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Illustration on demonizing Russia by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Playing the Russophobia card

Liberal Russophobia has become a powerful force responsible for deterioration of U.S.-Russia relations. The coalition of liberal Russophobes include those in Congress, media and think tanks who believe that Russia aims to destroy the U.S.-centered “liberal” international order and that President Donald Trump’s attempts to negotiate with the Kremlin do more harm than good.

Illustration on the need for increased defense spending by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Putting service men and women first

We wrote recently on these pages that we must engage in “right-sizing America’s government to protect our economic growth.” That is, we must safeguard the rapid economic growth induced by our major tax reform/tax cut legislation of 2017, and not dissipate it on more wasteful spending as we have in the past and as will be urged by the new “progressive” (not Democratic) majority in the House.

Incarceration Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Facing facts about prison time

I thought I knew. As someone who served time in prison and runs an organization that works with families and individuals directly impacted by incarceration, I thought I knew how big the problem was. I talk every day to parents who are missing their incarcerated sons and daughters and kids who are missing their incarcerated moms and dads. I knew incarceration touched the lives of a lot of American families, but even I was shocked by the results of a new survey released this week.

Brown Out Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

America’s increasingly fragile electric grid

One of the lesser known economic successes of the modern era is the U.S. electric grid. For the most part, enough electricity-generating capacity to meet the nation’s power needs is available at the flip of a switch. America’s power plants continue to perform at high levels of safety and reliability. The reason: A diverse mix of fuels and technologies — coal, natural gas, nuclear power and renewables — serves as a hedge against price volatility and supply disruptions.

Illustration on the challenges to small business by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Small business, the casualty of rising interest rates

As interest rates rise, access to capital is increasingly restricted for the small businesses that make up the core of the American economy. However, some far-left lawmakers and activists want to restrict access even further under the guise of protecting consumers.

Illustration on Airbnb's exclusion of Israel by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

How a hospitality service wages war against Israel

Cities and countries have gone to war with Airbnb over its exacerbation of housing shortages in places like San Francisco or its unfair competition with hotels in places like Paris, but there is only one country against which Airbnb is waging the war. That’s Israel.

Harry S Truman at the piano with Lauren Bacall. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

A modern president and his tweet stuff

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Thomas Jefferson collected old books and French wines, Warren Harding collected poker buddies, and FDR collected stamps. Harry S Truman collected sheet music and played the piano. Once he played it at the National Press Club, with Lauren Bacall draped across the upright with a helping of cheesecake. Bess, the first lady, was not amused.

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French President Emmanuel Macron poses before a special address to the nation, his first public comments after four weeks of nationwide 'yellow vest' protests, at the Elysee Palace, in Paris, Monday, Dec. 10, 2018. Facing exceptional protests, French President Emmanuel Macron is promising to speed up tax relief for struggling workers and to scrap a tax hike for retirees. (Ludovic Marin/Pool Photo via AP)

Hard times at the palace

Burning cars and breaking shop windows is some people's idea of a good time, and sometimes the rioters can make a case for a legitimate cause. The French can riot about as well as anyone this side of the Middle East, and they're angry about how they're expected to pay what they regard as more than their share of sacrifice.

Cosby actions, fate a shame

Recently the daughter of Broadway legend Frank Loesser, who wrote the Christmas favorite "Baby, It's Cold Outside," blamed actor Bill Cosby for the controversy involving the song's lyrics. Susan Loesser said that it reminded people of date rape because of Cosby's assault of all those women over the years. It is a shame that is a fact of life now. How times have changed.

Nothing's ever Clinton's fault

Hillary Clinton is the perfect political pinata ("Hillary's vaudeville tour flops," Web, Dec. 9). After all, she continues to dabble in a rich chaos of distractions (including the present lecture tour) all employed as narcotics to dull the pain of loss and console her fans, a kaleidoscope of excuses ranging from the misogyny motif to an arpeggio of absolution touching on FBI incompetence, Russian interference, gender abandonment, Sanders skullduggery and whatever else may stick to the wall and disguise her inability to discern and give voice to voter concern. Just how long her fans will swallow this skit before indicating growing displeasure with funhouse mirror distortions is anybody's guess, but flotsam from the SS Clinton shipwreck will continue to float along with attempts at blame deflection.

Bringing alive the great composer's music and humanity

It has long been fashionable for worshippers of "genius" to excuse the thorough nastiness of some of their idols with the all-purpose alibi that, for the truly brilliant, their work must come first with basic standards of decency running, at best, a poor second.

In this Dec. 1, 2018, file, photo released by the press office of the G20 Summit Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman attends a plenary session on the second day of the G20 Leader's Summit in Buenos Aires, Argentina. (G20 Press Office via AP, File) **FILE**

A discussion with Ali al-Ahmed in light of the Khashoggi assassination

Since we last spoke to Ali Al-Ahmed of the Gulf Institute here in Washington, D.C., much has changed with the "Khashoggi Affair," where a Saudi operative turned political commentator, was butchered in the Saudi consulate in Turkey. We thought the time was right to sit down with Al-Ahmed again, to discuss the future of Saudi-American relations. He had a lot to say.

In this Jan. 6, 2017, file photo, a translucent screen shows smart car technology at the Intel booth during CES International in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)

A.I. experts warn of loss of free will, need for morality

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Pew Research Center asked 979 technology experts, business and policy leaders, scientists and science-minded activists and the like just how they thought artificial intelligence would impact humans by the year 2030 -- and while 63 percent waxed positive, another 37 percent warned of the negatives. That's a sizable percentage.

In this Nov. 14, 2018, file photo, Rep.-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., talks with reporters following a photo opportunity on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's weak whine on Paul Ryan

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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez went on a bit of a whine fest on Twitter, calling out the country for its so-called "double standards" of giving Rep. Paul D. Ryan high marks for getting elected at a young age while calling her a "fraud" for doing the same. Thing is: Ryan's not a socialist.

Obamacare Costs Breaking the Bank Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Protecting consumers from Obamacare's costs

Open enrollment in most of Obamacare's exchanges ends on Saturday, Dec. 15. Consumers in seven states that run their own exchanges, including California and New York, have a little bit longer to purchase coverage.

Media Flip-Flop Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Changing their tune on 41

Before George H.W. Bush fades from memory into the darkness of history books, one more point needs to be made. It is about the contrast between how most of the major media treated him when he was president and how they mostly (but not completely) did a 180 during their coverage and commentary of his funeral.

Illustration on alternatives to tear gas and rubber bullets by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Better tools along the border

Innocents being used as human shields is not new. Placing police and security forces into positions where they are portrayed as brutal thugs in the media didn't start with the recent incident last month, when tear gas was used on the Mexican border.