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Illustration on the Liberal tendency towards totalitarianism by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

The demon in liberalism

“Why has Sweden become the North Korea of Europe?” That’s what a Dane semi-facetiously asked Swedish cartoonist Lars Vilks at a conference I attended in 2014. Mr. Vilks unconvincingly muttered about Swedes’ partiality for consensus.

Illustration on lawlessness at the southern border by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Lessons from a Texas graveyard

About 80 miles from the U.S.Mexico border sits Sacred Heart Burial Park in Falfurrias, Texas. There, spread across three sections of the graveyard, lies a somber sight: Row upon row of small aluminum markers bearing a serial number. Buried under them lie the remains of human beings, casualties of the lawlessness at our border and in our immigration policies.

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President Donald Trump speaks before signing an executive order on improving price and quality transparency in healthcare at the White House in Washington, Monday, June 24, 2019. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster) **FILE**

Trump's misguided health care order won't help consumers

This week, President Trump signed an executive order requiring health care companies to be more honest about their prices. The White House believes additional transparency in health care will reduce costs. The troubling specifics of Mr. Trump's order deserve scrutiny.

Illustration on the dating difficulties of transexuals by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Romance among the 'genders'

Love is bustin' out all over. It's summer and June is the favorite month of brides. Or it used to be. Nothing is what it used to be, including brides. Sex, if not necessarily love to die for, gets weirder and weirder.

Illustration on the Middle East peace process by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Why bribing the Palestinians won't work

The Trump administration thinks appealing to North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un by dangling promises of prosperity in front of him if he agrees to change his ways is the path to peace on the Korean Peninsula. So far there have been no agreements to build a Trump resort and Mr. Kim has made no effort to adopt any other form of capitalistic behavior.

Treading on the Constitution Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Trump and health care transparency

Many of my media colleagues have been lauding President Donald Trump for signing an executive order earlier this week directing the federal Department of Health and Human Services to require health care providers to inform patients in advance of the true costs of medications and services.

FILE - This July 6, 2017 file photo shows prescription drugs in a glass flask at the state crime lab in Taylorsville, Utah. Attorneys general from more than 40 states are alleging the nation's largest generic drug manufacturers conspired to artificially inflate and manipulate prices for more than 100 different generic drugs, including treatments for diabetes, cancer, arthritis and other medical conditions. The lawsuit, filed in federal court Friday, May 10, 2019 also names 15 individual senior executives responsible for sales, marketing and pricing. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)

The trouble with generic drugs

In the effort to mitigate out-of-control health care costs, pharmaceutical drugs make an easy bad guy. No one wants to vilify doctors, no one wants to say "get an X-ray instead of an MRI," no one wants European- or Canadian-style waiting lines. Picking Big Pharma as the black hat makes for an easy narrative, especially with villains like the price-hiking Martin Shkreli twirling his moustache so evilly.

Illustration on political attacks on Republicans by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

What Republicans must do to take the House

Last week, Politico and The Hill both reported that "anonymous" Republicans were concerned with the aggressive approach of the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) under new chairman Tom Emmer. These sources made all kinds of fiery accusations under the cloak of anonymity and succeeded in getting Beltway publications to understandably jump at the opportunity to gin up the kind of controversy that captures attention in Washington, D.C., and nowhere else.

Web of Red Tape Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Stem cells, patient rights and the FDA

For more than 20 years, I have worked in the field of cellular biology and I believe the healing power of our body's cells will someday become a standard of care. I never expected to see a time when our own stem cells would be subject to government oversight. We came one step closer last week, when a federal court ruled that an individual's own stem cells are a drug and granted the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) the ability to regulate them as such.

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren holds a town hall on the Florida International University campus on Tuesday, June 25, 2019, in Miami. (Jennifer King/Miami Herald via AP)

Confusing revenue with profit

Sen. Bernie Sanders recently confused revenue with profit when calling for the unionization of the gaming industry. This isn't the first time he's mixed up this simple concept, and it leads one to believe he really doesn't understand even the basics of business and accounting.

Shadowing Frederick Law Olmsted through antebellum Dixie

Tony Horwitz could switch times slicker than a country singer handing off the melody to the girl on the dulcimer. Whether channeling Capt. Cook in the South Seas or bedding down on frozen ground with a company of Confederate re-enactors, his sublime narratives about old times illuminated our own. Part of his genius and appeal -- a binocular focus revealing the present through the lens of the past and vice versa.

In this June 9, 2019, file photo, Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren speaks during the Iowa Democratic Party's Hall of Fame Celebration in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File)

'Gay reparation': Democrats reinforce the politics of resentment and victimhood

The Democrats have absolutely nothing to offer people, so they continue their main effort to reduce Americans into warring tribes, keeping people distracted by the fact that Democrats have made everyone's lives worse in the cities and states where they prevail. They have such contempt for everyone, especially their own base, desperate for the politics of resentment to deliver money, votes and power.

Illustration on Hong Kong by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

The freedom fighters of Hong Kong

"God has planted in every heart," President George W. Bush famously said, "the desire to live in freedom," I've never been convinced that's true. But the desire to live in freedom has been planted in some hearts. In Hong Kong in recent days, we've been witnessing a bracing demonstration.

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

Calling the president the enemy of the media

- The Washington Times

New York Times publisher A.G. Sulzberger took to the pages of The Wall Street Journal last week to lambast President Donald J. Trump as an out-of-control enemy of a free press whose over the top rhetoric should be seen as a harbinger of worse to come.

Illustration on a breakout moment in the Democratic party debates by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Now the debates

What will happen Thursday night if former Vice President Joe Biden pulls his pants down in public on stage when it is finally his time to speak? I am told that he will have one minute to answer the first question, one minute. Moreover, so will all the other candidates. Apparently there will be a plenitude of one-minute answers whizzing through the Miami auditorium.

Turkish Anomalies Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Istanbul's mayoral election puzzle

The Middle East rightly has a reputation for inscrutability, with seemingly illogical actions part of its routine business. The Saudi crown prince kidnapped Lebanon's visiting prime minister, forced him to resign, only to watch him return to his position on return home. The Palestinian Authority angrily refused to attend a conference in Bahrain where it could gain up to $27 billion. And then there's the Istanbul mayoral election re-run that took place Sunday.

Distorting Reality Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

The Democrats' distortion of reality

The recent efforts by CNN host Don Lemon and some Democratic presidential contenders to liken President Trump to Adolf Hitler spotlight just how far some Democrats and their media allies will go to ignore reality.

President Donald Trump signs an executive order to increase sanctions on Iran, in the Oval Office of the White House, Monday, June 24, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Progress in a challenging region

As a peaceful, landlocked country in Southern Africa, Zambia is far from a household name in the United States.

Illustration on global banking by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Global banking's house of cards

The simultaneous rise of information systems technology and the fall of communism throughout Eastern Europe and northern Asia in the early 1990s provided immense opportunities for ambitious people. Unfortunately, for some people legitimate success is not enough.

A victory lap from a journalist who earned his bragging rights

Over the years, I've known a lot of combat correspondents. Their nationalities differed widely, but they shared certain things in common, tending to be skeptical, adventurous, wryly humorous and gutsy. They'd seen a lot and suffered a lot. But, for the most part, they still loved life and lived it to the hilt; they could recount their adventures with zest, but were never braggarts.