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James Comey. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

The collusion of lawyers is finally collapsing

- The Washington Times

Colluding, like canoodling, is all the rage. Robert Mueller, like a dog chasing his tail, has been trying for more than a year to find evidence that President Trump colluded with Vladimir Putin and the Russians to cook the 2016 election, which fate, providence, fortune and destiny decreed properly belonged to Hillary Clinton.

Illustration on fighting extremism in Algeria by Linas Garsys/The WAshington Times

Ending extremism with a just solution

When Abdelaziz Bouteflika was elected president of Algeria in 1999, it was at the height of a heinous civil war that carried the very seeds of division and radicalism that plague the whole of the Middle East/North Africa region today.

In this image posted on a photo sharing website by an Islamic State militant media arm on Monday, May 30, 2016, a military vehicle burns as ISIS fighters battle Iraqi forces and their allies west of Fallujah, Iraq. Iraqi forces battling their way into Fallujah repelled a four-hour attack by the Islamic State group in the city's south on Tuesday, a day after first moving into the southern edges of the militant-held city with the help of U.S.-led coalition airstrikes.(militant photo via AP)

A bombshell breach of security issues

The admonition “do not brag” likely will not be found in any intelligence manual. But strictures on revealing “sources and methods,” as well as common sense, dictate that certain matters are not discussed in public.

Illustration on feminists'euphemistic treatment of prostitution by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Whitewashing a sordid industry

If you think feminists everywhere are celebrating the prosecution of the world’s largest online sex market, Backpage.com, as a major blow against the exploitation of women, you would be wrong. The Women’s March is perhaps the most vocal and visible group to self-appropriate the label “feminist,” but others as well have come down decisively on the side of prostitution as sexually empowering because “the real mark of feminism is trusting women to do what they want with their bodies.”

In this May 3, 2017, file photo, former President Barack Obama speaks at a community event on the Presidential Center at the South Shore Cultural Center in Chicago. The Obama Presidential Center will not be a part of the presidential library network operated by the National Archives and Records Administration. Public park advocates have filed a lawsuit against the city of Chicago seeking to stop construction of the center. The group also wants to bar the city from giving control of the center's site to the Obama Foundation. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh, File)

Barack Obama gilds his legacy

This is a story of priorities and hypocrisy, brought to us by a president who saved the Union and was murdered for it, and a president whose policies and malevolence damaged both the nation and the world, and who is being rewarded for it.

In this Monday, May 14, 2018 photo, people make bets in the sports book at the South Point hotel and casino in Las Vegas. Now that the U.S. Supreme Court has cleared the way for states to legalize sports betting, the race is on to see who will referee the multi-billion-dollar business expected to emerge from the decision.  (AP Photo/John Locher) **FILE**

‘Bill Bradley, call your bookie’

In 1992, Congress passed a statute authored by Sen. Bill Bradley of New Jersey, who was a former Princeton University and New York Knicks basketball superstar, prohibiting the states from authorizing sports betting. At that time, gambling in Atlantic City was flourishing, and notwithstanding one of its own senators’ efforts to keep gambling away from competitive sports, the state of New Jersey wanted to duplicate Las Vegas’ success with sports betting.

Illustration on accusations against Gina Haspel by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Gina Haspel’s terrible thought crime

Should President Trump’s choice to head the CIA be derailed for nothing more than a thought crime? But that’s precisely what Senate Democrats are arguing should happen. If you listen closely, they are not saying career CIA officer Gina Haspel is unfit for having implemented enhanced interrogation methods against the murderous 9/11 assailants. They are saying something else: She’s disqualified for her refusal to proclaim that their use was shockingly “immoral.” That’s John McCain’s mantra as well.

Director Spike Lee pose for photographers during a photo call for the film 'BlacKkKlansman' at the 71st international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Tuesday, May 15, 2018. (Photo by Arthur Mola/Invision/AP)

Spike Lee, mired in anti-Trumpism, misses higher mark

- The Washington Times

Spike Lee, famed black filmmaker, had a chance to soothe race relations, stoke reasoned discussions and raise a rational question or two about the current political atmosphere and culturally accepted norms. Instead, he went low. About as low as he could dredge.

The EBRD in the International Swamp Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Draining the international swamp, too

Donald Trump made the idea of draining the swamp in Washington, D.C., a central component of his presidential campaign. Now that he holds office, the degree to which he has taken steps toward achieving this goal is up for debate. However, a focus on eliminating corruption and cronyism should be encouraged throughout his tenure, and it should be maintained by subsequent administrations long after he leaves office. To be fully effective, however, the global swamp must be targeted as well.

