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Preserving astronaut safety

Space exploration in the 21st century offers the possibility to reach new frontiers, from developing a lunar gateway for deep space travel, returning American astronauts to the surface of the Moon and eventually putting humans on Mars.

The audacity of Obama

This past week, Barack Obama delivered a speech where he said, “unfortunately too much of politics today seems to reject the very concept of objective truth … People just make stuff up … We see the utter loss of shame among political leaders where they’re caught in a lie, and they just double down.”

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In defense of Trump with Putin

As a trial judge in New Jersey during the Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush years, I spent much of my time trying to settle cases. This process involved bringing into my chambers the lawyers for the disputants and asking them in the absence of their adversaries to lay their cards on the table.

FILE - In this Sunday, July 9, 2017 file photo, supporters of Kemal Kilicdaroglu, the leader of Turkey's main opposition Republican People's Party, hold Turkish flags in Istanbul, as they gather for a rally following their 425-kilometer (265-mile) 'March for Justice' from capital Ankara to Istanbul. Turkey declared a three-month state of emergency after a failed coup attempt in 2016, and has extended it seven times since then, but it is scheduled to end at midnight Wednesday July 18, 2018, though opposition leaders insists that new anti-terrorism laws are just as oppressive as the emergency powers they will replace. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis, File)

How U.S.-Turkey relations grow stronger

In the aftermath of the NATO Summit in Brussels, I have reflected on the importance of strong trans-Atlantic bonds and how this critical alliance has paved the way for economic growth which has benefitted both sides of the Atlantic. In an unstable world, we need strong trade alliances like the U.S.-Turkey one. We need a robust NATO as well.

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Anger in the Golden State

Last weekend, the executive board of the California Democratic Party voted to endorse Ms. Feinstein's challenger, fellow Democratic State Sen. Kevin de Leon, in his bid to unseat the four-term incumbent (both Democrats advanced to the general election as the top-two finishers in California's June "open" primary). The outcome wasn't close Mr. de Leon received 65 percent to Ms. Feinstein's mere 7 percent, with 28 percent opting for "no endorsement."

Baseball's evolution into respectability and America's transition

That verse, writes Mr. Rapp, "would soon become the manifesto for an epic American saga," that saga being baseball's evolution into respectability and our national pastime. Interestingly, that verse may have also helped propel its author into a bigger writer's league. As Mr. Rapp points out, "F.P. Adams would one day claim a charter seat at the Algonquin Round Table. a member of the Manhattan literati and celebrity circuit until his death in 1960."

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Making NATO great again

NATO's first Secretary General, Lord Hastings Lionel Ismay, articulated the military alliance's mission succinctly: "Keep the Soviet Union out, the Americans in, and the Germans down."

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Peter Strzok

Calling for declassifying documents

Mr. Strzok looked like a cocky crook testifying to Congress about a failed con job. His appearance was utterly astounding. He actually smirked at the assembled elected officials of government. He smirked from morning until late in the afternoon when Congress finally adjourned, though admittedly by late in the afternoon the wind was pretty much out of his sails, and his smiling face most assuredly ached. He looked deflated, and if he was eager for anything it was for the exit and the arms of his FBI paramour Lisa Page.

Imperialism in flower again

- The Washington Times

That, however, was then. In today's world others are not as willing as they once were to tolerate the sort of overt aggression that took place during the days when Nazis and Communists were running amok, forcing aggressor nations to find subtler ways of taking over their neighbors.

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The Helsinki discords

Monday's Helsinki summit meeting between President Trump and Russian President Putin began after Mr. Putin showed up almost an hour late. With Mr. Putin, such actions are never accidental. It was a put-down of Mr. Trump from which he never recovered entirely.

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Transforming how information is processed and communicated

Quantum technology harnesses the radical power of quantum systems -- such as isolated atoms, photons and electrons -- to transform how we process and communicate information. But that potential can be realized only if our nation's resources are focused in a way that helps bring quantum research from the laboratory to the marketplace.

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Brett Kavanaugh's priorities

President Trump just introduced to the nation his nominee for the next justice on the U.S. Supreme Court: Brett Kavanaugh. Judge Kavanaugh then introduced the nation to someone perhaps a bit unexpected: Monsignor John Enzler. In a short and poignant speech that revealed Judge Kavanaugh's biggest priorities, faith and family, he highlighted his mother and father, his wife and children, and the president and CEO of Catholic Charities D.C.

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Putting bigots in charge

Maybe it's time to give liberals their head on civil rights, immigration and the like. Get rid of the statutes and the supremacy of federal law — let public sentiment enforce correct behavior and set policy.

The men and women who keep Israel safe

Last weekend's dramatic escalation in rocket firings by Hamas against Israel's bordering communities and the Israel Defense Forces' (IDF) powerful and surgically precise retaliatory aerial bombings against Hamas' targets in Gaza, highlight the importance of understanding the nature of the IDF and its role in Israeli society.

FBI Deputy Assistant Director Peter Strzok, testifies before a House Judiciary Committee joint hearing on "oversight of FBI and Department of Justice actions surrounding the 2016 election" on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, July 12. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta) ** FILE **

Peter Strzok's smirky, smug arrogance -- enough already

- The Washington Times

When Peter Strzok, shamed FBI agent, sat before Congress with his smirky, smug expression and gave smirky, smug answers to valid questions voters wanted answered, seriously now, was there anyone in America, save the anti-President Donald Trumpers and hard-core leftists, who didn't want to slap his face?

Russian President Vladimir Putin. (Associated Press)

Stumbling into hellfire in Helsinki

- The Washington Times

How does Donald Trump test the patience, forbearance, loyalty and endurance of the millions who trusted him to drain the swamp, restore a strong American voice in the world, cast out evil-doers and deliver America from the clutch of those who would trash the dream? Let us count the ways.

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'Whose law do you follow?'

Increasing numbers of people find themselves in legal never-never land, where they cannot follow the law of their home country without violating the law of another country for which they can be prosecuted. Intelligence agents of all countries have always faced such risks. However, now more and more business people, and even government foreign policy and statistics officials, find themselves being charged and convicted of felonies, no matter what they do.

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Ending the gridlock on immigration reform

Rejection of the House Republicans' "compromise" immigration proposal late last month (June 27) by a lopsided 121-301 margin was seen as a fatal blow to current reform efforts. To the contrary, it may be exactly what was needed to end the decades-long gridlock on immigration reform, if members of Congress learn the right lesson from the failure.

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Helping a program that creates American jobs

A recent Senate Judiciary Committee hearing purported to examine questions surrounding the EB-5 investor immigrant program. I say purported, because it featured only a single witness, one sympathetic to Chairman Chuck Grassley's attacks on the program, and frequently digressed with discussion of the political topic du jour, family separations at the border.