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Illustration on the aggressive strategic future of Syria by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

The new ‘great game’ in Syria

In the second half of the 19th century, the British and Russian empires competed for domination of Central Asia in what history labels “The Great Game.” A new “great game,” with the entire Middle East at stake, is now being played out in Syria. The opponents are Russia and Iran on one side and the U.S. and Israel on the other. Both sides will try to use Arab states and Turkey as pawns.

Logical Progression of a Gun Ban Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

More laws do not a moral people make

This past Valentine’s Day, Nikolas Cruz entered a classroom in Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, and proceeded to murder 17 people and wound 15 others. Before any meaningful criminal investigation could even begin, our nation’s cultural elites rushed to their respective podiums, finding fault and casting aspersions. Scoring political points is the name of the game. Removing personal rights embedded in our Constitution and replacing them with more laws and less freedom seems to be the only way they know to keep score.

Chart to acccompany Moore article of Feb. 19, 2018.

Obama’s real debt and deficit legacy

- The Washington Times

Congressional Republicans have been raked over the coals in the last two weeks for slamming through budget caps and inflating government spending and debt by another $300 billion. The criticisms are well deserved.

Unrest in India Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

India’s democracy and Modi’s reforms

If there’s one thing we’ve learned about Prime Minister Narendra Modi is that he’s not afraid of using radical maneuvers to accomplish his economic agenda for India.

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Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said "the great deal-making President sat on the sidelines" during weekend talks to end the government shutdown. (Associated Press)

Schumer's very bad week and the Democratic dilemma

Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer is having a rough week. After taking his fellow Senate Democrats over a cliff late last week by forcing a shutdown of the federal government, the New Yorker lost the messaging battle to President Trump and congressional Republicans, who stayed united. Why did this fight go against Mr. Schumer? It's simple -- Democrats went into battle already divided.

Sunlight on Africa, courtesy of Trump

Adisputed derogatory remark about the poor state of African countries attributed to President Trump during a recent private Oval Office meeting between him and some members of the White House staff and Congress sparked a global political, diplomatic and media firestorm. Regardless of what may or may not have been said, the incident serves as a catalyst for inquisitive minds to put some much-needed sunlight on that continent's many problems.

Illustration on Hezbollah by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

The terrorist A-Team

Fifteen years ago, deputy secretary of state Richard Armitage called Hezbollah the "A-Team of terrorists." He regarded al Qaeda as less capable, maybe a B-Team (though certainly not a JV-Team).

Illustration on the Trump base by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Staying on the side of his voters

Donald Trump won the presidency on a wave of popular sentiment against the ruling class. That sentiment, more than any individual, was the 2016 elections' principal protagonist. His presidency's fortunes depend on identification with that wave, and on enhancing it, quite as much as did his election.

In this Sept. 19, 2014, file photo, a customer checks the iPhone 6, in Paris. A French prosecutor office said Tuesday, Jan.9, 2018, that an investigation into Apple over alleged planned obsolescence of some of its smartphones has been opened. It follows a legal complaint filed in December by pro-consumer group Halte a l'obsolescence programmee (Stop Planned Obsolescence). Under a 2015 law, it is banned to intentionally shorten lifespan of a product in order to incite customers replace it. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena, File)

Why smartphone hysteria is misplaced

We have all seen it — children, sitting together with smartphones, texting and otherwise communicating without use of voice or eye contact. Annoying perhaps, but not necessarily the threat to their healthy development or civilization that alarmists allege.

Marijuana Laws Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Federalism and marijuana

Early in the Reagan administration, legal advisers from all the agencies were brought into a meeting at the White House. Copies of an executive order from the new president were circulated to each.

Illustration on football and the divine by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

God and football

There were five seconds left in the playoff game between the Minnesota Vikings and the New Orleans Saints. The Saints had a two-point lead and a virtual lock on the victory. But in one of the strangest events in National Football, Case Keenum, the Vikings' quarterback, threw a pass to Stefon Diggs in the flat. He jumped up and dashed to the end zone. What was a virtually assured Saints' victory became a Vikings visit to the NFL championship game.

