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Illustration on Syrian strategic choices by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

A mission quandary in Syria

Almost two weeks ago, after yet another incident of a chlorine gas attack by Syria’s Assad regime, Defense Secretary James Mattis warned both Syria and its Russian ally that using gas weapons against civilians or on the battlefield was very unwise. Last week, U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley was more blunt, warning that America is “prepared to act if we must” to stop indiscriminate bombings of civilians by the Assad regime.

Illustration on the legal and commercial rights of generic drug manufacturers by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Big Pharma and its battle lines

- The Washington Times

It may be hard to believe, but some conservatives are arguing that any conservative who supports a measure before Congress called the CREATES Act that would allow generic drug makers under certain circumstances to go to court to get their competitors to play by the rules are ideological sellouts too willing to jump into bed with liberals and greedy trial lawyers.

Illustration on Rex Tillerson by Nancy Ohanian/Tribune Content Agency

The Tillerson exit, the Russian gambit

Fourteen months after he had become secretary of State, Rex Tillerson learned Tuesday that President Trump had fired him by sending out a public tweet.

How Hillary Clinton still misses the point

Woe are the Democrats. For generations now, they’ve been telling the American people that only they, and their cohort of liberals and leftists, understand and truly value women. Because of their special understanding of women, only they can be trusted to do what’s right politically for them, they tell us. Then came Hillary Clinton pulling the curtain back on that dangerously false narrative.

Illustration on Trump, Stormy Daniels and freedom of speech by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

President Trump and freedom of speech

When James Madison drafted the First Amendment — “Congress shall make no law abridging the freedom of speech” — he made sure to use the article “the” in front of the word “freedom.” What seemed normal to him and superfluous to moderns was actually a profound signal that has resonated for 227 years. The signal was that because the freedom of speech existed before the government that was formed to protect it came into existence, it does not have its origins in government.

President Donald Trump meets with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the Oval Office of the White House, Monday, March 5, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci) ** FILE **

America’s love affair with Israel grows under Trump

- The Washington Times

The left likes to try to sell the line that the Palestinian Authority loves the Israelis, welcomes peace and wants nothing more than a harmonious agreement that allows both peoples to live side-by-side, in perpetual prosperity — oh yes, and that President Donald Trump’s announced move of the U.S. Embassy to Israel from Tel Avid to Jerusalem kills that plan. But apparently, the line isn’t selling.

A welder fabricates a steel structure at an iron works facility in Ottawa, Ontario, Monday, March 5, 2018. United States President Donald Trump has lobbed a grenade of uncertainty onto the NAFTA negotiating table, suggesting that tariffs on Canadian and Mexican steel are now dependent on whether the countries agree to a new trade pact. (Sean Kilpatrick/The Canadian Press via AP)

U.S. trade relations

President Trump made his mark as a businessman prior to occupying the Oval Office and he often gives his sales pitch for America: The country is once again open for business.

Broward County Schools' Choice Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

The slow learners of Broward County

Broward County, Florida, is a nice progressive place with a Democratic School Board and a Democratic sheriff. The county was living the South Florida dream until Valentine’s Day, when a homicidal maniac broke into one of its high schools and slaughtered 17 of its students and faculty, one of whom was an unarmed security guard and assistant football coach.

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Model democracy with term limits

The Chinese dictatorship is getting ready to eliminate term limits for its leader. Without term limits President Xi Jinping can rule for as long as he likes — just like Mao Zedong and the emperors. I am a big supporter of term limits. I think all elected officials should be limited to either one or two non-consecutive terms. Our president can prove that he is against authoritarianism and Communism and a supporter of democracy by limiting himself to one term.

Let true free trade reign

Donald Lambro slammed President Trump's announced tariffs on steel and aluminum imports ("There's nothing conservative about trade protectionism," Web, March 8). Yes, we all understand the "free trade" orthodoxy that a country benefits from having no tariffs even if its trading partner imposes tariffs on imports into its own country. But it is equally true that both countries benefit even more if neither country imposes tariffs — what Mr. Trump calls "fair trade."

No more unfair free trade

Conservative economists just don't get it ("Trump's really bad idea," Web, March 6). Free trade is only free when normal market dynamics are in effect. Once a nation's government intervenes with production subsidies or its own excessive import tariffs, there is no longer equitable "free trade."

