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Rachel Maddow of MSNBC is just one of the news wags who keep shouting "bombshell!" regarding supposedly nefarious behavior in Ukraine. (Associated Press)

Another dud in the string of bombshells

- The Washington Times

You have to pity the bombshell-shocked American citizen trying to take seriously all the “shocking,” “stunning” and “bombshell” news coming out of Washington these days.

Lev Parnas, a Rudy Giuliani associate with ties to Ukraine, arrives for a bail hearing in federal court, Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2019 in New York. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan) ** FILE **

Lev Parnas, another Democratic impeachment dud

- The Washington Times

Much ado has been made by MSNBC and The New York Times and the left and the Democrats about the latest, newest, glitziest, golden boy hoped-for impeachment witness, former Rudy Giuliani business associate Lev Parnas. But this guy is a dud like all the rest.

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Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., left and Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., talk Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020, after a Democratic presidential primary debate hosted by CNN and the Des Moines Register in Des Moines, Iowa. Candidate businessman Tom Steyer looks on. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

The Democrats' debate debacle

Milwaukee is about 375 miles northeast of Des Moines, Iowa (less as the crow flies), but they couldn't have been further apart in terms of the state of the economy and America's role in the world as articulated Tuesday night by President Trump in the former and the six Democrats who want his job in the latter.

Sanders' swill won't sway

Sen. Bernie Sanders, the Vermont ranter, cannot win even after applying a rasp to Marxist malarkey and filing it down into a gentler version of strident governance called democratic socialism ("Bernie Sanders, the patriot: 'Our job is to build the United Nations,'" Web, Jan. 14). He cannot win even after striking a responsive chord among those who believe that most of us work in a feather factory to ensure that the wealthy nest more comfortably, a belief rejected by those Americans who work the levers of free enterprise with energy and optimism.

Appeasement, open borders harm

Is it my imagination or are the Democrats constantly protesting something instead of using their time to advance the interests of the country? In many cases, the organized protesters of the left consist of the impoverished and less literate members of society, sprinkled with deadbeats playing the government for free stuff. These are all people easily manipulated by lying politicians.

New York Mets manager Carlos Beltran listens to a question during the Major League Baseball winter meetings, Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2019, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull) ** FILE **

Mets stay silent on manager Beltran's future amid sign-stealing scandal

- Associated Press

While the Houston Astros and Boston Red Sox took decisive action in jettisoning their managers after Major League Baseball concluded they were involved in nefarious sign stealing, the New York Mets have stayed silent on Carlos Beltran's future.

'Great Society' (book cover)

BOOK REVIEW: 'Great Society'

In "Great Society: A New History," Amity Shlaes writes that the social and economic issues of the 1960s and '70s and the solutions advanced to resolve them -- always led by government -- came close to bringing us to our knees financially.

U.S. forces leave Iraq illustration by Linas Garsys / The Washington Times

Should U.S. forces leave Iraq?

Iraq's interim prime minister has asked the United States for a plan to withdraw its remaining forces from that country in retaliation to the Soleimani killing. The reaction from the United States has been measured. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's response has been that any U.S. delegation will discuss the right size for U.S. forces in Iraq.

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., speaks Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020, during a Democratic presidential primary debate hosted by CNN and the Des Moines Register in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Bernie Sanders, the patriot: 'Our job is to build the United Nations'

- The Washington Times

Oh boy, this is about as far left on foreign policy as a leftist can get -- and no surprise, it's brought to America courtesy of the socialist-slash-democratic-socialist-slash-independent-slash-Democrat, Bernie Sanders. "Our job," he said, at the final Democrat debate in Iowa, broadcast by CNN, "is to build the United Nations." Wow.

Taiwan a model of democracy

Taiwan completed its presidential and legislative elections smoothly through a peaceful, fair and open process on Jan. 11, once again proving itself to the world to be a democratic success story ("China's crackdown in Hong Kong upends Taiwan election," Web, Jan. 9).