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Gropergate! The halls of Congress under siege!

- The Washington Times

When I was a young reporter on a certain newspaper in the South, fresh on a new job, I took a fancy to a sweet and pretty young woman (that’s how we talked in those days) working on what newspapers quaintly called “the Society pages.”

Why Trump should arm Ukraine

President Trump has often expressed his desire to build a better, more positive relationship with Russia. However, as Secretary of State Tillerson has said, improved bilateral relations will not be possible without ending Russia’s aggression against Ukraine.

Illustration on the restoration of the Alamo by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Restoring, reinforcing and remembering the Alamo

As a native Texan, as a veteran, and as Texas land commissioner, it is my solemn duty and my great honor to be the caretaker of the Alamo. Who we are as Texans started there and who we can be as Texans and Americans still lives there.

Illustration of George Papadopoulos by Nancy Ohanian/Tribune Content Agency

The Russian shadow

Thank goodness we live in a country where the people who represent us in Congress have the power to investigate and grill federal officials to root out wrongdoing in our government.

Illustration on Brett McGurk by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Following Obama’s footsteps toward Kurdistan’s destruction

Brett McGurk, an Obama appointee serving under President Trump, is working in order to ensure that the United States continues to follow Barack Obama’s failed Iraq policy even though the U.S. now has a Republican president.

United Nations U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley, right, listens as Organization of American States Secretary General Luis Almargo speaks during a U.N. meeting on human rights concerns in Venezuela, Monday Nov. 13, 2017, at U.N. headquarters. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

Nikki Haley quite rightly rocks U.N. boat on Venezuela

- The Washington Times

Human rights matter — that’s the message a resolute U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley just sent the Security Council’s way, reminding that Venezuela, land of the socialists, shouldn’t be allowed to skate on civil abuses. This is why Haley rocks. She’s unafraid to take the high ground on behalf of America, even when world players disapprove.

Illustration on the sexual vulgarization of the American culture by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

When the cheap and dirty loses its punch

In the high-tech world of social media, where fake news thrives with the real, we’ve become a nation of voyeurs and eavesdroppers. Consuming the salacious is the guilty pleasure. We see and overhear a broad range of sordid comings and goings, what we used to describe quaintly as “dirty,” in the vocabularies that were once reserved for private conversations between close friends, too embarrassing for general discussion.

Illustration on CFPB by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

The ‘Equifax’ threat to small-dollar loan customers

There are many flaws in the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (CFPB) small-dollar loan rule, which will deny millions of Americans access to a vital form of credit. One of the biggest problems, which has become an acute problem lately, is the security of consumers’ personal financial information.

When Republicans promise but don’t deliver

Voters in New Jersey and elsewhere just sent a message to President Trump and congressional Republicans: Deliver or expect to get replaced, and planned tax cuts will hardly be enough.

Illustration on a peace initiative in the form of an international research vessel for the South China Sea               The Washington Times

Using science diplomacy in the South China Sea

Despite White House efforts to deny well-established climate change reports and U.S. withdrawal from the 2015 Paris Climate Accord, most might question the wisdom of laying down a science — led peace-building plan in the contested South China Sea disputes. Yet science may prove to be the linchpin for bringing about cooperation rather than competition not only among the claimant nations in the region but also between Washington and Beijing. While President Trump’s recent offer to Vietnam’s President Tran Dai Quang to mediate the complex and challenging disputes over access to fish stocks, conservation of biodiversity and sovereignty claims caught many observers by surprise, it should not have.

Investigation into the Investigation Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

More Chronicles of Hillary

The Department of Justice will soon commence an investigation to determine whether there should be an investigation (you read that nonsense correctly) of a scandal involving the Clinton Foundation and a company called Uranium One. It appears that FBI decisions made during the time that Hillary Clinton was being investigated for espionage will also be investigated to see whether there should be an investigation to determine whether she was properly investigated. (Again, you read that nonsense correctly.)

In this Oct. 17, 2017, file photo, Army soldiers hone their long-distance marksmanship skills as they train at Fort Benning in Columbus, Ga. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

Filling military quotas with the mentally ill

The Army very quietly announced in August that it will lift a ban on waivers allowing people with a history of mental health issues, as well as alcohol and drug abuse, to join their ranks. Even in normal times this should concern you greatly, let alone when the world appears to be preparing for war.

Illustration on the campaign against glyphosphate by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Forcing taxpayers to fund anti-chemical activism

It’s bad enough when tax-exempt foundations and activist groups use junk science and scare campaigns to promote excessive regulations and set the stage for class action lawsuits against perfectly good products. It’s intolerable when our tax dollars directly finance U.S. and European Union government agencies that do likewise.

Illustration on the criminalization of government agencies by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

The criminalization of America’s government agencies

The criminalization of government agencies by the Obama administration was far more extensive than previously realized. The Uranium One deal is a prime example of how key government agencies have been criminalized.

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Release jailed vets who did duty

A few years ago I made a friend through your paper. After I started writing letters to The Washington Times, a woman in California contacted me and told how much she enjoyed what I wrote. We've been friends ever since. As a 100-percent disabled combat Marine Vietnam veteran and former law-enforcement officer, I've always written from experience and knowledge, which prompted my friend's first contact.