Former Vice President Joe Biden speaks at a rally in support of Conor Lamb, the Democratic candidate for the March 13 special election in Pennsylvania's 18th Congressional District, at the Carpenter's Training Center in Collier, Pa., Tuesday, March 6, 2018. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

Looking for clues in Pennsylvania

The Democrats have been looking for a way to make the 2016 presidential election go away, as if it never happened. They imagined that they could do that, first, by denying that Donald Trump ever happened.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Fox  news' "Life, Liberty and Levin."

Netanyahu: I like how Trump cuts through the BS

- The Washington Times

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu heaped praise on President Donald Trump and gave unique insight into the "very unique, very personal" relationship the Israeli leader has with the President of the United States.

A controversial Instagram post from Hasta Muerte Coffee in Oakland, Calif., which asks uniformed police officers to not patronize the establishment. (Instagram)

California anti-cop coffee shop fine by me

- The Washington Times

A coffee shop in California has jump-started a national discussion over its refusal to serve police due to ridiculous perceptions the officers' presence might threaten owners "physical and emotional safety." That's fine. Let it be. Just so long as other coffee shop owners around the nation have the right to refuse service to, say, Black Lives Matter t-shirt wearers. Or, to gay couples seeking wedding cakes.

Rep. Maxine Waters' rebuttal to President Trump's first State of the Union address called the president a "terrible role model" who deserves a parental advisory every time he appears on television. (BET)

Maxine Waters, a parrot who can't seem to stop

- The Washington Times

Rep. Maxine Waters, who spent the better part of the inauguration season calling for the impeachment of President Donald Trump -- before he even took over the White House seat, mind you -- and the better part of Robert Mueller's Russia investigation calling for the same, has found a new "let's get 'im, guys" cause to crow, and it's named Stormy Daniels. Honestly, Waters is like a parrot with a vocabulary of one word.

Illustration on the culture of diversity and tolerance by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Transgressing the diversity dictate

"All I know is what I read in the papers," Will Rogers used to say when opening his vaudeville act. In that spirit, here are two items in the news that shed light on our current culture.

China takes a wrong turn

Mao and his Chinese Communist Party ruled for 30 disastrous years beginning in 1949. Tens of millions were murdered, social chaos was constant, China was cut off from the world, and its underdeveloped economy stagnated.

Concealed Carry Classroom Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

The facts about guns at school

President Trump thinks arming school staff and teachers deter threats. Surprise, media fact checkers from The New York Times to FactCheck.org accuse him of "false and misleading claims" to "inaccurate facts."

FILE - In this Jan. 14, 2016 file photo, runners make their way along a sidewalk on the campus of Wheaton College in Norton, Mass. Wheaton is getting a $10 million donation in 2018 from the Diana Davis Spencer Foundation, a conservative backer whose namesake is a Wheaton alumna. The gift will create an endowed professorship on social entrepreneurship and new space for existing programs on the topic. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)

'Who are you to judge?'

"The Lottery" is a classic short story written by Shirley Jackson in 1948. It's the tale of a rural, farming community in America of about three hundred residents. The town seems normal by all accounts as it prepares for a traditional, harvest-time event known as The Lottery.

'Deathless' meat the answer?

Regardless of what one thinks of the sci-fi thought experiment of cruelty-free cannibalism, there really shouldn't be any debate over the benefits of growing real animal meat without animals ("'Soylent' Dawkins? Atheist mulls 'taboo against cannibalism' ending as lab-grown meat improves," Web, March 6).

Obama cronies not above law

We need a big push to make sure Obama-era officials are prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law for their attempts to thwart the efforts of Congress and the State Department inspector general to hold them accountable.

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally at Atlantic Aviation in Moon Township, Pa., Saturday, March 10, 2018. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

A big week for the Donald

Donald Trump had a splendid, terrific, very good week by any president's standards. The economic news was stunning, with the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reporting that 313,000 new jobs were created in February, the unemployment rate was unchanged at 4.1 percent, with inflation still at bay, and unemployment sank to record lows among blacks and Hispanics who needed such a week most.