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Illustration on judicial decree in Puerto Rico by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

A federal judge in Puerto Rico stains the U.S. democratic process

- The Washington Times

Afederal judge in the U.S. District Court of Puerto Rico issued a landmark opinion Aug. 7 relating to a lawsuit filed by the Territory’s House of Representatives and the Senate. In her 39-page decision, Honorable Judge Laura Taylor Swain stated that the Financial Oversight and Management Board for Puerto Rico, created under the Puerto Rico Oversight Management and Economic Stability Act of 2016 (PROMESA), has unlimited power to rule by decree over the lives of more than 3.3 million U.S. citizens.

Russian Missiles Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Nuclear naivete at Fox News

Fox News on the Web should be deeply embarrassed by Perry Chiaramonte and Alex Diaz’s August 8 article “Russia’s Nuclear Arsenal: All Bark and No Bite?”

Illustration on the trouble with Turkey by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

The trouble with Turkey

On July 31, the Trump administration announced that it was enacting sanctions against two high-level Turkish ministers due to their government’s continued human rights violations. Such an aggressive diplomatic maneuver is unprecedented — not because of the sanctions themselves, but because the American government is sanctioning a defense treaty ally for its human rights violations against an American citizen, Pastor Andrew Brunson, who has been detained in Turkey for nearly two years.

In this Sunday, Aug. 12, 2018 photo provided by the National Park Service, a Canadian CL-215 "superscooper" airplane drops water on the Howe Ridge Fire in Glacier National Park, Mont. A wildfire destroyed structures and forced evacuations Monday from the busiest area of Montana's Glacier National Park, as officials in California prepared to reopen Yosemite National Park Tuesday following a nearly three-week closure at the height of the summer season. (National Park Service via AP)

Turning national forests into national disasters

As wildfires became an increasing and more costly problem over the last few decades, the Forest Service has been required to fund wildfire suppression activities by borrowing from other parts of its budget, curtailing other important forest management activities, including reducing small timber and brush levels in forest stands that made them more susceptible to wildfires. It was a “Catch 22,” which was fixed in this year’s Omnibus Appropriations bill.

Omarosa Manigault Newman                Associated Press photo

‘Who’s the boss?’

Whether Omarosa Manigault Newman should have been appointed to the senior-most ranks of the White House staff may be a fair question, but it really does not matter now. She was. She served. And she was fired. Then she wrote a gossipy book for a lot of money, is working 24/7 to promote it and has suckered the White House into a publicity-generating debate on what parts of the book are true and what parts are not.

Illustration on Trump and the law and order vote by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Giving Trump the law and order issue

Liberals could force Democrats to cede the law and order issue to President Trump. This would give him a devastating additional punch to go with his growing economic one. Effectively, it would give him peace and prosperity to use against Democrats in 2020.

Angela Merkel

The unlikely political feats of late summer

- The Washington Times

Jews are smart. Everyone knows that. We just didn’t know how smart. Gen. Gholam Reza Jalili, the brilliant military mind of Iran, is a man not easily fooled. He has figured out that drought in Iran is the work of those wily Jews, identifying the problem as the International Jewish Cloud Conspiracy.

Illustration on Hungarian resistance to Islamic encroachment by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

‘No submission to Islam’

No European head of government talks remotely like Hungary’s Prime Minister Victor Orban. For example, he recently spoke of building in Hungary a “constitutional order based on national and Christian foundations,” thereby avoiding a future in which “the whole of Europe has submitted to Islam.”

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The American flag flies near the national emblem of China outside of the Bayi Building before a welcome ceremony for U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis in Beijing, Wednesday, June 27, 2018. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein, Pool)

'Hate speech' is sneaky leftist censorship, not law

- The Washington Times

The left's censorship argument dangles precariously on the meaningless claim that in America, there's no room for hate speech. And I say meaningless because first off, nobody can define what constitutes hate speech and second off, even if they could, there are no criminal laws against speaking one's mind in this country -- except in cases of inciting riots.

