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Supporters gather for a rally to protest the removal of Confederate flags from the Confederate Memorial Saturday, June 27, 2015, in Montgomery, Ala.   (Julie Bennett/AL.com via AP) MAGS OUT; MANDATORY CREDIT

The Civil War that never ends

- The Washington Times

Breaking news from 1865: There’s a war on between the North and the South. This time it’s barely more civil than last time, though we aren’t shooting at each other. Yet.

Illustration on providing more support for loved ones caring for wounded veterans by Alexander Hunter/ The Washington Times

A call to share the care

As America continues to strengthen the care we provide to those who have gone to war on behalf of our nation, we must recognize that for too long we have overlooked the most valuable individuals entrusted with the well-being of our wounded, ill and injured veterans. Nearly five-and-a-half million spouses, parents, children and other loved ones have voluntarily put their lives on hold to provide our returning service members with a trusted continuum of care that could not be replicated without them. Many of them will provide this care for years, if not decades to come.

Illustration on providing more support for loved ones caring for wounded veterans by Alexander Hunter/ The Washington Times

A call to share the care

America appreciates, honors and praises veterans who serve our country. But standing out of the ceremonial limelight, and always close by, are the millions of loved ones who care for those veterans. Our service members have returned home with disabling illnesses and injuries that often alter their lives — and the lives of their loved ones — forever. I am one of the 5.5 million military caregivers who witness and endure the long-term consequences of war in a way that many Americans will never experience.

Bankruptcy is the only way Greece can fashion a new beginning

Almost every option facing debt-drenched Greece is bad, but there is only one that will end this Greek tragedy for good. Let Greece go bankrupt. Then let this once-rich nation, hit the restart button to rebuild its economy.

U.S. President Ronald Reagan gestures as Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev looks on after their third session of talks at the Hofdi in Reykjavik, Oct. 12, 1986. (AP Photo/Ron Edmonds)

Obama’s Reykjavik moment

The choice for the president on the Iran nuclear talks is clear: walk away with dignity or appease and submit in disgrace.

Obama’s Clean Power Plan could push millions of minority Americans into poverty

This summer the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will finalize its carbon-dioxide emission regulations under President Obama’s Clean Power Plan. The EPA’s own data projects the regulations will reduce global carbon by less than 1 percent and sea level rise by one one-hundredth of an inch. The price Americans will pay for these “benefits” is layoffs and increased energy rates. Yet for the nation’s most vulnerable, the impacts will be far worse, pushing millions into poverty.

‘Death with dignity’ is often coerced by those with financial interests

Earlier this year, legislation was introduced to the D.C. Council that would legalize physician-assisted suicide in our nation’s capital for an adult patient diagnosed with a terminal condition and less than six months to live. Although this initiative has been introduced in 24 states this year (not passing in any so far), its passage in the District of Columbia this year risks setting a dangerous precedent for the rest of the nation.

(Photo courtesy of The White House)

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.

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Religious leaders not infallible

Pope Francis is infallible, or so his flock believes, in matters of Catholic religious doctrine. His clerical robes and position as leader of Roman Catholicism, however, grant him no special expertise when it comes to other subjects fraught with dispute. He brings nothing new to the table with respect to the vicissitudes of climate, the vexing Palestinian problem, changing hemlines in women's fashion or any other of the problems that beset us.

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush waves to the crowd as he formally joins the race for president with a speech at Miami Dade College, Monday, June 15, 2015, in Miami. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

A new Jeb Bush

The "official" entry of Jeb Bush into the Republican presidential race leaves an important unanswered question hanging over the race. The former governor of Florida had announced earlier, with the usual drumroll, that if he became a candidate he would mount a different kind of campaign. He would be the happy warrior. He had never liked the grit and grime of take-no-prisoners campaigning or the gotcha! politics characteristic of recent Republican contests. He just wouldn't be a part of a campaign like that.

President Barack Obama waves after speaking at a White House mentorship and leadership graduation ceremony , Monday, June 15, 2015, in the Blue Room of the White House in Washington (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

The end of a grand deception

For at least 30 years, honest observers have been pointing out the failure of liberal policies in the inner-city neighborhoods of America. The ugly truth is that these policies have not merely failed. They have been toxic.

GOP's Healthcare Plan Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

A GOP plan for life after Obamacare

The U.S. Supreme Court will soon decide King v. Burwell, a case that will determine the future of the Affordable Care Act.

Illustration on Obama's fantasist thinking on a nuclear Iran by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

The road to historic chaos

Lt. Gen. Michael T. Flynn served 33 years in the U.S. Army. Being named President Obama's director of the Defense Intelligence Agency in 2012 was the culmination of his career. He thought his job was to relate facts, not fables. It soon became clear that his superiors didn't agree.

