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Billy Graham, preaching from the belly of the beast

- The Washington Times

Five of us from The Washington Times were invited to Pyongyang in April 1992 by Kim Il-Sung, the grandfather of Rocket Man. The man called “the Great Leader,” regarded as the founder of the Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea, wanted to open his hermit kingdom to the world, and we were the first Western newspapermen to test whether North Korea could withstand a regiment of editors and reporters in their midst for 11 days.

Illustration on the goals and ideals of CPAC by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

The significance of CPAC 2018

Inflection points in national dialogue and history are easy to miss. This week’s Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Washington, D.C., is one — it represents a key gathering, of key leaders, in a key year, on key issues. From 2018 election strategy and tax cuts to national security and gun rights, what gets said here matters to America’s future.

Illustration on stopping school shootings by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Stopping school shootings by arming teachers

When Donald Trump called for arming teachers in 2015, he was met with the expected derision from gun control advocates and other progressives. All proposals to arm teachers are met with similar derision by liberals who warn of the dangers of “militarizing” schools. While this chin dribbling continues, school shootings have increased to a point where 150,000 of our nation’s students have now experienced a school shooting or the threat of one.

No Takers for Puerto Rico's 4% Corporate Tax Rate Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

The failing tax haven of Puerto Rico

Until very recently, United States corporations were saddled with the highest tax rates in the world. Although the concept of economic growth spurred by tax cuts was previously successful in the U.S. under President John F. Kennedy in the 1960s and President Ronald Reagan in the 1980s, progressives in both parties seeking to find their own best ways to spend other people’s money steadily took both corporate and personal tax rates higher at different times.

Illustration on the fits and starts of economic recovery by William Brown/Tribune Content Agency

A few bumps for the economy

Stocks on a roller coaster and surging inflation have just given policymakers and ordinary folks a jolt. Caution is always prudent but this is hardly time to panic.

FILE - In this Monday, Sept. 20, 2010 file photo, businessman Yevgeny Prigozhin, left, shows Russian President Vladimir Putin, around his factory which produces school means, outside St. Petersburg, Russia. One of those indicted in the Russia probe is a businessman with ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin. Prigozhin is an entrepreneur from St. Petersburg who's been dubbed "Putin's chef" by Russian media. His restaurants and catering businesses have hosted the Kremlin leader's dinners with foreign dignitaries. (Alexei Druzhinin, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP, File)

The indictment of Russian operatives

President Trump’s attempts to convince Americans that Russia’s interference in the 2016 election was a giant “hoax” has taken a beating lately.

Electrical lines will be used for broadband Internet access as IBM Corp. partners with a smaller firm to improve access for rural areas not served by cable or DSL. They plan to work with local electric cooperatives. (Getty Images)

Breaking up the public broadcaster monopoly

The notion of a profound “digital divide” between urban and rural areas in America is hardly new. The real issue is what America should do about it — and whether the government or private sector should take the lead.

Phishing Moscow Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Mueller in hot pursuit

Last Friday, a federal grand jury sitting in Washington, D.C., indicted 13 Russian nationals and three Russian corporations for conspiracy and for using false instruments and computer hacking so as to influence the American presidential election in 2016. The indictment alleges a vast, organized and professional effort, funded by tens of millions of dollars, whereby Russian spies passed themselves off as Americans on the internet, on the telephone and even in person here in the U.S. to sow discord about Hillary Clinton and thereby assist in the election of Donald Trump.

Russia's Puppet Candidate Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

The great strategic deception

The underlying theme promoted by the Hillary Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee (DNC), supported by the mainstream media, that there was collusion between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin to ensure a Hillary Clinton defeat, never made any strategic sense.

President Barack Obama laughs with Vice President Joe Biden during a ceremony in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington, Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh) ** FILE **

Tracking the real collusion: Obama knew foreign entities were interfering; he did nothing

There is a lot of noise lately, and less signal, about the now debunked “Trump colluded with Russia” narrative. After special counsel Robert Mueller indicted 13 Russians for trolling Americans during the 2016 election, Democrats and various malcontents are in a tizzy to move their narrative goalposts. “Well,” they insist, “Trump said the whole Russian thing was a hoax. Now it’s proven it wasn’t,” or some such nonsense.

Nervous in North Africa

Officials in Morocco are apprehensive. “Africa is approaching a dangerous moment,” one of the Kingdom’s most senior political figures told me recently in Rabat. His bleak assessment, which I heard in virtually every meeting during my recent visit to the country, stems from what are essentially two factors.

