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Looking for answers beyond the pale

- The Washington Times

Nobody in the West really understands the Arab mind. Killing a political adversary is understandable, though heartily to be disapproved of. But cutting up the corpse with a surgical saw, and doing it without first waiting for the poor guy to die, is beyond the Western, Judeo-Christian pale.

Illustration on diplomacy and the release of Pastor Andrew Brunson by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Trump’s foreign policy reset

The release of Pastor Andrew Brunson and his return home to the United States was an answer to the prayers of millions and the result of an administration that has reset our foreign policy by fearlessly engaging on issues that other administrations only talked about addressing.

Illustration on the Jamal khashoggi affair by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

The Khashoggi mystery

Major media are now reporting that the Saudis are “preparing” to admit that Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, a columnist for The Washington Post, died in their consulate in Istanbul, as the result of an interrogation gone wrong. Odds are good that admittance will never come.

Illustration on a closer inspection of traditionally "safe" Democrat dominated congressional districts by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Muslim surfer flips script for GOP in California

Throughout election season, Democrats have touted “diversity” as they pointed to African-American, Latino, female and Muslim candidates as the party’s future. Republicans tend to reject this kind of box-checking appeal to voters in favor of policy messaging and their candidates’ individual merits.

Illustration on economic security by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

‘Economic security is national security’

Quietly, President Donald J. Trump is putting together one of the greatest performances on the economy and trade in modern presidential history. This is indeed happening quietly because both the actions and results of Mr. Trump’s economic policies are grossly under-reported in the press.

FILE - In this Dec. 13, 2016, file photo, President-elect Donald Trump and Kanye West pose for a picture in the lobby of Trump Tower in New York.  Kanye West will visit the White House on Thursday to meet with President Donald Trump and his son-in-law Jared Kushner talk about manufacturing in America, gang violence, prison reform and Chicago violence. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)

Trump’s rising approval rating among black voters

The provocative Donald Trump certainly seems to be disliked by a majority of African-American professional athletes, cable news hosts, academics and the Black Congressional caucus. Yet there are subtle but increasing indications that his approval among other African-Americans may be reaching historic highs for a modern Republican president.

Main Street Voters Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Main Street delivers

The blue wave. The suburban tsunami. If you’ve been watching and reading recent political coverage, there’s no doubt you’ve heard what could face the Republican Party this November. The GOP has majorities in both houses of Congress to protect, and there’s no denying it — the party faces an uphill climb.

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban arrives for a meeting of the European People's Party EPP in Brussels, Belgium, Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2018 when European leaders meet to negotiate on terms of Britain's divorce from the European Union. (AP Photo/Olivier Matthys)

Why American conservatives keep losing

I had no answer when Maria Schmidt, a historian and adviser to Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, recently asked me, “Why do you American conservatives keep losing to liberals?”

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Bipartisan rebellion against socialism in New York

Lifelong residents of New York Congressional District 14 know Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez isn't really one of them. Having left the East Bronx before the first grade, she returned to the district — which also includes parts of Queens — only a couple of years ago, when she began to lay the groundwork to dislodge 10-term incumbent Democratic congressman Joe Crowley.

Illustration on Saudi corruption by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Saudi Arabia, an arrogant ally

In the wake of an apparent assassination of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, President Trump is judiciously restrained but has already said that this was a possible "hit" by the Saudis. This incident also serves to raise the fundamental nature of the U.S.-Saudi relationship — and how it has been mishandled for decades by prior administrations.

FILE - In this Nov. 3, 2014 file photo. Rep. Scott Peters, D-Calif., with his volunteers at his reelection campaign headquarters phone bank on the eve of the election in San Diego. (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi, File)

Running and hiding from Republican opponents

As the midterm election nears, Southern Californians have begun to notice an entirely unsurprising trend: Incumbent Democrats are running scared, hiding from their Republican opponents and refusing to participate in meaningful debates.

Blumenthal Veracity Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Richard Blumenthal's chutzpah moment

Leo Rosten's "The Joys of Yiddish" says chutzpah can be translated as "gall" or "brazen nerve." He also memorably described it as that quality enshrined in a man who, having killed his parents, begs for mercy "because he is an orphan." No one, really no one, performed more outlandishly in the Kavanaugh hearings than "Danang Dick," as President Trump mocked Connecticut's Democratic senator for his military service.

FILE - In this Dec. 15, 2014, file photo, Jamal Khashoggi, general manager of a new Arabic news channel, speaks during a news conference in Manama, Bahrain. Saudi Arabia is paying influential lobbyists, lawyers and public relations experts nearly $6 million a year to engage U.S. officials and promote the Middle East nation, even after several firms cut ties with the kingdom following the disappearance of journalist Khashoggi. (AP Photo/Hasan Jamali, File)

A murder for Halloween

Arabian justice has never been regarded in the West as a model, and it has not improved its reputation with the disappearance and likely death of Jamal Khashoggi in Saudi Arabia's consulate in Istanbul. The case has taken a remarkably grisly turn.

Warren a disgrace

As it turns out, Sen. Elizabeth Warren is everything President Trump says she is and more ("Trump won't pay $1 million bet on Elizabeth Warren's DNA test," Web, Oct. 15). The facts dictate that Mrs. Warren is no more Native American than I or 325.7 million other Americans.

Different rules for Bill Clinton

In her rationalization of his behavior, Hillary Clinton would still have us believe that President Bill Clinton should "absolutely not" have stepped down over the White House affair ("Hillary Clinton: #MeToo doesn't apply to Bill, Lewinsky was 'adult,'" Web, Oct 14).

In this Oct. 4, 2018, file photo, Rick Armstrong, left, Ryan Gosling and Mark Armstrong attend the "First Man" premiere at the National Air and Space Museum of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington. Gosling says that one of the biggest challenges of making the Neil Armstrong film was knowing that his sons were going to see it. Armstrong's sons Rick and Mark Armstrong were involved in the production at every step helping to shed light on their father. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP, File)

'First Man' -- no surprise here -- falls short of ticket sales

- The Washington Times

"First Man," the movie that was supposed to showcase the historical greatness of the first man to walk the moon, Neil Armstrong -- but that omitted the triumphant and patriotic planting of the flag of record from the very country that made this greatness possible, America -- has suffered a bit of a red face with its opening weekend ticket sales. Sales were projected at $21 million but came in short, at $16.5 million.

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Elizabeth Warren, the BoSox Bill Buckner pariah of politics

- The Washington Times

Elizabeth Warren, who took the puzzling step of announcing her DNA test results showing she was less Native American than most European Americans, has now come under fire from the Cherokee Nation. And how rightly so. Warren has become to politics what Bill Buckner has been to Red Sox fans for decades -- a pariah.

In this Dec. 16, 2015, file photo, professor Stephen Hawking listens to a news conference in London. The family of the late British physicist Stephen Hawking has opened a lottery for 1,000 tickets for a service of thanksgiving in his honor at Westminster Abbey. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein, File)

A.I. to take over world -- or not: Whom to believe?

- The Washington Times

Stephen Hawking, world-renowned theoretical physicist and cosmologist, may have died in March but the warnings of his final book, published just this week, shout from beyond the grave as something like this: Watch out, humanity, artificially intelligent beings will soon rule. And 'lest you laugh -- Hawking was regarded by many as the smartest guy in the world.

'Why vote for Democrats?'

Given what the Trump administration is saying are record achievements for a president at this stage in office, why would anyone consider voting for Democrats in the upcoming midterm elections?

Illustration on oppression by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

'Who rules you?'

All of us are subject to many thousands of federal, state, and local laws and regulations, many of which are needlessly oppressive. Who makes these rules, and who enforces them? And at what point are there so many rules that we are no longer free?

Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Massachusetts Democrat (Associated Press) **FILE**

Playing percentages of the noble blood

- The Washington Times

There's no law saying how much Indian blood a body has to have to have to qualify as an Indian, but it's surely more than Elizabeth Warren's blood-o-meter registers. Donald Trump is clearly entitled to keep his checkbook in his pocket. He doesn't want to be an Indian giver, but he doesn't want to be a sucker for a pretty face, either.

Illustration of John Bolton by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

John Bolton goes to Azerbaijan

When U.S. National Security Advisor John Bolton tweeted that he will be visiting Azerbaijan on October 20 it could not have come sooner. This secular Muslim country of 9 million is one of America's most reliable yet underappreciated allies on the world stage. Mr. Bolton should use his visit to this geopolitically significant country sandwiched between a dangerous Russia and adventurous Iran to reiterate Washington's unwavering, strong and unabashed support for America's ally of over 26 years.