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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

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

Too many Democrats on the dance floor

Last night's Democratic debate saw an odd spectacle. A guy polling at 1 percent -- former HUD Secretary Julian Castro -- beating up on another guy -- former Rep. Beto O'Rourke of Texas -- polling at 1 percent. You can hardly blame Mr. Castro for that strategy; should he knock out Mr. O'Rourke and grab his voters, his support will literally double! After that, only 22 more Democrats will need dispatching by Mr. Castro. Published June 27, 2019

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