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Illustration on the Iranian threat in the Middle East by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Punishing the Saudi prince

Consult a map of the Middle East. Locate the Strait of Hormuz, a narrow sea passage separating the Arabian Peninsula from Iran, and connecting the Gulf — whether you call it the Persian Gulf or the Arabian Gulf is a thorny question — to the open oceans beyond.

Harry S Truman at the piano with Lauren Bacall. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

A modern president and his tweet stuff

- The Washington Times

Thomas Jefferson collected old books and French wines, Warren Harding collected poker buddies, and FDR collected stamps. Harry S Truman collected sheet music and played the piano. Once he played it at the National Press Club, with Lauren Bacall draped across the upright with a helping of cheesecake. Bess, the first lady, was not amused.

Saved by a Frog Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

When the bureacracy goes too far

What do the Paris riots, Brexit, the election of Donald Trump, the dusky gopher frog and Peter Wallison’s new book “Judicial Fortitude” all have in common? They are all signs that the peasants have had it with the bureaucratic state and the smug elitists who have been ruling the globe. Despite never-ending attempts to quash it, the basic human desire for liberty keeps re-emerging.

Media Flip-Flop Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Changing their tune on 41

Before George H.W. Bush fades from memory into the darkness of history books, one more point needs to be made. It is about the contrast between how most of the major media treated him when he was president and how they mostly (but not completely) did a 180 during their coverage and commentary of his funeral.

Illustration on alternatives to tear gas and rubber bullets by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Better tools along the border

Innocents being used as human shields is not new. Placing police and security forces into positions where they are portrayed as brutal thugs in the media didn’t start with the recent incident last month, when tear gas was used on the Mexican border.

Obamacare Costs Breaking the Bank Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Protecting consumers from Obamacare’s costs

Open enrollment in most of Obamacare’s exchanges ends on Saturday, Dec. 15. Consumers in seven states that run their own exchanges, including California and New York, have a little bit longer to purchase coverage.

Illustration on the situation of Qatar by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

The amir of Qatar, a U.S. ally

As the Trump administration calibrates its response to the state-sponsored murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi it would be well advised to redirect its focus on another young leader in the region whose domestic and foreign policy deserve Washington’s attention and applause. This leader is the 38 year-old Amir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani.

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Illustration on Herbert London by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

The passing of a giant

On Nov. 11, the conservative movement lost a giant, Herbert London, a Renaissance man, a scholar steeped in the Great Books tradition, a principled politician and a warm personal friend of mine. I am running out of friends such as Herb.

Illustration on aspects of the newest 'Year of the Woman' by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Another 'Year of the Woman'

- The Washington Times

Shortly after his confirmation in 1991, Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas observed that "being black has far less to do with the color of one's skin than one's politics." This truth has become more obvious in the years since for women as well as African-Americans.

Government Diet Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Right-sizing America's government to protect growth

Maximizing national economic growth through tax cuts/reform is the key to a bright future for our nation, despite the PelosiSchumer propaganda blitz that our tax reform legislation only helped Wall Street, corporations and the rich.

Illustration on abortion and women's rights by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Why 'The Handmaid's Tale' needs a makeover

What passes for mainstream feminism these days is a one-size-fits-all kind of mentality that is well represented by the misshapen clothes of "The Handmaid's Tale," a hallmark fictional tale in which women are expected to obey with alacrity and subservience. In today's narrative, it is she-who-must-be-obeyed that is making the most noise as mainstream feminists complain that women just are not doing what they are told — as, in election after election, women continue to think for themselves.

Making Fossil Fuels the Villain Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Curbing greenhouse gas emissions realistically

President Trump is not happy about the media response to the recent government report on climate change. Whether or not the report is as dire as headlines would have us believe, the response by climate change activists is always the same. They advocate a drastic and economically disastrous reduction of the use of fossil fuels that will greatly harm the world's economy.

