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FILE - In this April 18, 2015 file photo, Carly Fiorina speaks at the Republican Leadership Summit in Nashua, N.H.  The former technology executive formally entered the 2016 presidential race on Monday.  (AP Photo/Jim Cole)

An unusual field crowds the Republican pool

- The Washington Times

It’s spring, and the water must be fine, because everybody’s jumping in. Carly Fiorina leaped in Monday with Ben Carson, and Mike Huckabee will follow Tuesday. Republicans have never had such diversity.

Hope denied in Baltimore

When young men riot, as they did in Baltimore last week, it is the police on whom we depend to restore order. But how do we expect this to be done? What were these police actually to do?

FILE - This May 1, 1944 file photo shows Stars and Stripes artist Sgt. Bill Mauldin sketching Pvt. Robert L. Bowman, left, of Hogansville, Ga., on the Anzio beachhead in Italy during World War II. Two dozen original editorial cartoons created by Mauldin, a Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist and World War II veteran are set to hit the auction block as part of a major comic art auction in Beverly Hills, Calif. A native of New Mexico, Bill Mauldin became known during World War II for his Willie and Joe characters. He lifted the spirits of U.S. soldiers through the cartoons, which used edgy humor to depict the horrors of war. (AP Photo/File)

Dissing the vets

Maybe we don’t need a return to the draft but we surely need to demand some form of national service.

"It's time we end the era of mass incarceration," Hillary Rodham Clinton said in a speech at Columbia University in New York, which was the first major address of her White House run. (Associated Press)

The real Hillary Clinton problem

The qualities Americans associate with effective political leadership in general and with female leaders in particular do not match up with the popular perception of Hillary Clinton.

How to run a great city into the ground

All around us failed Democratic leadership is insisting on being recognized. As Baltimore, a great American city, teeters on a precipice, media and politicians still tiptoe around the truth, knowing if reality was actually acknowledged, the entire liberal narrative would collapse.

Illustration on remembrance of the Vietnam War by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Remembering the fall of Vietnam

Probably no event in contemporary American history touched more of its citizens than “Vietnam.” I use the quotes to describe a concept that includes more than the country, the American war and 58,000 lost American lives, and convoluted arguments still haunting our political discourse.

Elizabeth and Hillary 1 percent illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Hillary Clinton bows to the far left

The next election is 20 months away but Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is already sharpening her class-warfare guillotine in order to rev up her party’s far-left voting base.

Chart to accompany Moore article May 4, 2015

Our economic ‘slow-rolling crisis’

Are the alarm bells finally clanging at the White House and in Congress? They should be. This week’s pitiful economic growth scorecard of 0.2 percent economic growth for the first quarter of this year means the Obama slow-growth machine grinds onward. It’s the slowest recovery in a half-century. The “Summer of Recovery” Joe Biden promised back in 2009 still hasn’t arrived — six years later.

Joani Allen, an opponent of same-sex marriage, holds a sign during a rally at the Utah State Capitol Tuesday, April 28, 2015, in Salt Lake City. Supporters and opponents of same-sex marriage rallied in Utah on Tuesday after the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments on the constitutionality of laws banning such marriages. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

More love and marriage ahead, American style

- The Washington Times

American ingenuity is the envy of the world, and why not? The exceptional nation may no longer be the workshop of the world — Americans drive cars built in Japan, wear pants made in Malaysia, shirts sewn in Burma, shoes cobbled in Canada and drawers, from petite to queen size, manufactured in China — but nobody makes excuses, takes offense quicker and nurtures hurt feelings longer than the Americans. Taking offense is the great American growth industry.

Illustration on Bill Clinton's monetary abuse of his status as former president by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Destroying the spirit of Cincinnatus

Looking back on the 500-year history of the Roman Republic, it can be seen that one sign of its decline was when its great leaders no longer toiled for their country but rather for themselves.

Moral compass illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

The lying game

Will the next presidential election be won by a lie?

Illustration on GOP alternatives to Obamacare by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

A strategy for Obamacare after the Supreme Court rules

When the Supreme Court rules in the King v. Burwell case this summer, it will strike down Obamacare benefits in 36 states. That is because the Obama administration did not follow its own Obamacare law as passed by congressional Democrats and signed by President Obama.

