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House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wis. responds to a question from the audience during a town hall at Gaston Hall at Georgetown University in Washington, Wednesday, April 27, 2016. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Renegotiating Puerto Rico’s debt and Trumpian anger

A majority of Americans aren’t enthusiastic about a potential President Trump. Nonetheless, anger with the political establishment about political games and backroom deals, about insiders’ arrogance, and about fear that taxpayers will end up largely being saddled with the costs of these antics seems to be a driving force behind the pro-Trump movement.

A Trump forerunner who met the challenge of racial equality

Many conservatives and Republicans across the country are worried about the possibility that their presidential nominee could be Donald Trump, a man who initially dithered over rejecting the support of former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke, someone who has routinely retweeted hateful words from white supremacists.

Anti-abortion activists rally in Austin, Texas, to condemn the use in medical research of tissue samples obtained from aborted fetuses. (Associated Press)

Planned Parenthood’s fetal parts practices

Planned Parenthood, a vastly profitable, tax-subsidized consortium that performs more than 300,000 abortions a year, is the target of five different congressional investigations. Last September its president, Cecile Richards, categorically denied accusations by the House Oversight Committee that the organization profits from the sale of fetal tissue.

Share the Neighborhood Illustration by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

The Mr. Rogers Doctrine

Barack Obama last week visited Saudi Arabia, an unusual nation with which the United States has had a relationship that can be accurately characterized as both strategic and strange — and one that is now severely strained. To understand how we got to this juncture requires at least a smattering of modern history.

Trump Campaign Reboot Button Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Donald Trump and the art of the reboot

It’s a good thing for Donald Trump that he got a boost from the recent primary in his home state of New York, because otherwise, he had a rough few weeks. He damaged his credibility as a candidate by making a string of confusing and ill-advised statements about punishing women who have an abortion and expressing scant concern about nuclear proliferation

Lead, follow or get out of the way

The terror attacks in Paris of just five months ago brought to the fore the following question: Is it going to take the equivalent of the Paris bombings here before President Obama takes decisive action against the Islamic State? After the attacks in Brussels, the question is now more relevant. The president has yet to act decisively against the Islamic State.

Artificially Inflated GDP Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

The high cost of subsidized credit

The global economy is sick and its central bank doctors risk making it sicker. There has been a steady worldwide march toward cheaper credit, in hopes of resuscitating lagging growth. However, this treatment threatens a twofold risk: encouraging moral hazard in the short run and harming the market mechanism in the long run.

China's Hold on the Water Table Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

China’s water hegemony in Asia

A severe drought currently ravaging Southeast and South Asia has helped spotlight China’s emergence as the upstream water controller in Asia through a globally unparalleled hydroengineering infrastructure centered on damming rivers. Indeed, Beijing itself has highlighted its water hegemony over downstream countries by releasing some dammed water for drought-hit nations in the lower Mekong River basin.

Jimmy Carter

One last attempt to derail the Donald

- The Washington Times

If wishes were horses, beggars would ride to town on Saturday night, and if early polls determined presidents John McCain and Ross Perot would be playing poker with Harry Truman and Chester Alan Arthur in the ex-presidents club. But it’s a rare beggar who owns even a spavined horse and John McCain and Ross Perot never got a key to the Oval Office washroom.

The dying dream of globalization

The Republican Party is in trouble, or so goes the conventional wisdom. Certainly, the party is passing through a painful and difficult transition. But in the broad context of history, it’s a necessary transition — from the politics of old reflecting a world that no longer exists to a new brand of politics reflecting the world as it is.

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Negative Effect of Negative Interest Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

The madness of negative interest rates

Would you like for the bank to give you a check each month for your mortgage interest payment rather than you paying the bank interest? As mad as that question seems, the fact is that some homeowners in Denmark are now receiving checks each month because their mortgages have negative (below zero) interest rates.

School dumb-down

About 15 years ago I was sitting next to a priest at a wedding. He turned out to be the dean of students at my alma mater. I inquired whether he thought the "dumbing down" of our education system had forced the university to lower its standards. He said, 'Are you kidding? When did you enroll?' I told him 1963. He said, 'If our standards now were the same as they had been in 1963, 95 percent of our current students would not have been admitted.'"

