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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.

Illustration on fighting extremism in Algeria by Linas Garsys/The WAshington Times

Ending extremism with a just solution

When Abdelaziz Bouteflika was elected president of Algeria in 1999, it was at the height of a heinous civil war that carried the very seeds of division and radicalism that plague the whole of the Middle East/North Africa region today.

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.”

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.

In this Monday, May 14, 2018 photo, people make bets in the sports book at the South Point hotel and casino in Las Vegas. Now that the U.S. Supreme Court has cleared the way for states to legalize sports betting, the race is on to see who will referee the multi-billion-dollar business expected to emerge from the decision.  (AP Photo/John Locher) **FILE**

‘Bill Bradley, call your bookie’

In 1992, Congress passed a statute authored by Sen. Bill Bradley of New Jersey, who was a former Princeton University and New York Knicks basketball superstar, prohibiting the states from authorizing sports betting. At that time, gambling in Atlantic City was flourishing, and notwithstanding one of its own senators’ efforts to keep gambling away from competitive sports, the state of New Jersey wanted to duplicate Las Vegas’ success with sports betting.

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.

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.

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.

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In this April 22, 2018, file photo, New York University's Washington Square News creative director Rachel Buigas-Lopez, left, and managing editor Sayer Devlin haul pizzas in an elevator after ordering them while meeting a middle-of-the night deadline at the newspaper's headquarters in New York. College journalists are speaking up for themselves in a coordinated campaign to combat some of the same forces that have battered newspapers across the country. More than 100 college newsrooms across the U.S., including the Washington Square News, are using social media campaigns, public awareness events and editorials Wednesday, April 25 to call attention to the important roles they play. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

AI in the newsroom -- a mixed blessing of fact vs. compassion

- The Washington Times

There could very well come a time when journalists -- who've never made it to the top of favorability polls with the people, anyway -- may be phased out, replaced by robotic reporters. Not today. But someday. One day. It's already in the works. And it's a mixed-bag blessing, at best.

Illustration on John Kerry's renegade diplomatic efforts on behalf of the Iran nuclear deal by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

The delusions and collusions of the Hon. Kerry

There is a whiff of the absurd about former Secretary of State Jean-Francois Kerry's recent "aggressive yet stealthy mission" to New York City. "Aggressive yet stealthy" is how the Boston Globe described his mission, though to serious observers of this elongated buffoon the diplomatic mission was also comic. His return to diplomacy was as comic as his episodes of hang-gliding while running for president, mad bicycling jaunts across Europe in what looked like his underpants, and recreational surfing — all while ostensibly on duty.

First lady Melania Trump listens during a news conference with President Donald Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at Trump's private Mar-a-Lago club, Wednesday, April 18, 2018 in Palm Beach, Fla.     Associated Press photo

The real Melania Trump

The mainstream media's characterization of Melania Trump is that she is a spineless and brainless appendage to her husband. But like the media's portrayal of Donald Trump as a racist, a fool and a danger to humanity, the caricatures are wrong.

Illustration on the results of Lebanon's recent elections by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Where Iran's terrorist representative is the big winner

Lebanon held its first parliamentary elections since 2009 on Sunday. As expected, Iran's local representative, the terrorist group Hezbollah, was the big winner. Hezbollah, with help from the Shiite Amal party, have a virtual lock on Shiite representation. And the group has gained other parliamentary allies, granting the Hezbollah bloc a simple majority to advance the group's dangerous domestic and regional agendas.

Illustration on Republicans' emphasis on national economic improvement while campaigning for the midterm elections by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

How the economic news helps midterm prospects

Republicans' best chance to avoid a political pratfall is an economic windfall. To that, they recently dodged an economic bullet that may give them the time needed to avoid approaching political ones. President Trump and Republicans now have six months for the economy to accelerate, and for them to connect it to the new tax cuts.

Illustration on the financial benefits of homeownership by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Why homeownership beats renting

The spring home-buying season is underway, but the landscape has changed a lot from a year ago. Congress has curtailed tax incentives to purchase a home, and mortgage rates and home prices are up. Yet for most folks with a stable job buying a home is still better than renting.

This combination of two file photos shows U.S. President Donald Trump, left, speaking during a roundtable discussion on tax cuts in Cleveland, Ohio, May 5, 2018 and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, right, talking with South Korean President Moon Jae-in in Panmunjom, South Korea, April 27, 2018. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, Korea Summit Press Pool via AP, File)

Trust but verify, Chapter Two

As Moon Jae-in and Kim Jong-un shook hands at the military demarcation line separating North and South Korea, the leaders from those two nations took an important step toward what may bring a historic, formal end to the Korean War and perhaps denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula. The great news for Americans, however, is that regardless of any outcome, our overwhelming conventional and nuclear deterrent will always keep us safe.

Organizers of a conference this weekend in Washington to support the protests in Iran against its hard-line government will feature speeches by (from left) President Trump, former New York City mayor Rudolph Giuliani and former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson. (ASSOCIATED PRESS)

Trashing a bad deal

Once more, President Trump has done what he said he would do if elected president. Barack Obama's "very bad deal" with Iran is history. Let the hand-wringing begin.

No common sense in gun rhetoric

In recent months when young people were leaving school to protest guns in America, there was a local girl who was given show time to say that the biggest lie perpetrated about guns was that they do not kill. This is sad on many levels. With some common sense, this girl and those who brainwashed her would see the wrong of what she was parroting.

Kudos to judge on Mueller

I commend the federal judge in the Manafort case for two reasons ("Judge accuses Mueller's prosecutors of trumping up charges against Manafort to get to president," Web, May 4). The first is challenging the assumption special counsel Robert Mueller apparently has that he is operating with "unfettered power." The mandate of the special counsel very likely limits Mr. Mueller to fishing for Russian collusion in a relatively small pond. Finding none, Mr. Mueller is now trolling the ocean depths hoping to drudge up whatever he can to bring down the president and everyone around him. Why else resurrect charges from over a decade ago, charges the DOJ chose to ignore during the last administration?

A strong man rather than a 'strongman'

What a difference 29 years make. In 1989, on a visit to Budapest, I had the opportunity to meet with a number of leading players in Hungary's transition from a Soviet satellite to a sovereign democracy. I remember being impressed by the apparent reasonableness and sincerity of Gyula Horn, then-foreign minister and later the democratically elected prime minister of a coalition government dominated by reformist ex-communists and center-left politicians.

Happy V-Day to America

Happy V-Day to America

73 years have passed since the Victory Day. The Victory over Nazism on May 9, 1945 meant that live prevailed over death.

FILE - In this Feb. 11, 2016, file photo, New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman speaks during a news conference in New York. On Tuesday, May 23, 2017, Schneiderman announced that 47 states and the District of Columbia have reached an $18.5 million settlement with Target Corp. to resolve the states' probe into the discounter's massive pre-Christmas data breach in 2013. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)

Flashback: Mueller teamed up with Schneiderman to build Manafort case

- The Washington Times

Less than a year ago disgraced Democrat New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman was seen as a stalwart soldier in the war against the Donald Trump presidency. In fact, he teamed up with Special Counsel Robert Mueller to help concoct an indictment against Paul Manafort, Trump's former campaign manager.