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Vladimir Putin. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

Everybody’s playing the new game in town

- The Washington Times

Washington measures everything and everyone by politics, and dysfunction is the new game in town. Rant and rage has become the lingua franca of the nation’s capital. Taking the measure of Robert Mueller’s indictment of 13 Russian cybernauts for interfering on Vladimir Putin’s behalf in the 2016 presidential campaign is easy.

China's Jack Ma, Alibaba Group founder and executive chairman, speaks during a panel session during the 47th annual meeting of the World Economic Forum, WEF, in Davos, Switzerland, Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2017. (Laurent Gillieron/Keystone via AP) ** FILE **

Artificial intelligence can read! And now customer service reps must go

- The Washington Times

An economic boom just dropped on the world — and most, no doubt, aren’t even aware. What happened? China’s retail and technology conglomerate, Alibaba, developed an artificial intelligence model that beat the humans it competed against in a Stanford University reading and comprehension test. This is historic.

Illustration on the need for clearer scrutiny and vetting for firearm purchases by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Confronting school shootings

In the emotional aftermath of every school shooting, experts criticize and offer solutions. “Arm teachers, more cops, fewer guns, psychiatric commitments and barbed wire perimeters.” We can also have lengthy discussions on the disintegration of the family, but any real change is generations away. So, what now?

Philadelphia Aliens Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

When the radical agenda meets immigration

Liberal Democrats don’t like the broad term illegal immigrants, so the joke goes, as they much prefer to think of them as undocumented future registered Democrats.

In this Dec. 4, 2017 photo, Southwest Minnesota hog producer Randy Spronk poses at his farm near Edgerton, Minn. Minnesota farmers like Spronk fear they could lose millions of dollars if the United States leaves the North American Free Trade Agreement.  (Mark Steil/Minnesota Public Radio via AP)

The trouble with tariffs

The stronger economy we’re enjoying now is no accident. Lower taxes, more jobs and fewer regulations are creating a much-needed boost. So why do we still have one foot on the brake?

Crumbling Infrastructure (Illustration by Alexander Hunter for The Washington Times)

A tax proposal to nowhere

Repairing the nation’s highways is a good idea. Paying for it with a uuuuuuuge increase in the federal gasoline tax is not a good idea. Donald Trump has had some good ideas over his first year in the White House, but socking it to motorists is not one of them.

Illustration on the aggressive strategic future of Syria by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

The new ‘great game’ in Syria

In the second half of the 19th century, the British and Russian empires competed for domination of Central Asia in what history labels “The Great Game.” A new “great game,” with the entire Middle East at stake, is now being played out in Syria. The opponents are Russia and Iran on one side and the U.S. and Israel on the other. Both sides will try to use Arab states and Turkey as pawns.

Logical Progression of a Gun Ban Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

More laws do not a moral people make

This past Valentine’s Day, Nikolas Cruz entered a classroom in Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, and proceeded to murder 17 people and wound 15 others. Before any meaningful criminal investigation could even begin, our nation’s cultural elites rushed to their respective podiums, finding fault and casting aspersions. Scoring political points is the name of the game. Removing personal rights embedded in our Constitution and replacing them with more laws and less freedom seems to be the only way they know to keep score.

Chart to acccompany Moore article of Feb. 19, 2018.

Obama’s real debt and deficit legacy

- The Washington Times

Congressional Republicans have been raked over the coals in the last two weeks for slamming through budget caps and inflating government spending and debt by another $300 billion. The criticisms are well deserved.

Unrest in India Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

India’s democracy and Modi’s reforms

If there’s one thing we’ve learned about Prime Minister Narendra Modi is that he’s not afraid of using radical maneuvers to accomplish his economic agenda for India.

Kim Yo-jong, sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, arrives at the opening ceremony of the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, Friday, Feb. 9, 2018. (Associated Press)

The snookered press at Pyeongchang

- The Washington Times

When Kim Jong-un dispatched his crack propaganda team to Pyeongchang (and not P.F. Chang, the Chinese restaurant chain, as reported by NBC News) to cover the Winter Olympics, he couldn’t have imagined that the American media in town would have been so easy to con.

