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Vladimir Putin. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

Everybody’s playing the new game in town

- The Washington Times

Washington measures everything and everyone by politics, and dysfunction is the new game in town. Rant and rage has become the lingua franca of the nation’s capital. Taking the measure of Robert Mueller’s indictment of 13 Russian cybernauts for interfering on Vladimir Putin’s behalf in the 2016 presidential campaign is easy.

China's Jack Ma, Alibaba Group founder and executive chairman, speaks during a panel session during the 47th annual meeting of the World Economic Forum, WEF, in Davos, Switzerland, Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2017. (Laurent Gillieron/Keystone via AP) ** FILE **

Artificial intelligence can read! And now customer service reps must go

- The Washington Times

An economic boom just dropped on the world — and most, no doubt, aren’t even aware. What happened? China’s retail and technology conglomerate, Alibaba, developed an artificial intelligence model that beat the humans it competed against in a Stanford University reading and comprehension test. This is historic.

Illustration on the need for clearer scrutiny and vetting for firearm purchases by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Confronting school shootings

In the emotional aftermath of every school shooting, experts criticize and offer solutions. “Arm teachers, more cops, fewer guns, psychiatric commitments and barbed wire perimeters.” We can also have lengthy discussions on the disintegration of the family, but any real change is generations away. So, what now?

Philadelphia Aliens Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

When the radical agenda meets immigration

Liberal Democrats don’t like the broad term illegal immigrants, so the joke goes, as they much prefer to think of them as undocumented future registered Democrats.

In this Dec. 4, 2017 photo, Southwest Minnesota hog producer Randy Spronk poses at his farm near Edgerton, Minn. Minnesota farmers like Spronk fear they could lose millions of dollars if the United States leaves the North American Free Trade Agreement.  (Mark Steil/Minnesota Public Radio via AP)

The trouble with tariffs

The stronger economy we’re enjoying now is no accident. Lower taxes, more jobs and fewer regulations are creating a much-needed boost. So why do we still have one foot on the brake?

Crumbling Infrastructure (Illustration by Alexander Hunter for The Washington Times)

A tax proposal to nowhere

Repairing the nation’s highways is a good idea. Paying for it with a uuuuuuuge increase in the federal gasoline tax is not a good idea. Donald Trump has had some good ideas over his first year in the White House, but socking it to motorists is not one of them.

Illustration on the aggressive strategic future of Syria by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

The new ‘great game’ in Syria

In the second half of the 19th century, the British and Russian empires competed for domination of Central Asia in what history labels “The Great Game.” A new “great game,” with the entire Middle East at stake, is now being played out in Syria. The opponents are Russia and Iran on one side and the U.S. and Israel on the other. Both sides will try to use Arab states and Turkey as pawns.

Logical Progression of a Gun Ban Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

More laws do not a moral people make

This past Valentine’s Day, Nikolas Cruz entered a classroom in Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, and proceeded to murder 17 people and wound 15 others. Before any meaningful criminal investigation could even begin, our nation’s cultural elites rushed to their respective podiums, finding fault and casting aspersions. Scoring political points is the name of the game. Removing personal rights embedded in our Constitution and replacing them with more laws and less freedom seems to be the only way they know to keep score.

Chart to acccompany Moore article of Feb. 19, 2018.

Obama’s real debt and deficit legacy

- The Washington Times

Congressional Republicans have been raked over the coals in the last two weeks for slamming through budget caps and inflating government spending and debt by another $300 billion. The criticisms are well deserved.

Unrest in India Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

India’s democracy and Modi’s reforms

If there’s one thing we’ve learned about Prime Minister Narendra Modi is that he’s not afraid of using radical maneuvers to accomplish his economic agenda for India.

Kim Yo-jong, sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, arrives at the opening ceremony of the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, Friday, Feb. 9, 2018. (Associated Press)

The snookered press at Pyeongchang

- The Washington Times

When Kim Jong-un dispatched his crack propaganda team to Pyeongchang (and not P.F. Chang, the Chinese restaurant chain, as reported by NBC News) to cover the Winter Olympics, he couldn’t have imagined that the American media in town would have been so easy to con.

Illustration on history repeating itself in U.S. involvement in Afghanistan by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

How Afghanistan can take the road not taken in Vietnam

We haven’t heard much about Afghanistan in the news lately. Occasionally, an American will be killed, or there will be a bombing, but the current U.S. strategy of the “Afghanization” seems to have produced a stalemate that is not necessarily a bad thing.

