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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

Supporters of former President Evo Morales clash with security forces in El Alto, on the outskirts of La Paz, Bolivia, Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2019. Morales' backers have taken to the streets asking for his return since he resigned on Nov. 10 under pressure from the military after weeks of protests against him over a disputed election he claim to have won. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)

Pushing for regime change doesn't seem to change regimes

The lawyers who sit on Bolivia's highest constitutional court have their futures cut out for them should this whole being-powerful-judges thing not work out. Perhaps they could star in the next spin-off of "Better Call Saul," or chase ambulances somewhere, because their legal reasoning is as creative as their ethics. Published December 15, 2019

A photographer captures the sunrise behind the New York City skyline from across the Hudson River in Jersey City, N.J., Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019. (AP Photo/J. David Ake) ** FILE **

Conservatives losing ground in cities across globe

President Trump may have lived the majority of his 73 years in New York City, yet he remains wildly unpopular in the nation's most populous city. In the 2016 presidential election, Mr. Trump took only 10% of the vote in Manhattan against Democratic rival Hillary Clinton's 86%. Even in his native Queens, the boisterous billionaire managed only 22 % of the vote. Published December 8, 2019

This photo from Tuesday, March 28, 2006 , shows New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg listening as he testifies about gun control before Congress in Washington. Mr. Bloomberg, a Democratic candidate for mayor, is on the defensive about his support of sin taxes on vices like smoking and sugary drinks, which disproportionately impact lower-income Americans. The former mayor says such taxes help encourage Americans to quit or cut back on those vices, and hence promotes their health. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)

Trump campaign is right to block Bloomberg News

In late November, owner Michael R. Bloomberg, a former New York mayor, announced that he was running for the Democratic nomination for president, and the company's editor, John Micklethwait, subsequently wrote in a memo to staff that Bloomberg News would not only refrain from investigating its owner, but also all of his Democratic opponents. Published December 3, 2019

Visitors take photos with their smartphones of an installation depicting a heart-shaped Chinese national flag in Shanghai, China, Friday, Sept. 27, 2019. China marked its 70th anniversary on Oct. 1, 2019. (AP Photo) ** FILE **

China gets 'woke' in disingenuous new anti-U.S. tack

Is Zhao Lijian, as his Twitter handle says, the "Deputy for Director General in the Information Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of China" -- or is he just the latest candidate to enter the race for the Democratic presidential nomination? Published December 1, 2019

This March 28, 2017, file photo, provided by the New York State Sex Offender Registry shows Jeffrey Epstein. A previously undisclosed federal investigation into Epstein included an examination of whether he was traveling with underage girls as recently as 2018, newly released documents show. In July 2019, U.S. Marshals Service investigators spoke with an air-traffic controller who said she saw Epstein get off his private jet at an airport near his U.S. Virgin Islands retreat with two girls who appeared to be 11 or 12, according to the documents. (New York State Sex Offender Registry via AP, File)

Elite media inexcusably ignore Jeffrey Epstein-ABC scandal

There are a lot of formerly powerful people who must rue the day that Ronan Farrow abandoned his career as an also-ran opinion journalist and decided to do it His Way. Over the past two years, Mr. Farrow has become one of the most hard-charging and effective investigative journalists in America. Published November 10, 2019

This March 28, 2017, file photo, provided by the New York State Sex Offender Registry, shows Jeffrey Epstein. (New York State Sex Offender Registry via AP, File)

ABC News is not in the news business

The late Jeffrey Epstein -- no relation! -- was, in the words of ABC News's Amy Robach, "the most prolific pedophile this country has ever known." A visibly angry Ms. Robach made the comment in a private conversation earlier this year on the ABC News set Published November 5, 2019

People stand in the lobby of the offices of China's Xinhua News Agency damaged by protesters in Hong Kong, Saturday, Nov. 2, 2019. Hong Kong riot police fired multiple rounds of tear gas and used a water cannon Saturday to break up a rally by thousands of masked protesters demanding meaningful autonomy after Beijing indicated it could tighten its grip on the Chinese territory. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

Hong Kong still battling but China has won the war

The so-called battle for Hong Kong is still raging. Over the weekend, the capitalist entrepot witnessed its 22nd straight week of protests against Beijing's heavy hand. Published November 3, 2019

Los Angeles Lakers' LeBron James during an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Clippers Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Classical musicians have more courage than the NBA

American luxury goods purveyors, tech giants, universities, auto manufacturers, and -- perhaps most infamously these days -- sports leagues, are increasingly beholden to the Chinese market. Published October 30, 2019

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