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In this Dec. 15, 2017, file photo, former Secretary of State and presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks to the GirlsBuildLA Leadership Summit in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon) ** FILE **

A bitter Hillary Clinton strikes again

Hillary Clinton has not had a good week. In the aftermath of her trip to India and awful comments about Americans and women in particular, most of her allies and Democrats in general were explicit that it was time for her to leave the political arena. The shorter message from Democrats to Mrs. Clinton was “shut up and go away.”

Illustration on the upcoming meeting between President Trump and Kim Jong-un by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

A just resolution of the North Korean conflict

President Donald Trump’s bold decision to accept the invitation of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un for a meeting was unprecedented. Although this will be the first meeting of a sitting president with a North Korean leader, it follows a series of temporary successes the U.S. has had with North Korea during the past 25 years.

Then-President Barack Obama on stage during a panel discussion as part of the White House Precision Medicine Initiative (PMI) in the South Court Auditorium in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on the White House complex in Washington, Thursday, Feb. 25, 2016. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais) ** FILE **

Privacy pitfalls of AI-driven health care hard to ignore

- The Washington Times

Artificial intelligence may provide a world of convenience when it comes to suggesting which purchases an Amazon user might want to next make, or what song titles a Pandora listener might also enjoy clicking. But when it comes to AI in the health field, America should tread carefully. The pitfalls, particularly in the area of personal privacies, could very well outweigh the benefits.

Illustration on the positive consequences of mergers by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Why mergers make sense

Donald Trump is producing the kind of shoot-the-moon economic recovery that we last saw under Ronald Reagan in the 1980s. He’s copied a lot of the Reagan playbook: Deregulate, cut taxes, promote American energy. He should also think about adopting another Reaganite initiative: Let American companies, grow, merge, restructure and become more profitable so they can compete on the global stage.

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

Trump to Mohammed bin Salman: Focus on Iran

When Donald Trump meets with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the de facto ruler of Saudi Arabia, the president should have three clear and forceful messages for his reform-oriented guest: Focus your undivided attention to adopting a soft power approach to the Iranian regime, end the war in Yemen and lift your blockade of American ally Qatar.

Illustration on school choice fro military families by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Saluting school choice for military families

Americans who join the military know they’ll be making sacrifices. They put their lives on the line, obviously, but beyond that, they know they’ll have no say in where they live. Indeed, frequent moves are often part of the package.

A Muslim man wears a headband showing the Islamic State group's symbol. A lax legislative approach in some European countries makes it hard to prosecute returning militants. (Associated Press/File)

When ISIS fighters return home

What should not be an option is to treat returning terrorists with ever-greater levels of tolerance. Yet that is the option a number of Europeans advocate.

Illustration on Syrian strategic choices by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

A mission quandary in Syria

Almost two weeks ago, after yet another incident of a chlorine gas attack by Syria’s Assad regime, Defense Secretary James Mattis warned both Syria and its Russian ally that using gas weapons against civilians or on the battlefield was very unwise. Last week, U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley was more blunt, warning that America is “prepared to act if we must” to stop indiscriminate bombings of civilians by the Assad regime.

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Netanyahu: I like how Trump cuts through the BS

- The Washington Times

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu heaped praise on President Donald Trump and gave unique insight into the "very unique, very personal" relationship the Israeli leader has with the President of the United States.

A controversial Instagram post from Hasta Muerte Coffee in Oakland, Calif., which asks uniformed police officers to not patronize the establishment. (Instagram)

California anti-cop coffee shop fine by me

- The Washington Times

A coffee shop in California has jump-started a national discussion over its refusal to serve police due to ridiculous perceptions the officers' presence might threaten owners "physical and emotional safety." That's fine. Let it be. Just so long as other coffee shop owners around the nation have the right to refuse service to, say, Black Lives Matter t-shirt wearers. Or, to gay couples seeking wedding cakes.

