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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.

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.

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.

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.

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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.

North Korea Satellite Technology Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

The miniaturization myth

On March 9, North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un, a paranoid psychopath, displayed a nuclear missile warhead he threatens to launch against the United States and its allies.

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a rally, Thursday, April 21, 2016, at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex and Expo Center in Harrisburg, Pa. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

Another 'teaching moment' missed

Donald Trump's most important contribution to the presidential campaign is his brisk and bold challenge to the political correctness that is strangling the body politic, and he made the full-throated challenge when no other politician, Democrat or Republican, dared do it. A vibrant democracy depends on every citizen's respect for the right of everyone to express an opinion, particularly if the opinion is unpopular.

Illustration on the political and policy implications of this year's Earth Day by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

How Obama will celebrate 'Earth Day'

This Friday is "Earth Day" and by all indications the Obama administration intends to celebrate it by traveling to the United Nations in New York and signing the Paris Agreement on climate change. Despite the pomp and circumstance of a U.N. Headquarters signing ceremony, President Obama claims that the Paris Agreement is not a treaty. Since he claims it is not a treaty, he does not plan to submit the Agreement to the Senate for approval.

BOOK REVIEW: 'Depraved Heart'

He is a vintage teddy bear named Mr. Pickle and he has the distinction of being the only cheerful note in a book which is a sea of melodrama.

Harriet Tubman with a gun

A true heroine, right on the money

- The Washington Times

A lady with a gun deserves better than this. No sooner had Jacob Lew, the secretary of the Treasury, announced that Harriet Tubman, a fearless gunfighter against slavery, would soon replace Andrew Jackson on the face of the $20 bill than snipers on left and right turned out in force.

Intimidation of Journalists Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

When 'journalists' kill journalists

On April 11, 2016, Hassan Hanafi, a member of al-Shabab ("The Youth"), a U.S.-designated terror group that operates in Somalia and surrounding areas, was executed by Somalian authorities. U.S. news outlets, such as CNN, noted that Hanafi was a former journalist who later helped kill members of the press as an al-Shabab operative.