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Illustration on the Trump base by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Staying on the side of his voters

Donald Trump won the presidency on a wave of popular sentiment against the ruling class. That sentiment, more than any individual, was the 2016 elections’ principal protagonist. His presidency’s fortunes depend on identification with that wave, and on enhancing it, quite as much as did his election.

Marijuana Laws Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Federalism and marijuana

Early in the Reagan administration, legal advisers from all the agencies were brought into a meeting at the White House. Copies of an executive order from the new president were circulated to each.

Senate Minority Leader Sen. Chuck Schumer of N.Y., left, speaks to an aide following a Senate policy luncheon on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2018. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Congress acting downright childish

This bad: When senators from both parties gathered over the weekend to privately discuss how to end the government shutdown, they were forced to resort to using a “talking stick.” Hold the talking stick, only you can talk. Everyone else has to put on their listening hats.

In this Sept. 19, 2014, file photo, a customer checks the iPhone 6, in Paris. A French prosecutor office said Tuesday, Jan.9, 2018, that an investigation into Apple over alleged planned obsolescence of some of its smartphones has been opened. It follows a legal complaint filed in December by pro-consumer group Halte a l'obsolescence programmee (Stop Planned Obsolescence). Under a 2015 law, it is banned to intentionally shorten lifespan of a product in order to incite customers replace it. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena, File)

Why smartphone hysteria is misplaced

We have all seen it — children, sitting together with smartphones, texting and otherwise communicating without use of voice or eye contact. Annoying perhaps, but not necessarily the threat to their healthy development or civilization that alarmists allege.

Illustration on football and the divine by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

God and football

There were five seconds left in the playoff game between the Minnesota Vikings and the New Orleans Saints. The Saints had a two-point lead and a virtual lock on the victory. But in one of the strangest events in National Football, Case Keenum, the Vikings’ quarterback, threw a pass to Stefon Diggs in the flat. He jumped up and dashed to the end zone. What was a virtually assured Saints’ victory became a Vikings visit to the NFL championship game.

Sunlight on Africa, courtesy of Trump

Adisputed derogatory remark about the poor state of African countries attributed to President Trump during a recent private Oval Office meeting between him and some members of the White House staff and Congress sparked a global political, diplomatic and media firestorm. Regardless of what may or may not have been said, the incident serves as a catalyst for inquisitive minds to put some much-needed sunlight on that continent’s many problems.

Illustration on Iranian and Turkish aggression against the Kurds by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Finding the true enemy in the Middle East

In several U.S. State Department statements, and interviews with senior administration officials the response to inquiries over U.S. policy in regard to our allies the Kurds and our declared enemy, Iran, we hear the same answer, that we must continue our focus on ISIS.

Former President Barack Obama. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

Another day at work, another congressional tantrum

- The Washington Times

Throwing tantrums and shutting down the government is a bipartisan sport. Both Republicans and Democrats have now thrown this particular tantrum, like children fighting over a toy, and it’s great fun only for the tantrum-throwers. The rest of us, and that includes both Democrats and Republicans, are not much amused.

The Shutdown Schumer T-shirt Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

But it’s not the ‘Trump shutdown’

- The Washington Times

Even with the shutdown averted, Democrats continue to act as if they believe that no matter what they do, Republicans will get the blame, but reality is beginning to undermine their narrative.

In this June 21, 2017, file photo, former FBI Director Robert Mueller, the special counsel probing Russian interference in the 2016 election, departs Capitol Hill following a closed-door meeting in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)

Mr. Mueller, shut down this sham investigation

- The Washington Times

It’s time for the Russia collusion investigation into President Donald Trump to come to a halt. It’s a sham; it’s a web of deceits. And the American people are just not that stupid that its continuance can be justified any longer.

Illustration on the need to reform Federal welfare programs by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Why welfare needs reform

With Congress back in session, what’s one of the more controversial items potentially on 2018’s legislative docket? Speaker of the House Paul Ryan says welfare reform is in the cards.

A 100 percent U.S. Angus beef Colby Jack Cheeseburger as part of U.S. President Donald Trump set is seen at Munch's Burger Shack restaurant in Tokyo Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017. The cheeseburger Trump had during his recent visit to Japan is still drawing lines at the Tokyo burger joint. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

The ‘plant-based burger’ scam

Animal activist groups are making obvious headway convincing meat eaters to put down the steak, according to a GlobalData analysis that estimates as many as 6 percent of U.S. consumers currently consider themselves vegans.

In this Feb. 1, 2017, file photo, Brooklyn College students walk between classes on campus in New York. The New York state Legislature approved a budget on April 9, 2017, that includes funding for Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo's plan to offer free tuition for middle-class students at state universities. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews, File)

Taming the tuition tiger

You can’t put a price on education, the saying goes, but if you did, it would be very high. And the cost falls on everyone.

FILE - In this April 11, 2017 file photo, Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan, center, signs a bill between Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller, left, and House Speaker Michael Busch during a bill signing ceremony following the state's legislative session at the Maryland State House in Annapolis, Md.  Lawmakers are poised to act early in the upcoming legislative session on two high-profile issues: paid sick leave and medical marijuana. The General Assembly gathers Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2018.   Democrats, who control the assembly, are expected to make a priority of overriding Hogan's veto of paid sick leave for businesses with 15 or more employees.(AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

A New Year’s present for Marylanders

Most Marylanders agree that Maryland income taxes are too high. In various rankings we almost always fall into the category of the 10 worst states. For example The Tax Foundation ranks Maryland 9th highest in individual income taxes per capita; and the 2018 business tax climate index ranks Maryland among the 10 worst of the 50 states.

