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Ethan Epstein

Ethan Epstein

Ethan Epstein is deputy opinion editor of The Washington Times. He has also written for The Weekly Standard, Politico Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, Slate, and other publications. He graduated from Reed College.

Articles by Ethan Epstein

Mark Cuban, governor of the NBA's Dallas Mavericks, arrives at the NBA Awards on Monday, June 24, 2019, at the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, Calif. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)

Even Mark Cuban clams up on the NBA's flap with China

Mark Cuban, the wildly successful entrepreneur, charming host of CNBC's "Shark Tank," and owner of the Dallas Mavericks is no shrinking violet. Mr. Cuban has an opinion on, well, everything. College? He's against it. NBA officiating? It stinks. President Donald Trump? He's awful. Published October 9, 2019

Democratic presidential candidate Joseph R. Biden has promised repeatedly to restore the "integrity" and "soul" of the country. (Associated Press/File)

'Middle Class Joe' exonerated on Ukraine, but campaign can't escape damage from facts

Former Vice President Joseph R. Biden and his son Hunter may have been -- say it with me -- "exonerated!" for their activities in Ukraine, but Mr. Biden has not escaped damage. Indeed, the Ukraine imbroglio will likely prove fatal in a presidential race in which Mr. Biden was once firmly ensconced as the front-runner. Published October 6, 2019

FILE - In this March 12, 2016, file photo, an Amtrak train passes a New Jersey Transit train stopped to discharge and board passengers at Elizabeth train station in Elizabeth, N.J., along Amtrak's Northeast Corridor. A review conducted on behalf of New Jersey Transit and Amtrak Rail concludes that delays of five hours or more for commuters between New Jersey and New York have occurred about 17 times per year in recent years. (AP Photo/Mel Evans, File)

Dining car gets axed on tax-eating Amtrak

There are many reasons to opt for taking Amtrak over flying or driving to your destination: the high costs, the surly service, and, above all, the frisson of excitement that comes from not knowing when -- heck, even what day -- you may arrive. Published September 29, 2019

In this Oct. 22, 2017, file photo, Rohingya Muslim woman, Rukaya Begum, who crossed over from Myanmar into Bangladesh, holds her son Mahbubur Rehman, left and her daughter Rehana Bibi, after the government moved them to newly allocated refugee camp areas, near Kutupalong, Bangladesh. (AP Photo/Dar Yasin, File)

Bangladesh's acceptance of persecuted Rohingya generous, but undemocratic

To many, the term "refugee camp" connotes impermanence. But at this massive series of refugee camps in Bangladesh's southeast corner, where some one million displaced Rohingya people from just over the border in Myanmar are now living, people are digging in for the long haul. Published September 22, 2019

FILE - In this Dec. 13, 2018 file photo, national security adviser John Bolton unveils the Trump Administration's Africa Strategy at the Heritage Foundation in Washington.  (AP Photo/Cliff Owen, File)

Democrats hated Bolton until Trump fired him

It was March 2018 and Sen. Chris Murphy, Connecticut Democrat, was deeply disturbed. President Trump had just announced that John R. Bolton would serve as his third appointed national security adviser and Mr. Murphy, a thoroughgoing dove, was alarmed. Published September 12, 2019

State Department building in Washington D.C. ** FILE **

Religious freedom: Not just nice to have, but vital for national security

American ideals often clash with the harsh realities of realpolitik. Saudi Arabia is a brutal suppressor of political dissent, religious minorities, freedom of speech and critical journalists — yet judged by Washington to be an important strategic partner on a number of matters, energy supplies chiefly. Egypt under President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, who took power in a coup overthrowing a democratically elected president, has reverted to a dictatorship. But the Egyptian leader is valued in Washington for fighting and killing Islamists. Published September 8, 2019

South Korean middle school students rallied Wednesday against Japan in a sign that the animosity between the two countries is carrying into another generation. (Associated Press/File)

