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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

President Donald Trump salutes a Marines honor guard as he disembarks from Marine One upon arrival at the White House in Washington, Monday, Feb. 6, 2017 from a trip to Florida. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

'Be careful what you wish for'

At the National Prayer Breakfast last week, President Trump promised to "totally destroy" the so-called Johnson Amendment, a law that prohibits churches from endorsing or opposing political candidates at the risk of losing their tax-exempt status. Published February 6, 2017

Illustration on the current wave of protests by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

The left's narrative

Just days into the Trump administration, the left's narrative is clear. First, it was that Donald Trump is an "illegitimate" president because he didn't win the popular vote, claims about "voter fraud" notwithstanding. Published February 1, 2017

Illustration on Trump's active first week in office by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

The spectacular week that was

Republican members of Congress met in Philadelphia last weekend for what was called a retreat. It might have been more accurately labeled an advance. Published January 30, 2017

President Donald Trump holds up an executive order for border security and immigration enforcement improvements after signing the order during a visit to the Homeland Security Department headquarters in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2017. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Feeling good, so far

President Trump's critics are finding it difficult to stay focused following a flurry of actions taken by the new American CEO. Published January 25, 2017

Passing the Torch Illustration by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Trump's rhetoric and reality

President Trump's inaugural address may not have risen to the rhetorical level of John F. Kennedy ("The torch has been passed to a new generation of Americans" and "Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country"), or Ronald Reagan's critique of government ("Government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem"), or even Barack Obama's in 2009 ("On this day, we gather because we have chosen hope over fear, unity of purpose over conflict and discord"), but the speech set out large goals, many details of which are yet to be revealed. Published January 23, 2017

Education Quality Harmed by the Teachers Union Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Trying a different way

Some years ago a friend of mine wrote a book titled "The Seven Last Words of the Church, or, We've Never Tried It That Way Before." It is about what he regarded as the entrenched bureaucracies in his denomination that are reluctant -- even hostile -- to change. Published January 18, 2017

Dr. Ben Carson (Associated Press)

Ben Carson as role model

During his Senate confirmation hearing, Dr. Ben Carson, secretary of housing and urban development-designate, told a story. He said his mother was a domestic who cleaned beautiful homes. One day she asked him if he would rather live in those nice houses or the house in which he and his brother lived in Detroit. Published January 16, 2017

Losing Credibility in "Flyover Country" Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Meryl Streep behaves as if elected to office

Meryl Streep has played many roles in her long career and holds the record for the most Academy Award nominations of any actor. Among her portrayals was British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. At the Golden Globe Awards Sunday night, Miss Streep behaved as if she actually had been elected to high office, entitling her to mount a high horse. Published January 11, 2017

Illustration on the U. S. history of meddling in international affairs by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Russian hacking and glass houses

Many top U.S. intelligence agencies have concluded that Russian President Vladimir Putin directed a secret intelligence operation for the purpose of discrediting Hillary Clinton, thereby helping Donald Trump win the 2016 presidential election. Published January 9, 2017

The Chicago carnage

Chicago has come a long way from the idealized lyric, "My kind of town, Chicago is," which Frank Sinatra made famous. Published January 4, 2017

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu chairs a weekly cabinet meeting, in Jerusalem, Sunday, Jan. 1, 2017. (Gali Tibbon/Pool photo via AP)

Kerry's two-faced solution

In his recent speech excoriating Israel for refusing to commit suicide by allowing a sworn enemy to have a state adjoining the Jewish state, Secretary of State John Kerry claimed the U.S. government "did not draft or originate" the U.N. resolution critical of Israeli "settlements." Published January 2, 2017

Secretary of State John Kerry speaks at the State Department in Washington, Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2016. Stepping into a raging diplomatic argument, Kerry staunchly defended the Obama administration's decision to allow the U.N. Security Council to declare Israeli settlements illegal and warned that Israel's very future as a democracy is at stake. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Obama to Israel: Drop dead

A headline that would become famous appeared in the New York Daily News in October 1975 after President Gerald Ford denied federal assistance to spare the city from bankruptcy. It read: "Ford to City: Drop Dead." Published December 28, 2016

Illustration on radicalized refugees by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

More terror, more denial

Recent terrorist attacks in Ankara, Turkey, and Berlin, Germany, add to a growing list of incidents that are becoming increasingly difficult to remember. Does one begin the list with the plane hijackings in the '60s and '70s, or the first World Trade Center bombing in 1993, or the USS Cole attack in 2000, or the second World Trade Center attack in 2001, or Ft. Hood, San Bernardino, Orlando, Paris or Nice? And that's not all of them, nor will it be the end of them, if we don't have a better response. Published December 26, 2016

Christmas Illustration by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

The familiarity of Christmas

Familiarity doesn't always breed contempt. Not if it's a familiarity with Christmas. Published December 21, 2016

In this Oct. 18, 2011, file photo, traffic passes the New York Times building, in New York. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

Faking the news

Mainstream media are suddenly concerned about "fake news." It used to be that phony stories were easy to spot. They usually focused on space aliens or mysterious creatures found wandering deep in the woods. My personal favorite in this genre was a 1992 "story" in the supermarket tabloid Weekly World News that claimed the bones of Adam and Eve had been discovered in Colorado. Published December 14, 2016

Vice President-elect Mike Pence speaks at the Indiana Governor's Luncheon for Scouting in Indianapolis, Monday, Dec. 12, 2016. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

Pence on the Trump mandate

When Mike Pence becomes the 48th vice president of the United States next month, he will take on the role of a political lobbyist for Donald Trump's activist agenda. Published December 12, 2016

Illustration on Donald Trump, Israel and Middle East Peace by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

U.S.-Israel relations on the mend

The consensus in Israel is that the relationship between the Jewish state and the United States is going to improve in a Trump administration, says former Israeli ambassador to the U.S., Zalman Shoval. Published December 7, 2016

Illustration on the Pearl harbor attack by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Remembering Pearl Harbor at 75

Only five of the 335 men who survived the unprovoked attack that sunk the USS Arizona on Dec. 7, 1941 remain alive. Donald Stratton, 94, is one of them. He has added to the historical knowledge of that day and the beginning of America's entry into World War II in a new book, "All the Gallant Men: The First Memoir by a USS Arizona Survivor." Published December 5, 2016

Former U.N. Ambassador John Bolton. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

For secretary of state: John Bolton

President-elect Donald Trump is reportedly considering seriously at least two men for the critical position of secretary of state. One, former presidential candidate Mitt Romney, has divided the Trump team between those who think it is a good idea and those who think Mr. Romney's severe criticism of Mr. Trump during the campaign disqualifies him. Published November 30, 2016