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Illustration on the growing threat of nuclear crisis with North Korea by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Discounting the North Korea threat countdown

National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster, speaking to the Reagan National Defense Forum on Dec. 2, offered up a doomsday prediction. When asked how close the United States and North Korea are to war, Mr. McMaster replied, “It’s increasing every day.” Sen. Jim Inhofe, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, seconded that statement in even more distressing language: “It is important for us here in the Senate to communicate to the American people the credible, grave, and immediate threat that we face . We don’t have the luxury of time.”

A detail of the baby Jesus is seen in a Nativity scene in the East Room during a media preview of the 2017 holiday decorations at the White House in Washington, Monday, Nov. 27, 2017. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Colleges push hard for Christ-free Christmases

- The Washington Times

College administrators around the country, it seems, are rushing to acquiesce to even the most minor of voices on campuses to make sure the “C” word — that’s “C” for Christmas, shhh! — doesn’t cause angst in some offended student’s ears. Basically, they’re driving hard to drive out the reason for the season, Jesus Christ.

Illustration on The Washington Post's treatment of Judge Roy Moore by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Molested by the media

You don’t have to be a fan of Alabama’s Republican senatorial nominee Roy Moore to see that the Furies in the media aren’t willing to cut him a break even when his most lethal accusers have been caught falsifying the record. The late Charles Manson seems to have gotten a more sympathetic press. For the past two months, the “Never Moore” media have tried to sink the judge by insisting his dating of teenage girls when he was in his 30s was scandalous on its face, even when they were of age, their mothers approved and the women themselves conceded he never engaged in sexual misconduct.

Illustration on Roy Moore's run for the Senate by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Roy Moore and the politics of winning

It now looks as if Roy Moore, the Republican candidate for the Senate in Alabama, will win his race, despite the publicity about his alleged improper behavior with a 14-year-old girl 38 years ago, and maybe others young girls as well.

FILE - In this May 7, 2015, file photo, labor union members and supporters rally for better wages in New York. Nearly 2 million New York workers are unionized. New York's powerful labor unions are lining up against a constitutional convention, warning voters that opening up the state's main governing document could lead to the erosion of worker protections and rights such as collective bargaining. In November 2017, New Yorkers will be asked whether to hold a convention, where delegates would consider big changes to the constitution. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews, File)

Reining in the worker center end run

Is it the beginning of the end for Big Labor’s henchmen? You’d be forgiven if you think I’m referring to the Hoffas. I’m actually talking about so-called worker centers, which have recently been the labor movement’s bludgeon — all while avoiding federal rules on union transparency and conduct.

Illustration on the risks of the Middle-East peace process by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Good Luck, Jared Kushner

Jared Kushner, President Trump’s son-in-law, and Jason Greenblatt, formerly one of the president’s real estate lawyers, are pursuing what the president calls the “ultimate deal,” a peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinians. We should wish them luck because they’re going to need it.

Illustration on Trump's abiding political philosophy by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Liberty, equity and fraternity

There’s a move to define Donald Trump as a populist, so as to link him to some of the nastier people in American politics, like Pitchfork Ben Tillman, Father Coughlin and David Duke.

Illustration on improvements to the GOP tax plan by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Five ways to improve the tax bill

The Senate-passed tax bill is a policy triumph that will provide a shot of performance enhancing drugs into the veins of the economy. It’s not perfect, but the combined effect of cutting business tax rates, eliminating the state and local tax deduction, and repealing the ObamaCare individual mandate tax, means we are at the precipice of the biggest conservative policy victory since the Reagan years.

Stained Glass Badge Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

The courage to judge

The Washington Surgi-Clinic in Washington, D.C. is now on record saying that, for a modest fee, it will perform a late-term abortion on a healthy, viable baby boy or girl.

With the deadline looming to pass a spending bill to fund the government by week's end, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., meets reporters following a closed-door strategy session, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Tougher challenges than cutting taxes

Passing tax reform in record time will prove a significant accomplishment, but it pales by comparison to the challenges Republicans must tackle next.

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In this Oct. 28, 2013, file photo, former FBI Director Robert Mueller is seated before President Barack Obama and FBI Director James Comey arrive at an installation ceremony at FBI Headquarters in Washington. A veteran FBI counterintelligence agent was removed from special counsel Robert Mueller's team investigating Russian election meddling after the discovery of an exchange of text messages seen as potentially anti-President Donald Trump, a person familiar with the matter said Saturday, Dec. 2, 2017. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)

Another wisp of thin smoke, but no fire

The world customarily slows down in December — except at the mall — to gather itself for a new year. But 2017 has not been a typical year. The world is upside down, turned inside out and spinning like a child's top. The centerpiece of the clown show is the relentless Democratic campaign to bring Donald Trump's presidency to ruin. The destruction of Michael Flynn is little more than collateral damage.

Agency misuse needs better look

In many Third World nations, a change in government leadership usually brings about criminal investigations of the past leaders. This is done to prevent the previous leadership from returning to power, or at least to make it much more difficult for it to do so. However, in examining the Obama administration's misuse of the Internal Revenue Service, the FBI and God knows which other government agencies, it is clear that a thorough investigation by an impartial team is necessary. The misuse of government agencies was so bad and so exceptional that "forgive and forget" should not be an option.

Predatory women harm all women

At last someone has acknowledged that the predator game works two ways ("When the prey becomes the predator," Web, Nov. 30). I am proud of all the women who had guts to out their predators — whether the predator was Matt Lauer, John Conyers, Al Franken or someone none of us knows. It is ugly beyond words that these women were treated like sex toys and that they feared losing their jobs if they complained. Their workplaces were toxic.

