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What Obama and his political Choom Gang did is far worse than Watergate

- The Washington Times

At the end of all the scandal and drama, all of the breathlessly reported lies and false accusations, at the end of all the money wasted on some zany kabuki swamp dance choreographed to the thrumming of giant bullfrogs and yipping of excited coyotes — at the end of all of this — it comes down to precisely what we said it was a year and a half ago.

Illustration on Trump's Socratic method by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Donald Trump’s Socratic method

While the press likes to portray President Trump as impetuous and impatient with details, when it comes to important decisions, he usually weighs options carefully.

Bad Trade Deals Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Trump’s foreign policy is sound, but the economy gets shorted

President Trump recognizes U.S. foreign policy has for too long sacrificed economic interests and the livelihoods of ordinary working Americans for other important goals — spreading democracy, human rights and alliance building. And we are not getting our money’s worth — our allies expect Americans to bear disproportionate shares of the costs and risks to military personnel of dealing with maelstroms created by Russia, terrorists in the Middle East, China in the Pacific and the like.

Illustration on obstacles to the Trump/Kim summit by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

The Trump-Kim summit meets a hurdle

The prospects of denuclearization talks between President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un began to fade this week.

Illustration on solving remaining questions over sound immigration policy by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Restoring integrity to the immigration system

In 1990, Congress created the investor visa green card program to bring entrepreneurial talent to the United States, create new jobs and infuse new capital into our economy, especially in hard-hit rural and depressed areas. Unfortunately, over the years this program — known as the EB-5 program — has strayed further and further from congressional intent and has been repeatedly tarnished by scandal and political favoritism.

MidEast Pillars Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Trump’s productive disruption

In the same way that candidate Donald Trump disrupted establishment politics in 2016 when he ran for president and defeated establishment politicians on both sides of the aisle, he has completely upended traditional foreign policy in the United States. Pinstriped Foggy Bottom bureaucrats are still in shock with President Trump’s aggressive and — apparently — effective approach to North Korea’s recalcitrant Kim Jong-un.

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.”

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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.

Armenia's Prime Minister Nikol Pashinian speaks with the President Bako Sahakyan of the separatist Nagorno-Karabakh region speaks during their meeting in the capital Stepanakert, Wednesday, May 9, 2018. Nagorno-Karabakh, part of Azerbaijan has been under the control of local ethnic Armenian forces and the Armenian military since a war ended in 1994 with no resolution of the region's status. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)

How Armenia's revolution can succeed

Normally politics is the art of the possible. However, during a revolution like the current one in Armenia, the space of the possible expands dramatically.

Illustration on the costs of New York's MTA improvements by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

New York's subway scam

Ever heard the old admonition that if you give an inch, they'll take a mile?

U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman listens as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks during the opening ceremony of the new US embassy in in Jerusalem, Monday, May 14, 2018. Amid deadly clashes along the Israeli-Palestinian border, President Donald Trump's top aides and supporters on Monday celebrated the opening of the new U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem as a campaign promised fulfilled. (AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner)

This year, in Jerusalem

The world did not end when President Trump withdrew from the Paris climate scheme, nor did the heavens fall when he insisted that the United States deserves a fair shake in the North Atlantic Free Trade Agreement.

Is removal worth the price the nation would pay?

Only twice in U.S. history has a president been impeached: Andrew Johnson in 1866 and Bill Clinton in 1998. Although each was acquitted by the Senate, the historical fallout of the two Senate trials was radically different, according to the just-published "To End a Presidency."

Left's history of sabotage

Former Secretary of State John Kerry's secret meetings with Iranian officials and the connection of the Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton to the creation of a phony dossier may have shocked some people, but not those who know history. The progressive left has a long record of trying to undermine and sabotage the policies with which it disagrees.

Graham should pipe down

Sen. Lindsey Graham's mock indignation over an innocuous observation by White House communications aide Kelly Sadler is worth a chuckle ("Lindsey Graham wants White House apology for Kelly Sadler's 'disgusting' John McCain remark," Web, May 13). We're a nation that is being riven by the hyper-emotional, and it's not just by a traumatized teen-ager or the usual suspects who intentionally misconstrue their opponents' remarks for a perceived advantage in the polls.