviet Union, but that memory can work both ways. (Associated Press)

Echoes of Soviet unease in Putin's blustery boasts

Perhaps a sense of deja vu has crept into the Kremlin's thinking. It is obvious that the Russian military is worried about America's missile defense, worried about an arms race it can't win, and worried about President Trump's unpredictability and determination to rearm the depleted U.S. military.

A shopper loads her car after shopping at a Walmart in Pittsburgh, Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

Walmart dances with insanity and bans toy guns

- The Washington Times

Walmart, not to be outdone by Dick's Sporting Goods, has jumped aboard the gun ban trade and sent out a corporate letter that makes clear its own stores would be restricting sales of firearms and ammunition to those above age 21. And with a sort of "oh yeah, how 'bout this" flip of the ace card, Walmart also announced it was barring sales of toy guns, too. Toy guns. Really now, is this where we are as a society?