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Theresa May

The lady at bay in Old Blighty

- The Washington Times

Theresa May, who has mismanaged Britain’s exit from the European Union, won her vote of confidence in the House of Commons this week, and now she’s in the hard place the country preacher found himself after winning a vote of confidence to unify his congregation, soothe hurt feelings and make peace with his deacons.

Illustration on U.S. energy production by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

The American energy strategic advantage

From the Bakken’s booming oil fields to the high-yielding Marcellus shale formation in the Midwest, the United States continues to produce record outputs of oil and natural gas.

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Brown Out Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

America's increasingly fragile electric grid

One of the lesser known economic successes of the modern era is the U.S. electric grid. For the most part, enough electricity-generating capacity to meet the nation's power needs is available at the flip of a switch. America's power plants continue to perform at high levels of safety and reliability. The reason: A diverse mix of fuels and technologies — coal, natural gas, nuclear power and renewables — serves as a hedge against price volatility and supply disruptions.

Illustration on the Iranian threat in the Middle East by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Punishing the Saudi prince

Consult a map of the Middle East. Locate the Strait of Hormuz, a narrow sea passage separating the Arabian Peninsula from Iran, and connecting the Gulf -- whether you call it the Persian Gulf or the Arabian Gulf is a thorny question -- to the open oceans beyond.

Illustration on the need for increased defense spending by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Putting service men and women first

We wrote recently on these pages that we must engage in "right-sizing America's government to protect our economic growth." That is, we must safeguard the rapid economic growth induced by our major tax reform/tax cut legislation of 2017, and not dissipate it on more wasteful spending as we have in the past and as will be urged by the new "progressive" (not Democratic) majority in the House.

Incarceration Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Facing facts about prison time

I thought I knew. As someone who served time in prison and runs an organization that works with families and individuals directly impacted by incarceration, I thought I knew how big the problem was. I talk every day to parents who are missing their incarcerated sons and daughters and kids who are missing their incarcerated moms and dads. I knew incarceration touched the lives of a lot of American families, but even I was shocked by the results of a new survey released this week.

Illustration on the challenges to small business by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Small business, the casualty of rising interest rates

As interest rates rise, access to capital is increasingly restricted for the small businesses that make up the core of the American economy. However, some far-left lawmakers and activists want to restrict access even further under the guise of protecting consumers.

Illustration on Airbnb's exclusion of Israel by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

How a hospitality service wages war against Israel

Cities and countries have gone to war with Airbnb over its exacerbation of housing shortages in places like San Francisco or its unfair competition with hotels in places like Paris, but there is only one country against which Airbnb is waging the war. That's Israel.

Bringing alive the great composer's music and humanity

It has long been fashionable for worshippers of "genius" to excuse the thorough nastiness of some of their idols with the all-purpose alibi that, for the truly brilliant, their work must come first with basic standards of decency running, at best, a poor second.

Harry S Truman at the piano with Lauren Bacall. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

A modern president and his tweet stuff

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Thomas Jefferson collected old books and French wines, Warren Harding collected poker buddies, and FDR collected stamps. Harry S Truman collected sheet music and played the piano. Once he played it at the National Press Club, with Lauren Bacall draped across the upright with a helping of cheesecake. Bess, the first lady, was not amused.

Obamacare Costs Breaking the Bank Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Protecting consumers from Obamacare's costs

Open enrollment in most of Obamacare's exchanges ends on Saturday, Dec. 15. Consumers in seven states that run their own exchanges, including California and New York, have a little bit longer to purchase coverage.

Media Flip-Flop Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Changing their tune on 41

Before George H.W. Bush fades from memory into the darkness of history books, one more point needs to be made. It is about the contrast between how most of the major media treated him when he was president and how they mostly (but not completely) did a 180 during their coverage and commentary of his funeral.

Illustration on alternatives to tear gas and rubber bullets by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Better tools along the border

Innocents being used as human shields is not new. Placing police and security forces into positions where they are portrayed as brutal thugs in the media didn't start with the recent incident last month, when tear gas was used on the Mexican border.

Saved by a Frog Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

When the bureacracy goes too far

What do the Paris riots, Brexit, the election of Donald Trump, the dusky gopher frog and Peter Wallison's new book "Judicial Fortitude" all have in common? They are all signs that the peasants have had it with the bureaucratic state and the smug elitists who have been ruling the globe. Despite never-ending attempts to quash it, the basic human desire for liberty keeps re-emerging.

Illustration on the situation of Qatar by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

The amir of Qatar, a U.S. ally

As the Trump administration calibrates its response to the state-sponsored murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi it would be well advised to redirect its focus on another young leader in the region whose domestic and foreign policy deserve Washington's attention and applause. This leader is the 38 year-old Amir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani.

The flag-draped casket of former President George H.W. Bush is carried by a military honor guard past former presidents and first ladies George W. Bush and wife Laura Bush, President Donald Trump, first lady Melania Trump, former President Barack Obama, Michelle Obama, former President Bill Clinton, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and former President Jimmy Carter during a State Funeral at the National Cathedral, Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Apologizing, not eulogizing was in order

No modern president was more unfairly treated by critics than George H. W. Bush. Sadly, last week's memorializing reminds America: In Washington, Republicans receive praise only in eulogies. For President George H.W. Bush, and America, it comes 26 years too late.

Illustration on electric car subsidies by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Ending the electric-car subsidy

If America's auto manufacturers wrote letters to Santa, it's not hard to guess what would be high on their lists: retaining the federal tax credit for electric vehicles.

A gripping account of the Marines' heroic stand

On Oct. 15, 1950, early in the Korean War, President Harry S. Truman flew 7,000 miles to Wake Island in the Pacific to meet Gen. Douglas MacArthur, Supreme Commander for the Allied Powers, to ask one simple question: Was there any chance that China would intervene in Korea?

Smokey the Bear Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Adapting to wildfires

While Gov. Jerry Brown blames the horrific death toll from California's late-season wildfires on climate change, he and the state's lawmakers have done little to discourage people from building homes in high-risk wildfire zones known as the wildland-urban interface (WUI). By shifting the cost of wildfire prevention and protection to general taxpayers, they send the wrong signals about risk to WUI homeowners.