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A puff or two of smoke, but no fire

- The Washington Times

Women are entitled to change their minds. We all learn that early in life. Some of us would be here with a different father if a certain woman hadn’t changed her mind (and good for her, I say). But some women, bless their hearts, abuse the female privilege.

Illustration on the nation's health and natural disasters by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Caring for America’s health during hurricane season

The 2018 hurricane season has begun: Hurricane Florence made landfall last week, bringing large storm surges to the Carolinas and dealing significant damage, including lives lost. So now is a good time to remember how important good preparation is to keeping our communities safe from storms.

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Illustration on Islamist extremism by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Extremism and fragile states

Last year, Congress asked the U.S. Institute of Peace, a government-funded think tank, to develop "a comprehensive plan to prevent the underlying causes of extremism in fragile states in the Sahel, Horn of Africa, and the Near East."

Nuke Verification Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Advancing the complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula

It was one year ago in September 2017 that North Korea conducted its sixth nuclear test of a claimed thermonuclear weapon. This was followed in November with the launch of a Hwasong-15 Intercontinental Ballistic Missile, capable of reaching the continental United States.

President Donald Trump, joined by U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, speaks to media after signing Section 201 actions in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2018. Trump says he is imposing new tariffs to "protect American jobs and American workers." Trump acted to impose new tariffs on imported solar-energy components and large washing machines in a bid to help U.S. manufacturers. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Obama's lies and the lies of the media

Former President Obama has no shame, but don't count on the mainstream media to tell you this. They are in on the deception. His talk at the University of Illinois on Friday contained all of the divisive rhetoric that he and the mainstream press accuse President Trump of engaging in.

Bouncing Back Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

The unsinkable Donald Trump

The anti-Trumpers have been doing cart-wheels over the Woodward portrayal of the president as an unhinged tyrant who's clearly unfit to rule. Still, the only sure path to bringing him down — as it has been all along — is the Mueller report and whether it will persuade the House to begin impeachment proceedings. But a convincing case for impeachment, in truth, seems to be faltering. Consider:

Illustration on pention savings plans for government employees by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Trump's public employee pay freeze doesn't go far enough

For the most part, government employees are hard-working people who administer the various services that government, at all levels, provides. They deal with an often difficult public who insists that the government owes them something. And pleasing the entire public is nearly impossible.

Trump's counter-revolutionary proposal

President Trump's pension expansion initiative could be his administration's most revolutionary undertaking. Or rather, its most counter-revolutionary. During America's momentary flirtation with socialist chic, nothing could be healthier than a good old capitalist cure-all. Giving more Americans ownership stakes in the economy is just the way to administer it.

Mississippi Power's Kemper County energy facility in central Mississippi near DeKalb, Miss. The power plant is designed to use a soft form of coal called lignite in a gasification process to generate power. The plant, America's newest, most expensive coal-fired power plant is hailed as one of the cleanest on the planet, thanks to government-backed technology that removes carbon dioxide and keeps it out of the atmosphere. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

The left is lying on clean coal

Energy is a national security issue and learning how to best achieve energy security while simultaneously reducing CO2 emissions should be the goal. It is time to set the record straight on clean coal technology.

P.J. Schrantz and his young son, Dustin. (Photo courtesy of P.J. Schrantz)

A Sept. 11 story of faith and hope

- The Washington Times

P.J. Schrantz, an Army veteran and former firefighter who worked alongside the heroes of Sept. 11 to rescue those who could be rescued and deliver from wreckage the bodies of those who could not, described his darkest hour as one of sitting in a hotel room, beer in hand, cocaine stash in front, gun to head, curse of God on lips.

The Richest Man Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Bad news sells, but optimism wins

For the past two years, most major media outlets have been running non-stop about what a disaster President Trump is, and how his mere existence is a threat to both citizens' pocketbooks and liberty. Yet the economy has been booming, and lower taxes and fewer regulations not only meant more prosperity but more liberty.

President Donald Trump brings an audience member up on stage to talk about coal during a fundraiser in Fargo, N.D., Friday, Sept. 7, 2018.      Associated Press photo

Obama goes on attack

He's back! President Obama has emerged from his supposed cloistered life to attack President Trump. Mr. Obama broke with a tradition apparently only modern Republican ex-presidents follow, which is not to speak ill of your successor.

Colin Kaepernick. (Associated Press)

Taking a knee looks like the Democratic strategy

- The Washington Times

The Democrats appear to have given up on their long-anticipated "blue wave." This was the wave of sound and fury that was to sweep out everything before it. The wave, alas, is still on the far horizon, if that's not merely a mirage of whine and wail, and the Democrats are left with only manufactured hysteria.

New York Times Attack on Trump Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Washington's latest 3 great lies

There is a new set of "great lies" in Washington as we approach this fall's silly season. They are (1) Lodestar is a national hero (2) Colin Kaepernick is a martyr, and (3) The Redskins are a Super Bowl contender.

Illustration on detaching from the U.N. by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Putting a squeeze on the Palestinians to make peace

One of the few secrets that people in the Trump administration haven't yet leaked is what will comprise its new proposal to settle the constant war between the Palestinians and Israel.

FILE--Brooklyn firefighters George Johnson, left,   Dan McWilliams, center,   and Billy Eisengrein, right, raise a flag at the World Trade Center in New York on Sept. 11, 2001. The photo has appeared on T-shirts, buttons and Christmas ornaments. 
 It hangs at firehouses across the nation. A mural of it was painted on the walls of a Louisiana prison. And copies were left as a calling card in Afghanistan by U.S. commandos.  Many consider it this century's Iwo Jima image, recalling the famous 1945 
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September 11, a date not forgotten

Seventeen years ago today, the United States was subjected to the most devastating attack on its civilian population since the war of 1812.

Illustration on the continuing threat from Islamist terror by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

The grim 9/11 question

It's a natural question to ask every time the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks rolls around: Are we safer now than we were then?

FILE- In this April 17, 2007, file photo exhibitors of the Google company work in front of a illuminated sign at the industrial fair Hannover Messe in Hannover, Germany. Google is taking its legal fight against an order requiring it to extend "right to be forgotten" rules to its search engines globally to Europe's top court. (AP Photo/Jens Meyer, File)

Regulating Big Tech

Big Tech is losing favor with the public and more regulation is likely.

Revealing new information about a 'dirty war'

During the Northern Ireland civil war from 1968 to 1998, known as "The Troubles," a spectrum of adversarial Roman Catholic "Republican" and Protestant "Loyalist" terrorist groups, and the responding British government's military, police and intelligence undercover units, operated in the province.

Serena Williams talks with chair umpire Carlos Ramos after being defeated by Naomi Osaka, of Japan, in the women's final of the U.S. Open tennis tournament, Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

What Trump and Serena Williams have in common

- The Washington Times

You can understand why President Trump may sometimes feel that hostile extraterrestrials already have landed and taken over all but one major TV network and much of what we used to call the "print" media.