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When illegals use pilfered Social Security numbers

Last week, a House Ways and Means subcommittee heard testimony from the Social Security Administration acting commissioner about the widespread and ongoing theft of Social Security numbers (SSNs)from the American public. Despite its pervasiveness, the illegal alien side of the problem is rarely raised by the media or in Congress. Illegal immigration in general wasn’t mentioned at all during the May 17 hearing. And when the media does cover it, it’s commonly used as a rallying cry to support mass amnesty — the claim being that “illegal aliens pay into the system” and, therefore, “are as American as you and me.”

Illustration on the effects of recent tax cuts by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Why liberals hate the Trump tax cut

Despite liberal hysterics, Republicans’ recent tax cut raised top earners’ share of America’s tax burden. This seemingly “squared circle” is simply due to a fact true before the legislation and even truer after: Middle- and upper-income earners shoulder the overwhelming tax load. Equally obvious: Even so large a share is not enough for an insatiable left.

Illustration on Russia's history of state breaking by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Russia’s love affair with state-breaking

In Russia’s long-term war against the West that includes the infiltration of domestic political systems, blackmail and the indirect influence of elected officials through “ethnic political organizations,” one of its most prized and enduring tactics is its exploitation of ethnoreligious rivalries and fissures within the states along its borders.

This is a sign in a Starbucks located in downtown Pittsburgh on Saturday, March 24, 2018. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

Fighting bias with business

Last month’s arrest of two black men at a Philadelphia Starbucks has amplified accusations of a double standard in American society. Along with a financial settlement with the men, Starbucks responded by promising to close its stores for part of May 29 in order to conduct racial-bias training for store employees.

Freedom from Big Government Energy Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Shining a light on Big Power’s monopoly

You might have missed it amid the never-ending drama in Washington, D.C., but a war over energy production and rates rages in America’s heartland.

Illustration on USDA destruction of research kittens by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Ending taxpayer-funded kitty cruelty

I am a cat person. Nothing against dogs or dog people. I like dogs, too. Growing up, my family always had both. But no one falls equally into both categories; everyone has a preference.

Satchel Paige. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

Mr. Mueller’s fishing pole needs a rest

- The Washington Times

Satchel Paige, the legendary master of the sinking curve ball and famous doctor of philosophy, had a few wise words that Robert Mueller could use just now: “Don’t look back, something might be gaining on you.”

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Lessons from West Virginia

- The Washington Times

Democrats continue to insist in spite of a complete lack of evidence that the Russian government, Russian corporations or at least individual Russians with ties to Vladimir Putin colluded with the Trump campaign to affect the outcome of the 2016 presidential campaign, thereby denying their candidate the White House.

Illustration on the need to verify North Korea's future "peace" promises by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

'Verify, but don't trust'

President Reagan often said that our approach to relations with the Soviet Union should be "trust, but verify." He understood that because they would cheat on any arms control agreement we made with them, every such agreement had to require periodic proofs of Soviet compliance.

Assisted Suicide in New York Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

The deadly push for assisted suicide

Last November, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo took commendable action to confront an uncomfortable topic and a horrific reality: Suicide, he said, had become a statewide public health crisis. Calling the state's sudden spike in suicides "unacceptable" (New York now ranks 5th in the nation), he said that awareness and prevention is a top priority for the state.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo bids farewell to senior North Korean official Kim Yong Chul, director of the United Front Department, which is responsible for North-South Korea affairs, right, and Foreign Minister Ri Su Yong, left, on his departure from Pyongyang, North Korea, Wednesday, May 9, 2018. Pompeo met with North Korean leader Kim Jong Il earlier and secured the release of three American prisoners ahead of a planned summit between Kim and President Donald Trump. Translator in center.  (AP Photo/Matthew Lee, Pool)

The carrot and the stick

Diplomats should not be confused with donkeys, but the carrot and the stick are useful tools to encourage both diplomat and donkey to do the right thing. Though a novice, President Trump has aggressively wielded these implements to deal with rogue regimes in Iran and North Korea. The sight of three Americans freed from North Korean prison returning to American soil is evidence that change, limited but real, is at hand.

Nicholson must answer on climate

So, Wisconsin Republican Senate candidate and former Marine Kevin Nicholson "questions the "cognitive thought process" of veterans who are Democrats" ("Bipartisan veterans backlash against GOP Senate candidate," Web May 3). Mr. Nicholson recently said, of his challenger in the race: "I disagree with a thought process that leads you to vote for a Democrat like Tammy Baldwin, who doesn't take any of these issues on national security seriously."

Left trying to block good

I don't get the Democrats — or the news media that support every dirty tactic the Democrats use to block President Trump from doing his job on behalf of the American people. Networks such as CNN and MSNBC have taken their bias to an all-time low, making up stories and giving their opinions rather than reporting the news.

The gritty, early stories of an incomparable crime writer

Some months ago I visited my daughter and her Air Force husband in California. We visited San Francisco and saw Alcatraz, Fisherman's Wharf, Chinatown and other well-known attractions. Although I had never been there before, I had a sense of familiarity. This was Dashiell Hammett's town. I grew up reading Mr. Hammett's crime stories and San Francisco appeared prominently in many of the stories.

"I'm just a proud American and wanted to come down here and stand in front of the White House and wave my flag," says Danny Parker of Shamokin, Pa., who drove to Washington, D.C., Sunday night after hearing the news that Osama Bin Laden was killed. He arrived in the nation's capital Monday at 5 a.m., and spent the morning standing in front of the White House in Lafayette Park. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times) ** FILE **

Hey, ISIS, where's the black flag over the White House?

- The Washington Times

Let's poke the bear for a moment. Or, more truthfully -- because of this White House's strength and boldness and utter disregard for the left's preferred method of dealing with terrorists, known as the Diplomatic Dance -- let's poke the widdle baby bear for a moment and ask: Whatever happened to all those boldfaced ISIS threats against America?

Illustration on U.S. decertification of the Iran nuclear deal by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Decertifying the Iran deal

President Trump made it crystal clear he will decertify the Iran deal, a deal he characterized "as one of the worst and most one-sided transactions the United States ever entered into "

Illustration on children and video game violence by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

When media violence isn't a fad

Days after the Parkland shooting this year, President Trump discussed media violence and its impact on children, suggesting that it might be time to take another look at media ratings:

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A little sanctimony in the Senate

- The Washington Times

Asking a U.S. senator for his views on morality is the ultimate fool's errand. As the innkeeper of "Fawlty Towers," the British sitcom, was fond of saying in moments of neighborly frustration, "you might as well ask the cat."

Patent Office Overreach Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

How rogue government agencies overreach

Why do many Americans shake their heads in disbelief when asked about the efficiency or the accountability of our federal government? Sadly, it's because there are so many examples of how federal government agencies or tax-funded government projects work directly against the American people.