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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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Leverage and Hamas Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Trump and the centers of gravity

President Donald Trump, like everyone alive today, never met Prussian military theorist Carl Von Clausewitz, but the author of "Vom Kriege" ("On War") would have found pleasant company with the man who inspired "The Art of the Deal." For Clausewitz, war involved politics in addition to "other means" to arrive at a "deal"; in other words to obtain the objectives of a nation at war.

Illustration on the romance between Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

A new look at a forbidden romance

If Sally Hemings were still with us, she would be the poster child of the #MeToo movement. Such speculation is the stuff of revisionist presidential history, and a new exhibit at Monticello humanizes, for better or worse, the portrait of Thomas Jefferson the slaveowner.

Illustration on Big Tech's lobbying by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

The tyranny of Big Tech

In 2017, Google, Facebook, Twitter and Amazon collectively spent more than $40 million lobbying Washington politicians. While that may be commonplace in corporate America, big technology companies have used this money to reshape the inner workings of the Internet in America.

Last Hope Before Election Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

The politics behind separation anxiety

Need proof that the current controversy over children of undocumented immigrants is more political than humanitarian? Hillary Clinton said she was "adamantly against illegal immigrants" and supported a border wall until she ran for president in 2016.

Illustration on redaction and linguistic surgery for exonerating Hillary Clinton by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Scandals sanitized with linguistic trickery

Throughout Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz's massive report on the Hillary Clinton email investigation are lots of strange things. One of the weirdest is the extent to which the FBI went to make up words and phrases to disguise reality.

Senate Minority Leader Sen. Chuck Schumer of N.Y., center, arrives to speak to a large group of protesters rally against the Senate Republican healthcare bill on the East Front of the Capitol Building in Washington, Wednesday, June 28, 2017. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Toward competition and cost constraints

Earlier this month, Michigan became the sixth state since 2015 to repeal its "prevailing wage" mandate, which requires that publicly funded construction projects pay wages determined by the government that are anything but "prevailing."

Excavation sites at Jamestown, VA.   Photo courtesy of the authors

Unearthing American evolution in Jamestown

In "Raiders of the Lost Ark," Dr. Indiana Jones famously said, "archeology is the search for fact, not truth." Fact is something that cannot be changed while truth depends on a person's perspectives and experience. At Historic Jamestowne we are fact finders unearthing a story from 400 years ago, when the Virginia Colony was establishing the foundation for today's America.

The FBI's J. Edgar Hoover Headquarters, across the street from the Justice Department in Washington, Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2016. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

How to keep the Federal Bureau of Investigation independent

When President Donald Trump appointed Atlanta lawyer Christopher Wray to succeed James Comey as the director of the FBI, my initial reaction was not positive. Mr. Wray is a veteran of the Department of Justice and is part of that good-old-boy DOJ network that knows how to protect its own. Indeed, when New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, a former U.S. attorney, needed a good criminal defense lawyer — whose millions in fees were paid by New Jersey taxpayers — he hired Mr. Wray.

A practitioner of advocacy journalism looks back

If Seymour Hersh received a report card in kindergarten, I'd be willing to bet that he flunked "plays well with other children." He is by his own admission egotistical, arrogant and not a team player. He has left almost every publication, including one he founded, under some kind of a cloud of controversy. Consequently, his memoir "Reporter" makes very interesting reading, and I found it compelling.

Black Cat News Story Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Scott Pruitt and the return of the Black Cat news story

Do you remember when we called those utterly frivolous though dreadfully ominous news stories of yesteryear Black Cat news stories? They filled the media in the 1980s during the presidency of Ronald Reagan. Not a week passed when a Reaganite was not being hounded by reporters for committing some minor misdeed or often no misdeed at all, for instance, forgetting to wash one's hands after lunch or neglecting to hold the door for a lady. That was back in the days when it was permissible to call a lady a lady, and her gender was a matter of fact not of litigation.

Illustration on Trump's 4-minute video by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Trump's bunker buster video blockbuster

Decade after decade, one U.S. president after another, Democrat and Republican alike, knew that the tyrants who rule North Korea were slowly but surely developing the means to incinerate American cities. Those presidents did nothing, or at least nothing effective.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and lawmakers show support of "dreamers" as they mark the 6th anniversary of the announcement of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Friday, June 15, 2018. Pelosi says the GOP immigration bill fails to provide a permanent legislative fix to protect dreamers and would codify President Trump's anti-immigrant agenda. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Predicting the future from polling data

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The giddy optimism of late last year that had Democratic leaders salivating at what many saw as a coming midterm "blue wave" that would decimate their opponents, give them control of both the House and Senate, and leave Donald Trump a toothless lame duck who would be lucky to escape impeachment even before voters would have a chance to boot him out in 2020, has vanished.

Building the Deal with South Korea Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Building the deal with North Korea

The first pundit responses to President Donald Trump's agreement with Kim Jong-un for the denuclearization of North Korea have leaned heavily on a series of inept comparisons with President Obama's nuclear deal with Iran. The differences are as stark as they are important.

Cal Three Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

California's 3-state solution

Bored billionaire Tim Draper has finally gathered enough signatures to make his proposal of separating California into three states an unfortunate possibility this coming November.

Illustration on mortgages and the new tax law by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Paying off the mortgage, but not too quickly

The new tax law simplifies April 15. Many folks will be claiming new higher standard deductions instead of itemizing mortgage interest and the like, but folks should not rush to pay off their home loans.

Illustration on self-defense and banning "weapons" by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

In defense of self-defense

I refuse to be a victim. So do scores of other Americans who own rifles, shotguns, handguns and other defensive weapons in order to protect themselves and their families.

After taxes, procreation a luxury

The high overt and covert rates of taxation easily account for lowered American birth rates, since taxpayers can no longer finance large families for themselves when they are financing other peoples' children and welfare through their taxes ("U.S. births hit a 30-year low, despite good economy," Web, May 30). More children for welfare families and third-world immigrants who have their shelter, food, medicine, education, clothing, goods, etc., provided at the expense of the taxpayer whose children are never born. Call it the cowbird phenomenon. The cowbird pushes another bird's eggs out of the nest and replaces them with her own eggs so the victim bird ends up raising another bird's children while her own children lie as broken eggs under the nest.

Inside the corridors of Canadian power

U.S.-Canada relations are at a low point, due to the ongoing trade war which has engulfed our two nations. Nevertheless, we've been close friends, allies and trading partners for over a century in spite of our differences, both subtle and profound.