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FILE- In this Sunday, April 29, 2018 file photo released by Saudi Press Agency, SPA, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, left, is greeted by Saudi King Salman in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Iran's rivals long have wanted to scuttle the nuclear deal with world powers, but its destruction could backfire and spark even more unrest in parts of the Middle East as Saudi Arabia threatens to launch its own nuclear weapons program in response. (Saudi Press Agency via AP)

With a little help from a friend

It's rare for the list of everyday annoyances to get shorter, not longer. But shrink the list did when the high price of oil crashed a decade or so ago, leaving Americans with a happy jingle in their pockets. Now several factors are converging to drive up the price of oil again, and motorists are feeling familiar pain in the wallet. Dread may return with every fill-up. The difference this time, though, is that the United States has new oil reserves in the Earth's fractures beneath North Dakota, and now maybe Saudi Arabia wants to be a pal.

Prosecute Hillary now

The Washington Times reported recently that "Reynaldo Regis, 53, of Fort Washington, Maryland, searched classified databases without authorization during the time he worked as a CIA contractor He then copied the classified data into his personal notebooks he stored at his home."

Liberation-free women's lib

Upon reflection, the sexual liberation movement of the 1960s was more like "open season on women." According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, among sexually active teens between the ages of 15 and 24, one in four has a venereal disease. Many of these individuals will suffer serious life-long consequences. Do you think they feel liberated?

The gripping tale of a heroic siege

Without wishing to detract from the many merits of Roy and Lesley Adkins' gripping, dramatically paced and thoroughly researched history of the dogged defense of Gibraltar, I do have one bone to pick. It's the book's subtitle. The 1779-83 struggle between the beleaguered British garrison and its French and Spanish besiegers was, indeed, an epic struggle. But it definitely was not the "greatest siege in British history."

In this Oct. 25, 2017, file photo, Senate Armed Services Chairman John McCain, R-Ariz., pauses before speaking to reporters during a meeting of the National Defense Authorization Act conferees, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

John McCain hullabaloo a hissy-fit of epic proportions

- The Washington Times

A White House aide reportedly mentioned that dying Sen. John McCain's views of CIA director nominee Gina Haspel don't matter because, well, because he's dying -- and now the country's in an uproar. Come on now. Could we please move on from the whole John McCain Was Insulted and Deeply Offended story and find something else to cover?

In this May 8, 2018, photo, Gov. Bruce Rauner, center, addresses reporters outside his state Capitol office in Springfield, Ill. (AP Photo by John O'Connor, File)

Bruce Rauner, pro-gun confiscations governor of Illinois: You first

- The Washington Times

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner, a Republican, suggested tacking on a couple of new gun control measures to bills currently weaving through the state legislature that would allow for the confiscation of firearms from those "deemed dangerous." A Republican. This is how threatened our Second Amendment has become, people.

California Dem face-slaps Washington, Lincoln for commie day

- The Washington Times

A Democratic assemblyman in the Golden State brought forth a bill to combine the separate government recognitions of George Washington and Abraham Lincoln birthdays into the more generic "Presidents Day" -- but then trade out that traditional day-off holiday for "May Day," which he wants declared for May 1.

Illustration on the economies of Iran, Russia and North Korea by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

A bet on economic pygmies

The GDP of North Korea is less than half that of Fairfax County, Virginia, and only a little more than half of Vermont's, which has less than 3 percent of the population of North Korea. Honduras is the second-poorest county in the Americas but it has a larger GDP than North Korea, despite having only one-third the population and more than three-and-a-half times the per capita income.

Joe Biden. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

Throwing rocks at the wrong villain

- The Washington Times

No man in America is more entitled to the nation's admiration and gratitude for sacrifice than John McCain. He's a hero in anybody's book, with no asterisks. An exclamation point, but no asterisk.

Illustration on Hillary Clinton by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

The bitterness tour

When you hear "world tour" you usually think of superstars performing concerts in various cities for adoring fans. Not so with the presidentially deprived, entitlement-driven Hillary Clinton.

Gas-Guzzling SUVs Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

America's squandered oil wealth

Bismarck is reported to have said, "there is a providence that protects idiots, drunkards, children and the United States of America."

Illustration on privatizing the VA by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Privatizing the VA

The Department of Veterans Affairs is once again in need of someone to lead it. The president's last nominee, Dr. Ronny L. Jackson, withdrew his name from consideration last month [April 26] after a flurry of allegations regarding his professional conduct as White House physician.