Patent Law Working Properly Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Patent reform and innovation

On February 5, the Senate confirmed Andre Iancu as director of the Patent and Trademark Office.

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Ducks perch on the branch of a tree next to a home destroyed by Hurricane Maria in Toa Baja, Puerto Rico. Federal officials on Thursday, Feb. 1, 2018 blamed a lack of leadership, money and communication in Puerto Rico for setting back hurricane recovery efforts in the U.S. territory. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa, File)

A convenient scapegoat for Puerto Rico's woes

Debate regarding the relevance and necessity of maritime cabotage laws, specifically the Jones Act, has been ignited in the months following the worst Caribbean Hurricane season in decades. Much of the debate in favor of repealing the law has been built on the false premise that the Jones Act has somehow acted as an impediment to the speed of recovery on a culturally corrupt island suffering from underlying infrastructure problems decades in the making.

Illustration on highlighting the plight of North Korea's people by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Shedding light on the brutality of North Korea

Last week, Ji Seong-ho stood proud in the chamber of the U.S. House of Representatives, raising his crutches in triumph, a symbol of his hard-earned freedom and victory over the tyrannical regime that had oppressed, starved and tortured him.

Illustration on sexual predation at HSUS by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Bad behavior where kindness is supposed to thrive

Last week two top executives of the Humane Society of the United States were exposed as alleged sexual predators. The Washington Post outlined a series of complaints against CEO Wayne Pacelle and that the organization had paid settlements presumably with donor money to women who were retaliated against.

In this Jan. 21, 2018, file photo, lights illuminate the U.S. Capitol on second day of the federal shutdown as lawmakers negotiate behind closed doors in Washington. The era of trillion-dollar budget deficits is about make a comeback _ and a brewing budget deal hastened the arrival. Lawmakers are inching closer to a two-year, budget-busting spending pact that would give whopping budget increases to both the Pentagon and domestic programs have been inching closer to an agreement, according to aides and members of Congress. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

Counting the swamp critters

Every time there's a threat of a government shutdown, a threat once rare but now not so rare, there's a discussion of who is so important that he is declared "essential" and who must show up for work, anyway.

Left trying to pull the wool

The frantic statements by Democratic lawmakers and left-leaning media pushing back on the Nunes memo is evidence of a mind-boggling effort to deceive the American people. The left talks about invented motives, saying the memo was fabricated to remove scrutiny from President Trump. But it is the left that is lying.

End the VA and its animal torture

Why does the government have to perform the same research experiments over and over, for 40 years or more, getting the same conclusions at the cost of billions of dollars ("Curbing the use of canine guinea pigs," Web, Jan. 31)? And how many painful deaths must their animal subjects suffer?

Carter Page says false charges in a Democrat-financed dossier brought him "irreparable damage" and subjected him to death threats. (Associated Press)

The sliming of Carter Page

- The Washington Times

Pundits and defenders of the Obama Justice Department took to social media and the airwaves over the weekend to inform the world that Carter Page was the target of a FBI Russian espionage investigation in 2014, but he wasn't. In fact, it appears as though Page was an FBI informant in that case. He helped the federal government put Russian spies in jail.

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Doritos' chick chips the ultimate in ridiculous

- The Washington Times

Doritos has determined that its chips' market needs a new model, one that's particular to those of the female persuasion, and so food engineers employed by the company have come up with a less messy, less noisy, less crunchy alternative. Chips for chicks. Sure, it has a certain ring to it. But is this truly a market need? Who knew this was even a true market want?

James Comey (Associated Press) **FILE**

On the dossier, did FBI have lower standards than the media?

- The Washington Times

One of the more disconcerting revelations from the long-anticipated FISA memo released by the House Intelligence Committee Friday was that the FBI had barely begun a verification process of the Russian dossier when they used it to justify a FISA surveillance warrant on Carter Paige. Meanwhile the media refused to publish the dossier allegations because they could not be verified.

McCain, at it again, deals with Dems and kills wall funding

- The Washington Times

Sen. John McCain is reportedly joining with Democratic colleague Christopher Coons to introduce legislation that gives Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals' illegals a path to citizenship, but denies President Donald Trump his funding to build a wall. McCain giving the Democrats what they want at the expense of the Republicans -- now there's something you don't see every day, right? Not.