Hunting the Recesssion Bear Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Hunting the next recession

The Trump economy is sizzling, but the stock market is behaving like a recession is just around the corner. Equity prices have swooned then recovered many times, and whether the economy collapses depends mostly on Washington policymakers wrecking things.

French President Emmanuel Macron leaves after delivering a speech on 'The presentation of the strategy for ecology transition', at the Elysee Palace in Paris, Tuesday, Nov. 27 2018. Macron said the government will find a way to delay tax increases on fuel during periods when world oil prices are rising. The move aims to reproduce the situation that has led to protests in recent days, some of which have become violent and even marred the famed Champs-Elysees avenue in central Paris. Behind reads: Change together. (Ian Langsdon, Pool via AP)

France's fuel-tax follies

The Earth travels its appointed course through the heavens without effort, but not much moves across its surface without oil. That fact is now painfully apparent in France, where the result of confiscatory environmental taxes has sparked a riotous citizen fury.

Revisit Trump tax idea

A problem that affects and hurts many American families is the high cost of a college education. I propose a change: Turn college student loans into college student scholarships so that one day, not every college graduate will have to start their working lives deeply in debt.

'A Taliban state on Europe's doorstep'

In early October 2017 armed militants from the Islamic State in the Greater Sahara (ISGS), an African affiliate of the Islamic State in Syria, ambushed Nigerien and U.S. soldiers near the village of Tongo Tongo, Niger, while they were returning to their base from what later was reported to be a covert mission.

Time to curb Supreme Court

Although Chief Justice John Roberts may object to President Trump stating the obvious regarding the federal judiciary, it nevertheless exposes a fundamental flaw in our Constitution ("Judges likely to side with party who named them," Web, Nov. 26).

In this Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2018, file photo, Alex Jones, the right-wing conspiracy theorist, walks the corridors of Capitol Hill after listening to Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg and Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee on "Foreign Influence Operations and Their Use of Social Media Platforms" on Capitol Hill in Washington. Twitter's permanent ban of conspiracy-monger Alex Jones on Thursday again underscored the difficulty many social media services face in trying to consistently apply their rules against harassment and other bad behavior. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana, File)

Twitter's Jack Dorsey's got some 'splainin' to do

- The Washington Times

The House Energy and Commerce Committee has just kicked off an investigation into Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey's alleged lying to Congress, according to a report from The Federalist. With all this booting of conservatives from his social media platform, he sure does have some 'splainin' to do, yes?

Signs are carried during the March for Life 2016, in front of the U.S. Supreme Court, Friday, Jan. 22, 2016, in Washington, during the annual rally on the anniversary of 1973 "Roe v. Wade" U.S. Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon) ** FILE **

Nonpartisan cheer: Abortions are on the decline

- The Washington Times

I don't know any woman who's ever dreamed of growing up and having an abortion -- no, not even any of the furthest left of leftists females who populated the liberal la-la-enclave of Massachusetts I once called home. So it's with nonpartisan cheer that statistics showing the falling rate of abortions in America ought to be received.

President Donald Trump greets Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith, R. Miss., during a rally in Tupelo, Miss., Monday, Nov. 26, 2018. (Associated Press)

Only a public hanging for the senator will do

- The Washington Times

When you're losing an election and you're not sure there's anything you can do about it, the modern Democrats have a sure-fire strategy: Cry "racist!!" (with not one but at least two exclamation points), and count on the illiterates in the media to do the rest. It works nearly every time.

Illustration on the democracy myth by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

The democracy myth

Would you prefer to live in a country that has a high degree of individual liberty but is not a democracy, or live in a democracy where individual liberties are curtailed?

Illustration on Democrat threats to Second Amendment rights by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

How a Democratic House will affect gun rights

Rep. Nancy Pelosi, California Democrat, likely to again be the House majority leader, has said she will push new gun-control laws as soon as the Democrats get the gavel back in January. So how will a Democrat-controlled House affect your Second Amendment-protected freedom?