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Illustration on Trump's Socratic method by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Donald Trump’s Socratic method

While the press likes to portray President Trump as impetuous and impatient with details, when it comes to important decisions, he usually weighs options carefully.

Illustration on Chinese pilfering of U.S. medical R&D by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Negotiating better trade agreements

President Trump is now hot and heavy in the trade negotiations with China, as well as Canada and Mexico in negotiating NAFTA 2.0. We are strong free traders, but we also believe that Mr. Trump’s plans to negotiate better trade agreements that reduce trade barriers abroad are right on the mark. He also has to make sure those deals fully protect U.S. intellectual property, or what is commonly called know-how.

Illustration on obstacles to the Trump/Kim summit by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

The Trump-Kim summit meets a hurdle

The prospects of denuclearization talks between President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un began to fade this week.

Illustration on solving remaining questions over sound immigration policy by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Restoring integrity to the immigration system

In 1990, Congress created the investor visa green card program to bring entrepreneurial talent to the United States, create new jobs and infuse new capital into our economy, especially in hard-hit rural and depressed areas. Unfortunately, over the years this program — known as the EB-5 program — has strayed further and further from congressional intent and has been repeatedly tarnished by scandal and political favoritism.

MidEast Pillars Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Trump’s productive disruption

In the same way that candidate Donald Trump disrupted establishment politics in 2016 when he ran for president and defeated establishment politicians on both sides of the aisle, he has completely upended traditional foreign policy in the United States. Pinstriped Foggy Bottom bureaucrats are still in shock with President Trump’s aggressive and — apparently — effective approach to North Korea’s recalcitrant Kim Jong-un.

In this image posted on a photo sharing website by an Islamic State militant media arm on Monday, May 30, 2016, a military vehicle burns as ISIS fighters battle Iraqi forces and their allies west of Fallujah, Iraq. Iraqi forces battling their way into Fallujah repelled a four-hour attack by the Islamic State group in the city's south on Tuesday, a day after first moving into the southern edges of the militant-held city with the help of U.S.-led coalition airstrikes.(militant photo via AP)

A bombshell breach of security issues

The admonition “do not brag” likely will not be found in any intelligence manual. But strictures on revealing “sources and methods,” as well as common sense, dictate that certain matters are not discussed in public.

Illustration on feminists'euphemistic treatment of prostitution by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Whitewashing a sordid industry

If you think feminists everywhere are celebrating the prosecution of the world’s largest online sex market, Backpage.com, as a major blow against the exploitation of women, you would be wrong. The Women’s March is perhaps the most vocal and visible group to self-appropriate the label “feminist,” but others as well have come down decisively on the side of prostitution as sexually empowering because “the real mark of feminism is trusting women to do what they want with their bodies.”

In this May 3, 2017, file photo, former President Barack Obama speaks at a community event on the Presidential Center at the South Shore Cultural Center in Chicago. The Obama Presidential Center will not be a part of the presidential library network operated by the National Archives and Records Administration. Public park advocates have filed a lawsuit against the city of Chicago seeking to stop construction of the center. The group also wants to bar the city from giving control of the center's site to the Obama Foundation. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh, File)

Barack Obama gilds his legacy

This is a story of priorities and hypocrisy, brought to us by a president who saved the Union and was murdered for it, and a president whose policies and malevolence damaged both the nation and the world, and who is being rewarded for it.

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Illustration on Iranian adventurism by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Iran's dangerous game

Iran's aging political leadership apparently has too much time on its hands. It insists on increasingly risky foreign adventures while discontent piles up at home. Iran's rial currency is at its lowest level against the dollar in history. Restive ethnic and religious minorities and water shortages in the provinces are causing near-daily demonstrations, and an increasingly discontented majority population of people under 25 years old are demanding domestic change. That kind of atmosphere has bred revolutions in many nations in the past.

Iranian Duplicity Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

The Netanyahu explosion

Before President Barack Obama left office, he admitted that the P5+1 deal with Iran could in time provide enough enriched uranium to produce a nuclear weapon. In other words, this deal was not designed to prevent weapons of mass destruction in Iran, but to delay the "inevitable."

