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When illegals use pilfered Social Security numbers

Last week, a House Ways and Means subcommittee heard testimony from the Social Security Administration acting commissioner about the widespread and ongoing theft of Social Security numbers (SSNs)from the American public. Despite its pervasiveness, the illegal alien side of the problem is rarely raised by the media or in Congress. Illegal immigration in general wasn’t mentioned at all during the May 17 hearing. And when the media does cover it, it’s commonly used as a rallying cry to support mass amnesty — the claim being that “illegal aliens pay into the system” and, therefore, “are as American as you and me.”

Illustration on the effects of recent tax cuts by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Why liberals hate the Trump tax cut

Despite liberal hysterics, Republicans’ recent tax cut raised top earners’ share of America’s tax burden. This seemingly “squared circle” is simply due to a fact true before the legislation and even truer after: Middle- and upper-income earners shoulder the overwhelming tax load. Equally obvious: Even so large a share is not enough for an insatiable left.

Illustration on Russia's history of state breaking by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Russia’s love affair with state-breaking

In Russia’s long-term war against the West that includes the infiltration of domestic political systems, blackmail and the indirect influence of elected officials through “ethnic political organizations,” one of its most prized and enduring tactics is its exploitation of ethnoreligious rivalries and fissures within the states along its borders.

This is a sign in a Starbucks located in downtown Pittsburgh on Saturday, March 24, 2018. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

Fighting bias with business

Last month’s arrest of two black men at a Philadelphia Starbucks has amplified accusations of a double standard in American society. Along with a financial settlement with the men, Starbucks responded by promising to close its stores for part of May 29 in order to conduct racial-bias training for store employees.

Freedom from Big Government Energy Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Shining a light on Big Power’s monopoly

You might have missed it amid the never-ending drama in Washington, D.C., but a war over energy production and rates rages in America’s heartland.

Illustration on USDA destruction of research kittens by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Ending taxpayer-funded kitty cruelty

I am a cat person. Nothing against dogs or dog people. I like dogs, too. Growing up, my family always had both. But no one falls equally into both categories; everyone has a preference.

Satchel Paige. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

Mr. Mueller’s fishing pole needs a rest

- The Washington Times

Satchel Paige, the legendary master of the sinking curve ball and famous doctor of philosophy, had a few wise words that Robert Mueller could use just now: “Don’t look back, something might be gaining on you.”

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Illustration on physician-assisted suicide by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

A flawed and dangerous law

It is no surprise to me that, a whole year after the District of Columbia enacted a law to allow assisted suicide, just two out of approximately 11,000 licensed D.C. physicians are willing to participate. On top of that only one hospital has cleared doctors to participate. The law allows patients with a prognosis of six months or less to be prescribed by a doctor a fatal dose of drugs to end their life. This law is flawed and dangerous for many reasons that would give anyone pause, but especially someone who has dedicated their life to healing.

Internet Service eShop Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

When the internet is out of reach

Broadband experts and community leaders around the country are discussing strategies to close the high-speed internet access divide that prevents many rural communities, consumers and small businesses from participating in the digital economy. But to meet this challenge — one of the greatest our country faces in the 21st century — Congress must resist efforts that would send internet rules back to the 1930s and curb much-needed investment in broadband infrastructure.

In this Saturday morning, May 21, 2011 file photo, Boy Scouts salute during a "camporee" in Sea Girt, N.J. The Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017 Boy Scouts of America announcement to admit girls throughout its ranks will transform what has been a mostly cordial relationship between the two iconic youth groups since the Girl Scouts of the USA was founded in 1912, two years after the Boy Scouts. (AP Photo/Mel Evans) FILE

When boys can't be boys

The Boy Scouts of America have been taught for more than a century to "Be Prepared." But the Scouts have never been prepared for this. Facing a long, steady decline in membership, since the men in charge opened the ranks to a variety of LGBTQ applicants, the organization is doubling down on what they did wrong. They're taking the Boy out of Boy Scouts.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo greets an unidentified North Korean general on arrival at the Pyonyang, North Korea airport on Wednesday, May 9, 2018.  (AP Photo/Matthew Lee, Pool)

A happy homecoming

Donald Trump diplomacy, which so offends delicate sensibilities in the United States and in the ministries of the West, nevertheless continues to pay rewards. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo comes home from North Korea on Thursday with three political prisoners released as a propaganda sweetener in advance of the president's talks with Kim Jong-un about suspending his nuclear weapons program.

Schneiderman gets just desserts

So the wheel of fate has turned on New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, Trump hater and supposed paragon of virtue ("Eric Schneiderman's stunning fall puts aggressive anti-Trump legal agenda in jeopardy," Web, May 8). It is poetic justice that Mr. Schneiderman's resignation under dubious circumstances is playing out in the national media.

A tribute to two Broadway pioneers

Here is a book for this season. Rich in facts and civility, it reveals a pair of American icons whose disciplined talent, creative purpose and literal harmonies still variously inspire, comfort and entertain us. "Something Wonderful" may help you keep your head when all about you are going berserk in today's maelstrom of ostentatious ignorance, partisan hostility and noise.

