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Shiite rebels, known as Houthis, wearing an army uniform, ride on an armed truck to patrol the international airport in Sanaa, Yemen, Saturday, March 28, 2015. Yemen's President Abed Raboo Mansour Hadi, speaking at an Arab summit in Egypt on Saturday, called Shiite rebels who forced him to flee the country "puppets of Iran," directly blaming the Islamic Republic for the chaos there and demanding airstrikes against rebel positions continue until they surrender. (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed)

Why Yemen matters

Thoughts on the shifting dynamics in the Middle East.

President Barack Obama speaks about payday lending and the economy, Thursday, March 26, 2015, at Lawson State Community College in Birmingham, Ala.  (AP Photo/Butch Dill)

Barack Obama’s love bomb offensive

- The Washington Times

President Obama says Rudy Giuliani was wrong. He does, too, love America. That’s good enough for me. He says he’s a Christian, despite his constant love bombs for Islam, and if that’s good enough for God it’s good enough for me, too. Conversations between believers and the Almighty are confidential, and have yet to be cracked by the National Security Agency (but we can be sure they’re working on it).

Obamacare in a death spiral illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Obamacare flying machine begins a death spiral

The Supreme Court decision in King v. Burwell, the case challenging the Obama administration’s decision to award tax credits for health insurance sold through federally established exchanges, could turn on the question of whether a ruling that ends the tax credits on federal exchanges might cause something known as a “death spiral” in health insurance markets.

Warren’s pitchfork brigade skewers the facts

Ted Cruz’s announcement this week that he’s running for president has officially kicked off the 2016 primary season and has put the pressure on other potential GOP candidates to declare. On the Democratic side of the scrum there is Elizabeth Warren, whom progressives hope is the candidate-in-waiting to lead their pitchfork brigade against the “1 percent.” While it’s still unclear whether Mrs. Warren will announce, it’s assured that her income inequality position will drive a major plank in the eventual Democratic nominee’s platform.

Illustration on the lack of U.S abortion data by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

The unhealthy state of abortion statistics

Abortion advocates in Congress and in state legislatures claim that abortions are “safe.” Yet numerous, long-standing problems at the state and federal level illustrate that the abortion data collection and reporting system in the United States is haphazard and dysfunctional, making assertions about “abortion safety” unreliable.

Illustration on the Cotton letter's impact on nuclear talks with Iran by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Tom Cotton, tragic hero

The snarky quip attributed to 19th-century French Foreign Minister Charles Maurice de Talleyrand — “It was worse than a crime; it was a blunder” — has recently been making the rounds to deride a letter written by Republican Sen. Tom Cotton of Arkansas and signed by 46 other senators.

Illustration on entering the presidential race by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

The learning curve of a candidate

As we stand about 20 months out from Election Day 2016, I have much to learn in terms of becoming both a better candidate and a better potential president of the United States. I do not take the opportunity lightly.

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

Launching the crown jewels

If America didn’t have hundreds of satellites in orbit, our Air Force, Navy and Army — as well as our intelligence agencies — wouldn’t be deaf, dumb and blind. But they’d come close. Our aircraft, ships and submarines are designed to depend on satellites for their high-technology capabilities.

Cherry-picking statistics illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Missing the mark on climate change skepticism

During the past few weeks, a series of articles in the press have implied that Willie Soon, a well-known global-warming skeptic, had violated ethical standards by failing to disclose information about research funding.

Rainbow flag. (Wikipedia)

Panic inside the lavender bubble

- The Washington Times

Life can be good inside a bubble, where the sun always shines, life is a bowl of cherries and it comes with whipped cream and no calories. You could ask almost anyone in San Francisco, where the only disappointment inside the lavender bubble is among the gay caballeros who don’t get to carry the six-foot papier-mache penis to lead the annual Gay Pride Parade.

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Pay up for following rules

It is somewhat understandable when water districts decide to increase water rates in order to provide safe, clean and efficient water service to customers. When some water districts in California consider raising water rates due to drought conditions, that might be understandable — except for the reason given.

admissions: Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton conceded Tuesday that she should have used a government email to conduct business while head of the Department of State, saying her decision was simply a matter of "convenience." Rep. Trey Gowdy said a neutral third party should determine which of her messages shall remain private. (Associated Press photographs)

Hillary comes not so clean

"Oh, what a tangled web we weave, when first we practice to deceive." That bit of wisdom is often attributed to Shakespeare, but it's actually from Sir Walter Scott, and he must have been talking about Bill and Hillary Clinton.

A preference for the Muslim faith

Over the years it's been disturbing to see an increased effort by the federal government to punish and marginalize Christianity. After all, we know the separation of church and state is meant to keep the federal government from establishing an official state religion; it's not about eliminating faith from the public square. And yet if you were to look at federal actions since Barack Obama became president, there is a certain trend of promoting and embracing one religion (Islam) while punishing and marginalizing another (Christianity).

Illustration on African-American progress and challenges by Donna Grethen/Tribune Content Agency

A half-century after Selma

I liked the movie "Selma," though it could have done without the rap song during credits that referenced "hands up, don't shoot," a slogan that emerged from the shooting of Michael Brown by a Ferguson, Missouri, police officer whose actions the Justice Department recently determined did not "constitute prosecutable violations" of federal civil rights law.

