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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: Oct 20 2017 - 12:05am

    WASHINGTON — The desire to protect young people from offensive ideas and words is an understandable instinct. In the context of bullying, it is a requirement. In the context of great literature, it is nearly always mistaken.

  2. Posted: Oct 20 2017 - 12:05am

    Trump’s tweet spot on

  3. | Posted: Oct 20 2017 - 12:05am

    Professional athletes usually stand somewhat removed from everyday society. They make millions of dollars more than the rest of us and often hide away from the world at the end of some gated cul-de-sac.

  4. | Posted: Oct 19 2017 - 12:06am

    WASHINGTON — What would America’s abortion policy be if the number of months in the gestation of a human infant were a prime number — say, seven or eleven? This thought experiment is germane to why the abortion issue has been politically toxic, and points to a path toward a less bitter debate. The House of Representatives has for a third time stepped onto this path. Senate Democrats will, for a third time, block this path when Majority Leader Mitch McConnell brings the House bill to the floor, allowing Democrats to demonstrate their extremism and aversion to bipartisan compromise.

  5. | Posted: Oct 18 2017 - 12:06am

    The drug epidemic of the 1980s and ’90s was horrific. It led to draconian laws that helped break already vulnerable families, killed thousands of people, devastated communities and created an image of zombie-like addicts and unrepentant pushers that made it harder for Americans not directly affected by the scourge to empathize with those suffering.

  6. | Posted: Oct 18 2017 - 12:06am

    The past few days have witnessed an online phenomenon that brings out the best in social media. Countless women from every walk of life have posted two simple words on their timelines: “Me, too.”

  7. | Posted: Oct 18 2017 - 12:06am

    WASHINGTON — It’s about time somebody gives Donald Trump the credit he deserves. Even if that person is Donald Trump.

  8. | Posted: Oct 18 2017 - 12:06am

    An alternative to giving out Halloween candy

  9. Posted: Oct 17 2017 - 12:05am

    Lap-dog George Will

  10. | Posted: Oct 17 2017 - 12:05am

    WASHINGTON — At the Family Research Council’s recent Values Voter Summit, the religious right effectively declared its conversion to Trumpism.

  11. | Posted: Oct 17 2017 - 12:05am

    When it comes to President Donald Trump fulfilling his role as leader of the federal government, nothing he has said has been as awful as his Thursday remarks on Twitter that the United States might soon stop helping Puerto Rico — a part of our nation since 1898 — recover from Hurricane Maria.

  12. | Posted: Oct 16 2017 - 12:06am

    WASHINGTON — Seems Roy Moore, the Ten Commandments Judge and very likely the next U.S. senator from the state of Alabama, has been playing a bit fast and loose with the whole thou-shalt-not-bear-false-witness thing.

  13. Posted: Oct 15 2017 - 12:05am

    No Columbus Day letter offensive to Italians

  14. | Posted: Oct 15 2017 - 12:05am

    WASHINGTON — With eyes wide open, Mike Pence eagerly auditioned for the role as Donald Trump’s poodle. Now comfortably leashed, he deserves the degradations that he seems too sycophantic to recognize as such. He did Trump’s adolescent bidding with last Sunday’s pre-planned virtue pageant of scripted indignation — his flight from the predictable sight of players kneeling during the national anthem at a football game. No unblinkered observer can still cling to the hope that Pence has the inclination, never mind the capacity, to restrain, never mind educate, the man who elevated him to his current glory. Pence is a reminder that no one can have sustained transactions with Trump without becoming too soiled for subsequent scrubbing.

  15. | Posted: Oct 14 2017 - 12:05am

    I am going to make an outrageous but not impossible interisland travel proposal. I know the Superferry failed, but no one has given me a credible explanation. I personally think somebody scammed somebody, but wonder how anyone profits from spending $240 million for a high-tech boat and then abandoning it. I suppose the boat-builder did OK, but Hawaii got stuck for $60 million in harbor improvements.