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The septuagenarian smackdown

- The Washington Times

This won’t be “the thrilla in Manila,” or the “rumble in the jungle,” but “two clowns in a septuagenarian smackdown” should do more for the sweet science of boxing than anything since the two Joe Louis-Max Schmeling fights on the eve of World War II.

Illustration on advice for reforming the State Department by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Some advice for Mike Pompeo

Rex Tillerson was doomed from the start as secretary of State in attempting to transform the organization by making it leaner and more agile. Few would doubt that State badly needed some transformation to continue into the 21st century, but Mr. Tillerson chose the wrong model for reform and transformation. Mr. Tillerson’s designated successor, Mike Pompeo, would do well to consider some successful government transformational models that have worked.

The U.S.-Ukrainian strategic partnership

With Vladimir Putin’s recent declaration that Russia has developed very sophisticated hypersonic intercontinental missiles, he has not abandoned aggressive action at the lower spectrum of warfare. Russia’s apparent nerve agent attack in the U.K. is the latest and most brazen in a long list of hybrid warfare against Western democracies.

Illustration on the strategic importance of supporting the Kurds by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Why America must help the Kurds in Syria

In recent days, the situation has deteriorated dramatically for the Kurds in Syria. According to Kurdish sources, more than 200,000 Kurds have been displaced within the past week and several hundred Kurds have been killed as Turkey and its Syrian allies take over Afrin.

More than a wake-up call for the GOP

The Pennsylvania 18th Congressional District was more than a wakeup call for House Republicans. Unless the GOP changes its posture on achieving fairness as well as growth in the economy and its relationship with President Trump, it’s doomed to a terrible shellacking in November — the kind Democrats endured in the midterm elections of 1994 and 2010.

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.

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Illustration on the overlooked status of Guam by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Where 'America's fortifications begin'

As each of our early territories sought to join the union and become states, America's borders extended further and further west, Colorado, California, Hawaii.

In this June 11, 2014, file photo, a man walks past a mural in an office on the Facebook campus in Menlo Park, Calif. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)

Survey says: Sex, not social media, gotta go

- The Washington Times

A new survey to gauge how addicted Americans are to social media shows that -- well, Americans are pretty dang addicted to social media. So addicted, in fact, that a good chunk of participants said they'd rather go a year without alcohol, a year without coffee and a year without sex before going a year without social media.

In this April 24, 2017, file photo, corporate signage hangs at a McDonald's restaurant in downtown Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic, File)

McDonald's flips 'M' to 'W' for weird nod at International Women's Day

- The Washington Times

McDonald's, apparently hoping to show women how much they care, has flipped its signature golden arches on all its digital channels from "M" to "W" in some sort of executive level hat tip to International Women's Day. That's "W" for women, not weird, or What The Freak, in case you're wondering. Guess it's better than handing out pink hats with female genitalia atop, a la Women's March style.

In this Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2016, file photo, Google CEO Sundar Pichai speaks during a product event in San Francisco. Pichai has declared artificial intelligence more important to humanity than fire or electricity. And yet the search giant is increasingly having to deal with messy people problems: from the need for human checkers to catch rogue YouTube posters and Russian bots to its efforts to house its burgeoning workforce in pricey Silicon Valley. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg, File)

Congressional donations from AI movers, shakers make lawmakers poor watchdogs

- The Washington Times

Early this year, Rep. John Delaney wrote a piece for TechCrunch.com pressing for Congress to get serious about artificial intelligence and take "proactive" steps to make sure this fast-moving technology industry is "good for working people, good for businesses and good for our economy and that it's implemented in an ethical way," he said. He might have mentioned the money ties his fellow Artificial Intelligence Caucus members would stand to gain in the process.

Memphis head coach Tubby Smith reacts in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Wichita State on Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018, in Memphis, Tenn. (AP Photo/Brandon Dill) **FILE**

SNYDER: Madness not limited to basketball court this March

It happens every season as college basketball's big tournament approaches. Topics other than fantastic finishes are talked about at length and run into the ground. The NCAA's billions. The players' non-existent cut. The freshmen-to-NBA pipeline. The academic progress rates.

Illustration on the Oscars and #metoo by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Oscar has no penis, and everyone wants Oscar

Oscar has no penis. That was the startling revelation of Jimmy Kimmel in his opening monologue at the Academy Awards. This statue of limitations will be remembered for the attention Oscar got in 2018 for being neutered, which is not to be confused with being transgendered. Who knew?