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Illustration on the coddled generation by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Coddling the closed American mind

Every generation looks back at the one that follows and asks, “What went wrong?” The answers find multiple causes inside the family and outside in politics, offering fragmented and provocative insights into how we got to the America we live in today.

Illustration on the Jamal khashoggi affair by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

The Khashoggi mystery

Major media are now reporting that the Saudis are “preparing” to admit that Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, a columnist for The Washington Post, died in their consulate in Istanbul, as the result of an interrogation gone wrong. Odds are good that admittance will never come.

U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., during a town hall style gathering in Woburn, Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2018. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

Elizabeth Warren and her little DNA story

President Trump has been on another winning streak, and the Democrats are desperate for attention. Their problem? All the attention they get is also a win for the president, as it reminds us why he won in 2016 and why winning again in the midterm is so important.

Illustration on Pope Francis at a time of church crisis by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

The pope at a loss for words

Back in late August, Pope Francis declared that he would “not say a word” about a letter from a former Vatican envoy to Washington who claimed, among other things, that the pope had ignored sexual abuse charges made against Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, formerly archbishop of Washington.

Illustration on Saudi corruption by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Saudi Arabia, an arrogant ally

In the wake of an apparent assassination of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, President Trump is judiciously restrained but has already said that this was a possible “hit” by the Saudis. This incident also serves to raise the fundamental nature of the U.S.-Saudi relationship — and how it has been mishandled for decades by prior administrations.

Ebb Tide for the "Blue Wave" Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Turning the so-called blue wave into a ripple

If one were to listen to the left-wing media, Republican voters might as well not even show up to the polls in November, because the “blue wave” is coming. The U.S. House of Representatives will soon be in the hands of the Democrats, and the Senate might dump the GOP as well … that is, if you believe everything that is being said on the nightly news.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez     Associated Press photo

Bipartisan rebellion against socialism in New York

Lifelong residents of New York Congressional District 14 know Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez isn’t really one of them. Having left the East Bronx before the first grade, she returned to the district — which also includes parts of Queens — only a couple of years ago, when she began to lay the groundwork to dislodge 10-term incumbent Democratic congressman Joe Crowley.

Blumenthal Veracity Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Richard Blumenthal’s chutzpah moment

Leo Rosten’s “The Joys of Yiddish” says chutzpah can be translated as “gall” or “brazen nerve.” He also memorably described it as that quality enshrined in a man who, having killed his parents, begs for mercy “because he is an orphan.” No one, really no one, performed more outlandishly in the Kavanaugh hearings than “Danang Dick,” as President Trump mocked Connecticut’s Democratic senator for his military service.

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Rebuilding America Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

In praise of construction work

The U.S. construction industry could use upward of half a million workers for jobs that are ready to be filled, and that number is expected to grow.

Russian Expansion into the Arctic Illustration by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Putin's Arctic land grab

On Sept. 30, Britain's Secretary of State for Defense, Gavin Williamson, announced that 800 British commandos would be sent to the Arctic for a joint military exercise with Norway next year to help stop Russia's Arctic land grab.

Protesters opposed to President Donald Trump's embattled Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh stand quietly with fists raised in Hart Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill in Washington, Monday, Sept. 24, 2018. A second allegation of sexual misconduct has emerged against Judge Brett Kavanaugh, a development that has further imperiled his nomination to the Supreme Court, forced the White House and Senate Republicans onto the defensive and fueled calls from Democrats to postpone further action on his confirmation. President Donald Trump is so far standing by his nominee. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Democrats could use a good party cleansing

- The Washington Times

Democrats, at one time, when JFK was president, for instance, may have been able to make a sensible case for serving as a party that puts its people first, its country at the forefront, and its compass fixed directly on helping the downtrodden and forgotten of society. But those days are long gone.

