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David Keene

David Keene

Editor at Large — David Keene, a trusted adviser to presidents, a longtime champion of personal liberty and one of conservatism’s most respected voices, is the former opinion editor of The Washington Times. An author, columnist and fixture on national television, Mr. Keene has championed conservative causes for more than five decades while offering advice to Republican presidents and countless candidates. He additionally served as chairman of the American Conservative Union and president of the National Rifle Association. He can be reached at

Columns by David Keene

Boring Presidential Campaign Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Biden vs. Trump again: An uninspiring 2024

The political world has realized for some time that President Biden's best shot at another four years in the White House flows through a rematch with former President Donald Trump. Published May 30, 2023

Soviet Communist party leader Leonid Brezhnev makes a point to U.S. President Richard Nixon during a walk through the grounds of Brezhnev's dacha on the Black Sea in Yalta, June 30, 1974. (AP Photo)

Biden’s policies smack of our pre-Reagan dealings with USSR

The Biden administration's suggestion that it might be wise to entice China into helping broker a cease-fire or settlement to end the Russo-Ukrainian war smacks of the pre-Reagan establishment dealings with the Soviet Union. Published May 10, 2023

Protecting Gun Rights in Montana Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Liberals will never leave gun owners alone

Montanans call their state "The Last Best Place," and for gun owners, it may be just that. Their political leaders actively defend the constitutional rights of Montanans and the rest of us as well. Published March 15, 2023

Debt load and inflation Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

America’s unsustainable debt load

Last Thursday, Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell appeared before the Senate Banking Committee to discuss what they are doing about the persistent inflation plaguing the economy. Published March 13, 2023

James Lane Buckley Portrait by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

James Lane Buckley’s century of American service

James Lane Buckley celebrates his 100th birthday Thursday. He is believed to be the only living American who has served at the highest levels in all three branches of our federal government. Published March 8, 2023

2000 Republican primaries illustration by Linas Garsys / The Washington Times

Who will lightning strike in the 2024 presidential campaign?

As the 2000 Republican primaries approached, Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah called me. We had been friends for years, and he was calling to let me know that he was about to announce his candidacy for president. Published January 4, 2023

Dump Donal Trump illustration by Greg Groesch / The Washington Times

Time for the GOP to ditch Trump

Former President Donald Trump wanted this year's midterms to be all about him and he got his wish. Published November 14, 2022