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Andrew McCabe. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

A hero only to a lynch mob

- The Washington Times

Only a few days ago Andrew McCabe was nobody’s idea of a hero, except to James Comey and maybe Robert Mueller. They think Mr. McCabe, tarnished or not, cashiered or not as the deputy director of the FBI, purveyor of fibs, stretchers and lies with and without varnish, might still be useful to their campaign to bring down Donald Trump.

Illustration on construction in the U.S. by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

America, ‘a nation of builders’

President Trump’s January 30 State of the Union Address brought home a big reminder of our American character, one founded on doing big things with grit and speed. He reminded us that America “is a nation of builders,” and cited the Empire State Building — completed in just a year — as an example of what we can do when we commit our resolve.

Illustration on Syrian strategic choices by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

A mission quandary in Syria

Almost two weeks ago, after yet another incident of a chlorine gas attack by Syria’s Assad regime, Defense Secretary James Mattis warned both Syria and its Russian ally that using gas weapons against civilians or on the battlefield was very unwise. Last week, U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley was more blunt, warning that America is “prepared to act if we must” to stop indiscriminate bombings of civilians by the Assad regime.

Illustration on the legal and commercial rights of generic drug manufacturers by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Big Pharma and its battle lines

- The Washington Times

It may be hard to believe, but some conservatives are arguing that any conservative who supports a measure before Congress called the CREATES Act that would allow generic drug makers under certain circumstances to go to court to get their competitors to play by the rules are ideological sellouts too willing to jump into bed with liberals and greedy trial lawyers.

Illustration on Betsy DeVos by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

In defense of Betsy DeVos

Other than maybe the highly voluble William Bennett, Ronald Reagan’s second education chief (who still has a radio show), it is difficult to think of a U.S. Secretary of Education who has garnered as much attention as Betsy DeVos. But not in a good way. As exemplified by her much-lambasted interview on “60 Minutes” recently, from basically the day her nomination was announced she has been condemned as dangerous and unprepared for the job.

Illustration on GOP obstruction of protection for religious liberty in Oklahoma by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Honest and dishonest devils

On March 15, Oklahoma’s Senate was scheduled to vote on SB 197, the Protection of Freedom of Conscience Act. This act sought to codify into law the rights and protections of all Oklahomans to express and practice their religion freely in the public square without fear of government penalty or government coercion. The Oklahoma Senate is composed of 48 members, 40 of which are currently Republican.

Hillary Clinton. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

One last dance with Hillary

- The Washington Times

There’s scarcely a pundit, wise guy or blowhard at the end of the bar who hasn’t sworn off Hillary Clinton, vowing that it’s time to find something new to rant and rave about.

Illustration on the hyperloop by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

A fast and feasible infrastructure option

Hyperloop is a new transportation technology that proposes sending cargo and passengers through evacuated tubes at speeds exceeding 700 mph. Unsurprisingly, this idea has provoked its share of skepticism. Hyperloop won’t be perfect on Day One, but neither were airlines. They took time to evolve.

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Oprah Winfrey attends The Museum of Modern Art's David Rockefeller Award Luncheon honoring Oprah Winfrey at the Ziegfeld Ballroom on Tuesday, March 6, 2018, in New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)

The left always hates God -- until they don't

- The Washington Times

Stephen Colbert, late-night comedian, sat down with famed talker Oprah Winfrey and turned on the charm for God to make her run for the presidency in 2020. It was a mocking bit, no biggie for atheists but at least somewhat insulting for Christians. But the deeper takeaway is the hypocrisy it reveals of the left.

Stopping the Tariffs Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Donald Trump and free trade

President Donald Trump has had a splendid first year in office. He has the economy moving again and at a healthy pace, 2.6 percent in the most recent quarter. Unemployment is down, the stock market is up and the economic signs are mostly healthy.

Illustration on strategies for the Ukraine crisis by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Ukraine's hybrid war

Four years ago this week, Moscow launched its hybrid war against Ukraine and seized Crimea. Six weeks later, it began its not-so covert military operation in Donbas. One of the great, if unheralded stories of this war has been the largely successful effort of Ukraine to defend itself against this hybrid war in the east.

Illustration on strategic moves in the Middle East by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

The Russian chessboard

Iran (read: Persia) invented chess, but the present Grand Master of the Middle East chessboard is Russia. When the Syrian government launched an offensive against a rebel-held suburb of Damascus some have called a massacre, German Chancellor Angela Merkel called the Russians to rein in their client. She noted as well that, as Syria's main backer, Moscow has a "particular responsibility" to address the situation.

