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President Donald Trump pauses while speaking to the media as he steps off Air Force One, Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2018, in Charleston, W.Va. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Trump right to revoke Brennan’s security clearance

- The Washington Times

President Trump set off a firestorm last week when he yanked the security clearance of former Obama CIA Director John O. Brennan, who was busy making a career out of bashing the White House. Citing “a series of unfounded and outrageous allegations” about his administration, Mr. Trump said Mr. Brennan was seeking to “sow division and chaos.”

Illustration on China as a rival to the U.S. by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

The China syndrome

Pollsters at the Pew Research Center recently asked an intriguing question: Who is the “most important partner for American foreign policy?”

Hollywood Red Tape Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

The Justice Department takes on Big Hollywood

Conservatives are scratching their collective heads as the Department of Justice has ramped up its efforts to review the 70-year-old restrictions that prevent Hollywood elites from getting richer off its predatory business practices. Specifically, the DOJ is investigating the present-day utility of the antitrust settlements between the government and monopolistic movie theaters and music collectives. These agreements have protected consumers for decades, and it would make little sense economically or politically to abandon them today.

Xi Jinping. (Associated Press)

Another attempt, another failure of suppression of faith

- The Washington Times

President Xi Jinping of China is about to learn what despots before learned, to their consternation, puzzlement and grief. He has set out, as Mao Zedong did before him, to crush and squeeze the Christians in China until he has eliminated them all.

Microchipping employees, the next terrible technology wave

- The Washington Times

Employees with the technology firm Three Square Market have been quietly, steadily inserting microchips into their own hands as a means of making it easier to pay for the likes of snacks from company vending machines or drinks from the cafeteria. Subtitle this: When Convenience Becomes Downright Creepy.

Illustration on renewed hope for Ethiopia and Eritrea by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Ethiopia and Eritrea beyond warfare

Africa, long-marginalized on the global stage, seems to be steadily emerging from the shadows of its past, and teaching the world new lessons on conflict resolution in the process. Numerous recent developments, including one last month that ended a bloody, 20-year-old war between Eritrea and Ethiopia, gives hope that Africa can achieve lasting peace among its peoples and continue its drive to become a global economic breadbasket.

Providing Skilled Labor for Indiana Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

The Indiana model for workforce development

American workers finally have the upper hand on employers. With a job market that has more openings than people to fill them, wages and benefits are rising at the fastest pace in a decade.

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Carrying China's Water Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Getting Beijing to back down

- The Washington Times

Western business has lusted after the Chinese consumer market for hundreds of years. The dream of a billion or two Chinese consumers buying one's products is as intoxicating today as when British textile makers yearned for the Chinese to keep their mills humming forever, but until recently the Chinese consumer market existed more in their dreams than in reality.

Fred Rogers   Associated Press photo

'Won't you be my (Republican) neighbor?'

For people of a certain age (well, my age), the mere mention of educational children's television programs immediately brings back fond memories. This includes "Sesame Street," "The Electric Company" and "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood."

Illustration on debunking false claims against the police by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Debunking false claims against the police

Cop haters were no doubt disappointed when a police video showed clearly that the man shot and killed by police officers last month in Chicago was reaching for a gun.

Illustration on Appesteem's purported interference with consumer choice by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Questionable actors in a thriving economic sector

Even with President Trump's historic and effective deregulating of several industries in America, businesses of all kinds still face numerous roadblocks on the path to prosperity, from bonding and licensure to mountainous legal fees to ensure compliance. The fact is, although our president has done solid economic work in his short time in office, it is still an incomplete endeavor in danger of a potential reversal should the GOP suffer big losses in this coming November's midterm elections.

What suppressing Alex Jones really means

Remember that creepy scene in "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory," when Wonka has loaded all the kids into a boat and they paddle down the chocolate river? Well, buckle your seat belts, people, 'cuz we're about to go on that same wild ride.

