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Sen. Charles E. Schumer. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

Democrats decree death in the swamp for the Dreamers

- The Washington Times

Chuck Schumer, Nancy Pelosi and their Democratic followers laid a careful trap for their Republican tormentors, and then fell in it. The Republican leadership can keep them from climbing out if they’re smart and show a little courage.

In this Jan. 10, 2018, file photo, President Donald Trump listens during a meeting in the Oval Office of the White House, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

Fearful Dems preemptively strike State of Union

- The Washington Times

Democrats must be shaking in their Birkenstocks. How else to explain their many, many and many more preemptive strikes at President Donald Trump’s State of the Union speech — a speech that doesn’t even take place until Jan. 30?

Illustration on an alliance between Irael and Saudi Arabia by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

A secret Middle East alliance

A Swiss newspaper, Basler Zeitung, reported recently that a secret alliance between Israel and Saudi Arabia aimed at restraining Iran’s imperial desire for a land mass between Tehran and the Mediterranean was moving into a new phase. While there aren’t formal diplomatic ties between the two countries, military cooperation does exist. In fact, the Saudi government sent a military delegation to Jerusalem several months ago to discuss Iran’s role as a destabilizing force in the region.

Perpetual Motion Money Machine Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Investing in a scorching market

Stocks have just accomplished a Houdini — scorching to record highs while escaping volatility. The S&P 500, which accounts for 80 percent of the value of publicly traded U.S. companies, just scored an unprecedented 14 consecutive monthly gains.

Illustration on supporting the Iranian uprising by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

How to support the Iranian uprising

The current Iranian “man in the street” uprising provides the United States with a unique opportunity to achieve what should be one of our core vital national security objectives: the removal of the Iranian theocracy from power. Why? Because the Iranian theocracy has been at war with the United States for over 38 years. They have caused the death of thousands of Americans, both civilian and military.

Chart to accompany Emily Baker article of Jan. 16, 2018.

Small businesses and government contracts

With the sixth round of North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) negotiations set to begin in Canada later this month, news reports claim that Canadian negotiators are increasingly worried that the U.S. may unilaterally quit the agreement — something that President Trump can do with the stroke of a pen.

A model has his hair cut as he waits backstage prior to the start of Versace men's Fall-Winter 2018-19 collection, that was presented in Milan, Italy, Saturday, Jan.13, 2018. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)

The cosmetology cops

Few things could be more American than volunteering to help others. So it’s a shame when our altruism is thwarted by another, far more lamentable American trait: big government.

Influence of Tax Rates Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Why taxes matter after all

One premise of modern-day “progressives,” is that taxes don’t have much influence on how much and when people invest, how much they work and save, or where they live. Just Google “Taxes don’t matter” and you will find scores of academic studies and news stories assuring us that taxes have little or no effect on behavior.

Unfair Trade Practices in Commercial Air Travel Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Trade cheating in the Middle East

Last month, President Trump laid out his foreign policy doctrine in a speech that emphasized economic security as a key piece of America’s national security policy. He called for “trade based on the principles of fairness and reciprocity” and “firm action against unfair trade practices.”

Illustration on New York's climate lawsuit by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

New York’s silly climate suit

On January 10, the city of New York filed suit against BP, Chevron, Conoco-Phillips, ExxonMobil and Royal Dutch Shell. The suit accuses oil companies of causing dangerous climate change and damage to New York City, seeking monetary compensation. But history will rank this action high in the annals of human superstition.

In this Oct. 18, 2017 photo, Collinsville High School Latin teacher James Stark speaks to students in his classroom in Collinsville, Ill. Stark views his students' well being as his top priority. Teaching Latin is somewhere down the list. Stark has been a teacher for three years. At 24 years old, he was named the 2017 Illinois Latin Teacher of the Year by the Illinois Classical Conference. His students say they think of Room 225, the Latin classroom, as a sanctuary. (Derik Holtmann /Belleville News-Democrat, via AP)

When student teachers are shunned

The Oklahoma Council for Public Affairs reports that a collective bargaining group representing public schools in Bartlesville, Oklahoma, is calling for a boycott of student teachers from the local Christian university. The reason for the proposed shunning? Oklahoma Wesleyan University’s president (yours truly) dared to suggest that the bad ideas presently being taught in our nation’s schools might, at least in part, be responsible for the bad behavior we are seeing in our national news.

Barry Goldwater campaigning in 1964. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

The sorehead losers of 2016 suggest a familiar solution

- The Washington Times

President Trump goes in for his annual physical Friday, and the doctors will only look at things like his blood pressure, listen to his heart, bang on his knees with a little rubber mallet and turn him around for the ever-popular prostate exam.

Illustration on the need for a strategic approach to Iran by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Why U.S. policy toward Iran must focus on strategy

President Obama’s abandonment of Iranians on the streets of Tehran in 2009 was not some random tactical mistake; it was strategic policy that sacrificed democracy in Iran in order to establish an economic and political partnership with the regime, eventually the Iran deal.

Illustration on the effects of Korean economic policy on international relations by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Why domestic politics matter globally

In a scenario few thought we would see again, we find ourselves anxiously observing a world leader with little more, but no less than, a catastrophically destructive military capability to threaten our allies near and far.

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ESPN at it again: Trump's 'a f***ing stupid person'

- The Washington Times

ESPN's newest star Katie Nolan called President Donald Trump "a f***ing stupid person" on a podcast for Viceland this week, testing the boundaries of the sports network's policies on political commentary from their on-air employees.

