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U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., left, joined at right by U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., responds to base remarks by President Donald Trump after he called for four Democratic congresswomen of color to go back to their "broken" countries, as he exploited the nation's glaring racial divisions once again for political gain, during a news conference at the Capitol in Washington, Monday, July 15, 2019. All four congresswomen are American citizens and three of the four were born in the U.S. Omar is the first Somali-American in Congress. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Calling ‘the squad’ to account

A very educational series of events occurred in the last couple of weeks illustrating the nature of political maneuvering at the national level. In this case, the Democrats are on the losing end, having been played expertly by President Donald Trump.

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The sun rises behind an American flag posted outside of Petrunik's Kitchen, Door and Moore store at the old Eureka Department store in Windber, Pa., Wednesday, July 10, 2019. (Todd Berkey/The Tribune-Democrat via AP)

Socialists are the enemy -- and that's not racist to say

- The Washington Times

Much ado has been made over President Donald Trump's recent tweets telling "'Progressive' Democrat Congresswomen" -- that is to say, socialists -- to exit America, stage right. But the president's message is valid. Simply put: Socialists -- which is what Democrats have become -- don't belong in America's government.

From left, Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., and Rep. Ayanna Pressley, D-Mass., respond to remarks by President Donald Trump after his call for the four Democratic congresswomen to go back to their "broken" countries, during a news conference at the Capitol in Washington, Monday, July 15, 2019. All are American citizens and three of the four were born in the U.S. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

The four noisy horseladies of the Apocalypse

- The Washington Times

Any man who makes it to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue is a smart guy, by definition. Climbing a greasy pole is impossible, as anyone who has tried it will tell you, and the presidency is the greasiest pole anywhere.

Buzz Aldrin poses with the American flag on the surface of the moon, July 20, 1969.     Associated Press photo

Remembering Apollo 11 at 50

You had to be there 50 years ago, and I was. As a young reporter for a local TV station in Houston, I frequently visited NASA ("the space base," we dubbed it), met many of the astronauts and reported on their exploits.

Illustration on Europe's protection of Iran by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Europe's Iranian dilemma

Over the last two months, Europe has anxiously observed attacks against six oil tankers near the Strait of Hormuz, the bombing of a Saudi Arabian airport, and the downing of a U.S. drone operating in international air space. All of these acts were perpetrated by Iran or her proxies.

Illustration on leaked British diplomatic memos by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

When un-diplomatic memos are leaked

If rule 101 of the diplomat's code is "build good relations with the government of the nation you are dispatched to," then rule 102 is "don't get caught slagging off its head of state."

Illustration on the college tuition burden by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

The high cost of 'free' college tuition

In the lead-up to the 2020 elections, we've heard several proposals offering free college tuition for all, and loan forgiveness for those still carrying debt.

FILE - This Oct. 24, 2016, file photo shows dollar bills in New York. Gradually raising the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2025 would boost pay for as many as 27 million workers, according to a new report. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

How the minimum wage can bring maximum damage

A new report from the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) shows that 3.7 million workers could lose their jobs at the hand of a $15 federal minimum wage, while only a third as many would be lifted out of poverty. It's a tradeoff few Americans would be willing to entertain, yet all but three Democratic presidential hopefuls continue to enthusiastically support the measure. Between the House and Senate, 8 in 10 sitting Democratic representatives have signed on to legislation that would raise the federal minimum wage to this insupportably high threshold.

The rule of law, the presumption of innocence and the Kavanaugh confirmation

"Justice on Trial" is a strongly written, impeccably researched account of the appointment of Justice Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court, solid in its reporting and profound in its conclusions. The authors, Mollie Hemingway, a widely published author and senior editor at The Federalist and one of the star panelists on Brett Baier's "Fox News Special Report," and Carrie Severino, chief counsel and policy director of the Judicial Crisis Network, are highly regarded political analysts.

An invited guest takes a photo as President Donald Trump speaks during the "Presidential Social Media Summit" in the East Room of the White House, Thursday, July 11, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

When Big Tech bias stifles the pro-life message

At the White House this past Thursday, President Donald Trump held a summit calling out Silicon Valley for their censorship of conservative and pro-life voices online. My organization, Susan B. Anthony List, participated in the summit, joining President Trump and our friend, Live Action President Lila Rose in demanding transparency and accountability.

Illustration on the Liberal tendency towards totalitarianism by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

The demon in liberalism

"Why has Sweden become the North Korea of Europe?" That's what a Dane semi-facetiously asked Swedish cartoonist Lars Vilks at a conference I attended in 2014. Mr. Vilks unconvincingly muttered about Swedes' partiality for consensus.

Illustration on lawlessness at the southern border by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Lessons from a Texas graveyard

About 80 miles from the U.S.Mexico border sits Sacred Heart Burial Park in Falfurrias, Texas. There, spread across three sections of the graveyard, lies a somber sight: Row upon row of small aluminum markers bearing a serial number. Buried under them lie the remains of human beings, casualties of the lawlessness at our border and in our immigration policies.

Illustration on circular thinking by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

When disagreement becomes name-calling

Standard fare for any conservative Christian who dares to open his mouth in the public square today is to be called a "bigot," a "hater" and an "intolerant SOB" for doing so. My experience is no exception. Predictable responses to my weekly columns often include comments such as, "You're an idiot. You are a hateful crank. You are an embarrassment to our community. You're arrogant. You always think that you're right. The real enemy of truth is people like you who want to impose your 'truth' on the rest of us."

When kidnappers ask for ransom

Kidnap for ransom, whether by criminal or terrorist organizations, is a highly lucrative illicit business for the successful kidnappers (especially when foreigners are targeted) and life-threatening for the victims. It is even a lucrative business for those in the commercial sector who command high fees for their efforts to secure the hostages' release, usually by arranging high ransom payments to the kidnappers.

In this Wednesday, June 19, 2019, file photo, South Bend Mayor and Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg shares a moment with Shirley Newbill, mother of Eric Logan, during a gun violence memorial at the Martin Luther King Jr. Recreation Center in South Bend, Ind. (Michael Caterina/South Bend Tribune via AP)

Democrats, 'Douglass Plan' set course for more racial division

- The Washington Times

In 1963, Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his "I Have a Dream" speech imagining a time when his children "will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character." Then, as now, the words ring powerful. But with Democrats at the helm, that dream will never come.

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., speaks during a Chicago Town Hall event at Chicago's Auditorium Theatre at Roosevelt University, Friday, June 28, 2019. (AP Photo/Amr Alfiky) ** FILE **

Pity the professor adrift in the world of politics

- The Washington Times

There's all kind of reasons why Elizabeth Warren probably won't be president, and Claire McCaskill, her former colleague in the U.S. Senate, thinks she knows the reason why. Mrs. Warren, says Mrs. McCaskill, struggles with being "in command of policy" and still being "relatable."