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Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton meets with employees at a Velcro Companies facility Monday, Feb. 8, 2016, in Manchester, N.H. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Drip, drip, drip becomes splash, splash, splash

- The Washington Times

The Democrats have got the Republican dilemma nailed, and the rattle and buzz over Debbie Wasserman Schultz’ tea cups is happy talk that the Grand Old Party looks stuck with a candidate the party doesn’t want.

Illustration on the need for impartiality in the courts by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Being fair and neutral

Americans rely on fair and impartial courts to safeguard the rights and freedoms they hold dearest. We can be confident in the courts’ authority to safeguard those rights only if we believe that judges are upholding the rule of law, ensuring fairness and fulfilling their obligations with objectivity and neutrality.

Difficult Diplomacy with Bahrain Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

When Bahrain bullies

Bahrain King Hamad al Khalifa visited President Vladimir Putin in Russia this week in a perfectly-timed reminder of how drastically the Obama administration has failed to handle relations with the small Gulf kingdom over the last five years.

Illustration on the deteriorating economy by William Brown/Tribune Content Agency

A slam dunk for Republicans

A menacing black cloud is looming over our economy that should make the 2016 presidential election a slam dunk for Republicans — depending on who the GOP nominates this summer.

Illustration of various valentines and postcards sent to Congress in support of Woman's suffrage             The Washington Times

Veiled valentines and suffragettes, 1916

The story of the women’s movement for the 19th Amendment or — voting rights amendment — is well known, in terms of the dramatic public demonstrations — from picketing, parades, prison sentences and hunger strikers.

Illustration on the truth about gun control by Donna Grethen/Tribune Content Agency

Why gun control is a loser for the Democrats

There is nothing so comforting as a closely held prejudice, even when it repeatedly harms you. The white-hot passion of Democratic politicians to restrict and even strip Americans of their constitutionally guaranteed right to buy, own, keep, shoot and carry firearms continues as a monument to self-abuse.

U.N. Policies on Global Warming Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

The politics behind the anti-fossil fuels campaign

History shows Earth’s climate goes through cycles, long and short, tied to a variety of natural factors. In the latter part of the 20th century, some scientists began to wonder about the causes of a modest warming, then cooling, then warming, which had been occurring since the mid-1800s. They also began to worry about the possible implications of continued warming.

After a speech at the Illinois State Capitol, President Barack Obama stops at the Hoogland Center for the Arts in Springfield, Ill.(Terrence Antonio James/Chicago Tribune via AP)

Obama is no incompetent

While he was mocked for his performance in the last debate and had a disappointing showing in New Hampshire, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio said what none of his rivals are willing to admit: “Let’s dispel [sic] with the fiction that Barack Obama doesn’t know what he’s doing. He knows exactly what he’s doing. He is trying to change this country” — with astonishing success.

Illustration on unconventional war by Linas Garsys/The Washington Tmes

Winning an unconventional war

War is — and always will be — hell. The Law of Armed Conflict is not meant to change that — only to make it a little less hellish. There are weapons you agree not to use. In exchange, your enemy doesn’t use those weapons against you. You treat captured combatants humanely. You expect the same when your soldiers are taken prisoner.

Draining Military Morale Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

The military’s malaise

There’s a cloud of malaise worthy of Jimmy Carter that has settled over the nation’s military. The man who should be able to clear away the cloud, Defense Secretary Ashton Carter, won’t be able to do anything about it.

This image provided buy the Library of Congress shows an artists rendering of the surrender of Confederate General Robert E. Lee to Union General Ulysses S. Grant at Appomattox Court House on April 9, 1865. (Associated Press)

Historical loops of presidents and wars

This Presidents Day, when we commemorate the past and present leaders of this country, it’s also a time for Americans to reconsider the patterns of American power through our history and consider where they want the pattern to continue as we get ready to elect a new leader into office.

Illustration on the mediocre U.S. economic recovery by William Brown/Tribune Content Agency

An economy mired in mediocrity

For seven years, President Obama’s economic recovery has been all “faux” and no “go.” The one thing America elected him to do in 2008 — restore the economy — still remains effectively undone as growth continues to be lackluster. It has become clear that when it comes to America’s economy, he takes a uniquely fatalistic approach to its performance.

Illustration on the relationship between Hillary Clinton and Goldman Sachs by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Pinned to Wall Street

When Goldman Sachs, the powerful, multibillion-dollar Wall Street investment bank, offered Hillary Clinton $675,000 for three speeches, she readily accepted.

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At the age of 11, Daphne Park was living in a tin-roofed shack with no lights or running water in the British protectorate of Tanganyika when a letter arrived from London that changed her life forever. It was from her aunts, who were offering to provide her with a home and an education and in the end, it would lead to her becoming one of the first women spies.

