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GOP Talent Pool Fading Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

The disappearing governors

The Iowa caucuses may have only muddied the waters in the presidential race, but they almost definitively decided one thing: the next president will not be a governor. That’s an amazing revelation because just one year ago all the smart money was betting that the next president would be a Republican governor.

Illustration on U.S. development of reusable rockets by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

A dangerous partnership with Russia

It is with a terrible sense of deja vu that I find myself again warning American lawmakers about our reliance on Russian rocket engines to loft military satellites. For more than a decade, America’s workhorse rocket, the United Launch Alliance’s (ULA) Atlas V, has been powered with RD-180 engines imported from Russia.

Comparing Abortion to the Holocaust Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

How abortion dehumanizes everyone

Over 50 years ago, Adolf Eichmann, the architect of Nazi Germany’s machinery of death, was executed by hanging after his 1961 conviction by an Israeli court.

FILE - In this July 9, 2015 file photo, a Wall Street sign is seen near the New York Stock Exchange in New York. U.S. stocks moved lower on the last day of the year as the market headed for a sluggish end to 2015. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)

Who is best to reform Wall Street?

In order to reform the financial industry, the next President needs to understand what the fixes should be or risk an overreaction that makes the excesses worse.

Arrogant Iranian Actions Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Iranian arrogance

Iran’s recent capture of two U.S. Navy 47-foot Riverine Command Boats (RCBs) that were on a routine transit from Kuwait to Bahrain on January 12 is another example of the arrogance and contempt Iran holds for America and our political leadership.

Illustration on deporting persons who have overstayed their visas by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

A fresh approach to the immigration conundrum

Our broken immigration system has been bad for the country and a source of political division for well over a decade. Some want a so-called “comprehensive” solution to the crisis, but the prospects for it actually happening (let alone being a solution) are not good amid our divisions. It’s time to rise above the existing gridlock and build a national consensus based on national security.

Illustration on the costs of green energy by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Unearthing an all-of-the-above energy approach

Last month in his final State of the Union Address, President Obama abandoned his belief in an “all-of-the-above” approach to energy policy — one that blends the use of emerging and established energy resources for the American people and the American economy.

Crisis in Civic Education Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

College ignorance and the threat to liberty

Media outlets around the country have reported that 10 percent of college graduates think Judith Sheindlin — better known as TV’s “Judge Judy” — is a member of the U.S. Supreme Court. Behind this embarrassing yet hilarious finding is the fact that there is a serious crisis in American higher education.

Illustration on the West's failure to take Muslim culture seriously by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

The Islamist wears Dolce & Gabbana

In the “culture” section of the venerable Atlantic magazine last month, there was a news item I wouldn’t want you to miss: “The Italian fashion house Dolce & Gabbana has just launched a line of hijabs (headscarves) and abayas (cloaks) in the label’s signature playful, theatrical aesthetic.”

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President Barack Obama waves at the conclusion of his State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2016. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, Pool)

Ending the audacity of overreach

President Obama marveled during his State of the Union address at the breathtaking rate of change sweeping the nation. He didn't mention that the phenomenon — and its disorienting effect — has been largely his doing. He campaigned on a promise of "hope and change," and what America got was destructive change and not much hope.

Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei

The consequences of romancing mullahs

It's hard to exaggerate the strategic disaster of Barack Obama's celebrated deal with the mullahs in the Islamic Republic of Iran. With "lone wolf" murders proliferating and no central command over them, the president has emboldened a vicious wing of radical Islamic terrorism.

Illustration on the reset cycle of intersecting government overreach and societal apathy by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

2016's resemblance to 1937

We have begun to hear the drumbeat that we may be on the verge of another 2008. Truth is, if you really want to better understand where we may be heading, you might want to look back even earlier: It's time to party likes it's 1937.

Absent from Negotiating Table Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

A feeler from nuclear North Korea?

North Koreans want to be accepted as a nuclear weapons state. They also want normal diplomatic relations with the United States. Kim Jong-un knows that if he wants a normal relationship with the U.S., with an immediate peace treaty similar to his current request, North Korea will have to dismantle all of its nuclear programs and eventually resolve issues related to the north's human rights and illicit activities programs.

Stop censoring climate debate

President Obama told Americans in his recent (and last) State of the Union address: "Democracy grinds to a halt without a willingness to compromise, or when even basic facts are contested, or when we listen only to those who agree with us. Our public life withers when only the most extreme voices get all the attention." Yet the president will not compromise with or even listen to the many highly qualified scientists who contest his position on climate change.

