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A demonstrator holds up a sign during a protest against abortion bans, Tuesday, May 21, 2019, in New York. Abortion-rights supporters held rallies across the country Tuesday in opposition to the wave of sweeping abortion bans being enacted this year in Midwestern and Southern states. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

Abortion a sad asterisk on suffragist anniversary

- The Washington Times

We’re coming ‘round the time when women earned the legislative right to vote in America. And it’s an interesting time in America because abortion is one of today’s most talked-about matters. Is this what suffragists fought to win — the legislative right to abort on demand?

College Admissions Scandal Illustration by Donna Grethen

Pomp, circumstance and inspiration

Pomp and circumstance depends a lot more on circumstance than pomp. The 396 graduates of Morehouse College in Atlanta learned that in an unforgettable way the other day at their commencement ceremony. The graduates with their families and friends whooped it up, with plenty to whoop it up for. The commencement speaker surprised them with the announcement that he was paying off all their student loans.

Social Security Benefit Ship Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

A problem for every solution

Among the many things that frustrate Americans about Washington, D.C., is the unwillingness — not inability, but unwillingness — to solve problems.

In this Jan. 14, 2019, file photo, Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam speaks to a crowd during a Women's Rights rally at the Capitol in Richmond, Va. A push by Virginia Democrats to loosen restrictions on late-term abortions is erupting into a fierce partisan clash due to a lawmaker's comments about late-term abortion. Gov. Ralph Northam added gas to the fire Wednesday, Jan. 30, by describing a hypothetical situation where an infant who is severely deformed or unable to survive after birth could be left to die. (AP Photo/Steve Helber, File) **FILE**

Democrats show their extremism on abortion

Roe v. Wade confirmed the right to an abortion in the U.S., but the Supreme Court decision also allowed for restrictions on abortion at the state level. However, it specifically preserved the “life or health of the mother” exception.Democrats have positioned themselves well outside the mainstream on the abortion issue.

President Donald Trump delivers a statement in the Rose Garden of the White House, Wednesday, May 22, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

To impeach or not to impeach

The revelation last weekend by Michigan Republican Congressman Justin Amash that he believes the Mueller report accuses President Donald Trump of impeachable offenses has ignited firestorms in both major political parties on Capitol Hill. Mr. Amash’s argument is simple and essentially unassailable, though his fellow congressional Republicans don’t want to hear it and Democrats don’t know what to do with it.

The Long Wait for Healthcare Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

The conservative case for health care

The discussion about health care reform has changed dramatically to one of single-payer, government-run care vs. a patient-centered, competition-based, decentralized system. Let’s all first realize this: Today’s silence about the Affordable Care Act (ACA), or Obamacare, exposes consensus acknowledgement of the failure of Obamacare.

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Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks at an annual Great Issues Lecture sponsored by the John Sloan Dickey Center for International Understanding at Dartmouth College in Hanover, N.H., on Wednesday, May 8, 2019. (Joseph Ressler/The Valley News via AP)

A lesson from baseball

Politics is a lot like baseball. Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose. The difference is that if you lose, "there's no crying in baseball," as Tom Hanks reminded his ladies of the diamond in the movie "A League of Their Own." In baseball, you're supposed to hitch up your pants and move on to the next town, the next day and the next game. In politics you're allowed a few tears, and the Democrats know how to turn on the waterworks.

Masculinity saved lives

Forget the false narratives of toxic masculinity, #MeToo, campus sexual assault, intersectionality hierarchies and all the others of the over-the-edge, feminist/progressive ideologues. Let us instead return to the reality of the Greatest Generation and all the contributions that boys and men have made to Western civilization and contemporary society ("Teen who charged attackers was lone death in school shooting," Web, May 8). Celebrate boys, men, fathers and traditional masculinity.

How the genocidal successor to al Qaeda persists

The emergence in mid-2014 of the terrorist group Islamic State (IS), also known by its Arabic acronym Daesh, in Iraq and Syria, as the violently genocidal successor to what had been al Qaeda in Iraq (AQI), established one of the greatest threats to global security today.

Former FBI Director James Comey speaks to reporters on Capitol Hill Washington, Monday, Dec. 17, 2018, after a second closed-door interview with two Republican-led committees investigating what they say was bias at the Justice Department before the 2016 presidential election. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) **FILE**

Comey just accused Trump of a thought crime

- The Washington Times

Former FBI director James Comey, in a recent CNN town hall, told host Anderson Cooper that yes indeed, based on Special Counsel Robert Mueller's redacted Russia collusion report, "it sure looks like" President Donald Trump had "criminal intent" to commit obstruction. In other words, Comey is accusing the president of a thought crime.

