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Satchel Paige. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

Mr. Mueller’s fishing pole needs a rest

- The Washington Times

Satchel Paige, the legendary master of the sinking curve ball and famous doctor of philosophy, had a few wise words that Robert Mueller could use just now: “Don’t look back, something might be gaining on you.”

Rep. Donna Edwards, Maryland Democrat, said the bill passed by the House Wednesday would punish federal employees, and amounts to union-busing.

Donna Edwards has put ambition ahead of principle

- The Washington Times

When Sen. Barbara Mikulski of Maryland retired two years ago, Rep. Donna Edwards gave up her safe Prince George’s County congressional seat to take on her House colleague, Montgomery County’s Chris Van Hollen, in the Democratic primary. Ms. Edwards lost by nearly 13 points, in part because a supportive outside group ran a negative and wildly inaccurate ad in the final weeks of the campaign that backfired on her.

A number of factors are contributing to climbing prices at the pump. (Associated Press/File)

Trump’s market-based energy policy opens gates to production, innovation

Gas station signs are showing some discouragingly high numbers these days, with gas prices nationally now averaging $2.84 a gallon — up 40 cents from a year ago and the highest mark since 2014. Meanwhile, U.S. producers are pumping out more crude oil than they have in nearly 50 years. What gives?

What Obama and his political Choom Gang did is far worse than Watergate

- The Washington Times

At the end of all the scandal and drama, all of the breathlessly reported lies and false accusations, at the end of all the money wasted on some zany kabuki swamp dance choreographed to the thrumming of giant bullfrogs and yipping of excited coyotes — at the end of all of this — it comes down to precisely what we said it was a year and a half ago.

Illustration on Trump's Socratic method by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Donald Trump’s Socratic method

While the press likes to portray President Trump as impetuous and impatient with details, when it comes to important decisions, he usually weighs options carefully.

Illustration on Chinese pilfering of U.S. medical R&D by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Negotiating better trade agreements

President Trump is now hot and heavy in the trade negotiations with China, as well as Canada and Mexico in negotiating NAFTA 2.0. We are strong free traders, but we also believe that Mr. Trump’s plans to negotiate better trade agreements that reduce trade barriers abroad are right on the mark. He also has to make sure those deals fully protect U.S. intellectual property, or what is commonly called know-how.

University Goat Petting Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Pursuing God, or petting goats

It is finals week at colleges and universities across the nation, and the University of Maine at Orono just announced a brilliant plan: It is providing a herd of goats for students to feed and pet in order to help them — presumably the students, not the goats — get through the stress of final exams.

Protecting the Power Grid Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

A secure energy grid starts with copper

It’s not hard to imagine the role that energy plays in our daily lives — in fact it becomes immediately apparent when we experience even a brief power outage in our home or workplace. Quite simply, it stops us in our tracks.

James Comey. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

The collusion of lawyers is finally collapsing

- The Washington Times

Colluding, like canoodling, is all the rage. Robert Mueller, like a dog chasing his tail, has been trying for more than a year to find evidence that President Trump colluded with Vladimir Putin and the Russians to cook the 2016 election, which fate, providence, fortune and destiny decreed properly belonged to Hillary Clinton.

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Patent Office Overreach Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

How rogue government agencies overreach

Why do many Americans shake their heads in disbelief when asked about the efficiency or the accountability of our federal government? Sadly, it's because there are so many examples of how federal government agencies or tax-funded government projects work directly against the American people.

President Donald Trump addresses the crowd during a Republican campaign rally Thursday, May 10, 2018, in Elkhart, Ind. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

Mr. Trump's bold diplomacy

There was no end of gnashing of teeth and furrowing of brow when President Trump declared in December that he would honor a campaign promise, routinely made and routinely broken by several of his predecessors, to move the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to the actual capital of Israel.

A compelling tale set in a maddening Iran

Zachary (Zac) Miller is not a likely heroic protagonist. Not at all like Brad Thor's Scot Harvath or Vince Flynn's Mitch Rapp. He is CIA -- but he works behind a desk not in field operations.

Sputnik wasn't spying

"'Possibly the greatest achievement of any intelligence service'" (Web, May 8), the book review by Joseph Goulden of Monte Reel's "Brotherhood of Spies: The U-2 and the CIA's Secret War," contained an extremely inaccurate criticism. Mr. Goulden writes that the book was "marred somewhat" because in condemning the U-2 overflights of Soviet airspace the author fails to mention the Sputnik satellite flights that began in 1957, three years before Francis Gary Powers' ill-fated U-2 mission.

Maker of our own woes

That the U.S. has been subsidizing most, if not all, of its major problems is becoming more and more evident. Since the Department of Energy was created, we pay per month what we used to pay per year to heat our homes. Since the Department of Education was created, the government has spent a great fortune subsidizing ignorance and the brainwashing of students in favor of socialism. Add to this what has been paid to Iran to support global terrorism. This is either insanity or treason.

