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Donald Trump confounds the Gaffe Patrol

- The Washington Times

The Japanese Zero was one of the most famous fighter planes in the South Pacific, bedeviling American pilots in the early days of World War II. The Zero was quick and nimble, darting from the clouds to inflict death and mayhem, and the Zero hit many a target.

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a campaign stop at Old National Events Plaza, Thursday, April 28, 2016, in Evansville, Ind. (Denny Simmons/Evansville Courier & Press via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT

The final rebuke of Donald Trump

- The Washington Times

Donald Trump has a shot at reconfiguring the electoral map — putting traditionally blue states like Pennsylvania and Wisconsin into play, with his working-class, industrial appeal.

Culture and Tradition of the Silk Road Illustration by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Tracing the modern Silk Road

This week the Johns Hopkins University in Washington is hosting a major regional conference on the historic Silk Road. The “Trans-Caspian East-West Trade & Transit Corridor” event co-hosted by the embassies of Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan and Turkey brings together officials from the United States and the region with over 50 major international companies and academic leaders to brainstorm the strengthening of regional integration.

Artist's rendering of the Haymarket Square explosion.

Now it’s May Day every day

One hundred years ago Sunday (May 1, 1916) the “greatest strike of laboring men in the history of the United States” took place, according to a front-page story in the Washington [D. C.] Herald newspaper. Some two million workers struck on May Day, far outdistancing the strife that typified the late-19th century when the day was a code word for industrial violence. The Haymarket Square protest in Chicago in the wake of strikes on May Day 1886 was the most notorious, with a bomb explosion that killed 11 and wounded more than a hundred.

House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wis. responds to a question from the audience during a town hall at Gaston Hall at Georgetown University in Washington, Wednesday, April 27, 2016. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Renegotiating Puerto Rico’s debt and Trumpian anger

A majority of Americans aren’t enthusiastic about a potential President Trump. Nonetheless, anger with the political establishment about political games and backroom deals, about insiders’ arrogance, and about fear that taxpayers will end up largely being saddled with the costs of these antics seems to be a driving force behind the pro-Trump movement.

A Trump forerunner who met the challenge of racial equality

Many conservatives and Republicans across the country are worried about the possibility that their presidential nominee could be Donald Trump, a man who initially dithered over rejecting the support of former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke, someone who has routinely retweeted hateful words from white supremacists.

Anti-abortion activists rally in Austin, Texas, to condemn the use in medical research of tissue samples obtained from aborted fetuses. (Associated Press)

Planned Parenthood’s fetal parts practices

Planned Parenthood, a vastly profitable, tax-subsidized consortium that performs more than 300,000 abortions a year, is the target of five different congressional investigations. Last September its president, Cecile Richards, categorically denied accusations by the House Oversight Committee that the organization profits from the sale of fetal tissue.

Share the Neighborhood Illustration by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

The Mr. Rogers Doctrine

Barack Obama last week visited Saudi Arabia, an unusual nation with which the United States has had a relationship that can be accurately characterized as both strategic and strange — and one that is now severely strained. To understand how we got to this juncture requires at least a smattering of modern history.

Trump Campaign Reboot Button Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Donald Trump and the art of the reboot

It’s a good thing for Donald Trump that he got a boost from the recent primary in his home state of New York, because otherwise, he had a rough few weeks. He damaged his credibility as a candidate by making a string of confusing and ill-advised statements about punishing women who have an abortion and expressing scant concern about nuclear proliferation

Lead, follow or get out of the way

The terror attacks in Paris of just five months ago brought to the fore the following question: Is it going to take the equivalent of the Paris bombings here before President Obama takes decisive action against the Islamic State? After the attacks in Brussels, the question is now more relevant. The president has yet to act decisively against the Islamic State.

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Puerto Rico Debt Restructure Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Legislative principles for rescuing Puerto Rico

With each passing day, the debate over Puerto Rico's economic future begins to mirror the recent Argentinian debt crisis and similar distressed situations where creditors obstructed progress at the expense of ordinary people. The cost of inaction continues to take its toll on the commonwealth as economic contraction sets in, population outflows rise and the island's fiscal fire steadily spreads.

