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Illustration on copyright protection by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Copyrights and patents, piracy and theft

April 26 is World Intellectual Property Day — a day too little-noticed in most quarters but which shouldn’t be.

Illustration on tariffs and energy production by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

How the ‘America-First Offshore Energy Strategy’ could bottom out

President Trump has admirably prioritized America’s energy assets, declaring his administration’s goal of creating an era of American “energy dominance.” But as things stand today, the biggest obstacle to Mr. Trump’s vision is — spoiler alert — President Trump, thanks to his ill-conceived and hasty action to order a 25 percent tariff on imported steel products.

President Donald Trump speaks at the Generation Next Summit in the South Court Auditorium on the White House complex, Thursday, March 22, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

How immigration affects environmental policy

No one would mistake President Trump for an environmentalist. Yet his immigration policies could inadvertently safeguard the environment far better than any proposal from Greenpeace or the Sierra Club.

Illustration on the dangers of abolishing the Second Amendment by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

The Second Amendment is here to stay

In a recent New York Times commentary, former U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice John Paul Stevens argued that the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution — the one that acknowledges the “right to keep and bear arms” — is a “relic of the 18th century.” Justice Stevens wants “a constitutional amendment to get rid of the Second Amendment” as a simple way to fight the National Rifle Association, which blocks gun-control legislation.

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A timely warning on the dangers of political tribalism from both the left and the right

There are many things the liberal establishment can't come to terms with. Reality is one. Amy Chua -- the best-selling author most famous for her "Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother" -- is another. It's not that Ms. Chua is a conservative. She isn't. And it certainly isn't because she is a white, male chauvinist Trump supporter. She's an Asian-American, a woman , a law professor at Yale, and anything but a fan of The Donald.

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban speaks during an international press conference in the Parliament building in Budapest, Hungary Tuesday, April 10, 2018, two days after his Fidesz party in coalition with the Christian Democratic Party won a landslide vitory in the general elections. (Lajos Soos/MTI via AP)

Teaching Europe about democracy

Critics know what's wrong with the European Union. It suffers from what they call a "democratic deficit." Democracy is often loud, usually messy and everyone gets a voice. This is inconvenient for the elites and the bureaucrats.

Comey's firing was overdue

Consider former FBI Director James F. Comey's demonstrations of "A Higher Loyalty" to Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and Loretta Lynch. Mr. Comey complied with Ms. Lynch's urging that the Clinton email "investigation" be termed a "matter." Mr. Comey acceded to Peter Strzok's changing of Mr. Comey's description of Hillary Clinton's handling of highly classified emails on her unsecured private server from "grossly negligent" to "extremely careless," thereby avoiding the incriminating wording of 18USC793(f)(1).

Free speech doesn't bar critique

The First Amendment reads, in part: "Congress shall make no law abridging the freedom of speech." Thus Laura Ingraham's comments about Parkland, Florida, student David Hogg were in fact protected in the sense that no law prohibited her from saying those things. However, Ms. Ingraham was not protected from others using their own freedom of speech to criticize her. To say free speech is taking a hit because one does not agree with another person's speech is an invalid argument because the First Amendment does not protect speech from criticism or disapproval ("Free speech takes another hit," Web, April 4).

This 2014 image released by ABC shows George Stephanopoulos anchor "Good Morning America," in New York. Stephanopoulos' "Good Morning America" exchange with White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders on Monday, March 6, 2017, is the second time in a month that the ABC anchor had a notably sharp interview with a Trump administration official. (Lou Rocco/ABC via AP)

Is George Stephanopoulos held to the 'Hannity Standard'?

- The Washington Times

Given the new Hannity Standard I'd think ABC News' would disclose on every segment involving the Clintons that Stephanopoulos was a former Senior Adviser to President Clinton, former White House Communications Director under Bill Clinton and continues to be a close associate with the Clinton family and their foundation. Right? Wouldn't you think?

A photo of Lieutenant Colonel Arnaud Beltrame placed on a bunch of flowers at the main gate of the Police headquarters in Carcassonne, France, Saturday, March 24, 2018, following an attack on a supermarket in Trebes in the south of the country on Friday. A French police officer who offered himself up to an Islamic extremist gunman in exchange for a hostage died of his injuries, raising the death toll in the attack to four, and the officer was honored Saturday as a national hero of "exceptional courage and selflessness." (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)

France's futile hope to 'reform' Islam

- The Washington Times

So France, feeling the pinch and reeling from its umpteenth terror attack in recent times -- a police officer was just killed by a gunman who claimed ties to ISIS -- has now announced a new pitch to pacify the radicals of Islam and help integrate them into courteous society. Good luck with that.