Conservative political commentator Laura Ingraham speaks during the third day of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Wednesday, July 20, 2016. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) ** FILE **

Lying on Laura Ingraham

- The Washington Times

Fox News host Laura Ingraham sparked massive backlash around the country when she opened a monologue by calling for the lynching of all black people, the gunning down of illegals at the border, the ripping of little brown-faced babies from their mommas -- "not gringos," she called them -- and the chicken cage incarceration of any documented citizen that couldn't produce proof of membership in either the KKK or the NRA. Oh wait. She didn't really. My bad. But in the twisted minds of the left, she might as well have.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

A wake-up call for the sleeping beauties

- The Washington Times

The midterm congressional election campaigns are about to be upon us. Labor Day is when campaigns get serious, and this year we still don't have a name for the Nov. 6 elections.

Illustration on Trump and iran by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Equilibrium and disequilibrium

There is a stark contrast between President Barack Obama and President Donald Trump when it comes to dealing with Iran. The former engaged in what could be termed "Blame America First" appeasement. The latter is laying an ax to the root of Iran's misbehavior.

Rejecting Peace Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

'Making peace is harder than making war'

In 1974, PLO leader Yasser Arafat stood before the United Nations General Assembly and famously declared: "Today I have come bearing an olive branch and a freedom-fighter's gun. Do not let the olive branch fall from my hand."

Illustration on President Trump as a producer of "fake news" by M. Ryder/Tribune Content Agency

Falsehoods in his own backyard

Donald Trump loves to beat up the national news media, accusing them of inventing "fake news" stories about him and his presidency.

Stop rewarding the mob

As a white man, I have grown weary of charges of toxic masculinity and worse. As a lifelong registered Democrat I am pained to write that the toxicity and harassment (with the possible exception of the commander-in-chief) appears to come from Democrats. ("UGA dean apologizes to Twitter mob congratulating GOP nominee Brian Kemp," Web, July 30).

National security adviser John Bolton speaks during the daily press briefing at the White House, Thursday, Aug. 2, 2018, in Washington. The White House says President Donald Trump has directed a "vast, government-wide effort" to protect American elections after Russian attempts to interfere in 2016. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Hiccups en route to peace

The path to de-nuclearizing North Korea hasn't even begun, and the early optimism of President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has given way to a starkly different reality of stalled progress and back and forth barbs in the diplomatic backwash of reality.

Harry Potter politics

The worrisome disconnect between Americans of differing views is far more than just a battle of ideologies.

In this Monday, Dec. 23, 2013, file photo, youths look at computer screens at an internet cafe in Jakarta, Indonesia. (AP Photo/Tatan Syuflana) ** FILE **

Title VII solution for social media censorship

- The Washington Times

All this social media censorship talk that's been fueling conservative angst in recent months has had the distressing effect of putting the ideological right exactly where the left wants it -- in a regulatory box with nowhere to go. The solution? The ideological right needs to create a new battlefield. How about Title VII of the Civil Rights Act?

In this Thursday, Nov. 6, 2008, file photo, Rashida Tlaib, a Democrat, is photographed outside the Michigan Capitol in Lansing, Mich. In the primary election Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2018, Democrats pick former Michigan state Rep. Rashida Tlaib to run unopposed for the congressional seat that former Rep. John Conyers held for more than 50 years. Tlaib would be the first Muslim woman in Congress. (AP Photo/Al Goldis, File)

Michigan Muslim emerges as next anti-Trumping tool for left

- The Washington Times

Rashida Tlaib is poised to become the first Muslim woman elected to Congress. She's also massively anti-President Donald Trump, and that, combined with her gender, her religious beliefs and her progressive leanings, makes her the new darling of the Democratic Party, the new speed dial on mainstream media's approved list of political pundits.

Brett Kavanaugh

Women rise to defy the sleaze-slingers

Only yesterday the Democrats in the U.S. Senate were giddy with the idea that Brett Kavanaugh had united the women of America, who would pressure their senators to do him in. But the campaign to confirm Judge Kavanaugh for a seat on the U.S. Supreme Court is beginning to look like Ladies Day at the baseball park.

Illustration on advice to the president by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Advice for the president

Dear Mr. President, "Would you take this advice I hand you like a brother?" It's a song lyric from the musical "The Pajama Game," but fitting here.