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The surging truth-tellers of the GOP

- The Washington Times

Donald Trump is surging in New Hampshire, and Chris Christie’s back on the hunt, sounding like a born-again contender. They’re both long shots — the Donald is off the board — but they’re making the kind of noise the wiseheads say they can’t make.

Members of left wing parties hold placards reading in Greek ''NO'' next to a Presidential Guard, Evzonas, during a protest outside the Greek Parliament in Athens, Sunday, June 28, 2015. Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras says the Bank of Greece has recommended that banks remain closed and restrictions be imposed on transactions, after the European Central Bank didn't increase the amount of emergency liquidity the lenders can access from the central bank. (AP Photo/Daniel Ochoa de Olza)

The Greeks should vote “no!”

Voting “no” offers Greeks some prospects for better solutions, whereas voting “yes” guarantees penury.

Illustration on the uncontrolled growth of Federal banking regulation by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

The squeeze of regulatory kudzu

It is called the vine that ate the South. Kudzu was first introduced at the 1876 Centennial Exhibition in Philadelphia as an ornamental plant for home gardens. It pretty much stayed that way for half a century, until the federal government got involved. The Roosevelt administration decided that kudzu would be helpful against soil erosion and made it a mission of the Soil Erosion Service to plant kudzu all across the South. Now kudzu covers 12,000 square miles. Kudzu is estimated to smother another 150,000 acres each year.

Energy Independence Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

A declaration of energy independence

The United States is closer than ever before to fulfilling the vision of our Founding Fathers. By achieving energy independence, we can achieve freedom from foreign influence.

Fireworks Warning Label Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

The sticky legalisms of wacky warning labels

Not too long ago, common sense ruled the day, so called because it was shared by nearly everybody. Common values, commonly understood sense of right and wrong, just and unjust, all expressed in a common language of fairness.

Illustration on raising the minimum wage in light of its effect on Puerto Rico by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Puerto Rico’s minimum-wage object lesson

A report released by the Puerto Rican government this week fingers the territory’s minimum wage as a prime factor in its emerging debt crisis. Though its economy is significantly less developed than even the poorest American states, it is still subject to the federal $7.25 minimum wage, 77 percent of its median wage. This high wage floor acts as a significant employment barrier, contributing to the island’s pathetic 43 percent labor force participation rate and its economic stagnation in general.

Illustration on lower-cost tailored television choices by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

TV with a choice

Question: What do rabid football fans, working moms and Clifford the Big Red Dog viewers have in common?

Meaningful Tax Cut Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Rand Paul’s ‘fair and flat’ tax proposal

Sen. Rand Paul’s flat tax plan is like a decent song in a world full of off-key voices. It hits all the right notes, including greater simplicity, lower rates for everyone, and a more competitive system of corporate taxation. But it has some small details that could use fine tuning.

Sen. Bernard Sanders, a Vermont independent who caucuses with the Democrats, is focusing on wealth disparity.

Bernie’s surge

If you Google Bernie Sanders, some surprising poll numbers will appear, showing the rumpled, self-described socialist gaining fast on Hillary Clinton in the race for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination.

Illustration on the shifting meaning of marriage in modern society by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

The same-sex factor in ‘freedom from marriage’

Ross Douthat of The New York Times produced what is perhaps the most penetrating piece on the Supreme Court’s ruling last week on gay marriage. He notes that, long before the debate on that subject gained traction in U.S. politics, gay intellectuals carried on their own debate about marriage and how the gay community should view that venerable human institution.

Illustration on the imposition of Common Core on U.S. schools by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Ending Washington’s mandate on Common Core

The United States Senate will soon begin debate on a bill to get the federal government out of our local classrooms by permanently ending Washington’s mandate on Common Core.

Export-Import Bank Providing Corporate Welfare Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Shutter the Ex-Im Bank—for good

Reauthorizing Ex-Im would be a step backwards at the time when our economy needs to move forward.

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President Barack Obama speaks to the Catholic Hospital Association Conference at the Washington Marriott Wardman Park in Washington, Tuesday, June 9, 2015. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster) ** FILE **

Dribbling and drabbling toward defeat

There is almost a childlike innocence to the foreign policy initiatives of the Obama administration. These might be admired for their insouciance, were it not for the fact that they are contributing to worldwide instability and promising even greater disaster for the United States.

South China Sea map to accompany Lyons article of June 15, 2015

Checking China's military build-up in the South China Sea

China intends to ignore the Obama administration's demand that it halt its military base-building in the South China Sea. It is time for Washington to face a new reality: Either it leads the way to a new "armed peace" in this region, or China will soon commence a war for domination.

An artistic interpretation of King John's signing the Magna Carta before English barons at Runnymede in 1215

Magna Carta's first 800 years

In interpreting the law, context is everything and it is nothing. Today is the 800th anniversary of the most famous law in the English-speaking world, known as Magna Carta (Latin for 'Great Charter').

