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Satchel Paige. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

Mr. Mueller’s fishing pole needs a rest

- The Washington Times

Satchel Paige, the legendary master of the sinking curve ball and famous doctor of philosophy, had a few wise words that Robert Mueller could use just now: “Don’t look back, something might be gaining on you.”

Rep. Donna Edwards, Maryland Democrat, said the bill passed by the House Wednesday would punish federal employees, and amounts to union-busing.

Donna Edwards has put ambition ahead of principle

- The Washington Times

When Sen. Barbara Mikulski of Maryland retired two years ago, Rep. Donna Edwards gave up her safe Prince George’s County congressional seat to take on her House colleague, Montgomery County’s Chris Van Hollen, in the Democratic primary. Ms. Edwards lost by nearly 13 points, in part because a supportive outside group ran a negative and wildly inaccurate ad in the final weeks of the campaign that backfired on her.

A number of factors are contributing to climbing prices at the pump. (Associated Press/File)

Trump’s market-based energy policy opens gates to production, innovation

Gas station signs are showing some discouragingly high numbers these days, with gas prices nationally now averaging $2.84 a gallon — up 40 cents from a year ago and the highest mark since 2014. Meanwhile, U.S. producers are pumping out more crude oil than they have in nearly 50 years. What gives?

What Obama and his political Choom Gang did is far worse than Watergate

- The Washington Times

At the end of all the scandal and drama, all of the breathlessly reported lies and false accusations, at the end of all the money wasted on some zany kabuki swamp dance choreographed to the thrumming of giant bullfrogs and yipping of excited coyotes — at the end of all of this — it comes down to precisely what we said it was a year and a half ago.

Illustration on Trump's Socratic method by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Donald Trump’s Socratic method

While the press likes to portray President Trump as impetuous and impatient with details, when it comes to important decisions, he usually weighs options carefully.

Illustration on Chinese pilfering of U.S. medical R&D by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Negotiating better trade agreements

President Trump is now hot and heavy in the trade negotiations with China, as well as Canada and Mexico in negotiating NAFTA 2.0. We are strong free traders, but we also believe that Mr. Trump’s plans to negotiate better trade agreements that reduce trade barriers abroad are right on the mark. He also has to make sure those deals fully protect U.S. intellectual property, or what is commonly called know-how.

University Goat Petting Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Pursuing God, or petting goats

It is finals week at colleges and universities across the nation, and the University of Maine at Orono just announced a brilliant plan: It is providing a herd of goats for students to feed and pet in order to help them — presumably the students, not the goats — get through the stress of final exams.

Protecting the Power Grid Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

A secure energy grid starts with copper

It’s not hard to imagine the role that energy plays in our daily lives — in fact it becomes immediately apparent when we experience even a brief power outage in our home or workplace. Quite simply, it stops us in our tracks.

James Comey. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

The collusion of lawyers is finally collapsing

- The Washington Times

Colluding, like canoodling, is all the rage. Robert Mueller, like a dog chasing his tail, has been trying for more than a year to find evidence that President Trump colluded with Vladimir Putin and the Russians to cook the 2016 election, which fate, providence, fortune and destiny decreed properly belonged to Hillary Clinton.

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No common sense in gun rhetoric

In recent months when young people were leaving school to protest guns in America, there was a local girl who was given show time to say that the biggest lie perpetrated about guns was that they do not kill. This is sad on many levels. With some common sense, this girl and those who brainwashed her would see the wrong of what she was parroting.

Kudos to judge on Mueller

I commend the federal judge in the Manafort case for two reasons ("Judge accuses Mueller's prosecutors of trumping up charges against Manafort to get to president," Web, May 4). The first is challenging the assumption special counsel Robert Mueller apparently has that he is operating with "unfettered power." The mandate of the special counsel very likely limits Mr. Mueller to fishing for Russian collusion in a relatively small pond. Finding none, Mr. Mueller is now trolling the ocean depths hoping to drudge up whatever he can to bring down the president and everyone around him. Why else resurrect charges from over a decade ago, charges the DOJ chose to ignore during the last administration?

