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Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

The bad moon rising over Hillary

- The Washington Times

Hillary Clinton won’t be able to say she didn’t see the bad moon rising. Donald Trump gave her a blistering introduction this week to Presidential Politics 102, which differs in a remarkable way from Politics 101, which she encountered in her first attempt in 2008 and before that as the managing partner in Bubba’s two campaigns.

Illustration on the Obama administration's plans for the fossil fuel industry by Greg groesch/The Washington Times

Why Exxon is not the problem

For more than 200 years, the American birthright has provided protection against the threat that one’s head might hang on London Bridge — or the Key Bridge, if you prefer — for disagreeing with the government.

Illustration on the struggle for Kurdish independence by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Why Kurdish independence matters

If the next U.S. president wants “to put America first” he might look toward the Kurdish north of Iraq. There the long-standing question of Kurdish independence scares Washington into a tired reflex that quashes important U.S. interests beneath an unwavering policy to promote the fiction of a unified Iraq.

Illustration on the Republican alternative to Obamacare by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Ryan’s Obamacare liberation

Paul Ryan’s House Republican Task Force on health policy reform released on Wednesday the Republican majority’s unified plan to repeal and replace Obamacare. Republicans should not be shy about making this reform the centerpiece of this year’s election.

Illustration on the dangers of Obama, the ideologue by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Ideologues make for dangerous politicians

Hillary Clinton is a seasoned liberal politician, but one with few core beliefs. Her positions on subjects such as gay marriage, free-trade agreements, the Keystone XL pipeline, the Iraq War, the Assad regime in Syria and the use of the term “radical Islam” all seem to hinge on what she perceives 51 percent of the public to believe on any given day.

FILE - In this Feb. 20, 2013, file photo, a student walks across the Lawn in front of the Rotunda at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Va., while the Rotunda was undergoing renovation. Amid scrutiny from Congress and campus activists, colleges across the country are under growing pressure to reveal the financial investments made using their endowments. (AP Photo/Steve Helber, File)

Why we need charter public colleges

In 2014 state community colleges and four-year colleges taught more than 13 million students, or about 76 percent of all college students in the nation. But these public institutions are in serious trouble.

Strong Families Make a Strong America Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

The father factor

Father’s Day has come and gone. The grills are turned off and the gift ties have been put away. The leisurely family time is over and we are all back to the daily grind. But there is much work to do to strengthen America’s families.

Illustration on ineffectual Obama administration strategies against ISIS by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Obama’s disintegrating strategy

Throughout his presidency, Barack Obama has maintained his willful ignorance of the fact that weakness against terrorists abroad, coupled with weakness against them at home, add up to more than the sum of their parts. To defeat terrorists, we need to have policies at home and strategies abroad that are integrated and support each other.

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks about the economy at Fort Hayes Vocational School Tuesday, June 21, 2016, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)

Factors that elected Bill could now defeat Hillary

Hillary Clinton knows better than anyone the economy’s weakness and its political danger. The reason George H.W. Bush lost a close race to a political outsider with glaring liabilities 24 years ago was public perception that the economy was weak.

Gosnell in Prison Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Kermit Gosnell and the suffering abortion industry

Abortionist and convicted murderer Kermit Gosnell calls himself an “impractical man.” Speaking from his prison cell, where he sits for killing a patient and three born-alive babies, he told one of the documentary filmmakers of “3801 Lancaster: American Tragedy”: “Practical man changes to live within his society.

Illustration on the need for Syrian safe zones by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Reconsidering safe zones in Syria

The situation in Syria remains bleak, with no end in sight to its five-year civil war. President Bashar Assad’s forces and their Russian and Iranian backers continue to lay waste to rebel-held territory, leaving the rebels with shrinking leverage to pressure the regime into a lasting political settlement.

Commanders Worth More Than Lawyers Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Commanders hold the key to military justice

Some lawmakers seek to remove senior commanders from decisions to refer cases for prosecution. They would place that power with a senior military attorney in another organization, separate from the victim or the accused. Before making such a change, proponents should consider not only recent changes, but also how the proposed changes would affect the combat readiness of our armed forces.