Treaty Withdrawals Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Solving the crisis in U.S.-Russia relations

It is unrealistic at the moment to expect a speedy improvement of U.S.-Russia relations. This is regrettable, but it is a fact: The relations between the two countries today may be even worse than during Soviet times -- a really disturbing development.

Illustration on growing government's constricting effects on the economy by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

When government bursts its restraints

America has reversed direction from its origin of limited government and unlimited economy. Today, America is increasingly defined by an expanding government and a retreating economy. The question now is: When we will recognize this reversal?

Recalling the Roaring Twenties

Pick a year, any year, and it will likely contain a goodly number of eventful happenings. If that year ends in zero, that likelihood increases, not least because it is the start of the decade.

Chart to accompany Moore article of June 15, 2015

The young and investment-less

Recent polling shows a big majority of Americans think it will be more difficult for this generation of millennials to achieve the American Dream of climbing the economic ladder.

Shafts of sunlight filter though clouds onto the mountains in Coroico, Bolivia, Wednesday, June 10, 2015, where nuns of the Order of Saint Clare amass hostias in preparation for the July visit of Pope Francis. (AP Photo/Juan Karita)

A romance of age

The power of love to enhance even a diminished life.

FILE - In this April 2, 2015 file photo, President Barack Obama speaks the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington about the breakthrough in the Iranian nuclear talks. The Obama administration will almost certainly have to backtrack on a promise to suspend only nuclear-related economic sanctions against Iran as part of an emerging nuclear deal, as it wends its way through a briar patch of interwoven economic penalties against the Islamic Republic, officials and others involved in the process tell The Associated Press. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)

Dimming prospects for affordable energy

Coal will face a rocky future if President Obama has his way. The black stuff that has powered the world for eons is not "green," and that is all that matters for the "progressive" masterminds of the 21st century. They favor more ethereal forms of energy from Mother Nature's bounty like the sunshine and breezes that accompany a perfect day. But for the billions of human beings around the world who live hand to mouth and the 14.5 percent of Americans existing below the poverty line, the anti-coal campaign promises to make energy more expensive. Dimming humanity's hopes is not the path to a brighter future.

Scaffolding continues to go up on the dome of the U.S. Capitol Building, Washington, D.C., Thursday, September 18, 2014. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

Civility and the requirements of good sense

President Obama has crossed another red line, and not one so easily erased as those smudged out by his lethargy and timidity in the Middle East. American representative government and its more important but allusive essence, democracy, have been protected in many ways over two centuries of American history. There is, of course, the written Constitution, which sets out the basic requirements of government.

Old Glory

Flag Day and patriotic piety

Sunday is Flag Day, a time for Americans to show their respect for this stirring symbol adopted by the Continental Congress during the midst of the Revolutionary War. Respect, of course, is most readily observed through flying Old Glory, but Flag Day also brings to mind the rhetorical commitment that is embodied in the Pledge of Allegiance, first proclaimed by President Benjamin Harrison and used by public schools in Columbus Day observances in 1892. Then in 1942, the Pledge was officially adopted by a joint resolution of Congress.

Illustration on the negative effects of raising the minimum wage by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

A looming European-style jobs wasteland

Former gang members in Los Angeles can get paid to remove tattoos, work at cafes, and do other odd jobs at a nonprofit company called Homeboy Industries, which tries to transition ex-cons back into the workforce. In Europe, similar transitional work charities exist for a less marginalized group -- the long-term unemployed.

Paul Ryan      Associated Press photo

A bipartisan betrayal of trust

- The Washington Times

The civility chorus may at last be getting what it wants, a shutdown of debate in the name of piety and good manners. Honest debate frightens the chorus, whose sopranos and tenors forget that debate, sometimes gentle and sometimes loud and robust, is what Congress is meant to be about.

Howling for a Good Job Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Jobs boom bust

All of the euphoric stories you've read lately about the surging job market should include one of these cautionary notes: "This report omits all negative data," or "read down to the very bottom where we've buried the bad stuff."

It's all about the Clintons

Is anyone really surprised that the Clinton Foundation is a slush fund that gives favors to the highest donors ('Favors to foundation stretch back to Clinton's Senate days,' Web, June 10)?

Good presidents don't wait

Jimmy Carter is smiling and Warren Harding is rolling over in his grave as neither is any longer in competition as America's worst-ever president. That distinction now goes solely to Barack Obama.

Tales of England and its people

Volumes of short stories frequently share the title of one of the tales in the collection. Often the first story is dignified in this way, and often that's because it announces a theme or topic that runs throughout the volume.

Illustration on the potentialities of a strong president on world affairs by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Tough talk is no substitute for a big stick

Establishment Republican candidates for president, backed by Fox News, The Wall Street Journal, and former Vice President Richard Cheney want to restore the Bush administration's foreign policy: raising the Pentagon budget and adopting a more aggressive stance around the world. Regardless of who is president, tough talk, military spending and more Americans in harm's way cannot stop China from overawing the Western Pacific, Russia from bending Eastern Europe to its will, or Islamists from beheading Americans.