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Illustration on Kim Jong-un's diplomatic wish list by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

What Kim Jong-un really wants

If one were to make a list of “what Kim really wants” in his discussions with the U.S., such would be quite straightforward, however — at least so far — they have not been expressed as such.

Illustration on Nafta by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

The need for NAFTA

Finally some good news for the future of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). CNBC is reporting and my White House sources confirm that there may be the framework for a renewed and improved NAFTA in the weeks ahead.

Illustration on fiscal responsibility and spending by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Budget blame where it belongs

While tax cuts take the budget blame, spending does the debt damage. Proponents of big government spending are happy to stoke the latest story in the narrative that America is under-taxed.

Barbara Bush Photo Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Barbara Bush, one of a kind

A beautiful person, no other way to say it. Barbara Bush was one of a kind, pushing through challenges most lives never see, with a hallmark smile, clear eyes and unwavering faith.

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.

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Riveting fiction by a former CIA field operative

Fans of intelligence fiction can take heart at a jacket blurb for Fred Rustmann's splendid new novel, "False Flag." Gene Poteat, a career CIA officer and president emeritus of the Association of Former Intelligence Officers, writes that the book will have readers doing "late-night page-turning to see how it all turns out and wondering, 'Did this really pass CIA censors?'"

Patrick Reed holds the championship trophy after winning the Masters golf tournament Sunday, April 8, 2018, in Augusta, Ga. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip) **FILE**

Patrick Reed's defense of Masters title starts early

- Associated Press

Patrick Reed won't have to wait until next April to defend his title in the Masters. Even as he slipped into a green jacket, he was perceived more as a villain than a victor.

This image released by Entertainment Studios shows Jason Clarke as Ted Kennedy in a scene from "Chappaquiddick." (Claire Folger/Entertainment Studios via AP)

'Chappaquiddick' perfectly captures Ted Kennedy's immoral soul

"'I'm not gonna' become president." That's the reaction of Edward M. "Teddy" Kennedy (played perfectly by actor Jason Clarke) in the new movie "Chappaquiddick," shortly after he drunkenly drives a car off a bridge into a shallow pond and leaves a young woman to die in a half-submerged car.

Lynnette "Diamond" Hardaway and Rochelle "Silk" Richardson talk about current topics on YouTube. (Image: Screen grab from the Viewers View YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yW7H8oE3tVU)

Zuckerberg's got some 'splainin' to do on Diamond And Silk censorship

- The Washington Times

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is headed to Capitol Hill to testify about some social media matters, and answer questions from Congress about privacy and election interference and such. Good. Maybe at the same time he can explain why his site's censor gods think the black pro-President Donald Trump duo Diamond And Silk are considered a danger to society.

John Bolton. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

Fear, loathing and John Bolton

- The Washington Times

If John Bolton frightens the nation's enemies half as much as he frightens Chicken Little and all the Democrats at home, all the strife, evil and deceit in the world will soon be history. Vladimir Putin and Kim Jong-un will lie down with the lion and not have to worry about being the midnight snack.

Illustration on taxing capital gains with no reference to losses from inflation by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Capital gains must be protected from inflation

If your employer gives you a 2 percent wage increase, and inflation is 3 percent, has your real income increased or decreased? Assume you bought a horse barn and 40 acres of land for $200,000 in 1988 for a riding school you operated. You have just retired from your business and sold the land and barn for $360,000. In the 30 years from the time you originally bought the property, the value of the dollar has fallen by about one-half due to inflation — so, rather than having a $160,000 gain from the sale of your property — in real (inflation-adjusted) dollars, you suffered a $40,000 loss.

Illustration on changing course in Syria by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Syria, Donald Trump and isolationism

The isolationist spirit — a reluctance to become involved in foreign entanglements — goes back in U.S. history to Thomas Paine and his 1776 pamphlet " Common Sense" and to George Washington's 1796 Farewell Address.

Azerbaijani Elections Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Why Azerbaijan matters for the West

On April 11, the people of Azerbaijan will be voting in presidential elections on the eve of a major milestone in the country's history. May 2018 is the centennial anniversary of the independent Azerbaijan Democratic Republic, established after the collapse of the Russian Empire but crushed by Soviet forces two years later. Modern Azerbaijan is the inheritor of the first independent state and maintaining its sovereignty is key to security in the South Caucasus and adjoining regions.

Jimmy Kimmel   Associated Press photo

Melania Trump, an unfair target

Melania Trump personifies humility and dignity. She deserves better than she is getting from the media. Bluntly, the American people are getting sick of it.

Ironic result of 'conservation'

Cheryl K. Chumley is correct about private-property rights being a volatile issue ("Private property rights still very much a fight, circa 2018," Web, April 5). The fight has consequences, and the unintended ones often result in environmental harm. Ms. Chumley mentions a bunch of federal laws and regulations that directly affect private property, but the indirect impacts can be even more profound.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan faces a flurry of questions during an appearance on "Good Morning Britain," June 6, 2017. ("Good Morning Britain" screenshot) ** FILE **

Death at the point of a knife

Sadiq Khan is the mayor of London, who now sees the error of his earlier ways of enforcing the law. London is suffering a wave of murder, which is no stranger to Old Blighty, as fans of "Midsomer Murders" and other popular imported British television fare well know. But this murder in London is up close and personal, mayhem is often random, and there's getting to be more of it.

Djibouti a U.S. partner

"Djibouti's president for life moves towards China, threatening U.S. security interests" (Web April 3) is an erroneous and grossly misleading headline. Djibouti does not have a "president for life," nor does op-ed writer L. Todd Wood say it does. Djibouti is a democratic country with a Constitution.

The addition of a question about citizenship on the 2020 Census does not sit well with many critics who fear it will suppress participation. (U.S. Census Bureau)

The Census and immigration: Ask the question

In a saner age, adding a question about an individual's citizenship status to the decennial U.S. Census would be the most unremarkable thing in the world. The only understandable reaction might be, "What took you so long?"

The corruption occurring before their very eyes

The astonishing widespread massive corruption of some of the biggest names in American politics that Peter Schweizer reveals in his new blockbuster expose is shocking, startling, stunning -- and sickening.

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.