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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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'I helped build that'

While much of the United States recently was ripped by tornadoes and floods, Minnesota, where I live, nearly napped through it all, comparatively speaking. Granted, this did not play to the heroically extreme image we have of ourselves climatically, but it did free people like me from having to pick up chainsaws and other heavy-duty pieces of equipment and do competent and socially useful things with them. I know my limitations, and other than eating and typing, working with my hands is a major one.

Illustration on the 2020 election by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Why Trump could win in 2020

Bob Dylan had it right. "The times they are a-changin'." Perhaps the most dramatic rejection of the way Washington "works" — or more accurately, the way it doesn't work — was the election of Donald Trump in 2016. And, as we now posture for 2020, this silly town still can't figure it out.

What Hemingway did in Venice

Lovers of Ernest Hemingway's work will thrill to the paperback release of "Autumn in Venice: Ernest Hemingway and his Last Muse." (Its first printing was last year.)

'Politico 40' reading lists reflect D.C. parochial narcissism

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Politico recently surveyed 40 so-called "political heavy hitters" about what books they plan to read this summer. The answers were greeted with any manner of chortling and a whole lot of skepticism: "I like book lists like this because it is fun to see who is a liar," quipped one Twitter wag.

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., speaks during a town hall meeting at the Victory Missionary Baptist Church in Las Vegas on Saturday, July 6, 2019. (Steve Marcus/Las Vegas Sun via AP)

Left's bizarre insistence on climate 'emergency'

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Sen. Bernie Sanders, on the presidential campaign trail, put out a video announcement of legislation he introduced with Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Earl Blumenauer declaring climate change as a national emergency. And that raises the very respectable, rational question: Do these people really believe what they say?

Illustration on Hungarian immigration policy by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Hungary's sound immigration policy

Two summers ago on a visit to Budapest, I asked the spokesman for the Hungarian government about the growing problem of migrants coming into Europe. He told me Hungary doesn't have a migrant problem because they don't have welfare programs. So, he said, migrants continue their travels to other European countries that do.

Illustration on the efficacy of politics by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

The myth to capture our times

In the Age of Trump, a growth industry of commentators and critics is in search of a mythical image, a graphic insight, a metaphorical phrase to capture our fragmented politics and culture. "Make America Great Again" worked as a campaign slogan, but it's about process, not essence.

Better Days Ahead for Ukraine Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

After the ouster of a corrupt regime

Ukraine is finally on the right path toward an open society. President Volodymyr Zelensky's victory was a victory of the people, and for the people, against the corrupt Poroshenko regime which dominated the country's courts and the rule of law unfettered. The promise of a fair and open Ukrainian society resonated with the electorate who removed the corrupt kleptocrat, Petro Poroshenko, from power. The Ukrainian people ousted a regime which prosecuted the innocent and shunned a free and fair society for all; not just the wealthy.

Illustration on immigration plolicy and job growth by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Why merit matters in immigration

At the recent Democratic presidential debate, it was interesting to see that all Democratic candidates raised their hands in favor of providing free health insurance to 11 million illegal immigrants. The Democrats talk about illegal immigration, while ignoring common sense policy solutions to increase the number of temporary high-skilled and educated immigrant workers.

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., during a campaign stop in Peterborough, N.H., Monday, July 8, 2019. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

Paying for the 'free stuff'

Reversion to the mean. It's a rather boring and arcane mathematical principle that explains so much. Reversion to the mean basically boils down to the idea that extremes ultimately converge in the middle somewhere — at their mean. For example, the great baseball star Babe Ruth had a season where he only hit two home runs. Likewise, he had a season where he hit 60. However, over his 21-year-professional career he averaged about 34 per season, and most years he hit between 35 and 45. Reversion to the mean.

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Confessions of a conservative cyclist

Earlier this week, George Mason University economist Tyler Cowen asked a provocative question on his popular economics blog: "Should we ban bicycles in major urban areas?"

This photo made available by the U.S. National Archives shows a portion of the United States Constitution with Articles V-VII. For the past two centuries, constitutional amendments have originated in Congress, where they need the support of two-thirds of both houses, and then the approval of at least three-quarters of the states. But under a never-used second prong of Article V, amendments can originate in the states. (National Archives via AP)

The Constitution, the census and citizenship

Late last month, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on a challenge to a question that the Commerce Department announced it would add to the 2020 census. The census itself has been mandated by the U.S. Constitution to be taken every 10 years so that representation in the House of Representatives could be fairly apportioned to reflect population changes.

Taking down the FBI agent turned Russian spy

I saw the film "Breach" in 2007, which was based on a true story and starred Chris Cooper as the notorious FBI special agent-turned Soviet/Russian spy Robert Hanssen, and Ryan Phillippe as Eric O'Neill, the young FBI investigative specialist assigned as Hanssen's assistant, but who was in fact spying on Hanssen.

Illusatration on nationalism by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Who's afraid of nationalism?

Is a new "age of nationalism already upon us?" That premise will be debated in Washington, July 14-16, at the "kick-off event" of the Edmund Burke Foundation, a fledgling public affairs institute dedicated to "strengthening the principles of national conservatism in Western and other democratic countries."