Political Debate - DC Debate - Washington Times
Skip to content


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.

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.

Online Gambling Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

How online gambling lures the most vulnerable

With the rise of cheating bots, the potential for money laundering and terrorism financing, and most recently, the revelation that Kim Jong-un maintains an online gambling hacker army to help fund his regime in North Korea, the integrity of virtual casino style games has long been in question. Now, skepticism has spread to the online gambling corporations themselves. Earlier this month, our very worst fears about the predatory practices of these corporations were confirmed in a new expose by Business Insider. Screenshots obtained by the publication reveal how internet casinos actively lure the most vulnerable among us.

In this Jan. 21, 2018, file photo, lights shine inside the U.S. Capitol Building as night falls in Washington. (AP Photo/J. David Ake) ** FILE **

New threat to tax cuts

Congressional Democrats are campaigning for control of Congress in November on a pledge to repeal the recent tax reform tax cuts. That would increase taxes on working people and their employers, taking back the jobs, bonuses, pay raises, and economic growth and recovery that tax reform is already producing.

Former FBI Director James Comey. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

Still waiting for the garlic bullet

- The Washington Times

Donald Trump called James Comey a “slimeball,” which is not a very presidential way to talk. But just this time we might have to forgive the president. James Comey really is a slimeball. Just about everybody says so.

Syria Strike Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Strike on Syria—who really won

President Trump and his national security team deserve high praise for their recent action in attacking Syrian chemical weapons facilities. They did everything right. Not only was it well-justified and timely, the president and his team did not rush into an attack but waited several days to evaluate the intelligence from various sources, develop attack options that met the president’s specific objective, and form a coalition with key allies Great Britain and France for the strike.

In this Aug. 15, 2017, photo, President Donald Trump points to members of the media as he answers questions in the lobby of Trump Tower in New York. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais) ** FILE **

Trump is winning — that’s why the left is unraveling

- The Washington Times

President Donald Trump rode into office on the wings, in part, of a promise to clean up the Deep State, drain the swamp and boot from places of influence those who’ve worked behind the scenes to undo America’s greatness, one unconstitutional usurpation at a time. It must be working. How else to explain how nuts the left’s been acting of late?

Related Articles

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.

Illustration on Azerbaijan's strategic role by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Solving the Iranian dilemma

As it mulls the future of the 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and the P5+1 nations, the U.S. finds itself at odds with Europe on policies toward the Islamic Republic. The existence of conflicting camps amongst the parties to the nuclear agreement means that, whether the accord is "fixed or nixed," America needs to bolster its alliances outside the P5+1— and the solution can come through the often-overlooked Eurasian nation of Azerbaijan.

Illustration on the nature of Vladimir Putin by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

'Trust but verify'

Timing is critical in both statecraft and diplomacy, but President Trump couldn't have chosen a worse time to honor Russian dictator Vladimir Putin with a high-level, one-on-one meeting.

Ashlee Jones prepares coffee at a Philz Coffee shop in San Francisco, Friday, March 30, 2018. Coffee sellers will have to post ominous warnings in California because each cup contains a chemical linked to cancer, a judge ruled. The culprit is a byproduct of the bean roasting process that is a known carcinogen and has been at the heart of an eight-year legal struggle between a tiny nonprofit group and Big Coffee companies. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

The Hysteria State

The judge who ruled the other day that coffee purveyors in California must put a cancer-risk warning label on their beans calls to mind the old joke about the man, getting a little long in the tooth, who was told by his doctor that he would have to give up wine, women and song. "But Doc," he replied, "if I have to give up wine and women, what will I have to sing about?"

What 'Christian privilege'?

As a second-generation Irish Catholic immigrant, I was shocked to learn that some think Christians in this country used "privilege" to achieve success ("George Washington University to host seminar tackling 'Christian privilege,'" Web, April 3). I recall my father telling me how, when he was a young man looking for a job in the early 1900s, he saw "Help Wanted" signs with the addendum "No Catholics, no Jews." The Irish, who were mostly Catholic, were discriminated against when they first arrived in the late 1800s after the Great Famine in Ireland. Next came the Italians and the Eastern Europeans (Hungarian, Polish), who were also mostly Catholic — and likewise not warmly received.