Rep. Maxine Waters' rebuttal to President Trump's first State of the Union address called the president a "terrible role model" who deserves a parental advisory every time he appears on television. (BET)

Maxine Waters, a parrot who can't seem to stop

- The Washington Times

Rep. Maxine Waters, who spent the better part of the inauguration season calling for the impeachment of President Donald Trump -- before he even took over the White House seat, mind you -- and the better part of Robert Mueller's Russia investigation calling for the same, has found a new "let's get 'im, guys" cause to crow, and it's named Stormy Daniels. Honestly, Waters is like a parrot with a vocabulary of one word.

Illustration on the culture of diversity and tolerance by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Transgressing the diversity dictate

"All I know is what I read in the papers," Will Rogers used to say when opening his vaudeville act. In that spirit, here are two items in the news that shed light on our current culture.

China takes a wrong turn

Mao and his Chinese Communist Party ruled for 30 disastrous years beginning in 1949. Tens of millions were murdered, social chaos was constant, China was cut off from the world, and its underdeveloped economy stagnated.

Concealed Carry Classroom Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

The facts about guns at school

President Trump thinks arming school staff and teachers deter threats. Surprise, media fact checkers from The New York Times to FactCheck.org accuse him of "false and misleading claims" to "inaccurate facts."

FILE - In this Jan. 14, 2016 file photo, runners make their way along a sidewalk on the campus of Wheaton College in Norton, Mass. Wheaton is getting a $10 million donation in 2018 from the Diana Davis Spencer Foundation, a conservative backer whose namesake is a Wheaton alumna. The gift will create an endowed professorship on social entrepreneurship and new space for existing programs on the topic. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)

'Who are you to judge?'

"The Lottery" is a classic short story written by Shirley Jackson in 1948. It's the tale of a rural, farming community in America of about three hundred residents. The town seems normal by all accounts as it prepares for a traditional, harvest-time event known as The Lottery.

'Deathless' meat the answer?

Regardless of what one thinks of the sci-fi thought experiment of cruelty-free cannibalism, there really shouldn't be any debate over the benefits of growing real animal meat without animals ("'Soylent' Dawkins? Atheist mulls 'taboo against cannibalism' ending as lab-grown meat improves," Web, March 6).

Obama cronies not above law

We need a big push to make sure Obama-era officials are prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law for their attempts to thwart the efforts of Congress and the State Department inspector general to hold them accountable.

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally at Atlantic Aviation in Moon Township, Pa., Saturday, March 10, 2018. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

A big week for the Donald

Donald Trump had a splendid, terrific, very good week by any president's standards. The economic news was stunning, with the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reporting that 313,000 new jobs were created in February, the unemployment rate was unchanged at 4.1 percent, with inflation still at bay, and unemployment sank to record lows among blacks and Hispanics who needed such a week most.

Gangsters, the Cosa Nostra and New Jersey

New Jersey is unique as it is the only state in America that is home to several different Cosa Nostra organized crime families (called La Cosa Nostra by law enforcement).

This April 26, 2017, file photo shows the Twitter app on a mobile phone in Philadelphia. Russian agents on Twitter attempted to deflect bad news around President Trump's election campaign in October 2016 and refocused criticism on the mainstream media and the Clinton campaign, according to an exclusive AP analysis of an archive of deleted accounts. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

Trump's right -- of course he can Twitter-block obnoxious peeps

- The Washington Times

President Donald Trump's private and personal Twitter account was just the topic of hot discussion in federal court because lawyers for plaintiffs who were blocked from his account say he doesn't have the right to do that. Umm -- no duh, but yes? Twitter's a private company; users can very well be private citizens, even Trump.

This combination of two file photos show U.S. President Donald Trump, left, speaking in the State Dining Room of the White House, in Washington on Feb. 26, 2018 and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un attending in the party congress in Pyongyang, North Korea on May 9, 2016. Trump has accepted an offer of a summit from the North Korean leader and will meet with Kim by May, a top South Korean official said Thursday, March 8, 2018, in a remarkable turnaround in relations between two historic adversaries. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, Wong Maye-E, File)

Kim Jong-un's offer vs. his character

- The Washington Times

There's only one credible reason North Korea's murderous dictator Kim Jong-un would mean what he says about wanting to talk with President Trump about denuclearizing North Korea.