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The Vietnamization of Afghanistan

President Trump’s aborted summit with Taliban leaders demonstrated his almost reckless eagerness to end the war in Afghanistan. The summit had been called by Mr. Trump on the basis of the outline of a deal — not an agreement — that had been negotiated by Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad.

Illustration on Brexit by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Why Britain should bolt and join NAFTA

The European Union, spread over 28 countries and 24 official languages, may make sense as a free trade area similar to NAFTA but virtually none as a broader economic community and political union.

In this Oct. 8, 2018, file photo, Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh stands before a ceremonial swearing-in in the East Room of the White House in Washington. At least two Democratic presidential candidates, Kamala Harris and Kamala Harris are calling for the impeachment of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh in the face of a new, uninvestigated, allegation of sexual impropriety when he was in college.  (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

The Kavanaugh reboot

When the U.S. Supreme Court, under a previous ideological majority, was handing down decisions favorable to the left, Democrats were fine with deferring to that third branch of government to achieve what they declined to produce in legislation.

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How China disrupts the Middle East

As Vladimir Putin's declining Russia flaunts its power in the Middle East, Xi Jinping's ascending China eludes the attention it deserves. But the Communist Party of China has begun investing money and gaining influence in ways that have vast -- and worrisome -- implications.

Illustration on declining core values by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

America can't outsource teaching values and keep producing patriots

With the approach of Patriot Day on the 9/11 anniversary, we are reminded of the dangerous and volatile world in which we live. We are also thinking of the incredible sacrifice and service of the men and women in our military and in the ranks of first responders who have answered the call to defend America against terrorists.

FILE - In this May 13, 2017, file photo, Lil Miss Hot Mess reads to children during the Feminist Press' presentation of Drag Queen Story Hour at the Park Slope Branch of the Brooklyn Public Library, in New York. The Drag Queen Story Hour is coming to northern Nevada. Two drag queens plan to read stories to children at the Sparks Library on July 20, 2019, according to the Reno Gazette Journal. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)

New York Times glorifies kiddie drag queens

- The Washington Times

The New York Times just published a story that was headlined, "Sashaying Their Way Through Youth" and billed for readers to "[m]eet the rising drag stars of America. They're tweens." On a Richter Scale of Horrors, with one being a slight gasp and 10, a blood-curdling scream, this piece hits at an 11.

FILE - In this Aug. 20, 2019, file photo, Oakland Raiders' Antonio Brown walks off the field after NFL football practice in Alameda, Calif. Coach Jon Gruden says star receiver Antonio Brown is back with the team and is expected to play the season opener on Monday, after a run-in with general manager Mike Mayock put him in jeopardy of being suspended. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)

Elizabeth Warren and Antonio Brown: Two of a kind

Elizabeth Warren is a progressive United States Senator from Massachusetts. Antonio Brown a professional football player who is joining her in Massachusetts as a member of the New England Patriots. It seems their home state isn't the only thing they have in common.

Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., addresses the 110th NAACP National Convention, Monday, July 22, 2019, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio) ** FILE **

Rashida Tlaib's 'political revolution' is treason masked as justice

- The Washington Times

Rep. Rashida Tlaib called for a complete transformation of America's government -- a "political revolution" and "economic" overhaul to change the capitalistic system and, as she framed it, to put the people, not the corporations, back in power. This is treasonous. It's treason wrapped in a social justice ribbon.

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., speaks during the New Hampshire state Democratic Party convention, Saturday, Sept. 7, 2019, in Manchester, NH. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

Free speech in a mentally deranged age

- The Washington Times

The thing about trampling individual rights is knowing when to stop -- knowing when to put on the brakes before the trampled, swept by surges of self-empowerment or insanity or a combination of the two, turn around and start trampling the trampers. Sen. Kamala Harris just got caught up in this very conundrum.

Resume talks about the Washington Redskins

- The Washington Times

RFK Stadium is headed for the graveyard. Sniff, sniff. Plans call for the aged structure to be demolished in 2021. Up 'til then, though, Dan Snyder has a decision to make, Congress has a decision to make about the site and both should place their bets on a guaranteed moneymaker -- a new home for the Washington Redskins.

Embrace the 'New American Energy Era'

As Secretary of Energy, I lead a Department that has developed some of the world's most astonishing and significant innovations.

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Ethanol in fuel hurts us all. Here is why.

Two years ago, the Washington Times published an opinion article that I wrote about rethinking ethanol mandates. Under provisions of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) enacted in conjunction with the Energy Policy Act of 2005, refiners are required to blend ethanol into gasoline. If their product does not contain 10 percent ethanol, they must purchase credits to offset the shortfall. The RFS also addresses "renewable" fuels other than ethanol, such as biodiesel made from soybeans. This legislation was promoted by both President George W. Bush and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

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U.S. should lead in development, deployment of emission-reducing CCUS technologies

I became Ranking Member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee after serving on the committee for the past eight years. Over the last eight months, we have held 26 full committee hearings and heard from a wide array of subject matter experts including the former Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz, West Virginia business owners and Dr. Brian Anderson, the director of the National Energy and Technology Laboratory. Each hearing offered a unique perspective on the energy challenges facing our country both today and in the years to come.

Time to face reality -- Green New Deal is a nightmare

Have you ever read a news story and asked yourself, "Is this for real"? I had that experience when I recently read that a major proponent of the Green New Deal said she woke up in the middle of the night with anxiety about climate change. She believes taxpayers need to just "bite the bullet" and go along with the plan.

U.S. innovation, free market key to clean, affordable energy

In the past three years of pro-growth Republican policies under President Trump's leadership, we have reversed much of the economic damage done by the Obama administration and unleashed the incredible potential of American energy resources. By exploring all forms of energy — from oil and gas to coal, nuclear and other renewable energy — and by instituting responsible regulatory reform, America has become a leading energy producer and is fast becoming the global leader in energy exports.

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Flying green, flying proud

Americans are flying more than ever before, with a record number of people projected to travel with U.S. airlines this year. Many of those passengers know that our fares have never been lower. But what they probably don't know is that our planes have never been greener.

Before bold action on climate change, we need a bold public discussion

Scientific advancement benefits from more information, discussion and debate rather than less. With that in mind, The Heartland Institute is hosting public forums on climate change, beginning with livestreamed sessions Sept. 23, 2019, in New York City. Heartland has invited prominent man-made climate crisis advocates Kevin Trenberth, Michael Mann, Donald Wuebbles, Katharine Hayhoe, Brenda Ekwurzel and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to participate in the New York event.

Climate solutions should (and can) save our planet and our jobs

The urgency to mitigate climate change has pushed many to propose radical alterations to how humans exist on the planet. Some see the rapid abandonment of fossil fuels as essential to climate goals. This opinion certainly is at the core of the Green New Deal proposed by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and Sen. Ed Markey (D-MA) earlier this year — and supported by some Democratic presidential candidates.

America's energy future is global

America's energy dominance is now unquestionable. No other nation produces, consumes and exports as much energy of as many different types, delivered as efficiently and cleanly to as many people, across as large an area, as we do. This incredible reality stands defiantly against the pessimistic predictions of yesteryear — that desperation and constraint, not abundance and flexibility, would characterize our future.