The Failure of Multiculturalism Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

The failure of multiculturalism

Just as radar warns of approaching storms, so does the flood of migrants entering Europe warn us of a deluge yet to come, not only for Europeans, if they continue to allow unrestricted immigration, but for the United States.

Illustration on the costs of green energy by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Unearthing an all-of-the-above energy approach

Last month in his final State of the Union Address, President Obama abandoned his belief in an "all-of-the-above" approach to energy policy -- one that blends the use of emerging and established energy resources for the American people and the American economy.

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks at a rally at Abraham Lincoln High School in Council Bluffs, Iowa, Sunday, Jan. 31, 2016. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Compromising national security

This has not been a good week for Hillary Clinton. She prevailed over Sen. Bernie Sanders in the Iowa Democratic presidential caucuses by less than four-tenths of 1 percent of all votes cast, after having led him in polls in Iowa at one time by 40 percentage points.

Illustration on winning the hearts of voters by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Making free with a vote in New Hampshire

Votes are stubborn little things. Votes have none of the sparkle and shine of some of the campaign rhetoric. Votes don't soar, they sink in. Votes are precious and deeply felt by the man and woman who casts one, but the candidates stop catering to votes as soon as they're cast.

Illustration on deporting persons who have overstayed their visas by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

A fresh approach to the immigration conundrum

Our broken immigration system has been bad for the country and a source of political division for well over a decade. Some want a so-called "comprehensive" solution to the crisis, but the prospects for it actually happening (let alone being a solution) are not good amid our divisions. It's time to rise above the existing gridlock and build a national consensus based on national security.

Dislike of Cruz just anger

As an intermediate-school teacher, I know that it is usually the best teachers who are the most disliked by the unsuccessful, unproductive students. These teachers don't take the easy path of avoiding the confrontation caused by attempting to correct the failure-producing attitudes of such students. Rather, they accept the disdain they receive for seeking to improve poor academics.

Illustration on rape and Muslim cultural practices by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

The Arab rape game

Lobbing firecrackers into the crowd gathered in the square outside Cologne's cathedral on New Year's Eve, a thousand-strong violent flash mob of Middle Eastern and North African Muslim men then took their celebration to the next level, breaking into smaller groups and isolating German women to rob, grope, fondle and in two cases (so far), rape them.

Freedom, liberty not party issues

I think most Americans believe that our three branches of government have lately failed to live up to their responsibilities to the people of this country.

Oregon State Police man a roadblock at the intersection of highways 395 and 20 outside of Burns, Ore., Wednesday morning, Jan. 27, 2016. Authorities were restricting access on Wednesday to the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge headquarters being occupied by an armed group after one of the occupiers was killed during a traffic stop and eight more, including the group's leader Ammon Bundy, were arrested. (Dave Killen/The Oregonian via AP)

Western ways matter

There's nothing like a fatal shooting to rile a community. The chain of events that led to the death of a rebellious rancher along a country road in Oregon last week is still under investigation, but for Americans who yearn for the wide-open spaces of the West, freedom's last refuge, the tragedy spells oppression. To them, Western lives matter.

Republican presidential candidate, Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., speaks at a town hall in Sioux City, Iowa, Saturday, Jan. 30, 2016. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

The scramble for the top

The Iowa caucuses rarely produce the winner in November, but they always produce panic in the camps of the losers. It's an exaggeration to say the caucuses Monday night decided anything but temporary winners, but winning is always better than losing.

President Barack Obama speaks at the Righteous Among the Nations Award Ceremony at the Israeli Embassy in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2016. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Obama's Holocaust remembrance

Chutzpah is one of those Yiddish words that defy exact definition. Merriam Webster lists synonyms like "audacity," "nerve," "cheek" and "gall."

Illustration on the need to ratify the Law of the Sea treaty (UNCLOS) by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

U.S. approval of the Law of the Sea treaty is long overdue

This month's U.S.-Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit in Rancho Mirage, Calif., gives Congress the opportunity to assert America's national interests and to ratify the U.N. Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS).

Illustration on the West's failure to take Muslim culture seriously by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

The Islamist wears Dolce & Gabbana

In the "culture" section of the venerable Atlantic magazine last month, there was a news item I wouldn't want you to miss: "The Italian fashion house Dolce & Gabbana has just launched a line of hijabs (headscarves) and abayas (cloaks) in the label's signature playful, theatrical aesthetic."

Illustration on the Clinton "curse" by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

The Clinton Curse returns

In the many decades I have had the pleasure of covering the Clintons I have developed several themes about them that have over the years been validated by fact. One theme is that there is a Clinton Curse.