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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.

Illustration on U.S. energy production by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

The American energy strategic advantage

From the Bakken’s booming oil fields to the high-yielding Marcellus shale formation in the Midwest, the United States continues to produce record outputs of oil and natural gas.

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.

President Donald Trump attends a ceremony to sign an executive order establishing the White House Opportunity and Revitalization Council, in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

‘At the direction of the president’

Last week, federal prosecutors in Washington and New York filed sentencing memorandums with federal judges in advance of the sentencings of Paul Manafort and Michael Cohen. President Donald Trump’s former campaign manager and his former personal lawyer had pleaded guilty to federal crimes, and the memorandums, which are required by the federal rules of criminal procedure, set forth the prosecutors’ desired prison sentences for them.

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Capitalists pay for socialism

More than a third of young people surveyed by Gallup in a poll conducted earlier this year favored socialism. When did this become the America of today? Whether this is a result of ignorance of history or the influence of liberal indoctrination by some in our universities, these young people would do well to visit beaches at Normandy and Iwo Jima, the jungles of Vietnam and the deserts of Iraq and Afghanistan to learn about young men and women who did believe in American exceptionalism.

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Christmas is for giving

That "it is more blessed to give than receive" sums up the spirit of Christmas. Fortunately, there is no shortage of objects of delight to stoke the dynamics of both giving and receiving during the holidays. The humbuggery of the Scrooge contingent notwithstanding, there has never been such a season of abundance, and that's a reason for good cheer.

A gripping account of the Marines' heroic stand

On Oct. 15, 1950, early in the Korean War, President Harry S. Truman flew 7,000 miles to Wake Island in the Pacific to meet Gen. Douglas MacArthur, Supreme Commander for the Allied Powers, to ask one simple question: Was there any chance that China would intervene in Korea?

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Khashoggi killing 'was meant to send a message'

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.

CIA Director John Brennan testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, June 16, 2016, before the Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on the Islamic State. Brennan said that the Islamic State remains "formidable" and "resilient," is training and attempting to deploy operatives for further attacks on the West and will rely more on guerrilla-style tactics to compensate for its territorial losses in the Middle East. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

John Brennan's rip of Donald Trump forgets this one crucial fact

- The Washington Times

Former CIA director and loud-mouthed hater of all-things-this-White House John Brennan ripped into President Donald Trump with an angry tweet that crowed about the "trouble you are in" and cheered the fact that "you will never have the opportunity to run for public office again." Except that's wrong.

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Democrats still regurgitating, after all these years

- The Washington Times

After two years of President Donald Trump, a midterm election and a Russia collusion investigation that's led nowhere, you'd think Democrats would've found a new rally call. But nope. It's "impeach Trump" in 2016, before he even took office; it's "impeach Trump" in 2018, just as the clock's about to strike 2019.

Protesters are reflected in a puddle as they wave European flags to demonstrate against Brexit in front of the Parliament in London, Monday, Dec. 3, 2018. British Prime Minister Theresa May is battling to persuade lawmakers to support the divorce agreement between Britain and the European Union in a Dec. 11 House of Commons vote. Opposition parties say they will vote against it, as do dozens of lawmakers from May's Conservatives. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)

Only the second-worst result of efforts to unify Europe

- The Washington Times

Back during the formation of the European Union in the 1990s, there was a joke going around among those who prefer to remember history -- mainly hoping to avoid repeating it. The last time folks worked this hard to unify Europe, the joke went, things didn't turn out so well.

Washington Redskins head coach Jay Gruden walks off the field after an NFL football game against the New York Giants, Sunday, Dec. 9, 2018, in Landover, Md. The Giants won 40-16. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

LOVERRO: Loss shows disconnect not just within organization, but on field too

Somebody has to pay for a loss like the one that took place at Ghost Town Field Sunday, and, with the Redskins (now 6-7) on their fourth quarterback, league washout Josh Johnson, replacing Sanchez and a defense that is giving up 200 yards rushing a game, there may be more losses like this one to finish the season with three games remaining.

Smokey the Bear Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Adapting to wildfires

While Gov. Jerry Brown blames the horrific death toll from California's late-season wildfires on climate change, he and the state's lawmakers have done little to discourage people from building homes in high-risk wildfire zones known as the wildland-urban interface (WUI). By shifting the cost of wildfire prevention and protection to general taxpayers, they send the wrong signals about risk to WUI homeowners.

Illustration on a Nebraska school's banning of candy canes by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Nebraska without Christmas

The Christmas season is upon us and once again, the headlines in the mainstream news are replete with stories of secular intolerance of Christ's mass. Leading this year's Festivus parade is Jennifer Sinclair, the principal of Nebraska's Manchester Elementary School who sent out a memo earlier this week to her faculty, staff, students and parents telling them that Santa Claus, Christmas trees, reindeer, the colors green and red, and even candy canes were considered offensive and would, therefore, be prohibited at her school.

Illustration on conscience conflicts of religious conscience with Army policy by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Avoiding anti-religious decision-making

As we approach the New Year and an incoming Congress, it bears noting that in the past five years there have been several major legal victories supporting armed services personnel prosecuted for acting consistently with their religious beliefs about marriage. Going forward, military commanders must study these cases involving uniformed believers fighting to live out their faith.

Former U.S. President Bill Clinton, right, and former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton walk onstage for a conference in Montreal on Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2018. (Paul Chiasson/The Canadian Press via AP)

Hillary's vaudeville tour flops

Every promoter knows the formula for a sell-out. Book a hall or an arena too small for the crowd you expect. Customers fighting for a seat is a great advertisement for whatever you're selling, and when you call it a sell-out no one can argue.

Grains keeping us fat, sick

Low-fat milk vs. refined or "whole" grains ("School lunch rules OK refined grains, low-fat chocolate milk," Web, Dec. 6)? Here we have a distinction without a difference, and that is the point. You just keep the public confused and you can keep the big bucks rolling in. It is laughable that the American Heart Association and the Center for Science in the Public Interest are splitting hairs over whole vs. processed grains. What do they think of the processed (chocolate) milk? Few people know that the USDA food pyramid is nutritionally deficient.