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The Democratic terror of a miracle in North Korea

- The Washington Times

Trying to spark a new romance, or even arrange a weekend tryst, is not always easy. It’s impossible with the help of spectators eager to throw things, not orange blossoms but sticks and stones with sharp edges. But that’s how Washington tries to conduct diplomacy, circa 2018.

Illustration on Taiwan's contributions to world health by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Why Taiwan must be seated at the World Health Assembly

The constitution of the World Health Organization (WHO) notes that “the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of health is one of the fundamental rights of every human being without distinction of race, religion, political belief, economic or social condition.” Yet WHO withheld, as last year, an invitation for Taiwan’s participation in May as an observer in the annual World Health Assembly (WHA) in Geneva, Switzerland.

House Agriculture Committee Chairman Mike Conaway, R-Texas, joined at left by Vice Chairman Glenn Thompson, R-Pa., announces the new farm bill, officially known as the 2018 Agriculture and Nutrition Act, at a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, April 12, 2018. The bulk of the bill's spending goes toward funding SNAP, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Faith leaders skew Bible to oppose SNAP reform

- The Washington Times

Faith leaders are coming out in full force to oppose the Republican-sponsored Farm Bill released in the House that imposes stricter work requirements on those receiving food stamps. Do not be fooled by their so-called Christian arguments in opposition of this bill. Their arguments are neither Christian nor common sense.

The Birth of a New Economic Recovery Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

The optimists may be right

In January, Wall Street investors were optimistic tax cuts would sustain economic growth and the Trump bull market. As spring arrives, the world has proven decidedly more uncertain.

Illustration on the costs of Elon Musk's Space X by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

The crony capitalist in free market clothing

You might imagine that pro-capitalism, free-market folk like me would just love what Elon Musk has done in the past couple of decades but you’d be wrong. I enjoy his entrepreneurial spirit and success, founding company (zip2) after company (PayPal) after company (The Boring Co.) and turning them into properties worth billions and then moving along to the next new thing. Props and kudos to this son of South Africa and prototype for “Iron Man.” You got those parts right.

William Wachtel holds up a mock Social Security card of President-elect Donald Trump as he speaks to members of the media following a meeting with Trump at Trump Tower in New York, Monday, Jan. 16, 2017. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

A fresh start for a beleaguered agency

It seemed like it would never happen. But after more than five years, a formal nomination of a Social Security commissioner will finally be considered by the U.S. Senate. This is a long overdue development. The delay of a nomination, however, pales compared to the wait a million Americans continue to endure for a hearing that will decide if they will receive the Social Security disability benefits they earned while working.

President Donald Trump gestures during a news conference with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at Trump's private Mar-a-Lago club, Wednesday, April 18, 2018, in Palm Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Trump and the attorney-client privilege

A few weeks ago, President Trump was an outwardly happy man because of the utterance of one solitary word from the lips of special counsel Robert Mueller to one of Mr. Trump’s lawyers. The word that thrilled the president and his legal team was “subject.”

The Tarmac Meeting Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

The Clintons and the rule of law

Former Obama Attorney General Loretta Lynch, in a NBC interview last Monday, reopened a can of worms. In the interview, Ms. Lynch defended her private meeting with Bill Clinton back on June 27, 2016.

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London Mayor Sadiq Khan arrives in the Royal Box for the Men's Singles final match between Switzerland's Roger Federer and Croatia's Marin Cilic on day thirteen at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London Sunday, July 16, 2017. (Daniel Leal-Olivas/Pool Photo via AP) ** FILE **

Gun control? London's Muslim Mayor Sadiq Khan bans knives

- The Washington Times

London's Sadiq Khan, the first Muslim to assume a mayor's role for a major Western city, thinks he's found the cause of the uptick in stabbings his community's seen in recent times -- wayward knives. And as such, he's banned the carrying of knives in the city.

President Donald Trump talks with reporters aboard Air Force One on a flight to Andrews Air Force Base, Md.,, Thursday, April 5, 2018. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

The anti-Trump media caravan rolls on

One of the most vexing aspects of daily life is the nonstop flow of anti-Trump propaganda masquerading as news analysis. That is, unless you hate Donald Trump, as most of the media clearly do. Fake news oozes from nearly every media pore, some of it more subtle than others.

Antiquated Radio Technology Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

'A Kodak moment'

The Russians are using cyberspace to manipulate public policy outcomes by changing what people believe is real. This time it's about their brutal nerve agent attack against former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter, Yulia, in Salisbury, England.

Illustration on net nutrality law by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Protecting the open Internet

The decades-long debate over net neutrality — the principle that all Internet data must be treated equally and fairly online and no Internet company should be allowed to censor or discriminate what we do or see in cyberspace — has reached an inflection point.

Donald Trump and the Korean Peninsula

There is widespread support among government officials in South Korea for President Trump's goals and objectives, including proposed talks with North Korea.

In this Jan. 3, 2018, photo released by the U.S. Navy, a Naval Station vessel, right, prepares to assist the future USS Omaha (LCS 12), a 218-foot-long littoral combat ship, pier side during a brief fuel stop in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. The Omaha was conducting a change of homeport to San Diego, Calif. (Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class John Philip Wagner, Jr./U.S. Navy via AP)

No foxhole for an atheist

If the U.S. Navy appointed its first atheist chaplain, as the organized atheists demanded (twice), what could his duties as a chaplain be? Perhaps he could tell a sailor seeking spiritual solace in the face of death not to worry, he has no soul, anyway.

Reinstate the draft

After listening to about 10 minutes of National School Walkout speakers rail against guns, I've come to realize that these foolish children -- who are just screaming to have their rights taken away -- need a big dose of reality. It's time to bring back the draft, and not just for boys.

Sugar the real money maker

A California judge's recent coffee ruling is so strange you have to wonder if Starbucks actually bribed the plaintiffs to bring suit in the first place ("The Hysteria State," Web, April 5). The fact is that the most prominent sources of acrylamides are in processed foods (e.g., potato chips, cookies, crackers and practically all foods containing toasted grains).

An entertaining guided tour of a literary 'Little Shop of Horrors'

Before there was "fake news" there was "fake science." From Karl Marx through Joseph Stalin (and far beyond, even reaching into many an American college classroom today) the spurious notion of a "scientific socialism" for remaking society by remodeling human nature has obsessed fanatic left-wingers.

The godless, leftist nature of artificial intelligence

- The Washington Times

The fast-moving field of artificial intelligence development is a lucrative one -- a head-spinning one -- an oft-surprising and exciting one. But peer past the frenzy of media headlines announcing the latest discoveries and newest breakthroughs and it's sad but true, the world of science, including technology, is a field dominated by godless leftists, too.

Robert Mueller. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

Robert Mueller, villain and breaker of hearts

- The Washington Times

Thousands of the readers of The Washington Post suffered strokes, heart attacks and an outbreak of social disease this week in the wake of its big front-page story that Robert Mueller, in hot pursuit of the president for lo! these many months, has informed Donald Trump's lawyers that the president is not, after all, "a criminal target."

Censored by Reddit and YouTube Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Making the world safe through censorship

The recent decision by YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki and Reddit founder Steve Huffman to make the world safe by removing "gun-related content" from their sites, represent a politically-driven censorship effort to remove opposing views on hot-button issues and may have unintended consequences.

Illustration on Russian nuclear strategy by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Russia's nuclear strategy

The Russian General Staff has never forgotten that they almost lost World War II — and won World War II — because of strategic surprise. Lessons from what Russia calls the Great Fatherland War are today applied to its preparations for nuclear war.