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FILE - In this Nov. 20, 2016 file photo, the sun sets behind FedEx Field before an NFL football game between the Washington Redskins and the Green Bay Packers in Landover, Md. Three politicians in Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia are teaming up across partisan lines to try and prevent their governments from waging a bidding war with public money to build a new stadium for the Washington Redskins.  The liberal Democrat in Maryland, conservative Republican in Virginia and left-leaning independent District of Columbia Council member have introduced legislation to set up an interstate compact barring any public spending on incentives for a new stadium. The current lease at FedEx Field in suburban Maryland ends in 2027 and the team is exploring new potential locations.   (AP Photo/J. David Ake) ** FILE **

Ralph Northam says Dulles area could be site of new Redskins stadium

By Adam Zielonka - The Washington Times

Ralph Northam, the governor of Virginia, told the Richmond Times-Dispatch he thinks the Washington Redskins will look at Loudoun County as a potential site for a new stadium. Published August 7, 2018

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A U.S. Border Patrol agent looks at one of border wall prototypes Thursday, June 28, 2018, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

DHS cut corners to start building Trump's border wall

- The Washington Times

Homeland Security cut corners in deciding where to build President Trump's border wall, and still hasn't been able to put any of the new designs the president demanded into operation, the government's chief watchdog said in a new report Monday.

In this April 11, 2016, photo, Azharuddin Abdul Rahman, chairman of Civil Aviation Authority of Malaysia, shows a statement to the media during a press conference in Putrajaya, Malaysia. The civil aviation chief said Tuesday, July 31, 2018, he resigned to take responsibility after an independent investigative report highlighted shortcomings in the air traffic control center during Flight 370's disappearance four years ago. (AP Photo)

Malaysia's civil aviation chief quits over Flight 370 lapses

Associated Press

Malaysia's civil aviation chief said Tuesday he has resigned to take responsibility after an independent investigative report highlighted shortcomings in the air traffic control center during Malaysia Airlines Flight 370's disappearance four years ago.

In this July 6, 2018, file photo, travelers stand near a signboard at the American Airlines check-in counters at the Beijing Capital International Airport in Beijing. Chinese regulators appear to have rejected a possible attempt by U.S. airlines at a compromise over Beijing's demand to call self-ruled Taiwan a part of China, an order Washington opposed. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein, File)

China says 4 American airlines missed Taiwan deadline

- Associated Press

Chinese regulators appear to have rejected a possible attempt by U.S. airlines at a compromise over Beijing's demand to call self-ruled Taiwan a part of China, an order Washington opposed.

House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wis., attends a news conference following a GOP caucus meeting, Tuesday, July 24, 2018, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

GOP: Trump is willing to wait on wall funding

- The Washington Times

President Trump is "willing to be patient" in waiting for more funding for his border wall, House Speaker Paul D. Ryan said Thursday, suggesting there won't be any new money in the pipeline at the start of the fiscal year on Oct. 1.

Emergency responders work at Table Rock Lake after a deadly boat accident in Branson, Mo., Thursday, July 19, 2018. A sheriff in Missouri said a tourist boat has apparently capsized on the lake, leaving several people dead and several others hospitalized. (Nathan Papes/The Springfield News-Leader via AP)

Death toll from Missouri duck boat accident climbs to 17

- Associated Press

Divers found four more bodies Friday in a Missouri lake where a duck boat packed with tourists capsized and sank in high winds, bringing the death toll to 17 in the country-and-western town of Branson, authorities said.

In this Feb. 13, 2018 photo, a woman walks past a dockless bike parked outside of the Commerce Department in Washington. Shared bikes that can be left wherever the rider ends up are helping more people get access to the mode of transportation that reduces car traffic and increases exercise. But the dockless bikes are also producing some chaos with discarded bikes cluttering public spaces, blocking sidewalks and even placed in trees and lakes. Over the last year, startup companies have brought the bikes that don't require docking stations into city after city in the U.S. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

D.C. officials to stretch 'Car Free Day' into two days

- The Washington Times

The Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG) kicked off a new season of anything-but-car travel Wednesday by approving funds for alternative transportation projects and accepting a plan to stretch this year's "Car Free Day" into two days.