Illustration on history repeating itself in U.S. involvement in Afghanistan by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

How Afghanistan can take the road not taken in Vietnam

We haven’t heard much about Afghanistan in the news lately. Occasionally, an American will be killed, or there will be a bombing, but the current U.S. strategy of the “Afghanization” seems to have produced a stalemate that is not necessarily a bad thing.

Patent Law Working Properly Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Patent reform and innovation

On February 5, the Senate confirmed Andre Iancu as director of the Patent and Trademark Office.

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Fabricio Alvarado vows to defy an order issued by the Inter-American Court of Human Rights to legalize same-sex unions. (Associated Press/File)

EDITORIAL: A right turn in Costa Rica

Costa Rica, proclaimed National Geographic magazine only last year, is "the happiest country in the world." It's certainly one of the most stable, but there's more. "Costa Ricans enjoy the pleasure of living daily life to the fullest in a place that mitigates stress and maximizes joy."

In U.K., killer NHS beyond reproach

Donald Trump is sadly right about the financial bankruptcy, management chaos and appalling treatment of patients in the British National Health Service ("British officials condemn Trump remarks on U.K. health care," Web, Feb. 5). The NHS kills thousands every year due to misdiagnosis, delayed detection of cancer and failed operations.

A Russian plane shot down over northwest Idlib province in Syria might have been a message from President Trump that America is back. (Associated Press/File)

Unlike Obama, Trump presents a Russian 'reset' with teeth

Hillary's Russian reset proved to be anything but -- in fact, it was the beginning of amateur hour when it came to American-Russian relations. President Trump is changing all that, resetting relations for real in fields like national security where it matters, without the plastic buttons from OfficeMax and the sickening fanfare.

In this frame grab from video provided by WRTV in Indianapolis, Manuel Orrego-Savala, a citizen of Guatemala, leaves a court hearing Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018, in Indianapolis. Orrego-Savala is suspected of causing a collision Sunday, Feb. 4, that killed Indianapolis Colts linebacker Edwin Jackson. (WRTV6 via AP)

If Edwin Jackson were Malia Obama, borders would be closed

- The Washington Times

Colts' linebacker Edwin Jackson and his Uber driver Jeffrey Monroe are dead, and an illegal immigrant with previous deportations and court convictions has been arrested and charged. But how about Congress gets tough on border controls so we, the American people, don't have to keep grieving over such senseless deaths? Fact is, if someone as notable as Malia Obama were killed by an illegal, you better believe borders would snap shut.

Illustration on sexual relationships as a nexis for culture, religion and politics by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

'Moral combat' is a game any number can play

The debate over the #MeToo movement continues. The ladies keep coming out of the confessional with "J'accuse," but some of the players are missing. They're the women who slept their way to starring roles in the movies and powerful positions in politics and the media and didn't talk. We don't know who they are, nor are we likely to learn the details of success on the road to the top, because they played by the old rules of Hollywood and Washington, keeping their dalliances to themselves.

ADVANCE FOR RELEASE SUNDAY, DEC. 31, 2017 AND THEREAFTER -FILE - In this Saturday, April 26, 2014 file photo, the sun shines through concertina wire on a fence at the Louisiana State Penitentiary in Angola, La. Nearly two years after the January 2016 U.S. Supreme Court ruling that prison inmates who killed as teenagers are capable of change and may deserve eventual freedom, the question remains unresolved: Which ones should get a second chance? (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Prison reform, the time is now

It didn't seem to fit in President Trump's State of the Union address, perhaps something tossed in at the last minute, like a garnish. But there it was: "As America regains its strength, opportunity must be extended to all citizens. That is why this year we will embark on reforming our prisons, to help former inmates who have served their time get a second chance at life."

