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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.

Quantum Action by Congress Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

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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Illustration on the political cultural war by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Galvanized by contempt

In the span of two weeks, there have been four instances of Trump administration officials being approached and videoed at restaurants, being asked to leave restaurants or being forced to leave for their own safety because they work in the Trump administration.

Illustration on the harmful effects of carbohydrates by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

'Carbohydrates are killing us'

This year, more than 610,000 Americans will die from heart disease. It's the leading cause of death for both men and women.

Illustration on a zero tariff solution by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Trump's zero-tariff solution

President Donald Trump's automobile, aluminum and steel tariff policies have now triggered retaliatory tariffs from other nations, including Canada, the EU and China.

In this May 5, 2018, file photo, Rudy Giuliani, an attorney for President Donald Trump, speaks at the Iran Freedom Convention for Human Rights and democracy in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)

The best prosecution bribery can buy

Imagine for a moment that Rudy Giuliani, President Trump's attorney, went to witnesses in the Mueller special investigation and said, "The president will give you (fill in the blank), if you will give evidence and testify favorably for the president."

Illustration on obsession with sin itself by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Sinners on the right and the left

In his book "The Divine Conspiracy," Dallas Willard talks about what he calls the "gospel of sin management." He confronts the errors of both conservatives and liberals. He challenges the left and the right by saying both have missed the truth of the Gospel by ironically committing the same error: Fixating on sin rather than focusing on transformation.

Tracing the conservative roots of Ronald Reagan's presidency

Political popularity is mostly written in sand. As personal auras fade, solid accomplishments count for more and tabloid charisma for less. Consider the cases of Dwight Eisenhower and John F. Kennedy. The only Americans alive today who could have voted for Ike when he ran for re-election in 1956 are in their early 80s or older. Anyone old enough to have voted for JFK in 1960 would now be 79 or older.

In this image from video provided by House Television, House Speaker Paul Ryan stands at the podium as he brings the House into session Wednesday night, June 22, 2016, in Washington. Rebellious Democrats staged an extraordinary all-day sit-in on the House floor to demand votes on gun-control bills, shouting down Ryan when he attempted to restore order as their protest stretched into the night. The sit-in was well into its 10th hour, with Democrats camped out on the floor stopping legislative business in the House, when Ryan stepped to the podium to gavel the House into session and hold votes on routine business. Angry Democrats chanted No bill, no break! and waved pieces of paper with the names of gun victims, continuing their protest in the well of the House even as the House voted on a previously scheduled and unrelated measure to overturn an Obama veto. (House Television via AP)

'Divisive' label a badge of honor for today's conservatives

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The left, whenever confronted with a hard truth about its vicious self, likes to run screaming toward the exit signs, calling out conservatives for so-called "divisive" rhetoric and over-the-top partisanship. But being called "divisive," for those of conservative ilk, anyway, should actually be regarded as a badge of honor these days.

Illustration on pressuring Iran by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Strangling Iran

To the surprise of no sentient person, North Korea is dissembling instead of disassembling its nuclear weapons. It is making no move toward denuclearization and instead is finishing the expansion of a key missile manufacturing facility. President Trump's summit with North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un served only to demonstrate Mr. Kim's intractability.

President James Madison. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

Making book on a sure thing

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I've got your judge right here: Gentlemen, place your bets. I've got Brett Kavanaugh at 5 to 2, Amy Coney Barrett at 4 to 1, and coming up fast on the inside, Ray Kethledge at 8 to 3. Kavanaugh has been on a bit of a fade, Miss Amy is holding steady over the past 24 hours, and some smart money is trending toward Kethledge. Looks like a down to the wire race.

Illustration on affirmative action by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

The lingering damage of Obama-era directives

The Trump administration is rolling back Obama-era efforts to force raced-based admissions at colleges and universities — laudable but hardly enough, considering the harm visited on minorities and others by jaundiced cultures of these institutions.

Illustration on President Trump's tariffs by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

The looming trade war

America's leading business lobbies, which represent every sector of our economy, have declared all out war against President Trump's trade tariffs.

Illustration on the negative aspects of DCC by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

How to avoid being gouged when traveling

In 2017, 88 million Americans traveled abroad for business, pleasure or both. Most of them paid for goods and services with a credit card. And most of them were invited to pay in dollars rather than the local currency. The service enabling foreigners to pay with a credit card in their home currency is called Dynamic Currency Conversion (DCC). It's a ripoff. Politely decline the offer and insist on paying in the local currency.

President Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally, Wednesday, June 27, 2018, in Fargo, N.D. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Trump supporters compared to cultists

Bob Corker, the outgoing Republican senator from Tennessee, recently compared supporters of President Trump to members of a cult. The Washington Post quoted Sen. Corker as saying: "It's becoming a cultish thing, isn't it? It's not a good place for any party to end up with a cult-like situation as it relates to a president that happens to be of — purportedly — of the same party."

Illustration on the realities of "comparative advantage" economic theory by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Facing the facts about trade and immigration

Economists are having fits about President Trump's trade and immigration policies. For good reason: The profession is ignoring what the textbooks say about open commerce and migration.

Illustration on the impact of the Declaration of Independence by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

The values underlying Independence Day

The Declaration of Independence — which was signed on July 3, 1776, for public release on July 4 — was Thomas Jefferson's masterpiece. Jefferson himself wrote much about the declaration in the 50 years that followed.

Illustration on PhRMA's media influence by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Big Pharma and its media offensive

Since the drug pricing scandals and election of 2016, the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) has been on a media offensive. The goal: To obscure the true driver of increasing costs, which are the pharmaceutical manufacturers themselves, in order to keep drug prices high and their profit margins fat.

Illustration on the violence emerging from the Democratic party by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Beyond the rudeness of current political discourse

The very faint dismay expressed by a number of pundits and politicians over the verbally violent restaurant ejections of administration officials, and the encouragement of that tactic by Rep. Maxine Waters, is insincere, at best. The reality is, as leftists have repeatedly lost most federal and state elections, violence and shock tactics have replaced traditional campaigning, and far too many have remained silent in response.