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Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a campaign stop Monday, May 2, 2016, in South Bend, Ind. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

More news to rattle the Republican elites

- The Washington Times

Public-opinion polls are great parlor-game fun, like Monopoly or charades, but if you’re looking at a poll in May to determine the winner in November, you might as well consult a plate of chicken entrails. Be careful not to spill anything on the carpet.

Criminal Intent Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

The criminal justice bill still ignores intent

Last fall, a group of senators introduced legislation to reduce prison sentences for various drug and firearm offenses and to enable prisoners to earn credit toward early release. Almost immediately, the bill ran into opposition from critics who worried it would let dangerous criminals out of jail and reverse the decades-long nationwide drop in crime.

Lackind Combat Readiness Illustration by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Neutering U.S. combat air forces

Willfully ignoring the effects of 15 years of combat, President Obama, Congress and Pentagon leaders are causing the readiness of our combat aircraft to sink to so low a level that it clearly endangers national security. It’s a matter of shrunken budgets and awful planning.

FILE - In this April 1, 2015, file photo, students and other supporters protest on the University of Washington campus in Seattle, in support of raising the minimum wage for campus workers to $15 an hour. The U.S. Supreme Court said Monday, May 2, 2016, they will not hear a challenge to Seattle's $15-an-hour minimum wage from franchise owners who say the law discriminates against them by treating them as large businesses. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)

Junk economics at work

Last Friday, Service Employees International Union chapter President David Rolf came to Washington D.C. to promote his new book, “The Fight for $15.” Predictably, the book makes the claim that more than doubling the federal minimum wage will be all gain and no pain, lifting millions of people out of poverty without costing jobs.

Peace through food

President Obama caused a stir across the pond last month when he waded into the debate over whether the United Kingdom should quit the European Union. Mr. Obama urged the country to remain within its supranational government, pointing to the economic benefits and suggesting that an exit would threaten trade ties with the United States.

This Monday, Aug. 11, 2015, file photo, shows a Target store in Miami. Target is making a stand on the debate around what type of bathrooms transgender people can use. In a statement posted on its company website Tuesday, April 19, 2016, the discounter, based in Minneapolis, said transgender employees and customers can use the restroom or fitting room facility that "corresponds with their gender identity." (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky, File)

The folly of ‘inclusive’ restrooms

Never did I think the gay civil rights movement would devolve into irrelevant arguments about bathrooms, but here we are. The newest controversy involving Target stores highlights how leftists aren’t concerned at all about bathrooms, but about using gay rights as a cudgel with which to punish those who do not pay allegiance or conform to the liberal agenda.

How fracking set America free

Last year, oil production in America reached a record 9.2 million barrels per day while imports dropped to their lowest levels in decades. Natural gas output also achieved a new high. And, for the first time, hydraulically fractured wells accounted for more than half of U.S. oil and gas production.

When Treasury intrudes

In remarkably unusual public statements, Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew has aggressively criticized U.S. District Court Judge Rosemary Collyer’s legal decision to invalidate the Financial Stability Oversight Council’s designation of MetLife as a systemically important financial institution (SIFI).

Chart to accompany Moore article of May 2, 2016

How to turn Puerto Rico into Hong Kong

Later this week or next, Congress will take up legislation to rescue the commonwealth of Puerto Rico from its financial crisis that is getting worse by the day.

Donald Trump confounds the Gaffe Patrol

- The Washington Times

The Japanese Zero was one of the most famous fighter planes in the South Pacific, bedeviling American pilots in the early days of World War II. The Zero was quick and nimble, darting from the clouds to inflict death and mayhem, and the Zero hit many a target.

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a campaign stop at Old National Events Plaza, Thursday, April 28, 2016, in Evansville, Ind. (Denny Simmons/Evansville Courier & Press via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT

The final rebuke of Donald Trump

- The Washington Times

Donald Trump has a shot at reconfiguring the electoral map — putting traditionally blue states like Pennsylvania and Wisconsin into play, with his working-class, industrial appeal.

Culture and Tradition of the Silk Road Illustration by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Tracing the modern Silk Road

This week the Johns Hopkins University in Washington is hosting a major regional conference on the historic Silk Road. The “Trans-Caspian East-West Trade & Transit Corridor” event co-hosted by the embassies of Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan and Turkey brings together officials from the United States and the region with over 50 major international companies and academic leaders to brainstorm the strengthening of regional integration.

Artist's rendering of the Haymarket Square explosion.

Now it’s May Day every day

One hundred years ago Sunday (May 1, 1916) the “greatest strike of laboring men in the history of the United States” took place, according to a front-page story in the Washington [D. C.] Herald newspaper. Some two million workers struck on May Day, far outdistancing the strife that typified the late-19th century when the day was a code word for industrial violence. The Haymarket Square protest in Chicago in the wake of strikes on May Day 1886 was the most notorious, with a bomb explosion that killed 11 and wounded more than a hundred.

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BOOK REVIEW: 'History's People: Personalities and the Past'

Margaret MacMillan, professor of history at the University of Toronto and Oxford University, is the author of "The War That Ended Peace: The Road to 1914," "Paris 1919: Six Months That Changed the World" and "Nixon and Mao: The Week That Changed The World," all international bestsellers, all written in elegant, lucid prose, with fine balanced portraits of the men and women involved in shaping the history of their times -- and often our own.

Lipstick for a pig

This is the age of euphemy, and sophomores rule. Nobody can screw up the courage to say what he means, and even if he could he had better not. Political correctness has something to do with it, but mostly it's an inability to confront reality, and the language reflects that. The evidence lies all about. There are no more dead-end streets, but streets with No Outlet.

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a campaign stop at Old National Events Plaza, Thursday, April 28, 2016, in Evansville, Ind. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

Looking for Trump's world

Donald Trump's foreign policy speech this week astonished some of his snarky critics who were surprised that he had a foreign policy, beyond building a wall on the Rio Grande and sending the bill for it to Mexico. What they got was what he has been saying for months, in coherent language more easily committed to the teleprompter that presidents and prime ministers rely on.

Tubman is Tubman, gun or no

I found "No whitewash for Harriet Tubman" (Web, April 24) very interesting. Feelings of understanding and conflict coursed through me as I, too, contemplated which image of Harriet Tubman should grace the front of the $20 bill. While taking the time to think truly about the actual significance of this overall historical honor of Ms. Tubman, my African-American pride started to take effect.

BOOK REVIEW: 'In Other Words'

It's not unknown for a novelist -- even an acclaimed novelist -- to write in a foreign language. Joseph Conrad and Vladimir Nabokov wrote in English though their first languages were Polish and Russian respectively. Irishman Samuel Beckett switched from English to French. Now Jhumpa Lahiri, a prize-winning author of short stories and novels in English, has decided to follow suit, abandoning English in favor of Italian.

Taiwan can mediate

The tensions in Asia are bound to undergo changes ("An American 'wall of missiles' to deter China" Web, April 25), but there is a mediator available to ease these in the South China Sea. Instead of positioning the arsenal platforms to counter China, Washington should take a close look at Taiwan's role within the region and determine how Taiwan can unravel the dangerous escalation in U.S.-China relations.