Bad Times for Medical Marijuana Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Marijuana laws and gun ownership

- The Washington Times

Advocates for and against the legalization of marijuana for recreational use have been sparring for decades in part at least because there are merits on both sides of the argument, but the same cannot be said about whether doctors should be free to prescribe marijuana for medical purposes.

Illustration on corruption of the FISA court by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Why FISA-gate is scarier than Watergate

The Watergate scandal of 1972-74 was uncovered largely because of outraged Democratic politicians and a bulldog media. They both claimed that they had saved American democracy from the Nixon administration's attempt to warp the CIA and FBI to cover up an otherwise minor, though illegal, political break-in.

Illustration on the abuses of government surveillance in a free society by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

'It can happen here'

We remain embroiled in a debate over the nature and extent of our own government's spying on us. The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, which was enacted in 1978 as a response to the unlawful government spying of the Watergate era, was a lawful means for the government to engage in foreign surveillance on U.S. soil, but it has morphed into unchecked government spying on ordinary Americans.

Obstruction of Justice in Colorado Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Obstruction of justice, Colorado style

Sen. Cory Gardner, Colorado Republican, has taken it upon himself to obstruct the efficient functioning of the U.S. Department of Justice in order to protect marijuana dealers in Colorado.

Illustration on modernization of our nuclear arsenal by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Dereliction of duty at the Department of Energy

Albert Einstein in 1939 warned President Franklin Roosevelt that Nazi Germany might develop an atomic bomb and conquer the world. Thus, the 20th century's greatest scientist showed all scientists they have a duty to help defend Western civilization.

A woman sits in a cell and listens to a recording of Nigerian Fela Kuti that is part of the installation called Stay Tuned during a preview of the art exhibit @Large: Ai Weiwei on Alcatraz Island Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2014, in San Francisco. Revealing unexpected perspectives on Alcatraz and its layered legacy, the exhibit by the Beijing-based artist prompts visitors to consider the implications of incarceration and the possibilities of art as an act of conscience. The exhibit opens Friday and runs through April. Stay Tuned invites visitors into 12 individual cells in A Block, where they can sit and listen to spoken words, poetry and music by people who have been imprisoned for the creative expression of their beliefs. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

'Sympathy for the criminal'

My wife and I visited our daughter and her Air Force pilot husband in California recently, and we spent a day at the famous former federal prison on Alcatraz Island.

End to gerrymandering?

In "Court allows Pennsylvania to redraw GOP-favored district map" (Web, Feb. 5), you report that the Supreme Court is considering a number of district-redrawing cases. It shouldn't have to consider any. There ought to be a law on the books, or an amendment to the Constitution, mandating a solution that ends these disputes permanently.

In this photo taken Friday, Aug. 11, 2017, is a grilled sandwich made with freshly baked bread at the Tartine Manufactory in San Francisco. For a bread lover, no destination is more alluring than San Francisco. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

Beware the wicked sandwich

A judge in New York, where irreverence of everything is prized, once suggested that the grand jury system for bringing criminal indictments be abolished because district attorneys with a gift of glib gab can easily persuade grand jurors to "indict a ham sandwich."

Group supports free expression

At the Open Society Foundations, we believe in recycling. But we were admittedly surprised to see how deeply The Washington Times apparently believes in it, too. How else to explain Rebecca Hagelin's Feb. 4 piece, "Disruption at home and abroad — follow the money: Part 1" (Web), which is built entirely on tired talking points about paid protesters that have been thoroughly debunked by multiple fact-checking outlets.

Exploring the great divide between proof and truth

Much of intellectual life seems to operate within -- and sometimes run around in -- circles. In "Exact Thinking in Demented Times," Viennese-based professor Karl Sigmund, himself a pioneer of evolutionary game theory, tells the story of the influential group of 20th century philosophers and savants who launched the movement or school of thought known as logical positivism. It is no coincidence that it found its home in post-World War I Vienna and came to be called the Vienna Circle.