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Tom Basile

Tom Basile

Tom Basile is the host of "America Right Now" on Newsmax Television. Throughout his decades in government, politics, media and business he’s earned a reputation for credibility, candor and common sense conservatism. During this career his columns have been published in a range of outlets including Forbes and Fox News. He previously hosted "Sunday in America" for SiriusXM Radio. Basile served in the administration of President George W. Bush in various capacities including as an advisor to the Coalition Provisional Authority in Baghdad for which he received the Joint Civilian Service Commendation from the Department of Defense. He is the author of the critically-acclaimed "Tough Sell: Fighting the Media War in Iraq" as well as "Let it Sink In: The Decade of Obama and Trump." He served as Executive Director of the New York State Republican Party from 2009-2011 and is a veteran of local, state and national campaigns.

Basile is a member of the New York Bar and an Advisory Board Member of the Kalikow School of Government, Public Policy and International Affairs at Hofstra University. He is a Knight Commander with Star in the Roman Catholic Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem and is a member of the Knights of Columbus.  Basile and his family live in Tennessee where he runs a strategic communications firm. Learn more about him at He can be reached at

Columns by Tom Basile

Illustration on China, America and the Paris climate accords by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

China schools Biden, Kerry again on climate change

Every night while Americans lie awake wondering how they're going to pay their taxes and deal with inflation and rising energy costs, Chinese dictator Xi Jinping somewhere sports his signature pursed-lip smile. Published August 4, 2023

Illustration on back-to school planning by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Have a back-to-school battle plan

Over the next month, American children will head back to school, much to their chagrin and often to the delight of parents. Published July 28, 2023

Illustration on Kamala Harris and the Democratic Party's culture of death by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Kamala Harris finally says something worth hearing

Vice President Kamala Harris never disappoints. The vice president's penchant for effusively articulating the obvious or the totally irrelevant has made her the dancing Elaine Benes of American politics. Published July 21, 2023

Illustration on the 2024 presidential campaign by Greg Groesch/ The Washington Times

2024 presidential campaign is on — embrace it

There's nothing like a great presidential campaign. Placards and pompoms, rallies and roasts. Polls and predictions. Debates and diner food. Inspiring speeches and infamous flubs. Published May 26, 2023

On Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas Watch Illustration by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Let the impeachments begin

Every federal employee, from the guy who cuts the grass on the National Mall to the president, takes an oath to uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States and faithfully discharge their position of public trust. Published May 19, 2023

Illustration on Biden's War on Civility in America by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Biden’s war on civility

With scenes of Jan. 6 predictably flashing on the screen, President Biden announced his run for reelection, labeling those who disagree with him as extremists who fuel hatred and threaten American democracy. Published April 28, 2023

Illustration on leftist policies and the Trump circus by  Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

What you’re missing by watching Trump

If you watched the national networks this week, you might think the world had stopped for the political spectacle of former President Donald Trump being dragged into court by Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg. Published April 7, 2023

Cracked Up Smart Phones and Violence Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

It’s not the guns; it’s the phones

Another shooting at a school. Everyone is asking why. A community mourns. Cue the knee-jerk call for gun control between quips about ice cream from President Biden. Published March 31, 2023

Words and phrases no Republican should use Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Words and phrases no Republican should use

The left is rewriting our history and our language. Too often, Republicans seem more than willing to help them by adopting their lexicon. Published March 24, 2023