Illustration on the damaging intrusions of the CFPB by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Government help that hurts instead

Last week the House of Representatives passed H.R. 1195, a bill that would create a small business advisory board to oversee the actions of the Consumer Financial Protections Bureau. While the bill is a small step in the right direction, President Obama has announced he is warming up his veto pen should the legislation reach his desk.

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Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., speaks to the media about his agenda in running for president, Thursday, April 30, 2015, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Bernie Sanders may be a campaign underdog - but he's a historic campaign underdog

- The Washington Times

Americans, even Republicans, are willing witnesses for Sen. Bernie Sanders and his long-shot presidential bid. The hair, the gumption, the unapologetic ideology — all that could appeal to an audience trained to root for the underdog, just as they would a reality TV contestant determined to beat the odds. The Vermont Independent is a cultural force to be reckoned with. Will he also be a political force?

Demonstrators cheer in the intersection of West North and Pennsylvania Avenues in Baltimore on Saturday, May 2, 2015, one of the sites of Monday's rioting, as they march a day after charges were announced against the police officers involved in Freddie Gray's death. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

Sticks, stones and thugs

The reputation of the police in Baltimore has taken a beating in the wake of the rioting. Six policemen have been charged with crimes, though it is important to remember that they are charged — not indicted, and not yet convicted of anything. Nevertheless, some people with nothing better to do are eager to dispatch the Word Police to make further arrests.

The North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un does not appear interested in holding sincere talks on giving up his nuclear arms. (Associated Press)

The powder keg in Northeast Asia

The world's attention is focused on the chaos of the Middle East, but a time bomb is ticking in northeast Asia. Mysterious, heavily armed North Korea is a threat that at the moment seems out of sight, but it cannot be out of mind.

British election pie illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Unruly Britannia

They called it "Question Time," borrowing the term from the prime minister's weekly appearance in the House of Commons, but this was surprisingly and refreshingly different.

Hanseatic shield illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Lessons from the Hanseatic League

Last week, there were reports in the Swedish and Finnish press about what was presumed to be a Russia submarine probing the harbors in both Stockholm and Helsinki. This was not viewed as a serious Russian threat but merely an extension of the general and low-level harassment the Russians have displayed against their European neighbors, particularly the Baltic nations.

Clinton, Lerner apologize? Hardly

Hillary Clinton and Lois Lerner must have attended the same school of political etiquette and situational ethics ("IRS still targeting tea party," Page I, May 1). Deleted e-mails, the modern equivalent of dragging a branch to erase footprints in the dust, has ill-served both women because modern technology can follow their nefarious tracks.

Root of Baltimore's problems

How can a city that once served as the U.S. capital and was the backdrop inspiration of our national anthem dissolve into riots ("How to run a great city into the ground," Web, May 4)? Baltimore boasts the 11th busiest port in the United States and the 22nd busiest airport, and it is home to very successful Major League Baseball and National Football League teams. It has the showcase Inner Harbor with all its trappings to entertain tourists, visitors and residents. I can only imagine that countless U.S. cities would be giddy with these economic attributes. So what's not to like? I can only point to the failed school system as the root of the problem.

Former President Bill Clinton, left, listens as former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks during a student conference for the Clinton Global Initiative University at Arizona State University. (AP Photo/Matt York, File)

American Conservative Union has five questions of its own for Hillary Clinton

- The Washington Times

"Clinton's lack of candor, and repeated attempts to distract or hide truths from the American people have raised questions that deserve answers. At some point, Mrs. Clinton will have to answer questions about how and why she and her husband appear to have rigged the system to their political and financial benefit," says American Conservative Union chairman Matt Schlapp.

Tim Bostic, left, and Tony London hold hands during the introduction of their wedding ceremony at Christ & St. Luke’s Episcopal Church for their wedding ceremony on  Saturday, May 2, 2015 in Norfolk, Va. Tim and Tony who have been a couple for 25 years are co-plaintiffs in the case that ultimately granted marriage rights to same sex couples in Virginia. (The' N. Pham/The Virginian-Pilot via AP)  MAGS OUT

Civil rights and wrongs

While the U.S. Supreme Court held an Alice-in-Wonderland session on the nature and value of marriage, one of the nation's largest cities lay partly in ruins over the death of a black man in police custody.