Obama could fix Chicago

The murderous rage in Chicago is out of control. With hundreds of people killed each year and no relief in sight. Surprisingly blackonblack killings predominate, with only a few white-on-black police killings and random white killings of blacks. Mr. Obama's designated Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel was assigned to reduce the violence, but he has been ineffective. The killings continue unabated and Mr. Emanuel is expected to be ousted soon.

Democrats making no strides

Sen. Elizabeth Warren's estimation of our judicial system as being racist from top to bottom is apparently driven by the injustices her people suffered when they were vanquished ("Elizabeth Warren under fire for jab at 'racist' justice system," Web, Aug. 6). Alas, there's nobody alive to blame for the sins of the past. Besides, Ms. Warren is a United States senator — she's not living on a reservation, and it would be the height of cynicism to complain about that, wouldn't it?

FILE - This Sept. 30, 2016, file photo shows a marijuana bud before harvesting near Corvallis, Ore. A new report by the Oregon-Idaho High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area finds that Oregon is producing 2 million pounds of cannabis, about five times more than the demand in the state of about 4 million people. (AP Photo/Andrew Selsky, File)

When smart goes up in smoke

It's good to be smart. Nearly everybody craves the company of the brainy and bright. Smart people usually surround themselves with the intelligent gadgetry of modernity — smart phones, smart cars, smart watches, smart TVs, even smart fridges that can recite recipes and stream video on demand. It is true, of course, that gadgets can be become addictive. Then acquiring the latest expensive iFrill is not so smart.

Ably picking up where the master left off

In today's world of books, while you may in fact be taking a dirt nap, books bearing your name will continue to appear -- and sell. If you sell enough books, you don't ever have to die.

In this Wednesday, April 19, 2017, file photo, Alex Jones, a right-wing radio host and conspiracy theorist, arrives for a child custody trial at the Heman Marion Sweatt Travis County Courthouse in Austin, Texas. (Jay Janner/Austin American-Statesman via AP, File)

Alex Jones winning: He's now more popular than ever

- The Washington Times

Alex Jones of Infowars has been booted from YouTube, Apple, Spotify and Facebook for what the tech giants consider his rampant hate speech. And with that, Jones has become the face of the censorship fight. This seems counterproductive to those who would silence him, yes?

Al Capone. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

Creative writing about Mr. Trump's troubles

- The Washington Times

Donald Trump's critics have made a wonderful contribution to our golden age of letters. But who could have guessed that this glorious abundance of creative writing would be found in political commentary?

Illustration on eating endangered species by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

'Eat endangered species'

Why are bison no longer endangered? There are an estimated 5,000 bison in Yellowstone National Park owned by the government. An estimated almost 100 times as many, from 300,000 to 500,000, are in herds that are privately owned.

Illustration on the adverse influence of info-monopolies by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

'The Matrix' at 20

Next year marks the 20th anniversary of the sci-fi movie classic "The Matrix," which depicts powerful machines attempting to subdue the human race.

Atlas of the Middle East Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

A Middle East strategic alliance

The Trump administration is quietly pushing ahead with a plan for a new security and political alliance with six Gulf Arab states, Egypt and Jordan, in part to counter Iran's expansion in the Middle East. The plan, which some in the White House and Middle East are calling an "Arab NATO" of Sunni Muslim allies can clearly be seen as one way to counter expansionism by Shi'ite Iran and referred to as the Middle East Strategic Alliance (MESA).

Wayne Pacelle and the Humane Society logo       The Washington Times

The swamp thing returns

A cat may have nine lives, but one notorious dog hopes he has at least two. Former Humane Society of the United States CEO Wayne Pacelle, who resigned in February after a number of women accused him of sexual harassment, reemerged on Washington's lobbying scene last month.

Illustration on changing jobs by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Maybe it's time to change jobs

With unemployment below 4 percent, the time has not been better in decades to improve your circumstances by looking for a better job.

No Peace Plan Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

The best peace plan never

President Trump has promised "the greatest" peace plan ever to settle what he concedes is the toughest negotiation of all: Peace between Israel and the Palestinians.