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Illustration on the recent nuclear alarm in Hawaii by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

The Hawaii error and liberal hysteria

Murphy’s Law was written to describe how governments work. It was proved yet again on January 13 when an employee of the Hawaii Emergency Management System sent a cellphone alert that said, “BALLISTIC MISSILE THREAT INBOUND TO HAWAII. SEEK IMMEDIATE SHELTER. THIS IS NOT A DRILL.” The alert was false but until it was corrected almost 40 minutes later it terrified millions of residents and tourists.

Illustration on protecting aborted babies delivered alive by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Giving the smallest patients equal protection under the law

Doctors today routinely diagnose and treat a myriad of conditions, illnesses and diseases suffered by society’s littlest patients — unborn babies and newborns — significantly enhancing both their health and longevity.

Illustration on GOP political dangers by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

When politicians exploit inequality

For Republicans, it’s dangerous to focus on the moment — accusations that President Trump is a racist, DACA and avoiding government shutdowns — but the more enduring threat to the GOP’s grip on power are charges of insensitivity about inequality.

Illustration on unintended Democrat sabotage of DACA legislation by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

The fate of the Dreamers

Donald Trump probably shouldn’t have suggested — not in public, at least — that Haiti and other nations that send refugees and immigrants to the United States are “s-holes.” It’s not only demeaning; it adds insult to injury.

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FILE - In this May 24, 2016, file photo, Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich., ranking member on the House Judiciary Committee, speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington during a hearing. Michigan state Sen. Ian Conyers, a grandson of Conyers' brother, told The New York Times for a story Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017, that Conyers, who is battling sexual harassment allegations from former female staffers, won't seek re-election to a 28th term in Congress. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)

A foolish sexual harassment provision in the tax law

The recently enacted tax reform law includes a provision, new tax code section 162(q), which states that employers may not deduct from business income "any settlement or payment related to sexual harassment or sexual abuse" if the settlement or payment is confidential. Attorney's fees relating to such a settlement or payment are also non-deductible.

Revisiting the largest and deadliest conflict in human history

On those occasions when I watch "Jeopardy" on TV, I have always wondered why people born after 1980 seem to do so poorly when the category has something to do with World War II. Most of the questions seem like "no brainers" to me. It wasn't until I read Victor Davis Hanson's "The Second World Wars" that I fully grasped the problem. We are as far from the end of World War II today as the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki were from the Confederate surrender that ended the Civil War.

Prohibition illustration (Linas Garsys/The Washington Times)

Washington's New Year to freeze and forget

Historians suggest that one of the worst New Year's in the nation's capital occurred in 1933, during the long four-month interregnum between the election of Franklin D. Roosevelt and the departure of Herbert Hoover.

President Donald Trump displays the $1.5 trillion tax overhaul package he had just signed, Friday, Dec. 22, 2017, in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington. Trump touted the size of the tax cut, declaring to reporters in the Oval Office before he signed it Friday that "the numbers will speak." (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

The one-sided din over taxes

As we stand on the threshold of a new year, a phrase from Simon and Garfunkel's song "The Boxer" sums up why America's division into two warring worldviews seems to be widening.

Book jacket: :Robicheaux," by James Lee Burke

The Cajun sheriff's detective returns

Dave Robicheaux, James Lee Burke's troubled, flawed and heroic character, first appeared in the 1987 crime novel "Neon Rain."

The Trump effect on the stock market

Greatest false predictions of 2017

Since the day Donald Trump was elected president in November 2016, the Dow Jones industrial average has risen by some 35 percent, making the last 14 months one of the greatest bull market runs in history.

Seeking refuge by submission

Dhimmi refers to the status of non-Muslims living in an Islamic state. The word literally means "protected person by submission." But what are they protected from?

Schools with more than Play-doh

In C.S. Lewis' "The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe," Susan, upon hearing of the great lion from across the Eastern Sea, asks whether Aslan is "safe." Mr. Beaver responds: "Who said anything about safe? 'Course he isn't safe. But he's good.' "

Illustration on the comparative success of the economy under Trump by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

The Trump economy takes off

What a year this has been. While it's been a bumpy ride for the Trump administration, lurching from one controversy to another, it ended with a big tax cut victory in Congress that could help Republicans survive the challenging 2018 midterm elections.What a year this has been. While it's been a bumpy ride for the Trump administration, lurching from one controversy to another, it ended with a big tax cut victory in Congress that could help Republicans survive the challenging 2018 midterm elections.

The threat of an electromagnetic attack

After President Trump announced his new National Security Strategy (on Dec. 18) -- that for the first time gives deservedly high-priority to protecting the nation's critical infrastructures from electromagnetic attack -- the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) launched a media campaign promoting their bogus studies grossly underestimating threats from electromagnetic pulse (EMP).

Swamp Gas Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Ending the march of the biofuel swamp creatures

The federal Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), which mandates that ethanol and other biofuels are mixed into nearly every gallon of gasoline sold in the United States, is the perfect example of how a government program can attract the kind of swamp creatures President Trump vowed to eliminate.

How Abadi violates Iraq's constitution

In recent times, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Al Abadi has been mistreating the Kurdish citizens in his country. It is time for this to come to an end.

America on the cusp of a golden age

Americans are on the cusp of a golden age. After two decades of substandard growth, many of the constraints that held back progress are receding.