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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.

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.

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.

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.

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia gives the keynote speech at the Snake River Adjudication celebration dinner at the Boise Center on the Grove in Boise, Idaho, on Monday, August 25, 2014. (AP Photo/Otto Kitsinger)

Why gays ‘can’t get no satisfaction’

- The Washington Times

You might think the gays, the liberals and the mellowed-out folks who groove on kittens and little living things would be content to lie in a patch of sunlight in the corner and purr together.

Illustration on connections between Rolling Stone's reporter and the Departmwent of Education in the UVA "rape" case by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

The Education Department’s Rolling Stone reckoning

When one journalist (Chuck Ross of The Daily Caller) made a Freedom of Information Act request of the U.S. Department of Education about possible involvement of federal officials in the now-discredited Rolling Stone story, “A Rape on Campus,” the department sent him a box with a CD in it.

Illustration on Iran's "North Korean strategy" for developing nuclear weapons by Linas Garsys

It’s North Korea, all over again

We’ve seen this before. President Obama’s Iran nuclear deal looks increasingly like the disastrous deal the United States struck with the regime in North Korea. In 1994, the U.S. government signed a nuclear deal with North Korea that, according to then-President Clinton, would “make the United States, the Korean Peninsula and the world safer.” The agreement, we were told, did “not rely on trust,” but instead would involve a verification program that would stop the North Koreans from ever acquiring a nuclear bomb. Sound familiar?

Illustration on the value of the U.S. Constitution by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

‘We the People’

“We the People.” We’ve heard that phrase so often it’s easy to overlook its significance. But as we mark our nation’s birthday, we should take a moment to ask ourselves: What is the role of the people?

The Washington Times. (Note: Ex-Im Bank does not directly finance military exports.)

Shut down the Export-Import Bank

Closing down the Ex-Im Bank is an important first step in the battle against the unhealthy marriage between the government and corporate America.

Hillary Clinton spins her wheels

You don’t need to be in New York City to notice the Hillary Clown Car is rolling along at full speed. It would, however, be dangerous to underestimate Hillary Clinton, the Democrats’ likely nominee for the 2016 presidential contest, but as I’ve noted several times on Fox News, we are reminded time and again how this woman lost to an unknown, inexperienced lawyer from Chicago in 2008.

Chart to accompany Moore article of June 29, 2015

Good roads shouldn’t cost more money

It’s summertime, and that means millions of Americans cramming in their minivans and crisscrossing around the country on family vacation. But how safe are the roads, and will they be backed up for miles of gridlock?

Illustration on medicinal marijuana by Donna Grethen/Tribune Content Agency

The curative side of cannabis

Imagine the following scenario: You have a son or daughter who suffers from epilepsy. Seizures wrack your child’s body every day. Some days, he or she endures a dozen or more seizures. The condition prevents your child from going to school, from eating normally, from having friends. It also exacts a toll on you and your family. You cannot leave your child alone for any extended period of time, and certain activities, such as sports games, road trips or visits to the movie theater, are off limits.

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FILE - In this Feb. 18, 2014 file photo, Malala Yousafzai, visits Zaatari refugee camp near the Syrian border in Mafraq, Jordan. Pakistani police say that eight out of 10 militants charged with involvement in the 2012 attack on teenage activist Malala Yousafzai were actually acquitted in April — not sentenced to life in prison as reported at the time.  (AP Photo/Mohammad Hannon, File)

The headache in Pakistan

Pakistan is a headache for the West, with its 185 million Muslims suffering a fragile combination of its military, the only viable national institution (civil Punjabi elite descended from British India) and a growing threat of Islamic terrorists. That balance may be coming unhinged, and then a bigger headache. Chaos in Pakistan would threaten further mischief in the 1.3-billion ummah, the Islamic world stretching from Zamboanga in the southern Philippines to Dakar in West Africa.

Rep. Raul M. Grijalva's investigation into the funding sources of seven professors has triggered a round of Freedom of Information Act requests by two free market think tanks in an effort to learn more about the financial backings of climate professors aligned with the "consensus" or "warmist" school of thought. (Associated Press)

When climate change becomes personal

Many knowledgeable skeptics of the man-made climate change hypothesis lament the incessant ad hominem attacks rather than fruitful debate of this important societal issue.

Illustration on continued unconstitutional government spying under the USA Freedom Act by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Lies the government is telling you

Last week, Republicans and Democrats in Congress joined President Obama in congratulating themselves for taming the National Security Agency's voracious appetite for spying. By permitting one section of the Patriot Act to expire and by replacing it with the USA Freedom Act, the federal government is taking credit for taming beasts of its own creation.

Good prince, bad prince

There were four brothers in the British royal family when the nation was fighting for its survival in World War II, but only three played an honorable role in that epic struggle. The fourth was the Duke of Windsor, the former King Edward VIII who gave up his throne and betrayed his country for the sake of Wallis Simpson, a hardboiled American gold digger in the process of getting her second divorce.

