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Carter Page has filed a defamation lawsuit against the Democratic National Committee and a law firm that will reveal the truth about the Russia dossier. (Associated Press/File)

Carter Page's quest for the truth

By Larry O'Connor - The Washington Times

Carter Page is either an agent of the Russian government who helped coordinate efforts between the Vladimir Putin regime and the Donald Trump campaign to thwart the 2016 presidential election, or he is an innocent victim of an American political scandal of historic proportions. Published October 18, 2018

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In this Feb. 20, 2014, file photo, prisoners from Sacramento County await processing after arriving at the Deuel Vocational Institution in Tracy, Calif. California will reconsider life sentences for thousands of nonviolent third-strike criminals by allowing them to seek parole under a ballot measure approved by voters two years ago. Court documents obtained by the Associated Press on Thursday, Oct. 18, 2018, show Gov. Jerry Brown's administration will include the repeat offenders in Proposition 57's early release program. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, file)

California revisits three-strike life sentences

- Associated Press

California will reconsider life sentences for up to 4,000 nonviolent third-strike criminals by allowing them to seek parole under a ballot measure approved by voters two years ago, according to court documents obtained by The Associated Press on Thursday.

This Thursday, June 8, 2017, file photo shows the U.S. Treasury Department building in Washington.  (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File) ** FILE **

Treasury official busted for leaking financial reports on Trump campaign team

- The Washington Times

The Trump administration's effort to root out leakers in the federal government bagged a top-level Treasury employee who was charged Tuesday with giving a reporter confidential information about suspicious financial transactions involving former Trump campaign officials Paul Manafort and Rick Gates, accused Russian agent Maria Butina and the Russian Embassy.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo walks with Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2018. (Leah Millis/Pool Image via AP)

Trump, Pompeo move to defuse Khashoggi crisis amid Turkey cover-up claims

- The Washington Times

Saudi Arabia's leaders doubled down Tuesday with their denials of any involvement in the disappearance of U.S.-based journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Turkey, even as Turkish officials suggested that Riyadh scrambled over the past two weeks to cover up evidence that could prove the journalist was kidnapped or killed inside the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul.

In this Jan. 17, 2017, file photo, Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler speaks during a press conference in Portland, Ore. The union representing U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement employees has asked Oregon and federal officials to conduct a criminal investigation of the Portland mayor over his response to immigration protests. (AP Photo/Don Ryan, File)

Portland mayor vows crackdown on protest 'street brawls'

Associated Press

Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler says he will crack down on "street brawls" in Portland after a weekend protest turned into a fight between right-wing Patriot Prayer members and left-wing counter-demonstrators.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions speaks during a news conference at the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Columbia in Washington, Monday, Oct. 15, 2018, to announce on efforts to reduce transnational crime. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Jeff Sessions rips federal judges over anti-Trump bias

- The Washington Times

Attorney General Jeff Sessions unleashed a blistering assault on federal judges Monday, saying anti-Trump bias has led some to abandon their role as legal referees and become "political actors" erecting roadblocks to the president's policies.

In this Jan. 8, 2007, file picture Moroccan Mounir El Motassadeq waits prior his trial at a court in Hamburg, northern Germany, The Moroccan man has been sentenced to a 15-year prison sentence in Germany for helping three of the suicide pilots in the 9/11 attacks on the U.S. (AP Photo/Fabian Bimmer, Pool)

Germany deports convicted 9/11 accomplice home to Morocco

- Associated Press

A Moroccan man convicted of helping Mohamed Atta and the other Hamburg-based Sept. 11 suicide pilots as they plotted attacks on New York and Washington was deported Monday from Germany to his homeland.

In this May 23, 2018, file photo, Paul Manafort, President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman, leaves Federal District Court after a hearing in Washington. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana, File)

Virginia judge calls Manafort plea deal 'highly unusual'

- The Washington Times

The federal judge who oversaw Paul Manafort's financial fraud trial earlier this summer expressed skepticism on Thursday about the former Trump campaign chairman's plea deal with special counsel Robert Mueller, calling it "highly unusual."

Harvey Weinstein, left, leaves court with his attorney Benjamin Brafman in New York, Thursday, Oct. 11, 2018. Manhattan's district attorney dropped part of the criminal sexual assault case against Weinstein on Thursday after evidence emerged that cast doubt on the account one of his three accusers provided to the grand jury. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

Manhattan DA drops part of Weinstein case

- The Washington Times

Manhattan's district attorney dropped part of the criminal sexual assault case against Harvey Weinstein on Thursday after evidence emerged that cast doubt on the account one of his three accusers provided to the grand jury.

President Donald Trump waves upon arrival at the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2018, from a trip to Erie, Pa. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Trump: There has to be prison reform

- The Washington Times

President Trump touted prison reform on Thursday ahead of his meeting with rapper and designer Kanye West, and steamrolled over any objection his attorney general may have on the issue.

The home of Paul Rosenfeld is shown Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2018, in Tappan, N.Y. Rosenfeld, 56, of Tappan, was charged Wednesday with unlawfully manufacturing a destructive device and interstate transportation and receipt of an explosive. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

N.Y. man charged in Election Day plot to detonate 200 lb. bomb on National Mall

- The Washington Times

A New York man who authorities say built a 200-pound bomb to detonate on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. on election day was arrested and charged Wednesday. Paul Rosenfeld, 56, of Tappan, New York, now faces federal charges of manufacturing an explosive device, said the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York.