Illustration on the opioid crisis by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Profiting from the opioid crisis

Whether one labels it a "crisis" or an "epidemic," or understates it simply as a "problem," no reasonable observer can consider the human and monetary cost of opioid abuse anything other than a matter of the utmost national importance.

Illustration on the potential for developing the mineral wealth of Afghanistan by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Afghanistan's addiction to ill-gotten gains

Last August, the Trump administration authorized a military escalation in Afghanistan in the hopes of bringing the Muslim Taliban insurgency to its knees. No one actually believes that the insurgency, which still controls 40 percent of the national territory, can be defeated outright. But the idea is to convince the Taliban to stop fighting, agree to a transitional coalition government and participate in national elections.

FILE - In this June 21, 2013, file photo, the seal affixed to the front of the Department of Veterans Affairs building in Washington. A new first-of-its kind government study finds suicide among military veterans is especially high in the western U.S. and rural areas. The numbers suggest that social isolation, gun ownership and limited health care access may be factors behind the higher numbers. The Department of Veterans Affairs released data Sept. 15, on suicide by state. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)

Making better use of funds for veterans

When allegations of canine abuse at the Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA) research labs made headlines last year, supporters on both sides of the issue went head-to-head — seemingly pitting animal welfare against hope for wounded warriors in a zero-sum game where room for compromise appeared to be nonexistent.

Stormy Justice Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Screaming for a special counsel

Every Republican is screaming for a special counsel to investigate the FISA mess. But Attorney General Jeff Sessions referred the case to the inspector general. So, what's the best option?

From left, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, and National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster arrive for a joint news conference between President Donald Trump and Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven in the East Room of the White House, Tuesday, March 6, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

The Washington-Ankara partnership

Demonstrative of what is widely understood as a pressing need for rapprochement between the U.S. and Turkey, last week, U.S. Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson was welcomed in Ankara by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoan and Foreign Affairs Minister Mevlt avuoglu. A day prior, U. S. Defense Secretary James N. Mattis had a lengthy meeting in Brussels with Defense Minister Nurettin Canikli, on the sidelines of the NATO Defense Ministers Conference.

Drop investigation now

The Mueller investigation needs to stop. Its original purpose has been proven false by the Mueller team itself. This is no longer an investigation, but now a full-blown soft coup into undermining an elected president because the Washington establishment didn't like our vote.

Millennials eat badly

Baby-boomer parents were negligent when it came to instilling healthy eating habits in their millennial children, and this negligence has created a generation of Americans with over-stimulated brains and under-stimulated bodies, contributing to the more than 1.9 billion overweight and obese adults, according to the World Health Organization.

'It was the best of times, it was the worst of times'

Anyone who undertakes a general history of 19th-century Britain must marshal enormous amounts of information. In "Victorious Century," author David Cannadine certainly succeeds in this task.

Teachers celebrate after West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice and Senate Republicans announced they reached a tentative deal to end a statewide teachers' strike by giving them 5 percent raises in Charleston, W.Va., Tuesday, March 6, 2018. (AP Photo/Robert Ray)

Crybaby teachers get their pay raises

- The Washington Times

Here's a truth the left doesn't want to hear -- and the right doesn't want to touch: Teachers, as a group, as a collective, as a unionized body, are oftentimes a bunch of crybabies.

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley speaks at the 2018 American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) policy conference, at Washington Convention Center, Monday, March 5, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

Nikki Haley, Israel's best friend in years

- The Washington Times

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley told a listening American Israel Public Affairs Committee audience -- and a no-doubt listening set of anti-Israel U.N. players -- that she was sick and tired of the globalists at the global body hitting unfairly at the Jewish state. It must come as at least a small comfort that America, once again, has the tiny country's back.

Chart to accompany Rahn article of March 6, 2018.

Trump's really bad idea

Why does Virginia import oranges from Florida rather than grow its own? Why does the U.S. import almost all of its coffee and cocoa beans from countries in tropical climates rather than grow its own? Why does the U.S. import most of its primary aluminum rather than produce its own?

George McGovern. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

The Democrats ponder a second McGovern fling

- The Washington Times

The silly season arrives early. Considerably more than a dozen prospective Democratic candidates for president in 2020 are lining up to talk about how they would dispatch the Donald to the island of discarded presidents.