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Texts between two FBI officials from 2016 appear to show that Chief of Staff James Rybicki believed Deputy Director Andrew McCabe should have recused himself from the investigation into Hillary Clinton. Mr. McCabe did not recuse himself until one week before the presidential election. (Associated Press/File)

'What's going on with the FBI?'

Turning over rocks to see what crawls out is a lot of fun. You could ask any little boy. But when little boys become big boys and go off to Washington, the temptation to turn over rocks is greater than ever. "Fun" quickly becomes something heart-stopping and jaw-dropping. Seriously ugly creatures thrive under the rocks in Washington. Published January 24, 2018

Why Turkish troops are in Afrin

Turkish forces recently launched "Operation Olive Branch" into northwestern Syria against the PKK-linked Kurdish militia in Afrin. For months, Turkish officials tried to convey to the U.S. that enlisting one terrorist group to fight another is a risky strategy, especially when the former group seeks the territorial dismemberment of Turkey. The Trump administration, in return, sent mixed messages and failed to fulfill its pledges to a NATO ally's security. Published January 24, 2018

Vegetarians heading for extinction

Richard Berman goes through the details of why Franken-burgers are definitely not going to be good for your health ("The 'plant-based burger' scam," Web, Jan. 23). They are the product of plant-based, industrial agriculture that has been devastating the environment and ruining public health for 10,000 years. In the last 100-200 years this folly has gotten a substantial boost from Seventh-Day Adventists, Ancel Keys and federal farm policy. Subsidize grains to produce cheap food, make it taste great with sugar, mix it with medical quackery (Keys) and then subsidize the hell out of it to produce mega industries (think Monsanto and the Kellogg corporations to name two) and you obtain both a public health and climate change disaster. Published January 23, 2018

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., leads a news conference of female Democrats on Day 2 of the federal shutdown at the Capitol in Washington, Sunday, Jan. 21, 2018. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

When good news is scorned

In just a few weeks, congressional Democrats almost without dissent have posted two of the most destructive votes in decades, votes that will be destructive to their own partisan interests as well as those of the country. But will voters hold them accountable? Many will. They all should. Published January 23, 2018

A DACA solution

The Democratic Party insists that all Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) candidates, some 800,000 of them, are all Rhodes Scholars working as apprentices at Dupont while putting Mom through medical school. Conservative critics quote statistics of over 50 percent not at high school fluency in English, and disproportionate crime involvement and welfare dependency. Published January 23, 2018

The Shutdown Schumer T-shirt Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

An impasse resolved, for now

That was no way to run a railroad, nor the government of "the greatest country on earth," either. Published January 23, 2018

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., arrives at the Capitol at the start of the third day of the government shutdown, in Washington, Monday, Jan. 22, 2018. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) ** FILE **

An impasse resolved, for now

That was no way to run a railroad, nor the government of "the greatest country on earth," either. The leaders of both Republicans and Democrats were getting a harsh and angry earful from the country, with the noise getting louder every hour. Push had come to shove, and both won. Published January 22, 2018

Democrats and the shutdown

The Obama administration made its shutdown as hard a possible for its citizens by closing down all the national parks, including those that are purely outside like the Lincoln Memorial and the WWII Memorial. As to the latter, the Obama administration did not have the guts to arrest the 90-year-old vets who broke in. The Trump administration has taken a kinder approach and kept as many open as possible, mainly those that are not inside structures. Published January 22, 2018

Blocking a vote to favor illegals

I wonder how the Democrats can look in a mirror thinking that they weren't guilty of shutting down the government. I watched numerous Democratic politicians blame the Republicans for the shutdown saying it was all on them but every single one of them refused to accept responsibility knowing that the Senate was a 60-51 split in their favor. Their whole premise for the most part for not voting for a budget pertained to DACA, those children brought to this country illegally by their parents. Published January 22, 2018

FILE - In this Jan. 16,2018 file photo, New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy speaks before signing the first executive order of his administration in Trenton, N.J.  Funding for women's health and pay equity legislation will be the first bills Murphy pushes for, he said soon after taking over for Republican Chris Christie.  (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)

Life in a petri dish

Democrats are highly selective in their condemnation of the "1 percenters." They're all for 1 percenters like New Jersey's new governor, Phil Murphy. He vows to steer the state sharply to the left. Published January 21, 2018

