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Illustration on the corruption of justice in taxation and enforcement of federal law by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

No law, no civilization

Why did Rome and Byzantium fall apart after centuries of success? What causes civilizations to collapse, from a dysfunctional fourth-century-B.C. Athens to contemporary bankrupt Greece?

Securing Arctic energy resources illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

The coming struggle for the Arctic

President Reagan’s strategy for defeating Communism during the Cold War — “We win, they lose” — is the approach we should be using to regain our economic advantage and neutralize Russian expansion in a part of the world rich with yet-to-be-tapped oil and gas reserves and major geopolitical consequences — the Arctic.

Illustration on the Islamic Sharia roots of the Garland Texas terrorists by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

The terrorists among us

Now would be a good time to hear from our elected officials — and the presidential candidates — about what they intend to do to fight and win this war.

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan, right, walks past a burned out shoe store while visiting local businesses, Thursday, April 30, 2015, in Baltimore, that were damaged in the rioting following Monday's funeral for Freddie Gray, who died in police custody. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

Moments of clarity in Baltimore’s riots

Few people made sense during the Baltimore riots and the indictment of six police officers in the death of Freddie Gray. But David Clarke, the sheriff of Milwaukee County in Wisconsin, and Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan provided two examples of those who did.

Baltimore’s missing fathers

The rioting in Baltimore is disturbing to all Americans, as the unresolved cause of Freddie Gray’s death while in police custody should be as well.

Illustration on the Islamic Sharia roots of the Garland Texas terrorists by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Connecting the dots to the Texas gunmen

Both gunmen identified in the May 3 attack against the “Draw Muhammad” event at the Curtis Culwell Center in Garland, Texas, attended the Islamic Community Center of Phoenix, according to news reports. Elton Simpson and his roommate, Nadir Soofi, both were known to mosque leadership dating from 2006, although Usama Shami, chairman of the mosque’s board of trustees, claimed they stopped attending recently.

Illustration on candidate qualifications within the growing GOP presidential field by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Checking GOP resumes for experience

The pack of little-known Republican presidential candidates grew larger this week, raising this unasked question: Do any of them believe they have a serious chance of winning the nomination and the presidency in a political process that usually rewards high-profile figures who are widely known among the broad base of their party?

Carly Fiorina speaks at the Republican Leadership Summit in Nashua, N.H., in this April 18, 2015, file photo. 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.

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Reporters race after Hillary Clinton's van during her first campaign stop in Iowa. (MSNBC)

Hillary galvanizes the press, earning twice as much recognition as Repubicans: Poll

- The Washington Times

Does the news media favor Hillary Clinton? Analysts bicker about it even as journalists scramble after the Democratic hopeful wherever she may be - though formal press conferences are a rarity in her campaign so far. A new poll, however, suggests that the press is at least very eager to cover Mrs. Clinton, and it's having an impact: 66 percent of Americans now say they've heard "a lot" about Mrs. Clinton's presidential intentions. Only 46 percent say they've heard a lot about the 2016 election itself - and far less have been up close and personal with the GOP presidential hopefuls. That percentage is in the 30s.

Don't let killers mar memories

April 15 marked the second anniversary of the deadly Boston Marathon bombings in Massachusetts. Two desperate men with a horrific plan killed three people and injured more than 260. I can personally remember sitting rigid in my high school classroom watching as the live newscast explained the events earlier that day. I waited with bated breath while the search for the perpetrators began and breathed a sigh of relief when those responsible for the carnage were apprehended. However, the dread I felt in the immediate aftermath was different from that of my classmates. A combination of dread and resignation that has never felt routine surrounded me and I, along with the rest of America, heard the religious background of the culprits: Muslim. Again.

Rethink jobs, tax-cut link

In "To win the White House, talk jobs" (Web, April 11) Donald Lambro writes, "Go to the Gallup website that lists the issues that trouble Americans most and you'll find the economy and jobs are far and away the 'most important problems' they face ... . Republicans should be relentlessly pounding this issue with all they've got." If a Republican is elected president in 2016, he will discover what Barack Obama discovered in 2009: It is easier to run against a bad economy than it to fix it.

Putin outwits Obama on Iranian missile deal illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

How Putin undermines the Iran deal

Vladimir Putin's decision to lift Russia's embargo on the sale of surface-to-air missiles to Iran is a reminder that we have to walk and chew gum at the same time. While we engage in the political self-absorption that consumes us for two out of every four years, we can't afford to ignore nations such as Russia and Iran, especially when they act in concert.

Illustration on the green economic oppression of American working people by the rich by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Greens against the poor

Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, Elizabeth Warren and the whole gang of Democratic leaders claim that one of their highest priorities is to lift up the middle class and reduce the income gap between rich and poor.