Make German seat permanent

Richard Grenell, the new U.S. ambassador to Germany, has said Germany should have joined the military strike of the "P3" group in Syria. P3 stands for "Permanent 3," the three permanent Western members of the U.N. Security Council: The U.S., the U.K. and France.

Trump's excellent Iran move

There is nothing historic about the lunacy of President Obama's appeasement of a terrorist state ("Trump makes good on Iran threat," Web, May 8). It was a "deal" formulated in the purple haze of mullah madness by a kindred spirit who sold out American resolve. As for the limp-wristed Europe, which raised a white flag once again, they will now have to show some backbone for once in their sorry lives.

Iranian lawmakers burn two pieces of papers representing the U.S. flag and the nuclear deal as they chant slogans against the U.S. at the parliament in Tehran, Iran, Wednesday, May 9, 2018. Iranian lawmakers have set a paper U.S. flag ablaze at parliament after President Donald Trump's nuclear deal pullout, shouting, "Death to America!". President Donald Trump withdrew the U.S. from the deal on Tuesday and restored harsh sanctions against Iran. (AP Photo)

Iran deal -- and then there were none

- The Washington Times

President Donald Trump has taken yet another campaign promise and turned it to reality and pulled America from the detestable Iran nuclear deal. Thank goodness. This Barack Obama-forged piece of madness was -- well, nothing but madness. Who cuts deals with Satan and calls it a good thing, a win-win?

In this April 22, 2018, file photo, New York University's Washington Square News creative director Rachel Buigas-Lopez, left, and managing editor Sayer Devlin haul pizzas in an elevator after ordering them while meeting a middle-of-the night deadline at the newspaper's headquarters in New York. College journalists are speaking up for themselves in a coordinated campaign to combat some of the same forces that have battered newspapers across the country. More than 100 college newsrooms across the U.S., including the Washington Square News, are using social media campaigns, public awareness events and editorials Wednesday, April 25 to call attention to the important roles they play. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

AI in the newsroom -- a mixed blessing of fact vs. compassion

- The Washington Times

There could very well come a time when journalists -- who've never made it to the top of favorability polls with the people, anyway -- may be phased out, replaced by robotic reporters. Not today. But someday. One day. It's already in the works. And it's a mixed-bag blessing, at best.

Illustration on John Kerry's renegade diplomatic efforts on behalf of the Iran nuclear deal by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

The delusions and collusions of the Hon. Kerry

There is a whiff of the absurd about former Secretary of State Jean-Francois Kerry's recent "aggressive yet stealthy mission" to New York City. "Aggressive yet stealthy" is how the Boston Globe described his mission, though to serious observers of this elongated buffoon the diplomatic mission was also comic. His return to diplomacy was as comic as his episodes of hang-gliding while running for president, mad bicycling jaunts across Europe in what looked like his underpants, and recreational surfing — all while ostensibly on duty.

First lady Melania Trump listens during a news conference with President Donald Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at Trump's private Mar-a-Lago club, Wednesday, April 18, 2018 in Palm Beach, Fla.     Associated Press photo

The real Melania Trump

The mainstream media's characterization of Melania Trump is that she is a spineless and brainless appendage to her husband. But like the media's portrayal of Donald Trump as a racist, a fool and a danger to humanity, the caricatures are wrong.

Illustration on the results of Lebanon's recent elections by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Where Iran's terrorist representative is the big winner

Lebanon held its first parliamentary elections since 2009 on Sunday. As expected, Iran's local representative, the terrorist group Hezbollah, was the big winner. Hezbollah, with help from the Shiite Amal party, have a virtual lock on Shiite representation. And the group has gained other parliamentary allies, granting the Hezbollah bloc a simple majority to advance the group's dangerous domestic and regional agendas.

Illustration on Republicans' emphasis on national economic improvement while campaigning for the midterm elections by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

How the economic news helps midterm prospects

Republicans' best chance to avoid a political pratfall is an economic windfall. To that, they recently dodged an economic bullet that may give them the time needed to avoid approaching political ones. President Trump and Republicans now have six months for the economy to accelerate, and for them to connect it to the new tax cuts.

Illustration on the financial benefits of homeownership by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Why homeownership beats renting

The spring home-buying season is underway, but the landscape has changed a lot from a year ago. Congress has curtailed tax incentives to purchase a home, and mortgage rates and home prices are up. Yet for most folks with a stable job buying a home is still better than renting.

This combination of two file photos shows U.S. President Donald Trump, left, speaking during a roundtable discussion on tax cuts in Cleveland, Ohio, May 5, 2018 and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, right, talking with South Korean President Moon Jae-in in Panmunjom, South Korea, April 27, 2018. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, Korea Summit Press Pool via AP, File)

Trust but verify, Chapter Two

As Moon Jae-in and Kim Jong-un shook hands at the military demarcation line separating North and South Korea, the leaders from those two nations took an important step toward what may bring a historic, formal end to the Korean War and perhaps denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula. The great news for Americans, however, is that regardless of any outcome, our overwhelming conventional and nuclear deterrent will always keep us safe.