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Illustration on China's dam building frenzy by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

China’s dam frenzy

China’s hyperactive dam building is a reminder that, while international attention remains on its recidivist activities in the South China Sea’s disputed waters, it is also focusing quietly on other waters — of rivers that originate in Chinese-controlled territory like Tibet and flow to other countries. No country in history has built more dams than China. In fact, China today boasts more dams than the rest of the world combined.

Illustration on lowering veterans' suicide rates by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Lowering the suicide rates of those who serve

President Donald Trump last week signed an executive order which seeks to lower suicides rates among our nation’s veterans. The order, which would take effect in March, expands mental health services for transitioning veterans upon their return home to civilian life. Mr. Trump hailed the order as a “historic step to make sure that our incredible veterans are taken care of in a proper manner.”

FISA: A Rubber Stamp to Break the Law Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Institutionalizing Watergate

The “third rate burglary” of the Democratic National Committee’s offices at the Watergate hotel in 1972 was meant to spy on the Democratic presidential campaign. Now we’re beginning to understand how a Democratic administration pried into the 2016 Republican Campaign with the assistance of the CIA, the FBI, and the Department of Justice. The Democratic Party’s media wing tries to cover the spying and pretends that it uncovered dirt.

A supporter of President Donald Trump challenges police officers and a Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program during a rally outside the office of California Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein in Los Angeles, Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2018. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon) ** FILE **

Nightmare for Dreamers

DACA, “Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals,” is an Obama pen-and-phone program, not one created by legislation. It was simply a policy announced by President Obama on June 15, 2013. The date was chosen because it was the 30th anniversary of Plyler v. Doe, a Supreme Court decision that barred public schools from charging illegal immigrant children tuition.

A pair of postal workers shovel the lot at the Plainville, Mass., Post Office Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018. The post office was open for business as usual.  (Mark Stockwell/The Sun Chronicle via AP)

Another view of the U.S. Postal Service

Along with political coverage and analysis generally regarded as top-flight, The Washington Times apparently also possesses a good sense of humor.

Sen. Charles E. Schumer. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

Democrats decree death in the swamp for the Dreamers

- The Washington Times

Chuck Schumer, Nancy Pelosi and their Democratic followers laid a careful trap for their Republican tormentors, and then fell in it. The Republican leadership can keep them from climbing out if they’re smart and show a little courage.

In this Jan. 10, 2018, file photo, President Donald Trump listens during a meeting in the Oval Office of the White House, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

Fearful Dems preemptively strike State of Union

- The Washington Times

Democrats must be shaking in their Birkenstocks. How else to explain their many, many and many more preemptive strikes at President Donald Trump’s State of the Union speech — a speech that doesn’t even take place until Jan. 30?

Illustration on an alliance between Irael and Saudi Arabia by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

A secret Middle East alliance

A Swiss newspaper, Basler Zeitung, reported recently that a secret alliance between Israel and Saudi Arabia aimed at restraining Iran’s imperial desire for a land mass between Tehran and the Mediterranean was moving into a new phase. While there aren’t formal diplomatic ties between the two countries, military cooperation does exist. In fact, the Saudi government sent a military delegation to Jerusalem several months ago to discuss Iran’s role as a destabilizing force in the region.

Perpetual Motion Money Machine Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Investing in a scorching market

Stocks have just accomplished a Houdini — scorching to record highs while escaping volatility. The S&P 500, which accounts for 80 percent of the value of publicly traded U.S. companies, just scored an unprecedented 14 consecutive monthly gains.

Illustration on supporting the Iranian uprising by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

How to support the Iranian uprising

The current Iranian “man in the street” uprising provides the United States with a unique opportunity to achieve what should be one of our core vital national security objectives: the removal of the Iranian theocracy from power. Why? Because the Iranian theocracy has been at war with the United States for over 38 years. They have caused the death of thousands of Americans, both civilian and military.

Chart to accompany Emily Baker article of Jan. 16, 2018.

Small businesses and government contracts

With the sixth round of North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) negotiations set to begin in Canada later this month, news reports claim that Canadian negotiators are increasingly worried that the U.S. may unilaterally quit the agreement — something that President Trump can do with the stroke of a pen.

A model has his hair cut as he waits backstage prior to the start of Versace men's Fall-Winter 2018-19 collection, that was presented in Milan, Italy, Saturday, Jan.13, 2018. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)

The cosmetology cops

Few things could be more American than volunteering to help others. So it’s a shame when our altruism is thwarted by another, far more lamentable American trait: big government.

Influence of Tax Rates Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Why taxes matter after all

One premise of modern-day “progressives,” is that taxes don’t have much influence on how much and when people invest, how much they work and save, or where they live. Just Google “Taxes don’t matter” and you will find scores of academic studies and news stories assuring us that taxes have little or no effect on behavior.