Illustration on Hillary's apparently socialist positioning in her campaign by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Stumping on platitudes

Struggling to come up with a strategy to put her in the Oval Office, Hillary Clinton has declared war on billionaires, big business, hedge-fund managers, Wall Street and anyone else who has become successful in the American economy.

Illustration on threats to Hillary's nomination hopes by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Hillary's race warms up

What did I tell you a couple of weeks ago? In fact, what have I been suggesting for months? Hillary is going to have a very tough time winning her party's nomination.

Voter Fraud Technique Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Counting on vote fraud

When two of the nation's most prominent liberals claim that a political phenomenon does not exist, you know you've hit a sore spot.

Singer Pat Boone, a longtime supporter of traditional American values, will address the Heritage Foundation on Wednesday. (PAT BOONE)

Pat Boone -- conservative stalwart, cultural icon -- to have his say at the Heritage Foundation

- The Washington Times

Among the hundreds of policy events in the nation's capital on Wednesday, one in particular stands out. Authentic cultural icon, family man, ace performer, man of faith and conservative stalwart Pat Boone is in town to have his say about the state of the nation, and his own 60-year career in entertainment. He'll appear at high noon at the Heritage Foundation, just a few blocks from the U.S. Capitol.

Illustration on the push for transparency concerning IRS spending by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Show me the money

One of the challenges the seemingly never-ending list of Republican presidential candidates must face in what is sure to be an all-out political brawl in 2016 is finding a unique way to explain that America does not have a tax revenue problem; it has a massive spending addiction.

Americans just know less now

The feminist academic Laura Kipnis recently experienced the contemporary American mind so well examined in this new volume. Ms. Kipnis wrote a critical piece about the way in which feminism has evolved on campus, and was then subjected to a series of protests and complaints, complete with Star Chamber-like quasi-judicial proceedings to condemn her crime-think, including accusations that her article made students feel "threatened" or unsafe.

Dividing the Euro Into Three Currencies Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

How to save the euro

Writing in 1776, the year of the Declaration of Independence, Adam Smith explained how "The Wealth of Nations" depended on breaking free from the monopoly power of vested interests and letting free markets dictate commerce, and how this was key to America's growth at that time. Restoring the wealth of Europe today requires the same approach. Moreover, a strong economy is essential to give European countries the confidence and resources to play their part in NATO and stand up to an expansionist Russia and Iran.

Illustration on China's cyber raids on the U.S. by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

China's big hack attack

Upon hearing of the massive data breach of employee information from the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) -- allegedly by hackers working for the Chinese government -- Kay Coles James, the former director of OPM under George W. Bush, told me she was "aghast," adding, "I can't think about the national security implications of a foreign government knowing every single federal employee, where they work, where they live, all of their significant data. Think about what that information can do in the hands of people who want to do us harm."

Why the vice presidential pick matters

Conservative voters and Republican strategists are grossly overlooking the vital importance of the vice presidential pick in terms of winning the next U.S. presidential election. We all know that presidential candidates are now more of an entertainment, inducement, and campaign-speaking-skill popularity contest, yet they may come with a powerful, strong, and experienced VP sharing the helm.

Syrian migrants who have been stranded for days, in the northeastern Greek island of Lesvos, stand in queue as they wait for travel documents from Greek authorities at the port of Mytilene on Monday, June 15, 2015. An emergency European Union plan to help Italy and Greece manage thousands of migrants crossing the Mediterranean could be vastly watered down on Tuesday, according EU diplomats. During the first five months of 2015, 40,297 migrants arrived in Greece, up from 6,500 in the same period in 2014. Almost all of them have crossed in boats from Turkey. The sign reads ''Passenger Terminal of Mytilene.'' (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)

The 'new' Middle East

Old alliances and barriers have fallen away in the Middle East in the wake of new waves of "traditional" Islamic terrorism and the withdrawal of American leadership. "Traditional" is the right word, because, despite politically correct commentaries to the contrary, the history of the spread of Islam has always been accompanied, if not led, by violence. Nobody called Muhammad "the Prince of Peace."

In this image made available by the American Red Cross in London on Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2010, shows earthquake damage to a shanty town on the outskirts of Port-au-Prince, following a major earthquake in Haiti, on Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2010. (AP Photo/American Red Cross, Matt Marek)

Drowning the fish

American generosity is the marvel of the world. The open heart, accompanied by the open pocketbook, is the American way to relieve the pain and loss of disaster. It's how a wealthy society can spread largesse to those struggling with survival.

Regulations Create Alternative Currencies Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Damming up the dollars

If enough people have a demand for a particular product, whether it is prostitution, gambling, drugs and alcohol, or an anonymous, instantaneous and low-cost money transfer, it will be supplied. Poorly thought out regulation or prohibition raises the cost of any product, which causes innovative people to think of ways to get around the bans or regulations -- while, at the same time, fostering criminality and corruption. And both users and suppliers of the banned or overregulated product lose their respect for the law because they are deemed to be criminals.