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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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Illustration on the need for patent protection by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Making important patents worthless

A U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) judge recently did something extraordinary and virtually unprecedented. He found a patent valid and infringed, but recommended that there should be no remedy. This is an incredibly troubling development that should concern anyone who believes, as did the Framers of the U.S. Constitution, that patent rights are important for the advancement of the country.

Iranians Studying in the United States Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

'America is not the enemy, the enemy is right here'

Ali Larijani, speaker of the Iranian parliament, has described the United States as a "threat to the entire world." But his daughter Fatemeh Ardeshir-Larijani is safe in Ohio, where she recently completed the first year of her residency in internal medicine. In relative obscurity, she studies at the University Hospitals of Cleveland, which U.S. News & World Report has ranked among the nation's best.

Illustration on the U.N. report on climate change by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Why U.N. climate report cannot be trusted

The U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released "Global Warming of 1.5 C," dubbed SR15, an IPCC special report last week, claiming that, unless governments virtually eliminate human production of carbon dioxide (CO2), we are headed toward a climate catastrophe.

Portland mayor violating oath

The action or lack thereof of the mayor of the "City of Roses" with respect to the riotous behavior of Antifa — a fascist group if there ever were one — reminds one of that of former Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, who in 2015 allowed rioters their space to destroy property and endanger the citizenry ("Portland mayor stands by decision to allow antifa to block traffic, hassle motorists," Web, Oct. 14).

Christine Ford is a fibber

Justice Brett Kavanaugh accuser Christine Blasey Ford blatantly lied in answers to routine questions from the prosecutor, and these lies cast serious doubt about her truthfulness on any of the issues at hand ("'Speaking truth to power': Christine Blasey Ford nominated for UNC Distinguished Alumna Award," Web, Oct. 9).

Pastor Andrew Brunson, center, and U.S. Charge d'Affaires Jeffrey Hovenier, left, arrive at Adnan Menderes airport for a flight to Germany after his release following his trial in Izmir, Turkey, Friday, Oct. 12, 2018, A Turkish court on Friday convicted an American pastor of terror charges but released him from house arrest and allowed him to leave Turkey, in a move that is likely to ease tensions between Turkey and the United. (AP Photo/Emre Tazegul)

Suppression of the saints

Andrew Brunson, the American Christian missionary imprisoned for two years in a Turkish prison, came home through the good offices of President Trump to an air of celebration shared by all Americans. But it hardly hides the reality that persecution of Christians has never been more widespread, or more severe.

BOOK REVIEW: 'Ship of Fools' by Tucker Carlson

Tucker Carlson, an experienced journalist and host of the highly successful Fox News Channel's "Tucker Carlson Tonight," sees the election of Donald Trump as a gesture of defiance by those millions of productive Americans who built this country and made it run, "a gesture of contempt, a howl of rage, the end result of decades of selfish and unwise decisions made by selfish and unwise leaders. Happy countries don't elect Donald Trump president. Desperate ones do."

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo heads to his plane to depart for meetings with Saudi Arabia's King Salman in Saudi Arabia, Monday, Oct. 15, 2018 at Andrews Air Force Base, Md. (Leah Millis/Pool Image via AP)

D.C.-Saudi dissident's take on the Khashoggi case

I had the good fortune to sit down recently with a D.C.-based Saudi dissident, and the timing coincides with the Jamal Khashoggi case, which remains the big news following reports Monday that Mr. Khashoggi may have died in a botched interrogation.

Comedian Joy Behar told her audience on ABC's "The View" that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton resorts to "whataboutism" when asked about the Monica Lewinsky scandal, Oct. 15, 2018. (Image: ABC, "The View" screenshot)

Even Joy Behar of 'The View' thinks Hillary Clinton's full of it

- The Washington Times

By now, everybody's heard about Hillary Clinton's denial that hubby Bill abused his presidential power by having an affair with White House intern Monica Lewinsky, and denial that he should have stepped aside. Shockingly, even Joy Behar of "The View," thinks Hillary's gone out on a lonely limb to defend her husband with this.

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Don Lemon, Chris Cuomo and their shocking mocking of Tucker Carlson

- The Washington Times

CNN's Don Lemon and CNN's Chris Cuomo engaged in some mean-spirited banter about Fox's Tucker Carlson during a recent televised spot, showing in 42 short seconds just why they're the worst of the worst -- why nobody with an ounce of intellect takes the mainstream media serious any more. CNN: Painful to watch TV.

Redskins quarterback Alex Smith staked Washington to a two-touchdown lead in the first quarter and finished 21-for-36 passing for 163 yards in Sunday's victory over the Carolina Panthers. (Associated Press)

LOVERRO: Redskins make Smith comfortable enough in win

After last week's beating by the Saints, quarterback Alex Smith talked about the comfort level of the offense when the Redskins fall behind early in a game. So Sunday, the Carolina Panthers -- specifically their special teams said, "Alex, let us make you feel comfortable," on their way to a 23-17 loss to Smith and Co.

President Donald Trump reacts as he speaks to a crowd at Eastern Kentucky University, Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018, in Richmond, Ky. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)

Forget, Hell! Trump wades into Civil War

- The Washington Times

The press today is never dumber than when they report on politics. Except when they try tackling history. Especially American history. And most especially Civil War history.

In this Oct. 31, 2008, file photo, the Washington Post building is seen in Washington. The Washington Post Co. said Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2010, its fourth-quarter profit more than quadrupled. Its cable TV and education divisions provided most of the lift, although the publishing segment also made money after large cost cuts.(AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)

Deep state conservatives

When I was a Los Angeles Times news editor many years ago in Orange County, California, I suggested to my liberal boss that we should have at least one conservative columnist.

The Great American Experiment Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Seeking government coddling

To them, it was unthinkable that common people were enlightened enough to rule themselves. That experiment is now the hope and dream of people throughout the world, but what about here in the United States?

Packing the Court Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Packing the Court again

Faced with a 5-4 conservative majority on the U.S. Supreme Court, some liberal Democrats want to pack the court to reverse the balance. Once the Democrats regain control of the White House and the Senate, so the argument goes, the new Democratic president could create enough new seats on the Supreme Court to ensure a liberal majority.

The need for national reconciliation

In the past, Republicans accepted Democratic nominees. Elena Kagan and Sonia Sotomayor were confirmed by 63 and 68 votes, respectively. Stephen Breyer and Ruth Bader Ginsburg received an astonishing 87 and 98 votes, respectively. These jurists were not their choice, but Republicans did not filibuster any of them.

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Trump's North American trade triumph

For those on the left and right who were certain that Donald Trump's presidency meant the end of global free trade ... think again. Though President Trump's critics have dismissed the significance of the new Mexico and Canada trade deal, it's hard to deny it's a welcome advance for the economy on the entire continent.