FILE - In this Tuesday, May 7, 2019 file photo, police officers and students are seen outside STEM School Highlands Ranch, a charter middle school in the Denver suburb of Highlands Ranch, Colo., after a shooting. Both suspects in the suburban Denver school shooting are due back in court Friday, May 10, as prosecutors file charges in the violent attack that killed a student and wounded multiple others. Authorities have identified the suspects as 18-year-old Devon Erickson and 16-year-old Maya McKinney, whose attorney said uses male pronouns and the name Alec. (Courtney Harper via AP, File)

CNN's cringe-worthy veer into anti-gun propaganda

- The Washington Times

There's news, there's fake news, there's not news (also called the non-story), and now, courtesy one recent CNN clip with anchor Brooke Baldwin about the recent school shooting in Colorado, there's blatant propaganda masked as primetime news. Come on, CNN. Quit insulting the intelligence of viewers.

Opponents of a proposal to makes changes to the sex education guidance for teachers, rallied at the Capitol Wednesday, May 8, 2019, in Sacramento, Calif. The California State Board of Education is set to vote Wednesday on new guidance for teaching sex education in public schools. The guidance is not mandatory but it gives teachers ideas about how to teach a wide range of health topic including speaking to children about gender identity. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli) **FILE**

Parents can't be ignorant of their child's sexual education

- The Washington Times

One of the reasons kids, teens and adults know more about sex and sexual relations is because parents shirk their responsibilities: 1., by not accepting their responsibility to be their children's first teachers, and 2., by not paying attention to what their children's teachers are and are not teaching.

Illustration on Trump's approval of pipeline construction by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Meeting the future demand for domestic energy

Among the many realities that face the American energy sector, one has been particularly vexing. It doesn't matter how much American oil and natural gas we unlock through exploration or innovative technologies if we can't get those commodities to market.

Illustration on Easton, Maryland by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

The alluring Eastern Shore getaway

Easton, Maryland, is no ordinary small town. There's a wealth of history, culture and pleasant living here — Robert Mitchum once lived on a farm outside town — as well as a weekend get-away for well-to-do Washingtonians. It's not as touristy as St. Michael's and considerably livelier than Tilghman Island.

Lin Zhao Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Dissidence and the absence of human rights in China

Lin Zhao, my blood sister, was a prominent dissident journalist who was executed by Communist Party of China authorities on April 29, 1968, in Shanghai, China. After her murder, a security department official went to my mother and asked her to pay 5 cents for the bullet that was used to kill her. All this was kept secret until the downfall of the Gang of Four, the Chinese leaders who lost out in a power struggle after Mao Zedong's death.

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler talks to reporters after leading his Democratic majority to vote to hold Attorney General William Barr in contempt of Congress, escalating the legal battle with the Trump administration over access to special counsel Robert Mueller's report, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, May 8, 2019. The committee voted 24-16 to hold Barr in contempt after the Justice Department rejected House Democrats' demands for the full Mueller report and the underlying evidence. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Democrats target Barr

House Democrats are tightening the constitutional noose on Attorney General William P. Barr, edging closer to holding him in contempt of Congress.

Look closer at Tlaib et al.

Rep. Rashida Tlaib, Michigan Democrat, was sworn into Congress on her personal Koran. "My swearing in on the [Koran] is about me showing that the American people are made up of diverse backgrounds and we all have love of justice and freedom," Ms. Tlaib told the Detroit Free Press. "My faith has centered me. The prophet Mohammed was always talking about freedom and justice."

In this photo released by the official website of the office of the Iranian Presidency, President Hassan Rouhani speaks in a cabinet meeting in Tehran, Iran, Wednesday, May 8, 2019. Rouhani said Wednesday that it will begin keeping its excess uranium and heavy water from its nuclear program, setting a 60-day deadline for new terms to its nuclear deal with world powers before it will resume higher uranium enrichment. (Iranian Presidency Office via AP)

The tale of two rogues

The two most obstreperous children in the "family" of nations are at it again, rattling sabers as if in unison. Iran's furtive provocations in the Persian Gulf are roiling the Middle East and North Korea's resumption of missile testing is once more putting Asia on edge. America's responses are distinctly different, because the Islamic state's hostility is uniformly implacable, and the flame of reconciliation still flickers within the Hermit Kingdom. Where there's light, there's hope.

Left might've still lost

In her column "We've got the horse right here" (Web, May 8), Suzanne Fields notes, as many have noted before her, that the Democrats are still angry Hillary Clinton lost the 2016 presidential election because the Electoral College (and not the popular vote, which she won) determined the winner.

Sen. Josh Hawley, Missouri Republican, is calling for a broad consideration of the effect social media is having on our society. (Associated Press/File)

Sen. Hawley lobs a grenade at Silicon Valley

- The Washington Times

Sen. Josh Hawley, Missouri Republican, is evidently not afraid to be the skunk at the garden party. Last week, the freshman senator spoke at the Washington, D.C., outpost of Stanford University and unleashed a searing critique of social media. This would be the equivalent of berating the Bible at Liberty University or having the temerity to promote free market capitalism at Williams College.