FILE- In this May 21, 2018, file photo container ships are unloaded at the Port of Oakland in Oakland, Calif. Barring a last-minute breakthrough, the Trump administration on Friday, July 6, will start imposing tariffs on $34 billion in Chinese imports. And China will promptly strike back with tariffs on an equal amount of U.S. exports. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

China says it's 'fully prepared' for trade war with U.S.

- The Washington Times

China won't hesitate to retaliate against U.S. tariffs and escalate a trade war with Washington if tensions over economic negotiations with the Trump administration continue to rise, the foreign ministry in Beijing said Tuesday.

Sedan Crash Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Why Detroit must keep making sedans

The American car buying public has turned away from sedans to crossovers, SUVs and pickups, but Detroit would be foolish to severely curtail sedan offerings as planned.

Chinese traders say the crackdown on illicit trade along the North Korean border has eased in the days since President Trump and Kim Jong-un held their June 12 summit in Singapore. (Associated Press/File)

Trump's 'down the road' deadline to lift North Korea sanctions frustrates nations eager for trade

- The Washington Times

The Trump administration has insisted repeatedly that tough international sanctions will remain in place until North Korean leader Kim Jong-un honors his commitment to permanently give up his nuclear arsenal. But with President Trump proclaiming via Twitter that the Korean Peninsula nuclear crisis is "over," there are growing signs other countries looking to do business with Pyongyang aren't willing to wait that long.

Riders wait to board the Downtown Circulator bus at a stop outside Union Station on Friday, July 7, 2006, in Washington. After a year of operation, the Downtown Circulator is being hailed as a success by business leaders, city officials, tourists, commuters and shoppers. While ridership is low, compared the Metrorail system's 18.7 million riders a month, the short haul circulators carry passengers to areas they can't reach by rail. They include the Southwest Waterfront entertainment district and Georgetown's shops and restaurants. (AP Photo/Leslie E. Kossoff) **FILE**

DC Circulator gets new boss, but some still want takeover by District

- The Washington Times

The D.C. Council voted on Tuesday to approve the 5-year, $21 million contract, following a lengthy bidding process to find a new company to run the intra-city bus service. The new company, RATP Dev, currently manages the DC Streetcar system and agreed to several protections to protect workers, but some lawmakers are still hoping to remove private companies from the picture altogether.

Hessah al-Ajaji drivers her car down the capital's busy Tahlia Street after midnight for the first time in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Sunday, June 24, 2018. Saudi women are in the driver's seat for the first time in their country and steering their way through busy city streets just minutes after the world's last remaining ban on women driving was lifted on Sunday. (AP Photo/Nariman El-Mofty)

Saudi Arabia's 19th century moment

Women in Saudi Arabia have been driving for almost a week and, to the surprise of some of the imams, the sky is still in its customary place. By eliminating the prohibition, Saudi Arabia relieves itself of the dubious distinction as the only nation anywhere forbidding women behind the wheel of an automobile.

In this Friday, Sept. 22, 2017, file photo, an Uber App is displayed on a phone in London. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth, file)

Uber wins back license in London -- but is put on probation

- Associated Press

A London court gave ride-hailing firm Uber a shorter than usual license to keep operating in the capital, accepting Tuesday the firm's claim that it has changed its aggressive corporate tactics and is now a more responsible corporate citizen.

North Korean Vice Railroad Minister Kim Yun-hyok, left, shakes hands with his South Korean counterpart vice Transport Minister Kim Jeong-ryeol upon his arrival to hold a meeting to discuss over inter-Korean cooperation in railway inside the Peace House at the border village of Panmunjom, South Korea, Tuesday, June 26, 2018. (Korea Pool via AP)

Koreas discuss linking railways across border

- Associated Press

The rival Koreas are exchanging views on improving North Korea's outdated railways and linking them with the South as they continue to take conciliatory steps amid global efforts to resolve the standoff over the North's nuclear weapons.

More Jobs Available Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Weighing whether there are too many or too few jobs

Will there be too few or too many jobs in the future? We are told as a result of the artificial intelligence (AI) revolution with endless robots, autonomous vehicles, etc. that there will be far fewer jobs. Yet last week, despite record levels of automation, the Department of Labor announced that the country had reached the point where there were more jobs available than people seeking work.

