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Panic inside the lavender bubble

- The Washington Times

Life can be good inside a bubble, where the sun always shines, life is a bowl of cherries and it comes with whipped cream and no calories. You could ask almost anyone in San Francisco, where the only disappointment inside the lavender bubble is among the gay caballeros who don't get to carry the six-foot papier-mache penis to lead the annual Gay Pride Parade.

Matt Ullman holds a coffee drink with a "Race Together" sticker on it at a Starbucks store in Seattle, Wednesday, March 18, 2015. Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz announced earlier in the day at the company's annual shareholder meeting that participating baristas at stores in the U.S. will be putting the stickers on cups and also writing the words "#RaceTogether" for customers in an effort to raise awareness and discussion of race relations. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Curdling the cream in a cup of Starbucks

- The Washington Times

Money is nice but it can be distracting. Captains of industry pile up millions and sometimes imagine that profits makes them prophets, wise and learned in things they don't know anything about.

Sen. Tom Cotton (Associated Press)

Regrets for doing the right thing

- The Washington Times

We can add senators to bread, toilet paper and milk on the list of panic items when the snow flies. Fortunately, the snow won't fly again in Washington until next year if we're lucky, but the senators are still here.

Martin O'Malley (Associated Press)

Trifling with the iron rule of politics

- The Washington Times

Conventional wisdom teaches that nothing succeeds like success, but the unwary politician forgets the more important Pruden Rule, which reflects both politics and life: "Nothing recedes like success." Conventional wisdom is made of two parts gossamer and one part each of fog and smoke. The Pruden Rule is cast iron.

In this Dec. 8, 2011, file photo, then-U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton hands off her mobile phone after arriving to meet with Dutch Foreign Minister Uri Rosenthal at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in The Hague, Netherlands. Clinton is far from alone in using her private email account to conduct official business. In state capitals around the country, governors and other elected officials routinely use private emails, laptops and cell phones in their jobs, a popular strategy to avoid public scrutiny of their actions. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, Pool/File)

Hillary Clinton's Nixon moment

- The Washington Times

That ominous noise in the rafters above the heads of Bubba and the missus is the creaking of a roof trying not to collapse. The weight of the years is just about more than the Clinton roof can stand.

In this March 20, 2013, file photo, President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu huddle during their joint news conference in Jerusalem, Israel. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File) **FILE**

The occasion the Democrats asked for

- The Washington Times

The Democrats set out to teach John Boehner and Benjamin Netanyahu a lesson. They would boycott the Israeli prime minister's speech to Congress and apply enough pressure to cancel the speech, keep Mr. Netanyahu at home and embarrass the Republicans who invited him here. What a happy day's work that would be.

Cupid    From a painting by L.G.B. Perrault

A job too big for Cupid

- The Washington Times

Rudy Giuliani would shoot Cupid, and not with an arrow dipped in Love Potion No. 9. He would use a Smith & Wesson .358 with a slug bathed in garlic.

Brian Williams

Obama's blind indifference to Islamic terror

- The Washington Times

The threat of radical Islamic terrorism is so clear and plain that even a president could see it. But Barack Obama is blind, deaf or indifferent, and maybe all three, and determined to keep himself that way.

Theodore Roosevelt

As anti-Semitism makes a comeback, Obama remains ignorant

- The Washington Times

We're well into the new century, moving swiftly through the second decade of the new millennium, at ease in an era of science, modern medicine and wondrous electronics that our grandparents could not have imagined. (Even our parents don't understand most of it.)

The Obama administration predicted this year that as many as 6 million Americans will pay a penalty on their 2014 taxes. (Associated Press)

Obama's Islamic State strategy has no 'oomph'

- The Washington Times

Barack Obama wants a big box of Magic Markers to deal with the barbarians in the Islamic State. He's in the mood to draw some more red lines. There's actually no magic in the president's markers, but he doesn't know that. Drawing lines in a coloring book is fun — you could ask any 4-year-old — but so far the lines Mr. Obama draws haven't frightened the jihad out of anyone.

Daniel Patrick Moynihan. (Associated Press)

Brian Williams is a reminder that only God deals in truths

- The Washington Times

Facts take a drubbing in Washington, where scrubbing and spinning is the national sport. And not always just in Washington. The late, great Daniel Patrick Moynihan, the Democratic senator from New York, observed that "everyone is entitled to his own opinion, but no one is entitled to his own facts." He should have lived a little longer.

Gov. Scott Walker

Scott Walker and a midwinter breakout

- The Washington Times

Scott Walker is the new flavor of the week, the new dish on the Republican menu. He brought crowds to their feet in Iowa over the weekend and placed first in an important regional poll to identify favorites for 2016.

The Democratic assault on free speech

- The Washington Times

Everybody's for free speech — until somebody says something he doesn't like. But the genius of the First Amendment is that it is so direct and plain that even a lawyer or a judge can understand it.

President Barack Obama eats shave ice with daughter Malia at Island Snow, Thursday, Jan. 1, 2015, in Kailua, in Hawaii during the Obama family vacation. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Obama lives in ignorance of Islamic threat

- The Washington Times

President Obama has a happy and untroubled life on Fantasy Island, where he lives in splendid isolation from the world where the rest of us live. He is never troubled by terrorists, whether Islamic, Jewish or Episcopalian. All rough places have been made plain, manna falls right on time every morning, the water is pure, clear and cold, and golf courses where everybody breaks par stretch to a happy oblivion. The ants never get into his pants.