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Illustration on Kim Jong-un's diplomatic wish list by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

What Kim Jong-un really wants

If one were to make a list of “what Kim really wants” in his discussions with the U.S., such would be quite straightforward, however — at least so far — they have not been expressed as such.

Illustration on Nafta by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

The need for NAFTA

Finally some good news for the future of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). CNBC is reporting and my White House sources confirm that there may be the framework for a renewed and improved NAFTA in the weeks ahead.

Illustration on fiscal responsibility and spending by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Budget blame where it belongs

While tax cuts take the budget blame, spending does the debt damage. Proponents of big government spending are happy to stoke the latest story in the narrative that America is under-taxed.

Barbara Bush Photo Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Barbara Bush, one of a kind

A beautiful person, no other way to say it. Barbara Bush was one of a kind, pushing through challenges most lives never see, with a hallmark smile, clear eyes and unwavering faith.

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.

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Antiquated Radio Technology Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

'A Kodak moment'

The Russians are using cyberspace to manipulate public policy outcomes by changing what people believe is real. This time it's about their brutal nerve agent attack against former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter, Yulia, in Salisbury, England.

Illustration on net nutrality law by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Protecting the open Internet

The decades-long debate over net neutrality — the principle that all Internet data must be treated equally and fairly online and no Internet company should be allowed to censor or discriminate what we do or see in cyberspace — has reached an inflection point.

Donald Trump and the Korean Peninsula

There is widespread support among government officials in South Korea for President Trump's goals and objectives, including proposed talks with North Korea.

In this Jan. 3, 2018, photo released by the U.S. Navy, a Naval Station vessel, right, prepares to assist the future USS Omaha (LCS 12), a 218-foot-long littoral combat ship, pier side during a brief fuel stop in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. The Omaha was conducting a change of homeport to San Diego, Calif. (Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class John Philip Wagner, Jr./U.S. Navy via AP)

No foxhole for an atheist

If the U.S. Navy appointed its first atheist chaplain, as the organized atheists demanded (twice), what could his duties as a chaplain be? Perhaps he could tell a sailor seeking spiritual solace in the face of death not to worry, he has no soul, anyway.

Reinstate the draft

After listening to about 10 minutes of National School Walkout speakers rail against guns, I've come to realize that these foolish children -- who are just screaming to have their rights taken away -- need a big dose of reality. It's time to bring back the draft, and not just for boys.

Sugar the real money maker

A California judge's recent coffee ruling is so strange you have to wonder if Starbucks actually bribed the plaintiffs to bring suit in the first place ("The Hysteria State," Web, April 5). The fact is that the most prominent sources of acrylamides are in processed foods (e.g., potato chips, cookies, crackers and practically all foods containing toasted grains).

An entertaining guided tour of a literary 'Little Shop of Horrors'

Before there was "fake news" there was "fake science." From Karl Marx through Joseph Stalin (and far beyond, even reaching into many an American college classroom today) the spurious notion of a "scientific socialism" for remaking society by remodeling human nature has obsessed fanatic left-wingers.

The godless, leftist nature of artificial intelligence

- The Washington Times

The fast-moving field of artificial intelligence development is a lucrative one -- a head-spinning one -- an oft-surprising and exciting one. But peer past the frenzy of media headlines announcing the latest discoveries and newest breakthroughs and it's sad but true, the world of science, including technology, is a field dominated by godless leftists, too.

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Robert Mueller, villain and breaker of hearts

- The Washington Times

Thousands of the readers of The Washington Post suffered strokes, heart attacks and an outbreak of social disease this week in the wake of its big front-page story that Robert Mueller, in hot pursuit of the president for lo! these many months, has informed Donald Trump's lawyers that the president is not, after all, "a criminal target."

Censored by Reddit and YouTube Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Making the world safe through censorship

The recent decision by YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki and Reddit founder Steve Huffman to make the world safe by removing "gun-related content" from their sites, represent a politically-driven censorship effort to remove opposing views on hot-button issues and may have unintended consequences.

Illustration on Russian nuclear strategy by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Russia's nuclear strategy

The Russian General Staff has never forgotten that they almost lost World War II — and won World War II — because of strategic surprise. Lessons from what Russia calls the Great Fatherland War are today applied to its preparations for nuclear war.

Illustration on Azerbaijan's strategic role by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Solving the Iranian dilemma

As it mulls the future of the 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and the P5+1 nations, the U.S. finds itself at odds with Europe on policies toward the Islamic Republic. The existence of conflicting camps amongst the parties to the nuclear agreement means that, whether the accord is "fixed or nixed," America needs to bolster its alliances outside the P5+1— and the solution can come through the often-overlooked Eurasian nation of Azerbaijan.

Illustration on the nature of Vladimir Putin by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

'Trust but verify'

Timing is critical in both statecraft and diplomacy, but President Trump couldn't have chosen a worse time to honor Russian dictator Vladimir Putin with a high-level, one-on-one meeting.

Ashlee Jones prepares coffee at a Philz Coffee shop in San Francisco, Friday, March 30, 2018. Coffee sellers will have to post ominous warnings in California because each cup contains a chemical linked to cancer, a judge ruled. The culprit is a byproduct of the bean roasting process that is a known carcinogen and has been at the heart of an eight-year legal struggle between a tiny nonprofit group and Big Coffee companies. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

The Hysteria State

The judge who ruled the other day that coffee purveyors in California must put a cancer-risk warning label on their beans calls to mind the old joke about the man, getting a little long in the tooth, who was told by his doctor that he would have to give up wine, women and song. "But Doc," he replied, "if I have to give up wine and women, what will I have to sing about?"

What 'Christian privilege'?

As a second-generation Irish Catholic immigrant, I was shocked to learn that some think Christians in this country used "privilege" to achieve success ("George Washington University to host seminar tackling 'Christian privilege,'" Web, April 3). I recall my father telling me how, when he was a young man looking for a job in the early 1900s, he saw "Help Wanted" signs with the addendum "No Catholics, no Jews." The Irish, who were mostly Catholic, were discriminated against when they first arrived in the late 1800s after the Great Famine in Ireland. Next came the Italians and the Eastern Europeans (Hungarian, Polish), who were also mostly Catholic — and likewise not warmly received.

Foreign aid an investment

If you belong to the category of people who do not believe in the idealist concept that the most prosperous country in the world has a moral responsibility to help other nations, or that American influence around the world depends partially on foreign aid, here are a few concrete reasons why we should all support foreign assistance.

Tales through his lens darkly

He wrote directly too, and his readers, his peers, and the literary establishment loved the gritty talk and the grittier characters. His 2007 novel "Tree of Smoke" won the National Book Award and was a finalist for the Pulitzer; in 2012, another novel "Train Dreams" was also a Pulitzer Prize finalist. Last July, he was posthumously awarded the Library of Congress Prize for American Fiction. This collection of short stories is praised by such luminaries as Jonathan Franzen, Zadie Smith, George Saunders, Philip Roth, Louise Erdrich and Don DeLillo. That's the varsity.