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Illustration on the second U.S./North Korea summit by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

A second U.S.-North Korea summit

There are reasons for concern about a second U.S.-North Korea summit. If there is no tangible movement on denuclearization, public support for dialogue with North Korea will erode quickly, with the potential for a return to a policy of “maximum pressure.” If this were to happen, it would be a major diplomatic failure with far reaching consequences.

FILE - In this Tuesday, June 12, 2018 file photo, people pray for America at the 2018 Annual Meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Dallas Convention Center in Dallas. In late July, the SBC _ the largest Protestant denomination in the U.S. _ announced plans to create a high-level study group to develop strategies for combatting sexual abusers and ministering to their victims. The move followed a series of revelations about sexual misconduct cases involving SBC churches and seminaries. (Vernon Bryant/The Dallas Morning News via AP)

‘How could they?’

My first reaction upon hearing that hundreds of leaders in the Southern Baptist Convention had sexually abused as many as 700 people in 400 churches, including victims as young as 3, was “how could they?” It was the same reaction I had when news of predatory priests in the Roman Catholic Church, and the cover-up that followed the sexual abuse allegations, surfaced.

A Closer Look at Venezuela Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Dictatorship thwarted, democracy preserved

The crisis in Venezuela that has ruined my country’s economy has been building for years as Nicolas Maduro and his Cuban partners have been building a totalitarian infrastructure they were sure would protect them from the growing unrest their policies have created. They were wrong and with U.S. and international opposition mounting in support of his domestic opponents, Mr. Maduro’s days may be numbered.

The Silence of the Nondisclosure Agreement Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

The president and chilling free speech

While the public discourse has been consumed over the realization that abortion physicians actually let viable babies who survive late-term abortions die — as well as whether President Donald Trump or House Speaker Nancy Pelosi will blink first over the issue of congressional authorization for building a wall at the country’s southern border, to say nothing of the race-and-sex-infused mess at the top of the government in Virginia — a profound free speech issue has been bubbling below the radar.

Defending against intrusions in cyberspace

The Digital Age demands a workforce capable of defending us from modern threats. Americans today face cyber threats not only from hostile foreign nationals, but also from hackers, child pornographers, spies and thieves invading our homes and businesses through our computers.

Illustration on the political perils of leftist Democrats by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

The danger to Democrats from the left

The danger to Democrats from rising liberalism is nowhere clearer than in their diminishing conservatism. Their danger is both quantitative and qualitative. On one hand, it threatens Democratic numeric ranks, which is itself consequential. On the other, it threatens the ameliorating mooring keeping Democrats concerned with America’s mainstream.

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Former Democratic Rep. Beto O'Rourke speaks to a crowd inside a ball park across the street from where President Donald Trump was holding a rally inside the El Paso County Coliseum in El Paso, Texas, Monday, Feb. 11, 2019. (AP Photo/Rudy Gutierrez)

Trump builds, Beto destroys

- The Washington Times

President Donald Trump declared a national emergency to free up funding and build his long-promised border wall. And on the other side of town, Beto O'Rourke -- Robert Francis "Beto" O'Rourke -- says let's bust 'em all down. The campaign lines for 2020 couldn't be any clearer.

President Donald Trump walks out of the Oval Office to deliver remarks in the Rose Garden at the White House to declare a national emergency in order to build a wall along the southern border, Friday, Feb. 15, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

If Trump's 'egregious,' what was Barack Obama?

- The Washington Times

So President Donald Trump announced he was poised to declare a national emergency at the border, setting leftist tongues a-waggin' about the "egregious" lines of power he was crossing, and "egregious" bypass of Congress he was committing, and "egregious" political precedents he was setting. Hmm. Can you say Barack Obama?

Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro speaks during an interview with The Associated Press at Miraflores presidential palace in Caracas, Venezuela, Thursday, Feb. 14, 2019. Even while criticizing Donald Trump's confrontational stance toward his socialist government, Maduro said he holds out hope of meeting the U.S. president to resolve an impasse over his recognition of opponent Juan Guaido as Venezuela's rightful leader. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)

More Marxist cruelty

The only thing President Nicolas Maduro has to offer the Venezuelan people now is more Marxist cruelty. He has plenty of that. His country is slowly starving to death, with vast stocks of food (and medicines) awaiting delivery from Colombia and Brazil just next door. The groceries have collected there, a gift from the largesse of the United States and dozens of other nations.

Not even a minute for security

If each hour in a 40-hour work week equaled $100 billion, it would be equivalent to the $4-trillion annual U.S. budget. In that 40 hours, $1.375 billion allotted for the border wall is equivalent to 50 seconds.

Treat treason accordingly

A Washington Times headline yesterday read, "McCabe admits DOJ talked Trump removal, says he ordered obstruction of justice probe" (Web, Feb. 14). Merriam-Webster defines a coup d'etat as "the overthrow or alteration of an existing government by a small group." There are currently American men and women in our armed forces in harm's way all over the globe fighting the global war on terror. Put the pieces together and we have men and women at the Department of Justice who have actively engaged in the overthrow of a lawfully elected president of the United States during a time of war.

Life and its absurdities in a Soviet bloc setting

Soon after Elliott Black arrives in Prague from small-town Indiana in the 1990s, his shoes are stolen. That's understandably distressing -- and the more so when he finds them a few days later exhibited in an art gallery.

No "meddling" going on here! Nothing to see folks. (Sponsored)

Yanks to the Rescue 2.0

The date of the first round of Ukraine's presidential election, March 31, is rapidly approaching. Perhaps even more important to the outcome than the fluctuating opinion polls showing abysmal levels of popularity of all 44 contenders is another question: Who is Washington's preferred choice?

Former Attorney General Eric Holder speaks at Drake University, Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019, in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Eric Holder for president? Run -- we'd love a Fast and Furious vetting

- The Washington Times

Eric Holder, who served as attorney general under Barack Obama, announced his mulling of a presidential campaign. Run, Eric, run. Americans are still waiting for answers to certain Justice Department issues from the Obama years -- and what better way to get them finally answered than during a presidential campaign vetting?