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Illustration on relations with Russia by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Why relations with Russia are taut and strained

Hope is hard to see in current U.S.-Russia relations. Talk abounds of a second Cold War. The phrase, however, misunderstands history. The way forward with Russia is complex, but worth the effort. Peace may emerge from shades of gray.

Illustration on Gina Haspel's role in damaging the CIA by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Fixing a weakened espionage brand

A group of former senior intelligence officials recently published a letter supporting Deputy CIA Director Gina Haspel as the nominee to be the next CIA director.

Illustration on infrastructure improvement by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Getting to a U.S. infrastructure renaissance

If we are going to double our level of infrastructure investment, from 1.3 percent of GDP to something close to 3 percent, then we are going to have to look to the benefits of that investment.

Obama Holdovers in the Justice Department Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Stalled at DOJ because of ‘reefer madness’

By October of President Obama’s first term, Tom Perez had been confirmed by the Senate as assistant attorney general for Civil Rights at the Justice Department.

Thinking Differently Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

A fresh wind in the Middle East

For decades Saudi leaders expressed in vituperative fashion an animus to the state of Israel as an illegal entity in what is assumed to be Arab land. While King Salman reaffirmed a steadfast position on the Palestinian issue and the legitimate rights of the Palestinian people to Jerusalem as their capital, he made an astonishing claim that the Jewish people have a right to a “nation state in at least part of their ancestral home.” On its face this may not seem as much, but based on commentary over the last 70 years this comment is extraordinary.

Illustration on copyright protection by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Copyrights and patents, piracy and theft

April 26 is World Intellectual Property Day — a day too little-noticed in most quarters but which shouldn’t be.

Illustration on tariffs and energy production by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

How the ‘America-First Offshore Energy Strategy’ could bottom out

President Trump has admirably prioritized America’s energy assets, declaring his administration’s goal of creating an era of American “energy dominance.” But as things stand today, the biggest obstacle to Mr. Trump’s vision is — spoiler alert — President Trump, thanks to his ill-conceived and hasty action to order a 25 percent tariff on imported steel products.

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Then-FBI Director James Comey testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, May 3, 2017. Mr. Comey is blasting President Donald Trump as unethical and "untethered to truth" and his leadership of the country as "ego driven and about personal loyalty." Comey's comments come in a new book in which he casts Trump as a mafia boss-like figure who sought to blur the line between law enforcement and politics and tried to pressure him regarding the investigation into Russian election interference. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

'Slimeball' versus Stormy Daniels

- The Washington Times

Call it a pole-dancing standoff between the Siren Stripper and the Leakin' Lyin' Nasty Giraffe, code-named "Slimeball" by the highest levels of the United States government.

This Sept. 28, 2017, file photo shows Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch speaking at the 50th anniversary of the Fund for America Studies luncheon at the Trump Hotel in Washington. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)

A black-robed counterrevolution

Federal judges sit on the bench for life and can either uphold the law or rule like tyrants. This puts judicial appointments right near the top of the most important things a president can do.

Illustration on ACLU perception of constitutional rights by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Just a shadow of the old ACLU

Remember when the American Civil Liberties Union was a staunch defender of First Amendment rights? The ACLU even defended the right of American Nazis to march in Skokie, Ill., the home of thousands of Holocaust survivors. Well, nowadays the ACLU is but a shadow of its former self, as it increasingly succumbs to the left's latest siren songs.

Illustration on the hazards of being a Chinese-language reporter with VOA by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

The most hazardous job in the federal government

Earlier this year, dozens of relatives of five reporters of the Uyghur Service, Radio Free Asia (RFA), were detained by the Chinese government in China's Xinjiang region. The medieval type of practice was clearly a powerful means of retaliation against the reporters. Such long-standing practice promised severe punishment to those who dared to challenge the regime by holding their loved ones hostage.

Chart to accompany Moore article of April 16, 2018.

The trillion dollar myth

There is an old saying that you can't teach an old dog new tricks, and we've learned that again with the Congressional Budget Office and its latest highly misleading fiscal forecast.

