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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.

Then-President Barack Obama on stage during a panel discussion as part of the White House Precision Medicine Initiative (PMI) in the South Court Auditorium in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on the White House complex in Washington, Thursday, Feb. 25, 2016. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais) ** FILE **

Privacy pitfalls of AI-driven health care hard to ignore

- The Washington Times

Artificial intelligence may provide a world of convenience when it comes to suggesting which purchases an Amazon user might want to next make, or what song titles a Pandora listener might also enjoy clicking. But when it comes to AI in the health field, America should tread carefully. The pitfalls, particularly in the area of personal privacies, could very well outweigh the benefits.

Illustration on the positive consequences of mergers by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Why mergers make sense

Donald Trump is producing the kind of shoot-the-moon economic recovery that we last saw under Ronald Reagan in the 1980s. He’s copied a lot of the Reagan playbook: Deregulate, cut taxes, promote American energy. He should also think about adopting another Reaganite initiative: Let American companies, grow, merge, restructure and become more profitable so they can compete on the global stage.

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

Trump to Mohammed bin Salman: Focus on Iran

When Donald Trump meets with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the de facto ruler of Saudi Arabia, the president should have three clear and forceful messages for his reform-oriented guest: Focus your undivided attention to adopting a soft power approach to the Iranian regime, end the war in Yemen and lift your blockade of American ally Qatar.

Illustration on school choice fro military families by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Saluting school choice for military families

Americans who join the military know they’ll be making sacrifices. They put their lives on the line, obviously, but beyond that, they know they’ll have no say in where they live. Indeed, frequent moves are often part of the package.

A Muslim man wears a headband showing the Islamic State group's symbol. A lax legislative approach in some European countries makes it hard to prosecute returning militants. (Associated Press/File)

When ISIS fighters return home

What should not be an option is to treat returning terrorists with ever-greater levels of tolerance. Yet that is the option a number of Europeans advocate.

Illustration on Syrian strategic choices by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

A mission quandary in Syria

Almost two weeks ago, after yet another incident of a chlorine gas attack by Syria’s Assad regime, Defense Secretary James Mattis warned both Syria and its Russian ally that using gas weapons against civilians or on the battlefield was very unwise. Last week, U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley was more blunt, warning that America is “prepared to act if we must” to stop indiscriminate bombings of civilians by the Assad regime.

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White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders speaks during the daily briefing at the White House in Washington, Monday, March 5, 2018. Sanders answered questions about President Donald Trump's tariff on steel and aluminum, China and other issues. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Sam Nunberg's supposed 'rough day'

- The Washington Times

Sam Nunberg told the Daily Caller in an exclusive that he's sorry for verbally unleashing on White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders and calling her, among other vile names, a "fat slob." His excuse? He was having a "rough day," he said. Well, with all due respect and all, but that's not really a "rough day." That's an inner beast leaking forth.

Oprah Winfrey attends The Museum of Modern Art's David Rockefeller Award Luncheon honoring Oprah Winfrey at the Ziegfeld Ballroom on Tuesday, March 6, 2018, in New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)

The left always hates God -- until they don't

- The Washington Times

Stephen Colbert, late-night comedian, sat down with famed talker Oprah Winfrey and turned on the charm for God to make her run for the presidency in 2020. It was a mocking bit, no biggie for atheists but at least somewhat insulting for Christians. But the deeper takeaway is the hypocrisy it reveals of the left.

Stopping the Tariffs Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Donald Trump and free trade

President Donald Trump has had a splendid first year in office. He has the economy moving again and at a healthy pace, 2.6 percent in the most recent quarter. Unemployment is down, the stock market is up and the economic signs are mostly healthy.

Illustration on strategies for the Ukraine crisis by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Ukraine's hybrid war

Four years ago this week, Moscow launched its hybrid war against Ukraine and seized Crimea. Six weeks later, it began its not-so covert military operation in Donbas. One of the great, if unheralded stories of this war has been the largely successful effort of Ukraine to defend itself against this hybrid war in the east.

Illustration on strategic moves in the Middle East by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

The Russian chessboard

Iran (read: Persia) invented chess, but the present Grand Master of the Middle East chessboard is Russia. When the Syrian government launched an offensive against a rebel-held suburb of Damascus some have called a massacre, German Chancellor Angela Merkel called the Russians to rein in their client. She noted as well that, as Syria's main backer, Moscow has a "particular responsibility" to address the situation.