In this Aug. 15, 2017, photo, President Donald Trump points to members of the media as he answers questions in the lobby of Trump Tower in New York. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais) ** FILE **

Trump is winning -- that's why the left is unraveling

- The Washington Times

President Donald Trump rode into office on the wings, in part, of a promise to clean up the Deep State, drain the swamp and boot from places of influence those who've worked behind the scenes to undo America's greatness, one unconstitutional usurpation at a time. It must be working. How else to explain how nuts the left's been acting of late?

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Problems in protecting intellectual property rights

Prague is a glorious city with many beautiful and historic buildings going back nearly a thousand years. It managed to escape almost all bombing during WWII, and thus was able to preserve the best of its past -- to the delight of both citizens and tourists. I am here at the European Resource Bank for a discussion of the problems in protecting intellectual property (more on that below).

Former FBI Director James Comey. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

Still waiting for the garlic bullet

- The Washington Times

Donald Trump called James Comey a "slimeball," which is not a very presidential way to talk. But just this time we might have to forgive the president. James Comey really is a slimeball. Just about everybody says so.

ADVANCE FOR USE MONDAY, AUG. 21, 2017 AND THEREAFTER-A man shouts across the Wishkah River while incoherently talking to himself at Kurt Cobain Memorial Park in Aberdeen, Wash., Tuesday, June 13, 2017. Grays Harbor County lands near the top of all the lists no place wants to be on: drugs, alcohol, early death, child abuse, runaway rates of welfare that pull some out of poverty but trap others in a cycle of dependency. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

Welfare reform again

When President Bill Clinton signed the welfare reform act in 1996, which he negotiated with House Speaker Newt Gingrich, the left claimed people would starve. They didn't. According to the nonpartisan Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, between 1996 and 2000, the employment rate for single mothers increased from 63 percent to 76 percent.

Arab Realignment Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Iran, the Palestinians' seductive ally

Alliances between nations as well as between nations and non-state actors appear and disappear, pushed by the tides of history and geopolitics.

Illustration on John Bolton by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

America in good hands

Former U.N. Ambassador John Bolton is exceptionally qualified to serve as President Trump's National Security Adviser, and I fully support his selection. He has the right mix of expertise on the complex international security threats we face, the leadership experience to coordinate input from multiple federal departments and agencies involved in our national security policy and the strong communication skills to be a spokesman for the president on critical security matters.

Syria Strike Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Strike on Syria--who really won

President Trump and his national security team deserve high praise for their recent action in attacking Syrian chemical weapons facilities. They did everything right. Not only was it well-justified and timely, the president and his team did not rush into an attack but waited several days to evaluate the intelligence from various sources, develop attack options that met the president's specific objective, and form a coalition with key allies Great Britain and France for the strike.

In this photo taken Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2015, Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, left, and Rep. Thomas Massie, R-Ky., both members of the conservative House Freedom Caucus, GOP strategy session at the Capitol in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

A new Speaker

Paul Ryan shocked no one, at least no one who was paying attention, when last week he announced he would not seek re-election to the House of Representatives and would leave the Speaker's chair when his term is up in January.

Non-Dairy Cow Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Non-dairy milk, the next great oxymoron

Last week, the House of Representatives introduced its much-anticipated 2018 farm bill — and not a moment too soon. While the rest of the nation clawed its way to pre-recession productivity, the farm economy has suffered a prolonged five-year contraction.

Then-FBI Director Robert Mueller listens as he testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, June 13, 2013, as the House Judiciary Committee held an oversight hearing on the FBI. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) ** FILE **

When anything goes

If Robert Mueller ever needs work, we would be happy to commend him to a school of journalism looking for a dean.

'Get-Trump' mentality widespread

Disdain for President Trump is worn as a badge of honor. It seems you can never display contempt for him too prominently. Mr. Trump was the Democrats' darling when his novel candidacy was the human wrecking ball in the Republican primary — and his nomination would have been God-sent if one were gullible enough to believe in God.

Tax could help smokers quit

As a cardiologist, I am pleased to see that the D.C. Council is considering raising the tax on cigarettes ("D.C. Council looks at adding $2 to cigarette packs sold in District," Web, April 9). Tobacco use is rampant in the District and is a leading cause of heart disease, stroke and death. Every day I treat patients who could have prevented their heart attack, stroke or other illness simply by never starting to use tobacco or by quitting.