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U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., left, joined at right by U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., responds to base remarks by President Donald Trump after he called for four Democratic congresswomen of color to go back to their "broken" countries, as he exploited the nation's glaring racial divisions once again for political gain, during a news conference at the Capitol in Washington, Monday, July 15, 2019. All four congresswomen are American citizens and three of the four were born in the U.S. Omar is the first Somali-American in Congress. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Calling ‘the squad’ to account

A very educational series of events occurred in the last couple of weeks illustrating the nature of political maneuvering at the national level. In this case, the Democrats are on the losing end, having been played expertly by President Donald Trump.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, New York Democrat, is a member of the Democratic Socialists of America. (Associated Press)

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's missed opportunity to shine

- The Washington Times

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez had an opportunity win some hearts and minds and political points, all the while overturning the perception she has a problem with facts and history and Jews -- and she turned her socialist nose high into the air and said thanks, but no thanks.

In this June 5, 2019, photo, Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., speaks at the RV/MH Hall of Fame and Museum in Elkhart, Ind. Bernie Sanders has fallen to second place in most polls in the weeks since Joe Biden entered the presidential race. But Warren is emerging as another threat to his appeal, thanks in part to her populist proposals that at time go further left than Sanders on his key issues. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

Here come the Democratic nobles on parade

- The Washington Times

The legion of Democrats who think they can take the measure of Donald Trump will go at it beginning Wednesday night, each trying to figure out a way to stand out in a crowd of mediocrities.

Chart to accompany Rahn article of June 25, 2019.

A well-deserved honor for Arthur Laffer

Most people plod through life, having an impact on their family and friends, but not much on the rest of humanity. Rulers and despots can impact most everyone's life, as can those who are responsible for great scientific or engineering breakthroughs. Some musicians and athletes bring pleasure to millions. In other fields, such as economics, it is hard to identify individuals who created much in the way of pleasure or pain, or even directly useful knowledge for his or her fellow man.

Substandard Business Model Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Sulzberger is right (and wrong)

I never thought I would write this, but the publisher of The New York Times, A.G. Sulzberger, is right. Mr. Sulzberger wrote an op-ed for The Wall Street Journal in response to President Trump's claim that his newspaper committed "treason" by publishing a story about U.S. efforts to compromise Russia's power grid should Moscow again try to meddle in U.S. elections. The Times says it consulted National Security officials who raised no objections to its publication.

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Iran and the dangers of 'proportionalism'

President Trump acted wisely in not hitting Iran with "proportional" air strikes last week after the shoot down of an American drone. The question of whether or not the unmanned aircraft had been in international air space had not yet been resolved to the unequivocal satisfaction of our allies, and tit-for-tat proportional responses are usually ineffective.

Handcuffed Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Proportionality handcuffs

When Iran shot down an American drone aircraft the question of how we should respond arose immediately. Iran, since the ayatollahs took over in 1979, has committed one attack after another against us, taking an enormous number of American lives.

Why breaking up Google or Facebook won't solve anything

Democrats in Congress with help from a few Republicans are eager to abuse antitrust enforcement to curb Big Tech — Facebook, Apple, Google and Amazon (FAGA). This would be a terrible abuse of the law for problems where bigness contributes little and breaking them up won't solve much.

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A second chance for veterans

Veterans need a second chance at clean records for crimes committed with help from compassionate veteran judges and mentors.

Global Energy Security Illustration by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

A boost to global energy security

President Trump is correct to be concerned about the European Union's over-reliance on natural gas imports from Russia. In the interest of Western energy security, it is important that the president's foreign policy team elevate the building of the Trans-Caspian Pipeline (TCP) to the top of America's foreign policy priorities.