Time for a new party

It's time to get rid of the old establishment Republicans and start a new political party in America. If the new Tea Party, evangelicals and all other groups that want to abide by the Constitution could be combined into a new political party like in 1854 when the Republican Party replaced the Whig Party, it would be unstoppable.

Interference in Global Trade Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Why international trade is the wrong target

The Trump administration blames international trade for America's job woes. It's the wrong target. The White House and Congress should create opportunity, not disrupt it.

Illustration on tax reform helping with disaster recovery by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Overhauling taxes, helping woodland landowners

Hurricanes Harvey and Irma were some of the strongest storms to hit the United States in a dozen years, causing widespread destruction, not just in our big cities, but in remote areas as well. The same type of widespread destruction was seen out West, with more than 8 million acres of forestland having burned due to wildfires this year.

Enas Almadhwahi, an immigration outreach organizer for the Arab American Association of New York, stands for a photo along Fifth Avenue in the Bay Ridge neighborhood of Brooklyn, Friday, Nov. 11, 2016, in New York. American Muslims are reeling over Donald Trump's victory, wondering what the next four years will bring after a campaign in which he proposed creating a national database of Muslims, monitoring all mosques and banning some or all Muslims from entering the country. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

'Allahu akbar!' on the streets of America

Confederate soldiers shrieked the rebel yell at Gettysburg, American paratroopers cried "Geronimo!" when they jumped into France on D-Day, and radical Muslim terrorists cry "Allahu akbar" when they kill innocents on the streets of America. Whether meant to calm nerves or strike fear in the hearts of opponents, the cries become a signature, sometimes a cry of bravery and heroism, but sometimes a cry of cowardly revenge.

FILE - In this Tuesday March 21, 2017, file photo, Republican gubernatorial candidate, Ed Gillespie, gestures during a kitchen table discussion at a private home in Toano, Va. Political observers say Virginia's closely watched race for governor between Gillespie and Democrat Ralph Northam has become one of the state's most racially charged campaigns in recent memory. (AP Photo/Steve Helber, File)

Fear and loathing in Virginia

Desperation can make men who say they want to be good do bad things. Ralph Northam, the Democratic candidate for governor of Virginia, had been leading Ed Gillespie, the Republican, for months. His election was a lock. Everybody told him so.

Sleuthing again in Botswana, with panache

She's back! She's back! And Botswana can relax again in the knowledge that Mma Precious Ramotswe is still hard at work solving problems with her unique No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency.

Campaign wrongdoing in the spotlight

The criminal indictments charging three former Trump campaign officials with wrongdoing is just the first round of what is shaping up to be an explosive investigation into widespread Russian influence in the 2016 presidential election.

Illustration on tax-reform negotiations by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

The tax reform conundrum

Republicans must quit trying to appease liberals on tax reform. It is a battle they cannot win, in a war they must not lose. Simply, the left will never be satisfied with a broad income tax cut, because they view income taxes as mechanisms for wealth redistribution, as well as revenue generation.

Illustration on free-roaming horses in the western states by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

When horses go wild

Imagine the terror of the young woman as she wheeled her horse around, groping for her lasso. She faced the wild stallion and whooped, snapping the rope. He stomped and trotted off. The woman and her young niece were gathering cattle, on their private ranchland. The wild horse shouldn't have been there. She was breaking the law by "harassing" the horse.

Turning Monuments into Parking Lots Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Washington falls to the American Taliban

- The Washington Times

A few days after demonstrators for and against removing a Confederate statue in Charlottesville, Virginia, rioted, President Trump asked where it might end. "I wonder," Mr. Trump said, "is it George Washington next week and is it Thomas Jefferson the week after? You know, you really do have to ask yourself: Where does it stop?"

China Debt Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Red debt rising

The news during the Chinese Communist Party Congress was supposed to be uniformly positive. But the Oct. 19 press conference of Zhou Xiaochuan, the governor of China's central bank, was not. After admitting that the country's high debt was high, he surprised everybody by adding that it was not so high as to cause a "Minsky Moment," a sudden meltdown of asset prices. It was a fascinating insight into what worries China's economic leaders and the tough choices they face.

Illustration on Islam's creeping inundation of Italy by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Italy's apocalypse

When thinking about migrants and Islam, Italy is not a country that comes to mind.

Indictments and ham sandwiches

In considering the indictment of former Donald Trump campaign Chairman Paul Manafort and an associate, I am reminded of former Bill Clinton aide and defender James Carville's line about the ability of a grand jury to "indict a ham sandwich."

Illustration on the special council investigation by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

The tip of a prosecutorial iceberg

Earlier this week, the government revealed that a grand jury sitting in Washington, D.C., indicted a former Trump presidential campaign chairman and his former deputy and business partner for numerous felonies.

Illustration on Alex Bregman's great-grandfather, Bo Bregman, and the heritage behind Alex's baseball career by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

'Tis the season for baseball dreams

I grew up in a baseball family, enjoying Daddy's season tickets on the third-base line at Griffith Stadium. Washington's team then was the Senators -- "Washington, first in war, first in peace and last in the American League." Now Washington has a championship-caliber team, never last, and I rooted passionately this year for a Nationals-Astros World Series, and for a very personal reason.