Demonstrators rally in support of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) outside the Capitol, Sunday, Jan. 21, 2018, in Washington, on the second day of the federal shutdown. Democrats have been seeking a deal to protect the "Dreamers," who have been shielded against deportation by DACA, which President Donald Trump halted last year. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana) **FILE**

No discounts for Dreamers

Life is not fair, as John F. Kennedy famously said, and sometimes it's not fair for everybody. The Arizona Supreme Court last week ruled that the "Dreamers," children brought to the United States by their illegal-immigrant parents, are not eligible for in-state tuition rates at Arizona's three state universities and at its network of community colleges.

Vote this November

Our nation has reached a critical stage in its ongoing evolution. We are dangerously close to becoming a socialist country (think Venezuela). We elected President Trump because he promised to get us back on the path our Founders intended. He has been working to do that but it's been slow and difficult because much of Congress and the federal courts have fought him every step of the way.

FILE - In this Aug. 10, 2012 file photo a customer pumps gas into his dual-tank pickup truck at a 76 gas station in Los Angeles. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt indicated this week he may target a longstanding federal waiver that allows California to set its own, tougher tailpipe emission standards, an exception that's allowed the state to prod the rest of nation to do more against air pollution and climate change for a half-century. (AP Photo/Grant Hindsley, File)

Misjudging data and its deadly consequences

Following an International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) review of benzene, a chemical commonly found in gasoline, tobacco smoke and other industries, a chemical engineer is alleging serious errors, which could have potentially deadly consequences for workers exposed to the substance.

In this May 3, 2017, file photo, then-FBI Director James Comey testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster) ** FILE **

Why would Trump ask the FBI to investigate 'Pee Tape' if it was real?

- The Washington Times

Lost in the breathless reporting over the former FBI Director's assertion that Trump asked him to investigate the most salacious items in the political propaganda known as the Russian dossier is a basic logical question: Why would Trump unleash the full investigative power of the Federal Bureau of Investigation on the golden shower story if there was even the slightest chance it was true?

In this June 8, 2017, file photo, Former FBI Director James Comey reacts during a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon) ** FILE **

James Comey tell-all strikes as revengeful rip of Donald Trump

- The Washington Times

It's not that the nation doesn't already know of James Comey's utter contempt for President Donald Trump. But there's something about putting hatred to print that makes it all the more vicious. And that's what Comey seems to have done with his new tell-all book, poised to hit bookstores across the country. It's his way of getting the last word with the president -- his way of exacting a revenge for being fired.

Columbus Blue Jackets left wing Artemi Panarin (9) celebrates his game-winning goal in overtime with Nick Foligno (71), Brandon Dubinsky (17), Ian Cole (23) and David Savard (58) in Game 1 of an NHL first-round hockey playoff series against the Washington Capitals, Thursday, April 12, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

LOVERRO: Worst Game 1 loss since the last worst Game 1 loss

It's clear the Washington Capitals don't appreciate the postseason hump they carried into the opening round of the Stanley Cup playoffs Thursday night at the arena, because they only made it bigger by blowing a gift of a 2-0 lead, losing game one in overtime 4-3 to the first wild-card team in the Metro Division, the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Illustration on Paul Ryan's fiscal legacy by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Paul Ryan's budget legacy

Paul Ryan's decision to retire from Congress is a tough hit for House Republicans. His calm, steadfast leadership has been a steadying hand over a couple of tumultuous years. Perhaps his biggest selling point to his colleagues to take the difficult votes was that he, himself, made the difficult decision to move into the big office. Like Cincinnatus, he didn't want the job. And that's one of the things people liked most about his ascension to the office of Speaker.

Illustration on government budget cuts by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Why rescission is a must

Conservatives are horrified by the staggering $21 trillion in debt as well as the trillion dollar deficits we are running each year as a result of the latest omnibus bill and spending trajectory. Last month, my office's phones were ringing off the hook with constituents dismayed that Washington is once again dramatically growing the size of government and their kids' debt bill.

Illustration on a U.S. China trade deal by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Cutting a deal with China

The Trump strategy to radically change trade and investment relations with China is well-intentioned but poorly conceived.