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Joani Allen, an opponent of same-sex marriage, holds a sign during a rally at the Utah State Capitol Tuesday, April 28, 2015, in Salt Lake City. Supporters and opponents of same-sex marriage rallied in Utah on Tuesday after the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments on the constitutionality of laws banning such marriages. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

More love and marriage ahead, American style

- The Washington Times

American ingenuity is the envy of the world, and why not? The exceptional nation may no longer be the workshop of the world — Americans drive cars built in Japan, wear pants made in Malaysia, shirts sewn in Burma, shoes cobbled in Canada and drawers, from petite to queen size, manufactured in China — but nobody makes excuses, takes offense quicker and nurtures hurt feelings longer than the Americans. Taking offense is the great American growth industry.

Illustration on Bill Clinton's monetary abuse of his status as former president by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Destroying the spirit of Cincinnatus

Looking back on the 500-year history of the Roman Republic, it can be seen that one sign of its decline was when its great leaders no longer toiled for their country but rather for themselves.

Moral compass illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

The lying game

Will the next presidential election be won by a lie?

Illustration on GOP alternatives to Obamacare by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

A strategy for Obamacare after the Supreme Court rules

When the Supreme Court rules in the King v. Burwell case this summer, it will strike down Obamacare benefits in 36 states. That is because the Obama administration did not follow its own Obamacare law as passed by congressional Democrats and signed by President Obama.

Illustration on the damaging intrusions of the CFPB by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Government help that hurts instead

Last week the House of Representatives passed H.R. 1195, a bill that would create a small business advisory board to oversee the actions of the Consumer Financial Protections Bureau. While the bill is a small step in the right direction, President Obama has announced he is warming up his veto pen should the legislation reach his desk.

President Barack Obama speaks in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Thursday, April 30, 2015,  before signing bill S. 535 Energy Efficiency Improvement Act of 2015. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais) **FILE**

Economic stagnation returns

The Obama economy virtually stopped growing in the first three months of 2015 in another bleak sign of its persistent weakness over the last six years.

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan discusses the budget debate in the final week of the state's legislative session during an interview in his office with The Associated Press, Monday, April 6, 2015, in Annapolis, Md. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

The Purple Line — money and myth

The recently ended Maryland General Assembly session was marked by vigorous budget debates — and ended contentiously over a mere $202 million of the state’s $40.7 billion budget. Yet another, far larger and more sweeping budget decision awaits Republican Gov. Larry Hogan. He alone must decide whether or not to proceed with the $2.45 billion Purple Line project, a 16-mile east-west light-rail train that will tax all Maryland residents largely to the benefit of a few wealthy land developers in Montgomery and Prince George’s counties.

Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks in Washington in this March 23, 2015, file photo. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)

Hillary’s special deal

Contrary to what has been reported in The New York Times, the Clinton Foundation never agreed to stop raising money from foreign governments while Hillary was secretary of state. Money from foreign governments should have been off-limits. It risks the appearance that American foreign policy is up for sale. Her refusal to accept any limits on foreign fundraising in 2009, even when senators pressed her, red flagged what the Clintons intended to do. Her own words are damning.

Congress must approve any Iran deal

Today, there is no greater threat to U.S. national security than the prospect of a nuclear Iran. Led by theocratic zealots who have pledged to “annihilate Israel” and who regularly lead chants of “Death to America,” an Iran with nuclear weapons poses an unacceptably high risk of murdering millions of Americans or millions of our allies.

Hillary's health and our right to know illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Hillary’s health and our right to know

We the people feel entitled to a president of the United States who is in good enough health so that he or she can endure the pressures of the job without suffering a heart attack, stroke or sudden death.

(AP Photo/Patrick Semansky) ** FILE **

Courting gay marriage

Gay marriage is upon us because in many cases, voters of 37 states and the District of Colombia are saying, yes, let’s recognize the fact that gay people have the same right to be married as heterosexuals.

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Chasing a narrow ideal of beauty

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Same-sex marriage supporters hold signs encouraging drivers to honk in support of marriage equality during a rally Tuesday, April 28, 2015, in Salt Lake City. Supporters and opponents of same-sex marriage rallied in Utah on Tuesday after the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments on the constitutionality of laws banning such marriages. Opponents of gay marriage will hold a rally at Utah's state Capitol Tuesday night. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

Poll suggests same sex-marriage now a litmus test for Republican presidential hopefuls

- The Washington Times

Is it politically prudent for Republican presidential hopefuls to say they'd attend the wedding of a gay family member or friend? A new poll suggests this dynamic is in play. A Reuters/Ipsos survey released Wednesday finds that 68 percent of Americans overall say they'd attend the same-sex wedding of a loved one; 80 percent of Democrats, 70 percent of independents and 56 percent of Republicans agree.

A U.S. Coast Guard helicopter flies over natural gas rigs in the waters of Mobile Bay off Dauphin Island, Ala., Sunday, April 26, 2015. Coast Guard crews are searching for five people missing in the water after a powerful storm capsized several sailboats participating in a regatta near Mobile Bay. (AP Photo/G.M. Andrews)

American ingenuity hits a gusher

You wouldn't know it from all the hot air from the government, but American entrepreneurs, with little help from Washington, have ignited a worldwide energy revolution. They have done it despite of the efforts of the ideologues who prescribe an altogether different energy strategy.

Mark Twain’s travelogues

If there has ever been a writer whose works speak for themselves — and for him — it is Mark Twain, and nowhere in his oeuvre is that as apparent as in his prodigious travel writings.

Illustration on transgendering by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

The tangled web of sexual sensation

In the age of the selfie, Bruce Jenner may be the icon of our time. He sustains two images of himself to mediate the feuding feminist and chauvinist attitudes at the center of today's battle of the sexes (should that be the "grind of the genders"?). At the age of 65, reflecting on his life as the athletic hunk who married three times and sired six children, he says he can now liberate a laid-back distaff self that is the "soul of a woman."

President Barack Obama rides in the presidential limousines at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md., Wednesday, April 29, 2015, for a visit with wounded military personnel. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Saving Baltimore

Barack Obama is a symbol of black pride, and why wouldn't he be? He was elected president of the United States twice. But as a president who has not done very much for black America, he has been a disaster. The riots that have ripped through Baltimore in recent days are more an indictment of his willfully failed leadership than as a marker of the state of race relations in the United States.

Illegal drone killings illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

The tyranny of one man’s opinion

Thomas Cromwell was the principal behind-the-scenes fixer for much of the reign of King Henry VIII. He engineered the interrogations, convictions and executions of many whom Henry needed out of the way, including his two predecessors as fixer and even the king's second wife, Queen Anne.

Anti-GMO just anti-science

Chipotle's recent GMO-free announcement confirms a disturbing trend: the inescapable appeal of anti-scientism in executive boardrooms. It's really just business as usual — an extension of a campaign that reduces farming to laughable caricatures and elevates Chipotle's "wholesome" brand.

Eliminate Iran threat now

As the world — particularly in the Middle East — holds its breath, President Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry try to persuade us that a lion is really a lamb. It's a tough sell and so far only the most devout Obama-ites have drunk the Kool-Aid.