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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.

President Barack Obama speaks in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Thursday, April 30, 2015,  before signing bill S. 535 Energy Efficiency Improvement Act of 2015. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais) **FILE**

Economic stagnation returns

The Obama economy virtually stopped growing in the first three months of 2015 in another bleak sign of its persistent weakness over the last six years.

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan discusses the budget debate in the final week of the state's legislative session during an interview in his office with The Associated Press, Monday, April 6, 2015, in Annapolis, Md. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

The Purple Line — money and myth

The recently ended Maryland General Assembly session was marked by vigorous budget debates — and ended contentiously over a mere $202 million of the state’s $40.7 billion budget. Yet another, far larger and more sweeping budget decision awaits Republican Gov. Larry Hogan. He alone must decide whether or not to proceed with the $2.45 billion Purple Line project, a 16-mile east-west light-rail train that will tax all Maryland residents largely to the benefit of a few wealthy land developers in Montgomery and Prince George’s counties.

Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks in Washington in this March 23, 2015, file photo. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)

Hillary’s special deal

Contrary to what has been reported in The New York Times, the Clinton Foundation never agreed to stop raising money from foreign governments while Hillary was secretary of state. Money from foreign governments should have been off-limits. It risks the appearance that American foreign policy is up for sale. Her refusal to accept any limits on foreign fundraising in 2009, even when senators pressed her, red flagged what the Clintons intended to do. Her own words are damning.

Congress must approve any Iran deal

Today, there is no greater threat to U.S. national security than the prospect of a nuclear Iran. Led by theocratic zealots who have pledged to “annihilate Israel” and who regularly lead chants of “Death to America,” an Iran with nuclear weapons poses an unacceptably high risk of murdering millions of Americans or millions of our allies.

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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.

Scotland's First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, delivers a keynote speech during a press conference in Glasgow, Scotland, as the Scottish National Party leader insisted Wednesday April 29, 2015, that the General Election is "not about independence" for the party. Britain goes to the polls in a General Election on May 7. (Danny Lawson/PA via AP) UNITED KINGDOM OUT  NO SALES  NO ARCHIVE

Scots wha hae!

Voters in Britain go to the polls again next week, and our correspondents say the race is too close to call. Scotland, which rejected independence in a bitterly fought referendum only six months ago, may hold the key to whether the Labor Party replaces the Conservatives to govern the United Kingdom.

Samples of Bolivar cigars sit on display at a cigar club shop in Havana, Cuba, Friday, Dec. 19, 2014. The Cuban cigar is set to make its first legal appearance in the United States in years, with relaxed guidelines allowing travelers to return with a few of the once-forbidden items in their suitcases. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)

Going after a good cigar

The only surviving trace of Thomas Riley Marshall, the vice president of the United States under Woodrow Wilson, is his observation that "what this country really needs is a good five-cent cigar." A nickel of 1916 would buy a lot more tobacco than a nickel would buy in 2015, but a cigar would still be a stogie. The bureaucrats at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, who never let opportunity to nag and scold go to waste, are eagerly plotting to seize cigars of any price.

Skull and hypodermic needles illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Resisting the death movement

Spring may be here, but death is in the air. At last count, more than 20 states have introduced bills to legalize assisted suicide this year. For comparison, at this time last year, only seven states had done so. That's a jump of three times the number. What explains the increase?

A very average take on Reagan

Several years ago, I attended an average lecture by an average left-wing college professor about his average book about the anything-but-average George Washington.

Want change? Vote it in

I am a white, non-racist male. One of my closest friends and next-door neighbor, a black man who was a retired Army lieutenant colonel, a successful, good father and a contributor to our community, passed away last month as the result of a massive stroke. It was one of those "sad-but-glad" events in life: I was selfishly sad that a close friend had passed, but it was a good day because I knew his devout Christian faith would lead him onward.

Holiday no excuse for immorality

"Cinco de Mayo" is Spanish for "Fifth of May." The date is observed to commemorate the Mexican army's victory over French forces at the battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862. It has nothing to do with the United States, but everything to do with Mexico. However, there are some Americans who use Cinco de Mayo as an excuse to become intoxicated and rowdy.

Synthetic grass looks much like the real thing, and saves a lot of water.  (Synthetic grass Warehouse)

Turf wars: Gov. Jerry Brown advised to make fake grass mandatory in California to cure drought

- The Washington Times

It's bristly, lush and there's tangly thatch around the roots. And it's fantastically faux. High-end synthetic grass looks like the real thing - even enough to please discerning Californians. So why not make it mandatory? The Synthetic Grass Warehouse - the nation's largest distributor of the stuff - is calling upon California Gov. Jerry Brown to consider a fake grass law in the drought-stricken state, where residents use 6.4 billion gallons of water per day for lawn care.

Conservative columnist, author and broadcaster Armstrong Williams

'Right Side Forum' with Armstrong Williams to address Baltimore riots, and the outcome

- The Washington Times

The "Right Side Forum," an hour-long conservative live news and talk show hosted by columnist Armstrong Williams, will ask this question on its next broadcast: "Baltimore - Is There Anything Left to Burn?" His guests are Michael A. Jackson, Delegate, State of Maryland, and former Prince Georges County Sheriff; and Charles Yarbaugh, president, Precision Tactical Training & Consultants LLC.

Mike Flynn, who worked closely with media maven Andrew Breitbart, is set to run for Congress in Illinois. (Mike Flynn for Congress)

The Breitbart candidate: 'Conservative media warrior' Mike Flynn to run for Congress

- The Washington Times

A journalist barrels toward politics: Mike Flynn — a former policy director for the American Legislative Exchange Council who founded BigGovernment.com with the late media maven Andrew Breitbart — now plans to run as a conservative candidate for Congress in the special election for Illinois' 18th Congressional District, following the resignation of Aaron Schock. Mr. Flynn is a sixth generation native of central Illinois.

Recent killings not so clear-cut

The problem with people demonstrating against the deaths, often at the hands of whites in positions of authority, of Freddie Gray, Michael Brown, Trayvon Martin and other black men is that the protesters jump to often-erroneous conclusions before all the facts are in ("Freddie Gray was intentionally trying to injure himself, witness says," Web, April 29). Even many of their slogans, such as "Hands up, don't shoot," have proven to be faulty.

FILE - In this June 15, 2012, file photo, a group of tourists from China take in the sights of the New York Stock Exchange and Federal Hall National Memorial, in New York. Chinese tourists, already among the fastest-growing and highest-spending groups of international visitors to the United States, are poised to make an even bigger impact, thanks to a rule change that would allow visitors to get visas valid for 10 years. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)

The Ugly Chinese

In times more innocent than these, Eugene Burdick and William J. Lederer wrote a best-seller, "The Ugly American," circa 1958, about a well-meaning American bureaucrat who set out to repeat the success of the Marshall Plan in what were accurately called, with no intention of hurting anyone's feelings, "the undeveloped countries." Good intentions were not enough. The new plan didn't work, foiled by hubris and pretension in the new class of American bureaucrats. The unattractive hero understood, but couldn't turn the tide. He was dismissed as "the Ugly American" of his book.