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President Donald Trump listens during a meeting with South Korean President Moon Jae-In in the Oval Office of the White House, Tuesday, May 22, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

The president pulls the plug

Donald Trump was never going to win the Nobel Peace Prize, anyway. He demonstrated "the art of the deal" with his cancellation of the "summit" with Kim Jong-un, which North Korea had skillfully begun to portray as a triumph of its own statecraft. The president pulled the rug out from under Mr. Kim with a triumph of his own. We can all be thankful. Published May 24, 2018

Reassign area codes

Most gang members wear clothing, have tattoos, flash hand signs and/or draw graffiti that identifies their gang affiliations. A large number of the tattoos and urban art contain the telephone area code identifying the gang's city, county or region of control. If telephone area codes within certain metropolitan locations were changed, gang tattoos, graffiti and hand signs would be rendered inaccurate, outdated and confusing. Published May 24, 2018

USDA right on cat matter

Derek Hunter's op-ed on the U.S. Department of Agriculture's research involving cats contained misinformation and hyperbole that deserve a response ("Ending taxpayer-funded kitty cruelty," Web, May 22). Published May 24, 2018

Navarro needs rebuke

Political commentator and fake Republican strategist Ana Navarro not only once called President Trump a "man-baby," but in 2016 she tweeted: "Should Donald Trump drop out of the race? Yes. He should drop out of the human race. He is an animal. Apologies to animals." Published May 23, 2018

Fewer lowering the flag

I don't know if I'm sad or angry. Some 20 to 40 years ago when our president ordered the American flag to half-mast, almost all flags were lowered in order to honor those the president was trying to honor. Today we are lucky if half the flags are lowered. Published May 23, 2018

President Donald Trump speaks to the media before boarding the Marine One helicopter on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, May 23, 2018, en route to a day trip to New York City. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Slinging doubts about Singapore

The Democrats and their allied pundits are licking their chops at the prospect of supping on soup of bones from the collapse of the Singapore summit between President Trump and Kim Jong-un. Mr. Trump now rates the prospect of the summit even happening as no better than a toss of a coin. Published May 23, 2018

Israeli-Arab solution

What is wrong with the Arabs who have called themselves Palestinians since 1964, when the PLO was founded in Egypt to get rid of the "infidels" in the Middle East and North Africa ("Pending power vacuum: Younger Palestinians despair over aging, flailing leadership," Web, May 21)? Published May 22, 2018

Veggies are safe barbecue choices

What happened to the good old days, when the worst things we had to fear on Memorial Day were traffic jams and indigestion? Folks planning to dust off their outdoor grills this holiday weekend face a nasty choice: If they undercook their hamburgers, hot dogs and chicken, their family and friends may face food poisoning by E. coli and salmonella, but if they raise the temperature to kill these bacteria, they run the risk of creating carcinogenic meat. (The U.S. Meat and Poultry Hotline advises raising the temperature when cooking, but our own National Cancer Institute warns that high-temperature grilling of processed meats produces cancer-causing compounds.) Published May 22, 2018

Jim Thomas, Dr. Seth Cropsey, Ronald O’Rourke and Dr. Andrew Erickson, discuss the U.S. Asia-Pacific Strategic Considerations Related to P.L.A. Naval Forces Modernization in front of the House Armed Services Committee, in Washington, DC., Wednesday, December 11, 2013.  (Andrew S Geraci/The Washington Times)

The cost of not having a Merchant Marine

Freedom of the seas is critical to America's economic and political security, enabling the transportation of goods manufactured in the United States to other places around the world, and enabling Americans to obtain things otherwise unobtainable here, like bananas every day of every year. What would life be without the freedom to enjoy an occasional banana split? Published May 22, 2018

Growing divide contributes to violence

Once again the nation is subjected to violence in our schools — and once again we hear partisan cries for "gun control" as the solution. No, this is not the solution. The danger is that it clouds recognition of many factors that contribute to increased violence, principally the constant hysterical attacks on our president, which undermines national stability. Youngsters are easily influenced by a hatred-filled atmosphere. Published May 21, 2018

At last, justice for Hillary?

