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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.

Bad Trade Deals Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Trump’s foreign policy is sound, but the economy gets shorted

President Trump recognizes U.S. foreign policy has for too long sacrificed economic interests and the livelihoods of ordinary working Americans for other important goals — spreading democracy, human rights and alliance building. And we are not getting our money’s worth — our allies expect Americans to bear disproportionate shares of the costs and risks to military personnel of dealing with maelstroms created by Russia, terrorists in the Middle East, China in the Pacific and the like.

Illustration on obstacles to the Trump/Kim summit by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

The Trump-Kim summit meets a hurdle

The prospects of denuclearization talks between President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un began to fade this week.

Illustration on solving remaining questions over sound immigration policy by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Restoring integrity to the immigration system

In 1990, Congress created the investor visa green card program to bring entrepreneurial talent to the United States, create new jobs and infuse new capital into our economy, especially in hard-hit rural and depressed areas. Unfortunately, over the years this program — known as the EB-5 program — has strayed further and further from congressional intent and has been repeatedly tarnished by scandal and political favoritism.

MidEast Pillars Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Trump’s productive disruption

In the same way that candidate Donald Trump disrupted establishment politics in 2016 when he ran for president and defeated establishment politicians on both sides of the aisle, he has completely upended traditional foreign policy in the United States. Pinstriped Foggy Bottom bureaucrats are still in shock with President Trump’s aggressive and — apparently — effective approach to North Korea’s recalcitrant Kim Jong-un.

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.”

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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.

In this Nov. 25, 2013, file photo, then-President Barack Obama and Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., greet each other on the tarmac upon his arrival on Air Force One at San Francisco International Airport. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)

Barack Obama, you said it -- 'like, facts are really useful'

- The Washington Times

Barack Obama told a crowd in San Diego gathered at the Association for Talent Development Conference that "like, facts are really useful" to sound decision-making. Agreed, Mr. Ex-President. Like, facts are really useful. And like, facts could've been really useful during the Obama administration as well -- something this former president seems to have overlooked while taking potshots as this current White House.

Michelle Obama speaks at College Signing Day, an event honoring Philadelphia students for their pursuit of a college education or career in the military, Wednesday, May 2, 2018, at Temple University in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Michelle Obama, take your snottiness and go

- The Washington Times

Michelle Obama, the former first lady who seems to have appointed herself the spokesperson for the fairer gender, has taken to criticizing her fellow women for voting for Donald Trump for president in 2016. She's "concerned" about women. She's wondering "what is going on in our heads." Well, she needn't be. In fact, better yet, she ought to just go away. And take that trail of condescension, too.

Illustration on Rod Rosenstein's current strange influence over Washington by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Conspiracy or incompetence

Many apparent Washington conspiracies are nothing more than sheer incompetence — or a combination of attempted conspiracy coupled with a high degree of incompetence. The investigation into the alleged interference by the Russians into the 2016 election is looking more like a farce than an unbiased, competent, serious undertaking.

Illustration on America's religious freedom roots by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

A time of reckoning for religious freedom

Sometimes, the merry-go-round of false narratives deserves to be stopped, history reasserted. America's religious roots are under intense pressure today from the media, state governments, educational institutions and litigious atheists. We are at a time of reckoning — and so is our role in the world as a beacon of religious freedom.

Bank Free Zone Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Fomenting division and wasting resources

When Bank of America announced it would no longer finance manufacturers that make "firearms with military characteristics for non-law enforcement, non-military use," it was diverting us from real solutions.

Whack A Nuke Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

The illusion of progress in Korea

By waiting to act more decisively against the North Korean nuclear threat, President Trump gave Kim Jong-un time to undertake successful diplomacy and gain significant advantages. The upcoming summit may ultimately accomplish nothing better than the much reviled 2015 nuclear agreement with Iran.

Former Marquette University professor John McAdams sued the private Catholic school in 2016, arguing that he lost his job for exercising his freedom of speech by expressing his disapproval of what he believes was a teacher's attempt to shut down a discussion about opposition to gay marriage. (Associated Press)

Catholic colleges, conflicted conservatives

In recent years, opinions about free speech and academic freedom have fallen squarely along party lines — especially with regard to private, religious schools.