'Outhouse of a country' would be better

It's hard to believe the amount of news coverage that is given to the non-news story about our president allegedly calling less-than-blessed countries s-holes. While there are enough witnesses claiming that he never said those words to make the story a non-starter, the coverage continues. Even though the president may have never said those words, those reporting those words obviously never heard of political correctness. No county should ever be referred to as a s-hole. The political correct phraseology is "Outhouse of a country." I suggest the news media refrain from the s-hole comments and use the politically correct terminology in the future. Published January 21, 2018

It's Trump's economy, not Obama's

One year into the administration, the stock market is booming, jobless claims are the lowest since the Nixon era, consumer confidence is soaring and the raging question being debated by talking heads is who is mostly responsible for this historic resurgence: President Obama or President Trump? Published January 21, 2018

President Donald Trump gives the thumbs-up as he arrives on Marine One at the White House in Washington, Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018, as he returns from Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

The healthy president

Waiting for someone to die, whether to claim an expected inheritance, outlast a rival for the affections of a wife or mistress, or to vacate the White House, requires stamina and patience. From the day Donald Trump shocked the world and appalled the elites, the Democrats and their media allies have been searching for a deux ex machina, a miracle to get him out of the way of decent folk. Published January 18, 2018

Disparaging SpaceX without facts

Peter Weyrich's commentary blasting the credibility of SpaceX and Elon Musk ("Government must come clean about SpaceX," Web, Jan. 18), is a piece worthy of being published in The New York Times or The Washington Post. Published January 18, 2018

No presidential straitjacket required

Although deciphering the mind remains a challenge for most of us ("Obama's doctor says Trump is in excellent health," Web, Jan. 18), some psychiatrists in our fair land, casting the Goldwater Rule aside, have assessed President Donald Trump's mental status from afar and judged him a proximate danger to the republic. While a presidential straitjacket is being designed by these highly educated and politicized do-gooders, we might consider prescribing a psychotropic drug for them, one designed to ease anxiety and panic. Published January 18, 2018

FILE - In this Friday, Oct. 20, 2017, file photo, people stand in line near an Apple Store at an outdoor shopping mall in Beijing, China. On Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018, Apple announced it is planning to build another corporate campus and hire 20,000 workers during the next five years as part of a $350 billion commitment to the U.S. economy. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein, File)

Apple brings it home

The announcement on Wednesday that Apple Inc. will bring $350 billion in cash parked overseas — that's billion with a B — home to the United States, to invest here and create as many as 20,000 new jobs, is likely to be the economic story of the year. Published January 17, 2018

Terrorists are not welcome here

In the recent Washington Times news article ("American-born children of immigrants proving fruitful recruiting ground for jihad in U.S., Web) it would have been interesting if the Department of Homeland Security would have broken down the statistic that "75 percent of terrorists convicted in the U.S. are foreign born" to include ethnic origin and citizenship. Certainly there are gangs of drug sellers and murderers within their own communities who should never have been allowed into this nation. Published January 17, 2018

A First Amendment threat

The U.S. Supreme Court is currently considering a case, the National Institute of Family Life Advocates (NIFLA) v. Becerra. From all indications, virtually none of the American public is aware of this vitally important case. Published January 17, 2018

Finding solutions for chronic disease

Imagine if millions of people drowned each year due to lack of aquatic skills and we, as a society, thought it reasonable to invest most resources into finding a cure for human drowning instead of teaching people how to swim properly. Unfortunately we are doing something similar with chronic disease. Published January 16, 2018

This frame from video released by the Chelsea Manning Senate campaign on Sunday, Jan. 14, 2018 shows Chelsea Manning in a campaign video. Manning on Sunday confirmed via Twitter that she is a candidate for U.S. Senate. (Chelsea Manning For US Senate via AP)

Seeking refuge in the U.S. Senate

Chelsea Manning, who used to think she was Bradley Manning, and who was once a private first class in the U.S. Army before he became a traitor, now thinks he can be a U.S. senator from Maryland. Maryland may not be quite that deep shade of blue, but it's a brave new era in the Democratic Party, where feverish Democrats think Donald Trump is insane and Bradley Manning is a woman because he says he is. Published January 16, 2018