Illustration on keeping up with technological change by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Connecting with the young across 'the generations gap'

The generation gap has morphed into a generations gap. Like everything else in our swoosh, swipe, snap and selfie-obsessed world, the gaps multiply and separate with the speed of sound. What used to make up meaningful moral conflicts between parents and children, a guide to the future, have proliferated into "process differences" between various age groups, abetted by changes in swiftly changing values.

Violent Eruptions in Azerbaijan Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Extinguishing the Azerbaijan flashpoint

Azerbaijan and Armenia have declared a cease fire in Azerbaijan's mountainous Nagorno-Karabakh region, halting what was one of the most intense rounds of fighting and violence in the region since the countries' original cease fire in 1994.

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks to supporters Wednesday, April 13, 2016, in the Bronx borough of New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

Damning Hillary with faint praise

President Obama's recent remarks to my Fox News colleague Chris Wallace about Hillary Clinton's email issues were either Machiavellian or dumb. It is difficult to tell from them whether he wants the mountain of evidence of her criminal behavior presented to a federal grand jury or he wants her to succeed him in the White House.

Illustration on the overextension of NATO by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Is NATO worth preserving?

Donald Trump recently ignited another controversy when he mused that the North Atlantic Treaty Organization was obsolete. He hinted that it might no longer be worth the huge American investment.

Wendell Pierce as Clarence Thomas in HBO Films' "Confirmation"             Photo courtesy HBO

The left's long war against Clarence Thomas

- The Washington Times

In its war for America, the left never rests, sometimes falters but rarely allows itself to fail. It works tirelessly to "fundamentally transform the nation" and smashes anyone and anything that gets in its way.

President Barack Obama speaks during the 2016 White House Science Fair, Wednesday, April 13, 2016, in the East Room of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Choking the federal varmints

Everyone in politics dreams of shutting up opponents, but the wise and reasonable understand that in a free society it's not nice to do that. The First Amendment guarantees free speech to everybody.

House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wis. pauses during a news conference following a closed-door meeting of House Republicans, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, April 13, 2016.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Paul Ryan's almost 'Sherman'

Paul Ryan is getting the message. His statement to a press gaggle on the Hill on Tuesday -- "I do not want nor will I accept the nomination [from] our party" -- is only a millimeter short of the authentic Sherman that Gen. William Tecumseh, famous for playing with matches on his march from Atlanta to the sea in 1865, gave to those who wanted him to run for president two decades later.

Colleagues scared of Cruz

There are two reasons why Republican senators don't officially endorse (or at least publicly support) Ted Cruz for president ("Cruz's winning ways have yet to win over fellow GOP senators," Web, April 7). The first is Mr. Cruz's brilliance, and the second is his backbone.

Hillary Clinton and Mayor Bill de Blasio have come under fire over their comedy skit at the show that some people feel was racially insensitive. Many in the room where it happened, which was filled with New York politicians, power brokers and reporters, laughed at the joke. But it soon made its way around social media and drew some scornful media coverage. (David Handschuh/The Inner Circle Via AP, File) MANDATORY CREDIT

Hillary as comedienne

One of the positives of Donald Trump's presidential campaign has been the large dent the Donald has made in the movement to render everything politically correct. A large dent but, alas, not a fatal dent. Many people clearly have not got the memo.

Inconvenient doesn't mean corrupt

Donald Trump thinks the Republican — and, for that matter, the Democratic — presidential-nominating process is corrupt because, in his opinion, the candidate with the most delegates from a party's primaries should automatically be that party's nominee. That's not how it works, Donald.

Illustration on the Clinton campaign reaction to Black lives Matter by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Denouncing their own legacy

Over the last few days former President Bill Clinton displayed one of the salient weaknesses of our famously weak contemporary politicians. He did this even while reminding Americans of one of his rare lapses into true leadership, his 1994 bipartisan legislation to lower crimes rates, particularly in the inner city.

Attorney General Loretta Lynch told the Senate Judiciary Committee that her department has discussed pursuing civil charges against the "climate denial scheme," as Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, Rhode Island Democrat, put it. (Associated Press)

Intimidation through investigation

Everyone loves a winner, especially the winner himself. Reaching the top of the heap is a full-time job and once there, the successful feel entitled to stay there. That's why political inquisitions are in full bloom across Barack Obama's Washington.