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President Donald Trump sits with Joshua Holt, who was recently released from a prison in Venezuela, in the Oval Office of the White House, Saturday, May 26, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Trump inherits Reagan’s wind

- The Washington Times

No president from either party over the past three decades has earned the inheritance of Ronald Reagan on the world stage quite like President Trump has.

Illustration on Memorial Day by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

A soldier-poet’s Memorial Day

Joyce Kilmer (1886-1918) was an American soldier-poet who was killed in France during the waning months of World War I. He is remembered today primarily for his poem “Trees,” which is, unfortunately, one of the most mercilessly parodied poems in all American literature.

Illustration on the hunt for spies and witches by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Hunting witches, finding spies

What did Barack Obama know and when did he know it? Those Watergate-era questions are increasingly relevant today in the rapidly expanding government-media debacle once intended solely to ensnare Donald Trump.

Illustration on the need to uphold original standards of virtue by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

A return to statesmanship

America is in crisis: We hear about it daily on the news. We can see it play out in the lives of our friends, neighbors, family and colleagues. An opioid crisis. A health care crisis. An immigration crisis. These are very real challenges, but they only tell part of the story, these issues we see boiling on the surface of society.

When illegals use pilfered Social Security numbers

Last week, a House Ways and Means subcommittee heard testimony from the Social Security Administration acting commissioner about the widespread and ongoing theft of Social Security numbers (SSNs)from the American public. Despite its pervasiveness, the illegal alien side of the problem is rarely raised by the media or in Congress. Illegal immigration in general wasn’t mentioned at all during the May 17 hearing. And when the media does cover it, it’s commonly used as a rallying cry to support mass amnesty — the claim being that “illegal aliens pay into the system” and, therefore, “are as American as you and me.”

Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-NY., right, and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of Calif., left, talk to one another after hosting a news conference to announce a proposed increase to teacher pay, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, May 22, 2018. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Democrats, desperate, face doozy of election fight

- The Washington Times

Democrats, according to recent polls, face what could kindly be called an uphill election-time battle. Kindly. More to truth, they’re facing a Chimborazo climb, so dubbed in recognition of the world’s highest peak — yes, higher even than Mount Everest.

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Illustration on solving remaining questions over sound immigration policy by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Restoring integrity to the immigration system

In 1990, Congress created the investor visa green card program to bring entrepreneurial talent to the United States, create new jobs and infuse new capital into our economy, especially in hard-hit rural and depressed areas. Unfortunately, over the years this program — known as the EB-5 program — has strayed further and further from congressional intent and has been repeatedly tarnished by scandal and political favoritism.

In this image posted on a photo sharing website by an Islamic State militant media arm on Monday, May 30, 2016, a military vehicle burns as ISIS fighters battle Iraqi forces and their allies west of Fallujah, Iraq. Iraqi forces battling their way into Fallujah repelled a four-hour attack by the Islamic State group in the city's south on Tuesday, a day after first moving into the southern edges of the militant-held city with the help of U.S.-led coalition airstrikes.(militant photo via AP)

A bombshell breach of security issues

The admonition "do not brag" likely will not be found in any intelligence manual. But strictures on revealing "sources and methods," as well as common sense, dictate that certain matters are not discussed in public.

Illustration on feminists'euphemistic treatment of prostitution by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Whitewashing a sordid industry

If you think feminists everywhere are celebrating the prosecution of the world's largest online sex market, Backpage.com, as a major blow against the exploitation of women, you would be wrong. The Women's March is perhaps the most vocal and visible group to self-appropriate the label "feminist," but others as well have come down decisively on the side of prostitution as sexually empowering because "the real mark of feminism is trusting women to do what they want with their bodies."

A bad week for Democrats

The blue wave that Democrats are counting on to win the day in November, and the Congress with it, just can't seem to break out of the swamp. This week's party primaries were counted on to produce candidates moderate enough, or at least sane enough, to restore credibility to Democratic prospects. It didn't happen quite that way.

Maryland not home of lacrosse

Is it really true that "Marylanders think of their state as the spiritual homeland of lacrosse"? ("The Mohawks who made Maryland's lacrosse sticks," Web, May 13). While I certainly would not wish to take away from the fine tradition of high-level lacrosse played in Maryland since around the turn of the 20th century, anyone who thinks the state is the "spiritual homeland" of the game really knows absolutely nothing about lacrosse.

Violence on border no 'protest'

The media has a strange characterization of recent events on the Israeli border. Even an article in The Washington Times uses the word "protest" and the phrase "in Gaza" ("Israel faces diplomatic fallout after dozens killed in Gaza," Web, May 15). These are glaring errors.

