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Gridlock is back on Capitol Hill

Was it a blue wave? A blue ripple? That “big victory” for President Trump? Or “a new day in America” for Nancy Pelosi? Well, the pundits have spent the last two weeks putting everything in the win and loss columns and the only thing they seem to be able to agree on is that there were some wins and some losses.

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A newer, hungrier kind of Democratic radical

- The Washington Times

Nobody is as insignificant in the Washington pecking order as a freshman member of Congress just off the turnip truck and into a maelstrom of ignorance and uncertainty all about him. One member of a freshman class of not so long ago recalls arriving at Reagan National Airport, finding his way through the terminal maze to curbside, and hailing a taxi.

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The dumb courtship of Amazon

Would you vote for a politician who promised to both increase traffic congestion and increase your taxes — and yes, I wrote "increase." For those of us who live in Northern Virginia that is precisely what happened last week, when our state and local government officials announced with considerable fanfare that they had bribed Amazon — with billions of taxpayer money — to build one of its new headquarters in Virginia. With great pride, they also told us that they paid a much smaller bribe to Amazon per promised new job than did the New York governor and mayor. (Virginia Motto: We are not as dumb as New Yorkers.)

Recounting the Vote in Florida Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

The Florida fiasco ends

After two recounts — one by machine, the other by hand — after a concession speech by Andrew Gillum, the Democratic candidate for governor, which was withdrawn and then re-delivered; after hordes of lawyers descended on the state to argue that "every vote should be counted," including mail-in ballots with faulty signatures that were rejected the first time around, it's finally over.

An explication of Trump's defining philosophy

F.H. Buckley, a foundation professor at George Mason University's Scalia School of Law, a contributor to a variety of journals and author of three previous books, came to the United States in 1989 as an immigrant from Canada, believing that "Americans are the most generous and admirable of people," with an absolute faith in the truth and efficacy of the American Dream.

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The sensation nation

A common refrain when people lament violence, sex and f-bombs in movies, goes: "How did we get from the golden days of Hollywood to this?"

Illustration on broadband investiment benefits by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Building on the broadband investment bump

Some rare good news as we emerge from an intense and exhausting political season: In 2017, investment in broadband rose by $1.5 billion to $76.3 billion. This reversed a decline of approximately $3.2 billion in 2015-16.

Chart to accompany Moore article of Nov. 19, 2018.

Avoiding fiscal Armageddon

President Trump is being criticized by both parties for his continued pledge that he will not cut Social Security and Medicare benefits. Liberals are frustrated because they so desperately want to run TV ads against Mr. Trump rolling grandma over the cliff in her wheelchair.

Married to the #METOO Movement Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Michael Avenatti and just desserts

In "The Magician's Nephew" from "The Chronicles of Narnia" series, C.S. Lewis tells us of the young boy named Digory who is sent on a journey by Aslan to retrieve an apple from a distant garden beyond the western mountains. The boy is told not to eat the fruit but rather to simply pluck it from its branch and return it to the Lion who intends to use it to plant a tree that will provide freedom, justice and protection to Narnia forevermore.

The rebooting of Max Boot

Somebody really should tell Max Boot to snap out of it. An intelligent, facile writer with a wide if not particularly deep range of interests, his obsession with Donald Trump has turned him into a fussing, fuming drama queen, a manic Captain Ahab in pursuit of a not-so-ferocious Great White Whale named Trump.

Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May speaks during a press conference inside 10 Downing Street in London, Thursday, Nov. 15, 2018. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham, Pool)

The politicians are having it tough in Old Blighty, too

- The Washington Times

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Illustration on ending data breaches by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Ending data breaches

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Illustration on investment in the Indo-Pacific region by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

'Win-win or winner take all?'

Vice President Mike Pence's visit to the Indo-Pacific this week casts a spotlight on a region increasingly vital to global security and prosperity. State-based and private investors are investing vast amounts to build infrastructure and advance economic growth. For the emerging economies of the Indo-Pacific to realize their full potential, they must avoid economic traps.

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Donald Trump's never-ending turmoil

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