For Japan and South Korea, World War II isn't even past

Both countries are known for their futuristic cityscapes and technological innovation, but if there was ever a case in which William Faulkner's adage that "the past isn't dead; it isn't even past" holds true, it is Japan and South Korea. Published August 29, 2019

FILE - In this Aug. 20, 2019, file photo, Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., speaks to a reporter after a mental health roundtable discussion in Manchester, N.H. Gillibrand says she's dropping out of 2020 presidential race amid low polling, fundraising struggles. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola, File)

In both Democratic and Republican primaries, the phonies lose

Add "failed presidential candidate" to New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand's long and winding resume, which also already includes stints as "lawyer for Philip Morris," "gun rights advocate and opponent of illegal immigration," as well as "gun rights opponent and staunch proponent of the rights of illegal migrants." Published August 29, 2019

Indian External Affairs Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar was told by Beijing that a move to strip Indian-administered Kashmir of special autonomy was unacceptable. (Associated Press/File)

National sovereignty comes roaring back

For their myriad differences, the Indian, Chinese, Russian and American leaders are in harmony on one thing: Each believes strongly in national sovereignty. The idea is that what goes on in within a country's borders is solely the concern of that country and its leaders, not international organizations or foreign governments. Published August 15, 2019

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards delivers his opening address for the special legislative session at the Earl K. Long Gymnasium on the campus of the University of Louisiana-Lafayette, Tuesday, May 22, 2018, in Lafayette, La. (Scott Clause /The Daily Advertiser via AP)

Louisiana plans to subsidize dangerous, Communist-owned chemical plant

For decades, "the great sucking sound" of outsourcing flowed in one direction. Jobs of all kinds migrated from high-wage countries to their impoverished counterparts. Think textiles moving from the Carolinas to India, and autos from Michigan to Mexico. China was the biggest beneficiary, as U.S. manufacturers were attracted to its massive, low-wage labor force and minimal environmental standards. Published July 28, 2019

U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., speaks at the AARP Presidential Forum at the Waterfront Convention Center in Bettendorf, Iowa on Tuesday, July 16, 2019.  (Olivia Sun/The Des Moines Register via AP) ** FILE **

Kamala Harris is no Barack Obama

Sen. Kamala D. Harris of California was languishing in the Democratic presidential race until she pointed out that former Vice President Joseph R. Biden was a fool for having the same position on school busing that she has. Published July 21, 2019

Democratic presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke speaks during the I Will Vote Fundraising Gala in Atlanta, June 6, 2019. (AP Photo/John Bazemore) ** FILE **

'Politico 40' reading lists reflect D.C. parochial narcissism

Politico recently surveyed 40 so-called "political heavy hitters" about what books they plan to read this summer. The answers were greeted with any manner of chortling and a whole lot of skepticism: "I like book lists like this because it is fun to see who is a liar," quipped one Twitter wag. Published July 11, 2019

In this Feb. 29, 2019, photo, Senate Armed Services Committee member Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo., speaks during a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster) **FILE**

Hawley offers a version of 'Trumpism' without the tweets

It can be difficult to make out through the sound and fury (much of which, as the poet said, signifies nothing and is emitted by idiots) surrounding the presidency of Donald Trump, but "Trumpism" was once a coherent political philosophy. Published July 4, 2019

 In this April 25, 2019, former Nissan Chairman Carlos Ghosn leaves the Tokyo Detention Center in Tokyo. A Japanese court has turned down an appeal from the lawyers of Ghosn over his bail conditions that limit his contact with his wife. Kyodo News service reported Thursday the Tokyo District Court rejected the appeal filed earlier in the day. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko, File) **FILE**

Japan's cruel justice system leaves Carlos Ghosn in the lurch

Carlos Ghosn is another foreigner currently enmeshed in the net of a justice system that can only be described as "Kafkaesque." Mr. Ghosn, the former high-flying executive who for years ran Nissan, Renault and Mitsubishi, was arrested in Tokyo on Nov. 19 and charged by Japanese authorities with understating his income to avoid taxes and with transferring his own personal losses to Nissan's books. Published June 27, 2019