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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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BOOK REVIEW: 'In Other Words'

It's not unknown for a novelist -- even an acclaimed novelist -- to write in a foreign language. Joseph Conrad and Vladimir Nabokov wrote in English though their first languages were Polish and Russian respectively. Irishman Samuel Beckett switched from English to French. Now Jhumpa Lahiri, a prize-winning author of short stories and novels in English, has decided to follow suit, abandoning English in favor of Italian.

Taiwan can mediate

The tensions in Asia are bound to undergo changes ("An American 'wall of missiles' to deter China" Web, April 25), but there is a mediator available to ease these in the South China Sea. Instead of positioning the arsenal platforms to counter China, Washington should take a close look at Taiwan's role within the region and determine how Taiwan can unravel the dangerous escalation in U.S.-China relations.

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.

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.

A plate of food is shown with candles and wine. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

Taking Nanny to dinner

Expanding waistlines are the price Americans pay for the horn of plenty. The nanny lurking in the shadow of big government reckoned that she can help the greedy shed the extra pounds by ordering restaurants to offer menus that clearly label nutritional content. Experience shows it probably won't work, and coaxing diners to order smaller portions might.

Use captured funds wisely

The war against the Islamic State continues unabated, with the bad guys losing 1,500 to 2,000 fighters per month, according to the Pentagon. In fact, the terrorist group has reportedly lost so many front-line fighters that it is no longer able to replace dead soldiers one-for-one, instead only replacing 25 percent. We have also reportedly been successful in destroying a large chunk of the Islamic State's oil business.

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a campaign stop Wednesday, April 27, 2016, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

A 'presidential' Trump

Donald Trump declared victory in the wake of his impressive five-state sweep through the "Acela Primary" (aka, the "I-95 primary)" so called because the primaries were in the states along the route of both the highway and Amtrak's signature fast train. The Donald's declaration might not reflect mathematical accuracy, and his nomination might not yet be inevitable, but it was the right campaign politics.

Voter ID upholds exiting laws

While elated to see the federal court uphold voter ID for my North Carolina neighbors ("Federal ruling on N. Carolina voting laws bolsters voter ID," Web, April 26), I am deeply saddened that a measure to prevent fraud and corruption of the American political process by the political left had to find sanctuary in legal corridors.

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.

BOOK REVIEW: 'Narconomics: How to Run a Drug Cartel'

''Narconomics" is the book that Sean Penn wanted to write. Tom Wainwright may not have interviewed Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, but he did talk to drug kingpins every bit as ruthless and intimidating in writing this book. Along the way, Mr. Wainwright also talked to cops, hitmen, national presidents and addicts.

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.

The Battle of New Orleans

Honor for a heroine without dishonoring a hero

The inquiring mind of a young friend of mine, a junior at a Washington high school, wants to know: "What's the meaning of moving Andrew Jackson to the back of the $20 bill?" He doesn't discount the achievements of Harriet Tubman, celebrated in classrooms from kindergarten on.

Fruit of the Poisonous Tree Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Fruit of the poisonous tree

Would all of our lives be safer if the government could break down all the doors it wishes, listen to all the conversations it could find and read whatever emails and text messages it could acquire? Perhaps. But who would want to live in such a society?

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.

Interaction Between God and Politics Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

God and politics reconsidered

LOUISVILLE - Religion and politics are again at the forefront of this year's presidential race. Yet, in this campaign, self-described evangelicals don't seem as concerned as they once were about a candidate's personal faith.