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Shiite rebels, known as Houthis, wearing an army uniform, ride on an armed truck to patrol the international airport in Sanaa, Yemen, Saturday, March 28, 2015. Yemen's President Abed Raboo Mansour Hadi, speaking at an Arab summit in Egypt on Saturday, called Shiite rebels who forced him to flee the country "puppets of Iran," directly blaming the Islamic Republic for the chaos there and demanding airstrikes against rebel positions continue until they surrender. (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed)

Why Yemen matters

Thoughts on the shifting dynamics in the Middle East.

President Barack Obama speaks about payday lending and the economy, Thursday, March 26, 2015, at Lawson State Community College in Birmingham, Ala.  (AP Photo/Butch Dill)

Barack Obama’s love bomb offensive

- The Washington Times

President Obama says Rudy Giuliani was wrong. He does, too, love America. That’s good enough for me. He says he’s a Christian, despite his constant love bombs for Islam, and if that’s good enough for God it’s good enough for me, too. Conversations between believers and the Almighty are confidential, and have yet to be cracked by the National Security Agency (but we can be sure they’re working on it).

Obamacare in a death spiral illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Obamacare flying machine begins a death spiral

The Supreme Court decision in King v. Burwell, the case challenging the Obama administration’s decision to award tax credits for health insurance sold through federally established exchanges, could turn on the question of whether a ruling that ends the tax credits on federal exchanges might cause something known as a “death spiral” in health insurance markets.

Warren’s pitchfork brigade skewers the facts

Ted Cruz’s announcement this week that he’s running for president has officially kicked off the 2016 primary season and has put the pressure on other potential GOP candidates to declare. On the Democratic side of the scrum there is Elizabeth Warren, whom progressives hope is the candidate-in-waiting to lead their pitchfork brigade against the “1 percent.” While it’s still unclear whether Mrs. Warren will announce, it’s assured that her income inequality position will drive a major plank in the eventual Democratic nominee’s platform.

Illustration on the lack of U.S abortion data by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

The unhealthy state of abortion statistics

Abortion advocates in Congress and in state legislatures claim that abortions are “safe.” Yet numerous, long-standing problems at the state and federal level illustrate that the abortion data collection and reporting system in the United States is haphazard and dysfunctional, making assertions about “abortion safety” unreliable.

Illustration on the Cotton letter's impact on nuclear talks with Iran by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Tom Cotton, tragic hero

The snarky quip attributed to 19th-century French Foreign Minister Charles Maurice de Talleyrand — “It was worse than a crime; it was a blunder” — has recently been making the rounds to deride a letter written by Republican Sen. Tom Cotton of Arkansas and signed by 46 other senators.

Illustration on entering the presidential race by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

The learning curve of a candidate

As we stand about 20 months out from Election Day 2016, I have much to learn in terms of becoming both a better candidate and a better potential president of the United States. I do not take the opportunity lightly.

Illustration on the value of the U.S. satellite system by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Launching the crown jewels

If America didn’t have hundreds of satellites in orbit, our Air Force, Navy and Army — as well as our intelligence agencies — wouldn’t be deaf, dumb and blind. But they’d come close. Our aircraft, ships and submarines are designed to depend on satellites for their high-technology capabilities.

Cherry-picking statistics illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Missing the mark on climate change skepticism

During the past few weeks, a series of articles in the press have implied that Willie Soon, a well-known global-warming skeptic, had violated ethical standards by failing to disclose information about research funding.

Rainbow flag. (Wikipedia)

Panic inside the lavender bubble

- The Washington Times

Life can be good inside a bubble, where the sun always shines, life is a bowl of cherries and it comes with whipped cream and no calories. You could ask almost anyone in San Francisco, where the only disappointment inside the lavender bubble is among the gay caballeros who don’t get to carry the six-foot papier-mache penis to lead the annual Gay Pride Parade.

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Illustration on Obamacare's fifth anniversary by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Obamacare's five years of failure

On March 23, 2010, exactly five years ago today, President Obama signed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act into law. Virtually no one had actually read the law, and still fewer understood the full implications of a government takeover of health insurance markets. Now, five years later, we are experiencing these effects firsthand.

Voters head to the polls at Benton Harbor High School on Election Day Tuesday, November 4, 2014, in Benton Harbor, Mich.(AP Photo/The Herald-Palladium, Don Campbell)

Americans define perfect presidential candidate: 'Someone willing to change Barack Obama's policies'

- The Washington Times

"If you could create the perfect candidate to succeed Barack Obama as president, what would their background be and what would they think?" asks CNN polling director Jennifer Agiesta, who has a new survey that reveals this: "Most Americans say they would like a candidate who's a seasoned political leader, someone with an executive background, and someone who’s willing to change Barack Obama's policies."

FILE - In this Feb. 25, 2015 file photo, the Homeland Security Department headquarters in northwest Washington, Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015. on Wednesday, President Barack Obama signed a law funding the Homeland Security Department through the end of the budget year. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)

A bureaucracy at bay

No department of the government has a mission more important than the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), created after Sept. 11, 2001 to defend and protect the towns and cities, the farms and factories of the American homeland. It ought to be one of the most attractive places in Washington to work, inspired by pride and sacrifice to deliver a job well done. But it isn't. It's one of the worst.