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush speaks at a Republican Leadership Summit in Nashua, N.H., April 17, 2015. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

Waffling toward the starting gate

Only yesterday Jeb Bush was the Republican flavor of the week, the favorite of the Republican establishment, those wonderful folks who yearn for a nice man who oozes political propriety and respectability. Establishment Republicans — Rockefeller Republicans, they were once called — live in dread of frightening the horses.

Volunteers tie the wooden cross that was carried through the streets of Etna, Pa., a Pittsburgh suburb, to the larger cross in the cemetery where their annual "Drama of The Cross", service was done on Good Friday, Friday, April 18, 2014. Clergymen from Christian churches in the borough organize a trek with volunteers carrying the wooden cross through borough streets to the cemetery as part of their services for the holiday. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

The preservation of tolerance

In the U.S. and around the world, Christians face extraordinary physical and psychological persecution.

A human embryo generated by SCNT at Advanced Cell Technology in 2003 (Courtesy of Advanced Cell Technology)

When time slows down

Many women delay the births of their children, some to get a firmer footing in a career or to take more time to find the right someone with whom to share a blessed adventure. Some women wait until their late 30s or even the early 40s. But Mother Nature did not give women the option of bearing children and enjoying them forever. That's why God invented grandparents.

A house is reflected in a puddle of water from an irrigated front yard in San Diego. State regulators on Saturday, April 18, 2015  announced a revised plan to reduce water use in drought-stricken California that offers easier conservation targets for major cities, including Los Angeles, while demanding greater cutbacks from others. The new water reduction targets released by the State Water Resources Control Board responds to criticisms from cities that said earlier targets were unrealistic and unfair. Recognizing that some communities are farther along than others in conservation, the water board released a draft plan last week that requires varying levels of cutbacks for cities to ensure enough water if dry conditions persist. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull, File)

In California, a flood of missed opportunities

We all learn at an early age to save money for a rainy day. We can't assume that we'll always be as healthy or well paid as we are today, so we set something aside to help make it through trying times.

The new Viking Star features a Snow Grotto - with real flurries. (Viking Cruises)

Cruise ship to feature arctic-themed Snow Grotto - with flurries and a 'bucket dump'

- The Washington Times

In keeping with its Scandinavian roots, a new ocean-going Viking Cruises ship will feature a sub-zero Snow Grotto for passengers seeking an experience beyond the typical pool deck and sun chairs that rival companies offer. Set to launch from Norway in mid-May, the Viking Star has already picked up accolades for the unprecedented snow room, which features powder-consistency snow falling from the ceiling in an environment done up in ice blue and white, a nearby "bucket dump" will douse brave guests with ice water to get their blood circulating.

An emblem from the 603 Alliance, a group of conservative activists in new Hampshire.

Rogue conservative group takes on the GOP - promising 'shot heard round the world'

- The Washington Times

They've stood by and waited while establishment Republicans staged a noisy First in the Nation Leadership Summit in New Hampshire which drew 19 presidential hopefuls and a crush of media this weekend. Now they are ready to rumble: a feisty group of Granite State conservatives will move in. Literally. On Sunday, the 603 Alliance — activists loyal to founding principles and the Constitution - will stage a daylong summit in the very same hotel. They intend to winnow out the authentic conservative conservative candidates - with much ado.

Hillary Rodham Clinton made an unannounced pit stop Monday at a Chipotle outside Toledo. It would have gone completely unnoticed if not for a Clinton campaign aide tipping off The New York Times, which contacted the restaurant and obtained security camera footage of Mrs. Clinton wearing sunglasses while waiting in line for a burrito bowl. (Associated Press)

A first test on the trail

If Hillary Clinton can't stage-manage ordering lunch in an Iowa diner, with aides at hand, how can she manage a presidential campaign? This is the question worried Democrats are asking each other after Mrs. Clinton's campaign ventured into the weeds in the Midwest, demonstrating that the feminists and a noisy claque of like-minded allies may be "ready for Hillary," but she does not seem to be ready to persuade skeptical voters that she's ready for them.


Volunteers pass through the first full body scanner, which uses backscatter technology, at O'Hare International Airport in Chicago on March 10, 2010. Those airport scanners with their all-too revealing body images will soon be going away. The Transportation Security Administration says the X-ray scanners will be gone by June 2013 because the company that makes them can't fix the privacy issues. (Associated Press)

Hanky-panky in the security line

When the Transportation Security Administration installed full-body scanners several years ago the ACLU, privacy advocates and many passengers sounded warnings that this invited sexual harassment, voyeurism and maybe even sexual adventuring. The government routinely dismissed the complaints as "unfounded" and even "paranoid." Would your government do anything like that? "Full-body pat-downs" followed for passengers who raised an alarm going through the scanners.

(Associated Press) ** FILE **

The land of the cheerful giver

The Lord loveth a cheerful giver, as the Apostle Paul tells us, and some of the most generous givers are the most cheerful among the faithful, and they live among us in America.