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Billy Graham, preaching from the belly of the beast

- The Washington Times

Five of us from The Washington Times were invited to Pyongyang in April 1992 by Kim Il-Sung, the grandfather of Rocket Man. The man called “the Great Leader,” regarded as the founder of the Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea, wanted to open his hermit kingdom to the world, and we were the first Western newspapermen to test whether North Korea could withstand a regiment of editors and reporters in their midst for 11 days.

Illustration on the goals and ideals of CPAC by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

The significance of CPAC 2018

Inflection points in national dialogue and history are easy to miss. This week’s Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Washington, D.C., is one — it represents a key gathering, of key leaders, in a key year, on key issues. From 2018 election strategy and tax cuts to national security and gun rights, what gets said here matters to America’s future.

Illustration on stopping school shootings by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Stopping school shootings by arming teachers

When Donald Trump called for arming teachers in 2015, he was met with the expected derision from gun control advocates and other progressives. All proposals to arm teachers are met with similar derision by liberals who warn of the dangers of “militarizing” schools. While this chin dribbling continues, school shootings have increased to a point where 150,000 of our nation’s students have now experienced a school shooting or the threat of one.

No Takers for Puerto Rico's 4% Corporate Tax Rate Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

The failing tax haven of Puerto Rico

Until very recently, United States corporations were saddled with the highest tax rates in the world. Although the concept of economic growth spurred by tax cuts was previously successful in the U.S. under President John F. Kennedy in the 1960s and President Ronald Reagan in the 1980s, progressives in both parties seeking to find their own best ways to spend other people’s money steadily took both corporate and personal tax rates higher at different times.

Illustration on the fits and starts of economic recovery by William Brown/Tribune Content Agency

A few bumps for the economy

Stocks on a roller coaster and surging inflation have just given policymakers and ordinary folks a jolt. Caution is always prudent but this is hardly time to panic.

FILE - In this Monday, Sept. 20, 2010 file photo, businessman Yevgeny Prigozhin, left, shows Russian President Vladimir Putin, around his factory which produces school means, outside St. Petersburg, Russia. One of those indicted in the Russia probe is a businessman with ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin. Prigozhin is an entrepreneur from St. Petersburg who's been dubbed "Putin's chef" by Russian media. His restaurants and catering businesses have hosted the Kremlin leader's dinners with foreign dignitaries. (Alexei Druzhinin, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP, File)

The indictment of Russian operatives

President Trump’s attempts to convince Americans that Russia’s interference in the 2016 election was a giant “hoax” has taken a beating lately.

Electrical lines will be used for broadband Internet access as IBM Corp. partners with a smaller firm to improve access for rural areas not served by cable or DSL. They plan to work with local electric cooperatives. (Getty Images)

Breaking up the public broadcaster monopoly

The notion of a profound “digital divide” between urban and rural areas in America is hardly new. The real issue is what America should do about it — and whether the government or private sector should take the lead.

Phishing Moscow Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Mueller in hot pursuit

Last Friday, a federal grand jury sitting in Washington, D.C., indicted 13 Russian nationals and three Russian corporations for conspiracy and for using false instruments and computer hacking so as to influence the American presidential election in 2016. The indictment alleges a vast, organized and professional effort, funded by tens of millions of dollars, whereby Russian spies passed themselves off as Americans on the internet, on the telephone and even in person here in the U.S. to sow discord about Hillary Clinton and thereby assist in the election of Donald Trump.

Russia's Puppet Candidate Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

The great strategic deception

The underlying theme promoted by the Hillary Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee (DNC), supported by the mainstream media, that there was collusion between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin to ensure a Hillary Clinton defeat, never made any strategic sense.

President Barack Obama laughs with Vice President Joe Biden during a ceremony in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington, Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh) ** FILE **

Tracking the real collusion: Obama knew foreign entities were interfering; he did nothing

There is a lot of noise lately, and less signal, about the now debunked “Trump colluded with Russia” narrative. After special counsel Robert Mueller indicted 13 Russians for trolling Americans during the 2016 election, Democrats and various malcontents are in a tizzy to move their narrative goalposts. “Well,” they insist, “Trump said the whole Russian thing was a hoax. Now it’s proven it wasn’t,” or some such nonsense.

Nervous in North Africa

Officials in Morocco are apprehensive. “Africa is approaching a dangerous moment,” one of the Kingdom’s most senior political figures told me recently in Rabat. His bleak assessment, which I heard in virtually every meeting during my recent visit to the country, stems from what are essentially two factors.

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In this July 14, 2017, file photo, Mike Gougherty, center, and Julie Rajagopal, right, pose for photos with their 16-year-old foster child from Eritrea at Dolores Park in San Francisco. When their 16-year-old foster child landed in March, he was among the last refugee foster children to make it into the U.S. Trump administration travel bans declared to block terrorists also are halting a small, three-decade-old program bringing orphan refugee children to waiting foster families in the United States. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

Welfare for refugees -- my, how the U.S. taxpayer does pay

- The Washington Times

Taxpayers in the United States are shelling out a reported $867 million each year to support refugees who've been resettled in this country. In the overall federal budgeting scheme, that's maybe small potatoes. But at the same time, if we're talking welfare -- and we are -- then it would seem the more American thing to pay for those already in-country, already legal citizens, before paying for those who are simply visitors.

Illustration on an Israel/India alliance by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

The India-Israel alliance

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's state visit to India in January was one of pomp and circumstance, but, more importantly, it underscored the closeness that now characterizes the bilateral relationship.