For several years, the resurgent oil and gas sector was almost the sole truly bright spot of the economy. (Associated Press/File)

Free markets and free trade will fuel U.S. energy dominance

To further capitalize on America’s energy renaissance, the Trump administration should reconsider and look to strengthen free trade — particularly with Canada and Mexico, our two largest energy trading partners.

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President Trump faces a Jan. 12 deadline to extend waivers of broad oil and energy sanctions against that were critical to getting Iran's commitment to the Obama-era nuclear accord. (Associated Press)

Gohmert: Without wall Trump will face impeachment

- The Washington Times

President Trump's immigration policy allies are beginning to tremble in fear that an amnesty for millions of illegal aliens with no strings attached to a border wall or chain migration is making its way through congressional negotiations with the White House's tacit (or confused) approval.

Illustration on the lack of prosecution over FBI and Justice Department corruption by Lina Garsys/The Washington Times

The sad, sure demise of the 'Untouchables'

The FBI that I knew dealt in facts. We targeted criminals based on evidence and not political party or ideology. But our leadership over the past 17 years failed America by engaging in selective prosecution. The simple definition of which is that you overlook crimes committed by like-minded folks while prosecuting those who hold dissimilar views.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents serve an employment audit notice at a 7-Eleven convenience store Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2018, in Los Angeles. Agents said they targeted about 100 7-Eleven stores nationwide Wednesday to open employment audits and interview workers. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

7-Eleven siege, as ICE raids for illegals

- The Washington Times

There's this 7-Eleven in Northern Virginia where scores of illegals hang, waiting for day work that may or may not come -- staring at and intimidating women who cross the parking lot. But now, thanks to federal immigration officers and the get-tough-on-borders approach of President Donald Trump, there are 98 fewer 7-Elevens across the nation this morning that are facing this same issue.

Copies of Michael Wolff's "Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House" are on display as they go on sale at a bookshop, in London, Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018. A trade magazine is reporting that over 1 million orders for the book have been placed in the United States alone. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

Even left-leaning PolitiFact finds 'Fire and Fury' lacking in substance, sourcing

- The Washington Times

PolitiFact, a web-based watchdog of sorts for political reporting -- and hardly an entity that can be called a cover for the conservative movement -- issued a scathing assessment of Michael Wolff's "Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House" that no doubt will go far in solidifying the administration's line that the book is nothing but claptrap and lies, through and through.

Left's rants just envy

Every day many Americans turn on the news or pick up a newspaper to see the Democrats on yet another rant against President Trump. These range from Nancy Pelosi demanding Mr. Trump be impeached, to the Democrats threatening to shut down the government if illegal aliens brought into our country as children are not given citizenship, to President Obama sitting on his high horse in another country disparaging our president.

Trump hardly the corrupt one

Silence seems to be the tactic employed by the mainstream media in reporting on the unfolding news of the corruption in the Obama Justice Department. Maybe the two esteemed defenders of truth and justice, former Washington Post start reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein, could enlighten us "deplorables" about the difference between Watergate and this scandal.

Money transfer services allow Salvadorans and others under temporary protected status to send remittances, adding greatly to the gross domestic product of their home countries. (Associated Press/File)

The man who came to dinner

"A government bureau," Ronald Reagan once observed, "is the nearest thing to eternal life we'll ever see on this earth." One current example of how government can bend language out of shape to preserve this artificial eternal life is the so-called "Temporary Protected Status" program.

FILE - A June 25, 1999, file photo shows an enlargement of the U.S. Postal Service's stamp depicting Rosie the Riveter, in South Portland, Maine. A group wants to preserve a portion of the old Willow Run bomber plant and house a museum there dedicated to aviation and the countless Rosies across the country. Save the Bomber Plant officials have until Thursday, May 1, to raise the remainder of the $8 million needed to save the plant from demolition. (AP Photo/Joan Seidel, File)

When women were stronger

Researchers at the Max Planck Odense Center at the University of Southern Denmark have just discovered what everybody already knew (which is the most persuasive kind of research): Women are stronger than men, and they live longer, too.

President Donald Trump arrives for a news conference with Norway Prime Minister Erna Solberg in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2018. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

'Support the most viable conservative'

After a year, conservatives should now have few doubts about President Trump. They should have even fewer that they will have a better viable alternative in 2020.

Standing up to the lynch mob

We will soon celebrate the first anniversary of the Trump presidency. I am a moderate conservative and Donald Trump was not my first choice as a Republican nominee. But if the Republicans had nominated the Devil, I'd have voted the Hell ticket as an alternative to Hillary Clinton. That said, I've warmed to the president since last January.

US Constitution (illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington TImes)

Working below the radar, unleashing surveillance

Hidden beneath the controversy stirred up last week by the publication of a book called "Fire and Fury," a highly critical insider's view of the Trump White House that the president has not only denounced on national television but also tried to prevent from being published and distributed, are the efforts of the Trump administration and congressional leadership to bypass the Fourth Amendment to the Constitution.

Illustration on Trump as poetic muse by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Poets and politics

Last February, after The New York Times announced a Donald Trump Poetry Contest, columnist Nicholas Kristof reported that 2,000 entries had been submitted. "I sought out pro-Trump poems," he said, "but poets seem to be disproportionately aghast at his presidency."

Illustration on keeping surveillance within constitutional bounds by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Keeping surveillance in line with the Constitution

- The Washington Times

In the next few days, Congress will vote on whether and how to renew a controversial part of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act that has resulted in the collection of thousands of Americans' private communications -- without probable cause or a warrant.

Illustration on problems with continued U.S. support of the Palestinians by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

The faded Palestinian issue

President Trump set off another Twitter firestorm last week when he hinted that he may be considering cutting off hundreds of millions of dollars in annual U.S. aid to the Palestinians. Mr. Trump was angered over Palestinian unwillingness to engage in peace talks with Israel after the Trump administration announced the move of the U.S. Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem.