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MSNBC television anchor Mika Brzezinski, co-host of the show "Morning Joe," takes questions from an audience, Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017, at a forum called Harvard Students Speak Up: A Town Hall on Politics and Public Service, at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, on the campus of Harvard University, in Cambridge, Mass. Co-host Joe Scarborough, not shown, also attend the event. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

NBC News’ Mika Brzezinski problem

- The Washington Times

It was just 12 months ago that NBC News found it no longer feasible to retain Matt Lauer’s services as morning anchor of “Today.” The tidal wave of harassment accusations against their multi-million dollar investment had quickly reached critical mass and Mr. Lauer was sent packing.

Theresa May

The lady at bay in Old Blighty

- The Washington Times

Theresa May, who has mismanaged Britain’s exit from the European Union, won her vote of confidence in the House of Commons this week, and now she’s in the hard place the country preacher found himself after winning a vote of confidence to unify his congregation, soothe hurt feelings and make peace with his deacons.

In this Feb. 1, 2017, file photo, University of California, Berkeley police guard the building where Breitbart News editor Milo Yiannopoulos was to speak in Berkeley, Calif. UC Berkeley police took a hands-off approach to protesters on the campus when violent rioters overtook a largely peaceful protest against a controversial speaker. After a series of protests around the country, some institutions are rethinking their security and tactics in an age of growing political polarization. (AP Photo/Ben Margot, File)

The censorship of the American mind

- The Washington Times

The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education found in its recent “Spotlight on Speech Codes 2019” that across the country, at 466 of America’s so-called “top colleges and universities,” students are not allowed to fully exercise their First Amendment freedom of speech rights. My, how the pendulum has swung far from the 1960s.

Illustration on the disarray of the Republican Party by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

‘The Republican Party is dead’

In the summer of 1964, between my junior and senior years in high school, I sent my first paycheck as a bagboy at the A&P as a contribution to the Barry Goldwater campaign.

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 difficulties in dealing with China trade by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Mercantilism and bad behavior

President Trump’s decision to yet again negotiate with China, instead of imposing across the board tariffs, will empower his critics and undermine American prosperity.

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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.

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

- The Washington Times

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

- The Washington Times

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.

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

A modern president and his tweet stuff

- The Washington Times

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.

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.

Saved by a Frog Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

When the bureacracy goes too far

What do the Paris riots, Brexit, the election of Donald Trump, the dusky gopher frog and Peter Wallison's new book "Judicial Fortitude" all have in common? They are all signs that the peasants have had it with the bureaucratic state and the smug elitists who have been ruling the globe. Despite never-ending attempts to quash it, the basic human desire for liberty keeps re-emerging.

Illustration on the situation of Qatar by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

The amir of Qatar, a U.S. ally

As the Trump administration calibrates its response to the state-sponsored murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi it would be well advised to redirect its focus on another young leader in the region whose domestic and foreign policy deserve Washington's attention and applause. This leader is the 38 year-old Amir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani.

The flag-draped casket of former President George H.W. Bush is carried by a military honor guard past former presidents and first ladies George W. Bush and wife Laura Bush, President Donald Trump, first lady Melania Trump, former President Barack Obama, Michelle Obama, former President Bill Clinton, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and former President Jimmy Carter during a State Funeral at the National Cathedral, Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Apologizing, not eulogizing was in order

No modern president was more unfairly treated by critics than George H. W. Bush. Sadly, last week's memorializing reminds America: In Washington, Republicans receive praise only in eulogies. For President George H.W. Bush, and America, it comes 26 years too late.

Illustration on electric car subsidies by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Ending the electric-car subsidy

If America's auto manufacturers wrote letters to Santa, it's not hard to guess what would be high on their lists: retaining the federal tax credit for electric vehicles.