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James Comey. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

The collusion of lawyers is finally collapsing

- The Washington Times

Colluding, like canoodling, is all the rage. Robert Mueller, like a dog chasing his tail, has been trying for more than a year to find evidence that President Trump colluded with Vladimir Putin and the Russians to cook the 2016 election, which fate, providence, fortune and destiny decreed properly belonged to Hillary Clinton.

Illustration on fighting extremism in Algeria by Linas Garsys/The WAshington Times

Ending extremism with a just solution

When Abdelaziz Bouteflika was elected president of Algeria in 1999, it was at the height of a heinous civil war that carried the very seeds of division and radicalism that plague the whole of the Middle East/North Africa region today.

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.”

In this May 3, 2017, file photo, former President Barack Obama speaks at a community event on the Presidential Center at the South Shore Cultural Center in Chicago. The Obama Presidential Center will not be a part of the presidential library network operated by the National Archives and Records Administration. Public park advocates have filed a lawsuit against the city of Chicago seeking to stop construction of the center. The group also wants to bar the city from giving control of the center's site to the Obama Foundation. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh, File)

Barack Obama gilds his legacy

This is a story of priorities and hypocrisy, brought to us by a president who saved the Union and was murdered for it, and a president whose policies and malevolence damaged both the nation and the world, and who is being rewarded for it.

In this Monday, May 14, 2018 photo, people make bets in the sports book at the South Point hotel and casino in Las Vegas. Now that the U.S. Supreme Court has cleared the way for states to legalize sports betting, the race is on to see who will referee the multi-billion-dollar business expected to emerge from the decision.  (AP Photo/John Locher) **FILE**

‘Bill Bradley, call your bookie’

In 1992, Congress passed a statute authored by Sen. Bill Bradley of New Jersey, who was a former Princeton University and New York Knicks basketball superstar, prohibiting the states from authorizing sports betting. At that time, gambling in Atlantic City was flourishing, and notwithstanding one of its own senators’ efforts to keep gambling away from competitive sports, the state of New Jersey wanted to duplicate Las Vegas’ success with sports betting.

Illustration on accusations against Gina Haspel by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Gina Haspel’s terrible thought crime

Should President Trump’s choice to head the CIA be derailed for nothing more than a thought crime? But that’s precisely what Senate Democrats are arguing should happen. If you listen closely, they are not saying career CIA officer Gina Haspel is unfit for having implemented enhanced interrogation methods against the murderous 9/11 assailants. They are saying something else: She’s disqualified for her refusal to proclaim that their use was shockingly “immoral.” That’s John McCain’s mantra as well.

Director Spike Lee pose for photographers during a photo call for the film 'BlacKkKlansman' at the 71st international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Tuesday, May 15, 2018. (Photo by Arthur Mola/Invision/AP)

Spike Lee, mired in anti-Trumpism, misses higher mark

- The Washington Times

Spike Lee, famed black filmmaker, had a chance to soothe race relations, stoke reasoned discussions and raise a rational question or two about the current political atmosphere and culturally accepted norms. Instead, he went low. About as low as he could dredge.

The EBRD in the International Swamp Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Draining the international swamp, too

Donald Trump made the idea of draining the swamp in Washington, D.C., a central component of his presidential campaign. Now that he holds office, the degree to which he has taken steps toward achieving this goal is up for debate. However, a focus on eliminating corruption and cronyism should be encouraged throughout his tenure, and it should be maintained by subsequent administrations long after he leaves office. To be fully effective, however, the global swamp must be targeted as well.

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"I'm just a proud American and wanted to come down here and stand in front of the White House and wave my flag," says Danny Parker of Shamokin, Pa., who drove to Washington, D.C., Sunday night after hearing the news that Osama Bin Laden was killed. He arrived in the nation's capital Monday at 5 a.m., and spent the morning standing in front of the White House in Lafayette Park. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times) ** FILE **

Hey, ISIS, where's the black flag over the White House?

- The Washington Times

Let's poke the bear for a moment. Or, more truthfully -- because of this White House's strength and boldness and utter disregard for the left's preferred method of dealing with terrorists, known as the Diplomatic Dance -- let's poke the widdle baby bear for a moment and ask: Whatever happened to all those boldfaced ISIS threats against America?

