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Now to pick the running mates

- The Washington Times

Now the fun begins. Everybody has an opinion on who the Donald and Hillary should pick for running mates. It’s the most harmless fun of the campaign because none of the speculation means anything. But it might beat a game of Solitaire on a dark and rainy night.

Illustration on increasing government involvement in tax filing by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Solving the tax nightmare

Americans are recovering from the annual pain of filing with the Internal Revenue Service, having paid the government more than $3.3 trillion this year alone. At almost 75,000 pages long, Americans collectively waste more than six billion hours and spend $378 billion complying with the code every year.

Reagan's Mother's Day Radio Tribute Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

The wonder of motherhood

Every year since 1914 presidents have issued a proclamation declaring the second Sunday in May as Mother’s Day. The only exception was Franklin D. Roosevelt who in 1935 opted instead for a short White House statement. To be sure, most of the proclamations are similar and ordinary — except those of Ronald Reagan during his two terms in office.

Illustration on the sluggish economy by Mark Weber/Tribune Content Agency

Beyond the bluff and bluster

Boil down all of the bluff and bluster of the presidential campaign and two issues stand out from all the rest: a weak economy and a government riven by corruption, waste, fraud and abuse.

Target paints a bull’s-eye on women

The purpose of a public restroom is not to make a political statement. Sex-specific facilities were designed for male and female biological differences. Safety concerns are not bigotry.

Warning: Shark Jumping Area Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Protesters jump the shark

”Jump the shark” is an American pop-culture expression that derives from a 1977 “Happy Days” sitcom episode and describes a moment of decline. At a certain point, a TV show becomes so predictable, empty of ideas and gimmicky that in desperation its writers will try anything — like the character “The Fonz” jumping over a shark on water skis — just to stay on the air.

Populism Swings to the Left and the Right Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

The populist pendulum

Despite Donald Trump now being the Republican Party’s presumptive president nominee, populism has a greater long-term future with Democrats. Because American politics swings like a pendulum, the victory of populism in the Republicans’ 2016 contest makes a similar showing less likely in 2020.

Syrian refugees await approval to enter Jordan at the Hadalat reception area on the Syrian-Jordanian border, about 320 kilometers (200 miles) northeast of the capital of Amman, Wednesday, May 4, 2016. The commander of Jordan's Border Guard Forces says the number of Syrian refugees amassed in remote desert areas on the Jordanian border and waiting to enter has risen to a new high of 59,000. (AP Photo/Raad Adayleh)

A call to action for religious freedom

I was moved as Pope Francis and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of the Eastern Orthodox Church jointly visited the Greek island of Lesbos. As a third-generation Greek American and Orthodox Christian in Congress, I am honored to represent the unique priorities of constituents who hail from a variety of diverse ethnic and religious backgrounds.

The Threat of Released Criminals Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

The victims of prison reform

Let’s begin with a deeply troubling truth: You are being enlisted as sacrificial lambs in prison reform legislation currently being considered by Congress. This legislation comes in response to President Obama’s quest to release as many convicted criminals as he can from federal prison due to concerns about the costs of lengthy prison sentences.

President Barack Obama pauses as he speaks during a mock news conference with college students in the Brady Press Briefing Room in Washington, Thursday, April 28, 2016. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Obama’s slow-drip Iraq strategy

”I have never been more proud of a president than when Bush announced the Iraq surge on Jan. 10, 2007.” That’s the honest sentiment of an Iraq war veteran recently returned from that trying battlefield. I served in Iraq from 2005 to 2006 and witnessed some of the worst moments of the war, including the bombing of the Samarra golden mosque — an event that unleashed sectarian violence across the country.

Learning to lift the economy again

The most troubling aspect of the presidential campaign is that neither front-runner has focused on the most critical issue confronting America — learning to grow again.

Smuggling Nuclear Materials Illustration by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

The other nuclear threat

The fourth Nuclear Security Summit was recently hosted in America’s capital by President Obama. Optimists contend that the summit’s message of nonproliferation resonated with both nuclear and nuclear-threshold nations alike.

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Hundreds of May Day marchers chanting slogans and carrying signs take to the streets of Los Angeles, calling for immigrant and worker rights and decrying what they see as hateful presidential campaign rhetoric, Sunday, May 1, 2016. (David Crane/Los Angeles Daily News via AP)

The radical agitation of the Left

- The Washington Times

What was supposed to be a day of peaceful protests, where the progressive, Democratic socialists and union leaders all gathered together to demand better working conditions around the world, turned suddenly violent.

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.

President Barack Obama speaks at the International Jazz Day Concert on the South Lawn of the White House of the Washington, Friday, April 29, 2016. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Obama's legacy in the Pacific

Among the reliable allies of the United States in the modern era, dating from the end of World War II and the arrival of the Cold War in Asia, few have been more reliable than Japan. Friendship between Japan and the United States remains the keystone of American strategy for peace and stability in the region.

Vouchers cheaper, more effective

Even though the Obama White House, perhaps mindful of its current resident's 'legacy,' will not try yet again to kill the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program begun by Congress in 2004, it was not above recently issuing a snarky statement that the federal government should spend all-out in order to improve public schools for "all students" rather than "using federal resources to support a handful of students in private schools" ("White House won't veto D.C. school voucher bill," Web, April 27).

Cruz would fix Iran deal

Perhaps we can avoid a nuclear Armageddon by electing Sen. Ted Cruz as president. I believe Mr. Cruz is the most likely candidate to re-negotiate President Obama's Iran deal, which allows the Middle Eastern nation to house nuclear weaponry at suspected (as opposed to known) sites, as well as 24 days' notice in which to move the weapons.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.