Illustration on the opioid crisis by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Profiting from the opioid crisis

Whether one labels it a "crisis" or an "epidemic," or understates it simply as a "problem," no reasonable observer can consider the human and monetary cost of opioid abuse anything other than a matter of the utmost national importance.

Illustration on the potential for developing the mineral wealth of Afghanistan by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Afghanistan's addiction to ill-gotten gains

Last August, the Trump administration authorized a military escalation in Afghanistan in the hopes of bringing the Muslim Taliban insurgency to its knees. No one actually believes that the insurgency, which still controls 40 percent of the national territory, can be defeated outright. But the idea is to convince the Taliban to stop fighting, agree to a transitional coalition government and participate in national elections.

FILE - In this June 21, 2013, file photo, the seal affixed to the front of the Department of Veterans Affairs building in Washington. A new first-of-its kind government study finds suicide among military veterans is especially high in the western U.S. and rural areas. The numbers suggest that social isolation, gun ownership and limited health care access may be factors behind the higher numbers. The Department of Veterans Affairs released data Sept. 15, on suicide by state. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)

Making better use of funds for veterans

When allegations of canine abuse at the Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA) research labs made headlines last year, supporters on both sides of the issue went head-to-head — seemingly pitting animal welfare against hope for wounded warriors in a zero-sum game where room for compromise appeared to be nonexistent.

Stormy Justice Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Screaming for a special counsel

Every Republican is screaming for a special counsel to investigate the FISA mess. But Attorney General Jeff Sessions referred the case to the inspector general. So, what's the best option?

From left, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, and National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster arrive for a joint news conference between President Donald Trump and Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven in the East Room of the White House, Tuesday, March 6, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

The Washington-Ankara partnership

Demonstrative of what is widely understood as a pressing need for rapprochement between the U.S. and Turkey, last week, U.S. Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson was welcomed in Ankara by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoan and Foreign Affairs Minister Mevlt avuoglu. A day prior, U. S. Defense Secretary James N. Mattis had a lengthy meeting in Brussels with Defense Minister Nurettin Canikli, on the sidelines of the NATO Defense Ministers Conference.

Drop investigation now

The Mueller investigation needs to stop. Its original purpose has been proven false by the Mueller team itself. This is no longer an investigation, but now a full-blown soft coup into undermining an elected president because the Washington establishment didn't like our vote.

Millennials eat badly

Baby-boomer parents were negligent when it came to instilling healthy eating habits in their millennial children, and this negligence has created a generation of Americans with over-stimulated brains and under-stimulated bodies, contributing to the more than 1.9 billion overweight and obese adults, according to the World Health Organization.

'It was the best of times, it was the worst of times'

Anyone who undertakes a general history of 19th-century Britain must marshal enormous amounts of information. In "Victorious Century," author David Cannadine certainly succeeds in this task.

Teachers celebrate after West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice and Senate Republicans announced they reached a tentative deal to end a statewide teachers' strike by giving them 5 percent raises in Charleston, W.Va., Tuesday, March 6, 2018. (AP Photo/Robert Ray)

Crybaby teachers get their pay raises

- The Washington Times

Here's a truth the left doesn't want to hear -- and the right doesn't want to touch: Teachers, as a group, as a collective, as a unionized body, are oftentimes a bunch of crybabies.

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley speaks at the 2018 American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) policy conference, at Washington Convention Center, Monday, March 5, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

Nikki Haley, Israel's best friend in years

- The Washington Times

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley told a listening American Israel Public Affairs Committee audience -- and a no-doubt listening set of anti-Israel U.N. players -- that she was sick and tired of the globalists at the global body hitting unfairly at the Jewish state. It must come as at least a small comfort that America, once again, has the tiny country's back.

Chart to accompany Rahn article of March 6, 2018.

Trump's really bad idea

Why does Virginia import oranges from Florida rather than grow its own? Why does the U.S. import almost all of its coffee and cocoa beans from countries in tropical climates rather than grow its own? Why does the U.S. import most of its primary aluminum rather than produce its own?