Foreign aid an investment

If you belong to the category of people who do not believe in the idealist concept that the most prosperous country in the world has a moral responsibility to help other nations, or that American influence around the world depends partially on foreign aid, here are a few concrete reasons why we should all support foreign assistance.

Tales through his lens darkly

He wrote directly too, and his readers, his peers, and the literary establishment loved the gritty talk and the grittier characters. His 2007 novel "Tree of Smoke" won the National Book Award and was a finalist for the Pulitzer; in 2012, another novel "Train Dreams" was also a Pulitzer Prize finalist. Last July, he was posthumously awarded the Library of Congress Prize for American Fiction. This collection of short stories is praised by such luminaries as Jonathan Franzen, Zadie Smith, George Saunders, Philip Roth, Louise Erdrich and Don DeLillo. That's the varsity.

In this file photo, former Attorney General Eric Holder speaks at the Peabody Hotel Monday, April 2, 2018, in Memphis, Tenn. Mr. Holder is scheduled to headline a June 1 event in New Hampshire, the state set to hold the first presidential primary in 2020. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey) **FILE**

Eric Holder anti-gun 'Operation Choke Point' redux hits New York

- The Washington Times

Remember when Eric Holder, Barack Obama's attorney general-slash-political-pitbull, went after gun sellers by going after the banks who did business with them -- the old Operation Choke Point moment in the so-called "scandal-free Obama administration" time? Well here comes New York with a similarly sly gun control scheme.

In this May 21, 2013, file photo, tea party activists demonstrate on Fountain Square before marching to the John Weld Peck Federal Building in Cincinnati to protest the Internal Revenue Service's targeting of conservative groups seeking tax-exempt status. On Wednesday, April 4, 2018, a federal judge gave preliminary approval to a $3.5 million settlement of a lawsuit against the IRS over alleged targeting of tea party and other groups. (AP Photo/Al Behrman, File)

IRS smackdown of $3.5 million to tea partyers doesn't go far enough

- The Washington Times

Oh, happy day. Once in a while, justice is served, the good guy does win and the Big Bad Wolf at the Little American's door gets the kick in the arse it deserves. The Internal Revenue Service was just smacked with a preliminary order from a federal judge to pay up $3.5 million in settlement monies to tea party and conservative groups.

Illustration on the EPA's threats to private property rights by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Private property rights still very much a fight, circa 2018

- The Washington Times

President Donald Trump, a guy whose business life obviously revolved around the invocation of personal property rights, may hold the nation's highest office in the White House, and Republicans may dominate in Congress. But that doesn't mean the little guy has won. When it comes to private property rights, the Republican-dominated Congress is letting the ball drop.

In this combination photo, Fox News personality Laura Ingraham speaks at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland on July 20, 2016, left, and David Hogg, a student survivor from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., speaks at a rally for common sense gun legislation in Livingston, N.J. on  Feb. 25, 2018. Some big name advertisers are dropping Ingraham after she publicly criticized Hogg, a student at Marjory Stoneman Douglas school on social media. The online home goods store Wayfair, travel website TripAdvisor and Rachel Rays dog food Nutrish all said they are removing their support from Ingraham.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, left, and Rich Schultz)

Free speech takes another hit

Fox News host Laura Ingraham has apologized, as has the network, for nothing more serious than her tweet: "David Hogg rejected by four colleges to which he applied and whines about it. (Dinged by UCLA with a 4.1 GPA totally predictable given acceptance rates.)"

Trump, Erdogan and Putin           The Washington Times

A good man is still hard to find

Women have been complaining since the original Adams family was evicted from the Garden of Eden that "a good man is hard to find." Despite radical feminist mockery of the very idea of "manliness," that men are natural sexual predators, most women, with very few exceptions, still want one.

Austria Immigration Door Locked Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

The sound of debate in Austria

Something unprecedented took place in Austria in December 2017 -- and hardly anyone outside the country noticed: For the first time in Western Europe, a government took power that advocates anti-immigration and anti-Islamization policies.