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Building the Deal with South Korea Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Building the deal with North Korea

The first pundit responses to President Donald Trump’s agreement with Kim Jong-un for the denuclearization of North Korea have leaned heavily on a series of inept comparisons with President Obama’s nuclear deal with Iran. The differences are as stark as they are important.

Illustration on the Pentagon's data cloud decision by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

How the Pentagon clouds its future

Before D-Day, Gen. George Patton commanded an army that didn’t exist. His First U.S. Army Group was supposedly training around East Anglia. It featured phony tanks so German spy planes could report on them. It kept up a steady stream of radio traffic so German spies could track the movements of troops. And it featured divisions that seemed to be preparing to invade Calais.

FILE - In this file  July 7, 2016, photo then-FBI Director James Comey testifies before the House Oversight Committee to discuss Hillary Clinton's email investigation, at the Capitol in Washington. The Justice Department's watchdog faults former Comey for breaking with protocol in his handling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation. But it says his decisions were not driven by political bias ahead of the 2016 election.(AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

Former FBI Director James Comey delivered 3 blows that put the bureau down but not out

Current and former agents of the once most respected name in law enforcement must cringe in helpless disbelief every time a news headline crosses their computer containing the letters “FBI.” “What is it this time?” They must think to themselves as they discover another verbal lashing by pundits and politicians in the furtherance of the day’s agenda, but under the guise of patriotism and truth. Since when did the men and women of the FBI become a weapon of war in politics? What did they do to deserve this?

Illustration on U.S./ROK military exercizes by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Korean war games in the balance

I arrived in Seoul on the same day as Secretary of State Mike Pompeo after the Singapore summit. In the wake of the meeting between President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, Mr. Pompeo and I had essentially the same task: Reassuring our allies.

Illustration on the I.G. report on the DOJ by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Outrage over bias at the FBI

The much-anticipated report of the Justice Department inspector general (IG) has satisfied neither Republicans nor Democrats. If you expected that the IG report would settle the endless debate about double standards (favoring either Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump), that it would identify malefactors and punish the guilty, then you were sorely disappointed. Instead, Inspector General Michael Horowitz investigated heavily, labored mightily and produced a wrist-breaking tome that history will find wanting.

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Nikki Haley is killing it at the United Nations

- The Washington Times

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley is just about killing it at the global body. In recent remarks to the General Assembly, Haley first condemned the anti-Israel faction of the bunch for using the global body for politics, not peace promotion. And then, dramatically enough, she brought to vote a U.S.-penned measure that explicitly faulted Hamas for violence at the Gaza border

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Here's your collusion: Leaking FBI agents got payouts from media

- The Washington Times

Finally, after two years of promises, we've found some real and tangible evidence of collusion in Washington DC during the 2016 presidential election. But, it's not exactly the Moscow-based Borscht bowl of collusion we've been promised. Unless the Kremlin was directing the American media to collude with the American Department of Justice.

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'What Father's Day means to me'

At about 6 in the morning on Aug. 3, 2009, I had a package delivered to me in the shape of two Army Casualty Assistance Officers. As soon as I saw them, I knew.

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Sex, lies and betrayal at the FBI

- The Washington Times

If Jeff Sessions and Christopher Wray want to clean house at the FBI, they'll be well advised to pack a good lunch. Cleaning this house will be an all-day job. The agency under James B. Comey has been more corrupt than we thought.

When Reagan went to the Wall

The unlikely meeting between President Donald J. Trump and North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un has ended amid handshakes, expressions of goodwill, and hopes — but no proof — that something good has begun.

Illustration on the opioid crisis by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Closing the knowledge gap on opioids

During a recent visit to Warrenton, Virginia, I sat down with 10 sets of parents to talk about the opioid crisis. One of the other speakers was Special Agent Tom Murphy of the Virginia State Police. Tom is a supervisor on a regional drug and gang task force, and he discussed the work of the multi-agency group combatting trafficking.

Canada Prime Minister Justin Trudeau meets with Prime Minister of Italy, Giuseppe Conte at the G7 Leaders Summit in La Malbaie, Quebec., on Friday, June 8, 2018.  (Sean Kilpatrick/The Canadian Press via AP)

European tempers flare over immigration

The Group of 7 economic summit in Quebec last week was not quite a family feud, but it didn't bore anyone. President Donald Trump and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau got in a few licks on each other, Mr. Trump's "bromance" with French President Emmanuel Macron appeared to be on the rocks, and his relations with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and British Prime Minister Theresa May, never particularly warm, continued to be strained if not frosty. But Mr. Trump struck up a good relationship with newly installed Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte. Their relations showed a little bonhomie rather than bashing.

North Korea accord a 'duck'

In the forming of President George H.W. Bush's administration, budget director nominee Richard Darman indicated in a response during a Senate confirmation how he would know if there was a tax increase: "[I]f it looks like a duck, it's a duck." The recent Trump agreement made with North Korea in Singapore passes the 'duck test.' It is a terrible agreement that sacrifices key Asian allies and brings nothing to the safety of the world.

Trump running U.S. like business

The political left and its supporting media spend all their time bashing President Trump, who just shrugs it all off with a well-timed tweet, always spot-on and right between the eyes. While these professional do-nothings maintain their perpetual malfeasance, we have a president who is exceeding his goals. How is that possible?

When lust and murder cloud judgment

Take a light-hearted female character, some vivid prose and a startling situation -- waking up in a hotel room next to a man with a slashed throat -- and that's the chaos happening in the first few pages of Chris Bohjalian's "The Flight Attendant."

FBI's Peter Strzok: Don't worry Lisa, honey, we'll 'stop' Trump

- The Washington Times

Hillary Clinton, move over. And take your "what difference, at this point, does it make" soulful query about truth with you. 'Cause there's a new shocking phrase in town and it's one that goes like this: Dear Lisa Page, don't worry, Trump won't be president, "we'll stop it." Love, Peter Strzok.

Republican primary senatorial candidate Corey Stewart gestures during a debate with E. W. Jackson and Del. Nick Freitas at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va., Thursday, April 19, 2018. (AP Photo/Steve Helber) ** FILE **

Corey Stewart does divide -- but like Trump, can conquer

- The Washington Times

Corey Stewart, Virginia's voter-chosen Republican to fight for Democrat Tim Kaine's U.S. Senate seat, is a divisive guy who calls it like it is, cares little for political correctness and who finds himself in frequent defensive stand-offs with a hostile press. In other words, he has a really good chance of winning this November.

President Donald Trump walks with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Sentosa Island, Tuesday, June 12, 2018, in Singapore. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Singapore beyond the theatrics

Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un introduced a new kind of reality show when they met at Singapore. It wasn't a matter of who would be fired, or voted off the island. The stakes were nuclear, or to be precise, "the complete denuclearization of the Korean peninsula." This was the powerful aphrodisiac that lured the president to Singapore.

Illustration on Inspector General Michael Horowitz by Linas Garsys/The WAshington Times

The silencing of the inspectors general

Department of Justice Inspector General Michael Horowitz, an Obama administration appointee, is scheduled to deliver a report this week on DOJ and FBI abuses during the 2016 campaign cycle. Remember: His last investigation of FBI misconduct advised a criminal referral for fired former Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe, who allegedly lied to federal investigators.