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Cal Thomas

Cal Thomas is one of the most widely syndicated political columnists in America. Based in Washington, he is a wide-ranging social commentator, not a "beltway insider," who supports traditional conservative values and the American "can-do spirit." He'll take on virtually any topic, from the decline of the family to growing terrorism worldwide.

A columnist for 30 years, his latest book is "What Works: Common Sense Solutions for a Stronger America." Readers may email Mr. Thomas at [email protected].

Articles by Cal Thomas

Omarosa tries to channel Anita Hill

Where have we seen this play before: A woman comes forward to accuse a conservative of inappropriate behavior in hopes of harming him sufficiently so he will be unable to achieve his policy objectives? Published August 15, 2018

President Donald Trump meets with state leaders about prison reform, Thursday, Aug. 9, 2018, at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, N.J. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Prison reform, an unlikely Republican issue

Prison reform has normally been an issue embraced by Democrats, not Republicans. But, perhaps, like so many other things in the Trump administration, this, too, is about to change. Published August 13, 2018

Illustration on advice to the president by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Advice for the president

Dear Mr. President, "Would you take this advice I hand you like a brother?" It's a song lyric from the musical "The Pajama Game," but fitting here. Published August 8, 2018

Illustration on the adverse influence of info-monopolies by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

'The Matrix' at 20

Next year marks the 20th anniversary of the sci-fi movie classic "The Matrix," which depicts powerful machines attempting to subdue the human race. Published August 6, 2018

President Donald Trump listens during a news conference with Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte in the East Room of the White House, Monday, July 30, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

'What's not to like about Trump policies'?

Like a baseball team that is way behind going into the fifth inning, Democrats (and socialists) are hoping for the political equivalent of a rainout, so that the game President Trump is winning will be canceled, allowing them time to regroup. Published July 30, 2018

The Rose of Socialism Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

The seduction of socialism

For the current generation, sometimes referred to as millennials, it appears one thing is more seductive than sex — and that's socialism. Published July 25, 2018

Illustration on illegal immigrant voting by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Importing votes via the undocumented

San Francisco is permitting "undocumented immigrants," as political correctness demands we label them, to register to vote this November in local school board elections. Published July 23, 2018

President Donald Trump speaks to members of the media as he meets with members of Congress in the Cabinet Room of the White House, Tuesday, July 17, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Questioning intelligence

Did President Trump bungle the moment in Helsinki by casting doubt on American intelligence findings that Russian agents "meddled" in the 2016 election? His critics, including some Republicans, say so — and on Tuesday, Mr. Trump said he had misspoken when he expressed doubt about Russian culpability. but several things need to be kept in mind. Published July 18, 2018

Illustration on the growing threat from Muslim extremism by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Europe is waking up to the threat

Much of Europe was asleep, or in denial, when the Nazis took power and began rebuilding their military in violation of the Versailles Treaty that brought World War I to an end. Now, after years of virtually unlimited migration from predominately North African and other Muslim regions, some European nations are awakening to what this could mean for their countries and are responding, hoping it's not too late. Published July 9, 2018

President Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally, Wednesday, June 27, 2018, in Fargo, N.D. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Trump supporters compared to cultists

Bob Corker, the outgoing Republican senator from Tennessee, recently compared supporters of President Trump to members of a cult. The Washington Post quoted Sen. Corker as saying: "It's becoming a cultish thing, isn't it? It's not a good place for any party to end up with a cult-like situation as it relates to a president that happens to be of — purportedly — of the same party." Published July 4, 2018

Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy speaks to faculty members at the University of Pennsylvania law school, Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Back to the Constitution

The retirement of Justice Anthony Kennedy from the U.S. Supreme Court is about to bring a 60-year battle to a head. Published July 2, 2018

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders speaks to the media during the daily briefing in the Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House, Monday, June 25, 2018. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Bigotry returns to Virginia

As a longtime resident of Virginia, I am well aware of its sordid history when it comes to slavery, racism and discrimination. I can still remember "colored only" restrooms, water fountains, poll taxes and African Americans forced to ride in the back of the bus. Virginia public schools in the 1950s were mostly segregated, as they had been since first established in 1870. Published June 25, 2018

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. Published June 20, 2018

Illustration on bias at the FBI by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Bias and the beholder

Would you consider a jihadist biased against Jews? Could a member of a white supremacist group be accused of bias against non-whites? Published June 18, 2018

FILE - In this March 31, 2015 file photo,  Charles Krauthammer talks about getting into politics during a news conference in Corpus Christi, Texas.   The Fox News contributor and syndicated columnist says he has only a few weeks to live because of an aggressive form of cancer. Krauthammer disclosed his doctors prognosis in a letter released Friday, June 8, 2018  to colleagues, friends and viewers. Krauthammer wrote that he underwent surgery in August to remove a cancerous tumor in his abdomen.   (Gabe Hernandez/Corpus Christi Caller-Times via AP)

A tribute to Charles Krauthammer

I have often thought that tributes to those we love are best made when the object of our affection is still with us, rather than at their funerals. Published June 13, 2018

U. S. Donald Trump gives North Korea leader Kim Jong Un a thumbs up at their meeting at the Capella resort on Sentosa Island Tuesday, June 12, 2018 in Singapore. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Lessons for the Trump-Kim summit

The unprecedented, historic and weird summit (Dennis Rodman might be there) between President Trump and North Korea's Kim Jong-un, scheduled to begin Tuesday, if there are no surprises, could produce the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, or just more of the same lies and dissembling from North Korea we have seen before. Published June 11, 2018