A strong man rather than a 'strongman'

What a difference 29 years make. In 1989, on a visit to Budapest, I had the opportunity to meet with a number of leading players in Hungary's transition from a Soviet satellite to a sovereign democracy. I remember being impressed by the apparent reasonableness and sincerity of Gyula Horn, then-foreign minister and later the democratically elected prime minister of a coalition government dominated by reformist ex-communists and center-left politicians.

Happy V-Day to America

Happy V-Day to America

73 years have passed since the Victory Day. The Victory over Nazism on May 9, 1945 meant that live prevailed over death.

FILE - In this Feb. 11, 2016, file photo, New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman speaks during a news conference in New York. On Tuesday, May 23, 2017, Schneiderman announced that 47 states and the District of Columbia have reached an $18.5 million settlement with Target Corp. to resolve the states' probe into the discounter's massive pre-Christmas data breach in 2013. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)

Flashback: Mueller teamed up with Schneiderman to build Manafort case

- The Washington Times

Less than a year ago disgraced Democrat New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman was seen as a stalwart soldier in the war against the Donald Trump presidency. In fact, he teamed up with Special Counsel Robert Mueller to help concoct an indictment against Paul Manafort, Trump's former campaign manager.

In this Nov. 25, 2013, file photo, then-President Barack Obama and Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., greet each other on the tarmac upon his arrival on Air Force One at San Francisco International Airport. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)

Barack Obama, you said it -- 'like, facts are really useful'

- The Washington Times

Barack Obama told a crowd in San Diego gathered at the Association for Talent Development Conference that "like, facts are really useful" to sound decision-making. Agreed, Mr. Ex-President. Like, facts are really useful. And like, facts could've been really useful during the Obama administration as well -- something this former president seems to have overlooked while taking potshots as this current White House.

Michelle Obama speaks at College Signing Day, an event honoring Philadelphia students for their pursuit of a college education or career in the military, Wednesday, May 2, 2018, at Temple University in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Michelle Obama, take your snottiness and go

- The Washington Times

Michelle Obama, the former first lady who seems to have appointed herself the spokesperson for the fairer gender, has taken to criticizing her fellow women for voting for Donald Trump for president in 2016. She's "concerned" about women. She's wondering "what is going on in our heads." Well, she needn't be. In fact, better yet, she ought to just go away. And take that trail of condescension, too.

Illustration on Rod Rosenstein's current strange influence over Washington by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Conspiracy or incompetence

Many apparent Washington conspiracies are nothing more than sheer incompetence — or a combination of attempted conspiracy coupled with a high degree of incompetence. The investigation into the alleged interference by the Russians into the 2016 election is looking more like a farce than an unbiased, competent, serious undertaking.

Illustration on America's religious freedom roots by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

A time of reckoning for religious freedom

Sometimes, the merry-go-round of false narratives deserves to be stopped, history reasserted. America's religious roots are under intense pressure today from the media, state governments, educational institutions and litigious atheists. We are at a time of reckoning — and so is our role in the world as a beacon of religious freedom.

Bank Free Zone Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Fomenting division and wasting resources

When Bank of America announced it would no longer finance manufacturers that make "firearms with military characteristics for non-law enforcement, non-military use," it was diverting us from real solutions.

Whack A Nuke Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

The illusion of progress in Korea

By waiting to act more decisively against the North Korean nuclear threat, President Trump gave Kim Jong-un time to undertake successful diplomacy and gain significant advantages. The upcoming summit may ultimately accomplish nothing better than the much reviled 2015 nuclear agreement with Iran.

Former Marquette University professor John McAdams sued the private Catholic school in 2016, arguing that he lost his job for exercising his freedom of speech by expressing his disapproval of what he believes was a teacher's attempt to shut down a discussion about opposition to gay marriage. (Associated Press)

Catholic colleges, conflicted conservatives

In recent years, opinions about free speech and academic freedom have fallen squarely along party lines — especially with regard to private, religious schools.

Illustration on freedom of speech on campus by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Free speech for some, but not for all

"I may not agree with what you say, but I'll defend to the death your right to say it." Few quotations are more quintessentially American than this (attributed in various forms to Voltaire, Oscar Wilde and others). You may not persuade anyone, but at least you can count on being heard.