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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 unknowns of environmental funding by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Dark green money

In his review of "Dark Money: The Hidden History of the Billionaires Behind the Rise of the Radical Right," environmental writer Bill McKibben condemns moguls such as the Koch brothers for hiding "their contributions through outfits like DonorsTrust." In other words, according to Mr. McKibben, DonorsTrust, which is "committed to the principles of limited government, personal responsibility and free enterprise," is a conservative dark money conduit.

Iran Scorpion Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

The Iran deal and the end of the world

President Donald J. Trump's decision to remove the United States from President Barack Obama's disastrous deal with the mullahs in Iran has created a flawed hysteria by the mainstream media and members of the European Union. The media's reaction is predictable.

Illustration on the recent alarms over "phone addiction" by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

The potential harm of 'Screen Time'

Apple will soon release Screen Time, a program permitting parents to remotely monitor and limit the intervals children spend on their iPhones and specific apps. Features in the new Android operating system will likely enable similar capabilities but for most children, these are potentially harmful.

Progress at the Patent Office Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

The U.S. marks 10 million patents

On Wednesday, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) marked the granting of the nation's 10 millionth patent. Patent filings and issuances are at historically high levels, with more than 2.8 million active patents in the United States, which is both good and troubling news.

Illustration on the perils of trade war gamesmanship by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Trade war chess

The trade war is heating up and has the potential to harm everyone involved.

Living among and spying on extremists

This is a dramatic account by a young Muslim from Saudi Arabia who had become so radicalized into Islamist extremism that he decided in 1994 (at the age 16) to travel to Bosnia and join a group of al Qaeda-affiliated foreign fighters who were fighting on behalf of Bosnia's Muslims against their adversary Croatian and Serbian Christian militias.

Chart to accompany Moore article of June 24, 2018.

The state of the American worker

Last week I testified before the House Committee on Education and the Workforce on the state of the American labor market. I summarized my message in one sentence: For American workers the job market has never — or at least, seldom — been better. If you don't have a job, go out and get one because they are out there for the taking.

Illustration on the drawbacks of a "space force" by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

'Say no to a Space Force'

Last Monday, President Trump caught the Pentagon by surprise by ordering it to establish a sixth military service: a "Space Force." Mr. Trump said it is to be carved out of the Air Force and the two would be "separate but equal."

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Suddenly, the left loves Leviticus

This week in the news: All of the sudden, the mainstream media, Hollywood, the liberal church, and other members of our national intelligentsia seem to care about what the Bible says. In particular, they appear to have suddenly acquired some affection for the Old Testament — a book that, heretofore, these proud members of the "smarter-than-thou" club have excoriated as laden with "hate-filled rhetoric."

Illustration on U.S. North Korea relations by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

How the U.S.-Pyongyang hotline sidelines China

North Korean strongman Kim Jong-un's latest visit to Beijing last week cannot obscure the fact that China, once the primary conduit between Washington and Pyongyang, is at risk of being largely left on the outside. The White House has eroded China's leverage by establishing a direct telephone link — a virtual hotline — to Mr. Kim.

A devastating critique of the liberal social order

What Dr. John Arbuthnot wrote three centuries ago is still true today: "All political parties die at last of swallowing their own lies." The same applies to political ideologies, as Notre Dame Professor Patrick J. Deneen makes abundantly clear in "Why Liberalism Failed," a short but deep volume that makes a number of devastating critical points even if it sometimes comes up a bit short on solutions.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., speaks with reporters in advance of votes on two broad immigration bills, deriding the Republican immigration legislation as a "compromise with the devil," at the Capitol in Washington, Thursday, June 21, 2018. The Democratic leader says the bills make House Republicans "complicit" in President Donald Trump's "zero tolerance" policy that has resulted in more than 2,000 children being separated from their parents at the border. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

The biblical case for closed borders

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Attorney General Jeff Sessions has taken a huge public relations hit for daring to quote scripture while explaining why borders should be secure, even if it means separating children from the adults who've carted them into the nation illegally in the first place. But let's get this straight, and straight-away: Borders are indeed biblical.

Tax on Fat Soda Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Why soda taxes don't work

Time and again we hear politicians from different parts of the country profess the virtues of a soda tax. Their reasoning ranges from wanting to improve the public health, by cutting back consumption of unhealthy drinks, to talking about how much revenue it will bring in.

Illustration on illegal immigration and drug trafficking by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Pushing drugs, flouting borders

Congress has declared an opioid crisis in the United States. We have voted on a slew of bills recently, but notably absent is any legislation that addresses the source of the problem. So while we spent billions for addiction treatment, and we granted the Food and Drug Administration more authority to regulate expired or unused drugs and impose packaging restrictions, we did nothing that will have a meaningful impact. Why?

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Democrats in a lather over the good news

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Barack Obama is miffed because he thinks he collected the tinder for a booming economy, and events ignited a booming economy and the Donald gets the credit. That's pretty fanciful, as most economists will tell you. But now Mr. Obama can watch with a measure of pleasure as President Trump takes heat for using the Obama example of how to deal with the children brought by their families to the hell on the border.

Illustration on destructive Type A behavior by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

'Slow down, take a deep breath'

Among the life-altering books I have read in my lifetime is Dr. Meyer Friedman and Dr. Ray H. Rosenman's "Type A Behavior and Your Heart."

Illustration on attacks against the Trump administration by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Donald Trump's three-front war

One-and-a-half years into his battle-weary presidency, Donald Trump is fighting a three-front war: With Congress on immigration, our trading partners and U.S. businesses on tariffs, and special counsel Robert S. Mueller's widening, criminal investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential campaign.

Coming of age on reality TV

"The Book of Essie" is about Esther Anne Hicks, the pregnant 17-year-old daughter of a phenomenally popular charismatic preacher. Her whole life has been televised for the reality TV show "Six for Hicks," which follows her family's daily life as well as their exertions on missions and their campaigns against most of the social changes of the last few decades.