A diminished 'legacy'

With President Trump's withdrawal of the United States from the deeply flawed Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, another significant piece of former President Obama's legacy has been removed. This follows earlier withdrawals from the Trans Pacific Partnership and the Paris Climate Accords. Other significant moves include removal of the "individual mandate" from Obamacare, part of the tax-reform package, approval of the Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines, and reduction in the size of several national monuments.

Illustration on Federal contracting by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Protecting the Pentagon's cloud data

Alexa, how do we get competition? When Democrats rule D.C., you have to hand it to them. They know how to take care of their fellow Democrats. When Republicans rule D.C., they take care of the Democrats, too.

European Council President Donald Tusk, right, and Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban participate in a media conference at the EU Council building in Brussels on Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015. Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban is visiting EU officials on Thursday to discuss the current migration crisis. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)

A battle of wills over Polish courts exposes EU bullying

The European Union has long criticized its East European members — the former Soviet satellites Poland, Hungary, Slovakia, and the Czech Republic — for alleged "authoritarian" tendencies. The George Soros-backed, open-borders policy favored by Western European leaders has long been a sore point between East and West, with East European leaders refusing to admit millions of economic migrants from the Middle East and other world crisis spots whom they see as a threat to their security, culture and identity as a people.

Former FBI Director James Comey is sworn in during a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on Capitol Hill, Thursday, June 8, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Did Comey investigate veracity of Russian dossier as McCain expected?

- The Washington Times

It is now a full eighteen months since McCain handed the dossier to him with the full expectation that Comey would fully investigate the explosive materials. Did he? You'd think we'd know by now, considering the shadow of the dossier has hung over the Trump presidency since before it even began.

Former President Jimmy Carter signs copies of his new book "Faith: A Journey For All" Wednesday, April 11, 2018, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Amis) ** FILE **

Jimmy Carter, wrong on Donald Trump once again

- The Washington Times

Jimmy Carter has called out President Donald Trump as misguided for withdrawing America from the terrible Tehran nuke deal. That's expected; Carter's no Trump fan. But what's eyebrow-raising is the reason for Carter's scorn -- that history dictates Trump honor past presidents' actions. Wrong. On history, it seems, Carter knows not of what he speaks.

"Thank you to Rasmussen for the honest polling," President Trump tweeted. "Just hit 50%, which is higher than Cheatin' Obama at the same time in his Administration." (Associated Press)

Donald Trump vs. Barack Obama: Veni, vidi, vici

- The Washington Times

For eight years, the sane-minded of America suffered under a socialist-minded Barack Obama who scoffed law, mocked the Constitution and destroyed all that mattered on pretty near all matters tied to virtue, tradition, humble service and competent leadership. Now Donald Trump has come and with just over a year of leadership, has steadily and surely begun to repair what Obama broke.

Illustration on assumptions about Trump supporters by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

'You might be a Trump voter if ...'

Aprogressive columnist finally let his mask slip this week and revealed the extreme liberal agenda for what it really is, a hate-filled and intolerant movement aimed at crushing anyone who dissents or gets in its way. Leonard Pitts is a columnist for the Miami Herald who has a syndicated column. His May 6 offering is a revealing look inside the mind of the far left in this country that many conservatives suspect exists, but its racial and anti-religious venom is seldom put into print.

Stormy Daniels. (Associated Press)

Now arriving, porn feminism

We've entered the porn phase of feminism. You could call it the third stage. The first stage, led by Susan B. Anthony and the Suffragettes, wore white to proclaim their virtue and to show themselves morally superior to men who opposed them. They won the vote in 1920, despite President Woodrow Wilson's frown.

FILE - In this May 16, 2013 file photo, FBI Director Robert Mueller testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington before the Senate Appropriations, Commerce, Justice, Science subcommittee hearing on the fiscal 2014 budget request for the FBI. Mueller is nearing the end of his 12 years as head of the law enforcement agency that is conducting high-profile investigations of the Boston Marathon bombings, the attacks in Benghazi, Libya, that killed four Americans and leaks of classified government information. On Thursday, June 13, 2013, Mueller was to undergo questioning by the House Judiciary Committee on these and other issues in what will be his final appearance before the panel. His last day on the job is Sept. 4. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

Prosecutors and the rule of law

Late last week, a federal judge in Alexandria, Va., questioned the authority of special counsel Robert Mueller to seek an indictment and pursue the prosecution of former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort for alleged financial crimes that, according to the indictment, began and ended well before Donald Trump ran for president.

Former Secretary of State John Kerry, who claims that "backing out" of the Iran deal undermines America's credibility around the world. (Associated Press/File)

One president at a time

Following the 2016 election, President Obama rightly warned the Trump transition team "we only have one president at a time." It was a reminder that there can be just one person articulating American foreign policy so world leaders will have no doubt as to the United States' intentions.