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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.

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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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Hyperbole and the nation's longest-running morality play

In our longest-running national morality play, the breathless tones of blanket news coverage transmit a common theme. Even after President Trump relaxed his "zero tolerance" policy on illegal immigration, America has lately rediscovered our porous and problematic southern border. The problem is large enough that there is ample room for hyperbole from all sides.

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Reshaping world trade after tariffs

President Trump pressuring Western allies on defense spending and trade can be viewed in two ways. Wrongly, detractors in academia, the media and on Capitol Hill paint him as reckless, ignorant and dangerous. Rather, he is a leader, not always lost in the details or burdened by history, who instinctively understands the arrangements that bind together the United States, Europe and partners in the Pacific have long imposed unfair burdens on the American people and are rotting to the point of collapse.

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Optimizing America's outreach toward Iran

America's Iran policy is at a crossroads. In the wake of President Trump's recent decision to abandon the 2015 nuclear deal, his administration has unveiled a new, more muscular approach toward the Islamic Republic. That plan, announced publicly by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on May 21, has garnered extensive scrutiny for its pledge to reimpose economic sanctions on the Islamic Republic for its nuclear and ballistic missile work, and its vow to roll back Iran's extensive influence in Syria.

FILE - In this Sept. 9, 2014, file photo, cars wait to enter Fort Bliss in El Paso, Texas. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has formally requested space for up to 12,000 beds at a military base to detain families caught crossing the border illegally, two Trump administration officials said Wednesday, June 27, 2018. The facility will be housed at a military base, but it's not clear yet which one. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said that two bases had been identified to house migrants: Goodfellow Air Force Base near San Angelo, Texas, and Fort Bliss.  (AP Photo/Juan Carlos Llorca, File)

Protecting due process

Last weekend, President Trump argued that those foreigners who enter the United States unlawfully should simply be taken to the border, escorted across it and let go. According to the president, this would save precious government resources, avoid the business of separating children from their parents and free up the Border Patrol and other federal assets to do their jobs.

A woman sells vegetables in a street near Kiev's Independence Square, Ukraine, Monday, Oct. 27, 2014. Two pro-European parties that campaigned for tough reforms to battle corruption shared the lead Monday after Ukraine's parliamentary election, according to partial results. With more than half the votes counted, Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk's Popular Front was leading with 21.6 percent of the vote while President Petro Poroshenko's party had captured 21.5 percent. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)

A nasty election to come

Presidential elections in Ukraine are still a year away. The contest will be nasty, with the consequences for that country and the region hanging in the balance. Some 60 percent of likely voters haven't decided on a preferred candidate or party, reflecting wide disenchantment with all the available choices. Polls show former Prime Minister and perennial presidential candidate Yulia Tymoshenko holding first place in a crowded field, with constant ups and downs among the other contenders.

Charting the artist's whimsical word play and his life of influence

Any child who was lucky enough to grow up with Edward Lear's "Book of Nonsense" experienced the delight at discovering a world of linguistic word play, full of oddities and whimsy, thrown together as if by happy accident. In 2012, a poll in the United Kingdom voted "The Owl and the Pussy-Cat" (composed in 1867) as the nation's favorite poem. Now, one of Britain's most celebrated biographers has written the life of Edward Lear portrayed in all of his complex glory.

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Supporting the rights of others who may disagree

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Chuck Morgan headed the American Civil Liberties Union's Washington office in the mid-1970s. He worked with conservatives and liberals on free speech issues and became a friend to many on both sides of the political aisle.

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Nikki Haley, a woman for our times

President Ronald Reagan's 1981 appointment of Jeane Kirkpatrick as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations did not meet with universal approval. Never before had a woman held that position. And this woman happened to be a member of the opposition party. Nevertheless, Mr. Reagan chose her as his envoy to the global institution and included her in his cabinet.

George Will in Pieces Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Why George Will is down and out

I have in my office a framed note from Donald Trump. It says, "Bob, Now We Really Did It. Thanks For All Of Your Help!" The note is dated Jan. 13, 2017. He was responding to my congratulatory email to him earlier acknowledging that indeed he "did it."

Illustration on military readiness on the Korean penninsula by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Maintaining military readiness in Korea

Cancelling large scale combined military exercises in South Korea while the details of the Trump-Kim peace process are being worked through is a calculated risk, but it is probably worth the effort. This is particularly true if a formal agreement to end the nearly seven-decade war in Korea is achieved.

Bargaining Position Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Negotiating from a position of strength

As an A-10 squadron commander in the Air Force, I was required to be ready to deploy my 24 Warthogs and team anywhere in the world within 24 hours, including the Korean Peninsula. As it turns out, my first foray into North Korea was not in a fighter jet; it was on foot, as part of the bipartisan congressional delegation I led to the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) between North and South Korea over Memorial Day weekend.

'This is the beginning of a new era in Iranian politics'

The events of December 2017 were a turning point in modern Iranian history. Incomparable to the protests in 2009, which were made up of "reformers" (known as Tehran's educated, middle class), this recent demonstration was different as it was completely secular, civil and socially geared against the totality of the Iranian Regime — not religious. Unlike those of the past, this time around, at least 85 Iranian cities took part in the demonstration, making it the largest since the Iranian Revolution.

How the Navy helped win the Cold War

As a young workaday Defense Department civilian employee in the mid-1970s, I watched with regret as the American military deteriorated after the end of the Vietnam War. As a Navy veteran who served on an aircraft carrier during the Vietnam War, I was particularly saddened to see our once-great Navy diminished greatly.

Rep. Maxine Waters. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

Barking mad and proud of it

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Bonnie and Clyde sometimes called themselves "bank inspectors," but they were only kidding. The Palestinian Authority, the famous terrorist collective pretending to be a nation, collects $350 million from the U.S. Treasury every year to pay "salaries" to imprisoned terrorists, make love offerings to families of dead terrorists, celebrate terrorists as heroes, build monuments to dead criminals, and other bad things. And that's no joke.

Illustration on improving Central American economies by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Fixing Central America

Most Central Americans are poor because many of the people who run their governments are corrupt and/or incompetent. And that basic fact will continue to overwhelm efforts to stop the illegal migration into the U.S.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders speaks to the media during the daily briefing in the Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House, Monday, June 25, 2018. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Bigotry returns to Virginia

As a longtime resident of Virginia, I am well aware of its sordid history when it comes to slavery, racism and discrimination. I can still remember "colored only" restrooms, water fountains, poll taxes and African Americans forced to ride in the back of the bus. Virginia public schools in the 1950s were mostly segregated, as they had been since first established in 1870.