Director Spike Lee pose for photographers during a photo call for the film 'BlacKkKlansman' at the 71st international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Tuesday, May 15, 2018. (Photo by Arthur Mola/Invision/AP)

Spike Lee, mired in anti-Trumpism, misses higher mark

- The Washington Times

Spike Lee, famed black filmmaker, had a chance to soothe race relations, stoke reasoned discussions and raise a rational question or two about the current political atmosphere and culturally accepted norms. Instead, he went low. About as low as he could dredge.

In a March 23, 2018, file photo, Lori Alhadeff, center, is comforted by her husband Ilan Alhadeff, as she holds a photograph of their daughter, Alyssa Alhadeff, 14, who was killed in the shootings at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, while they attend a news conference on gun violence, on Capitol Hill in Washington. Lori Alhadeff announced her candidacy Tuesday, May 15, 2018, for a seat on the school board in the district that includes the city of Parkland, where Stoneman Douglas is located. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)

Scot Peterson's $8K-plus pension: It pays to be cowardly

- The Washington Times

It pays to be cowardly, it seems -- at least, for Broward County Sheriff's Office deputies. Scot Peterson, the deputy who was captured on video hiding outside the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School building as shooter Nikolas Cruz tore up the inside and killed 17, has been granted a pension -- a taxpayer-funded pension -- of $8,702 per month.

In this May 3, 2017, file photo, former President Barack Obama speaks at a community event on the Presidential Center at the South Shore Cultural Center in Chicago. The Obama Presidential Center will not be a part of the presidential library network operated by the National Archives and Records Administration. Public park advocates have filed a lawsuit against the city of Chicago seeking to stop construction of the center. The group also wants to bar the city from giving control of the center's site to the Obama Foundation. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh, File)

Barack Obama gilds his legacy

This is a story of priorities and hypocrisy, brought to us by a president who saved the Union and was murdered for it, and a president whose policies and malevolence damaged both the nation and the world, and who is being rewarded for it.

Illustration on the left in newspapers by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Why Americans don't read newspapers

I once did a weekly column for The Washington Post. It appeared on Mondays, and was picked up in San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York, Boston, possibly Chicago and I believe Bull Snort, Georgia. It ran in a lot of newspapers, but that was many years ago. Things were different in America. Liberals were different then. For one thing liberals were liberal.

Illustration on accusations against Gina Haspel by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Gina Haspel's terrible thought crime

Should President Trump's choice to head the CIA be derailed for nothing more than a thought crime? But that's precisely what Senate Democrats are arguing should happen. If you listen closely, they are not saying career CIA officer Gina Haspel is unfit for having implemented enhanced interrogation methods against the murderous 9/11 assailants. They are saying something else: She's disqualified for her refusal to proclaim that their use was shockingly "immoral." That's John McCain's mantra as well.

The EBRD in the International Swamp Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Draining the international swamp, too

Donald Trump made the idea of draining the swamp in Washington, D.C., a central component of his presidential campaign. Now that he holds office, the degree to which he has taken steps toward achieving this goal is up for debate. However, a focus on eliminating corruption and cronyism should be encouraged throughout his tenure, and it should be maintained by subsequent administrations long after he leaves office. To be fully effective, however, the global swamp must be targeted as well.

Illustration on rising national debt by M.Ryder/Tribune Content Agency

'After us the flood'

In December, Congress adopted one of the most important tax reform laws in our nation's history. It is producing higher wages, better job opportunities and greater economic expansion than we've seen in a decade. According to the Congressional Budget Office, revenues for the first seven months of the fiscal year have increased because of economic growth. The tax cuts are indeed paying for themselves — and then some.

President Donald Trump walks out of the Oval Office and towards Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, May 15, 2018, as he heads to Walter Reed National Medical Center to visit with first lady Melania Trump who is recovering from a kidney procedure. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Taking the president's leadership skills seriously

Should American presidents steer the nation toward lofty goals based on high-minded principles, appealing to our better angels, or should they work to forge lasting compromises by whatever grubby means necessary?

FILE- In this Sunday, April 29, 2018 file photo released by Saudi Press Agency, SPA, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, left, is greeted by Saudi King Salman in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Iran's rivals long have wanted to scuttle the nuclear deal with world powers, but its destruction could backfire and spark even more unrest in parts of the Middle East as Saudi Arabia threatens to launch its own nuclear weapons program in response. (Saudi Press Agency via AP)

With a little help from a friend

It's rare for the list of everyday annoyances to get shorter, not longer. But shrink the list did when the high price of oil crashed a decade or so ago, leaving Americans with a happy jingle in their pockets. Now several factors are converging to drive up the price of oil again, and motorists are feeling familiar pain in the wallet. Dread may return with every fill-up. The difference this time, though, is that the United States has new oil reserves in the Earth's fractures beneath North Dakota, and now maybe Saudi Arabia wants to be a pal.