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Stockton California in a Glass Box Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Free money and pigeons

According to The Washington Post, which should know, Democrats are moving even farther left in an effort to appeal to more Americans.

Illustration on America's mineral abundance by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Making America a strategic mineral superpower

- The Washington Times

Why is the United States reliant on China and Russia for strategic minerals when we arguably have more of these valuable resources than both these nations combined? This has nothing to do with geological impediments. It is all politics.

Illustration on the danger of trade retaliation by China by Linas Garsys/the Washington Times

How Trump's trade policy courts disaster

Of all the economic policies President Trump has marked for attention this year — merit-based immigration, infrastructure and vocational training — fixing the trade deficit offers the biggest bang for the buck.

Due Credit for the Economy Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

The 2017-2018 economic recovery

Whatever happened to the New Normal? First, Obama Democrats told us that what looked like long-term stagnation under President Obama's economic policies, with growth stuck at 2 percent on average for his whole eight years in office, was the New Normal that the American people were going to have to get used to, the best we could do now.

File - In this Friday, Oct. 19, 2012 file photo, students study in a library on the campus of California State University, Long Beach in Long Beach, Calif. California State University is considering raising tuition in 2018-19 for the second straight year, a move trustees say would be a last resort if the state does not chip in more funding for the country's largest university system. The Board of Trustees said Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2018, that Gov. Jerry Brown's proposed state budget, released earlier this month, allocates a fraction of what the system's 23 campuses need to maintain their quality of education at a time of record-high enrollment. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)

First and second things, character and color

C.S. Lewis told us in "God in the Dock": "Put first things first and second things are thrown in. Put second things first and you lose both first and second things." In his publication titled First Things, Richard John Neuhaus warned, "One must never underestimate the profound bigotry and anti-intellectualism [of second things]."

An athlete from team USA points during the opening ceremony of the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, Friday, Feb. 9, 2018. (Clive Mason/Pool Photo via AP)

Dark skin and gold medals

If race-consciousness becomes an Olympic sport, and who can say it won't, the United States will have a lock on the gold medal. Silver and bronze, too. There's no escaping race obsession that thrives in every crevice, cleft, nook and cranny in America. A body can step on it unaware everywhere.

Time for term limits

Watching the stone-faced Democrats sitting on their hands during President Trump's State of the Union address prompted me to conclude that their wish is for bad things to happen to the country while Mr. Trump and the Republicans are in control.

Labs shadows of former selves

Kudos to Peter Pry for pointing out the need to clean house at the Department of Energy, and to The Washington Times for publishing his op-ed ("Dereliction of duty at the Department of Energy," Web, Feb. 7).

When Nazis attacked the American movie industry

As Adolph Hitler tried to spread his Nazi tentacles beyond Germany in the 1930s, he benefited from a so-called "fifth column" of ideological supporters in several nations, notably France.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani arrives for a press conference at the presidency compound in Tehran, Iran, Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018. A portrait of the Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei hangs on the wall. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)

Iran turning its sights on Israel

- The Washington Times

We've predicted for some time that once the fight between pro-Assad Shia elements (Iran/Hezbollah) and Sunni Islamists in the Middle East wound down, Iran and its proxies would turn their attention towards Israel to achieve their longstanding dream of wiping the Jewish State off the map.

U.S. President Donald Trump salutes as he watches with his wife Melania Trump the traditional Bastille Day military parade on the Champs Elysees, in Paris, Friday, July 14, 2017. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)

Mr. Trump wants us to march to fife, drum and sousaphone

- The Washington Times

For the U.S. to start annual major July 4 military parades in Washington just doesn't seem to capture what America is all about. The shining city on the hill is not a militaristic image. But on the other hand, what's another $12 million out of a federal budget that's already so busted it's not funny?

Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., talks with a staffer on Capitol Hill in Washington, Monday, Jan. 22, 2018, after passage of a procedural vote aimed at reopening the government. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Joe Manchin sure looks desperate

- The Washington Times

Once a self-styled "maverick" Manchin rode into office promising to be his own man and fighting against his own party to defend West Virginians. Today he will cozy up to anyone if it makes for a good photo opportunity and he begs his pals in the senate to not say mean things about him so he can keep his seat and live on his boat on the Potomac.

Omarosa on voting for Trump again: 'God no, never'

- The Washington Times

Omarosa Manigault-Newman, who used to be one of President Donald Trump's biggest fans, apparently now can't stand the sight of him. What's changed? Well, she was pressured-into-leaving-slash-quit her cushy White House aide job, for one.