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Robert Knight is a columnist for The Washington Times.

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In this Wednesday, March 22, 2017, file photo, Supreme Court Justice nominee Neil Gorsuch listens as he is asked a question by Sen. Mazie Hirono, D-Hawaii, on Capitol Hill in Washington, during his confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

A question of lawful authority

The U.S. Senate is warring over the confirmation of Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch. The Republicans say he's a stellar nominee, a judicial umpire who calls balls and strikes as he sees them. Democrats, led by New York's Charles Schumer, however, say the judge is a creature of "special interests" who would slide into a base with spikes up and who deserves to be filibustered. Published April 2, 2017

Illustration on Time magazine by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Time for Time-less truth

It's been a long while since I perused Time magazine, either online or in print. Published March 26, 2017

Evangelicals, who helped push President Trump into office, seek to hold the president's feet to the fire on religious freedom issues, including reversing Obama-era anti-discrimination hiring rules for federal contracts. (Associated Press)

Freeing religion from government's grip

On Feb. 2, at the National Prayer Breakfast, President Trump said, "My administration will do everything in its power to defend and protect religious liberty." Published March 19, 2017

Illustration on Trump's tweets regarding possible Obama administration wiretaps by M. Ryder/Tribune Content Agency

'No conclusive evidence of wrongdoing'

A week ago, President Trump unleashed a media firestorm when he accused former President Barack Obama in a tweet of wiretapping Trump Tower in New York. Published March 12, 2017

Illustration on Democrat tactics against President trump by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Resisting civility

Donald Trump's opponents, which include the entire Democratic Party, progressives of all stripes and even some wet Republicans, are mounting what they call a "resistance" movement against the new administration. Published March 5, 2017

The Supreme Court. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

Fake justice and the rise of a new religion

Post-modern progressives, contrary to popular belief, are not irreligious. They worship at the altar of government power, lifting the chalice of "diversity" and eating the bread of "tolerance." Published February 26, 2017

Illustration on antiterrorist measures in France by Mark Weber/Tribune Content Agency

The ACLU's war on common sense

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is leading the charge against President Trump's order to temporarily halt immigrants from seven Middle Eastern countries identified by the Obama administration as hotbeds of terrorism. Published February 12, 2017

Illustration on anarchy and its cure by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Left uses violence but decries 'speech as violence'

Anarchy takes many forms. There is street violence, like that at the University of California at Berkeley last Wednesday, a microcosm of the anti-Trump rioting all over the country. Published February 5, 2017

Lucia Martinez, who organized the rally, marches with others demonstrating in and around the main terminal at Portland International Airport, Saturday, Jan. 28, 2017, in Portland, Ore., to protest President Donald Trump's executive order barring nationals of seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the U.S.  (Mike Zacchino/The Oregonian via AP)

The media's march toward irrelevance

As any reporter can tell you, it's far more fun to cover zany people and events than those exuding decency and restraint. The news business, like much of the entertainment media, thrives on mayhem. Published January 29, 2017

President Donald Trump speaks during a reception for inaugural law enforcement officers and first responders in the Blue Room of the White House, Sunday, Jan. 22, 2017 in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

The ACLU's Trump hysteria

Now that Donald Trump has been sworn in as America's 45th president, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has hit the panic button. Published January 22, 2017

Obama Justice Department Corruption Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Restoring justice

Eric Holder and Loretta E. Lynch have been perhaps the most flagrant partisans ever to hold the office of attorney general. Published January 15, 2017

In this Nov. 29, 2016, file photo, Attorney General-designate Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., is seen on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Molly Riley) ** FILE **

The Democrats' new war

When the Senate Judiciary Committee begins hearings on Sen. Jeff Sessions' nomination as attorney general, it will be about a lot more than Mr. Sessions, who Democrats and their media allies began knee-capping the moment his nomination was announced in November. Published January 8, 2017

President-elect Donald Trump speaks to reporters at Mar-a-Lago, Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2016, in Palm Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci) ** FILE **

Political correctness dies hard

President-elect Donald Trump said he would get rid of political correctness (PC), and it couldn't come too soon. Published January 1, 2017

Illustration on the wonders of creation by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

The complexity of creation

Holiday gift-buying is over, the presents are unwrapped or even returned, and not much happens in the news. One can sit back and contemplate those moments in which the Christmas spirit overcomes worldly concerns, such as an impromptu sighting of a star on a dark night and wondering what it was like 2,000 years ago in Israel. Published December 25, 2016

This photo combo of images provided by Facebook demonstrates some of the new measures Facebook is taking to curb the spread of fake news on its huge and influential social network. The company is focusing on the "worst of the worst" offenders and partnering with outside fact-checkers to sort honest news reports from made-up stories that play to people's passions and preconceived notions. (Facebook via AP)

The fake war on 'fake news'

The Democrats and their friends in the media are vigorously looking to expose "fake news" in the wake of their disastrous election defeat in November. Good for them. Published December 18, 2016

Illustration on potential Obama pardons by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Pardon us: Bergdahl, Snowden push for clemency

President Obama, who leaves office on Jan. 20, is getting an earful from liberals urging him to issue pardons in three high-profile national security cases. Published December 11, 2016

Illustration on the anticipated retransformation of America by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Much to look forward to

I was going to write today about the ongoing, insanely angry reactions by media, academics and students to the calamity that befell them on Nov. 8. There's just so much out there. Published December 4, 2016

Illustration on Liberal "tolerance" by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Throwing off the PC shackles

One thing the election reinforced is that "tolerance" is the last thing progressives actually want. Published November 27, 2016

Pacifying Democrats' Distress Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Foolish vows of vengeance

In the wake of Donald Trump's election, the mood on the losing side has ranged from somber mourning to hysterics, plus some furious vows to avenge Hillary Clinton's loss. Published November 20, 2016

Illustration on the electoral college as abulwartk against voter fraud by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Lax election enforcement must go

It looks like Hillary Clinton will finish with slightly more popular votes than President-elect Donald Trump, who won a clear majority of Electoral votes last Tuesday. Published November 13, 2016