A spokesman for Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel said the consent decree has public safety benefits and included input from the public and police officers. (Associated Press)

Trump administration takes aim at Chicago's police consent decree

- The Washington Times

The Trump administration will try to scuttle the deal Chicago reached to set new limits on the city's police powers, Attorney General Jeff Sessions said Tuesday, adding that the consent decree reached under the Obama administration would leave residents more vulnerable to crime.

In this image from video provided by Senate TV, Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine., speaks on the Senate floor about her vote on Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kananaugh, Friday, Oct. 5, 2018 in the Capitol in Washington.  Sen Shelly Capito, R-W.Va., sits rear left and Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith, R-Miss., sits right.  (Senate TV via AP)

Susan Collins' finest hour

In a speech announcing her vote to confirm Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court, Sen. Susan Collins, Maine Republican, reminded me of some of the great orators of the past. Her speech was measured in tone, substantive in content and delivered with conviction.

President Donald Trump, right, shakes hands with Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, left, before a ceremonial swearing in in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Monday, Oct. 8, 2018. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Accusation is still not evidence

A great battle was won, but the struggle continues. Years will pass before the full implications of the nomination and confirmation of Brett M. Kavanaugh for the U.S. Supreme Court will play out, and perhaps more years will follow after that before the implications are clearly understood.

The most important spy of the Cold War era

Who was the most important spy of the Cold War era? Ben Macintyre convincingly nominates Oleg Gordievsky, a KGB officer who spied for MI6 (the British Secret Intelligence Service) for 11 years, lastly as chief of the London rezidentura.

This undated photo provided by the Missouri State Highway Patrol shows Robert Brashers. Authorities said Friday, Oct. 5, 2018, that DNA evidence has identified Brashers as the man who killed three people and raped a girl in the 1990s, even though the suspect killed himself nearly 20 years ago. Investigators say they've solved three homicides and a rape case, all from the 1990s, after obtaining DNA by digging up the corpse. (Missouri State Highway Patrol via AP)

DNA links 3 deaths to serial killer who died in 1999, police say

- Associated Press

An Arkansas man who killed himself during a 1999 police standoff at a Missouri motel was a serial killer and rapist who strangled a South Carolina woman in 1990 and gunned down a Missouri mother and daughter eight years later, authorities said Friday.

"I've learned nothing I didn't already know," said Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, who has emerged as the Republicans' most powerful voice on the Kavanaugh nomination. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

FBI report fails to calm Kavanaugh chaos

- The Washington Times

The FBI's updated background investigation into Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh reached out to 11 people, compiled 46 new pages of notes from its interviews -- and appears to have made little headway in settling what really happened at high school and college parties more than 30 years ago.

(Associated Press)

DACA 'Dreamer' arrested for smuggling meth

- The Washington Times

An illegal immigrant "Dreamer" in the U.S. under protection of the Obama-era DACA deportation amnesty was arrested Tuesday on charges of trying to smuggle more than 17 pounds of methamphetamine through a Border Patrol checkpoint.

Recent Opinion Columns

Supreme Court Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy testifies before a House Committee on Appropriations Subcommittee on Financial Services hearing to review the FY 2016 budget request of the Supreme Court of the United States, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Monday, March 23, 2015.  (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Mr. Justice Kennedy, exit left

Justice Anthony Kennedy finally announced his long-awaited and highly anticipated exit from the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday, enabling President Trump to appoint a steady conservative successor. The High Court is stuck, like a needle on an old phonograph record, with a succession of 5 to 4 decisions reflecting the deep and unbridgeable division of the nine justices.

In this May 9, 2018, file photo, CIA nominee Gina Haspel testifies during a confirmation hearing of the Senate Intelligence Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

Gina Haspel confirmed

In the end, the resistance didn't work. Despite much hemming and hawing, the nomination of Gina Haspel to be the director of the Central Intelligence Agency passed the Senate this week. The vote was 54 to 45, with six Democrats supporting her. Two of those Democrats are members of the Senate Intelligence Committee, Mark Warner of Virginia and Joe Manchin of West Virginia. Their support sealed the success of the nomination earlier in the week.

This Sept. 28, 2017, file photo shows Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch speaking at the 50th anniversary of the Fund for America Studies luncheon at the Trump Hotel in Washington. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)

A black-robed counterrevolution

Federal judges sit on the bench for life and can either uphold the law or rule like tyrants. This puts judicial appointments right near the top of the most important things a president can do.

Illustration on the penumbra of Constitutional interpretation and abortion by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

The deceitful road to abortion

After Roe v. Wade plaintiff Norma McCorvey became a Christian and revealed that she had not been gang raped as her legal team had claimed, many Americans came to understand that this landmark ruling that legalized abortion was based on a lie.

From The Vault

Questions remain about police response to Las Vegas massacre

- Associated Press

A revised chronology given by investigators for the Las Vegas massacre is intensifying pressure for police to explain how quickly they responded to what would become the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history.

If Christopher Steele had not lied to the FBI, he could have been investigating Donald Trump from the postelection transition into his presidency. (Associated Press/File)

FBI relies on discredited dossier in Russia investigation

- The Washington Times

The FBI is routinely asking witnesses in its Russia investigation about the accusations in a dossier against Donald Trump, further expanding the reach of a discredited opposition research paper sourced from the Kremlin and financed and distributed by Democrats.