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The most important 44 words in the Constitution

- The Washington Times

The First Amendment to the Constitution, the most important 44 words in that priceless and precious promise of liberty and freedom, does not guarantee civil, wise or even responsible speech. It guarantees free speech, however goofy, dumb or even irresponsible.

Collective Bargaining Illustration by Linas Garsys / The Washington Times

Big-government union bosses revel in collective bargaining

As a local official years ago, I saw the negative impact of collective bargaining on our taxpayers and on our excellent employees. So, during my first year in office as governor of Wisconsin, we took the power away from the big-government special interests and put it firmly into the hands of the hard-working taxpayers. Our Act 10 reforms were both pro-taxpayer and pro-worker.

Squeezing the Pharmacy Market Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Resisting price controls on prescription drugs

President Trump has made great strides in dismantling the big-government legacy of his predecessor, Barack Obama. Historic tax cuts, dozens of regulations cut for every new one implemented, and two conservative Supreme Court justices, to name a few.

Foreign Policy Club Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

How Trump’s foreign policy could sink him in 2020

Donald Trump was elected president on the strength of two campaign promises. He would end foolish wars and shrink our military footprint in the Middle East, preferring to police U.S. borders rather than the world. Now, leading 2020 Democratic contenders threaten to take these issues away from him.

Brokering the resolution of conflict

There is renewed momentum building for the peaceful resolution of the conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan and the U.S. Congress can play a very constructive role in ensuring that this momentum is maintained.

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Shut down terrorist schools

The mind-boggling video showing children in a Philadelphia Muslim school engaged in outright murderous, terrorist statements and chants as part of a supposed "performance" should prompt the Department of Justice and the FBI to act swiftly to shut it and similar schools down ("Muslim American Society says 'disturbing' video of children wasn't vetted," Web, May 5).

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No cheating on friends

A president who talks and acts tough on trade has been a long time coming. Donald Trump made getting fair dealing on trade a major plank in his campaign platform and has followed through. China can't say it wasn't warned about the imposition this week of additional tariffs on selected goods coming into the United States.

Luis Saez rides Maximum Security, right, across the finish line first against Flavien Prat on Country House during the 145th running of the Kentucky Derby horse race at Churchill Downs Saturday, May 4, 2019, in Louisville, Ky. Country House was declared the winner after Maximum Security was disqualified following a review by race stewards. (Associated Press)

We've got the horse right here

The less imaginative among us are calling it "Gait-gate." Not as clever as "Watergate" -- derivatives never are -- but it's about horses, not humans. Jonathan Swift might have included this story in "Gulliver's Travels." A horse goofs, humans whine, and the Kentucky Derby disqualifies the winner for the first time in its 145 years.

Illustration on the legacy of Indiana Senators Richard Lugar and Birch Bayh by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

When unintended consequences undermine 'enduring impacts'

Two well-known Indiana senators died recently — 87-year-old Richard Lugar, a Republican, last month, and 91-year-old Birch Bayh, a Democrat, in March — and the obituary tributes were revealing in their way.

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A solution to college debt

Congress created the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program in 2007 in an attempt to attract people into professions like teaching, nursing and public-interest law.

Morning traffic builds up on 14th street NW in downtown Washington, Wednesday, March 16, 2016.  (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais) **FILE**

Parking in the nation's capital is a giveaway to the rich

A recent proposal to raise the city's current $35 annual fee for an on-street residential parking permit to $50 has run into predictable opposition from those who protest that increasing the fee is regressive and unaffordable for many car-owning families.

Baltimore white anchor unfairly fired for dubious 'racist' remarks

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A Baltimore news anchor, Mary Bubala, was just fired after asking an interview guest, on live WJZ-TV, if it were time for the city to see "a different kind of leadership," given the beleaguered status of its last three mayors. Bubala's crime? She mentioned the last three mayors were female and black.

Illustration on Iran's war on Christianity by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Iran's war on Christianity

Iran's radical regime is stepping up its efforts to prevent the spread of Christianity within its borders.

Illustration on the U.S. role in confronting Iran by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Rendezvous with reality

After nearly two decades of armed conflict, Americans are war-weary. Candidate Donald Trump saw this plainly in 2016.

Tariff Anchor Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Signaling the beginning of a China policy

President Trump's threatened new tariffs on imports from China cannot possibly work as the negotiating ploy he described in the recent tweets that announced them.

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Policy rooted in flawed economic theories

After years of frustration, the Federal Reserve believes it has accomplished its goal of 2 percent inflation. In reality, international oil markets did much more than its interest rate policies to raise prices and the Fed should abandon that target altogether.