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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)

Aiding refugees from religious oppression

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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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

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.

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.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel briefs the media after a visit at Germany's Joint Terrorism Defense Center GATZ (Gemeinsames Terrorismusabwehrzentrum), in Berlin, Tuesday, April 26, 2016. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber, Pool)

Nothing for the Europeans

Angela Merkel, Germany's long-serving chancellor, speaks carefully with Teutonic precision. In her conversations with President Obama on his visit to Britain and Europe she spoke with a certain plaintive tone, seeking reassurance that America hasn't really withdrawn from the leadership on which Europe has relied for 75 years.

When Britain can't be Britain

President Obama on Friday at a press conference with British Prime Minister David Cameron convinced me whether or not the British should stay in the European Union. The vote is on June 23. On Friday our president also penned a column in the Daily Telegraph, Britain's equivalent of The Washington Times and The Wall Street Journal.

Cruz-Kasich alliance will fail

Fox News host Megyn Kelly tried to knee-cap Donald Trump at the first Republican debate with her very first question. Since then the erstwhile Republican establishment (yes, Megyn, that would include you) have deployed every tactic, dirty trick, sleight of hand and Machiavellian scheme at its disposal to try to derail the Trump funicular as it chugs inexorably toward the top.

Two-party system a failure

This election season we have seen that the Republican and Democratic parties no longer provide the United States a valuable service, assuming they ever did. The Democrats have offered us the most dishonest, least trustworthy, most openly avaricious, most judgmentally challenged candidate for the presidency — possibly in the history of the United States. Yet they support her for no better reason than that she is a Democrat.

The Family and God's Grace Illustration by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

'As the family goes, so goes the nation'

There's an old saying that many seem to have forgotten. But truer words were never spoken: "As the family goes, so goes the nation."

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.

China's Hold on the Water Table Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

China's water hegemony in Asia

A severe drought currently ravaging Southeast and South Asia has helped spotlight China's emergence as the upstream water controller in Asia through a globally unparalleled hydroengineering infrastructure centered on damming rivers. Indeed, Beijing itself has highlighted its water hegemony over downstream countries by releasing some dammed water for drought-hit nations in the lower Mekong River basin.

Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington on June 10, 2015. (Associated Press) **FILE**

Obamacare on the skids

Names identify people, places and things, but sometimes, particularly in politics, a name can be a disguise. After six years, the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare, has been fully unmasked. It's clearly not affordable, either for a person seeking health insurance, companies that sell insurance coverage, or the U.S. government. It's a telling symbol of President Obama's dysfunctional leadership.

BOOK REVIEW: 'Disraeli: The Novel Politician'

When Benjamin Disraeli was 12 years old, his family converted from Judaism to Christianity. Yet the Christian convert who became the United Kingdom's first (and, to date, only) prime minister with a Jewish lineage never truly abandoned his roots.

In a Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016, file photo, gormer U.S. President Jimmy Carter delivers a lecture on the eradication of the Guinea worm, at the House of Lords in London. A spokeswoman for Jimmy Carter says the former president does not need further treatment for cancer. The former president apparently shared the good news on Sunday, March 6, 2016, with those attending one of his regular Sunday school lessons at Maranatha Baptist Church in Carter's hometown of Plains, Georgia.  (Neil Hall/Pool Photo via AP, File)

One last attempt to derail the Donald

- The Washington Times

If wishes were horses, beggars would ride to town on Saturday night, and if early polls determined presidents John McCain and Ross Perot would be playing poker with Harry Truman and Chester Alan Arthur in the ex-presidents club. But it's a rare beggar who owns even a spavined horse and John McCain and Ross Perot never got a key to the Oval Office washroom.