FILE - In this  July 27, 2005 file photo, a temple to the Shamash sun god still stands over 1,750 years after the Sassanian empire razed the Mesopotamian city of Hatra, 320 kilometers (200 miles) north of Baghdad, Iraq. Iraq's minister of tourism and antiquities told The Associated Press, Saturday, March 7, 2015, that the government is investigating reports that the ancient archaeological site of Hatra in northwestern Iraq is being demolished by militants from the Islamic State group. The group has already looted artifacts from Nimrud, another ancient archaeological site, on Friday and bulldozed it in a move UNESCO deemed "a war crime." (AP Photo/Antonio Castaneda, File)

Islam bulldozes the past

The ISIS record fits into an old and common pattern of destruction of historical artifacts by Muslims.

Ensure records returned

Some 60 years ago, as the result of an automobile accident it became known that a government official was carrying secret materials in the trunk of his car. That was considered a big scandal at the time. Now we learn that the last three secretaries of state did not certify the return of classified materials in their possession ("State Dept.: 'No record' of signed document from Hillary Clinton affirming records turned over," Web, March 10).

'Hard-line' alternative is destruction

President Obama must reconcile himself to more "hard-line" leadership from newly reelected Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Imagine — Israel, a nation the size of New Jersey, elected a "hard-line" government just because it has a toxic mix of the Battle of Stalingrad, the Rape of Nanking and the Spanish Inquisition on its borders and 1.3 billion contentious, ungovernable neighbors. The morning after the Israeli election the Tunisian Parliament was shot up. Just another day in the non-Israeli Middle East.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, right, watches Honda Motor Co.’s interactive robot Asimo demonstrate, along with the National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation "Miraikan" Chief Executive Director Mamoru Mori during her visit to the the museum in Tokyo, Monday, March 9, 2015. Merkel is in Japan on Monday and Tuesday as part of a series of bilateral meetings with G-7 leaders ahead of a June summit in Germany. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)

On the planet of the apps

Barack Obama promised that his presidency would be a time of "hope and change," and he made good on half of it. Hope is still missing, but there's plenty of change. Mr. Obama might say that Americans are still clinging to the God and guns of the past and do not appreciate the whirlwind we're reaping. The unfolding trends are stretching the boundaries of human identity in ways Mr. Obama and his "progressives" (as liberals want to be called now) could not have imagined. Yogi Berra warned us that "the future ain't what it used to be."

Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan points as he speaks to supporters in  Yola, Nigeria,   Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015. Youths angry at the Nigerian government's failure to fight Islamic extremists threw stones Thursday at President Goodluck Jonathan's electioneering convoy in the eastern town of Jalingo, breaking windshields and windows on several vehicles. (AP Photo/Lekan Oyekanmi)

Nigeria on the brink

Nigeria’s opposition candidate supports ‘agitation’ in support of Sharia law.

Matt Ullman holds a coffee drink with a "Race Together" sticker on it at a Starbucks store in Seattle, Wednesday, March 18, 2015. Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz announced earlier in the day at the company's annual shareholder meeting that participating baristas at stores in the U.S. will be putting the stickers on cups and also writing the words "#RaceTogether" for customers in an effort to raise awareness and discussion of race relations. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Curdling the cream in a cup of Starbucks

- The Washington Times

Money is nice but it can be distracting. Captains of industry pile up millions and sometimes imagine that profits makes them prophets, wise and learned in things they don't know anything about.

Hillary Clinton is the keynote speaker at the American Camp Association, New York and New Jersey’s Tri State CAMP Conference at the Atlantic City Convention Center, in Atlantic City, NJ, Thursday, March 19, 2015. (AP Photo/The Press of Atlantic City, Michael Ein)

Birds of prey on the hunt

Poor Hillary. She never got to be the homecoming queen in high school and she's still trying to make up for it. Since leaving the State Department, she has doubled down in regal style at every turn to draw a caricature of herself that is beginning to look like ruining the last chance that she will have to be the president of the United States.

Illustration on Obama's assault on America by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

America’s time for atonement

Tense relations between the White House and Congress aren't unusual, and certainly not new. Yet over the past month they've hit lows not seen since President Clinton's impeachment trial.

In this Sept. 21, 2012, file photo, Libyan followers of Ansar al-Shariah Brigades and other Islamic militias hold a demonstration against a film and a cartoon denigrating the Prophet Muhammad in Benghazi. (AP Photo, File)

Libya and the tyranny of the minority

Great democrats, from John Adams to Alexis de Tocqueville to John Stuart Mill, have long warned of the dangers of the "tyranny of the majority," and how it can jeopardize the very spirit of democracy. For the last four years, and now, even under the blue flag of the United Nations, Libya continues to suffer from a catastrophic and bloody "tyranny of the minority."

Princess land Bir Tawil illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

How to create a kingdom of freedom

Jeremiah Heaton's 7-year-old daughter Emily wanted to be a princess. Not wanting to disappoint her, Mr. Heaton traveled from Abingdon, Virginia, early last summer to an area of unclaimed land in Africa, planted a flag and declared it the "Kingdom of North Sudan." Mr. Heaton is the would-be king; his daughter by rights would become a princess.

Illustration on skepticism in response to fad panics by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

In defense of doubt

Recently, I had the displeasure of seeing the new documentary titled "Merchants of Doubt." The film's argument is the same as virtually every other left-wing schlockumentary that pops up on Netflix these days: Evil corporate interests are standing against positive social change.

Obama Minion Janet Yellen Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Telltale sign of a faltering economy

You could almost see the assembled press corps' faces drop when the Fed's Open Market Committee said it wanted to see "further improvement" in the U.S. labor market before raising interest rates.