In this Dec. 12, 2017, file photo, U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore speaks to the media after he rode in on a horse to vote in Gallant, Ala. A woman who says Moore molested her when she was 14 filed a defamation lawsuit Moore and his campaign Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson, File)

Leigh Corfman slaps Roy Moore with defamation suit

- The Washington Times

Leigh Corfman, the Alabama woman who told the media in the lead-up to the special Senate election for Jeff Sessions' seat that Roy Moore sexually molested her when she was 14, has now slapped a defamation suit against the former judge. And she's not seeking any money.

Redskins coach Jay Gruden talked up Colt McCoy this week in his autopsy of his team's 7-9 season. When asked how comfortable he would be with the 31-year-old McCoy as the starting quarterback, Gruden answered, "How comfortable? Colt McCoy has done an excellent job here. I've always been comfortable with Colt." (Associated Press)

LOVERRO: No Cousins? McCoy might be a wild card

The last time, the Redskins weren't quite honest with McCoy when the time came to change starting quarterbacks. But this time, if the Kirk Cousins era is truly coming to an end in Washington, they need to look no further for a replacement -- at least for next season -- than number 12.

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin, left, speaks with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg during a round table meeting of the NATO-Ukraine Commission at foreign ministers level at NATO headquarters in Brussels on Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2016. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)

Rampant political corruption harms Ukraine's people

- The Washington Times

One of the most problematic symptoms of Ukrainian corruption is the influence those with money and power have over the criminal justice system. After writing a series of articles on the subject and its implications for continued aid from the West, I'd like to highlight a chilling event that happened earlier this week which dramatically underscores my point.

Angela Merkel. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

Frau Merkel gets a lesson in free speech

- The Washington Times

Free speech, the driving principle of the American experiment in how free men govern themselves, is a principle that does not always travel well. Free speech requires constant defense and the careful attention of loving hands. Mere lip service won't do it.

Illustration on opioid addiction by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

The opioid crisis

Over 64,000 Americans died from drug overdoses in 2016 -- 21 percent more than 2015. The toll in 2017 is unknown, but is estimated to be higher still.

Illustration on judicial usurpation of the President's authority as Commander-in-Chief by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Usurping the president's constitutional authority

President Donald Trump, exercising his constitutional authority, announced in July, 2017 that transgender personnel will not be allowed to serve in our military; thereby, reversing an Obama policy of accepting them. President Barack Obama had set a deadline of July 1, 2017 to accept transgender personnel in the military.

Illustration on Iranian persecution of its Bahai minority by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Congress' Iran moment

Since the outbreak of anti-regime protests in Iran, President Trump has expressed his strong support for the Iranian people through a number of tweets. The U.S. Congress can also use these widespread demonstrations to send a strong and unified message of support to the Iranian people by passing House Resolution 274 with unanimous consent and with as many co-sponsors as possible.

Illustration on the contradiction between promises of border security and leaving DACA intact by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

The Dreamers' next act

President Trump has been flip-flopping lately on what should be done about illegal immigrants known as Dreamers who were brought here when they were infants or children by their undocumented parents.

A stock trader wears a Dow 25,000 hat, Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018, at the New York Stock Exchange. The Dow Jones industrial average closed above 25,000 points for the first time, just five weeks after its first close above 24,000. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

The market and the economy

A Dow 25,000 was the stuff of fevered fantasy, difficult for the most enthusiastic fan of Donald Trump to imagine on the eve of his inauguration. The Dow was bumping "only" 18,500 on Election Day 2016. But here we are, one year on, and a Dow 25,000 looks to be on the horizon.

Both parties are eyeing a meeting between President Trump and a bipartisan group of congressional negotiators this week as the chance to make progress on an immigration bill, but Democrats have grown increasingly strident in their complaints about the president's stance. (Associated Press/File)

Another ring for the circus

Washington is a circus with many rings. If you're bored with Robert Mueller's pursuit of Donald Trump's Russian friends, which doesn't appear to be going anywhere, there's always a new chapter in the president's verbal duel with Rocket Man in North Korea.

'Team' mentality wastes time

Today gives lesson to the warning of the Founding Fathers and George Washington's farewell address about the danger of factions (now known as political parties and caucuses). The Founders saw factions as oriented for dominance and power over other factions, which would result in public division, distraction from good governance and general public unhappiness.

When mother is a viper, and traditions are scorned

This is perhaps one of the most rare of the many books by Alexander McCall Smith in which his characters are not all well-meaning and kindly, and even more surprising he takes a swipe at the breed of feminists who despise men.

Trump Jr., Kushner bad for Trump

That the ubiquitous former Trump adviser Steve Bannon believes Donald Trump Jr. and Jared Kushner are idiots is hardly surprising. But they hardly redeem Bannon for his lack of character assessment in the Judge Roy Moore affair. Donald Trump Jr. and Kushner are silly, pompous nincompoops who are godsends to Saturday Night Live. They are a couple of empty Armani suits, overindulged by a president who should know better.

Illustration on problems with regulating the internet by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Why consumers won't be left unprotected

On Dec. 14, the Federal Communications Commission adopted its Restoring internet Freedom Order (RIF Order) repealing public utility-like regulations imposed on internet service providers in 2015 by the Obama administration FCC.