The Stock Market and the Trump Bump Illustration by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Stocks and the 'Trump bump'

A chilling decline in the stock market of 1500 points (last Friday and Monday) could actually be a result of "winning." President Trump promised that "we'd win so much we'd get tired of winning" during the campaign. So, is Wall Street tired?

Illustration on the dangers of U.S. ground engagement in North Korea by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

A military challenge, and it's not a slam dunk

Sen. Lindsey Graham, South Carolina Republican, continues to reflect conventional thinking in Washington when he says of North Korea, "I don't want to, but if we have to, we'll go to war. And I'll tell you who'll win that war," he confidently declared, "We will." The vast majority of pundits and military experts agree. An examination of a few critical factors, however, reveals such confidence is out of place.

Washington Post reporters Bob Woodward, right, and Carl Bernstein photographed May 7, 1973. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

The surveillance state is here, and to stay

- The Washington Times

If great Washington scandals come in threes, as disasters are said to do, we're there. First there was Watergate, regarded as the granddaddy of them all. A third-rate burglary at the Watergate Hotel grew to a scandal big enough to cashier a president.

Adding to the Red Ink Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

A big-spending budget deal

Seeking to avoid another unpopular government shutdown, Senate leaders have hammered out a long-term, big spending budget deal that will give President Trump the defense spending hikes he wants, along with much higher domestic spending sought by Democrats.

A vacation mystery, with shades of the spectral

The eponymous French girl of Lexie Elliott's novel is called Severine. "Slim and lithe in a tiny black bikini, her walnut brown skin impossibly smooth," she shows up at the French vacation house where Kate Channing and five friends, all newly graduated from Oxford, are staying.

Fabricio Alvarado vows to defy an order issued by the Inter-American Court of Human Rights to legalize same-sex unions. (Associated Press/File)

EDITORIAL: A right turn in Costa Rica

Costa Rica, proclaimed National Geographic magazine only last year, is "the happiest country in the world." It's certainly one of the most stable, but there's more. "Costa Ricans enjoy the pleasure of living daily life to the fullest in a place that mitigates stress and maximizes joy."

In U.K., killer NHS beyond reproach

Donald Trump is sadly right about the financial bankruptcy, management chaos and appalling treatment of patients in the British National Health Service ("British officials condemn Trump remarks on U.K. health care," Web, Feb. 5). The NHS kills thousands every year due to misdiagnosis, delayed detection of cancer and failed operations.

A Russian plane shot down over northwest Idlib province in Syria might have been a message from President Trump that America is back. (Associated Press/File)

Unlike Obama, Trump presents a Russian 'reset' with teeth

Hillary's Russian reset proved to be anything but -- in fact, it was the beginning of amateur hour when it came to American-Russian relations. President Trump is changing all that, resetting relations for real in fields like national security where it matters, without the plastic buttons from OfficeMax and the sickening fanfare.

In this frame grab from video provided by WRTV in Indianapolis, Manuel Orrego-Savala, a citizen of Guatemala, leaves a court hearing Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018, in Indianapolis. Orrego-Savala is suspected of causing a collision Sunday, Feb. 4, that killed Indianapolis Colts linebacker Edwin Jackson. (WRTV6 via AP)

If Edwin Jackson were Malia Obama, borders would be closed

- The Washington Times

Colts' linebacker Edwin Jackson and his Uber driver Jeffrey Monroe are dead, and an illegal immigrant with previous deportations and court convictions has been arrested and charged. But how about Congress gets tough on border controls so we, the American people, don't have to keep grieving over such senseless deaths? Fact is, if someone as notable as Malia Obama were killed by an illegal, you better believe borders would snap shut.

Illustration on sexual relationships as a nexis for culture, religion and politics by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

'Moral combat' is a game any number can play

The debate over the #MeToo movement continues. The ladies keep coming out of the confessional with "J'accuse," but some of the players are missing. They're the women who slept their way to starring roles in the movies and powerful positions in politics and the media and didn't talk. We don't know who they are, nor are we likely to learn the details of success on the road to the top, because they played by the old rules of Hollywood and Washington, keeping their dalliances to themselves.

ADVANCE FOR RELEASE SUNDAY, DEC. 31, 2017 AND THEREAFTER -FILE - In this Saturday, April 26, 2014 file photo, the sun shines through concertina wire on a fence at the Louisiana State Penitentiary in Angola, La. Nearly two years after the January 2016 U.S. Supreme Court ruling that prison inmates who killed as teenagers are capable of change and may deserve eventual freedom, the question remains unresolved: Which ones should get a second chance? (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Prison reform, the time is now

It didn't seem to fit in President Trump's State of the Union address, perhaps something tossed in at the last minute, like a garnish. But there it was: "As America regains its strength, opportunity must be extended to all citizens. That is why this year we will embark on reforming our prisons, to help former inmates who have served their time get a second chance at life."

Bad Times for Medical Marijuana Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Marijuana laws and gun ownership

- The Washington Times

Advocates for and against the legalization of marijuana for recreational use have been sparring for decades in part at least because there are merits on both sides of the argument, but the same cannot be said about whether doctors should be free to prescribe marijuana for medical purposes.

Illustration on corruption of the FISA court by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Why FISA-gate is scarier than Watergate

The Watergate scandal of 1972-74 was uncovered largely because of outraged Democratic politicians and a bulldog media. They both claimed that they had saved American democracy from the Nixon administration's attempt to warp the CIA and FBI to cover up an otherwise minor, though illegal, political break-in.