President Barack Obama, center, walks as he holds hands with Amelia Boynton Robinson, who was beaten during "Bloody Sunday," as they and the first family and others including Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga,, left of Obama, walk across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Ala. for the 50th anniversary of “Bloody Sunday," a landmark event of the civil rights movement, Saturday, March 7, 2015. From front left are Marian Robinson, Sasha Obama. first lady Michelle Obama. Obama, Boynton and Adelaide Sanford, also in wheelchair. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

The campaign rally at Selma

When President Obama marched across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma he had Republican company. The casual reader/viewer might not know that, because in the wake of an occasion that the president transformed into a Democratic campaign rally some of the Republicans who joined him were relegated to the margins, sometimes even cut out of the photographs.

Adding up the costs of a nuclear deal with Iran

The price President Obama is willing to pay for a nuclear weapons deal with Iran is rising steadily. In fact, it has been rising since Mr. Obama's 2008 campaign in which he promised negotiations with Tehran with no preconditions.

Kevin Spacey arrives at the Oscars on Sunday, March 2, 2014, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.  (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

'Dirty tricks and Machiavellian schemes': Kevin Spacey to produce presidential series for CNN

- The Washington Times

His fictional presidential character Frank Underwood is a fixture on Netflix. Now, actor and producer Kevin Spacey takes his political perspective to CNN where he'll produce what the network calls "a thrilling, six-part mini docu-series." Mr. Spacey will be joined by co-producer Dana Brunetti and Trigger Street Productions - both involved in the making of "House of Cards." Also in the creative mix: Raw, a film and TV production company with previous which has worked for the BBC, Discovery Channel and A & E, among others.

Government Waste Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

How to rate the new Congress

How would you measure congressional success? Even though the new Congress is only two months old, there has been much criticism of both the leadership and the members. The Republicans promised to reduce government spending, reform the tax code, and reduce the regulatory burden.

At-will law changes unconstitutional

Indulge me please, for I am a doddering old fogey who was taught in civics class in the 1950s that our Supreme Court determined the constitutionality of laws passed by Congress. The court, we were taught, did this by applying constitutional tenets to the particular law in question. Pretty easy stuff, I thought back in those simpler days before emanations, penumbras and psychic-like determinations of legislative intent entered the fray and politicized the process ("Supreme Court tries to make sense of poorly drafted Obamacare language," Web, March 4).

In this picture released by an official website of the office of the Iranian supreme leader, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei attends a meeting with a group of environmental officials and activists at his residence in Tehran, Iran, Sunday, March, 2015. (AP Photo/Office of the Iranian Supreme Leader)

Dealing with an implacable enemy

The Obama administration's drive to achieve any type of agreement with Iran on the nuclear weapons program defies logic. President Obama and his team argue that while the agreement may not be perfect, the alternative is war.

Leave social issues to states

Social issues should be decided at the state level. This is the way the Constitution of the United States is written, this was the intent of our Founding Fathers, and this should be the way the laws are observed. States should have the freedom to choose their future way of life, reflecting the values of their majority.

A United Nations flag waves as Spanish U.N. peacekeepers carry out a foot patrol in the disputed Chebaa Farms area between Lebanon and Israel, in southeast Lebanon, Tuesday Feb. 24, 2015. A Spanish peacekeeper was killed in south Lebanon last month during a flare-up in hostilities between Israel and Hezbollah. The U.N. peacekeeping force known as UNIFIL has been deployed in south Lebanon since 1978 and monitors the border between Lebanon and Israel. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)

Unarmed peacekeeping on the Heights

The United Nations peacekeeper is a lot like the constable in a town with one stoplight. He looks sharp only when nothing is happening. This "peace" is about to end soon on the Golan Heights, the mountainous buffer between Israel and Syria. Iran is sending forces into Syria to back Damascus in its civil war, and a long period of relative quiet along the border is likely to be shattered. The U.N. is forewarned that the day is coming when there's no more peace to keep.

In this Dec. 8, 2011, file photo, then-U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton hands off her mobile phone after arriving to meet with Dutch Foreign Minister Uri Rosenthal at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in The Hague, Netherlands. Clinton is far from alone in using her private email account to conduct official business. In state capitals around the country, governors and other elected officials routinely use private emails, laptops and cell phones in their jobs, a popular strategy to avoid public scrutiny of their actions. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, Pool/File)

Hillary Clinton's Nixon moment

- The Washington Times

That ominous noise in the rafters above the heads of Bubba and the missus is the creaking of a roof trying not to collapse. The weight of the years is just about more than the Clinton roof can stand.

The Paris Commune’s toll

To the annoyance of many of us, the French have long exuded an attitude of moral and intellectual superiority — a self-appraisal that, in my view, falls far short of reality.

U.S. must defend Ukraine

Some conservatives have questioned Ukraine's importance to America, as if it were a small, remote country of no strategic value. But in fact Ukraine is Russia's broad gateway to Europe. And Europe is the first target of Russian President Vladimir Putin's coalition of rogue states.