A demonstrator protests against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and chant slogans during a rally in the atrium of the Hart Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Kavanaugh protesters anti-American, tilting toward mental illness

- The Washington Times

It's one thing to exercise a First Amendment right to assemble and petition the government for redress -- to "peaceably" gather together for a protest, as the exact language of this particular Bill of Right specifies. It's another thing entirely to chase senators through the halls of Congress.

In this photo dated March 12, 2018, a guests asks robot Robby Pepper for information at the front desk of hotel in Peschiera del Garda, northern Italy. Robby Pepper, billed as Italy's first robot concierge, has been programed to answer simple guest questions in Italian, English and German, the humanoid, speaking robot will be deployed all season at a hotel on the popular Garda Lake to help relieve the desk staff of simple, repetitive questions. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno) ** FILE **

Robot sex doll brothel slimes toward Texas

- The Washington Times

A brothel of robotic sex dolls set to open shop in Texas this month hit a snag after local authorities, fueled by a field of concerned petitioners, found a building inspection gig and put a temporary stop to KinkySDollS' plans. There's a blessing in disguise. Sometimes regulation really does work for good, yes?

The two-faced scourge of cyberwarfare

Speaking to the U.N. General Assembly last week, Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani promised that his country would soon hold an international conference on the scourge of hacking and cyberwarfare.

Judge Brett Kavanaugh. (Associated Press)

The long, long trail of trashed reputations

- The Washington Times

Great reputations are difficult to make, requiring time and dedication, and they are reputations easily destroyed, sometimes in a moment of careless passion, sometimes with a word not spoken.

Obamacare Financial Decisions Illustration by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Trump must let Obamacare implode under its own weight

The Trump administration has a $10 billion decision to make. It's debating whether to continue Obamacare's "risk-adjustment" program, which redistributes revenue from insurers with healthier-than-average customers to those with disproportionately sick enrollees.

FILE - In this Jan. 25, 2011, file photo, a cache of seized weapons that were to be smuggled into Mexico is displayed in Phoenix. Among the thousands of immigrants who have been coming across the U.S.-Mexico border in recent months, many are seeking to escape gang and drug violence raging in their homelands. The weapon of choice used to intimidate them is often an American-made gun. Gun-control advocates and some experts say the very violence that immigrants are fleeing is carried out by American guns that are smuggled over the border. (AP Photo/Matt York, File)

Guns for self-defense threatened by Bloomberg

As the November elections approach, Second Amendment supporters must recognize that liberal billionaires like former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg are heavily investing in the political process to push out of office those who support the Second Amendment. Their goal is to flip vulnerable seats in Congress and state legislatures, and fill them with politicians beholden to their agenda of restricting gun rights and putting limitations on self-defense.

Government Land Grab Illustration by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

When resettling the dusky gopher frog harms landowners

It's a question that most Americans will never wrestle with: What if the federal government declared your privately held property off limits to you? This is exactly what has happened to landowners in Southeast Louisiana after the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service designated more than 1,500 acres of private land as so-called "critical habitat" for the dusky gopher frog.

Who was the first president of the United States?

Debunking the bunk

History is bunk, Henry Ford famously said, and it's certainly true that there's a lot to debunk. The Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation set out to find out how much Americans actually know about the history of their country, and how its institutions work, and learned that as many as a third of us don't know very much.

Constitution targeted

Judge Brett Kavanaugh is not the real issue. The liberals and "progressives" are really attacking the U.S. Constitution, the rule of law (including the presumption of innocence and due process) and civil society.

Leftists are true fascists

We often hear how the right is fascist. Maybe that is backward. The left clearly considers Judge Brett Kavanaugh guilty based solely on the allegations against him. "Guilty until proven innocent" sounds more like the legal proceedings of Fascist Germany or Italy than a democratic republic.

A Russian dictator and the nuclear war he devises

Across the top of the cover of "Red War" it reads: "#1 New York Times Bestselling Author of 'American Assassin'." Below this in huge letters is the name Vince Flynn. But the great thriller writer Vince Flynn died five years ago.