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Donald Trump (Associated Press)

The Donald tries out for the team

- The Washington Times

Now even Donald Trump is taking himself seriously. He’s trying now to be colorful without being reckless, careful not to be rude when he doesn’t have to be, and playing less the showboat and more like someone trying out for the team.

Illustration on Hillary's redacted classified emails by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Hillary Clinton redacted

It is clear by now that a large number of Hillary Clinton’s emails that she sent or received on her private computer system contained classified information.

Illustration critical of Saudi Arabia's human rights record by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Confronting Saudi repression

Of all Washington’s embarrassing friends, few are more troubling than the king of Saudi Arabia, who will meet President Obama on Friday.

Criticism of Azerbaijan by the United States Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Misrepresenting Azerbaijan

Over the last several years, the Republic of Azerbaijan, widely acknowledged and praised for its commitment and pursuit of religious tolerance, has become a target of harsh criticism by the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIF).

Behind the Eight Ball Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Blaming white racism for violence

Last week, reporter Alison Parker and photojournalist Adam Ward — both white — were murdered in cold blood on television by Vester Lee Flanigan, a black man.

Obama Legacy: Ex-patriots Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

How expatriates are forging an Obama legacy

The State Department recently announced that a record number of Americans in 2014 gave up their citizenship and decided to live elsewhere. Last year’s figure of 3,415 was a 14 percent increase over the previous record, 2,999, in 2013.

Illustration on the National Zoo pandas by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

What the ‘Save the Pandas’ campaign reveals

For years, the National Zoo has come under fire, including in a blistering 2013 Congressional report over gross negligence, a scathing 2004 National Academy of Sciences report into animal deaths at the zoo and, somewhere in between, an investigation revealing that the zoo had disposed of some wild animals by sending them to a canned hunting outfit and to a petting zoo.

Laws Protecting Intellectual Property Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

When comprehensive legislation is counterproductive

The announcement by the House Republican leadership that the Innovation Act (H.R. 9) will not be scheduled for a vote this summer has the bill’s supporters concerned but not yet alarmed.

Illustration on the one percent and the American dream by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

The American Dream lives

The American Dream couldn’t be more alive but there are those promoting class warfare who are certainly trying to kill it off. A recent Gallup poll (May 2015) shows that 63 percent of those polled feel that wealth and money should be more evenly distributed in America.

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A woman gazes at Mount McKinley in Denali National Park and Preserve in Alaska. (Andy Newman/Holland America Line via AP)

Tell it on the mountain

Barack Obama is skilled and creative in devising ways to get under the skin of his political opponents. (At negotiating deals with the nation's enemies, not so much).

BOOK REVIEW: 'The Nature of the Beast: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel'

In the deep woods beyond the idyllic village in the valley lurks a biblical monster writhing on the back of a massive gun. And in the village there is a man who understands the horror behind what he is looking at, as well as the child's body lying among the foliage.

Iran deal a gift to GOP

In politics, everything is like living on the other side of the looking glass. Up is down and forward is backward. This is true of President Obama's Iran deal. It is likely to win congressional approval, but it may well be a gift to the Republican Party that keeps on giving.

FILE - In this July 21, 2015, file photo, Vice President Joe Biden speaks during a roundtable discussion at the Advanced Manufacturing Center at Community College of Denver. Biden and his wife are retreating from Washington for a week in South Carolina with little on their schedule but a momentous decision to make: whether he should run for president. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley, File)

After hours: Some wonder if Joe Biden will reveal 2016 intentions on Stephen Colbert show

- The Washington Times

It's getting crowded on those fancy after-hours sets. Jeb Bush is scheduled as the first guest on the debut of CBS's "Late Night with Stephen Colbert on Tuesday, to be followed 48 hours later by Vice President Joe Biden, and eventually, Democratic hopeful Sen. Bernie Sanders. Over on NBC, Republican front-runner Donald Trump will hold court on the "Tonight Show" on Friday.

Nothing left to trickle down

Almost without exception the news media seems to be praying that every time there is a high-visibility shooting, the perpetrator is a "right-wing," tea party or pro-life supporter of the Constitution.

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton (Associated Press) **FILE**

Hillary's felonious ignorance

Parsing the weasel words of politicians is not a job for most Americans. That's supposed to be the job of the newspapers and the rest of the media, but few reporters are willing to do that as they watch Hillary Clinton repeating again and again her claim that her email scandal isn't really a problem.