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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.

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.

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.

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.

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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.

In this Dec. 7, 1941 file photo, part of the hull of the capsized USS Oklahoma is seen at right as the battleship USS West Virginia, center, begins to sink after suffering heavy damage, while the USS Maryland, left, is still afloat in Pearl Harbor, Oahu, Hawaii. A sailor killed in the attack on Pearl Harbor is being buried with full military honors nearly 75 years after the bombing. Machinist's Mate 1st Class Vernon Luke of Green Bay, Wisconsin is being buried at a veterans cemetery in Honolulu on Wednesday, March 9, 2016. (U.S. Navy via AP, File)

The more things change ...

The French, as usual, have a word for it, and sometimes more than one word: "The more things change, the more they are the same." After the cataclysmic destruction of World War II the optimists thought the patterns of political life were changed forever. Nothing of the old could remain.

Cruz right on N.Y. values

I must defend Sen. Ted Cruz and his recent comment about "New York values" ("Ted Cruz: 'New York values' on display when NYPD officers turned backs on Bill de Blasio," Web, April 18). I am a born-and-bred New Yorker from Queens, and am well aware of the New York values to which Cruz referred.

Vote your conscience in November

President Obama has gone too far in accomplishing his promised fundamental transformation of America. He has managed to seriously diminish our national security, double our national debt, damage our economy and create deep divisions among our people with the obsessive promotion of his insidious legacy.

Time to act against Russia, Iran

The massive loss of life on and damage to the U.S.S. Cole in Yemen in October 2000 by Islamist suicide bombers seems to have escaped the attention of our president. President Obama had his bluff called in the Middle East over a "red line" in the sand.

Shaun King (Associated Press)

Shaun King's fired editor accepts '100% of the blame' in plagiarism flap

Accepting "100% of the blame" for a plagiarism controversy earlier this week affecting Black Lives Matter activist Shaun King, fired New York Daily News assignment editor Jotham Sederstrom posted a blog at Medium explaining how the incident happened

Republican presidential candidate Ohio Gov. John Kasich speaks during a campaign stop in Annapolis, Md., Tuesday, April 19, 2016. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

John Kasich's persnickety campaign

- The Washington Times

Ohio Gov. John Kasich is getting frustrated. Or maybe he's been that way for several months, unable to build a loyal Republican fan base, even as others have dropped out of the race, and win more primary contests other than his home-state of Ohio.

FILE - In this Aug. 3, 2012, file photo, former Boston Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling looks on after being introduced as a new member of the Boston Red Sox Hall of Fame before a baseball game between the Red Sox and the Minnesota Twins at Fenway Park in Boston. Schilling is defending himself after making comments on social media about transgender people, saying he was expressing his opinion. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson, File)

Twitter celebrates Curt Schilling's firing, violates 'standard against bias'

When Twitter launched its staff-edited "Moments" feature in the fall of 2015, the microblogging service insisted that its curators were not to be considered as reporters but, all the same, they would eschew taking stands on controversial matters.

Illustration on green energy and poverty by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

How the green energy bullies drive poverty

- The Washington Times

Although climate change ranks at or near the bottom of issues most important to the American people, the Obama administration continues to push it like its agenda on radical wealth redistribution depends on it. Because in many ways, it does.

Student Debt Crisis Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Teaching the wrong lesson about student debt

For many young adults, the most depressing moment of the tax season is reading their Form 1098-E, their Student Loan Interest Statement, which reminds us how much money we paid in interest last year (and how big our debts are -- and how impossible repayment seems).

Illustration on Hillary Clinton and political funding by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

The candidates and the golden calf

The clever presidential candidate tries to mix politics with Passover, eager to join the Jews in celebration of the triumphant exodus from Egypt — maybe the Chosen People will make him — or her — the Chosen One. But they had to work at not looking too clever by half. Lessons learned will be crucial as they enter the homestretch of the primary season.