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FILE - In this Oct. 17, 2017, file photo Steve Bannon, former strategist for President Donald Trump, speaks at a campaign rally for Arizona Senate candidate Kelli Ward in Scottsdale, Ariz. Ward is running against incumbent Republican Jeff Flake in next year's GOP primary. Some Republican Party leaders warn that conservative candidates with problematic track records like Danny Tarkanian in Nevada or Ward cant win general election battles and will lead the GOP to lose seats in 2018.  (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

Are Bannon's Breitbart days numbered?

- The Washington Times

Following his criptic Tweet identifying Steve Bannon's new benfactor, enigmatic Chinese billionaire Guo Wengui, Matt Drudge followed up on Twitter with a personal and impassioned plea for a new direction at Breitbart News:

BOOK REVIEW: How Stalin treated his inner circle

What caused Joseph Stalin to become one of history's most notorious mass murders? Unlike Adolph Hitler, whose victims were anonymous Jews and other "undesirables" whom he did not know, Stalin's victims included persons from his inner circle, fellow leaders of the Soviet Communist party.

Steve Bannon is quoted extensively dishing dirt on President Trump and his family members in "Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House." (Associated Press/File)

Bannon stands alone

- The Washington Times

Steve Bannon - for one brief, glorious day - unified what had been a fractured, combative and disunified conservative media community (such as it is.) Since the rise of Donald Trump's candidacy in late 2015, the reporters, pundits and thought leaders have been bickering, sniping and debating with each other about the very future of our political movement and the ideological purity of the publications we work for.

Diana Downard, 26, a Bernie Sanders supporter who now says she will vote for Hillary Clinton, has drinks with friends at a pub in Denver in this July 6, 2016, file photo. "Millennials have been described as apathetic, but they're absolutely not," says Downard "Millennials have a very nuanced understanding of the political world." (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley) ** FILE **

Millennials, Gen Z depressed and sad -- boo freaking hoo

- The Washington Times

Survey says -- Millennials and Generation Z-ers are suffering from depression. Why? 'Cause they try so hard to be perfect and can't do it and that makes them sad. Apparently. Looks like the snowflakes are suffering from a solid case of what goes around, comes around. Living a life of "ME" doesn't seem all it's cracked up to be.

How Reagan and John Paul II outsmarted the evil empire

Someone picking up this book about the collapse of what Ronald Reagan so fittingly dubbed an "evil empire" might wonder about its subtitle: "The Extraordinary Untold Story of the 20th Century."

Say no to inaugural 'freebies'

"Corporate interests cut checks to fund governor's inaugural" (Web, Dec. 23) quotes a spokeswoman for Virginia Governor-elect Ralph Northam as saying that this month's inauguration is not a political event, but a celebration to bring all Virginians together — thus justifying large "donations" to the inaugural committee from corporate and business interests. This is absolute garbage.

Churchill saved the modern era

From my perspective of 80 years, "Darkest Hour" is the most important film ever made. It shows clearly why British Prime Minister Winston Churchill was Time's "Man of the Century." Against the opposition of the leaders of his own Conservative Party, the members of his Cabinet and the Labor and Liberal parties, Churchill refused to negotiate with Hitler after the surrender of the French — even with most of the British army trapped at Dunkirk. The film depicts the wonderful words Churchill used to win Parliament's consent to fight alone against Hitler.

Illustration on the North Korea threat of EMP attack by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Assessing the nation's vulnerabilities

President Trump's Dec. 18, 2017, National Security Strategy identified a top priority need to counter vulnerabilities of our critical infrastructure to "existential threats" from "electromagnetic attacks." He should urgently counter the existential electromagnetic pulse (EMP) threat that Kim Jong-un has identified as a "strategic goal." Note the Great Leader recently threatened to use the "nuclear button on his desk."

Illustration on troubling developments at the FBI by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Not my father's FBI

My father joined the FBI and, after a few years, was posted overseas. He then transferred to the CIA at its founding in 1947, where he spent the rest of his career.

FILE - In this Dec. 24, 2017, file photo, President Donald Trump turns to talk to the gathered media during a Christmas Eve video teleconference with members of the military at his Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Fla. Trump has stormed into 2018 in an exceptionally aggressive mood, picking fresh fights with Pakistan and the Palestinians, and touting the size of his "nuclear button" in a threat to North Korea.  (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

Character counts, but so do results

I do not make it a practice to comment on the work of fellow columnists, though occasionally some care to comment on mine, which is fine. I'm happy to help them make a living. An exception will be made here because of The New York Times "conservative" columnist, Bret Stephens.

Illustration on U.S. energy development and its impact on Russia by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

America's energy game changer

Thanks to the fracking revolution, America is rapidly and significantly increasing its oil and gas production and this is having far-reaching consequences. By the mid-2020s, according to the IEA, the United States will become the world's largest liquefied natural gas (LNG) exporter and a few years later a net exporter of oil as well. Last time America was a net oil exporter was in the 1950s.

Illustration on the trajectory of the coming boom economy by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

The economy in 2018

The fallout from the financial crisis, oppressive taxes and over regulations that burdened business for so long are receding, and the American economy is poised to deliver on the promised prosperity of the digital age.