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Illustration on the effects of recent tax cuts by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Why liberals hate the Trump tax cut

Despite liberal hysterics, Republicans’ recent tax cut raised top earners’ share of America’s tax burden. This seemingly “squared circle” is simply due to a fact true before the legislation and even truer after: Middle- and upper-income earners shoulder the overwhelming tax load. Equally obvious: Even so large a share is not enough for an insatiable left.

Rep. Donna Edwards, Maryland Democrat, said the bill passed by the House Wednesday would punish federal employees, and amounts to union-busing.

Donna Edwards has put ambition ahead of principle

- The Washington Times

When Sen. Barbara Mikulski of Maryland retired two years ago, Rep. Donna Edwards gave up her safe Prince George’s County congressional seat to take on her House colleague, Montgomery County’s Chris Van Hollen, in the Democratic primary. Ms. Edwards lost by nearly 13 points, in part because a supportive outside group ran a negative and wildly inaccurate ad in the final weeks of the campaign that backfired on her.

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jon Meacham, right, discusses his biography of former President George H. W. Bush with Bush's son, former President George W. Bush, Sunday, Nov. 8, 2015, at the George W. Bush Presidential Center in Dallas. (AP Photo/Jeffrey McWhorter) ** FILE **

Jon Meacham, presidential historian, newest ‘Impeach Trump’ shill

- The Washington Times

Jon Meacham, a presidential historian who has a pretty impressive background, as far as writers go, anyway, took to national television to predict: Donald Trump will be impeached. Well, with all due respect to Meacham, his Pulitzer for a biography of Andrew Jackson, his executive stints at Random House and his many, many writing contributions to The New York Times and other left-leaning publications — he’s full of it.

Illustration on the EMP threat by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Short-circuiting the electromagnetic threat

Electromagnetic pulse (EMP) is a major threat to the continued existence of America. An enemy could destroy our nation simply by detonating a single nuclear weapon above the atmosphere over our country. All our enemies, including some terrorist groups, have, or can acquire, this capability. The electromagnetic pulse from this detonation would destroy our national electric power grid, and it would take many months or years to rebuild it. Without electricity, virtually all our everyday life-support systems would remain paralyzed, and millions would die of disease or starvation.

Illustration on the increasing viability of cryptocurrencies by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Toward a better cryptocurrency

Why do people want “money?” Obviously, so they can buy goods and services now or in the future. But, in actuality, it is not money people want, but purchasing power. Is it necessary to have a stock of money to have purchasing power? Well no, provided people have credit or wealth that can be turned into a transferable unit of account in close to real time.

Sessions Oath Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

The disingenuous genius of Jeff Sessions

It is no mystery that most who work inside the Beltway don’t like President Trump. He is an outsider and nationalist, while those on both sides of the aisle in Congress are globalists who listen more to their K Street providers than they do their constituents. The two new world dictators — Xi Jinping of China and Vladimir Putin of Russia — are confirmed nationalists, and while the former praises globalism for the benefits it has gained his country, both men want globalism, but only on their terms, not those of the West.

Illustration on Trump's effect on world political norms by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

The new art of the deal

In a recent column, I spoke of the two current forms of populism and how they’re challenging the “Liberal International Order,” the governing philosophy that has guided the U.S. use of power in the service of freedom for ourselves and our allies since World War II. The question is, where does President Trump’s form of populism fit into what might be called the new version of the Liberal International Order?

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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.