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Sen. Elizabeth Warren. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

Playing percentages of the noble blood

- The Washington Times

There’s no law saying how much Indian blood a body has to have to have to qualify as an Indian, but it’s surely more than Elizabeth Warren’s blood-o-meter registers. Donald Trump is clearly entitled to keep his checkbook in his pocket. He doesn’t want to be an Indian giver, but he doesn’t want to be a sucker for a pretty face, either.

Illustration on oppression by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

‘Who rules you?’

All of us are subject to many thousands of federal, state, and local laws and regulations, many of which are needlessly oppressive. Who makes these rules, and who enforces them? And at what point are there so many rules that we are no longer free?

Illustration on the U.N. report on climate change by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Why U.N. climate report cannot be trusted

The U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released “Global Warming of 1.5 C,” dubbed SR15, an IPCC special report last week, claiming that, unless governments virtually eliminate human production of carbon dioxide (CO2), we are headed toward a climate catastrophe.

President Donald Trump reacts as he speaks to a crowd at Eastern Kentucky University, Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018, in Richmond, Ky. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)

Forget, Hell! Trump wades into Civil War

- The Washington Times

The press today is never dumber than when they report on politics. Except when they try tackling history. Especially American history. And most especially Civil War history.

In this Oct. 31, 2008, file photo, the Washington Post building is seen in Washington. The Washington Post Co. said Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2010, its fourth-quarter profit more than quadrupled. Its cable TV and education divisions provided most of the lift, although the publishing segment also made money after large cost cuts.(AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)

Deep state conservatives

When I was a Los Angeles Times news editor many years ago in Orange County, California, I suggested to my liberal boss that we should have at least one conservative columnist.

Packing the Court Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Packing the Court again

Faced with a 5-4 conservative majority on the U.S. Supreme Court, some liberal Democrats want to pack the court to reverse the balance. Once the Democrats regain control of the White House and the Senate, so the argument goes, the new Democratic president could create enough new seats on the Supreme Court to ensure a liberal majority.

The Great American Experiment Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Seeking government coddling

To them, it was unthinkable that common people were enlightened enough to rule themselves. That experiment is now the hope and dream of people throughout the world, but what about here in the United States?

Chart to accompany Moore article of Oct. 14, 2018.

Trump’s North American trade triumph

For those on the left and right who were certain that Donald Trump’s presidency meant the end of global free trade … think again. Though President Trump’s critics have dismissed the significance of the new Mexico and Canada trade deal, it’s hard to deny it’s a welcome advance for the economy on the entire continent.

The need for national reconciliation

In the past, Republicans accepted Democratic nominees. Elena Kagan and Sonia Sotomayor were confirmed by 63 and 68 votes, respectively. Stephen Breyer and Ruth Bader Ginsburg received an astonishing 87 and 98 votes, respectively. These jurists were not their choice, but Republicans did not filibuster any of them.

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Only women can end this war

The time has come for good women to stand up and defend the good men of America. The very notion that men are somehow predisposed to violence is as flawed a concept as has ever been fabricated by the human mind. Today there are angry, bitter women who would have America believe that generally every single man — and more specifically, every white man — is a predator waiting for an opportunity to abuse a woman.

The journalists' haunt that drew its share of spies

Having spent a lifetime in and around journalism, I can attest to the profession's overlap with espionage. Practitioners in both fields are devoted to acquiring information, by one means or another.

Don't let the apple rot

For many years, there have been persistent attempts to hasten the "inevitable rot" of society: The presumption of guilt until proven innocent, promoting conflict by creating artificial antipathies between demographic groups, teaching children what to think (and especially, what not to think) rather than how to think, leveraging precepts of moral relativism to validate venality and the preference for form over function and emotion over reason. In short, we're seeing the justification of mob rule in the name of social justice.

U.S. Sens. Cory Booker (L) and Kamala Harris (R) chat as Christine Blasey Ford, the woman accusing Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her at a party 36 years ago, testifies before the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., Sept. 27, 2018.(Saul Loeb/Pool Photo via AP) ** FILE **

Kamala Harris, in the cloak room, with letter accusing Kavanaugh of rape

- The Washington Times

Subtitle this: Thanks a lot, Sen. Jeff Flake, for handing the Democrats an extra week. Now, in the midst of the FBI investigation that Flake demanded go forth against Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh in exchange for his confirmation vote, Sen. Kamala Harris has tossed a letter out there for consideration that comes courtesy of a woman who says she was allegedly raped by the good judge and his friend after they drove her home from a party.

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., defends Judge Brett Kavanaugh during the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on his nomination be an associate justice of the Supreme Court of the United States on Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018, focusing on allegations of sexual assault by Kavanaugh against Christine Blasey Ford in the early 1980s. (Tom Williams/Pool Photo via AP)

Sen. Lindsey Graham to Trump: Make Nov. 6 about Kavanaugh's honor

- The Washington Times

Sen. Lindsey Graham's brilliance is on display again. He says President Trump can make the November congressional elections about restoring Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh's good name if the Senate, with its 51-49 Republican majority, fails to confirm his Supreme Court nomination by one vote.

Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee, from left, Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., and Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., and other minority members, appeal to Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, to delay the confirmation hearing of President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2018. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) ** FILE **

Democrats in glass house as they toss stones at Kavanaugh

- The Washington Times

Judge Brett Kavanaugh has a clean background -- a point which is most troubling for the Democrats, who are trying to make a case from Christine Blasey Ford's dotted, foggy memories that his supposed sexual assaulting past ought to halt his Supreme Court nomination in its path. Their problem is: The allegations don't match.

Christine Blasey Ford accused now-Supreme Court Justice Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her 36 years ago, but her story could not be corroborated. (Associated Press/File)

Sen. Schumer, 'have you no decency?'

- The Washington Times

Nothing recedes like success, and Christine Blasey Ford's accusations that Brett Kavanaugh was a serial sexual monster when they were teenagers, taken by Democrats as a Gospel account a week ago, have begun to fray at the edges.

Illustration on China's "Imperial Project" by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Ambitious but short on transparency

Grand on ambition but short on transparency, Chinese President Xi Jinping's marquee project, the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), seeks to refashion the global economic and political order by luring nations desperate for infrastructure investments into China's strategic orbit. The BRI is essentially an imperial project aiming to make real the mythical Middle Kingdom.

In this Sept. 27, 2018, photo, Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington. The Senate Judiciary Committee advanced Kavanaugh's nomination for the Supreme Court after agreeing to a late call from Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., for a one week investigation into sexual assault allegations against the high court nominee. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, Pool)

Delay, deceive and destroy

Who believes another FBI investigation of Brett Kavanaugh will be the end of it? If the FBI finds nothing to support Christine Blasey Ford's testimony that Judge Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her at a high school party, will it be enough for Democrats to vote to confirm him? Republicans say the investigation is limited to her charge and that of a third accuser, Julie Swetnick, whose allegations, detailed in a sworn affidavit, claim she was the victim of gang rape. How many more will come forward?

Chart to accompany Rahn article of Oct 2, 2018.

The rise and fall of nations

This small group of volcanic islands off the African coast is one of the more interesting places on Earth with almost ideal temperatures. The name comes from the Latin, meaning islands of the dogs, not the birds. The Spanish gained control of them 600 years ago, and tourists have been flocking here ever since. A notable visitor was Christopher Columbus, who stopped by on each of his four voyages to the "new world" to do last-minute ship repairs and stock up on provisions for the long trips ahead. One could only suspect that after weeks at sea he might have regretted leaving the Canaries.

Tightening Shackles Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

When Lady Liberty is a victim of assault

The Statue of Liberty, named Liberty Enlightening the World and known affectionately as Lady Liberty, stands resolute in New York Harbor, a beacon of freedom under our constitutional rule of law to which millions of people from around the world flock for safety and a new life. At her feet lie a broken shackle and chain. What a powerful symbol for the unique nation that is the United States of America.

Illustration on the Kavanaugh allegations by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

The judge versus the vigilante

It is clear that Democrats have no concern for Christine Blasey Ford's welfare. She is just a tool, like a basin wrench, for doing a particular job. That job is to prevent President Trump from ever appointing anyone to the U.S. Supreme Court again. Ever.

Fixing Higher Education Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Fixing higher education and student debt

Ten years after the financial crisis banks may be safer and the economy recovered, but intolerable burdens have been hoisted on America's youth. Too many are handicapped by horrendous student debt, forcing them to delay marriage, children and first homes.

Illustration on the "death tax" by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Plotting the demise of the death tax

No one puts out a welcome mat for the Grim Reaper, but those who've built up successful businesses have even more reason to dread his approach. Why? Because they know the death tax will soon exact a hefty toll on their hard work.

Joke's on the Democrats

A famous comedian of a bygone era once stood before an audience and told a joke. Nobody laughed. He repeated the joke. Again nobody laughed. Puzzled, he repeated the joke again, and still nobody laughed. Undeterred by the audience's obtuseness, he continued to repeat the joke until suddenly the audience grasped it and erupted in laughter.

The insufferable in pursuit of the insolvent

A chapter or so into Anne de Courcy's amusing, breezily readable "The Husband Hunters" I was reminded of Oscar Wilde's throwaway line about English fox hunters: "the unspeakable in pursuit of the uneatable."

Despicable delay tactics

We've now experienced multiple days of reporters and pundits who don't understand the level of stupidity or malice shown by Sens. Dick Durbin, Dianne Feinstein, Kamala Harris and other Democrats when these legislators have asked the same question of Judge Brett Kavanaugh: If you're not guilty, why aren't you asking for an FBI investigation to clear your name?

In this Sept. 4, 2018, photo, Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, listens to Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., speak during a Senate Judiciary Committee nominations hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)

Courting confusion

The Democratic charge against Brett Kavanaugh will trigger shudders far beyond the long arm of the U.S. law. The clashing narratives of Brett the choir boy versus Brett the serial molester will only widen the dark gulf of suspicion between men and women. Following the new FBI investigation of lurid sexual misconduct tales, the U.S. Senate will render a verdict on this chapter of he said-she said chronicles. The cultural struggles over sexual ethics will surely continue.