Dr. Joseph Goebbels, German minister of propaganda, addresses the 28th Brigade of Storm Troopers in the Lustgarten, Berlin on Aug. 26, 1934, before the demonstration at Coblenz. (AP Photo) ** FILE **

When there was no crying in the newsroom

- The Washington Times

Everybody wants to be a snowflake, now including even newspapermen. There's nothing inherently wrong with something called "World Press Freedom Day," but journalism has always been a contact sport. That's what made freedom of the press one of the best ideas the Founding Fathers ever came up with.

Regulating the internet Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Protecting the Internet ecosystem

Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg recently took the hot seat on Capitol Hill for two days of grilling following news about Cambridge Analytica's use of stolen data to profile and target American voters. Facebook also faces criticism about its privacy policies and data collection.

Illustration on a coming trade war with China by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

How China has targeted U.S. industries

China has long prosecuted a trade war against American industries and workers. Finally, we have a president willing to take up arms but he is widely disparaged by academic economists — who are generally sympathetic to the resist Trump movement and prescribe more Obama-era appeasement.

President Donald Trump speaks during a National Day of Prayer event in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, Thursday, May 3, 2018. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

A Peace Prize for the Donald

The Nobel Peace Prize has always been more about rewarding a certain kind of Scandinavian liberalism than celebrating actual, identifiable achievement. So it's highly unlikely that the five Norwegians, appointed by the Norwegian parliament, who bestow the prize would give one to President Donald Trump — even were he to abolish all weapons, end all conflicts, and "stop the rise of the oceans." It's highly unlikely the president will call Air Force One from the hangar for a trip to Stockholm.

Journalists no longer lofty

The White House Correspondents' Dinner once represented a chance for journalists on both sides of the aisle to come together, leave the contention at home and laugh with each other. No more.

Illegal immigration, trafficking tie

Immigration is an important but controversial topic. In some ways its arguments defy logic and confuse the public. On the one hand, shouldn't we be welcoming all who need or want to come to our shores? On the other hand, no one wants criminals and insurrectionists to be welcomed with open arms.

Flying under the radar of parental authority in World War II

You have to be over 70 to remember World War II, and considerably older than that to remember actual fighting or daily life in the combatant countries. But the devastations and accommodations of the war remain, in fiction no less than in other areas of life. As Nathaniel, narrator of Michael Ondaatje's "Warlight," notes "The past never remains in the past" -- and novelists are among those who make sure it doesn't.

Illustration on Trump's Goldilocks economy by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

After the tax cuts

The American stock market soared in anticipation of President Trump's sweeping tax cuts and in the aftermath of their enactment.

The vulgar goes mainstream

To be vulgar once earned societal disapproval, ostracism from polite company and — in my grandmother's era — put a young person in danger of having his mouth washed out with soap.

Illustration on springtime in Washington by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Just in time, springtime in Washington

It's hard to remember a season when so many informed, knowledgeable and sophisticated men and women have spent so much time talking about the weather, and longing for change, literally and figuratively. Complaining about the windy days of winter, yearning for the extended days of spring and warmth when that lucky ol' sun finally chases away cloud and murk and moves toward the light. On that, Democrat and Republican, liberal and conservative, clumsy Romeo and angry feminist, are at last united, if only for a little while.

Palestinian Children in Harm's Way Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

When children are cannon fodder

We're now a month into the Hamas-orchestrated "March of Return" along the Gaza border, and the situation is unfolding exactly as anybody with a modicum of historical perspective would have predicted. Riots, gunfire and scores of terrorists, intermingled with the young and the innocent killed after their brainwashing by a cynical, power-hungry terrorist organization whose leaders always send someone else's kids to join the martyrs in a culture of death.

Illustration on spy expulsion by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Spy expulsions, boom or bust

Washington and Moscow recently exchanged tit-for-tat expulsions of diplomats, stemming from a suspected poisoning of a defected KGB officer and his daughter in London.

Wall Built with Earnings Suspense File Funds Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

A new way to pay for the border wall

Politico reported recently that President Trump blew a tentative immigration deal that would have allowed Mexico to take in Central American asylum-seekers destined for the U.S. after he "threw a tantrum" over the Mexican government's refusal to pay for expanded border-fencing.