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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

The roughly 782 Democrats running for the presidency are like the hot dog vendors of yesteryear, stressing not what makes them different but just how similar they are to the rest of the field. (Associated Press/File)

2020 Democrats all offering the same hot dogs

The roughly 782 Democrats running for the presidency are like the hot dog vendors of yesteryear, stressing not what makes them different but just how similar they are to the rest of the field. Published June 13, 2019

Democratic presidential candidate, former Vice President Joe Biden tosses his jacket to the side during a campaign rally at Eakins Oval in Philadelphia, Saturday, May 18, 2019. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Biden's campaign begins not with a bang, but a whimper

And to think I was worried. Having lingered too long over a cheesesteak lunch, I feared being late for Joe Biden's big kickoff rally here Saturday, forced to watch the event at the Eakins Oval from a mile or so away. Published May 19, 2019

Sen. Josh Hawley, Missouri Republican, is calling for a broad consideration of the effect social media is having on our society. (Associated Press/File)

Sen. Hawley lobs a grenade at Silicon Valley

Sen. Josh Hawley, Missouri Republican, is evidently not afraid to be the skunk at the garden party. Last week, the freshman senator spoke at the Washington, D.C., outpost of Stanford University and unleashed a searing critique of social media. This would be the equivalent of berating the Bible at Liberty University or having the temerity to promote free market capitalism at Williams College. Published May 9, 2019

Winston Churchill    Associated Press photo

Is a New Iron Curtain Descending?

Seventy-three years after Winston Churchill visited this small town 100 miles west of St. Louis for less than 24 hours, the residue of his presence still lingers. Black-and-white photographs of the former prime minister's ride through town in the back of a convertible abound. (Ever the showman, Mr. Churchill made sure that he chomped on a cigar as he passed through the town center.) Published May 2, 2019

FILE - In this Nov. 5, 2017, file photo, residents watch a convoy of security personnel armed with batons and shields patrol through central Kashgar in western China's Xinjiang region. China says on Monday, March 18, 2019 it has arrested nearly 13,000 people it describes as terrorists in the traditionally Islamic region of Xinjiang since 2014 and broken up hundreds of "terrorist gangs." The figures were included in a government report on the situation in the restive northwestern territory that seeks to respond to growing criticism over the internment of an estimated 1 million members of the Uighur (WEE-gur) and other predominantly Muslim ethnic groups. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan, File)

TV news' media blackout on Xinjiang aids Chinese repression

Ten years ago this July, there was a riot in Urumqi, the capital of Xinjiang, the restive northwestern Chinese province that is home to the Muslim Uighur people. Beijing's response to the unrest was brutal. Telephone and internet communications were shuttered across the entire province. More than 1,000 people were summarily rounded up and detained. Scores were executed. Published April 11, 2019

FILE - In this Wednesday, March 13, 2019 file photo, a member of the North Korea's embassy tells reporters not to take pictures of the diplomatic building in Madrid, Spain. The 10 people who allegedly raided the North Korean Embassy in Madrid last month belong to a mysterious dissident organization that styles itself as a government-in-exile dedicated to toppling the ruling Kim family dynasty in North Korea. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue, File)

Could North Korea's criminal embassies endanger the regime?

Being a diplomat for the world's most undiplomatic regime must be an odd job. North Korea's foreign service officers posted in the country's embassies abroad don't do much of the feel-good factory tours and rubber chicken dinner hobnobbery that characterize the daily lives of most countries' ambassadors. Published April 4, 2019

Gov. Gavin Newsom signs the executive order placing a moratorium on the death penalty at his Capitol office Wednesday, March 13, 2019, in Sacramento, Calif. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli) **FILE**

California governor's death penalty moratorium: Perfectly legal, but wrong

The governor's move, therefore, feels uncomfortably undemocratic. Many families of murder victims expressed shock and outrage at the announcement as did many pundits who, whether or not they support the death penalty, felt the governor's move to be an abuse of power. But while it may strike many as fundamentally wrong, the governor's move appears to be perfectly legal. Published March 14, 2019

News of the abrupt end to the summit between President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un stunned Asians whose countries had high stakes in the denuclearization talks. (Associated Press)

The biggest loser from the summit collapse? China

"Potential" is probably the wrong word to use. When President Trump tries to coax North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un to trade nuclear arms for investment, he rhapsodizes often about the great "potential" that he sees in North Korea. (Ever a real estate guy, the president seems particularly fond of North Korea's shoreline.) But to say someone has great "potential" is to imply they're not living up to it. That almost certainly is perceived as an insult by the North Korean regime, whose propaganda bangs on incessantly about the inherent superiority of its system. Published February 28, 2019