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David Keene

Editor at Large — David Keene, a trusted adviser to presidents, a longtime champion of personal liberty and one of conservatism’s most respected voices, is the former opinion editor of The Washington Times. An author, columnist and fixture on national television, Mr. Keene has championed conservative causes for more than five decades while offering advice to Republican presidents and countless candidates. He additionally served as chairman of the American Conservative Union and president of the National Rifle Association. He can be reached at me@davidakeene.com.

Articles by David Keene

China minorities illustration by Linas Garsys

China attacks minorities within its borders

China is actively persecuting and imprisoning and terrorizing millions of Muslim Uyghurs in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region of northwest China. Published December 4, 2019

Student Debt Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Elizabeth Warren's ridiculous plan for student debt

Elizabeth Warren's multi-billion-dollar plan to cancel some $640 billion of student debt is a case in point, amounting to little more than a thinly disguised attempt to buy the votes of younger, higher earning, college-educated voters. Published November 29, 2019

Kamala Sticker Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Kamala Harris' nosedive

California Sen. Kamala Harris' seems willing to do anything she thinks might help claw her way back into the top tier of Democratic presidential wannabes. This was on full display recently in South Carolina. Published November 4, 2019

In this April 23, 2019, photo, Hillary Clinton speaks during the TIME 100 Summit, in New York. Mrs. Clinton is popping up in presidential politics again, and some Democrats are wary even as they praise her role as a senior party leader. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

Hillary Clinton's conspiracy theories

In the 1950s, Wisconsin Sen. Joe McCarthy believed there was a Soviet agent lurking under every bed and began naming some without much proof. Critics were correct to lambast him, but today's Democrats would embarrass even McCarthy. Published October 28, 2019

Demonstrators link hands as they gather along an elevated walkway in Hong Kong, Friday, Aug. 23, 2019. Supporters of Hong Kong's pro-democracy movement created human chains on both sides of the city's harbor Friday, inspired by a historic protest 30 years ago in the Baltic states against Soviet control. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

What the Hong Kong protesters know

Few Americans today remember what is known as "Black Ribbon Day," when more than 2 million people in Communist Latvia, Estonia and Lithuania joined hands in an unbroken human chain that stretched some 420 miles to protest the Soviet occupation. Published September 5, 2019

Mandatory Confiscation Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

'Progressive' fantasies about guns

The idea that Americans have a constitutional right to own and possess firearms appalls today's progressives. They believe that if they could just rid the nation of guns, then armed robberies, gang violence, mass shootings, rape, violent crime and maybe even suicide would vanish and we could all live peacefully ever after. Published August 20, 2019

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A friend to young conservatives

Soon after Bill Schulz, the longtime Washington editor of Reader's Digest, retired in 2003, I joined him for lunch at his favorite table at Washington's Palm restaurant. As we were seated, I told Tommy Jacomo, the restaurant's iconic maitre d', "This one's on me." He looked at me and at Bill and replied, "About time, don't you think?" Published July 25, 2019

Apprenticeships Growing Jobs Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Why the administration's workforce development program matters

President Trump owes his 2016 electoral victory to support from millions of frustrated and even angry middle class voters living in what coastal elitists like to refer to as "flyover country" who were tired of being ignored. Published July 24, 2019

Mohamed Ould Ghazouami Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

A new president for Mauritania

Good news and something bordering on the unique took place on June 22 in Mauritania of all places. Voters in this northwest African nation of less than 4 million went to the polls peaceably to elect a new president to succeed a retiring elected president. Published July 2, 2019

Illustration on Trump and The New York Times by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Calling the president the enemy of the media

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. Published June 25, 2019

Political Weapon Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Misplaced enthusiasm for sending Trump to jail

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi told her fellow Democrats last week that she doesn't want President Trump "impeached," she wants him "in prison." She hopes to beat the president of the United States in his bid for re-election, have a new Democratic president indict and convict him for real or imagined crimes, and celebrate as he's hauled off to a federal correctional institution. Published June 11, 2019

In this May 18, 2019, file photo, Democratic presidential candidate, former Vice President Joe Biden speaks during a campaign rally at Eakins Oval in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

Joe Biden's gambit

Joe Biden may actually be onto something. Published May 28, 2019

Misunderstanding John Bolton

National Security Council Chairman John Bolton, according to his detractors, is squirreled away in his White House office salivating at the prospect of military action against Iran. They picture Mr. Bolton as a blood-thirsty warmonger who signed on last April as President Donald Trump's national security adviser to undermine the president's belief that sending in the Marines is not the only or even the best way to respond to the actions of nations that disagree with us. Published May 22, 2019

A visitor to the at the National Rifle Association Annual Meeting walks past signage for the event in Indianapolis, Saturday, April 27, 2019. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

How disagreement turns to death threats

Some years ago, one of our neighbors attended a Neighborhood Watch meeting with the Prince George's County police chief. He asked the chief whether he knew that the president of the National Rifle Association was a resident of the county. The chief didn't, but expressed concern about our safety. Published May 2, 2019

In special counsel Robert Mueller's 448-page report, Mr. Mueller found 14 other cases for prosecutors to pursue, though the details were largely redacted. The Cohen and Craig cases are already known, but the remaining 12 are a mystery. (Associated Press)

Mueller and the saving of a presidency

Critics are obsessed by President Trump's rants as they desperately dig for evidence that he colluded or conspired with Vladimir Putin's Russia to "steal" the 2016 election. As one reads through the Mueller Report, it is clear that the president was upset and frustrated by investigation into activities he knew hadn't taken place — who can blame him? Published April 22, 2019