Revisiting an iconic film, adding too much padding

"Casablanca" is one of the most beloved American classic movies, and is the most shown film on the Turner Classic Movie Channel. However, it also the most powerful piece of propaganda produced by Hollywood during World War II.

In this Feb. 1, 2017, file photo, National Security Adviser Michael Flynn speaks during the daily news briefing at the White House, in Washington. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster) ** FILE **

Sorry, left, Mike Flynn not the smoking gun

- The Washington Times

The left, including much of the media, are going nuts now, drooling at Michael Flynn's guilty plea as if it's the final nail in President Donald Trump's coffin -- the long-sought means to the impeachment end. It's not. That's ludicrous. And the more hours that tick since Flynn announced his guilty plea, the more ludicrous the left's wild-eyed panting seems.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., reacts to a reporter's question during a news conference Saturday, Dec. 2, 2017, in Louisville, Ky. The Senate passed the tax bill early Saturday morning with a 51-49 vote. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)

Mitch McConnell's abrupt softening on Roy Moore

- The Washington Times

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made a rather sudden turn on his opinion of Roy Moore, telling George Stephanopoulos on "This Week" on ABC News that it's the people of Alabama -- not Washington, D.C. -- who should decide the outcome of this Dec. 12 race for Jeff Sessions' old Senate seat. That, after longtime, long-running, very vocal calls for Moore to step aside. Principle, anyone?

Members of the U.S. Navy hold American flags before an NFL football game between the Baltimore Ravens and the Houston Texans, Monday, Nov. 27, 2017, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

The banner yet waves

We were having an 8 a.m. coffee with family in their home on the Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam when the music started.

A hard look at a Holder holdover

One of the biggest challenges facing the president in draining the Washington Swamp is ferreting out the activists who continue to pursue a progressive agenda in federal agencies.

Illustration on Saudi Arabia's efforts to challenge the Iranian regional threat by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

A Saudi Arabia awakening

President Trump's unprecedented visit to Riyadh last May did, in effect, provide the underpinnings for the Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's (MBS) dramatic plans to bring Saudi Arabia into the 21st century. It is outlined in his Vision 2030 plan to wean the kingdom off oil by greatly diversifying the economy.

Illustration on the stakes for republicans in passing the tax-reform bill by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

On the threshold of a new prosperity

No one gets everything they want — not in university life, business or politics. Folks who won't compromise usually end up with nothing, but for Republicans blocking a Senate tax bill the consequences for the country could be much worse.

Tax Shrink Zapper Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Tax cut for everyone

Whenever I'm asked whether the Trump tax cut is for the rich, I say yes. It is a tax cut for the rich. It is a tax cut for the middle class. It is a tax cut for small businesses. It is a tax cut for the Fortune 100. If you pay federal income taxes, you will in almost all cases, be getting more take-home pay come January 1.

Wasted College Education Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Bringing light to the dark halls of the ivory tower

Since the release my book, "Not A Day Care: The Devastating Consequences of Abandoning Truth," I have been asked over and over again by the likes of everyone from Pat Robertson and Adam Carolla to Glenn Beck, Dennis Prager, Dana Perino and Jim Dobson: "Okay, Dr. Piper, you've identified the problem in our colleges and universities, now what's the solution?

Craig Warner of Palo Alto, Calif., leaves a bell at a memorial site for Kate Steinle on Pier 14 Friday, Dec. 1, 2017, in San Francisco. In this fiercely liberal city, city leaders remained attached to San Francisco's sanctuary city status despite a not guilty verdict in a killing that sparked feverish immigration debates because the man who fired the gun was in the country illegally after being deported five times. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

The further tragedy of Kate Steinle

The San Francisco jury that would not recognize Jose Garcia Zarate as guilty of the murder of Kate Steinle not only mocked simple justice, but further identified San Francisco as a city exiled from the American mainstream, and intensified the debate on whether like-minded cities and counties can declare themselves outside the laws that govern everyone else.

In this Aug. 12, 2017 file photo, white nationalist demonstrators, right, clash with a counter demonstrator as he throws a newspaper box at the entrance to Lee Park in Charlottesville, Va. The deadly white nationalist demonstration in Virginia has brought new attention to an anti-fascist movement whose black-clad, bandana-wearing members have been a regular presence at protests around the country in the last year. Members of the antifa movement were among those protesting the Charlottesville rally last weekend. (AP Photo/Steve Helber, File)

Bad news for hooligans

The antifa movement has had a free ride in American public opinion since its hooligans first came to public notice in the riots at the Robert E. Lee statue in Charlottesville, Va.

Too much Twitter?

The old World-War-II-era posters with the warning "Loose Lips Sink Ships" may need to be updated given Twitter and the various forms of "social" media that abound. This is especially true for politicians.

Bringing drama to the widest possible audience

In 2009 Britain's National Theatre began making high-definition films of live productions for relay to cinemas. Artistic Director Nicholas Hytner was elated that audiences world-wide could watch "the same event at the same time as the audience in the theatre." His enthusiasm for bringing drama to the widest possible audience is one of the underpinnings of "Balancing Acts," his memoir of his years (2003 -2015) at the National.

Left's utter 'free speech' hypocrisy

The irony of free speech in the current political environment certainly hits home with two recent Times articles. A speaker delivered a talk titled "It's OK to Be White" on the University of Connecticut campus was booed, harassed and had his notes taken from the lectern ("Conservative speaker arrested at UConn after fight at 'It's OK To Be White' speech," Web, Nov. 28). Later the speaker, Lucian Wintrich was arrested for a breach of peace.