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Illustration on the dreams and realities of the Paris Middle-East peace process by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

French fried peace process

The French government last week initiated a new "peace process." Ignoring the butchery underway in Syria, Iraq, Libya and Yemen, as well as the threat Iran now poses to the Middle East, their focus is the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.

Illustration on the state of intellectual life on the nation's college campuses by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

The life of the lost mind

Looking back through the years, I have seen it all coming: the militant ignorance strutting across our college campuses today, the authoritarian style of the administrators, the mediocrity of the professors, the sheer goofiness of the students.

Lack of Knowledge of World History Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Obama's Nordic nonsense

While in Japan last month at a Group of Seven conference to discuss the global economy, President Obama took time to criticize Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump. He claimed world leaders "are rattled by [Mr. Trump] -- and for good reason.

Illustration on pursuing insurance claims for Holocaust survivors and their heirs by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Lingering injustice for Holocaust survivors

The U.S. House of Representatives is expected to vote Wednesday in support of H.Con.Res. 129 -- a resolution I introduced with my South Florida Democratic colleague, Rep. Ted Deutch, which urges the German government to honor its obligations to Holocaust survivors and to reaffirm its financial commitments to survivors to ensure they are able to live out their remaining years in dignity, comfort and security.

Illustration on the crisis of Europe and Islam by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Who will write France's future?

Two high-profile French novels, dissimilar in timing and tone, portray two influential visions of France in the future. Not just good reads (and both translated into English), together they pose questions about the country's crises of immigration and cultural change.

"Earth" is a movie composed of re-edited clips from the 11-part BBC/Discovery Channel miniseries "Planet Earth." (Associated Press) ** FILE **

The inevitability of human ingenuity

A cursory scan of the news suggests that the breadth and depth of troubles that bedevil humanity worsens with the passage of time. It's hard not to be discouraged by the "wars and rumors of wars" that the Bible says will be with us always. But gloomy headlines don't tell the whole story. The human condition has improved over time, even if it doesn't attract much attention. It's cause for celebration, or at least an occasional attitude of gratitude.

Stop muzzling climate dissenters

Overlooked in the controversy about the California Climate Science Truth and Accountability Act of 2016 is the fact that truth is not possible in science ("California Senate sidelines bill to prosecute climate change skeptics," Web, June 2). Scientific hypotheses, and even scientific theories, are not knowledge — they are educated opinions based on interpretations of observations. Thus they can be, and often are, wrong.

Trump and GOP Support Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Donald Trump's leverage

Donald Trump is our latest counterculture political hero who has captured the attention of millions of frustrated American voters -- both Democrat and Republican -- with his sharp criticism of the self-perpetuating and often incompetent Washington political establishment.

Clinton the dangerous one

Hillary Clinton, the presumptive Democratic Party nominee for president, has ironically criticized Republican rival Donald Trump by declaring him unfit and a danger to America if elected. This from a person who has already demonstrated her lack of credentials to be commander in chief of this nation.

A United Nations flag (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)

Hypocrisy blacklist

The word "Orwellian" was coined by George Orwell in his masterwork "1984" to describe the propaganda society, where up is down and down is up, and anyone who notices the absurdity is politically incorrect. Some people have noticed, however, that the present day resembles 1984. The Orwellians are the masters of deceit, often enforced by violence that cowers those it does not kill.

Chart to accompany Rahn article of June 7, 2016

The fatal sickness of free stuff

The U.S. economy has been going nowhere for seven years, and there are increasing fears that it is going into a recession with only 38,000 jobs being created last month. At the same time, Venezuela, the country with the largest oil reserves on the planet, is sinking into economic chaos. None of this need happen. The disease is the same -- only the fever is higher in Venezuela.

BOOK REVIEW: 'Eamon de Valera: A Will to Power'

Had Eamon de Valera, one of the key players in the Irish Easter Rising almost exactly a century ago in the spring of 1916, not been born in New York, he would have been executed along with the other ringleaders.

A blueprint for balance

Which takes up a greater percentage of the federal budget -- national defense or entitlements such as Social Security and Medicare?

Illustration on pursuing war criminals by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

The long reach of justice

On May 30, a special court in Dakar, Senegal, sentenced Hissene Habre, the former president of Chad, to life imprisonment after finding him guilty of crimes against humanity, torture and sex crimes.