The Felon Vote in Virginia Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

The felon vote

Thanks to Gov. Terry McAuliffe, 200,000 convicted felons in the state of Virginia may now register to vote.

Four decades of patriotism

Americans still enjoy freedom of religion. But these days, they're expected to leave their faith in the pew or at home -- not allow it to influence their behavior in the public square.

BOOK REVIEW: 'The Rainbow Comes and Goes: A Mother and Son on Life, Love, and Loss

This is a book like no other I have ever read: a dialogue between mother and son, both public figures in their different ways, who have chosen to share an intensely private attempt to get to know one another before it is too late. After all, perennially youthful and energetic though she is, Gloria Vanderbilt is 92 years old and Anderson Cooper, although still under 50, is the author of "Dispatches from the Edge."

Charles Koch, CEO of Koch Industries, speaks in his office in Wichita, Kansas on May 22, 2012. (Bo Rader/The Wichita Eagle via AP) **FILE**

Billionaire donors leaving GOP in limbo

- The Washington Times

The GOP has a money problem -- in that too many of its billionaires have remained on the sidelines this election cycle, with no promise of entering the fray once the Republican presidential nominee is named.

Illustration on the politicization of the currency by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Debating about Harriet Tubman

We're told our money will be changing. A woman will displace President Andrew Jackson from the $20 bill. Already there is spirited public comment, both for and against. Arguments about tradition and political correctness versus change and honor dominate, with each side making persuasive points.

Global warming hot air

As part of his global-warming agenda, President Obama has convinced the gullible that increased use of fossil fuels causes increased carbon dioxide in the air.

Time to clean house(s)

Why would anyone ever again vote for a Democrat? We have hundreds of thousands of people looking for work and hundreds of thousands more who have given up looking. We have millions of people who are under-employed; the man who bags my groceries has a college degree.

President Barack Obama with Cuban President Raul Castro prepare to shake hands at their joint news conference at the Palace of the Revolution, Monday, March 21, in Havana, Cuba. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Popping the Cuban balloon

There's an old Russian proverb that if you spit in the face of a weakling he will give thanks for the rain. This should be a Cuban proverb, to describe Barack Obama's not such an excellent adventure to Havana. Raul Castro, the Cuban president, did everything short of expectoration to make the American president grovel for the regime's affections.

This image provided by the Library of Congress shows Harriet Tubman, between 1860 and 1875. A Treasury official said Wednesday, April 20, 2016, that Secretary Jacob Lew has decided to put Tubman on the $20 bill, making her the first woman on U.S. paper currency in 100 years. (H.B. Lindsley/Library of Congress via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT

No whitewash for Harriet Tubman

Sometimes the government does the right thing for the wrong reasons. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew's decision to put Harriet Tubman's face on the nation's currency was the right thing to do, even if it was done as a way to demote Andrew Jackson, the nation's seventh president, to the back of the bill.

Illustration on the costs of electric cars by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

The electric car conundrum

The latest edition to the Tesla line is getting a lot of attention and promises to help accelerate the expansion of electric vehicles across the country. But Elon Musk and the electric vehicle industry (EV) might just hit a road hazard they didn't see coming. The EV industry, particularly revolutionary engine technologies like those found in Mr. Musk's Tesla, represent a giant leap forward in reducing vehicle emissions, improving air quality and combating climate change.

BOOK REVIEW: 'Heydey: The 1850s and the Dawn of the Global Age'

Two long afternoon immersions in Ben Wilson's book left me feeling as if I had been on a high-speed roller coaster, rocketing from the gold fields of Australia and California to the financial houses of London, battlefields in Central America and the steppes of the Caucasus and telegraph offices sprinkled over the continent.

The Google golden goose by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Google alert: The government is after you

Last week the bureau-thugs at the European Union declared war on Google. Europe can't compete with Google so instead Brussels will sue them for being too successful. Now the U.S. government is threatening the same string of harassment, lawsuits and fines.