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Illustration on copyright protection by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Copyrights and patents, piracy and theft

April 26 is World Intellectual Property Day — a day too little-noticed in most quarters but which shouldn’t be.

Illustration on tariffs and energy production by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

How the ‘America-First Offshore Energy Strategy’ could bottom out

President Trump has admirably prioritized America’s energy assets, declaring his administration’s goal of creating an era of American “energy dominance.” But as things stand today, the biggest obstacle to Mr. Trump’s vision is — spoiler alert — President Trump, thanks to his ill-conceived and hasty action to order a 25 percent tariff on imported steel products.

President Donald Trump speaks at the Generation Next Summit in the South Court Auditorium on the White House complex, Thursday, March 22, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

How immigration affects environmental policy

No one would mistake President Trump for an environmentalist. Yet his immigration policies could inadvertently safeguard the environment far better than any proposal from Greenpeace or the Sierra Club.

Illustration on the dangers of abolishing the Second Amendment by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

The Second Amendment is here to stay

In a recent New York Times commentary, former U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice John Paul Stevens argued that the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution — the one that acknowledges the “right to keep and bear arms” — is a “relic of the 18th century.” Justice Stevens wants “a constitutional amendment to get rid of the Second Amendment” as a simple way to fight the National Rifle Association, which blocks gun-control legislation.

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Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School student Samantha Mayor lights a candle during the Yom HaShoah candle lighting ceremony, Sunday, April 15, 2018, at the Downtown Jewish Center Chabad Education Center, in Fort Lauderdale as her parents Ellyn and Jesse help. The ceremony remembers victims of the holocaust and she also lit 17 candles for the victims of the Parkland school shooting. (Joe Cavaretta/South Florida Sun-Sentinel via AP)

What led to the Broward County rampage

- The Washington Times

As the orchestrated outrage over the February shootings at Florida's Parkland high school dies down, it's time to look at what really led to the rampage during which Nikolas Cruz gunned down and killed 17 Margery Stoneman Douglas students.

Media Casting Votes Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Abolishing campaign contribution limits

President Trump and Amazon's Jeff Bezos dislike each other. The Washington Post, owned by Mr. Bezos, runs many stories each day attacking the president. Some are fair and about real issues. But many are petty or just plain wrong. Even The Post's alleged "conservative" writers appear to have a weekly quota of "why Donald Trump is awful" stories.

Apprenticeship Programs Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Over-investing in higher education

After decades worrying about a shortage of good-paying jobs, America has too many — manufacturing, construction and increasingly service businesses can't find the qualified workers needed to expand. This is a significant barrier to permanently restoring 3 percent to 4 percent growth so that the nation can meet the needs of an aging population, finance its commitments to defend freedom — through our military and costly instruments of soft power — and invest in infrastructure and R&D without becoming dangerously indebted.

A first step for health reform

It's beginning to look like the Republicans have pretty much abandoned their promise to "repeal and replace" Obamacare. Considering they don't have the votes to do it this does not come as a big surprise. If they want to remain in power though, they have to come up with something.

In this April 13, 2017 file photo, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, right, and Choe Ryong Hae, vice-chairman of the central committee of the Workers' Party, arrive for the official opening of the Ryomyong residential area, in Pyongyang, North Korea. While North Korea declared this past weekend it would stop nuclear and intercontinental ballistic missile tests and shut down its nuclear test site, it did not indicate it will give up its nuclear arsenal or halt its production of missiles. Moon and later President Donald Trump are still likely to find it very difficult to persuade Kim to dismantle his entire arsenal, which includes purported thermonuclear weapons and developmental ICBMs.(AP Photo/Wong Maye-E, File)

Neutralizing a nuclear-armed North Korea

Throughout my latest visit to Northeast Asia, I've met with many governmental officials, business leaders, academics and activists, and seen firsthand that the people of Japan, Taiwan and South Korea are eagerly anticipating the upcoming summits with Kim Jong-un, North Korea's reclusive and dictatorial leader.

Another hurdle cleared

Abad novelist couldn't make this up: American politicians who pretended to sing only from the hymnbook of peace now want to spoil the best opportunity in three generations to pacify the warmongers of North Korea, and turn back the tide of nuclear proliferation which threatens us all. Their fuzzy rationale is that the mover of the promising breakthrough is Donald Trump, and the imperative of his enemies to destroy his presidency must come first. Seldom have political differences become so untethered from the reality of the common good.

Confirm Pompeo

That Mike Pompeo may have a problem being confirmed as secretary of State is another example of the usual obstruction by Democrats and the persistent nonsense exhibited by some Republicans.

Improve NATO forces now

President Trump has asked Europe's allies to pay their fair share of defense costs, and started efforts to rebuild Europe's military readiness as NATO is standing up, lethal military aid is going to Ukraine and U.S. energy is going to Europe as an alternative to Gazprom.

A modern take on the 'cowboy mythos'

I first became acquainted with Craig Johnson's fictional modern-day Western sheriff by watching the TV series "Longmire," which is based on Mr. Johnson's novels. (The show first appeared on A&E and is now on Netflix). I liked the Walt Longmire character and the rural crime stories, so I began reading the books. With most crime dramas set in New York, Los Angeles and other major cities, it is refreshing that Mr. Johnson's novels are set in the fictitious Absarka County of Wyoming.

Targeting Handguns Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

The left's war on self-defense

In Arizona, there is a special election to replace Rep. Trent Franks, who resigned earlier this year. Making special appearances to help the Democrat in that race are the kids from Parkland, Florida.

In this Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2018, file photo, Chris Carter holds the Lininger's family Bible in Omaha, Neb. (Julia Nagy/Omaha World-Herald via AP)

GQ strikes 'foolish' Bible from should-read list

- The Washington Times

The editors of GQ magazine, in all their literary acumen, struck the Bible from its recently assembled "21 Books You Don't Have to Read" list. Good thing they didn't list the Koran. Mocking Christians is fairly safe business. Mock the wrong Muslim and bam, there goes your head.