The real investigations concerning Hillary Rodham Clinton and her boss have finally begun ("Trump 'takes charge' of deep state influence," Web, May 20). Stay tuned. The supposed investigation of Russian collusion will be found only to apply to Mrs. Clinton and those high up at the FBI, Justice Department and more. Special Counsel Robert Mueller was only there to postpone the inevitable after the shocking election result. Published May 21, 2018

In this Jan. 21, 2018, file photo, lights shine inside the U.S. Capitol Building as night falls in Washington. (AP Photo/J. David Ake) ** FILE **

A privilege, not a right

No nation is more confused over who, why and how someone may cross its borders than the "nation of immigrants." America's confusion is largely the work of men and women who would get lost on a highway with no exits. Common sense, an uncommonly precious leadership quality, is the compass that points the way toward an immigration policy based on respect for the law. Common sense, alas, suffers a sharp discount in our present day. Published May 21, 2018

In this May 21, 2017, file photo, President Donald Trump, right, holds a bilateral meeting with Qatar's Emir Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al-Thani, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Trump sided with Saudi Arabia and other Arab countries Tuesday in a deepening diplomatic crisis with Qatar, appearing to endorse the accusation that the oil-rich Persian Gulf nation is funding terrorist groups. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

Peace in the Middle East

Donald Trump isn't the first man to point out that life in the Middle East is built largely on a mirage of fantasy and resentment. But he is the first man in a long time to do something about it. Moving the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem is simply a long-overdue recognition of the reality that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel, and the Jews aren't going anywhere. Published May 20, 2018

Trump's federal disclosure

"Trump met federal disclosure requirement by reimbursing Cohen for Stormy Daniels payment: Government" (Web, May 16) is generally factual. However, the piece implies that controversy remains about whether the disclosure under the 1978 Ethics In Government Act was timely. Published May 20, 2018

Who wants that award, anyway?

Your 17 May editorial, "A bad week for Democrats," says President Trump is not likely to win the Nobel Peace Prize. That's a no-brainer, because he's even less likely to accept it. He wouldn't want his name sullied by association with the likes of Barack Obama, Jimmy Carter and Yasser Arafat. Knowing this, the Nobel Committee wouldn't embarrass themselves by doing the right thing. Published May 20, 2018

In this May 9, 2018, file photo, CIA nominee Gina Haspel testifies during a confirmation hearing of the Senate Intelligence Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

Gina Haspel confirmed

In the end, the resistance didn't work. Despite much hemming and hawing, the nomination of Gina Haspel to be the director of the Central Intelligence Agency passed the Senate this week. The vote was 54 to 45, with six Democrats supporting her. Two of those Democrats are members of the Senate Intelligence Committee, Mark Warner of Virginia and Joe Manchin of West Virginia. Their support sealed the success of the nomination earlier in the week. Published May 17, 2018

U.S. losing people, jobs, revenue

It is expected that a U.S. president address the major concerns of citizens during his term in office. In 2016 more than 64,000 Americans died from drug overdoses, including from illicit and prescription opioids. About 17,000 deaths, including more than 15,000 from heroin, were from all illicit drugs. More than 99 percent of illegal drugs are shipped from Mexico. Published May 17, 2018

Abbas still full of lies

Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas' so-called apology for his recent anti-Semitic speech was really no apology at all ("Palestinian president apologizes over anti-Semitic remarks," Web, May 4). In his speech, Mr. Abbas blamed Jews for bringing the Holocaust on themselves with their "social behavior," and denied the Jewish people's ancestral presence in what is today Israel. After being widely rebuked, he said he apologized "if people were offended" (yes, he actually said "if"). What he pointedly did not do was acknowledge that his statements were false. Published May 17, 2018

A bad week for Democrats

The blue wave that Democrats are counting on to win the day in November, and the Congress with it, just can't seem to break out of the swamp. This week's party primaries were counted on to produce candidates moderate enough, or at least sane enough, to restore credibility to Democratic prospects. It didn't happen quite that way. Published May 16, 2018

Maryland not home of lacrosse

Is it really true that "Marylanders think of their state as the spiritual homeland of lacrosse"? ("The Mohawks who made Maryland's lacrosse sticks," Web, May 13). While I certainly would not wish to take away from the fine tradition of high-level lacrosse played in Maryland since around the turn of the 20th century, anyone who thinks the state is the "spiritual homeland" of the game really knows absolutely nothing about lacrosse. Published May 16, 2018