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Illustration on the I.G. report on the DOJ by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Outrage over bias at the FBI

The much-anticipated report of the Justice Department inspector general (IG) has satisfied neither Republicans nor Democrats. If you expected that the IG report would settle the endless debate about double standards (favoring either Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump), that it would identify malefactors and punish the guilty, then you were sorely disappointed. Instead, Inspector General Michael Horowitz investigated heavily, labored mightily and produced a wrist-breaking tome that history will find wanting.

Anthony Bourdain Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

The despair of Anthony Bourdain

In the early 1900s, G.K. Chesterton spoke of the unavoidable consequences of denying God as our Creator and worshipping science above the sacred. Observing that the naturalists of his day were only too willing to turn their science into a philosophy and then impose their new religion upon all of culture with near fanatic zeal, Chesterton said, “I [have] never said a word against eminent men of science. What I complain of is a vague popular philosophy which supposes itself to be scientific when it is really nothing but a sort of new religion and an uncommonly nasty one.”

Illustration on the opioid crisis by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Closing the knowledge gap on opioids

During a recent visit to Warrenton, Virginia, I sat down with 10 sets of parents to talk about the opioid crisis. One of the other speakers was Special Agent Tom Murphy of the Virginia State Police. Tom is a supervisor on a regional drug and gang task force, and he discussed the work of the multi-agency group combatting trafficking.

Illustration on Inspector General Michael Horowitz by Linas Garsys/The WAshington Times

The silencing of the inspectors general

Department of Justice Inspector General Michael Horowitz, an Obama administration appointee, is scheduled to deliver a report this week on DOJ and FBI abuses during the 2016 campaign cycle. Remember: His last investigation of FBI misconduct advised a criminal referral for fired former Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe, who allegedly lied to federal investigators.

Opioid Crisis Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Addressing a national health emergency

Very few places in America have been harder hit by the opioid crisis than the state of Ohio. According to CDC data, the Buckeye State ranked second, only behind neighboring West Virginia, in overdose death rates per 100,000 residents in 2016. Over the last few years these mortality rates have continued to climb, despite new restrictions on prescription painkillers and better treatment for those struggling with addiction. As we seek to address this national health emergency it’s important to understand what is driving these overdose deaths and what can we do to stop it.

Republican primary senatorial candidate Corey Stewart gestures during a debate with E. W. Jackson and Del. Nick Freitas at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va., Thursday, April 19, 2018. (AP Photo/Steve Helber) ** FILE **

Corey Stewart does divide — but like Trump, can conquer

- The Washington Times

Corey Stewart, Virginia’s voter-chosen Republican to fight for Democrat Tim Kaine’s U.S. Senate seat, is a divisive guy who calls it like it is, cares little for political correctness and who finds himself in frequent defensive stand-offs with a hostile press. In other words, he has a really good chance of winning this November.

Suicidal Thought Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Combating the suicide epidemic

The recent report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that our nation is in the throes of a massive suicide epidemic did not come as a surprise to those of us who work with troubled veterans. We deal with it every day. We spend countless hours listening to unspeakable pain among those returning from the battlefields, striving to counsel them through their darkness and consoling widows when our efforts are insufficient — all the time wondering if we had been more articulate, more sensitive, more wise, perhaps we could have altered the outcomes.

Illustration n Congressional meddling with the Justice Department by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

More assaults on the rule of law

Amid all the happy hoopla over President Donald Trump’s trip to Singapore, where he began the process for what he hopes will be the normalization of relations between the United States and North Korea and the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, has come an effort by the House Intelligence Committee to interfere with the criminal investigation of the president.

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Illustration on Jeff Sessions by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

An underappreciated attorney general

Attorney General Jeff Sessions has his critics. That's not unusual: Mr. Sessions is a conservative in good standing and one expects the angriest voices of the left to engage in histrionic screeching over his tenure at the Department of Justice. These criticisms can be discounted as little more that the guttural roar of rejected and defeated partisans.

FILE - In this March 16, 2010 file photo bison are pictured at a reserve in the Bialowieza forest, in Bialowieza, eastern Poland. Environmentalists are protesting plans by the authorities to allow hunters to kill 10 bison in the Borecka forest saying the protected animals should be allowed to die of natural causes. Greenpeace had gathered well over 7,000 signatures by Monday afternoon, Jan. 2, 2017, on a letter asking Prime Minister Beata Szydlo to stop the plan. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski, file)

Innovative research that saves lives

Scientists just discovered a drug that could save millions of dogs — and humans — from cancer. Veterinarians at Tufts University administered the experimental treatment to Dover, a 7-year old bull mastiff suffering from lymphoma. The cancer had caused him to go blind, and his days were numbered. In desperation, Dover's owner enrolled him in a clinical trial testing the early-stage therapy.

President Donald Trump speaks at a rally at the Nashville Municipal Auditorium, Tuesday, May 29, 2018, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Sometimes saving money is scary

It's difficult to imagine that the U.S. Government has more money than it has figured out how to spend, but President Trump wants to give back $15.4 billion of such money and Congress is unhappy about it. This money is in appropriated, but unspent, funding from earlier years.

Cancel Miss America

Enough already. I am a staunch conservative, loyal supporter of and even ambassador for The Washington Times. But why is it necessary to waste editorial space to take a swipe at women ("The new Miss America," Web, June 5)?

Civil War over, move on

More than 100 Confederate monuments have been moved or destroyed in recent years, all due to outraged juveniles who have no understanding of why, how or even when the Civil War was fought. Yet the men who actually fought those battles, survived horrific wounds and lost dear friends, the men who should have good reason to resent monuments erected in memory of their foes, respected the soldiers of the vanquished South and even saluted them as they laid down their arms and marched home from Appomattox. It was a uniquely American end to a tragic conflict. Seventy-five years later, in July 1938, almost 2,000 surviving soldiers from both sides met as friends at Gettysburg, where President Roosevelt lit the Eternal Light Peace Monument.

'Beartown' gets a sequel

Fredrik Backman's "Beartown" was widely hailed as one of the best books of 2017. "Us Against You" is its sequel.

FILE - In this Sept. 13, 2015, file photo, contestants wear swimsuits as they compete in the 2016 Miss America pageant in Atlantic City, N.J. The Miss America Organization is dropping the swimsuit competition from its nationally televised broadcast, saying it will no longer judge contestants in their appearance. Gretchen Carlson, a former Miss America who is head of the organization's board of trustees, made the announcement Tuesday, June 5, 2018, on "Good Morning America." (AP Photo/Mel Evans, File)

Miss America swimsuit segment IS pretty stupid

- The Washington Times

Aside from men and lesbians, there really aren't going to be that many beauty pageant watchers who miss the swimsuit portion of Miss America. The whole ogle-fest is just that -- an antiquated means of determining which woman among a crowd of women has the best body. It's good Miss America's giving it the boot.

Illustration on ethanol legislation by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

An outdated mandate that drives up gasoline prices

Only in Washington do we call expanding a program "reform" and more special-interest handouts "fixes." That's precisely what's happening with the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) — an outdated ethanol mandate that drives up gasoline prices and puts refiners out of business.

Movie Diplomacy Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

In praise of celluloid diplomacy

Before he meets with Kim Jong-un, President Trump should watch the movie "WarGames," which marks the 35th anniversary of its release next month. Why "WarGames?" Of the hundreds of movies I watched with Ronald Reagan, it is the only one I ever knew to have impacted his thinking during his years in the White House. What stayed with Ronald Reagan after he saw that movie 35 years ago in his cabin at Camp David remains a concern today and is something Mr. Trump and Mr. Kim should discuss.