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Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan, right, walks past a burned out shoe store while visiting local businesses, Thursday, April 30, 2015, in Baltimore, that were damaged in the rioting following Monday's funeral for Freddie Gray, who died in police custody. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

Moments of clarity in Baltimore’s riots

Few people made sense during the Baltimore riots and the indictment of six police officers in the death of Freddie Gray. But David Clarke, the sheriff of Milwaukee County in Wisconsin, and Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan provided two examples of those who did.

Illustration on the Islamic Sharia roots of the Garland Texas terrorists by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

The terrorists among us

Now would be a good time to hear from our elected officials — and the presidential candidates — about what they intend to do to fight and win this war.

Baltimore’s missing fathers

The rioting in Baltimore is disturbing to all Americans, as the unresolved cause of Freddie Gray’s death while in police custody should be as well.

Illustration on the Islamic Sharia roots of the Garland Texas terrorists by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Connecting the dots to the Texas gunmen

Both gunmen identified in the May 3 attack against the “Draw Muhammad” event at the Curtis Culwell Center in Garland, Texas, attended the Islamic Community Center of Phoenix, according to news reports. Elton Simpson and his roommate, Nadir Soofi, both were known to mosque leadership dating from 2006, although Usama Shami, chairman of the mosque’s board of trustees, claimed they stopped attending recently.

Illustration on candidate qualifications within the growing GOP presidential field by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Checking GOP resumes for experience

The pack of little-known Republican presidential candidates grew larger this week, raising this unasked question: Do any of them believe they have a serious chance of winning the nomination and the presidency in a political process that usually rewards high-profile figures who are widely known among the broad base of their party?

Carly Fiorina speaks at the Republican Leadership Summit in Nashua, N.H., in this April 18, 2015, file photo. The former technology executive formally entered the 2016 presidential race on Monday.  (AP Photo/Jim Cole)

An unusual field crowds the Republican pool

- The Washington Times

It’s spring, and the water must be fine, because everybody’s jumping in. Carly Fiorina leaped in Monday with Ben Carson, and Mike Huckabee will follow Tuesday. Republicans have never had such diversity.

Hope denied in Baltimore

When young men riot, as they did in Baltimore last week, it is the police on whom we depend to restore order. But how do we expect this to be done? What were these police actually to do?

FILE - This May 1, 1944 file photo shows Stars and Stripes artist Sgt. Bill Mauldin sketching Pvt. Robert L. Bowman, left, of Hogansville, Ga., on the Anzio beachhead in Italy during World War II. Two dozen original editorial cartoons created by Mauldin, a Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist and World War II veteran are set to hit the auction block as part of a major comic art auction in Beverly Hills, Calif. A native of New Mexico, Bill Mauldin became known during World War II for his Willie and Joe characters. He lifted the spirits of U.S. soldiers through the cartoons, which used edgy humor to depict the horrors of war. (AP Photo/File)

Dissing the vets

Maybe we don’t need a return to the draft but we surely need to demand some form of national service.

"It's time we end the era of mass incarceration," Hillary Rodham Clinton said in a speech at Columbia University in New York, which was the first major address of her White House run. (Associated Press)

The real Hillary Clinton problem

The qualities Americans associate with effective political leadership in general and with female leaders in particular do not match up with the popular perception of Hillary Clinton.

How to run a great city into the ground

All around us failed Democratic leadership is insisting on being recognized. As Baltimore, a great American city, teeters on a precipice, media and politicians still tiptoe around the truth, knowing if reality was actually acknowledged, the entire liberal narrative would collapse.

Illustration on remembrance of the Vietnam War by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Remembering the fall of Vietnam

Probably no event in contemporary American history touched more of its citizens than “Vietnam.” I use the quotes to describe a concept that includes more than the country, the American war and 58,000 lost American lives, and convoluted arguments still haunting our political discourse.

Elizabeth and Hillary 1 percent illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Hillary Clinton bows to the far left

The next election is 20 months away but Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is already sharpening her class-warfare guillotine in order to rev up her party’s far-left voting base.

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Geller leading the charge

Pamela Geller, who is president of the American Freedom Defense Initiative, took the leading role in sponsoring the recent exhibit which displayed in a contest caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad. Such caricatures are prohibited in Islam and on several instances radicals of the Islamic faith have murdered those who have created and displayed such depictions. Ms. Geller's organization has been labeled a "hate group" by the liberal-leaning Southern Poverty Law Center.

Nothing fortunate about success

Sen. Bernie Sanders, Vermont independent, will contest for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination as an unabashed class warrior. He will rail against the wealthy, notwithstanding that the majority of Americans, including those who pay no income tax at all, are opposed to punishing financial success by taxing income at confiscatory rates. Mr. Sanders is the leader of our progressive friends who insist on venting their enmity against the acquisition of wealth as if it were somehow un-American. I'm waiting for them to take on the Clintons on that score.

Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., speaks to the media about his agenda in running for president, Thursday, April 30, 2015, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Bernie Sanders may be a campaign underdog - but he's a historic campaign underdog

- The Washington Times

Americans, even Republicans, are willing witnesses for Sen. Bernie Sanders and his long-shot presidential bid. The hair, the gumption, the unapologetic ideology — all that could appeal to an audience trained to root for the underdog, just as they would a reality TV contestant determined to beat the odds. The Vermont Independent is a cultural force to be reckoned with. Will he also be a political force?

Demonstrators cheer in the intersection of West North and Pennsylvania Avenues in Baltimore on Saturday, May 2, 2015, one of the sites of Monday's rioting, as they march a day after charges were announced against the police officers involved in Freddie Gray's death. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

Sticks, stones and thugs

The reputation of the police in Baltimore has taken a beating in the wake of the rioting. Six policemen have been charged with crimes, though it is important to remember that they are charged — not indicted, and not yet convicted of anything. Nevertheless, some people with nothing better to do are eager to dispatch the Word Police to make further arrests.

The North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un does not appear interested in holding sincere talks on giving up his nuclear arms. (Associated Press)

The powder keg in Northeast Asia

The world's attention is focused on the chaos of the Middle East, but a time bomb is ticking in northeast Asia. Mysterious, heavily armed North Korea is a threat that at the moment seems out of sight, but it cannot be out of mind.

British election pie illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Unruly Britannia

They called it "Question Time," borrowing the term from the prime minister's weekly appearance in the House of Commons, but this was surprisingly and refreshingly different.

Hanseatic shield illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Lessons from the Hanseatic League

Last week, there were reports in the Swedish and Finnish press about what was presumed to be a Russia submarine probing the harbors in both Stockholm and Helsinki. This was not viewed as a serious Russian threat but merely an extension of the general and low-level harassment the Russians have displayed against their European neighbors, particularly the Baltic nations.

Clinton, Lerner apologize? Hardly

Hillary Clinton and Lois Lerner must have attended the same school of political etiquette and situational ethics ("IRS still targeting tea party," Page I, May 1). Deleted e-mails, the modern equivalent of dragging a branch to erase footprints in the dust, has ill-served both women because modern technology can follow their nefarious tracks.

Root of Baltimore's problems

How can a city that once served as the U.S. capital and was the backdrop inspiration of our national anthem dissolve into riots ("How to run a great city into the ground," Web, May 4)? Baltimore boasts the 11th busiest port in the United States and the 22nd busiest airport, and it is home to very successful Major League Baseball and National Football League teams. It has the showcase Inner Harbor with all its trappings to entertain tourists, visitors and residents. I can only imagine that countless U.S. cities would be giddy with these economic attributes. So what's not to like? I can only point to the failed school system as the root of the problem.