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Rocket science: Ukraine firm may have helped N. Korean missiles

| | Aug 19 2017 - 12:06am | Comments

Ukraine is virtually an “anything goes” zone for American entrepreneurs — as well as for people like the North Koreans. That idea has been reinforced by news reports that a Ukrainian factory sold North Korea rocket engines for intercontinental ballistic missiles, which Pyongyang wants to arm with nuclear warheads so it can threaten the United States as well as peace in its region.

  1. | Posted: Mar 2 2016 - 1:30am

    This is the time of year when high school seniors eagerly await an acceptance letter from the college of their choice. While the nation’s most selective schools have acceptance rates in single-digits, NASA is sifting through a record pool of 18,300 applicants for a mere eight to 14 slots in its next astronaut candidates class.

  2. | Posted: Mar 1 2016 - 1:31am

    Being given the opportunity to disavow David Duke, the Ku Klux Klan and the white supremacist movement isn’t a setup or a trick question. Even racists know better than to engage in their racism before a national audience. Yet on CNN on Sunday, Donald Trump denied common sense on a biblical scale — three times he declined to criticize Duke and his ilk for supporting him. And yet that awful moment, which encapsulates so much of what is going wrong in the Republican primary, may prove irrelevant as Super Tuesday voters look to push him far ahead in the delegate count.

  3. | Posted: Feb 29 2016 - 1:30am

    President Barack Obama is trying to round up votes in Congress to ratify the Trans-Pacific Partnership before the end of his term. The White House has made approval of the 12-nation free-trade deal, which took seven years to negotiate, a top priority. But many in Congress and around the country have serious concerns about how it will affect everything from environmental regulations and drug prices to jobs and wages.

  4. | Posted: Feb 23 2016 - 1:30am

    WASHINGTON — The Clinton political dynasty is still alive. The Bush dynasty has been routed. Their contrasting fates, to this point at least, tell us much about our two parties, the nature of this year’s presidential election, and the dueling legacies themselves.

  5. | Posted: Feb 18 2016 - 1:30am

    WASHINGTON — Antonin Scalia, who combined a zest for intellectual combat with a vast talent for friendship, was a Roman candle of sparkling jurisprudential theories leavened by acerbic witticisms. The serrated edges of his most passionate dissents sometimes strained the court’s comity and occasionally limited his ability to proclaim what the late Justice William Brennan called the most important word in the court’s lexicon: “Five.” Scalia was, however, one of the most formidable thinkers among the 112 justices who have served on the court, and he often dissented in the hope of shaping a future replete with majorities steeped in principles he honed while in the minority.

  6. | Posted: Feb 18 2016 - 1:30am

    I consider the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue an annual nuisance that, like a swarm of fruit flies, manages to survive without serving much purpose.

  7. | Posted: Feb 16 2016 - 1:31am

    When Antonin Scalia was nominated to the Supreme Court by Ronald Reagan in 1986, his Senate confirmation was as placid as a church social. Democrats were too occupied with the simultaneous nomination of Justice William Rehnquist to be chief justice to pay much attention to the other guy. The Judiciary Committee hearings on Scalia were largely pro forma, and the Senate approved him by a vote of 98-0 — while 33 members voted against Rehnquist.

  8. | Posted: Feb 16 2016 - 1:31am

    CAMDEN, S.C. — Out on the hustings, people often ask me: “Can you explain South Carolina?”

  9. | Posted: Feb 9 2016 - 1:30am

    We were startled but not surprised when an email from the nonpartisan Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget hit our inbox.

  10. | Posted: Feb 8 2016 - 1:31am

    When there’s the political will, there tends to be a political way to accomplish the impossible. It appears this finally may be the case with the nation’s long-ignored epidemic of heroin and prescription opioid addiction.

  11. | Posted: Feb 8 2016 - 1:31am

    PALM BEACH, Fla. — As speaking fees go, Hillary Clinton’s allegedly scandalous $200,000 per engagement is chump change compared with Donald Trump’s $1.5 million.

  12. | Posted: Feb 3 2016 - 9:25am

    Had we taken at face value the Iowa poll released “just hours before caucusing” began, according to CNN, we just might have been persuaded that Donald Trump actually was ahead of Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and that Bernie Sanders actually enjoyed a “very narrow edge” over Hillary Clinton.

  13. | Posted: Feb 2 2016 - 1:31am

    “Astronomers at the California Institute of Technology announced Wednesday that they have found new evidence of a giant icy planet lurking in the darkness of our solar system far beyond the orbit of Pluto. They are calling it Planet Nine.”

  14. | Posted: Feb 2 2016 - 1:31am

    “Political correctness” may be the most intriguing issue to emerge in the current presidential election cycle, especially for Republicans. Yet it also may be the most under-discussed, perhaps out of fear that it would not be politically correct to do so.

  15. | Posted: Feb 1 2016 - 10:54am

    WASHINGTON — Woodrow Wilson, who enjoyed moralizing about the mundane, called paying taxes a “glorious privilege.” In 1865, when there was a Civil War income tax, one taxpayer shared this sensibility, sort of. Mark Twain said that his tax bill of $36.82 (including a $3.12 fine for filing late) made him feel “important” because the government was paying attention to him. Today, Rep. Kevin Brady wants to change the way government pays attention to taxpayers.