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Andrew McCabe. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

A hero only to a lynch mob

- The Washington Times

Only a few days ago Andrew McCabe was nobody’s idea of a hero, except to James Comey and maybe Robert Mueller. They think Mr. McCabe, tarnished or not, cashiered or not as the deputy director of the FBI, purveyor of fibs, stretchers and lies with and without varnish, might still be useful to their campaign to bring down Donald Trump.

Illustration on construction in the U.S. by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

America, ‘a nation of builders’

President Trump’s January 30 State of the Union Address brought home a big reminder of our American character, one founded on doing big things with grit and speed. He reminded us that America “is a nation of builders,” and cited the Empire State Building — completed in just a year — as an example of what we can do when we commit our resolve.

Illustration on Syrian strategic choices by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

A mission quandary in Syria

Almost two weeks ago, after yet another incident of a chlorine gas attack by Syria’s Assad regime, Defense Secretary James Mattis warned both Syria and its Russian ally that using gas weapons against civilians or on the battlefield was very unwise. Last week, U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley was more blunt, warning that America is “prepared to act if we must” to stop indiscriminate bombings of civilians by the Assad regime.

Illustration on the legal and commercial rights of generic drug manufacturers by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Big Pharma and its battle lines

- The Washington Times

It may be hard to believe, but some conservatives are arguing that any conservative who supports a measure before Congress called the CREATES Act that would allow generic drug makers under certain circumstances to go to court to get their competitors to play by the rules are ideological sellouts too willing to jump into bed with liberals and greedy trial lawyers.

Illustration on Betsy DeVos by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

In defense of Betsy DeVos

Other than maybe the highly voluble William Bennett, Ronald Reagan’s second education chief (who still has a radio show), it is difficult to think of a U.S. Secretary of Education who has garnered as much attention as Betsy DeVos. But not in a good way. As exemplified by her much-lambasted interview on “60 Minutes” recently, from basically the day her nomination was announced she has been condemned as dangerous and unprepared for the job.

Illustration on GOP obstruction of protection for religious liberty in Oklahoma by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Honest and dishonest devils

On March 15, Oklahoma’s Senate was scheduled to vote on SB 197, the Protection of Freedom of Conscience Act. This act sought to codify into law the rights and protections of all Oklahomans to express and practice their religion freely in the public square without fear of government penalty or government coercion. The Oklahoma Senate is composed of 48 members, 40 of which are currently Republican.

Hillary Clinton. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

One last dance with Hillary

- The Washington Times

There’s scarcely a pundit, wise guy or blowhard at the end of the bar who hasn’t sworn off Hillary Clinton, vowing that it’s time to find something new to rant and rave about.

Illustration on the hyperloop by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

A fast and feasible infrastructure option

Hyperloop is a new transportation technology that proposes sending cargo and passengers through evacuated tubes at speeds exceeding 700 mph. Unsurprisingly, this idea has provoked its share of skepticism. Hyperloop won’t be perfect on Day One, but neither were airlines. They took time to evolve.

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This March 19, 2018, still image taken from video provided by ABC-15, shows investigators at the scene of a fatal accident involving a self driving Uber car on the street in Tempe, Ariz. Police in the city of Tempe said Monday, March 19, 2018, that the vehicle was in autonomous mode with an operator behind the wheel when the woman walking outside of a crosswalk was hit. (ABC-15.com via AP)

Uber notes 'sad news' of killing lady with driverless car

- The Washington Times

Uber, on the heels of learning one of its cars that was operating in driverless mode had mowed down a pedestrian and killed her, sent out a tweet that in essence said: Hey, we're thinking of ya. Sorry for the killing -- almost, anyway. But don't worry. We've got researchers on the scene.

Andrew McCabe    Associated Press photo

Who is corrupt?

Is the just-fired Andrew McCabe (former number two and, at one point, acting director of the FBI) corrupt? I would argue yes, even though we do not know the full extent of his alleged transgressions.

Illustration on the FACT Act by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

The unbalanced California 'FACT Act'

On Tuesday, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments over whether pro-life pregnancy help centers in California should be required to post notices informing women of the availability of abortions elsewhere. The pregnancy help centers are contesting the law, disingenuously named the California Reproductive FACT (Freedom, Accountability, Comprehensive Care and Transparency) Act, claiming it violates their free speech rights, as well as undercuts the reason for their existence.

Hurting states to spite Trump

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, California Democrat, and Sen. Chuck Schumer, New York Democrat, have made a big mistake. As the Democratic leaders of the House and Senate they encouraged "resistance" to the Republicans, especially the Republicans in the Trump administration. That has meant only opposition -- no compromise or negotiation. The result is shown in the new tax laws, which had no Democratic input or support.

Trader Sal Suarino, left. works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, Friday, March 16, 2018. Global stock markets were mixed Friday amid caution about U.S. plans to raise tariffs on imports of steel and aluminum and uncertainty over White House politics. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

When good news is 'bad'

Bad news is bad, and sometimes good news is bad, too. This is the view of certain economists who are suddenly frightened by record low unemployment and bigger paychecks. As a famous make-believe king of Siam was fond of saying to Anna about something he didn't understand, "It is a puzzlement."

Sessions, keep investigating

The justified firing of seditious former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe has brought the rats out of hiding and into the light of day (" 'Lack of candor': Reason for firing McCabe one of most serious in FBI," Web, March 18). John Brennan, who abused the privacy rights of American citizens and the ever-corrupt Samantha Powers have now weighed in on the McCabe firing. Not out of a sense of honorable duty, but more than likely because they now realize their own crimes expose them to criminal prosecution.

'The past must be understood in its own context'

Thomas Sowell, a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution who has taught economics at Cornell, UCLA and Amherst, is the author of numerous books on subjects as diverse as philosophy, history and decision-making theory. His book, "Basic Economics," has been translated into six languages. He is a contributor to numerous publications, a syndicated columnist and one of those very rare economists who can communicate with laymen in clear, direct and vigorous prose.

Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., speaks during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on the Parkland, Fla., school shootings and school safety, Wednesday, March 14, 2018, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Rubio's defense of McCabe all that's wrong in D.C.

- The Washington Times

Sen. Marco Rubio said during an NBC "Meet the Press" appearance that the truth-challenged ex-FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe should have been allowed to retire, peacefully and pension-ready, rather than face the firing squad of Attorney General Jeff Sessions. And that right there is what's wrong with the political class in Washington, D.C.

Bill Kristol of The Weekly Standard attends an event at American Enterprise Institute on Feb. 7, 2017. (YouTube, AEI)

Bill Kristol takes #NeverTrump mission to New Hampshire and Iowa

- The Washington Times

Is this the infancy of a presidential campaign? Weekly Standard Editor-at-large and former Fox News contributor Bill Kristol was announced to appear at the Politics and Eggs Forum in New Hampshire last week, a traditional pilgrimage for potential candidates vying to participate int he first in the nation primary held every four years in the granite state.

Jim Carrey arrives at LACMA's 50th Anniversary Gala in Los Angeles, April 18, 2015. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP) ** FILE **

Jim Carrey's attack on Sarah Huckabee Sanders exposes misogyny of left

- The Washington Times

The left always likes to boast how much it loves the women -- loves the Women's Rights, the equal rights, the gender equality and such -- while simultaneously condemning the right as a bunch of flaming misogynists. Yet time after time, it's those on the left who offer up the least flattering characterization of women. Jim Carrey's the latest.