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Chief of Space Operations at US Space Force Gen. John Raymond, left, and Chief Master Sgt. Roger Towberman, right, hold the United States Space Force flag as President Donald Trump walks past it in the Oval Office of the White House, Friday, May 15, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Regaining the lead in space

On June 30, just a few minutes shy of 4 p.m., the U.S. Space Force launched its third Global Positioning Satellite Block III (GPS III) satellite into orbit. The launch went unnoticed by the vast majority of Americans, but it was another unmistakable sign that, after years of decline, the United States is on a path to retake the lead in all aspects of space operations.

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FILE - In this Dec. 22, 2017, file photo, President Donald Trump displays the $1.5 trillion tax overhaul package he signed in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington. Trump is now three for three. Each year of his presidency, he has issued more executive orders than did former President Barack Obama during the same time-span. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

Did the Trump tax cuts really 'work?'

Did the Trump tax cuts work? Yes -- GDP growth increased, which led to significantly increased personal incomes and job creation. And the individual tax cuts primarily benefitted middle-income earners rather than the wealthy.

People view an upside-down U.S. flag that has had "Love + Rage BLM" painted on it, Sunday, June 14, 2020, inside what has been named the Capitol Hill Occupied Protest zone in Seattle. Protesters calling for police reform and other demands have taken over several blocks near downtown Seattle after officers withdrew from a police station in the area following violent confrontations. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Civil war looms, statistics and survey say

- The Washington Times

Almost a third of U.S. voters believe a civil war is on its way -- a bleak commentary on the growing tensions around the country due to coronavirus shutdowns and police policies that have manifested in destruction and defacement of historical monuments and memorials, anarchist takeovers of city streets and riotous uprisings.

The City of Detroit removed the bust of Christopher Columbus statue in the median of Randolph Street facing the intersection of Jefferson Avenue in downtown Detroit. Workers removed the statue Monday morning, June 15, 2020. All that remains is the empty pedestal.  (John T. Greilick/Detroit News via AP)

The use and abuse of history: Removal of statues means historically rudderless America

Two days ago, the mayor of Detroit ordered a bust of Christopher Columbus removed from its pedestal. It was a peaceful removal for the Italian-born discoverer of the new world. After all, last week in Boston he was beheaded and in Richmond he was pushed into a lake. One supposes he is used to the harsh treatment. In many cities and states, his namesake holiday has long been replaced with Indigenous Peoples Day. In a few decades, it is not inconceivable he will be relegated to a proverbial footnote of history.

Generals out of line

America prides itself on its divide between civilian leadership and the military, but the line has been crossed by over a dozen four-star generals who have spoken out and acted against the president of United States ("Mold-breaking: Generals' attacks on Trump drag military into partisan fight," Web, June 4). Their conduct is unjustified and unprofessional. They have entered a cultural war and support Socialist-Democrat propaganda and causes, such as Black Lives Matter and "defund the police."

Protest safely, peacefully

Peaceful protests about police brutality are just and proper. People want to see constructive reform within our police departments, and protests are a way to voice grievances. However, we must remain cognizant of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Death In Her Hands by Ottessa Moshfegh (book cover)

BOOK REVIEW: 'Death in Her Hands'

- Associated Press

Dark doesn't even begin to describe Ottessa Moshfegh's latest novel, "Death in Her Hands." Try horrifying, macabre, fashionably self-referential and exceptionally well-written - a book, as the publisher's blurb says, that asks us to consider how the stories we tell ourselves both reflect the truth and keep us blind to it. Plus, it's got a great dog.

FILE - In this Sept. 21, 2019, file photo, Shiite Houthi tribesmen hold their weapons as they chant slogans during a tribal gathering showing support for the Houthi movement, in Sanaa, Yemen. The United Nations Human Rights Office of the High Commissioner replaced its chief in Yemen, Elobaid Ahmed Elobaid, nearly nine months after the Houthis who control northern Yemen denied him entry, documents dated Tuesday, June 9, 2020 obtained by The Associated Press show. (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed, File)

When will Congress get us out of Yemen?

The Trump administration intends to sell more weapons to Saudi Arabia. The weapons will, without question, be used in the Yemeni civil war by Saudi forces fighting Houthi rebels there.

Illustration on the right to worship by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Stop discriminating against churchgoers

It is imperative that our leaders stop discriminating against those who wish to gather for worship. Churchgoers are entitled to the same constitutional protections that peaceful protesters currently enjoy.