In this Dec. 2, 2015, file photo, Tesla Motors Inc. CEO Elon Musk delivers a speech at the Paris Pantheon Sorbonne University as part of the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris. (AP Photo/Francois Mori, File)

Musk company to build Chicago-to-O'Hare express transport

Associated Press

The Boring Company, founded by Tesla CEO Elon Musk, has been selected to build a high-speed underground transportation system that it says will whisk passengers from downtown Chicago to O'Hare International Airport in mere minutes.

Metro General Manager Paul Wiedefeld updated regional leaders on transit system projects Wednesday, but conspicuously did not mention Metro's plan for how riders will get around when certain subway stations soon shut down for repairs. (Julia Airey/The Washington Times)

Metro's lack of bus information upsets transit advocates

- The Washington Times

Metro General Manager Paul Wiedefeld updated regional leaders on transit system projects Wednesday, but conspicuously did not mention Metro's plan for how riders will get around when certain subway stations soon shut down for repairs.

Cars go by the scene Monday, March 19, 2018, near where a pedestrian was stuck by an Uber vehicle in autonomous mode late Sunday night in Tempe, Ariz. The vehicle was in autonomous mode with an operator behind the wheel when a woman walking outside of a crosswalk was hit. Uber suspended all of its self-driving testing Monday after what is believed to be the first fatal pedestrian crash involving the vehicles. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

The mad money rush to market self-driving cars

- The Washington Times

With self-driving vehicle technology, big bucks are on the line. And in the words of at least one mechanical engineering expert, the rush to produce -- the rush to profit -- is both real and dangerous. Truly, the real winner of this autonomous car race will be the one who forgoes the short-term IPOs for the longer-term of consumer confidence.

When energy and commercial development clash

- The Washington Times

Hundred and perhaps thousands of Calvert, Charles and Prince George's County citizens in Maryland have been battling Dominion Power and state regulators to stop Dominion from building what's called a "compressor station" on the Charles County/Prince George's County line.

Funding for the Trump Wall Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

'The Wall' and the right business decision

Few issues better illuminate the contrasts between the U.S. and Mexico, than do the controversies surrounding the border wall, which President Trump brought to the forefront once again Tuesday when he told rally-goers in Nashville, "I don't want to cause a problem but in the end, Mexico is going to pay for the wall."

First lady Melania Trump, center, accompanied by Vice President Mike Pence, left, applauds as President Donald Trump speaks to employees at the Federal Emergency Management Agency Headquarters, Wednesday, June 6, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Where's Melania Trump? Oh, there she is

- The Washington Times

First lady Melania Trump made her first public appearance Wednesday in nearly a month, ending one of the most breathless counting of days by the news media since the Iran hostage crisis.

Make the Deal Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

A bleak situation in Puerto Rico gets bleaker

In the early days of the Internet, Despair.com came up with a popular series of "demotivational posters" that spoofed the motivational posters supposed to inspire office workers throughout the 1990s. (Like the kitten who just needs to "hang in there!")

Recent Opinion Columns

Illustration on TSA abuses by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

A cure for the common queue at the airport

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is legendary for not giving a hoot about the convenience or dignity of travelers who must pass through its airport gantlets.

From The Vault

Energy goals: Jobs, production, modern infrastructure -- and good environmental stewardship

American consumers deserve safe, secure and efficient energy that's affordable and meets the needs of the 21st century economy. The House Committee on Energy and Commerce has already begun work on a pro-domestic energy policy that will improve our nation's energy infrastructure, create jobs and reduce energy bills, but much more needs to be done.

UA workers: Ready for 'epic' energy, infrastructure resurgence

The United Association of Plumbers, Pipefitters, Sprinklerfitters, Welders and HVAC Technicians (UA) is a multi-craft union that represents over 340,000 members in the United States and Canada. Our members are engaged in the fabrication, installation and servicing of piping systems and many of them work at refineries, power-generating facilities and petrochemical plants.

Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan.  (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

Millions in HUD money went to lobbying, not housing

- The Washington Times

Despite a prohibition against taxpayer money being spent to influence government, millions of dollars meant to provide housing to poor and underprivileged areas instead went to lobbying because of lax oversight by the Department of Housing and Urban Development.