Illustration on resistance to the Patriot Act by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

A spirited defense of liberty

Whether you like his brand of conservatism or not -- and there's plenty about his approach to national security and foreign policy that I don't like -- you have to admire the principled stand that Republican Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky took on the reauthorization of the Patriot Act. Mr. Paul made Americans step back and take a long, hard look at civil liberties and freedom -- and the very real threat that an out-of-control government poses to American liberty.

National leaders deserve encouragement

American citizens ought to be more encouraging and less critical of local and national leaders. Increasingly, the majority of criticisms directed at those in positions of leadership have not been constructive, but destructive. Most are rooted in ignorance, jealousy, envy, hatred, phobias, and many types of isms. To the proud originators of destructive criticism, the words of President Theodore Roosevelt are most applicable.

Obama's convenience 'Judaism'

When a pathological liar tells a whopper, he does it in spades. Now President Obama has become a 'convenience Jew,' just like Sen. Chuck Schumer, New York Democrat, and the rest ("Obama's boast: 'I am the closest thing to a Jew that has ever sat' in the Oval Office," Web, June 2).

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)

Countdown for Obamacare

Nobody, not even a president, can safely assume that he knows how the U.S. Supreme Court will decide a case before it, but President Obama surely sounds worried that the high court is about to unravel his health care scheme. The case before the court, King v. Burwell, is one of the two most anticipated before the court takes a recess at the end of June. The other is about whether the states and not the federal government can regulate marriage.

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker speaks during the North Carolina Republican Party convention in Raleigh, N.C., Friday, June 5, 2015. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome) ** FILE **

A necessary debate long overdue

Scott Walker, in hot pursuit of the Republican nomination for president, knows no fear of sacred cows. He is attempting to reform the concept of permanent faculty appointments at Wisconsin's publicly financed universities. The governor wants to repeat his earlier surprising victory in which a conservative chief executive in a very blue state took on the increasingly powerful and increasingly political teachers' unions, and trimmed their empty sails.

News Media Begins to Turn on Hillary Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Unhappy with Hillary

The only thing more fun to watch than Hillary Clinton's falling poll numbers is to see her fans in the news media turning against her as 2015-16 election cycle gets underway.

Illustration on second thoughts about nation building by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Countering the GOP's nation-building mindset

The junior senator from Kentucky drives his colleagues nuts. They don't like Rand Paul or his positions on domestic spying and international adventurism. Arizona's John McCain warns that Mr. Paul would be "the worst possible [Republican presidential] candidate of the 20 or so [who] are running" because of his positions on these issues and he admitted that choosing between his GOP colleague and Hillary Rodham Clinton would be "tough." Mr. McCain's hostility is nothing new; last year his daughter Meghan told a television interviewer that Mr. McCain "hates" Mr. Paul and assumed that the feeling is mutual.

Illustration on the impact of the Burwell case by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Obamacare's loss would be Americans' gain

Last week health insurers announced they will hike premiums on Obamacare plans by double digits in 2016. That's not a problem for consumers eligible for Obamacare's taxpayer-funded subsidies. Their cost is calculated based on their income.

Illustration on a proposed national 20 day early voting period by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Awakening a new constituency

For a generation -- perhaps longer -- the liberals have been segregating Americans into smaller and smaller groups. Then they claim to be each group's unique champion. First they fragmentize America. Then they step forward and represent themselves as fragmented America's noblest defenders.

Illustration on violent Islamist poetry by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

The rhyme and reason of jihad

You probably didn't know it, but Osama bin Laden was a poet. In fact, according to Yale's Robyn Creswell and Princeton's Bernard Haykel, "Of all jihadi poets, bin Laden was the most celebrated, and he prided himself on his knowledge of the art."

How to unite conservatives and libertarians

In the 1960s, National Review senior editor Frank S. Meyer took on the Herculean task of finding common ground between conservatism and libertarianism. His political vision, fusionism, built right-leaning bridges that played significant roles in two Republican presidential campaigns: Barry Goldwater (1964) and Ronald Reagan (1980).

Malaysian police forensic team members inspect a freshly exhumed human body from an unmarked grave in Wang Burma at the Malaysia-Thailand border outside Wang Kelian, Malaysia Tuesday, May 26, 2015. Malaysian authorities have found one corpse as they started digging for bodies at an abandoned jungle camp used by human traffickers on the border with Thailand. The discovery came as forensics teams began the grim task of exhuming nearly 140 suspected graves in the mountainous area where trafficking syndicates were known to hold migrants for ransom. (AP Photo/Joshua Paul)

TPA shouldn't reward human rights violators

The congressman calls on his colleagues in the House to support TPA only if Malaysia is removed as a trading partner due to its unacceptable record of human rights violations.

Spying -- but not where it matters

Radical Islam is forcing the United States into succumbing to the threat of terrorism. In the interest of national security (or so says the Congress and the Obama administration), the telephone companies will be holding mass-collected telephone data from you and me pursuant to the U.S. Freedom Act.