Illustration on U.S. decertification of the Iran nuclear deal by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Decertifying the Iran deal

President Trump made it crystal clear he will decertify the Iran deal, a deal he characterized "as one of the worst and most one-sided transactions the United States ever entered into "

Illustration on children and video game violence by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

When media violence isn't a fad

Days after the Parkland shooting this year, President Trump discussed media violence and its impact on children, suggesting that it might be time to take another look at media ratings:

Sen. Dianne Feinstein. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

A little sanctimony in the Senate

- The Washington Times

Asking a U.S. senator for his views on morality is the ultimate fool's errand. As the innkeeper of "Fawlty Towers," the British sitcom, was fond of saying in moments of neighborly frustration, "you might as well ask the cat."

Patent Office Overreach Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

How rogue government agencies overreach

Why do many Americans shake their heads in disbelief when asked about the efficiency or the accountability of our federal government? Sadly, it's because there are so many examples of how federal government agencies or tax-funded government projects work directly against the American people.

President Donald Trump addresses the crowd during a Republican campaign rally Thursday, May 10, 2018, in Elkhart, Ind. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

Mr. Trump's bold diplomacy

There was no end of gnashing of teeth and furrowing of brow when President Trump declared in December that he would honor a campaign promise, routinely made and routinely broken by several of his predecessors, to move the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to the actual capital of Israel.

A compelling tale set in a maddening Iran

Zachary (Zac) Miller is not a likely heroic protagonist. Not at all like Brad Thor's Scot Harvath or Vince Flynn's Mitch Rapp. He is CIA -- but he works behind a desk not in field operations.

Sputnik wasn't spying

"'Possibly the greatest achievement of any intelligence service'" (Web, May 8), the book review by Joseph Goulden of Monte Reel's "Brotherhood of Spies: The U-2 and the CIA's Secret War," contained an extremely inaccurate criticism. Mr. Goulden writes that the book was "marred somewhat" because in condemning the U-2 overflights of Soviet airspace the author fails to mention the Sputnik satellite flights that began in 1957, three years before Francis Gary Powers' ill-fated U-2 mission.

Maker of our own woes

That the U.S. has been subsidizing most, if not all, of its major problems is becoming more and more evident. Since the Department of Energy was created, we pay per month what we used to pay per year to heat our homes. Since the Department of Education was created, the government has spent a great fortune subsidizing ignorance and the brainwashing of students in favor of socialism. Add to this what has been paid to Iran to support global terrorism. This is either insanity or treason.

A diminished 'legacy'

With President Trump's withdrawal of the United States from the deeply flawed Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, another significant piece of former President Obama's legacy has been removed. This follows earlier withdrawals from the Trans Pacific Partnership and the Paris Climate Accords. Other significant moves include removal of the "individual mandate" from Obamacare, part of the tax-reform package, approval of the Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines, and reduction in the size of several national monuments.

Illustration on Federal contracting by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Protecting the Pentagon's cloud data

Alexa, how do we get competition? When Democrats rule D.C., you have to hand it to them. They know how to take care of their fellow Democrats. When Republicans rule D.C., they take care of the Democrats, too.

European Council President Donald Tusk, right, and Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban participate in a media conference at the EU Council building in Brussels on Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015. Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban is visiting EU officials on Thursday to discuss the current migration crisis. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)

A battle of wills over Polish courts exposes EU bullying

The European Union has long criticized its East European members — the former Soviet satellites Poland, Hungary, Slovakia, and the Czech Republic — for alleged "authoritarian" tendencies. The George Soros-backed, open-borders policy favored by Western European leaders has long been a sore point between East and West, with East European leaders refusing to admit millions of economic migrants from the Middle East and other world crisis spots whom they see as a threat to their security, culture and identity as a people.

Former FBI Director James Comey is sworn in during a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on Capitol Hill, Thursday, June 8, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Did Comey investigate veracity of Russian dossier as McCain expected?

- The Washington Times

It is now a full eighteen months since McCain handed the dossier to him with the full expectation that Comey would fully investigate the explosive materials. Did he? You'd think we'd know by now, considering the shadow of the dossier has hung over the Trump presidency since before it even began.

Former President Jimmy Carter signs copies of his new book "Faith: A Journey For All" Wednesday, April 11, 2018, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Amis) ** FILE **

Jimmy Carter, wrong on Donald Trump once again

- The Washington Times

Jimmy Carter has called out President Donald Trump as misguided for withdrawing America from the terrible Tehran nuke deal. That's expected; Carter's no Trump fan. But what's eyebrow-raising is the reason for Carter's scorn -- that history dictates Trump honor past presidents' actions. Wrong. On history, it seems, Carter knows not of what he speaks.