Illustration on Iranian and Turkish aggression against the Kurds by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Finding the true enemy in the Middle East

In several U.S. State Department statements, and interviews with senior administration officials the response to inquiries over U.S. policy in regard to our allies the Kurds and our declared enemy, Iran, we hear the same answer, that we must continue our focus on ISIS.

The man who shook off the chains of dictatorship

In the first sentence of William Taubman's splendid biography, "Gorbachev: His Life and Times," Mikhail Gorbachev speaks in the third person to say of himself, "Gorbachev is hard to understand."

In this June 21, 2017, file photo, former FBI Director Robert Mueller, the special counsel probing Russian interference in the 2016 election, departs Capitol Hill following a closed-door meeting in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)

Mr. Mueller, shut down this sham investigation

- The Washington Times

It's time for the Russia collusion investigation into President Donald Trump to come to a halt. It's a sham; it's a web of deceits. And the American people are just not that stupid that its continuance can be justified any longer.

Former President Barack Obama. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

Another day at work, another congressional tantrum

- The Washington Times

Throwing tantrums and shutting down the government is a bipartisan sport. Both Republicans and Democrats have now thrown this particular tantrum, like children fighting over a toy, and it's great fun only for the tantrum-throwers. The rest of us, and that includes both Democrats and Republicans, are not much amused.

The Shutdown Schumer T-shirt Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

But it's not the 'Trump shutdown'

- The Washington Times

Even with the shutdown averted, Democrats continue to act as if they believe that no matter what they do, Republicans will get the blame, but reality is beginning to undermine their narrative.

World Prosperity Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

The wealth effect and the U.S. economy

How rapidly will the U.S. economy grow in 2018? How about the world economy? There is a growing consensus that the world economy might grow a little more than 3.5 percent and the U.S. economy a little less than that, which would be a great improvement over recent years.

Illustration on the need to reform Federal welfare programs by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Why welfare needs reform

With Congress back in session, what's one of the more controversial items potentially on 2018's legislative docket? Speaker of the House Paul Ryan says welfare reform is in the cards.

A 100 percent U.S. Angus beef Colby Jack Cheeseburger as part of U.S. President Donald Trump set is seen at Munch's Burger Shack restaurant in Tokyo Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017. The cheeseburger Trump had during his recent visit to Japan is still drawing lines at the Tokyo burger joint. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

The 'plant-based burger' scam

Animal activist groups are making obvious headway convincing meat eaters to put down the steak, according to a GlobalData analysis that estimates as many as 6 percent of U.S. consumers currently consider themselves vegans.

In this Feb. 1, 2017, file photo, Brooklyn College students walk between classes on campus in New York. The New York state Legislature approved a budget on April 9, 2017, that includes funding for Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo's plan to offer free tuition for middle-class students at state universities. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews, File)

Taming the tuition tiger

You can't put a price on education, the saying goes, but if you did, it would be very high. And the cost falls on everyone.

FILE - In this April 11, 2017 file photo, Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan, center, signs a bill between Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller, left, and House Speaker Michael Busch during a bill signing ceremony following the state's legislative session at the Maryland State House in Annapolis, Md.  Lawmakers are poised to act early in the upcoming legislative session on two high-profile issues: paid sick leave and medical marijuana. The General Assembly gathers Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2018.   Democrats, who control the assembly, are expected to make a priority of overriding Hogan's veto of paid sick leave for businesses with 15 or more employees.(AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

A New Year's present for Marylanders

Most Marylanders agree that Maryland income taxes are too high. In various rankings we almost always fall into the category of the 10 worst states. For example The Tax Foundation ranks Maryland 9th highest in individual income taxes per capita; and the 2018 business tax climate index ranks Maryland among the 10 worst of the 50 states.

A dead dandy and what his skeleton reveals

It is a skeleton sitting in a chair in an ancient attic, dressed in 18th century clothes, a black wig and a white tricorn hat on its battered head, and it has no teeth.