An Indian washerman works on the banks of the River Brahmaputra on a foggy winter morning in Gauhati, India, Monday, Jan. 18, 2016. (AP Photo/Anupam Nath)

Preventing a water war in Asia

Just when Asia was getting accustomed to the Chinese threat to the oceans of Southeast Asia, there's another water worry for Asians. The government in Beijing controls the health of six major South and Southeastern Asian rivers, the heart of life in the region. All of the rivers rise on the Tibetan plateau.

Hillary unfit for any office

When asked about those discrepancies in her ledgers, Mrs. Clinton either can't or won't give anyone a straight answer. How does anyone misplace or lose that much money? This incompetent act alone should make Americans question Mrs. Clinton's ability to oversee even greater funds from a position of even greater responsibility.

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan, left, addresses the Maryland House of Delegates as House Speaker Michael Busch, center, and Lt. Gov. Boyd Rutherford stand nearby, Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2016, in Annapolis, Md. Maryland lawmakers gathered for the start of their annual 90-day legislative session. (AP Photo/Steve Ruark)

Gov. Larry Hogan and voting rights

Gov. Larry Hogan of Maryland is a man of judgment and courage. The odds were against his being elected governor of one of the most relentlessly blue states, where conservative Republicans are all but an endangered species. Despite occasional exceptions -- Spiro Agnew and Robert Ehrlich come to mind -- Democrats have taken success as their due. But Gov. Hogan, both a Republican and a conservative, beat the odds.

A president simpatico with Iran

I served for more than 30 years on the House Foreign Affairs Committee and even longer in public service. I have watched numerous American presidents handle foreign policy crises -- from the Iran hostage standoff to Ronald Reagan's stare-down of the Soviet Union to the invasion of Afghanistan.

Azerbaijan

Azerbaijan awaits a tailwind from Washington

Last week, the Obama administration took a positive step in dealing with the United States' lack of real friendships and genuine alliances in the Muslim world. It acknowledged the critical part Azerbaijan plays in the interdiction of nuclear and radiological materials as a part of the global nonproliferation effort.

Gen. Robert E. Lee

Robert E. Lee, American icon

Robert E. Lee rode south on a morning in April 1861, crossing the Potomac to his estate in Arlington. He had turned down President Lincoln's offer of every soldier's dream -- command of the army of the United States, a position he had longed for, and now he rode toward a position and a destiny he had never dreamed of. He could not know what lay ahead, but he could see a storm gathering.

BOOK REVIEW: 'The Relic Master'

It isn't easy being the only son of a celebrated author or actor, especially if you go into the same line of work. An old friend, the late Douglas Fairbanks Jr., with countless film and stage triumphs to his credit, went to his grave still referred to as the son of the "great" Douglas Fairbanks Sr., even though the son's acting career lasted far longer and included highly intelligent acting, scripting and directing far beyond his father's capabilities.

A Nation Forged from a Wide Array of People Illustration by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Assimilation nation no more

America has always been a melting pot. We are a nation founded by people from all over the world who came here seeking a better life for themselves and their families. So why is immigration such a hot-button issue?

Recession Prediction for 2016 Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

The recession of 2016

There will be a recession in the United States and much of the rest of the world in 2016. After reading the above sentence, you should be thinking, what possibly could the writer know that the International Monetary Fund, the Federal Reserve and the Obama administration do not know given all their resources and all of their professional economic forecasters?

Return of the Housing Bubble Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Too big to fail, the sequel

Movie sequels are rarely as good as the original films on which they're based. The same dictum, it appears, holds for finance. The 2008 housing market collapse was bad enough, but it appears now that we're on the verge of experiencing it all again. And the financial sequel, working from a similar script as its original version, could prove to be just as devastating to the American taxpayer.

Martin Luther King Jr. (Associated Press)

The hero buried in the marble man

- The Washington Times

Transforming a man of flesh and blood — warts, moles, scars and all — into a man of cold marble enables lesser men to think they can make of him what they want. The real man disappears under the sculptor's chisel. There are marble men all over Washington, their humanity buried under the patina of the years we cannot truly understand.

The "Educopter," Training Device of a Broken Education System Illustration by Alex Hunter/The Washington Times

Democratic policies that cause inequality

Last week, Vice President Joe Biden sowed discord between Democrats Hillary Clinton and Bernard Sanders by questioning Mrs. Clinton's commitment on the issue of income inequality. Mr. Biden claimed the issue was "relatively new" to her, whereas it's been "a drumbeat" for Mr. Sanders.

The moral case against the Establishment

Is not being a jerk an important part of what's required to be president? Jeb Bush thinks so. While it would be fabulous to have another Ronald Reagan -- a wonderful, decent man who was also a powerful leader -- not being a jerk isn't at all a necessary component of the leadership this nation now needs.